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WordPress 101: Learn How to USE WordPress in a Weekend!

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Join Girl Develop It for an introductory look into WordPress. This class has plenty of class time for trying things out for yourself, asking questions, and getting help. There's also time between classes for you to experiment on your own and return next session with questions!

This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, build and manage a site. 

This class is four sessions, and the complete course runs over a single weekend!  We'll have 2 classes on Saturday, and the other 2 on Sunday. Please plan to attend all four sessions.

DreamHost is graciously provided full hot buffet lunch for both days!

NOTE: The class fee covers all four sessions of the course.

Session 1: February 25, 10:00 - Noon

Lunch Break: 12:00 - 2:00, provided by DreamHost! 

Session 2: February 25, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

Session 3: February 26, 10:00 - Noon

Lunch Break: 12:00 - 2:00, provided by DreamHost!  

Session 4: February 26, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

We will cover the following: 

• What WordPress is and why it's a great choice for anyone who wants to build their own website

• The difference between a blog and a website and how you can use Wordpress to build either or both

• How to install WordPress and get a new site up and running quickly

• How to customize your WordPress dashboard to maximize your efficiency and show you just what you want to know

• How to configure the WordPress settings

• How to create, edit, and delete posts, pages, categories, and tags

• How to manage images, video and audio

• How to insert media into your posts and pages

• How to view and moderate incoming comments

• How to find, install, activate, and configure themes and plugins

• How to create and manage user accounts

• How to upgrade to new versions of WordPress

• How to create backups of your WordPress site

• How to reduce spam and prevent hackers from accessing your site.


You will need a copy of WordPress that you can work on. Please note that for this workshop, sites hosted with are not acceptable.

If you don't already have a self-hosted WordPress site, we recommend downloading and installing Desktop Server from ServerPress and using that to set up a local copy of WordPress before you come to class. If you run into problems or have any questions, please get in touch with us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com so we can help you get it sorted out so you're ready for class to begin.

A basic understanding of HTML/CSS, and FTP is helpful, but it is NOT necessary. 

What to bring

Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

* No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form


Karen McCamy 


A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, fill out the scholarship form here. Scholarship applicants will be notified a week before the class begins.

Did you know you can earn free classes by participating as a Teaching Assistant? Every hour you spend volunteering as a TA earns you a free hour of class time! Get more details and sign up to be a TA at our Get Involved page


We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. 

No Refunds 

If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! 

Other Disclaimers

Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any accessibility issues we should know about, please email us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. We want to make sure everyone can participate! 


This workshop is sponsored and hosted by IndieDesk.

About Karen McCamy

Karen McCamy is a WordPress Coach & Web Content Specialist. 

Karen has been in computers for over 30 years, teaching software courses at a local college and consulting on "best practices" for small business. 

Karen is passionate about WordPress, and loves to spread the knowledge. Her current project is teaching DIYers how to leverage WP and optimize their own business websites. 

Karen combines her love of writing with teaching & WordPress through her own WordPress website at 


We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything yo'd like to discuss before signing up for the class, please contact us at losangeles [at]

All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

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  • Lisa K

    WordCamp L.A. - .

    WordCamp San Diego - .

    WordCamp Sacramento - .

    1 · Yesterday

    • Lisa K

      Two day conferences cost about $30. They would cost about $150 if they didn't have advertisers.


    • Daryl

      Thanks for this, Lisa! San Diego is already sold out, but got on the list for updates re: LA and Sacramento!

      4h ago

  • Annalisa M C.

    Lots of great information to get a Word Press site up and running. Good for a beginner. I am ready to take a Word Press 102 Class! Karen is an excellent teacher and you can tell she really loves Word Press.

    2 · Yesterday

  • Lisa K

    I emailed this question to Karen on Saturday, Feb. 25th.

    Has anyone else used ?

    If so, how would you compare it to Google Hangouts ?



    I asked you about this in class on Saturday.

    The collaboration software that Automattic
    (the developer of Wordpress)
    uses is at . Automattic the developer of Wordpress, used to use their own proprietary software.

    [Automattic has a distributed workforce, whom are located in countries around the world].

    "Girl Develop It" also uses Slack.

    I found that out by Googling "Girl Develop It"
    and "Slack."

    Here are alternatives to Google Hangouts - and here are alternatives to - . Have you used Slack ? If so, how would you compare it to Google Hangouts ?



    2 days ago

  • Karen M.

    Wonderful array of enthusiastic students! Great questions! Great camaraderie!

    1 · 2 days ago

  • Daryl

    Hi there,
    I've applied for the scholarship for this weekend's class and did not hear back from anyone. I reach out to the above contact email address and still haven't received a response. I'm interested in attending the class this weekend, but wanted to touch base on the possibility of the scholarship as it would be helpful for my current situation. Can you please point me in the direction of who to contact for a response? Thank you in advance for your help!! Looking forward to attending the class this weekend!

    5 days ago

    • Natalie M.

      If you still can't find it, then please email me and I'll forward it to you.

      5 days ago

    • Daryl

      Thanks for getting back to me, Natalie. Would you mind re-sending? I clean out my Junk box often and may have missed it. Thanks in advance!!

      4 days ago

  • Monique Rose L.

    I took Word Press last year but I didn't attend all of the classes. Is there a way I could make them up? Who can I speak to about this?

    February 11

  • Lynne

    Is the $90/person for both days of the program?

    January 30

    • Natalie M.

      Hello Lynne! Yes, that covers both days.

      January 30

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