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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 WordPress.com 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 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-HHF9IB2VlYVRivz5Zn7LwkjQAYkJLZsuW0YM4hh60U/viewform)
A limited number of scholarships are available for those with a financial hardship. To apply, fill out the scholarship form here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1f2g2p-eK0X-sAwi8oFZwBOOYAi8j_MfHT6MrhCG6M0Y/viewform). 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 (http://gdila.org/get-involved/).
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.
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!
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 freelancetechnologyreview.com (http://freelancetechnologyreview.com/)
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] girldevelopit.com.
All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct (http://www.girldevelopit.com/codeofconduct).