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One Night, One Site: A WordPress Workshop

WordPress is still one of the best choices for creating a website for a nonprofit organization or social enterprise – it is flexible and powerful, and it takes almost no technical skills to understand how to get it up and running very quickly. And for any organization that doesn’t want to pay someone else to maintain their site or add content, WordPress is perfect. But there are a few basics that you have to understand, and if you want to do fancy things you're going to need to have at least a good understanding of working within the WordPress system.

This workshop is essentially a soup-to-nuts WordPress tutorial where we will be building the website of one social enterprise in just one evening. We'll cover everything about getting a WordPress site set up, including installation, configuration, optimization, choosing a design and how to manage content. We will also explore more advanced features such as how to integrate membership in to your site, add online donations, email newsletters, photo galleries, map integration, traffic analytic tools, contact forms, and a number of other options that can be added easily to WordPress sites.

The session will be led by Leo Newball, an independent WordPress developer and theme designer who has done work with several nonprofit organizations. We will be actively working on the site of one Goodnik member (already chosen) but you will also be able to follow along and work with your own site, so if you want to bring a laptop and try to hack your own site in one night (with a couple of experts in the room to help) you’re welcome to do that. If you are planning on following along and creating your own site, please drop a note to [masked] and I'll can tell you what you'll need to set up in advance (i.e. domain name, hosting).

This event is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Please pay using PayPal to [masked] or pay through the Goodnik website. When paying, please leave a comment with the name that you RSVP'd with if different from your real name so I can mark you as paid.

NOTE: it seems this event has filled up fairly quickly, and several people have suggested that they would like to attend but can't make that particular date, so we will likely run this seminar again in the near future.

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Special Offer from Catchafire

Our friends at Catchafire are extending a special offer to Goodnik members for the month of April; 25% off Catchafire membership which is a savings of hundreds of dollars. Catchafire the largest online pro bono talent network, match social good organizations to their 10,0000 pro bono professionals on short term projects across marketing, design, multimedia, accounting, PR and communications, technology, fundraising and strategy, To learn more about partnering with Catchafire email Rachel Glasier at [masked] and mention you're part of the Goodnik community. Remember this special offer to Goodnik members is valid until April 30th, 2012 only.

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  • natashaelaine

    I think the event was a solid start for beginners of WordPress, but I am more of an intermediate user. The event description sounded like it would cover beginners to intermediate users, and a wealth of information. I received very little new information because the instructor was very slow and laborious with simple concepts and explanations. The instructor was not focused enough to efficiently move through the information and too much time was spent on basic functions. I gave up and left after two hours because I couldn't take it anymore. I was falling asleep and did not see how the instructor would be able to teach any relevant information about themes, development, user registration, payment functions, etc. - which was the reason I attended the event. Maybe for upcoming events like this, the Organizer can suggest appropriate skill levels for the event. Overall the event was good - if you're a beginner - but was not sufficient for intermediates with more specific needs.

    April 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great workshop. I feel way more confident in my ability to get our website up and running. I would have preferred less time on posts and more time on plugins and getting the most out of themes/templates, but I still learned a lot. Thank you Nate and Leo!

    April 19, 2012

  • susan

    great meetup, learned so much in a short time. thanks Nate and Leo.

    April 19, 2012

  • Jim D.

    I had been a bit intimidated by Wordpress and really didn't know how sophisticated it was, yet really easy. My experience with Content Management Systems had been a nightmare, limiting and difficult to accomplish what's needed. The event cut through to show just what was needed to get a site going, with plenty of tips. I'm very glad I went and decided to hack along too.

    April 19, 2012

  • Arya I

    Great idea... could have gone a little farther in explaining and tips and tricks for customizing the website. It seemed to me like most of what the trainer was teaching people could have understood intuitively without requiring the lengthy explanations.

    Instructor seemed to be a little scattered as well.

    April 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great meetup! I went from being overwhelmed by starting up my wordpress website to thinking, "wow - this is going to be easy and fun!". It was a quick and condensed learning experience that probably will save me 100 times that in research & trial and error. I asked one question at the end and got a great workaround for a problem I was going to face. It might have taken me a month to figure this out by myself - if I could have. Thanks so much!

    April 19, 2012

  • Melissa L

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend tomorrow workshop. Count me in for the next one.

    April 17, 2012

  • Colleen R.

    Count me in for the next one.

    April 17, 2012

  • Nate H.

    We'll do another one of these in a month or two, if there's enough interest.

    April 17, 2012

  • Agatha

    Can't make April 18, when are u holding another workshop like this?

    April 16, 2012

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