MadLab

A creative space for geeks, artists, designers, illustrators, hackers, innovators and idle dreamers.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Association or society

Opening hours

Monday-Sunday 10am til 9pm

Admission charges

Charge depends on activity.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
schematic of Arduino

Introduction to Arduino at MadFabLab

  • 12 May 2018 10am-4pm

Try your hand at coding with electronics

Learn all about the Arduino (a programmable circuit board and software) and how it can be used to build imaginative projects.

This workshop will start at the beginning, introducing the Arduino and explaining why it’s such a big deal, walking you through the creation of many basic electronic projects and catapulting you into the world of making, prototyping and creative technology invention.

Over the years Arduino has been used to make all kinds of things, from tiny wearables to large-scale interactive installations. Here are a few of our favourites:

LEAP. A live-action game which pits players against a laser-equipped robot security system gone rogue
Rachael Moat (Arduino Manchester) creates prototypes which encourage children with severe communication and learning difficulties to interact with the world around them
Ardu-Sat, a “low-cost space research platform”
Analogue Synthesizer hacking, with Arduino and Moog
Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!

The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!

Who is this course for?

This is an entry-level workshop, for those new to electronics prototyping, writing software, and potentially both.

Basic computer skills (opening software, editing files and so on) are required, and some programming experience (e.g. Javascript or Python) would be useful but not essential.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need a laptop running a recent version of an Arduino-compatible operating system such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. Make sure it’s got a working USB port to connect and program the Arduino.

Lunch isn’t provided on this course, but you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch with you. Or try out one of the tasty and varied eateries on our doorstep.

What will you learn?

How to connect and configure an Arduino Uno, and upload programs to it
How to use a breadboard to prototype circuits, and interact with components through software
What different kinds of components exist and how to use them
How to communicate between an Arduino and your computer
How to expand your Arduino, and where to find devices, support, and inspiration for new projects
Lunch

The course will break for an hour at lunchtime. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch or there are plenty of nearby lunch options in the Northern Quarter.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£110
The course fee covers the day’s workshop tuition, as well as the cost of an ARDX Experimentation Kit from Oomlout (worth £62!), containing an Arduino Uno (Classic) and all the wires and electronic components (LEDs, sensors, motors, buttons) you need to carry on tinkering at home!

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-arduino-at-madfablab-5/

bid

Bid Writing at MadLab

  • 16 May 2018 10am-4pm

You’ll understand every stage of the bid writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical Dos and Don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully prepared not just for filling in the form, but for the whole journey.

Who is this course for?
Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable for both those who have not been through the bid writing process and those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

For those with existing bids in mind…
Laura will tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids based on their feedback at the start of the day. This is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.

Course syllabus
Morning
10:00 – 11:00 Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to “doing it” to evaluation plus Dos and Don’ts, tips and tricks

Lunch
12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served

Afternoon
13:30 – 15:30 Trying your hand
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary and finish

Equipment you’ll need
Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

Learning outcomes:
Knowledge of sources and types of funding available
Understanding the bid and award process
Understanding the use of language in bid writing
Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications
Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form
Confidence in completing bids
Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person
Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.


Your Tutor

Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science Association and this is the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£125

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/bid-writing-3/

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Build your first website with WordPress at MadLab

  • 17 — 18 May 2018 10am-4:30pm

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.

Over two days you’ll learn everything you need:

Planning and setting up a site
Publishing content
Getting a polished look with themes
Adding functionality with plugins
How to make conversations with your readers effortless

WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It’s quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup. But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it.

This course will give you a great start. Over two days Mike will guide you through installing WordPress, adding content (including multimedia), and interacting with your readers, as well as beginning to customise the look and enhance the functionality of your site.

The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it.
Who is this for?

Total beginners, no prior knowledge required. This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise (for example a scout group or a local church) this course will be ideal for you. You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will set you back on the right track.
Course syllabus
Day one

Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
Installing WordPress: Demonstration
Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
Exercise: Sketch your site layout
The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
Content types: Posts, pages and more
Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
Exercise: Adding content to your site
The look of your site
Exercise: Changing things around

Day two

Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
Comments: Engaging with your readers
Exercise: Commenting and moderation
Plugins: Playing with plugins
Exercise: Logging in and looking around
Installing themes
Exercise: Trying some themes
Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.
Costs

The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers

two days tuition
lunch and refreshments on both days
an electronic copy of the teaching materials
one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab, to test and refine your site

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220 (inclusive of VAT). These are open to people who are self employed (and on low income), unemployed or full time students. Please contact us on 0161 839 6324 or via email (office@madlab.org.uk) to book your place.

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£313.19

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-tickets-44216669248

Laser cutting

Introduction to Laser Cutting: make an acrylic keyring at MadFabLab

  • 24 May 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Want to get creative with laser cutting?
Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to laser cutting. Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you’ll go on to create a beautiful, unique acrylic keyring of your own design.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting or design.

Equipment you’ll need
All materials and equipment will be provided.

What will you learn?
How to create a simple design in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life
FAQs
I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The MadFabLab is next door to MadLab in the Northern Quarter (Manchester).

42 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
UK

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram
The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus
The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air
From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car
If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike
Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk.

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab
MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Gemma May Latham is a participatory artist/maker who interprets textiles through digital and analogue processes. Gemma creates interventions and installations that explore traditional craft skills. She embraces processes that are intrinsically slow, creating a calming effect that allows time to connect with both process and material.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£20

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-laser-cutting-make-an-acrylic-keyring-at-madfablab-3/

3D

Learn to Laser Cut a 3D Model at MadFabLab

  • 13 — 20 June 2018

This course runs over two evenings – Wednesday 13th June and Wednesday 20th June 18.30 until 21.00
Create a simple 3D model using free software and learn how to generate slices for laser cutting.
Whether you’re looking to sample 3D objects as prototypes, or you just fancy making a unique sculpture for your home, learning how to slice a 3D design is your starting point.

Using open source software (free software available for anyone to download online) and corrugated card as a build material, makes this method an ideal way to start tinkering with 3D prototyping without breaking the bank.

You’ll get to know the basics of open source 3D software, an essential tool for any budding digital maker.

Who is this course for?
This workshop is suitable for everyone, including young makers aged 11+. All under-18s must be accompanied by an adult (all participants need their own tickets).

Equipment you’ll need
All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself

What you’ll learn:
The concept of slicing to create 3D objects
The basics of Tinkercad
Creating files ready for the laser cutter
Induction to the HPC laser cutter
FAQs
I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The MadFabLab is next door to MadLab in the Northern Quarter (Manchester).

42 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
UK

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram
The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus
The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air
From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car
If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike
Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk.

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab
MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Gemma May Latham is a participatory artist/maker who interprets textiles through digital and analogue processes. Gemma creates interventions and installations that explore traditional craft skills. She embraces processes that are intrinsically slow, creating a calming effect that allows time to connect with both process and material. The process of making and this experience is far more important to me than any physical outcome.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£50

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/learn-to-laser-cut-a-3d-model-at-madfablab-2/

Tile

Introduction to Laser Cutting: Wooden Coaster Tiles at MadFabLab

  • 14 June 2018 6:30-8:30pm

Want to get creative with laser cutting?
Learn to add the personal touch in this two hour introduction to laser cutting. Starting with the basics of designing in Inkscape, you’ll go on to create a beautiful, unique wooden coaster etched with your photo.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for all abilities, and we welcome beginners with no previous experience of laser cutting and etching.

Equipment you’ll need
All you’ll need to bring for the workshop is a photo from your collection. All other materials and equipment will be provided on the day.

What will you learn?
How to create a simple shape in Inkscape, a free, open source graphics editor.
Manipulating your photo with GIMP
How to transfer your design to the laser cutter, using Laserscript 5.3 software
Setting up the laser cutter to watch your design come to life
FAQs
I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?
Unfortunately the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The MadFabLab is next door to MadLab in the Northern Quarter (Manchester).

42 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
UK

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram
The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus
The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train
MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air
From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car
If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike
Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk.

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

About MadFabLab
MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate with others.

Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing fab@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/introduction-to-laser-cutting-wooden-coaster-tiles-at-madfablab-7/

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Intermediate WordPress at MadLab

  • 14 — 15 June 2018 10am-4:30pm

Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation and learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices. You’ll begin to unleash the full potential of the platform: from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.
Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!
Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.
Day one

Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
Caching: Make your site fly!
Exercise: Security and caching plugins
SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
More useful tools and plugins
Question and Answer session with Mike

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).
Equipment you’ll need:

Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
An external mouse if you prefer using one.

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.
Cost

The course is £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

Two days tuition
Lunch and refreshments on both days
An electronic copy of the teaching materials
One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site (you’re welcome to work on your own site if you prefer)

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.
Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£313.19

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-wordpress-tickets-44216984190

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Advanced WordPress at MadLab

  • 13 — 14 September 2018 10am-4:30pm

If WordPress is your business – as a developer, power-user, or marketing pro – this is the course for you.

Over two days Mike will teach you advanced techniques that will give you a competitive edge. You’ll learn insider tips and tricks for managing sites, both for yourself and your clients: from customising your admin screens to e-commerce via event management, building membership sites, utilising the power of child themes, and picking the perfect production and marketing tools.
Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with the WordPress CMS. You’ll need to have some programming know-how, but in-depth expertise isn’t essential, however, a little CSS knowledge and how to use a text editor and an FTP program is desirable.

This advanced course is ideal for those who are already comfortable building WordPress sites but are looking to work in the field professionally – perhaps wanting to make a living building or creating more sophisticated WordPress sites. It will also benefit marketing and promotional companies looking to take their clients’ sites further, as well as those who want to bring their website creation and maintenance in-house.

Sounds a bit scary? Take a look at our Intermediate or Build your first website with WordPress courses instead.
Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.
Day one

Introduction
Overview of theme: Theme frameworks, child themes, and vertical themes
Advanced theming: Anatomy of a child theme
Exercise: Let’s create a child theme
Functions.php: Media sizes and some useful snippets of PHP code
Exercise: Beefing up Twenty Eleven
E-commerce in depth: Eshop and WooCommerce
Event Management: Events, calendars and tickets
Advanced content plugins: Types and views

Day two

Multiple users in depth: Adding workflow and responsibilities
Multi-site and BuddyPress: Building a community or social network
Third-party authentication: Logging-in with Facebook and Twitter
Building a membership site: Overview and some useful plugins
Production tools: Branding the admin screens
Marketing tools: Stats, mailing lists, and more
Enhancing the admin for your clients: Some useful tools and plugins
Free for all, Q&A, show & tell

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding). There is a small amount of copy and paste PHP in the child theme module.
Equipment you’ll need:

Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed.
Web browser: our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too.
Text editor (see below)
FTP client: we suggest FileZilla

You may also wish to consider bringing:

Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
An external mouse if you prefer using one.

We suggest these text editors:

Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
OSX: Text Wrangler (free), Textmate (£), Coda (££), Espresso (££)
Linux: Bluefish (free), KompoZer (free)

If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.
Cost

The course is £400 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

Two days tuition
Lunch and refreshments on both days
An electronic copy of the teaching materials
One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£313.19

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/advanced-wordpress-tickets-44251688993

wordpress

Build your first website with WordPress

  • 18 — 19 October 2018 10am-4:30pm

This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 18th to Friday 19th of October. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or never been happy with the one you have, start here.

Over two days you’ll learn everything you need:

planning and setting up a site
publishing content
getting a polished look with themes
adding functionality with plugins
how to make conversations with your readers effortless
WordPress is the publishing platform of choice for more than 73 million websites and blogs – including some of the most high-profile sites in the world. It’s quick to install, and simple to get started on, with little configuration and setup. But, as an incredibly powerful web publishing platform, it takes some knowledge to truly get the best out of it.

This course will give you a great start. Over two days Mike will guide you through installing WordPress, adding content (including multimedia), and interacting with your readers, as well as beginning to customise the look and enhance the functionality of your site.

The course includes a month’s free hosting for your site so you can practice your skills. After completing the course, you’ll have a website, and you’ll know how to look after it.

Who is this for?
Total beginners, no prior knowledge required. This class is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website, whether you have heard of WordPress or not. If you have heard about blogging and want to start your own blog, this course will get you started.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise (for example a scout group or a local church) this course will be ideal for you. You might be a freelance journalist wanting to show off some of your writing, an acupuncturist hoping to attract more clients, or a gardener finding small ads in the free paper less and less effective. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will set you back on the right track.

Course syllabus
Day one
Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
Installing WordPress: Demonstration
Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
Exercise: Sketch your site layout
The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
Content types: Posts, pages and more
Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
Exercise: Adding content to your site
The look of your site
Exercise: Changing things around
Day two
Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
Comments: Engaging with your readers
Exercise: Commenting and moderation
Plugins: Playing with plugins
Exercise: Logging in and looking around
Installing themes
Exercise: Trying some themes
Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
Free for all, Q&A, show & tell
Equipment you’ll need
Please bring a laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed. You will not need to install any software, but you should have a modern web browser. Our preference is the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome, but the latest Internet Explorer or Opera will be fine too. If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you. If you feel more comfortable using an external mouse, please bring one too.

You may want to bring some sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as you follow along on the course.

Costs
The full course costs £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers

two days tuition
lunch and refreshments on both days
an electronic copy of the teaching materials
one month’s free hosting courtesy of MadLab, to test and refine your site
We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220 (inclusive of VAT). These are open to people who are self employed (and on low income), unemployed or full time students. Please contact us on 0161 839 6324 or via email (office@madlab.org.uk) to book your place.

mike little
Mike Little is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-7/

wordpress

Intermediate WordPress

  • 15 — 16 November 2018 10am-4:30pm

This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th of November. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

Take your WordPress site to the next level!
Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation and learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices. You’ll begin to unleash the full potential of the platform: from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

Who is this course for?
The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!

Course Syllabus
This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one
Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS
Day two
Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
Caching: Make your site fly!
Exercise: Security and caching plugins
SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
More useful tools and plugins
Question and Answer session with Mike
Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).

Equipment you’ll need:
Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
An external mouse if you prefer using one.
If you don’t have access to a computer please let us know in advance of the course so we can arrange one for you.

Cost
The course is £300 (inclusive of VAT). This covers:

Two days tuition
Lunch and refreshments on both days
An electronic copy of the teaching materials
One month’s free hosting, to test and refine your site (you’re welcome to work on your own site if you prefer)
We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Booking your place
For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:
Book via Eventbrite
Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk
Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN
We also accept card payments in person
Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

Your Tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, has a portfolio including prominent government sites, is a published author, technical editor and member of the Usability Professionals Association… but let’s face it, we had you at ‘co-founder of WordPress’.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-8/

MadLab
36-40 Edge Street
Northern Quarter
Manchester
M4 1HN
England

Website

madlab.org.uk/

E-mail

office@madlab.org.uk

Telephone

0161 839 6324

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