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WordPress

Build your first website with WordPress

  • 22 — 23 September 2016 10am-4:30pm

If you’ve never had a website or blog, or just 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, WordPress co-founder Mike Little 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 course for?

Total beginners, no prior knowledge required. This course is ideal for someone who wants to set up their first website. Whether you have heard of WordPress, about blogging, or neither, this course will get you where you want to be.

If you have a small business, or are involved with a charity, or social enterprise, this course will be ideal for you. You may have already tried to set up WordPress but got lost in the technical stuff. This course will put you back in control.


Course syllabus

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

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
-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 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

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 our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-sep-2016/

Bid Writing

Bid Writing

  • 18 October 2016 10am-4pm

Aiming to raise funds for projects or operations? Whether you’re new to the bid writing process or want to scale up your applications, this course will equip you to win.

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. 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 our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£100

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/bid-writing-oct-2016/

WordPress

Intermediate WordPress

  • 20 — 21 October 2016 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 as well as caching to e-commerce.

We’ll supply you with a test site and a month's free hosting which you can use for experimenting, however, you’re welcome to work on your own site if you’d prefer. At the end of the course, you’ll be confident your site is professional quality and working its hardest for you.

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

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 our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£300

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-oct-2016/

WordPress

Advanced WordPress

  • 17 — 18 November 2016 10am-4:30pm

If WordPress is your business, either 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. After completing the course, you’ll be at the cutting edge of WordPress best practice.

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 our website www.madlab.org.uk/courses
-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

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£400

Website

https://madlab.org.uk/courses/advanced-wordpress-nov-2016/

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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