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WordPress: Introduction to Custom Theming
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
New York, United States
This is part of a series track of classes developed by New Work City.
*Purchase tickets by September 18th to receive an early bird discount*
Entry Level Track
October 5: Setting up a self-hosted WordPress site
So you've heard Wordpress is the way to go for building and managing your website. Great! But where do you start? In this session we'll discuss the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. What you need to look for when deciding on a host. We'll also look at the famous 5-minute install. We'll also answer some tough questions like do you need to learn HTML, CSS and PHP.
October 12th: Mastering the Wordpress dashboard
You've got Wordpress up and running. Now what? Understanding the dashboard is key to your website's set up. Discover the power of plugins. Configure your sites sidebars with widgets. See what a theme does and how it operates. Learn about the editor. Find out some hidden features that you didn't even know were there.
October 19th: Introduction to Custom Theming
Now that your Wordpress site is up and running and you've got the basics down discover the world of themes. What is a parent theme and a child theme? How much can you customize a theme? Where's a good place to look for them? We'll answer all these questions and more in this 2 hour session.
October 26th: Finding the Right Plugins
One of Wordpress' greatest strengths is in its plugin architecture. You can use plugins to great effect to add functionality to a site. In this course we'll take a look at different plugins that are available and where to find them. See how being able to find plugins can change the whole dynamic of your site by taking it to another level.
About the Instructor
Nate Cooper has been a WordPress advocate and user since 2003 and a teacher for longer. He prides himself on taking on challenging topics in a way that is approachable by beginners. While he honed this skill during his years running workshops at Apple Inc, he now runs his own consultancy firm and teaches Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals at New Work City where he is also the director of Education.
Should I bring my computer with me?
Great question! While it’s always nice to have a computer to take notes they can often be a distraction to others and yourself if you are perhaps not looking up when important information is being given out. Bringing your computer should be fine provided you are respectful of the time of others and aren’t too distracting from the topic at hand. The class shouldn’t have to come to a halt if you are trying to build your webpage instead of listening to the discussion. So the answer is yes, you can bring your computer but please be respectful when using it during class time.
What if I need additional help or can't follow along?
There will be a lab attached to this course. A lab is a 1 hour study hall that you can attend following the class where you can ask questions about your particular problems with WordPress and work alongside beginners in an informal environment. Think of it as group consulting.
When & Where
No one masters self employment without help from others. As more and more people pursue independent careers, the need for structure, education, and shared accountability grows accordingly. Just as industries have risen to accommodate the needs of a white collar employed workforce, so too will new services be built for the new independent workforce.
To this end, we provide a platform that allows participants to to create programs that are geared toward this goal. These efforts take the forms of classes, workshops, coworking sessions, mentorships, speaker series, and more. The program is driven by a core belief that each participant has something to teach and something to learn from everyone else.
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