Learn all the important bits of WordPress.com in a 4 hour course held in Dublin
What is this course about: This course will show you how to create a free blog or web page using the WordPress.com platform – it could be a private or commercial blog depending on what you need. We will all set up our own accounts using WordPress.com as our host, which means you don’t need your own web page, a hoster or any technical web master skills (such as uploading files using an FTP programme etc.) and you don’t have to pay for an account, host or anything else – we will use only free features, and believe me, there are loads of them.
This course is about learning and using a WordPress.com blog and its features. Upgrading your blog, setting up multiple blogs, hosting them yourself or integrating them into your existing web page are all possibilities down the line, but are beyond the scope of this course. First of all you should become familiar with the basics, create a page you can use and practise with, write posts, upload photos, change the blog’s appearance, use different themes and widgets, and see for yourself just how much WordPress.com can do for you – and then decide what you want to do with it.
Who is this course for:
- For anybody who knows how to use a computer as a normal user – browsing the internet, checking e-mails and using simple applications such as Word.
- Start-ups, non-profit organisations or anybody who does not have the resources to hire a web master, and who would like to have an interactive web page that they can easily update and change themselves, from any computer with an internet connection, without any cost. Here is an example of a blog I’ve set up for the animal welfare organisation Pethelpers in Wexford, we synchronised it with Facebook and had 136 visitors on our first day we launched the page – almost all the animals have found new homes in a few days – the response has been fantastic!
- People who would like to share their professional experiences and find new paths to employment. If you want to re-brand yourself for example, and want to find ways to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Blogging is a great tool to show off your expertise, and it will be indexed in Google very quickly – show them what you have to offer! Just as a note, everybody has something special to offer from accountancy advice, to teaching experience, or make-up and fashion advice. For more information about reinventing yourself and opening yourself up to change, here is a fantastic networking group based in Dublin Worksearch 2.0.
- Last but not least, people who like to share an interest. This could be a private blog for friends and family, or a blog open to the world. Many people use a blog to keep in touch and update others when travelling, or to share tips and advice on a hobby like photography, gardening, cooking, fashion or anything at all that you’re passionate about!
What do you need to know before you start the course:
- As mentioned above you should know how to use a computer as a normal user – browsing the internet, checking e-mails and using simple applications such as Word.
- You need to have an e-mail address which you can access during the course.
What do you need to bring to the course:
- You will need to bring a laptop you are familiar with on the day and it needs to have an Ethernet connection. Ethernet is the most common type of connection computers use in a local area network (LAN).
- Think about 3 possible names for your blog – the name is the only part of your blog which you cannot change once it’s been set up, so it’s worth thinking about a good name for it. Consider what your blog is about, and what search terms you would like it to be found under in Google. We’ll show you how to check if the name you want is still available (such as you.wordpress.com – you can switch to a custom address later if you’d like as well but that’s not for free). Of course you can always set up a new free blog with a new name later on if you want.
What will you know and have after the course:
You will have your own free WordPress.com account, know how to change themes and widgets in your sidebar, and how to create posts on your blog and static pages like on a normal web page. You will be able to upload photos to your posts and pages, create galleries and slide shows out of them, create a navigation bar, categories and tags. You will also know how to change your personal settings, allow or disallow comments, and how to fight spam.
You will get an allocation of file storage (about 2,500 pictures worth!). You can blog as much as you want for free, your blog can be public to the world or private for just your friends, and the premium features are completely optional.
Please note: Your page will contain ‘wordpress’ in it’s url (internet address), such as http://yourcompany.wordpress.com. You can upgrade later if you like, but the idea of this course is to use it for free and become familiar with WordPress.com features first, instead of deciding on a permanent name, address and host beforehand. Differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
Where, when and how much:
The course will be around 4 hours long (including time for plenty questions & answers), which I know from teaching other courses I have taught is a very good time frame to learn and practise as much as possible.
If you are interested in attending a course, please leave a comment underneath this article or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I will answer all comments by e-mail, so please add ‘email@example.com’ to your contacts, otherwise my answer might end up in your spam folder.