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Philadelphia, PA /

Intro to WordPress

EPAM 30 South 15th Street 9th Floor, Philadelphia, pa 19102 (map)

This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a framework and content management system for a website or blog. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, build and manage a site.

The first hour of class will be a "Happiness Bar" dedicated to installing WordPress on students' hosting accounts. If you already have WordPress installed on a hosting account, or locally on your computer, feel free to arrive at 10:45. Class will start promptly at 11am.

We will cover the following:

• Intro to WordPress, Installation, Security, Administration & Management: You'll learn how to install WordPress, gain an understanding of the admin interface and learn of how to manage site content.

• Widgets, Plugins, Themes & Customizing Themes: You'll learn how to install plugins and themes to add functionality and change the look of your site. You will also learn how to customize themes and theme frameworks.

The last 30 minutes of class will be one-on-one help for individual issues and any WP topics not covered in class.

FORMAT

This class is a combination of lecture and hands-on workshop.

PREREQUISITES & TECH REQUIREMENTS

All students MUST come to class with at least a WordPress compatible hosting account, preferably with WordPress already installed. If you do not already have WordPress up and running on your hosting account we will install it for you.

Need hosting? Thanks to our hosting sponsor DreamHost we are able to offer discounted hosting plans to our members. DreamHost proudly hosts over 1.5 million websites, WordPress blogs, and applications for designers, developers, small businesses, and more. Visit https://www.dreamhost.com/promo/gdi/ to sign up for a discounted plan now!

A basic understanding of HTML/CSS is helpful, but it is NOT necessary.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc., a Philadelphia web design and development company located in Fishtown. She has been designing websites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2007. She spends her days building custom themes for WordPress. When not wrangling HTML and CSS, Tracy drinks coffee, chases her 10 year old daughter, plays drums and takes pictures of abandoned buildings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Girl Develop It welcomes all genders and identities to our classroom. By entering this group, all community members agree to abide by our Code of Conduct (http://www.girldevelopit.com/codeofconduct).

See our Assistance page for information on scholarships, laptops for loan, and other services. We'd like to help you benefit from our classes! (http://bit.ly/gdiphillyhelp)

Questions about the class or want to Teaching Assist? Contact [masked].

REFUNDS AND WAITLIST

Refunds are offered only if the class is rescheduled/cancelled or in extreme circumstances. If you are no longer able to attend, please post your interest in selling your ticket in the comments. If you find a buyer, send a Meetup message to Jen with the name of the buyer. Do not change your RSVP in the Meetup event.

Unfortunately, GDI cannot offer a waitlist. If the class is full, please keep an eye on the comments to see if another student is interested in selling their ticket to you.

CLASS FREQUENCY

We aim to offer this class two times per year. Timing varies based on teacher and venue availability. Keep an eye on our Meetup page for future class announcements.

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