Build your first website with WordPress

Build your first website with WordPress
Event on 2017-09-14 10:00:00
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.


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 ( to book your place.

About the course tutor:
Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy, 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’.

at MadLab
36-40 Edge Street
Manchester, United Kingdom

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