The PDX WordPress Meetup group meets the fourth Monday of every month for presentations and Q&A on all aspects of WordPress. The group recently added a second monthly meeting for more experienced WordPress users wishing to dive deeper under the hood.
All meetings are start at 6:30 and are held at the U.S. Bancorp Tower Conference Rooms, 111 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The conference rooms are on the north end of the building near the security desk.
In my own research on WordPress stats, 25% of all websites are published with WordPress, though this is based upon the statistic that more than half of these are on WordPress.com, where people come and go and set up test sites on a regular basis and abandon them, so Matt’s number may represent a more accurate number of active sites.
Aaron spoke at my last WordPress class at Clark College and is the founder of WordCamp Portland (PDX), an annual WordPress event in Portland.
I highly recommend attendance.
For those already familiar with the code, WordPress Themes, and Plugins, a second meeting will be Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30PM at the US Bancorps Bldg, and be focused totally on the code and developer issues. See Peer Code Review for more details.
Starting October 16, 2012, I’m presenting the Introduction to WordPress at Clark College Corporate and Continuing Education in Vancouver, Washington.
The CTEC 280 Clark College WordPress Introduction course continues as a four credit course. This is the college level course for WordPress users wanting to learn how WordPress works and how to use it better for half the price and no degree credits or college registration required.
Clark College Corporate and Continuing Education The Introduction to WordPress
6-8PM October 16 – December 6
Columbia Tech Center in Vancouver, Washington
$299 Item # F257
Register: Online or call (360) 992-2939
The Clark College Corporate and Continuing Education program, The Introduction to WordPress, is a slightly scaled down version of the full credit course. It is a thirty hour course designed for anyone looking to learn how to use WordPress for a personal or business website. It covers the basics on how to use the WordPress platform including installation, content management, configuration, SEO, and user experience strategies. The course also covers more advanced areas including WordPress Themes, Plugins, and advanced settings. No prerequisites are required, though familiarity with web browsers and web pages in general is highly recommended.
The Clark College CTEC 280 WordPress Introduction course will be offered Winter Quarter. If you are interested in the course as part of a degree or business education course, contact Reesa McAllister, CTEC offices, at 360-992-2456 to learn how to register and/or get on the waiting list for the class announcement.
The 30 Clicks program at Clark College is a lunch-time presentation on the web and web and mobile technologies. It’s free to the public and students to bring their lunch into the library and learn more about how the modern world is working on the web. Topics include social media, web publishing, marketing, resume building, and multimedia.
Today, I’m tackling the art of podcasting with a examples of podcasts and tips and techniques on podcasting.
Welcome to the second “Introduction to WordPress” class at Clark College this spring, the second ever in the world. The first course was a resounding success with no students failing nor dropping the class. Amazing. You can read more about it
Introduction to WordPress is focused on the core features and functionality of WordPress right out of the box – specifically out of the WordPress.com box. We’ll explore the full features of WordPress and WordPress.com and concentrate on content building and strategies. The extra features that come with free WordPress.com blogs are based upon popular WordPress Themes and Plugins, giving us experience using the extensible and customization features available for the self-hosted version of WordPress.
If time allows, we’ll work our way towards some basic WordPress development, planning website layouts and content support for a variety of business needs.
Categories, tags, and content organization and navigation.
Web publishing with the visual editor, HTML editor, QuickPress/PressThis, mobile, and alternative publishing tools.
Publishing multimedia with WordPress.
Content development and management.
Introduction to basic core site customization (header art, widgets, etc.).
Introduction to dynamic web page generation.
Introduction to dynamic web design.
Introduction to WordPress Themes.
How to use Post Format Types.
Comments and spam management.
Multiple users and authors (permissions/authorities).
Managing multiple contributors.
Basic analytics and statistics with WordPress.com Stats.
WordPress and SEO.
Introduction to WordPress hybrid sites.
How to create and manage custom menus.
WordPress Widget functionality and customization.
Understanding WordPress interactivity through trackbacks, pingbacks, and pings.
WordPress feed management, integration, and customization.
Integration of social media to and from WordPress.
Managing a private or restricted access WordPress site.
Introduction to WordPress Plugins.
WordPress installation options.
Introduction to WordPress development for employers and clients.
The program is fairly flexible based upon student abilities and learning process. We will explained into more technical aspects in WordPress as much as time permits.
The class requires are competency with computers and web browsers, as well as basic writing skills. See Class Requirements below for details. It is highly recommended that you have HTML Fundamentals and Introduction to PHP if you wish to pursue WordPress towards a career. Check with Clark College’s course catalog and counselors for more information on the various programs you will need for a WordPress and web practitioner degree program.
Be ready to:
Create your own blog.
Have something to say and share on your blog, enough for ten weeks.
Use social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Google+).
In the meantime while I applaud Clark College for realizing the importance of content management system design and implementation, the truth is the WordPress Codex is more then capable of teaching even a non-programmer how to fully work with a barebones framework to create vastly interesting WordPress pages without paying by the credit hour.
Do you think a WordPress class is a good idea or would you rather learn from the Codex?
As students of the first WordPress college course, how about you have your say. Head to the Blog Herald article and let them know if you think a WordPress class is important. Tell them why you choose to take it, and how learning in a college course is different than learning from the WordPress Codex.