Highlights from the First WordPress Workshop
Last week, we partnered with GoDigital and The Techvillage to have a workshop on WordPress. The workshop was a 5 day crash course on WordPress Website Development. This training was the first of a lineup of events to support the WordPress Bulawayo Community.
The Five Days Broken Down
Day 0 – Know your Words
Day 0 was extended for members to complete beginners who wanted to catch up on some of the terms that were used through the course. On this day, general terms such as Hosting, Domain Name, DNS, Plugin and Theme among others were explained
Day 1 – Setting Up the Environment.
Community members participating in the class where each provided with shared hosting space on a sub-domain courtesy of The Techvillage and Neon. A walkthrough on how to install WordPress on Cpanel was the first order of the day. The last bit of the first day emphasized the need for planning before actually getting started on development.
Day 2 – Installing a theme, customizing and Creating the first Page.
With the same hosting space provisioned for in Day 1, a practical walkthrough on how to install a WordPress theme. With installation done, participants got to learn to customize their theme on the WordPress dashboard. The day ended after creating a new blank page.
Day 3 – Plugins and Widgets.
Day 3 started off right where Day 2 had ended. Members where taught how to make use of plugins and widgets to populate their very first pages. Using Day 1’s , members added structure to the homepage of their hypothetical businesses’ websites.
Day 4 – Creating More Pages and Navigations.
Using knowledge that they gained from creating the first page, members where challenged to create additional pages for their hypothetical businesses/organization. The follow-one was a lesson on how to add pages to a navigation bar.
Day 5 – Preparing for a Real World Project.
Day Five was project preparation. The challenge was for participants to select a school of their choice and develop a website for them. Project Planning was discuss as well as how to gather content before starting development.
Follow on Events?
Due to requests from particiapants, there will be follow-on events, one will be a general guide for someone looking to start a Web Development Business.
The Second will be The Devshop‘s crash course on HTML, CSS and JS as we get ready for the more code-demanding sessions.
— The Devshop (@Devshopzw) February 5, 2018
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