WordPress Web Design Classes
Hands-on training for artists, non-profits, small biz & more!

Build & Maintain Your WordPress Website

wordpressDo you need a website built on a budget? Or does your business or organization already have a WordPress website that needs help?  In our WordPress web design seminars, we’ll show you everything you need to know to plan, design, build and maintain a website. We offer our web design classes throughout Alaska, past locations include Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez and Homer.

Course Outline

This 2 day schedule includes plenty of time for one-on-one questions and practice. One hour of free post-class support is also included  to go over any questions that might pop up while working at home.

Day 1

9am – 5pm

Needs and desires
  • Determining your needs
  • Marketing
  • Information
  • Utility
Content – the foundation
  • The principles of good content
Design – your message
  • The principles of good design
Tools of the trade
CMS – Content Management System
  • Reduce your workload via CMS
  • Empowering your employees
  • Helping Google love you more
Making a home for your CMS
  • Getting a domain name
  • Picking a web host
Building your site
  • Manual construction
  • HTML basics
  • Design to WordPress Theme
  • Customizing with CSS
  • Using pre-made themes
  • Choosing and customizing a theme
  • Your online home is ready to be moved into!

Day 2

9am – 5pm

WordPress content geography
  • Content and categories
  • Where these things go – headers and sidebars explained
  • Posts vs Pages
WordPress editing tricks
  • Adding content
  • Formatting text
  • All about Images – editing, choosing, and placing
Wide World of Widgets
  • What is a widget and when would you use it
  • Menus in action
  • Creating and placing menus
  • Menu tricks
The Power of WordPress Plugins
  • Installing and configuring your plugins
  • Updating and troubleshooting plugins
  • Top plugins to save you time and improve your site
Individual projects focus time
Your roadmap to the future
  • Keeping your site updated
  • Maintaining your design aesthetic
  • Interact with your visitors
  • Manage visitor statistics

Both days: $499    One day: $299

Web design classes are given through our IT department, Out of a Jam Solutions. Check out the Out of a Jam site for a complete list of materials.

Workshop Instructors

Michael Miller, Out of a Jam SolutionsMichael Miller owns and operates Out of a Jam Solutions, where he works to make customers’ lives simpler with repair and consulting for computers (especially Apple), small business IT, website building and training. He specializes in CMS (especially WordPress) and Web strategy.

heidi-headshotHeidi Weiland owns and operates Sound Web Solutions, where she has worked as graphic designer, UX designer, project manager, consultant and teacher for seminars on web and graphic design. She has a BA in Fine Arts from Rice University and a mestrado Latu Senso in Interactive Multimedia from SENAC in São Paulo, Brazil and has taken art courses around the world. Heidi enjoys drawing and painting with a full palette of colors, finding great inspiration in Latin American street art. In Anchorage, she also volunteers for TEDx, the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Big Brothers Big Sisters and her own project, CAWs (community art walls).

Upcoming Classes

March 31 & April 1, 2017

Palmer, Alaska

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