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Intermediate WordPress

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This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 14th to Friday 15th of June. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

To reserve you space, follow our Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intermediate-wordpress-tickets-44216984190

Take your WordPress site to the next level!

Over the course of two days you’ll dig deep into theme customisation and learn how to make your site work perfectly on mobile devices. You’ll begin to unleash the full potential of the platform: from search engine optimisation (SEO) to security, caching to e-commerce.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at those who’ve already got to grips with WordPress. You don’t need any programming experience, but a little CSS knowledge is useful. If you want to work on an existing WordPress site you are more than welcome, but we will provide a pre-installed site for up to a month for all attendees.

Are you a beginner? Try our Build your first website with WordPress course! Or already an old hand? Try our Advanced WordPress course!

Course Syllabus

This course starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:30pm. Lunch is served at 12:30pm.

Day one

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Recap of the WordPress basics: Posts, pages and all that jazz
  3. Settings in depth: More ways to configure your site
  4. Advanced posts and pages: Featured images, the kitchen sink, paging and more
  5. Exercise: Getting to grips with the WordPress Editor
  6. The Image Editor: Make your own thumbnails
  7. Themes, Widgets and Menus in depth: Learning the building blocks
  8. CSS introduction: An overview and some useful tools
  9. Pulling it all together: Improving the look of your site
  10. Exercise: Customising your theme with CSS

Day two

  1. Security: Hosting, plugins and good habits
  2. Caching: Make your site fly!
  3. Exercise: Security and caching plugins
  4. SEO – an overview: The strange art of Search Engine Optimisation
  5. Anti-spam techniques: Akismet and beyond
  6. Jetpack in depth: Juicy goodness form WordPress.com
  7. Exercise: Getting to know Jetpack
  8. E-commerce – an overview: An intro to selling your stuff
  9. More useful tools and plugins
  10. Question and Answer session with Mike

Please note: This course does not teach WordPress development (PHP coding).

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Laptop computer with Windows, Linux or OS X installed
  • Web browser: the latest version of Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Sample images that you will be able to upload to your website as the course progresses.
  • An external mouse if you prefer using one.

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.

Cost

The course is £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, to test and refine your site (you’re welcome to work on your own site if you prefer)

We have a limited number of bursary places available on this course for a reduced rate of £220. These are open to people who are underemployed, unemployed or full-time students. Please contact us (details below) for more information.

Your Tutor

Mike is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, 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’.

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2 days
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£300

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36-40 Edge Street 
Manchester 
M4 1HN 

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https://madlab.org.uk/courses/intermediate-wordpress-7/

Build your first website with WordPress

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This is a two-day course, which runs from Thursday 17th to Friday 18th of May. Starts 10:00am and finishes 4:30pm both days.

To reserve you space, follow our Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/build-your-first-website-with-wordpress-tickets-44216669248

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

  1. Introduction To WordPress: What is WordPress? A little history
  2. Installing WordPress: Demonstration
  3. Anatomy of a website: Headers, footers and sidebars
  4. Exercise: Sketch your site layout
  5. The WordPress Dashboard: Logging in and looking around
  6. Content types: Posts, pages and more
  7. Publishing your first content: It’s that easy!
  8. Exercise: Adding content to your site
  9. The look of your site
  10. Exercise: Changing things around

Day two

  1. Settings: Configuring WordPress just how you want it
  2. Comments: Engaging with your readers
  3. Exercise: Commenting and moderation
  4. Plugins: Playing with plugins
  5. Exercise: Logging in and looking around
  6. Installing themes
  7. Exercise: Trying some themes
  8. Multiple users: Let someone else do some work
  9. Exercise: Co-authoring, editing, and workflow
  10. 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.

Costs

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 (office@madlab.org.uk) to book your place.

Mike Little is the co-founder of WordPress. He’s also the founder and CEO of WordPress consultancy zed1.com, 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’.

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2 days
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£300

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36-40 Edge Street 
Manchester 
M4 1HN 

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office@madlab.org.uk

Drink&Draw

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Life drawing with wine!

Have you ever wanted to try life drawing?
If so, now is your chance to join a friendly and supportive group for all levels.

Groups sizes are limited to 14 so there are plenty of opportunities to share your work & to receive tips and feedback. 

All abilities welcome!

Details:

Thursday 22nd March 2018
19:00 - 21:00
This week we welcome the fabulous model Tuuli back to Leyden Gallery

Expect a warm welcome to the life drawing workshop, which is guided by gallery director and artist Lindsay Moran. This is an opportunity for anyone who wants to start, continue, or improve their life-drawing skills.
Paper, board and professional model are provided - please remember to bring your own drawing materials.

Tickets include a free glass of wine or a beer from our artBar!

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2 hours
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13.16

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9 Leyden Street, E1 7LE London, United Kingdom

Bid Writing

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Aiming to raise funds for projects or operations? Whether you’re new to the bid writing process or want to scale up your applications, this course will equip you to win.

You’ll understand every stage of the bid writing process from identifying funds to delivering a winning bid, both in the wider strategic and policy contexts and at the nitty-gritty level of practical Dos and Don’ts. After completing this course, you’ll be fully prepared not just for filling in the form, but for the whole journey.

Who is this course for?

Individuals to small-to-medium enterprises aiming to raise funds for projects or operations. The course is suitable for both those who have not been through the bid writing process and those who have some experience but wish to improve their skills or increase the scale of their applications.

For those with existing bids in mind…

Laura will tailor the course for attendees who are targeting specific bids based on their feedback at the start of the day. This is an incredibly valuable addition to the course for those working towards a specific fund, although it is not a requirement and does not affect the core content and activities of the course.

Course syllabus

Morning

10:00 – 11:00 Basic introduction to types and sources of funds
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45 From application to “doing it” to evaluation plus Dos and Don’ts, tips and tricks

Lunch

12:45 – 13:30 A light lunch will be served

Afternoon

13:30 – 15:30 Trying your hand
15:30 – 16:00 Plenary and finish

Equipment you’ll need

Please bring a computer, tablet or your preferred writing medium to take notes and complete exercises.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge of sources and types of funding available

Understanding the bid and award process

Understanding the use of language in bid writing

Experience in addressing common questions in bid applications

Awareness of broader considerations beyond filling in the form

Confidence in completing bids

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

Book via Eventbrite

Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 0161 839 6324 or emailing office@madlab.org.uk

Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to MadLab 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester M4 1HN

We also accept card payments in person

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

Your Tutor

Laura is a producer and consultant specialising in public engagement across the arts, cultural and science/technology sectors. She’s a veteran bid-winner on all scales from  £500 to £500,000, and for organisations large and small. This course is based on training provided in-house to the RSA, Clore Leadership Programme and the British Science Association and this is the first time these materials and exercises will be available to the public.

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Computer Game Design Workshop at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

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Calling all aspiring game developers!

In this workshop, you’ll how to make your own fully functional computer game from our onsite experts.

What you’ll learn:

Get the creative ideas flowing by playing on some great game examples

A quick storyboarding and planning session will help you find what type of game you’d like to create

Iron out any problems by testing your game with the group

When your game is finished, we’ll project a live demo on our big screen for the rest of the group to see.

Where available, games will be published online so you can continue to play after the session has ended.

We are offering two types of tickets for this workshop so please ensure you are purchasing correctly:

Design Solo: Create your very own game on your own workstation.

Design Together: Share a workstation with a friend or sibling and design a game together.

Who is this course for?

No experience is necessary.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (ticket not required).

Equipment you’ll need

All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately, the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The MadFabLab is in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike

Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk

Phone us on 0161 839 6324

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

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Code-A-Drone Workshop at MadFabLab (for ages 8+)

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This workshop shows you the power of coding in a fun and creative environment. You’ll learn how to create your own drone controller by programming commands that enable a mini drone to take off, fly, turn, do stunts, take photos and land safely.

You will be provided with an iPad to build your coded controller and test your piloting skills, tackling our obstacle course with a mini drone to see who can score the most points.

We are offering two types of tickets for this workshop so please ensure you are purchasing correctly:

Code-A-Drone-Solo: Have a drone all to yourself and pilot it around our assault course!

Drone-With-A-Pal: If you’d like to bring a friend or sibling, you’ll be able to share the fun of flying and piloting your mini drone

Who is this course for?

No previous coding or drone flying experience is necessary.

Children must be accompanied by an adult (ticket not required).

Equipment you’ll need

All equipment will be provided on the day, you just need to bring yourself.

FAQs

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

Unfortunately, the MadFabLab is on a first floor with no lift. We are actively pursuing leads on future space which will have improved access, but in the meantime please get in touch and we will work creatively to try and accommodate you.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The MadFabLab is next door to MadLab in the Northern Quarter (Manchester).

42 Edge Street
Manchester
M4 1HN
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There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Alternatively, there is an NCP Car Park roughly two minutes walk away. Also, be warned that the Northern Quarter has a somewhat inscrutable one-way system so bring your sat nav.

By bike

Cyclists are always welcome and we have cycle storage next door at MadLab (36-40 Edge St).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us on fab@madlab.org.uk

Phone us on 0161 839 6324

What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy on our website.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

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Duration: 
2 hours
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£20

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