WordPress.org vs WordPress.com: Getting Started with WordPress

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Need a website? Everyone keeps telling you how easy WordPress is, but lost in the shuffle? Don't have a clue what a host is or why you would use one?

In this 90 minute class we'll talk about the key differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. We'll talk about what hosting is and what to look for. We'll see and discuss the WordPress dashboard, plugins and themes.

Some other topics covered:

- What is a domain
- Self-hosting
- What is a Jetpack
- What are plugins
- What are themes
- Which is best for me WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

There will be a presentation and a Q & A.

Here's what people have to say about the class:
“Left many steps ahead after Nate's class in Wordpress.com vs. org. Great presentation, and very good skills at imparting knowledge. Prepared, interested in everyone's questions and specific situations, just a great class. Thanks!”

“Nate was extremely patient and answered all of our questions in a clear manner. I am very happy I took this class!”

“Nate was clear and concise. Organized. He made the topic fun and exciting. I was left with a better understanding of the workings of Wordpress. I felt empowered to further develop my present website and create more webistes. I definitely would recommend his class to anyone with little or no knowledge of Wordpress. You'll leave with a foundation and roadmap to get going!”

Who should take this class?

This class is designed to give an overview of what WordPress is and how it works in addition to explaining what WordPress.com is versus WordPress.org. If you use WordPress in some capacity but haven't sat down to learn it this class will be helpful. We take a step by step approach and explain each area. We'll also look at some common tips and tricks to streamline your WordPress site. This class is also helpful if you are thinking about building a website and have no experience with WordPress at all. WordPress is a great inexpensive way to set up a site with little to no coding experience. This class will teach you how.

What will I learn in this class?

An overview of hosting and what you'll need to build a website. The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The WordPress dashboard. What are posts and pages. How are they similar, how are they different? The appearance panel, how to find themes, premium themes and intro to theme customization. How to change the fonts and colors of your site. Plugins and Widgets what are they - how to use them - why would you use them. Backing up, updating, migrating a site. Moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. 

Can I take the class again?

While you will probably be surprised at the amount of information we will cover in the 90 minutes, as with most learning it’s repetition that will really make it stick. Where to go from there is up to you. During the class we will discuss a number of resources available for further learning such as websites and books. They’ll range from free discussion-based forums to courses that you can take online at your convenience. Taking the class more than once can help cement ideas as well as review what you’ve learned and see how far you’ve come but isn’t necessary. You might also consider taking Website Bootcamp for Creative Professionals.

What sort of background should I have prior to taking the class?

This class is for anyone who is interested in managing, editing, updating or otherwise using a WordPress site. You don't have to have ever seen WordPress before to get something out of it. If you already have a WordPress site but need a review or just a good crash course, this class is for you. It is a good idea to be comfortable with at least knowing what a website is and a cursory knowledge of what Facebook and Twitter are.

Should I bring my computer with me?

Great question! While it’s always nice to have a computer to take notes they can often be a distraction to others and yourself if you are perhaps not looking up when important information is being given out. Bringing your computer should be fine provided you are respectful of the time of others and aren’t too distracting from the topic at hand. The class shouldn’t have to come to a halt if you are trying to build your webpage instead of listening to the discussion. So the answer is yes, you can bring your computer but please be respectful when using it during class time.

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Nate Cooper is a blogging strategist and writer. Through his company, he has led training for corporate clients including the Gap and NBC. He is a regular contributor to contently.com, and his writing has appeared on Mashable. Prior to this, Nate worked in event marketing for Apple. He is currently writing an educational comic book on how to build websites for No Starch Press.

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