Review of the WordPress for Beginners Course at MadLab
Last week I attended the WordPress for Beginners course at MadLab. The course is taught by none other than the co-founder himself, Mike Little! I think it’s pretty obvious from this that you’re unlikely to find a better tutor, but none the less I went into the course not actually expecting to learn much.
I’ve been blogging here for about 18 months, and this is a WordPress site. I’ve also maintained the BarCamp Manchester website for over a year, and the CodeUp Manchester Website for almost a year, so I was pretty confident that in that time I had got to grips with the basics all by myself.
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong! Event though I’m pretty good at finding my way around stuff, Googling stuff I’m not sure on, and learning as I go along, I was shocked at how many little tips and tricks I learnt. When Mike was teaching us, it seemed so simple and obvious, but I guess if you’ve never been shown some of these things, they could also be pretty easy to miss. So don’t be put off by attending a Beginners course, as you might be pleasantly surprised at what you can learn.
The course was quite fast paced, but still thorough, and it was easy to stop Mike and ask questions along the way, as he’s more than happy to go more in depth about the things you’re most interested in, and has a great way of covering the basics in a way for you to swiftly understand.
The course covers a wide variety of topics, and by the end of the two days, you pretty much have a basic web site up and running, with all the knowledge needed to tailor it to your needs.
What I loved most about the course was that it helped me obtain a fundamental understanding of how to use WordPress. By jumping in with no training, I had tried to go too fast, and ended up fumbling around fancy themes, with numerous plugins required to make things work the way I wanted them to. What I learnt, by taking it back to basics, was that half the plugins I had installed weren’t even required, as when you know how to use basic WordPress correctly, it actually does a lot of stuff for you itself.
Overall I would highly recommend the Beginner’s WordPress course, you should definitely not be fooled by the title, you’re guaranteed to learn lots over the 2 days, and the food is amazing too! Anyone can build a WordPress website, but this course will help make sure you build it well, and use the platform to it’s full potential. Not only do you get a fully functional website out of the course, but you get free hosting for a month and ongoing support through the forums!Thanks for reading!
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