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First post for Websites using WordPress II

Welcome!

This is the post on the second session of using WordPress to make websites. The course is being held at the Waiheke Community Education Center on Waiheke Island.

Picture of carpet hanging on wall.

Picture of carpet hanging on wall.

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Course Full

The Website Design with WordPress course is now full, so if you’re reading this there is a good chance you’re already enrolled for the course and I’ve sent you an email. I will be using this blog (made with WordPress of course!) to demonstrate how to use WordPress in the course and as a place to update you on things that I find that I think might be relevant.

A couple of people from the last course have kept going with their WordPress sites and made some nice websites. Waiheke Community Education manager Fiona Gregory took the course and created http://www.waihekecommed.co.nz/. This site is updated regularly as new courses are added and old one removed.

Liz Ross is a member of the local percussion group Inner Groove Percussion. Liz wanted to create a site for the group where she could showcase some of their gigs as well as provide some information on learning to drum. Check out the site she made here: http://innergroove.wordpress.com/ that includes a lot of embedded YouTube videos as well as pics and contact information for the group.

New Websites with WordPress Course

I will be teaching another course on how to use WordPress to create websites for personal or business uses this coming March. The course will help you to design your own professional looking, cost effective website using WordPress, a freely downloadable and user-friendly content management system. WordPress is ideal for those looking for an easy solution to publish and manage content online, whether for business, blogging or community projects.

Some computer literacy is required for the course and it is beneficial if you have a web-based email address; ie. one you can check from the computer lab at the centre.

Thursdays 7pm to 9pm
5 weeks  – 3 Mar to 31 March
Cost $110  (Early Bird Special $99)

Check the Waiheke Community Education site for more information and to sign up for the course.

http://waihekecommed.co.nz/

Social Media and Web 2.0 workgroup

Social media is media designed to be disseminated through online social interaction and is created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses these Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers.

Is this dead?

This 5 week workgroup will help you develop skills in the use of social media and Web2.0 and its application in individual, community or business and service contexts. We will focus on the development of skills and understanding in the use of popular social media, and develop the capability to use independently hosted social media services. You should find this group is relevant to you if you work in business, communications, human resource management, consultation, journalism, design, art, media, marketing, teaching and training, social science, facilitation, community work, civic work, software development, web services, etc.

This course requires a good understanding of the internet – particularly the use of modern web browsers – and will require participants to have a web based email service account like gmail or yahoo.mail prior to attending the course.

For more information see: Waiheke Community Education

Social Media Course

I’m thinking of running a social media course around these types of themes. If you’re interested in exploring social media and spaces please talk to me or Fiona after this last class.

  1. Amplifying
  2. Curating
  3. Wayfinding and socially-driven sensemaking
  4. Aggregating
  5. Filtering
  6. Modelling
  7. Persistent presence


What shall we talk about on this last night?

Tue March 9th

Many people are starting to come up upon the limits of using WordPress.com to host their sites. While there are a few for which I think WordPress.com is still a great relatively hassle-free and cost free option, there are others who will need the added functionality of some more plugins and possibly greater access to install other themes than WordPress.com provides.

Hosting your own version of WordPress is though pretty easy … so I think that for the first few minutes of the class tonight I’ll go over what is required to take this step.

We’ll look at two sites:

  1. Discount Domains (http://www.discountdomains.co.nz) – this is a domain name registrar which will enable you to register your unique domain name and that you will need to return to once you’ve configured hosting;
  2. Bluehost.com (http://www.bluehost.com) – this is a web hosting service that can provide you with some space to hold your data (website) and will install WordPress for you.