WordPress Workshop Preparation/Requirements

You do not need to prepare for the Workshop.  You will need to bring your own laptop that is ready to connect to Wi-fi., and earphones.

WordPress in an online platform that requires access to the internet.

We will meet you at 9.30 a.m., and begin the Workshop at 9:45 a.m.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is open source web software that you can install on your web server to create your website, blog, community or network.

WordPress started out as a tool for blogging, but has evolved into a full-fledged Content Management System (CMS), capable of powering websites, networks and communities.

Which version of WordPress do you use at the Workshop?

We always use the latest version of WordPress. We prefer to keep using the Classic Editor plugin though, and not the Gutenberg Editor. The Gutenberg editor is still very new, and most themes still use the Classic Editor.

Do I need any prior experience with WordPress?

It depends which Workshop you attend. For the WordPress Beginner Workshop, you don’t need any experience.

If you are doing Intermediate or Advanced, you would need basic knowledge of WordPress.

Do I need my own website to attend this workshop?

No, we provide you with a development site to work on during the workshop.

Which workshop should I attend?

It all depends what you’d like to achieve during the workshop. If you have never worked with WordPress before, then we would advise attending the Beginners Workshop.

If you have already worked with WordPress before and want to know more about Intermediate or Advanced Workshops, please contact us for more information.

Do I need to pay for WordPress and are there monthly fees?

WordPress itself is free, as are most of the basic plugins. There are no monthly fees apart from your hosting costs.

Does WordPress need a blog?

WordPress does have a blog function built in but you do not need to use it if you don’t require a blog.

What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?

WordPress.com is a commercial website run by a company called Automattic. Automattic is actually run by Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress which causes a lot of confusion. WordPress.com  restricts what you can do on there – i.e you can’t install your own plugins or themes.
WordPress.org is the WordPress software that you install on a server and the major benefit is that you are 100% in control of what you do there. Most of our customers use WordPress.org.

Do you recommend any hosting companies

Yes, we recommend Hetzner (www.hetzner.co.za). They have a “Business Basic” package which is great for hosting a WordPress site.

Is WordPress just for blogging?

No, 99% of our customers are using WordPress to build proper websites, with an integrated blog.

What technologies is WordPress built on?

HTML, CSS and PHP – all driven by a MySQL database

What big brands use WordPress?

Many big brands are using WordPress, from Downing Street, the New York Times, Telegraph Media Group, Techcrunch, Metro Group and Rolling Stones to name a few.





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