|CityVarsity does WordPress like nobody else|
|By Andy Moller
Wednesday September 05, 2012
"WordPress is a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog," said the Head of New Media Development for CityVarsity Cape Town, Jacques Roux.
It’s really not news that we’re in a technologically-excelling age. New devices, programs and careers are created every day; adding to the (already high) stress of obtaining enough knowledge and experience to sustain a stable income as fast as possible. HTML, PHP, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, editing, terminology; there’s too much to learn, and too little time.
So CityVarsity decided to add another short-course module to the Web Design Program; a module for WordPress.
“If you want to create a Web site and have complete control over updates and how it looks; then WordPress is the perfect solution for you,” said Roux.
So, what exactly is WordPress?
“WordPress is a free, Web-based software program that anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog. It is a content management system (CMS), with an easy to use interface enabling you to publish, edit and modify content with limited or even no knowledge of coding.”
said CityVarsity (Cape Town) WordPress lecturer, Schalk Joubert.
Using WordPress directly (if you understand it) gives you more control over an entire toolbox full of themes, plug-ins, templates, and so much more. The idea is to provide a simple platform to make personalised websites; without the hassle of extensive HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language) and CSS (Cascading Style-Sheet) coding knowledge. From personal to professional, even CNN and Sony use WordPress to power their latest news!
Although; it is recommended that you are familiar with computer basics, Adobe Photoshop and the concepts of HTML and CSS.
It sounds great to be able to control the internet for your own gain so easily. But there’s a catch; as simple and easy-to-understand as WordPress aims to be; it is still considered too advanced for the average Joe.
CityVarsity aims to enable learners, with very limited or no coding knowledge, to set up and maintain WordPress websites. However, the real perk is that the course is only 5 week long; 20 hours to be more precise. So it’s perfect if want more out of your computer, but you don’t have time to waste on lengthy and complex courses.
The WordPress classes will be from Mondays to Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm; with Schalk Joubert as the lecturer.
“Schalk Joubert finished his studies at AAA school of advertising in ‘99, during which time he worked closely with CityVarsity on a number of projects. He continued his career, working at Peronii New Media Solutions, Joe Public Advertising and as marketing manager for Beaumont Wines,” said Roux.
Joubert has build-up a lot of experience with WordPress since he was introduced to it in 2006. Today he runs a small web design house that produces WordPress websites, and is willing to rub off as much WordPress skills and knowledge to whomever wishes to make the internet another (influential and beneficial) tool for their trade.
The course will consist of 10 lessons; handling the following:
• Introduction to WordPress
• Getting Started With Wordpress.org
• WordPress for the First Time
• Creating Posts
• Setting Up Your User Profile
• Creating Pages
• Managing Images, Video, and Other Media
• Extending WordPress Functionality with Plug-ins
“Throughout the course, students will be given exercises based on the course theory. Each practical exercise will form a part of their personal website they would have created by completion of the course.”
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