WordPress Training Courses & Workshops - Brisbane, Australia

Managing Your WordPress Website

WordPress is by far the most popular platform for creating a website for a whole lot of reasons… It is easy to use, it is flexible and extensible (with plugins), it is Search Engine Friendly, it is easy to change the look and feel (with themes) to name just a few.

But as well as adding and updating content on your WordPress website, it is also important that you undertake regular maintenance activies such as :

  • Backups – you should not rely on restoring from a backup that your host provider may or may not have done… much better for you to create and manage your own (offiste) backups
  • WordPress core updates – WordPress has a major update about every 3 months or so, it is important (for security if nothing else) that these updates are applied regularly
  • Plugin Updates – plugins also update fairly regularly, with security patches, bug fixes and function enhancements
  • Analytics / Search Console monitoring – keeping an eye on how your website visitors find and interact with your site is important

We recommend checking and applying updates to your WordPress Website on at least a monthly basis, and if you want to do well on Google it is a good idea to add or update content regularly as well.

If you are not comfortable doing these types of updates, we can provide you with the website training you need to kae thios a lot easeir, or you could consider using a third party Website Management Service.

WordPress Training Options

We often get asked to explain the various options for WordPress Training – so this post provides an outline of the different WP Training options that we offer in Brisbane – along with some guidelines as to which training option is most relevant to you….

WordPress Workshop

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This is a small group workshop designed specifically for complete beginners. It is a one day (8hr) classroom style training session, where each participant has there own PC to work on.

We cover the fundamentals of websites in this workshop, including how to register a domain, setup hosting, install WordPress, and then how to create and manage a WordPress website.

If you have ANY experience in websites, or WordPress, then you may find that One on One training (see below) is a more effective training option for you.

This is a very hands on, and at the end of the day you will have a LIVE WordPress website that you have created yourself.

For more information contact us or see Website In a Day

One on One WordPress Training

If you have an existing WordPress based website, or already have some experience with Websites or WordPress, then One on One training is likely to be a better option for you.

We customise this training to meet your specific needs and level of experience… we can skip over the things you are already comfortable with, and concentrate on the WordPress features that you want to learn more about.

For more information contact us or see One on One WordPress Training

WordPress Consulting

If you have an extra feature or better functionality added to your existing WordPress website and don’t necessarily need (or want) to know how it is done…. we can do it for you.  Usually we can add extra functuionality to your site oursleves, a lot faster than we can teach you how to do it… so consulting can be a very efficient way to improve your site.

(note: we can include some Web Consulting as part of a One on One WordPress Training package if you like).

For more information contact us or see WordPress Consulting

WordPress 3.4 Released

Today saw the release of WordPress 3.4.  This was a fairly significant release with a swag of new features and functionality as outlined below :

WordPress Theme Customisation

The biggest change in WP 3.4 for users is the theme customizer.  This new features (found in Appearence >> Themes and then clicking on the customise link) allows WP administrators to play around with various looks and settings for either the currently active theme (or a theme you are considering switching to) without publishing the changes to the live site.  The options available for this feature are theme dependent.

It’s al;so now easier to browse thorugh the themes you have installed.

WordPress Customised Headers

If you are using a theme that supports custom headers, it is now possible to select images from the WP media library to modify your header images, and it is now easy (without hacking code) to choose the height and width of your header images.

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WordPress support for twitter embeds has also been given a big boost: simply paste  a Twitter permalink on its own line in the editor and and WordPress 3.4 automatically it into a fabulous embedded Tweet.

See the Official WordPress 3.4 Release video below with a summary of the new features :

WordPress 3.4 due in May 2012

WordPress 3.4 was released for beta testing early in April, and is expected to be available for general release during May.

Here’s some of the new features which are expected:

  • Theme Customizer with Previewer
  • Flexible Custom Header Sizes
  • Selecting Custom Header and Background Images from Media Library
  • Better experience searching for and choosing a theme

WordPress 3.3.2 Released

WordPress 3.3.2 (a securityy update) ws releasd on 20th April 2012.

Three external libraries included in WordPress received security updates:

  •  Plupload (version 1.5.4), which WordPress uses for uploading media.
  • SWFUpload, which WordPress previously used for uploading media, and may still be in use by plugins.
  • SWFObject, which WordPress previously used to embed Flash content, and may still be in use by plugins and themes.

WordPress 3.3.2 also addresses:

  •  Limited privilege escalation where a site administrator could deactivate network-wide plugins when running a WordPress network under particular circumstances
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerability when making URLs clickable
  • Cross-site scripting vulnerabilities in redirects after posting comments in older browsers, and when filtering URLs