Saturday the 4th of May, I conducted a WordPress Workshop for beginners. A small group of brave female entrepreneurs took the step to build their dream website and create more visibility online. They quickly found out that creating a website is much more than only adding text and pictures.
Introductions into the world of WordPress
Around 9.40 am we started with the first introductions into the world of WordPress. Why this platform is such a great free source and the common mistakes people make when working with it. My students learned how to install the software on your server. After that we took our time to get acquainted with the dashboard. This is where the magic happens and where you create your website or blog.
This workshop was a really hands-on workshop, so I had asked the participants to bring their laptop. Before the break we started to create some content by building an “About me” page. It became clear that by creating a page, you will not only need to write texts and add pictures, another part that comes with building websites is basic knowledge of coding (HTML and CSS), SEO and marketing.
Having a break
During the break, we enjoyed delicious home-made savory Nigerian pies by Ediri Sobotie from Kajose Culinaire and some cute little Mauritian sweet treats from Nausheen Banu. Both members from IWNG, who were so kind as to sponsor this to benefit my workshop. Truly a perfect example of how members of this group can work together and putting your company in the spotlight!
We also got to know each other a bit better which is always good, as growing your network is a mandatory thing to do when having your own business or being a professional.
On the technical side
After the break, we got a little bit more into the technical part of making a website. We installed some more plugins, to help us with our working flow and SEO. Also, a contact form was created and handling shortcodes and widgets. I concluded the workshop with some tips on which plugins they should download and answering questions that they still had.
An extra snack before leaving
I had planned in some extra time to have a networking moment as well. As everyone was packing their bags, I took out my grill to promote my other company: Sticks on Fire. I grilled some fresh home-made Indonesian satays and warmed up the peanut sauce. As we sat around the table chatting, we enjoyed this snack with some fresh baked baguette.