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. 

Welcome word and introduction of
Dark Blue International and me.
Installing WordPress
Learning to install WordPress on a server

Creating content

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. 

There was also time to laugh
Helping out when needed

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!

Kajose Culinaire
Sponsored by Kajose Culinaire
Nigerian Pies
Nigerian pies
Ready fo break time
All setup, ready to endavor
Ediri and Elda
Ediri and Elda, who joined my workshop
Mauritian mud cakes by Nausheen Banu

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. 

It was a nice way to end this morning and I would like to thank everyone again for joining my workshop! If you missed out on this one and would like to join and know more about WordPress, do let me know, as I will plan a new workshop before the summer holiday.

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Yustine Alvares
Yustine Alvares was born in Indonesia and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands where she got her degree in Creative Communications. She has worked for more than 14 years in Europe, South America, and Indonesia. Creating successful creative marketing, communication, branding, and media strategies in combination with design whilst enjoying work is her motive. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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