Chris Burgess will host a four week WordPress training course on how to create your very own WordPress powered website, every Tuesday from 10 February to 3 March at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Suitable for beginners, the sessions will focus on how to create a website from scratch, using WordPress. Chris will cover topics such as:

  • Website set-up basics, including domain names and hosting
  • The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
  • The WordPress dashboard and how to use it to create pages, posts and menus
  • How to upload, use, and insert media such as photos and videos
  • How to use themes and plugins to customise the appearance and functionality of your website

The training sessions will be limited to a small group, offering you the chance to take advantage of this personalised, (almost) one-on-one learning opportunity. While these sessions will be suitable for beginners, basic computer literacy is a pre-requisite.

All the Details:

  • When: Tuesday nights from 10 February to 3 March
  • Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 5 Moreland Street, Footscray 3011
  • Cost: $150 (or $125 for concession) for all four sessions
  • What to bring: You can use our Mac or Windows computers, or feel free to bring along your own laptop

How to Book:
Places are limited, so to book your place now, visit: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=71518&embed=71518

WordCamp is coming to Melbourne! The conference is designed especially for WordPress enthusiasts, designers, developers or anyone who uses WordPress. It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or more advanced, there is something for everyone.

Date: 27 April 2013 – 28 April 2013
Time: 8am – 5pm
Location: Storey Hall (Building 16) RMIT, 342 Swanston Street, Melbourne

WordCamp is always a great event thanks to the dedication of the team of passionate organisers. There are a wide range of speakers across the two days that address a broad range of topics including content management, blogging to e-commerce, community building and beyond.

By attending this event you will hear all about the latest news and information in the WordPress world. It is also a great opportunity to network with other WordPress enthusiasts and have a little fun. You won’t be disappointed!

For more information visit: http://2013.melbourne.wordcamp.org
To register visit: https://register.eventarc.com/13176/wordcamp-melbourne-2013
Follow on Twitter: @wcmelb

After attending a presentation on “TurboPress – The High Performance Guide to WordPress” by Jeff Waugh at WordCamp Sydney 2012, I came away with lots of great advice on building a better environment for WordPress. I highly recommend watching the video when it’s published (I’ll update this when it is), it was brilliant.

I often get asked how to make a WordPress site faster. I’d love to say that it requires many hours of performance tuning voodoo and black magic, but the truth is for the average WordPress site it usually comes down to a few simple factors:

  1. Hosting
  2. Not using a caching plugin (such as WP Super Cache)
  3. Excessive uncompressed images/video or doing something wacky

But what about if you have a more complex site, or you’ve addressed these issues and you want to squeeze more out of your site and make it even snappier. I thought I’d take a look around and see what performance plugins exist and give you a quick overview of what they do. If you have any other WordPress performance plugins you recommend, let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

7 WordPress Performance Plugins

WP Super Cache

A caching plugin saves your pages as static HTML files, which loads much faster than queries to the database. There are a few caching plugins, but this is the most often recommended. Click to continue…

We thought we’d give everyone a quick update on our recent free WordPress training sessions.

After the feedback we received from our post workshop survey that was sent to previous attendees, we thought we’d try something different and hold both beginner workshops and more intermediate level workshops targeted at people already using WordPress. So far the feedback we’ve received shows we’re on the right track. We’re already planning on holding some niche workshops in the coming months.

Friday Night WordPress 101 Session

Friday Night WordPress 101 Session

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WordPress Security Links

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More WordPress Workshop Tickets Added

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