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How to build a WordPress website

Wednesday 5 May

Digital Heritage Lab

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How to build a WordPress website

Wednesday 5 May @ 10am-1pm

This online Masterclass is free as part of the Digital Heritage Lab and is for anyone working or volunteering for a small to medium sized UK-based heritage organisation

What is it about?
Following on from Choosing the right CMS for your organisation webinar, this three-hour Masterclass will take you through a step-by-step approach to building a new website using WordPress.

Join Paul Blundell as he shows you how to set up a WordPress website and takes you on a journey through the dashboard and the different elements and functions that you can utilise as you build or rebuild your organisation’s website.

A good understanding of how to build a WordPress website will help you decide how much of your organisation’s website you can build yourself and at what point you might need additional support from a web developer.

This three-hour Masterclass will be broken down into three sessions with a 15-minute break between each session:

Session 1 — Getting started with WordPress
Session 2 — Building your new website
Session 3 — Plugins, security, forms, SEO, Google Analytics and maintenance

What will I gain?

  • Understanding of how to build a WordPress website from scratch
  • Understanding of how much of your organisation’s website you can build in-house and how much external support you might need to buy-in
  • Confidence to start building your own WordPress website

Who is it for?
This Masterclass is for people working or volunteering in a small to medium sized heritage organisation who are considering using WordPress to build or rebuild their organisation’s website.

Follow-up Q&A session — Thursday 20 May
Please note that this Masterclass will have a follow-up Q&A session on Thursday 20 May at 10.30am.

Paul Blundell | Full Stack Developer and Systems Analyst | RBA Creative
Paul has 20 years of experience in full stack web development including front-end user interface design, prototyping, CMS and CRM integration, database management and back-end server processing. With expertise in front-end coding (HTML, CSS and Javascript) and back-end web programming languages (C#, PHP and VB) he specialises in building and maintaining WordPress and .NET core websites, creating digital workflows and integrating systems such as Spektrix, PatronBase and Blackbaud NetCommunity. He has worked with many arts, cultural, heritage and charitable organisations including the Arts Marketing Association, Historic Scotland, Imperial War Museum, Sadler’s Wells, The Vegetarian Society, Royal Exchange Theatre, Centre for Cultural Value, Cardiff University and The Comedy Store.

Paul supports organisations to embrace change and build resilience in their digital operating environments through training in web skills, automating digital workflows, integrating systems, identifying actionable insights from analytics data, and assessing the most appropriate technologies to use. He has run many training sessions over the last 15 years and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm in web technology.

Thumbnail photo by Stephen Phillips – on Unsplash

Digital Heritage Lab is a project managed by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy/Cause4, One Further and the Collections Trust and is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.