Discover different applications to learn coding. MIT’s Scratch and Google’s “Made with Code” are two of the many programs available to get started. Parents do not need to know how to code as these programs are self-guided. So learn a new language. Learn to code.
Prerequisites: You do not need a computer for this workshop, but are welcome to bring one. Adults are welcome, too!
Since solopreneurs wear #allthehats, having an extra set of hands to help out can cut hours of your time spend on tedious (but necessary) tasks. But what if hiring an IRL person isn’t in the cards (or on your wishlist)? Using online services, tools, and apps connected to your website can help automate your work flow and act as your very own virtual secretary. Ya know, the ones who don’t just let anyone through the front door, don’t bother you with needless inquires, and maybe even give you a high five once and while? I’ll share my top picks to get you to transform your website from just an online brochure to a kickass employee.
This workshop will give you an introduction to HTML, the code that makes up the structure of all websites. First, we explain the benefits of using a code editor and make some recommendations for (free) code editing software. Then we’ll dig right into HTML, learning about elements and putting together pages. To wrap up, we’ll talk about some of the finer points of HTML and cover the nuts and bolts of getting your work online. We’re starting at the very beginning, so there’s no experience required for this session. (By the way, this workshop the perfect precursor to our CSS Basics workshop.)
CSS is HTML’s other half and the way to style web sites. If HTML is the frame if your house, CSS is the paint, curtains, light fixtures, etc. In this workshop, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know to start bringing your website design to life. We’ll begin by explaining the three methods of connecting CSS to your HTML, explaining when and where you’ll use each. Then, we’ll introduce you to the CSS style properties that will let you control everything from font size to padding to margins to background images to you name it.
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of HTML
Do you to figure out what Google Analytics can do for you besides measuring page views? Do you know what data each section of Google Analytics offers and how to use it to make your website content better? In this session I’ll share the basics of navigating Google Analytics and what you need to set up now to make the most of its data. We will cover Dashboard, Tracking, Search and discovering your Top Performing Content.
Prerequisites: Having Google Analytics installed on your blog or website.
With the popularity of 25% of all websites running on WordPress, it’s important to properly maintain your website to decrease the likelihood of it getting hacked. A successful exploit allows malicious people to expose your site visitors to malware, increase site load speeds, and reduce your search engine rankings - no matter the size of your website. In this session, you will learn how to prevent common hacks and best practices for keeping your WordPress site healthy.
Prerequisites: Experience with the WordPress administrative area on a self-hosted WordPress website. Basic knowledge of installing and activating WordPress plug-ins.
Gimme your tired, your weak, your hungry questions for an in-depth learning experience about WordPress. We’ll go behind the curtain to learn about how WordPress works, takes the scariness out of the Codex and how it can help you, what are those settings are for that you never touch, and show you behind the scenes examples on what you can do with a few powerful plugins with your site. Even if you never plan on coding a site yourself, having a knowledge of the platform before hiring someone to do it for you is uber helpful. And who knows, you might like it!
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Experience working with a WordPress site and a willingness to dig around in code will help you get the most out of this workshop.
In this workshop, we’ll explain positioning and layouts, probably the most challenging part of CSS. We’ll walk through examples that demonstrate each of the different techniques. Whether you’re relatively new to CSS, or you’ve had your fair share of trying to sort out terms such as float, fixed, relative, and absolute, we bet you’ll walk away from this class saying, “I think I’m starting to really get this!”
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of HTML and knowledge of how to use CSS to style HTML elements. Not sure if you’re ready? Try this 3-question quiz!
Prerequisites: Basic understanding of HTML and CSS