Showing how to set up a static home page on a WordPress website.

In Tuesday’s WordPress workshop, How to Use WordPress for Your Business Website, we covered the basics of WordPress that people need to know to build their own business website without having to know any html or php code. If you missed this workshop, I’ll be repeating it again on Friday, June 18th. More information and online registration for that workshop is available on the High Tech Maui website. Register early. The last workshop filled up.

At the end of Tuesday’s workshop I asked how many people were interested in going deeper into more advanced features of WordPress, including getting into a little bit of coding. More than half the people raised their hands. My plan all along has been to create a series of WordPress workshops for the Maui community and this validated that there is a demand for an intermediate level WordPress workshop here on Maui.

Here’s a short list of content topics that I had identified to cover in what I’m referring to as WordPress 201, or Going Beyond the Basics in WordPress:

  • Basic HTML and CSS
  • Custom Fields
  • Page Templates
  • Tweaking and customizing themes
  • Manual/FTP installation of WordPress
  • Plugins in more depth:
  • eCommerce – WP e-Commerce plugin, WordPress eStore
  • Photo Gallery – NextGenGallery
  • Forms – Cforms,
  • Tables – WP-Tables Reloaded
  • SEO and SEO plugins

In addition to my list, several people provided ideas of their own for topics, including:

  • Customizing themes
  • Thesis theme
  • Integrating graphics, video and music

Do you have any additional ideas of your own? Or would you like to second any of those topics mentioned above? Here’s your chance to submit your ideas for topics for the WordPress 201 workshop. Just submit your ideas using the comment area below.

It also occurred to me that, based on the number of people here on Maui interested in WordPress, it might be a good idea to get a Maui WordPress user community going. As part of that, I’ve started a new website, MauiWordpress.com, dedicated to providing WordPress news, information, tips and tutorials for the Maui WordPress community. And I’d be a bit of a hypocrite if I didn’t also set up Twitter and Facebook satellites for this. So if you want to stay informed about WordPress, fan Maui WordPress on Facebook and start following @MauiWordpress on Twitter. I’ll be tweeting  Wordpress-related topics as I come across them, probably on a daily basis. I’ll also plan to provide a blog post at least once a week.

I’m also entertaining the idea of starting up a Maui WordPress User’s Group that meets on a monthly basis – a gathering where WordPress users can get together on a regular basis to listen to a short WordPress presentation, share tips and insights and help each other out. If you think this sounds like a good idea let me know via comments.

Lastly, if you’d like to get a little flavor of Tuesday’s workshop, check out this short little video that Peter Liu took of me explaining about comment spam on WordPress. Thanks for providing the video Peter!