Update: Future dates for VIP Training Days will be posted on our Training Services page.
We’re answering that call by launching WordPress.com VIP Training Days, our one-day intensive courses which will be held in-person and, in the future, also online. These courses will focus on small groups of students with hands-on material led by several Automattic and WordPress.com VIP Featured Partner instructors. The course will be very interactive and full of practical information & exercises, and students will have the opportunity to ask questions during the course as well.
Read on for more information about our two inaugural courses, which will take place in October in San Francisco.
VIP Training Days – San Francisco, October 2013
Special Note: These courses are suitable for both self-hosted and WordPress.com VIP sites/superusers/developers – the large majority of the material will focus on core WordPress functionality/features.
- Superuser Training – October 14th – $600 course fee.
- Developer Fundamentals I Training – October 15th, $850 course fee.
Note: All transportation, transfer, and lodging costs will be the responsibility of each student, as well as any other expenses not explicitly stated. Lunch will be provided. Payment is required to confirm registration.
Register for the Developer Fundamentals I training, or the Superuser training in San Francisco in October, or read on for more information about each course’s curriculum and prerequisites.
If you’re interested in VIP training and can’t make it to the San Francisco dates, you can register your interest and let us know your location preferences (no commitment required). It’s possible we’ll add more dates or locations in the future.
Developer Fundamentals I Training
WordPress Fundamentals I is a day-long, intensive course meant to introduce PHP developers to programming for WordPress. Attendees should be familiar with WordPress as a tool, and have a working understanding of its general terminology. Proficiency with PHP is also a must, but no knowledge of the WordPress code itself is expected.
- Proficiency with basic PHP development.
- Awareness of WordPress as a platform, including common terminology such as a post, a page, widgets, and sidebars.
- A local development environment running WordPress Trunk. We will provide a virtual machine ahead of time for participants who don’t have their own development environments, but they will be responsible for setting it up ahead of time.
Course Materials & Requirements
Each student will provide their own computer (laptop) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP. Students should have a local working copy of WordPress trunk installed and tested prior to the training. To download trunk: http://wordpress.org/download/svn/
- Intro to WordPress core, SVN, and Trac, history and culture
- Developer environment and debugging tools
- WordPress Development Best Practices
- Introduction to Plugins
- Actions and filters
- Introduction to Themes
- The Loop & WP_Query
- More on themes
- …and more!
In this course, you’ll learn how to manage and use the WordPress interface from a site owner’s point of view; as someone who will be managing multiple users, their permissions, and ultimately sharing knowledge with them about how to use WordPress to publish a great site with an active community and/or audience. We like to think of this course as our teachers teaching your teachers – those who will serve as the WordPress expert in an organization.
We’ll also do a deep dive into the publishing process so our superusers can teach their editors, authors, and contributors how to best use the WordPress interface. From creating and publishing posts to managing tags and categories, from mastering multimedia and images in articles, and bulk management of posts and pages, we’ll cover the entire publishing process from draft to done.
Users should have a working (beyond basic) knowledge of the WordPress administration panel / backend. They should be managers, administrators, or editors of an existing or future WordPress site with multiple users.
Course Materials & Requirements
Each student will provide their own laptop computer (no tablets) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP to all students. For the purposes of the course, students will be given access to a WordPress.com site. Users will be requested to create a WordPress.com username if they don’t have one, and this username will be submitted to the course instructor. To create a WordPress.com username: http://en.wordpress.com/signup/
- User Management: roles, permissions, and invitations
- User Profiles: settings, preferences, and Gravatars
- Comments: moderation, spam, and notifications
- Creating & Publishing posts
- Managing tags and categories
- Mastering Media: images, galleries, and slideshows
- Bulk management of Posts and Pages
- …and more!
Register for the Developer Fundamentals I training, or the Superuser training in San Francisco in October!
We’ll provide a full refund if the cancellation is requested within 30 days from the event date, and 50% thereafter. No refunds will be provided for cancellations 5 days before the event.