Build and Customize Your Website with WordPress – learn WordPress with me

Photo by Syx Langemann

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict we’ve moved the start of the course to October 4th. That means you still have a chance to sign up and join me and learn how to get the most out of WordPress.

Want to build your own website? Have an existing website but want more control? Want to learn how to get the most out of WordPress? Look no further than the new course Build and Customize Your Website with WordPress taught by yours truly, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, trainer, author and WordPress expert.

It’s been in the works for a long time and now it’s finally on track: I’m starting a course on how to build, customize and manage your website with WordPress. The course is fittingly called Build and Customize Your Website with WordPress and will be hosted by the good people at Vancouver Photo Workshops who have accepted me into the fold. Classes start on September 20th October 4th and you can sign up right now through their website.

From the course description:

Over 8 weeks you’ll walk through every step of the process, from inception to publication. Along the way you’ll learn how to optimize your site for search engines (SEO), connect it to popular social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, integrate content from sites like Flickr, and how to produce content that gets noticed, shared, and referenced by the people of the internet.

The course is comprehensive and in-depth and is designed for beginners as well as people who already have a WordPress website or want to port an old website to WordPress.

In addition to the regular class material we will also leave time for discussion, idea sharing and real-life website creation. At the end of the course every student will have a website published on the web, and throughout the course we will work together to make each of them great.

Topics covered include WordPress basics like setup and administration, content creation and publication, social media integration and Search Engine Optimization. In addition we’ll take a shallow dive into the world of HTML, CSS and PHP

Although focused on photographers, the course is general enough for anyone to attend. If you want to build, manage, and maintain your own website or a website for a company, this is the place to start!

A little background

Those of you who have been following me for some time will now that I’m now splitting my time in half: 50% client work and 50% education and community work. My WordPress training videos, speaking engagements, and books along with organizing the Vancouver WordPress Meetup group and WordCamp:Developers have been my main avenues for helping people get the most out of the web but I’ve always had a desire to take things a step further and starting a true class where I can interact with students over time and help them build truly effective presences on the web they are able to manage and grow on their own.

My goal for this course and the more advanced ones in the works is to empower you to build your own online presence and to understand not only how the web works but how you can use it effectively. In the classroom I’ll give away all my secrets so if you want to pick my brain this is the place to start!

Sign up for the 8 week Build and Customize Your Website with WordPress course over at Vancouver Photo Workshops.

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

6 replies on “Build and Customize Your Website with WordPress – learn WordPress with me”


I wish I had the means to attend this class. I have been reading your post on the Microsoft Expression Website titled “EXPRESSION WEB AND WORDPRESS–A MATCH MADE IN CODING HEAVEN” – and I can’t believe how quickly I have been able to absorb these basic lessons you posted there.

I am a self taught developer, who has been using Expression Web from the beginning. I understand HTML, and CSS very well. I code everything from scratch, but have customers that need the CMS solution wordpress offers. I am excited at the possibilities of using WordPress for websites as well. With the time saving combination of Expression Web, and WordPress working together, I believe I will be able to offer my services to another demographic of small businesses, with small budgets. I can’t thank you enough for posting the free tutorial.

Is there any chance that these classes will be offered “online” via a webinar type of service? If not, when will they be available on

Thanks again. I really appreciate your efforts.

Chad Musgrove

Thanks Chad. I’m glad my article was able to help you. At present we’re not planning on making this course available online, but the course runs parallel to what I’m doing with so chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for there in the near future.

Dear sir Morten Rand-Hendriksen,
I watched your video tutorials on, wordpress essential training and building child themes. I was finding no way to say you thank you for all these kind works, but now I’ve found. Very happy with the hope that you will read my comment and perhaps reply it. I couldn’t follow you on twitter because to be honest, I don’t know how to use it. Well once again thank you very much for such nice tutorials. Waiting for your further tutorials on wordpress.
Arslan Ali

Comments are closed.