Advanced WordPress Development: A Summer Class at BCIT with Me

Starting the first weekend of May and continuing through the month of July BCIT is offering a one-of-a-kind intensive course in all things WordPress development called Advanced WordPress Development. The first block, “WordPress Advanced Theming”, will be taught by yours truly over three weekends in May. The next two blocks, WordPress eCommerce and WordPress Plugin Development will be taught by Curtis McHale.

This course will be a unique opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from Curtis and myself and build a solid set of current WordPress and web design skills.

Already sold? Click here to sign up right now!

Want more info? Read on. There is another sign up link at the bottom.

What will I learn?

So what will you learn by taking this wild ride? I can’t speak for Curtis but here’s an overview of the three first weekends with me:

  • Understand the web design process – from napkin sketch to live site
  • Learn to combine UX, IA, CM, design, and development to create informational web experiences
  • A rational approach to Responsive Web Design
  • Understand what WordPress is and how it works
  • Become one with the WordPress Template Hierarchy
  • Learn to build a WordPress theme from scratch using the _s theme
  • Build a platform to become a full fledged web developer

This of course comes with the regular trimmings: Development techniques, security, content management, client interactions, SEO snake oil anti-venom, and a healthy dose of web standards and futuristic code and design practices.

That’s a lot for three weekends and you’ll walk out empowered and with a head full of ideas that just have to be built. And that’s just the first three weekends. This is immediately followed by three weekends of eCommerce and plugin development. The proverbial WordPress development smørgossbord is yours for the taking.


To get the most out of this course you need to beef up on your core skills. That means you should be up to snuff on HTML5, CSS3, basic JS, jQuery, and PHP. Understanding the box model is a must and knowing what clearings, collapsing margins, and actions on the DOM are is a big plus. You don’t have to be an expert but having the basics down pat will make for a vastly better learning experience.

You also need to have a solid understanding of how to use WordPress: Setting up a site, creating posts and pages, managing categories and tags, configuring menus, and installing themes and plugins.

The good folks at BCIT have made my WordPress Essential Training course a requirement (I had no part in that decision). Even if you are already familiar with WordPress I urge you to check this course out to get a refresher. It was republished in January of this year and is fully up to date with the latest version of WordPress. If you don’t have a account you can get 7 days of free access at this link.

While you’re at it you should check out some of the courses on standards based web design, responsive design, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It’ll be well worth the investment and give you a major boost before class begins in May.

Get with the Programme!

I’m really excited to be teaching this class. I love the classroom environment and being able to exchange ideas with students and grow with them. This class will be a filtered and refined version of the understanding and skills I’ve accumulated over the last 10 years and will give you a wealth of insight into the creative, technical, and social processes involved in creating websites with WordPress. So now that you know what it’s all about click here to sign up right now and I’ll see you all in May!


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.