Speak to Pat Nunan about Nunan Gallery, the web site she made to feature her husband, Brian’s, art work and her eyes light up. Over ten weeks Pat built a site that showcases the amazing diversity of Brian’s work. She used the Twenty Fifteen theme which she found to be super-clean, content-focused, and designed to bring a little more simplicity to our blogs.
The owner of Granny Thomas Bed and Breakfast in Campbell’s Creek established a web presence for herself in just five weeks when she participated in a digital publishing course at Castlemaine Community Education. The Stay Theme is designed with hotels, inns, and bed & breakfasts in mind, Stay is the perfect theme for property owners. Proprietors can take advantage of its Room and Testimonial post types, home page template, large imagery, minimal layout, and responsive design to show off their property to guests.
Are you a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker? Do you need to be the master of your business destiny and make full use of all those internet tools you have heard will give you a presence online, an extra edge and ensure that you can be found by those who now micromanage using their iphones, ipads and computers.
If you need to launch yourself online this is the course for you. We will work together to determine which tools are going to benefit you and your business. We will use the easily managed WordPress, blogging technology to establish an interactive web site that connects you to Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Pinterest or whatever other programs meet your specific needs.
Your ten week journey, using your own computer, connected to our WiFi will take you on an adventure using WordPress. WordPress is an Open Source software system used by millions of people around the world to create beautiful websites and blogs. Originally WordPress was blogging software but since its creation a lot has changed. Today it is used by almost everyone looking to build a website, and has no real limit as to what can be done with a bit of learning. It is completely customisable by the use of themes and plugins; which can be easily downloaded from the WordPress site or from hundreds of other places around the web.
By the end of the course you will have:
- been guided, step by step, to set up a blog that is easy to administer and individualistically customize.
- made use of post and pages
- learned how to use widgets
- developed link-building Strategies
- discovered that you can have multiple users posting on your site
- come to understand safe cyber practices
- developed content writing skills
- learned how to create a digital portfolio
- discovered diverse, imaginative web applications to meet individual needs
- understood how to monetize your blog and promote your business
- learned about building niche communities and online groups
- helped to grow a Continuing Ed WordPress Community
- know more about Social Media Optimization
- And much more…
Aside from coming away with a greater understanding of the potentiality of web applications you will have skills that could be applied, working as, amongst other things, a publicist, freelance blog writer, a digital skills trainer, writing tech news for a company or as a web designer
This course suits a diverse range of individuals. Aside from butchers, bakers and candlestick makers this course will suit a range of visual artists seeking to establish an online gallery presence. It will also be ideal for hobbyists and those wanted to reach out and connect and build niche communities.
This site is a work in progress! Kylie is a kinesiologist seeking to gain an online presence for her Life Key Essences Business. We are working to build up a profile gradually, one step at a time.
If you are looking to create an online presence for your business or as, for example, an artist, take a moment to check out this one by Trefor Prest who engaged in the Word Press Publishing course that I run each term at Continuing Education Castlemaine. Other participant examples are Forest Creek Chapel, the Nunan Gallery and this delightful blog by Stephen Thornbill.
This site has been created specifically to assist with the sale of an outstanding home in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. It is target specific! It is a pop up blog with the sole purpose of extending the reach and drawing interest from a broader market.
Note the links to the agent, the links to local services and facilities and the use of the gallery widget to display a wonderful collection of photographs.
Do check out more examples of target specific house blogs.
Virginia Wolfe filled the hearts of women with yearning when she wrote about ‘A Room Of My Own’. Blogging technology enabled women to have rooms of their own at Riversleigh Manor.
Soul Tide’s blog remains a tribute and shows how you do not have to have independent means to have a very private room of your own.
There is nothing so gratifying as running a course, seeing the lights go on and have a student fly. Ann Paterson has joined a legion of people who, under the guidance of Heather Blakey, have quite literally taken to WordPress like a duck to water. Ann found the work on this blog added meaning to her participation in the Exhibition Project at Continuing Education. Of course, then these people turn on you and do things like interview the teacher. And go that step further and publish it on the web! Well done Ann!