Build Your First WordPress Website

January 23 & 25, 2018 (Tuesday & Thursday)

At Grand Circus Detroit

Build a WordPress website – without using any code! WordPress powers millions of websites today. Why? Because the popular platform is adaptable for so many uses: from portfolio, to blog, to business website. In this workshop you'll learn how to create a basic website one step at a time. We'll walk you through everything from installing WordPress to using plugins, working with widgets, and choosing a good theme, and you'll leave with the confidence to launch the website you worked on in class.

Tuition: $150


What will I learn?

Students will leave with experience installing and using WordPress to create a basic website. More importantly, they will be able to answer questions like: Why is WordPress the most popular content management system on the web today? What’s the difference between and a self-hosted WordPress site? What are plugins, themes, and widgets? What kinds of sites use WordPress? And our favorite question: do all WordPress sites look the same? (Spoiler alert: they don’t!)


  • Hands-on experience with installing & setting up WordPress
  • Practice creating, formatting, and publishing content
  • Basic Plugins every WordPress site should have
  • What to look for in a good WordPress theme (and what to avoid)
  • Smart strategies for keeping a WordPress site secure
  • Understanding the capabilities of WordPress as a content management system (CMS)

Featured Instructor: Leeann Drees and Laura Eagin

Leeann Drees is a web developer with ellell & co. She has been specializing in custom WordPress sites since 2013. Leeann teaches coding classes with Girl Develop It and in Detroit public schools. When not coding, she can often be found cooking, cycling, or fussing over her cats. Leeann lives in Detroit, MI.

Laura Eagin wears as many hats as she can: she is a web developer, graphic designer, entrepreneur and teacher. She loves to geek out about the correlation between SEO and great web usability. In her free time you're likely to find Laura embarking on cross-country road trips or twenty short trips to the hardware store. She frequently fosters cats for the Ferndale Cat Shelter. Laura lives in Ferndale, Michigan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition: $150

The cost for this course is $150 & will cover all costs of the class

Dates: January 23 & 25, 2018 (Tuesday & Thursday) from 6 – 8:30pm

Refund for Cancellation: An applicant requesting cancellation within three (3) business days after making an initial payment, but prior to seminar or workshop start date, is entitled to a refund of all tuition and fees paid with the exception of the non-refundable deposit (if applicable).

Prerequisites: No prerequisites required!

Materials to bring to class:

  • Laptop
  • We’ll help you install WordPress locally on your computer via Bitnami (instructions will be emailed prior to class)
  • Optional: A topic for your new website & any photos you want to use on the website.
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