Learn to design and develop websites with an industry trusted CMS WordPress
The server-side scripting evening course consists of a series of lectures and practical workshops aimed at developing the necessary skills to create and maintain database-driven web pages.
The learner will be introduced to an HTML preprocessor (PHP) and databases (MySQL) in order to modularize and cater content to user requests. He/she will also be introduced to content management systems (CMS) and discover how they are created and used to help the client take care of their own content.
This course provides an in-depth focus on installing and customising content for one of the world’s most popular CMSs, WordPress. By using some server and client side scripting knowledge, the learner will go on to build a customised template in order to present their own design powered by the WordPress platform.
Students should have working knowledge and understanding of the following:
By the end of the course students will have usable knowledge of the following:
- Successfully install and use an Apache and MySQL testing server
- Know how to write clean and syntactically correct PHP
- Gain introductory knowledge about advanced PHP functions
- Successfully be able to use a combination of part of the PHP code to create custom functionality.
- Be able to install the WordPress CMS and manage content
- Be able to customize an existing WordPress theme
Pricing also available for customised, on-site or group training.
Duration: 5 weeks
- 01 May – 31 May 2017
- 14 August – 13 September 2017
17h30 – 20h30 Mon, Tues & Wed*
* Any class falling on a public holiday will be carried over to be held the Thursday evening of the same week (to be arranged between the lecturer and class).
Introduction to server-side scripting (PHP)
- Choosing a text editor for PHP
- Setting up a testing server (Windows and Mac)
PHP programming fundamentals
- Language and syntax
- Variables and data types
- Adding comments
- Outputting Data
- Performing simple operations
- Comparison operators
- Conditional Statements
- Array objects
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Generating HTML using PHP
Introduction to WordPress as a CMS
Setting up a MySQL database (phpMyAdmin)
The Basic MySQL functions
Connect to DB with PHP (MySQLi ObjectOriented, MySQLi Procedural, PDO)
Data Manipulation Language Create, Read, Update, Delete (CRUD)
Data Definition Language Creating tables programmatically
Installing WordPress on a testing server
Getting Comfortable with Wordpress
Installing themes and widgets
Customizing an existing theme
Wordpress themes overview
Approaching a theme design
Building a custom HTML/CSS theme
Adding WordPress functionality
What is the difference between your Part Time and your Full Time courses?
The Part Time courses are Modular Based, and run for 4-5 weeks each, with one project per module. The Full Time courses are made up of various modules that run for 3 – 8 weeks each with more than one project per module.
How do I know which one to choose?
The Full Time courses are geared towards students who wish to commit to a much longer and more involved course, with an aim to get a Higher Certificate and a Portfolio. The Part Time courses are excellent for those who wish to add new skills to their existing skills, i.e. a Print Designer who wants to learn Web Design skills. The Part Time courses are also often chosen by those who wish to prepare to do longer courses, or individuals whose companies need them to learn skills to apply within the workplace immediately.
Are there any discounts offered?
Yes! If you book all 3 courses offered on the Print Design Courses (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), you get a fantastic discount on the modules, booked consecutively.
When do the courses run?
They run in the evenings, Mondays, Tuesday & Wednesdays from 17h30 – 20h30.
Does the module run more than once in the year?
Yes, each module runs every 3 months.
What do we need to bring to the course?
Just yourself, a notebook and pen. We provide the machines and the software. You will also receive a 2GB Flashstick, which you can keep after the completion of the course.
Is there safe access & parking available?
Yes, you receive an electronic access tag upon enrolment & parking can be found in Bree Street.
Who are your trainers?
All trainers are freelancers in their industries, so bring this unbeatable experience into the classroom straight from the workplace. They are passionate about what they do and always ready to help.
Are there any projects and / or tests?
Yes, each module has a project that is worked on continuously to test your skills. No formal tests or exams are held
What do we receive at the end of the course?
You will receive an attendance certificate showing the Apple & Adobe logo as well as your details and the details of the course you completed.
COST P/P INCL VAT
- R6, 500.00
"The lecturer was very helpful with a god sense of humour. In the module I really enjoyed creating the themes."
"Good balance of content and humor"
"The lecturer supported me in the way I think and gave me inputs to improve my Website."