Interested in finding out much more about WordPress? We’ve got a masterclass in December

WordPress is a godsend for charities. It’s an essentially free tool for building everything from the simplest to the most complex websites. All VANEL websites are built in WordPress as are a huge number of charity websites worldwide and locally. We have a WordPress masterclass all day on Tuesday 12th December to help you really understand this tool.

Tuesday 12th December 2017
At VANEL offices, Bargate, Grimsby
10am start – 4pm
Refreshments and light buffet lunch included.
Limited places. Booking essential.

£60 per person (for VANEL members) or £80pp non-members
Book via Karl Elliott,, 01472 361043


The Masterclass is not an introduction to website development – we’re assuming you know your way around basic web technology.

The Masterclass is not a simple overview on how to use WordPress – you’ve either used WordPress before and are looking to explore more, or you’ll be up to speed with WordPress in the first hour or so!

The Masterclass will introduce you to all the functionality lurking beneath the surface of WordPress – plugins, themes, post types, databases, taxonomies, multi-site, user management etc etc

The Masterclass will give you practical advice, tips, do’s and don’ts. Based on experience you’ll find the shortcuts, the things to do and the things to avoid. Don’t re-discover the wheel – use the Masterclass to use WordPress effectively from the start.

The Masterclass will give you ideas and inspiration – how to use WordPress in ways you didn’t even think you could.

By the way, you’ll leave the Masterclass with a hugely comprehensive training guide with all the information and links you’ll need for your journey through WordPress.

A quick overview of what the topics that the Masterclass covers:
What is WordPress?
What are the alternatives? vs .org
The 5 minute install.
Build a website in 30 minutes.
Walk through the WordPress feature set.
Inspiration – a WordPress showcase
Step-by-step through all the main WordPress features.
Using WordPress for many different things.
Exploring WordPress blogging.
Understanding Content Management with WordPress.
Design work and using Themes with WordPress.
Understanding Plugins and Theme construction and use.
Do’s and don’t. Tips and advice. Practical expertise and lessons on using WordPress well.
Managing a WordPress site well.
Wordpress as a tool for non-profit organisations.
Getting staff involved.
Getting management involved.
What’s free – what should you pay for?
How to manage your project properly.

Advanced techniques:

backups and anti spam / building user communities / search engine optimisation and analytics / integration with Social Media tools / custom menus / custom post types / understanding theme frameworks / using CSS, PHP, HTML and more

Once we know which groups are attending we’ll further tailor the agenda to their specific needs.

Please ensure you reserve your place before 1st December via Karl at VANEL.