Writing Workshops, Retreats, Mentoring

Managing Your Own Website

November 24, 2012 – Full Day Workshop

Registration at bottom of this page. Please scroll down.

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Time: 10:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, November 24, 2011
Place: Trent University,
……….Oshawa Campus

Cost: $110.00
……….(95.00 for WCDR members
……….and associated
……….organizations) plus HST


If you have a WordPress-based Website (or you’re planning on having one built for you) and you’d like to manage it yourself, this is the workshop that will embed the skills you need to take this important and money-saving step.

WordpressPerhaps you currently have a free WordPress blog and you need to upgrade to a site that does not limit your capacity to sell your products or promote yourself as a commercial entity.

Maybe you just want to save the maintenance costs.

Maybe it’s as simple as wanting to be able to update your website whenever you want, or the excitement of developing your skills to the point of true web independence.

This workshop will give you WordPress autonomy and teach you a number of basic as well as more advanced skills on a WordPress-based website.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • create and update pages and posts 24/7
  • add pictures, video and audio files
  • reposition text and pictures into different arrangements
  • generate interactive discussions on site
  • create “ads” (from simple text to embedded videos) that stay visible on every page
  • install a subscription service to notify clients/friends every time an update is made
  • learn how to optimize your site for search engines by yourself
  • monitor which pages are being viewed the most, how people are finding the site, and more


Woman blogging

Please note these prerequisites:

Participants must bring a laptop with wireless capability. We have arranged for Trent University to supply participants with guest wireless access during the workshop, but computers will not be provided.

(Note: If you do not have an existing WordPress website, or websites are completely foreign to you, we offer a workshop just for you. Our last workshop was on March 19th in the same location:


James Dewar
James Dewar and Sue Reynolds have been building WordPress websites since 2006 – everything from small sites with only a few pages to massive sites that manage client databases, multiple ongoing discussion forums and other sophisticated applications.

They believe in the “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” philosophy when it comes to managing client websites – empower clients to manage their own content.

Of course James and Sue will stay in the background like pleased parents ready to provide support if there are questions.