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WordPress Plugins Training Course

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In our WordPress Plugins Training Course we delve into the WordPress plugin Universe, and what a huge Universe it is!

One of the aspects to WordPress that makes it so utterly brilliant are it's plugins. Plugins are blocks of code you can download and install that extend WordPress beyond it's native capabilities. Don't be put off by the phrase 'blocks of code' - they are very easy to install and activate. Among the many wonderful things that can be said about plugins, one of (if not THE) best things is that so many of them are completely FREE.

WordPress has become such a popular platform that software developers and coders have offered free plugins to build their production portfolios for many years now, and in many cases, fame has been the result for some of the most acclaimed and popular plugins. In any case, what this means for you and me is that there are a world of plugins available for almost any kind of functionality imaginable. Do you need a booking system? An events manager? Perhaps a membership system? What about a forum? Or a ticketing system? These, and hundreds more, are available as plugins via WordPress' inbuilt plugin library. Simply click, download and activate!

Yes, you can tell we like plugins. But as there are so many, it's difficult to know which are the best to use, and under what circumstances. And, unfortunately, another downside is that many plugins go out-of-date, whilst others may be incompatible with the template theme you've chosen to use for your website. So it's not all fun and games.

In this module, we cut right through the confusion, showing you the very best plugins to use for a variety of purposes. Of course, we can't show them all (that would take years) but from our decades of web building experience, we have put together a list of our very own personal favourites, and during this module we explain how to install and use them.

Some of the types of plugins we demonstrate and configure are:

Gutenberg Design Plugins

A relatively new addition to WordPress, it's Gutenberg functionality allows you to add content blocks in a wide variety of layouts. Whilst WordPress comes ready to go with many of these blocks built-in, in this course we take a look at some of the additional third-party Gutenberg plugins available, which let you do so much more!

Admin Plugins

There's a whole world of plugins available to help you modify the way WordPress works, from page copying plugins, plugins that change the way things are displayed on your admin screens, to plugins that clean and optimise your WordPress database. In this online class we take a look at the best.

Security Plugins

Whilst WordPress is truly wonderful, it is Open Source software, which means that it is relatively easy to hack. In this course we show you some of the best security plugins available that will help you 'lock down' your installation of WordPress so that no one can tamper with your website.

eCommerce Plugins

Not only is WordPress a wonderful web design tool, it has also over the years become an amazing eCommerce tool, and nothing demonstrates this better than the truly superb plugin WooCommerce. Yet WooCommerce is just one option for eCommerce - there are also a number of other innovative eCommerce plugins available, that allow you to sell your goods in alternative ways. We take a look at some of the best options available.

Contact Form Plugins

The most important type of plugin (and perhaps the easily overlooked) having a reliable and robust contact form plugin is essential. We take a look at the best plugins available, and how they can be adapted to work as surveys and questionnaires, as well as for GDPR compliant purposes.

SEO Plugins

We take a look at some of the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, and how they compare with each other for optimising your website.

Customer Testimonials

Our training courses and services have been popular with corporates and small businesses alike. Here are a few customer comments...
  • Macmillan Education
    “All in all a very thorough run through the more advanced features of WordPress and a look at what can be achieved through the system.”

    Justin, Macmillan Education.

    Just Eat
    "The course was fantastic, as was the tutor. I have learnt a great deal and would most definitely recommend this course to others."

    Rachelle, Just Eat.

    UKTV Play
    "It was well paced and easy to follow without leaving you feeling overloaded. The tutor was happy to help with even the most simple of questions. I would recommend."

    Kate, UKTV.

  • Fujitsu
    “The day was brilliant, it was really helpful and informative, and it was great that my course was tailored to mine and my companies needs. I learnt a lot, Thank you very much.”

    Kelly, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning.

    The Open University
    "I think the course has covered a extensive range of topics, which was what I hoped for. Overall, I'm very impressed by the knowledge of the trainer and the laid-back atmosphere."

    Sasha, The Open University.

    Hertsmere Borough Council
    "Really enlightening and inspiring and it highlighted how straightforward some things actually are when you have insight to how they are achieved."

    Corina, Hertsmere Borough Council.

  • Homebase
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    Alex, Homebase.

    "A very knowledgeable trainer who managed to cram a lot of good information in two days. Pleasant facilitation."

    Mark, Safestore.

    BBC Worldwide
    "Facilities were very good; friendly staff, and excellent teaching. I definitely recommend this course."

    Catherine, BBC Worldwide.

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    “Good pace and we covered a lot in the session. Great teacher!!!”

    Kelli, Oaklands College.

    Central School of Speech & Drama
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    Chau, Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Abingdon & Witney College
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    Emma, Abingdon & Witney College.

  • Lewisham College
    “The course was very good and covered everything I needed to know.”

    Alan, Lewisham College.

    Henley College
    "Great course, plenty of information and guidance to take back with me. Very knowledgeable tutor and loads of opportunity to ask questions."

    Robyn, The Henley College.

    Tring School
    "Great intro to lots of different aspects; lots to take away and try for myself."

    Milo, Tring School.

  • Beauchamps High School
    “The patient and knowledgeable tutor was extremely approachable and keen to meet our very varied requirements.”

    Kay, Beauchamps High School.

    Borders College
    "Good course covering a lot of the ground I expected it to and the pace was about right. I will be recommending you."

    Russell, Borders College.

    The Boys Brigade
    "I now have the confidence to install and create a wordpress website from scratch. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn word press!!"

    Robert, The Boys' Brigade.

  • Cravenhill Publishing
    “Brilliant. Was able to answer all my questions easily so I could go away and complete the tasks my self. Amazing hosts. Learnt everything that was on the list provided. Am booking in for my next course asap!”

    Hannah, Cravenhill Publishing.

    Knebworth Primary School
    "Really informative, very well taught, excellent practical advice, extremely helpful. Thank you!"

    Jessica, Knebworth Primary School.

    JFS School
    "I found the course at the last minute, but I received valuable advice and information that I can use at School with my students to improve their grades."

    Simon, JFS.

  • Heathlands School
    “I really enjoyed the course. From knowing very little about Wordpress before, I now feel that all the knowledge I have gained today will allow me to update our website efficiently.”

    Chrissy, Heathlands School.

    International Bar Association
    "I very much enjoyed the course and felt I learned a great deal about a very big and very complex program."

    Edward, International Bar Association.

    The Open University
    "I think the course has covered a extensive range of topics, which was what I hoped for. Overall, I’m very impressed by the knowledge of the trainer and the laid-back atmosphere.."

    Shasha, The Open University.

  • Eastbourne Borough Council
    “I learned a lot. The course was swiftly paced and kept my attention. I was a bit of a slow learner being totally new to the running of web sites!”

    Norman, Eastbourne Borough Council.

    Norfolk County Council
    "The course was very good and was very detailed. I would recommend it to other people and I have certainly learned a huge amount and it will help me in my work. Thank you."

    Stuart, Norfolk County Council.

    Endemol Sport
    "The course has opened my eyes. I would happily recommend to friends. Spot on!"

    Rob, Endemol Sport.

  • Milton Keynes Academy
    “Fantastic, exceeded my expectations. food and drinks were great. I will recommend 21 Century to anyone needing this form of training.”

    Neil, Milton Keynes Academy.

    Chelsea Football Club
    "Very helpful. Learnt enough to be able to go away and use the program by myself."

    Daniel, Chelsea Football Club.

    University of Bedfordshire
    "An excellent course – really thorough, well-explained and correctly pitched. The tutor was brilliant, very clear in his explanations and helpful during example work. I would highly recommend this course!"

    Hannah, University of Bedfordshire.

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