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WordPress Themes Training Course

WordPress Themes Training Course

Our WordPress Themes Training Course shows you how WordPress themes work, how to find great themes for your website, and how to build you own!

In this course we explore the wonderful world of WordPress themes, and how easy it is to get a great looking website built in record time using free themes and premium themes.

We also look at the pros and cons of using WordPress themes, and what to do when a complex project requires a lot of theme customisation. We also take a look at the latest generation of theme builders, providing you with a hands-on tour of the best theme builders currently available.

Free WordPress Themes

There are thousands of free themes available for you to use on your WordPress site, and what's more, they are easy to find, download and activate as well. Simply by visiting Appearance > Themes and clicking Add New you are presented with a selection from WordPress' own library of over 4000 themes! Many of these free themes are excellent, and have become extremely popular over the years with webmasters and designers alike. You can also browse themes by latest, favourites, and there's also a feature filter too, within which you can filter themes by subject, features and layout.

So what's the catch you might ask? Well oftentimes, you will find that themes are limited in certain ways, most usually by the degree of customisation that you can apply to them. A themes homepage design might look great, but when you start developing your other pages, you might find the theme lacking. Most theme developers offer free themes in the hope that you will upgrade to using their premium themes, to which of course a cost is applicable. In actual fact, it's a sensible business model, and we ourselves have bought many premium themes off the back of using a developers free theme, having found it to be just what we were looking for on a particular project. However, some free themes often lack in other respects, and this can cause problems later on down the line. In our WordPress themes training course, we explore all of the pros and cons of using free themes, including when (and when not) to use them.

Premium WordPress Themes

As mentioned, premium themes usually have a cost attached to them, often in the region of $50-80 per theme, although this cost is often more than worth the expense in time saved. Premium themes usually come ready-made for a specific purpose (e.g. Travel Agent, Construction Company etc), with lots of functionality built in. In addition, theme developers often integrate popular plugins into their themes, with all of the design elements taken care of, saving you hours of customisation time, and offering powerful functionality from the start. We have often found premium themes that are (almost) perfect for our specific clients needs, especially when browsing the excellent website Themeforest, which is probably the ultimate theme directory website in existence.

So again, is that all there is to it? Well, the answer here would be yes and no. Most premium themes are regularly updated, and this update process can sometimes have unwanted knock-on effects to any theme customisation's you may have applied, or additional plugins you may have added to the website. Whilst it is usually sensible to store your theme customisation's into what is called a child theme, this isn't always practical. On other occasions, your client would perhaps rather not pay a yearly fee to keep their theme current and up-to-date (annual renewals are often the deal with premium themes). Or alternatively, it may simply prove to be impractical to attempt to customise a complex theme that isn't quite what you are looking for. That's where theme builders come in.

WordPress Theme Builders

Theme builders allow you to design your websites theme as you like, with tools and code blocks ready-made to drop into your WordPress templates as you see fit. Currently, the favourites in this field are Oxygen and Elementor, with Divi bringing up the rear. Our personal favourite is Oxygen, which costs £99 as a one-off fee, including a lifetime license with unlimited updates! In this online class, we give you a full tour of the power of Oxygen to build you theme. We also offer a dedicated Oxygen Builder Training Course if you wish to delve deeper into the power of using Oxygen to build your WordPress websites.

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
    “Really well run course with an excellent helpful tutor in Lewis. Would recommend to everyone! Thanks again!”

    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.

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

    Kelli, Oaklands College.

    Central School of Speech & Drama
    "The tutor is able to present what seems to be quite complex subject into simple chunks of understandable topics. This is very good for a novice."

    Chau, Central School of Speech and Drama.

    Abingdon & Witney College
    "Many thanks, I have learnt a rather complicated process at the right pace and will use while in the work place. The tutor was very patient and knowledgeable."

    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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