Posts Tagged ‘Omniversity of Manchester’

New WordPress video!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Check out our new video featuring Mike Little, co-founder of WordPress and developer extraordinaire about the upcoming WordPress courses at the Omniversity.

WordPress at the Omniversity with Mike Little from Prohyena on Vimeo.

This autumn we are running WordPress for Beginners, a two day course (22nd – 23rd September) where you will cover all the basic skills that you need to develop your first WordPress site. Following that is the Intermediate WordPress (20th-21st October) course, perfect for those wanting to further hone their skills in WordPress.

Next year we plan to run Advanced WordPress and WordPress for Developers, so stay tuned for more information. Drop us a line if you are would like us to contact you about these courses.

Book a place for the WordPress for Beginners’ course here.

Book a place for the Intermediate WordPress course here.

September 2012 at Omniversity

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

September is back to school at the Omniversity with some brilliant upcoming courses. Kicking-off the semester is the ‘Beginners’ Guide to Arduino and Physical Computing’ course on Saturday September 1st from 10 am – 5:30 pm.

Join in and learn everything you ever needed to know about working with the Arduino platform – from software development to building robotics. No previous experience is required. Once the basics have been covered, you’ll learn ways of actively incorporating these new skills into future projects of your own, whatever the application might be, from creating art installations to kick-starting the robot apocalypse.

Check out our Arduino video if you want to get a bit of a taste for it:

Beginners’ Guide to Arduino and Physical Computing – An Omniversity Course from Prohyena on Vimeo.

Omniversity WordPress for Beginners review

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The past weekend saw a group of novices gather together from far and wide to learn the secrets of WordPress from none other than one of its co-founders, Mike Little.
WordPress for Beginners

The ‘WordPress for Beginners’ workshop was pitched as an introductory course to WordPress and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The course covered pretty much everything the uninitiated would need to know, starting from the basics such as creating a post to more advanced topics such as themes and plug-ins, with a dash of CSS editing for those interested in taking their skills further. We started with learning how to install WordPress (and yes, it can be done within five minutes or in the case of this demonstration, with about a minute spare!), coming to grips with the basic anatomy of the blog formatted website and learning how to navigate the dashboard and what the various types of content were. All the features were gone over in great detail and we were regularly given the opportunity to have a go at configuring our WordPress sites.


Review of Web Design Foundations Course

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
My name is Jimmy Edmondson, I’m 24 and have a background in Graphic Design. I graduated 2 years ago from a course which taught me an introduction to Web Design. Over the past two years I’ve worked as a professional Graphic Designer with the CMS system WordPress a lot, heavily editing themes and learning about HTML and CSS as needed. I decided to take this course to brush up my skills, ensuring that I work in the correct way and have a thorough and up-to-date understanding of the world of web design. This course did not disappoint! (more…)

CSS Basics

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

CSS Basics

Title: CSS Basics at the Omniversity
Location: MadLab
Description: This course looks in detail at Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your HTML content.
Date: 13-10-2012
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30
Booking: Sign up here

This course looks in detail at the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the language used to add styling and layout to your web content. You will learn fundamental CSS theory such as the box model, the cascade and specificity, how to effectively style your paragraphs, lists, tables, forms, navigation menus and other content, and the basics of layouts using floats and positioning. This session also covers some CSS3 features like shadows, border radius and CSS3 selectors.

The course is aimed mainly at novice web designers and developers but it is also suitable for those with more experience who want to update their skills and learn modern best practices.

What you need to be familiar with

This course is intended for beginners to CSS so while prior knowledge would help, none is required. You should however have a reasonable knowledge of HTML and how to use the web.

Learning outcomes

After completing the class, you will have learned:

  • The fundamentals of how CSS works and what you can do with it
  • A solid array of techniques you can use to style and lay out content
  • Up-to-date web design best practices
  • Some cutting edge CSS3 features

Equipment you’ll need

  • Yourself. Refreshments will be provided.
  • A laptop of some kind. Mac, Windows or Linux is fine.
  • A decent text editor – this is all you need to build web pages. We recommend:

    Note: You can use an expensive web creator tool like Dreamweaver, should you have one installed. But expect to use it to edit code, not drag and drop.

  • A graphics package – we will be talking a little bit about graphics for the web, as far as different formats, and resizing images are concerned. It would make sense for you to have a graphics package available. We recommend:
  • The latest available web browsers (all free). We’d recommend:
  • An FTP program, which is used to upload your web page files up to the web, so they can then be viewed by others on the web. We recommend:

Costs and times

The course costs £100. You will receive an electronic copy of the teaching materials, software, and programmes. You will also receive free hosting courtesy of MadLab to test and refine your site. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Further information

CSS Basics course syllabus