WordPress Workshop for Journalists: Setup & Run your Own Website like a Pro


As readers increasingly consume news and journalism online, it has become important for journalists to be able to publish and be discovered on the Internet. It isn’t hard to setup and run a website and publish your stories or blogs. One of the best and easy to use tools out there to setup and run a website of your own is WordPress.

It started as a blogging platform but now it’s much bigger than that. Its versatile enough to be a blog or a content management system. It has become one of the most preferred platform for independent, community and even commercial journalism efforts. Some of the well known journalism sites that use WordPress are

Suffice to say that it’s a really powerful platform. Even with all this, WordPress is extremely user friendly to set up and run. Its theme is easy to design and play around. Its plugin system makes it easy to add or remove functionality.

In this workshop we will aim to setup a WordPress Content Management System to run a online journalism site. As part of the workshop we will learn to

  • Search and Buy Domain
  • Setup WordPress hosting
  • Setup a clean theme
  • Customize themes with headers, sidebars and footers
  • Setup some essential plugins for SEO, Twitter Cards, FB Open Graphs, Google SiteMap, Newsletters, Simple polls and forms etc
  • Setup a podcast if interested (we can even submit to iTunes)
  • How to backup your site & save your data
  • Set up your own e-mail accounts
  • Caching for higher traffic

What do you need to bring

  • Laptop
  • Firefox browser
  • Credit card or bank account for buying the domain and hosting
  • Interest to learn

Date: July 18 and half of 19.
Location: Winjit Technologies, Phoenix Crescent, Rest House Road, Off Museum Road, Bangalore- 560001

About the Trainer

Thejesh G N is a Bengaluru based independent technologist and the co-founder of DataMeet, a community of data science and open data enthusiasts. He has conducted many training sessions for data enthusiasts, journalists and fellow technologists over the last few years.

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Data Journalists, Education Reporters Do Attend Bangalore Open Data Camp

Bangalore Open Data Camp (ODCBLR) is an annual un-conference that provides a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India with the aim of promoting an open-data culture in government, private and the not-for-profit sector.

The 2015 edition of  ODCBLR will be an Education Special. With the growth of data and analytics in education, and the organizations working to demystify government data, the time is right to create a space for data enthusiasts to come together to work through issues unique to this sector.

This year’s event will have representatives from NCERT, NAS, ASER and KLP in attendance, along with members of our ever-growing DataMeet community.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1: Keynote by Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma who heads Central Institute of Educational Technology, NCERT. He talk will be about NROER – A Plugin into the School System; Opportunities for Open Data Enthusiasts. Day 1 will also feature other eminent speakers from the sector. Keep an eye on the event wiki page for the updates.

Day 2: Education Hackathon based on DICE and NAS data for those who want to explore, visualize and hack this data. For beginners, we will also have dedicated workshops on education data exploration (DICE, NAS), GIS mapping etc.

Since there are limited slots, please register asap

Location: Google India Bangalore, RMZ Infinity

Dates: April 11 and 12th 2015

If you would like to speak at the event or hold a hackathon based on education data or share ideas related to the event, email us at thej@datameet.org or nisha@datameet.org.

…And We are Back!

Someone hacked the blog last month.  It was hosted on a remote server which was hacked. It was hacked once before as well. So I moved it to OpenShift, which can host your website for free (with limitations).

The OpenShift documentation and interface is easy, even for a rookie like me. I found a great tutorial if you’d like to run WordPress on OpenShift (read here & here.)

Until I figure out a better way of  hosting this site, I’m going to leave it there. Gautham, who set me up with the site, managed to pull a backup from somewhere and most of the content is back on the site. Some pictures are missing and there are a few broken links. The design is still messed up.

I hope to fix them when I get time. Also, since I’m just a rookie, its a lot of learning for me. I’m enjoying the process. It reminds me of the hours I used spend repairing my old bicycle.


Getting Started: Workshop on How to Make Your Own Website on WordPress

Wordpress is the quickest and easiest way to setup and run a website or a blog. This blog for example, is on WordPress. So are sites like TechCrunch & thousands of other large publications. They all started as small, in most cases as a one man/ woman, gigs.

If you’d like to learn how to make your own website or blog, manage and maintain it with no outside help, here’s a workshop for you. The beginner level workshop is in Bangalore on 25, 26 January 2014. Only 10 people can take part in the workshop so you will have to hurry up and book your seats soon. Wordpress Workshop

Who should attend

  • Those who want to establish a simple yet powerful web presence with zero or little coding.
  • People who need to work with WordPress based websites.
  • People who would like to fine tune their WordPress admin skills.

What will you learn?

  • At the end of the course, you will be able to set up your own simple yet beautiful website and learn how to manage it on your own with minimal outside help.
  • You will be able to operate the WordPress dashboard, update contents of your site, make it look gorgeous and add functionalities to your site with WordPress plugins.
  • You will also learn to integrate analytics to your site to measure traffic, make sure your site is visible with some search engine optimization and connect your site popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Also learn how to backup and restore your website.

What to bring

  • The sessions will be hands on and interactive. Ideally bring your laptop with Windows or Mac OS. iPad and netbooks are not recommended.

Date: 25 Jan – 26 Jan 2014 (10:00 AM – 04:00 PM)

Venue: Knobly Media, 6, 6/1, First Floor, Prestige Nishat, Lady Curzon Road, Off Infantry Road, Bangalore- 560001, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Who is teaching: Gautham Sarang, the Founder of Ant-Hill Designs is our WordPress expert. He has designed and implemented multiple websites for small and large clients.

Ticket price includes lunch & snacks.