Ready to build your website? This 3 hour "for beginners" intensive seminar will demystify the world of web and break down complex subjects into digestible chunks understandable to a novice.
In this lesson we'll focus on the fundamentals, an overview of tools and terminology and start looking at basic HTML and CSS. We'll see free resources for learning at your own pace online and by the end of the course you'll have built a basic web page.
We'll also discuss content management systems like Wordpress and why you might use them. Also we'll discuss the fundamentals of SEO (seach engine optimization) and how you might apply some of these basic principles.
Here's what people have said about Website Bootcamp and Nate
“Its a great resource and very helpful for others that are interested in the technology. I hope it keeps going and people keep exchanging ideas and experiences
“I would love to attend other sessions!
“I learn something valuable every time I attend!
“Nate consistently brings his real-world knowledge and experience to the table every day, connecting on a personal level.
“Nate is a sharp thinker, able to bring creativity, energy and a sense of humor to any situation, but still maintain focus and his drive for results.
Who should take this class?
There are two types of student who will benefit from this class.
Graphic designers, photographers, design/graphic professional etc. Are you in a creative field and your clients, customers, employers keep assuming that you know how to build a website? Does the sight of code scare you? Then this class is for you.
Small business owners, gallery owners, studio managers etc. Have you contracted out your website in the past but were unhappy with the results? Didn't understand what the developer was talking about? Need to ensure you aren't getting taken advantage of when getting a quote for a website? Then this class is for you.
What will I learn in this class?
The three hour survey class will talk about conceptual topics that are important to know about building a website such as what a server and client is and how they relate. We will discuss things like FTP and file storage. We will discuss HTML and CSS and build a basic webpage. We will also discuss topics such as Wordpress and Drupal and why you might need them. We'll also cover SEO concepts and metadata.
By the end of the class you should be able to build a basic webpage and format it with CSS. You will also have a list of resources to pursue for further learning.
One of the goals of the class is to give you the tools to discover where you are in relation to web development and where will need to be. We start with the assumption that everyone will need to learn a little bit of HTML and CSS and then cover a range of topics that will be important to know about. Not everyone is going to decide to be a web developer but knowing what you need to know is powerful.
Can I take the class again?
While you will probably be surprised at the amount of information we will cover in the three hour time span, as with most learning it’s repetition that will really make it stick. Where to go from there is up to you. During the class we will discuss a number of resources available for further learning such as websites and books. They’ll range from free discussion-based forums to courses that you can take online at your convenience.
Taking the class more than once can help cement ideas as well as review what you’ve learned and see how far you’ve come but isn’t necessary.
What sort of background should I have prior to taking the course?
While the course is designed for creative professionals (photographers, graphic designers, print designers, architects etc.) it will be useful to anyone who has a basic understanding of how to use a computer and a need or desire to learn HTML or CSS and web server adminstration. If you know how to use a mouse but code scares you then this class can help. If you are a self-paced learner but unsure of where to start or if terms like server and CMS are overwhelming to you but your career requires you to learn them, you are right for this course.
If you don’t know what the phrase “google it” means or how to do it then this class may not be the best for you. Take some basic computer classes and come back when you feel a little more comfortable using your computer.
This class appeals to the creative mind. This right-brain approach to learning HTML/CSS should appeal to anyone who sees this as a valuable skill to have in their professional or personal lives.
It’s recommended that you have a Apple Macintosh computer as we will be discussing specific programs that you can use on this platform. If you have a P.C. running windows that’s probably O.K. but it will be more conceptual and not specific.
Should I bring my computer with me?
Great question! While it’s always nice to have a computer to take notes they can often be a distraction to others and yourself if you are perhaps not looking up when important information is being given out.
Bringing your computer should be fine provided you are respectful of the time of others and aren’t too distracting from the topic at hand. The class shouldn’t have to come to a halt if you are trying to build your webpage instead of listening to the discussion.
So the answer is yes, you can bring your computer but please be respectful when using it during class time.
Who is the instructor?
Nate has been teaching technology for nearly a decade and has been building websites for twice as long. Here is what one colleague has said about Nate:
"Nate consistently brings his real-world knowledge and experience to the table every day, connecting on a personal level with customers and associates...He is patient and focused..."
For the past three months in anticipation of this class Nate has been hosting free meetups to discuss the topics covered in this course. Here’s what one attendee said about the meet up:
“The meetup is a great forum for developers of all levels... ”
Most recently Nate has been running the workshop program at Apple Inc. in midtown designing course work and training workshop presenters.
What’s the deal with the meet up? How is this class different?
In tandem with preparing for this class we have been hosting meet ups on various topics of interest to first time developers and creative professionals. The meet ups are a great way for attendees to meet with experts in the field and get exposure to new topics without feeling uncomfortable asking basic questions.
The meet up is a great way to get a feel for the types of things that will be discussed in the class either before and/or after attending. However, they are completely different in structure.
Even though the meet ups start with a brief demonstration these are really just ice-breaker topics that quickly devolve into discussions. If you want to get a lot of very useful information from a knowledgeable, competent instructor the class is going to be a better fit.
Pedestrian Consulting is a technology training company in New York City Founded by Nate Cooper.
Nate Cooper, is a writer, teacher and blogging coach. He is a regular contributor to Contently.com and has written for Mashable. He is currently writing a comic book to teach web basics for No Starch Press. He has taught for General Assembly, Noble Desktop, Skillshare Media Bistro, The Gap Inc, NBC News, the University of California Santa Cruz and Apple Inc.
"Cooper, himself deeply embedded in the New York tech scene, gives practical and insightful advice.." -- Forbes 2012
"If you like boring classes, lame teachers and throwing your money down the drain, do not take Nate's class. He is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher and this class exceeded all my expectations. He answers every question, explains things thoroughly and clearly, and makes technology feel totally do-able and fun. Thanks Nate!" -- Former Student
"Nate is a terrific teacher, with loads of information to expand your skills. He is a multi-faceted fountain of info, actually. As the second class I've taken with him, I am very glad I found him. Thank you!" -- Former Student