Please note this is not a single course with three consecutive days of training, but three separate and distinct courses with their own dedicated training day. Separate tickets are required for each. Each course is from 8:30am - 5pm each day.
VIP Training Days - San Francisco, November 2014
- Superuser Training - November 4th, $650 course fee.
- Developer Fundamentals I Training - November 5th, $850 course fee.
- Developer Fundamentals II: Site Security & Debugging - November 6th, $950 course fee.
VIP Training Days are 1-day, small group (max. 20 participants with a team of VIP instructors), in-person training courses which will be repeated throughout the year in different locations, and new courses will be rotated in and out as interest demands. VIP Training Days are open to the public, but space will be prioritized for current VIP clients.
These courses are suitable for both self-hosted and WordPress.com VIP sites/superusers/developers - the large majority of the material will focus on core WordPress functionality/features.
All transportation, transfer, and lodging costs will be the responsibility of each student, as well as any other expenses not explicitly stated. Lunch will be provided. Payment is required to confirm registration.
If you're interested in VIP training and can't make it to this location or these dates, you can register your interest and let us know your location preferences. It's possible we'll add more dates or locations in the future.
Developer Fundamentals I Training
WordPress Fundamentals I is a day-long, intensive course meant to introduce PHP developers to programming for WordPress. Attendees should be familiar with WordPress as a tool, and have a working understanding of its general terminology. Proficiency with PHP is also a must, but no knowledge of the WordPress code itself is expected. This is a great course for developers looking to build sites which will scale to VIP levels, and write secure and scalable code.
- Proficiency with basic PHP development.
- Awareness of WordPress as a platform, including common terminology such as a post, a page, widgets, and sidebars.
- A local development environment running WordPress Trunk. We will provide a virtual machine ahead of time for participants who don’t have their own development environments, but they will be responsible for setting it up ahead of time.
Course Materials & Requirements
Each student will provide their own computer (laptop) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP. Students should have a local working copy of WordPress trunk installed and tested prior to the training. To download trunk: http://wordpress.org/download/svn/
- Intro to WordPress core, SVN, and Trac, history and culture
- Developer environment and debugging tools
- WordPress Development Best Practices
- Introduction to Plugins
- Actions and filters
- Introduction to Themes
- The Loop & WP_Query
- More on themes
- ...and more!
Developer Fundamentals II Training: Site Security & Debugging
WordPress Fundamentals: Site Security & Debugging is a day-long, intensive course meant to improve WordPress developers’ understanding of advanced concepts. Attendees should be familiar with developing WordPress plugins and themes or should have attended our Developer Fundamentals I course.
We’ll cover the basics of writing secure code. Instead of just listing vulnerabilities, attendees will learn how to think like an attacker and exploit the vulnerabilities before fixing them. In the course of learning more about security, we will introduce various debugging techniques to help attendees find problems in the code faster.
Proficiency with PHP development.
Awareness of WordPress as a platform, including common terminology such as a post, a page, widgets, and sidebars.
Proficiency with basic WordPress plugin and theme development – actions, filters, loading assets, main core APIs.
The latest version of VirtualBox: https://www.virtualbox.org/
Security: common types of vulnerabilities
Security: exploiting and fixing open redirects
Security: exploiting and fixing XSS problems in HTML, JS, and CSS
Security: exploiting and fixing CSRF vulnerabilities
Security: exploiting and fixing SQL injection problems
Security: exploiting and fixing remote file inclusion attacks
Security: exploiting and fixing clickjacking attacks
In this course, you’ll learn how to manage and use the WordPress interface from a site owner’s point of view; as someone who will be managing multiple users, their permissions, and ultimately sharing knowledge with them about how to use WordPress to publish a great site with an active community and/or audience. We like to think of this course as our teachers teaching your teachers - those who will serve as the WordPress expert in an organization.
We’ll also do a deep dive into the publishing process so our superusers can teach their editors, authors, and contributors how to best use the WordPress interface. From creating and publishing posts to managing tags and categories, from mastering multimedia and images in articles, and bulk management of posts and pages, we’ll cover the entire publishing process from draft to done.
Users should have a working (beyond basic) knowledge of the WordPress administration panel / backend. They should be managers, administrators, or editors of an existing or future WordPress site with multiple users.
Course Materials & Requirements
Each student will provide their own laptop computer (no tablets) for the course, with working wifi functionality. A lunch break and light lunch will be provided by WordPress.com VIP to all students. For the purposes of the course, students will be given access to a WordPress.com site. Users will be requested to create a WordPress.com username if they don’t have one, and this username will be submitted to the course instructor. To create a WordPress.com username: http://en.wordpress.com/signup/
- User Management: roles, permissions, and invitations
- User Profiles: settings, preferences, and Gravatars
- Comments: moderation, spam, and notifications
- Creating & Publishing posts
- Managing tags and categories
- Mastering Media: images, galleries, and slideshows
- Bulk management of Posts and Pages
- ...and more!
We'll provide a full refund if the cancellation is requested within 30 days from the event date, and 50% thereafter. No refunds will be provided for cancellations 5 days before the event. We reserve the right to cancel the event if needed, and will provide full refunds for the courses if cancelled. We are not liable for any costs incurred for transportation and/or lodging to the event.
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