As part of the ongoing mission to help bridge the “Digital Divide” the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, Inc. (viNGN) provides Public Computer Training Events (PCCTE) throughout the territory. On Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 the workshop “Getting Online with WordPress” was offered at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library PCC. An earlier session was hosted on St. Croix in April.
WordPress is “Open Source” software, meaning it is freely developed and maintained in a collaborative atmosphere. Its source code is made available to anyone to modify, refine or redistribute. WordPress is considered the largest self-hosted blogging platform, powering over 76 million blogs, from personal pages to enterprise web sites. It is not necessary to know any coding or programming languages to build a web site with WordPress.
Anyone capable of navigating the Internet, with a working Email address and proficiency creating documents in productivity software such as Microsoft Word or PowerPoint is able to work in WordPress to create fully-functional, clean and professional sites for hobby, personal or business use.
The course provided guidance on planning a web site or blog, setting up an account, navigating the WordPress dashboard, creating pages, posts and categories, and adding contact forms and media such as photos. Four certificates were earned by the students, 2 of whom began actively working within the platform following the introductory training session.