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Learn to build WordPress websites in 1 month with classes at Coalwork in Scranton in December and January

Learn to build WordPress websites in 1 month with classes at Coalwork in Scranton in December and January
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From a press release:

Nothing beats hands-on learning. “WP in One Month” was created to help beginner and intermediate learners with WordPress, building skills in a classroom with peers and learning from a real, live instructor.

The first preview class covering the basics of using WordPress will be held at Coalwork (544 Spruce St., Scranton) on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Registration is $20 and can be purchased at Those who attend get 25 percent off the full four-session course when it launches in January (a $50 value).

The full class starts on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and runs at the same time each Wednesday that month. Any week can be purchased individually for $59, or all four weeks can be purchased together for $199. This will also include videos of the sessions and other digital goods.

The goal of the preview on Dec. 10 is to introduce the following topics, which will be covered in more depth during the full four-week course:

  • Hosting, domains, and the pre-WordPress flight check
  • Getting set up with WordPress
  • WordPress is for Content! Pages, posts, and beyond
  • Make It Your Own: Customizing WordPress
  • Finding Yourself: WordPress and SEO

The courses will be taught by Joe Casabona, a front-end developer who works in WordPress – a lot. He focuses primarily on taking design mockups and creating pixel-perfect, well-functioning websites while also dabbling a bit in some back-end coding. Starting in 2002 at the age of 15, Casabona has worked on sites for everyone from high school bands to enterprise-level companies. In 2014, he authored a book called “Responsive Design with WordPress” and two additional books on web development.

He’s also a professor at the University of Scranton, where he teaches web development and computer science courses and has developed an accredited course on WordPress theming.

“Joe is one of the best people you can find to teach you about WordPress,” said Brian Richards of

“His real-world experience working with the Fortune 100 combined with his classroom experience as a college professor make him the perfect fit for teaching this course. You won’t be disappointed!”