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Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about NC State's web platforms.

Overview

University Communications and Marketing leads several workshops to help the campus community in their communications efforts.

With the exception of the self-lead Gutenberg Quick Start workshop, each of the workshops is held via Zoom. These workshops are generally offered once a month, and they are open to anyone within the NC State community.

Available Workshops

Gutenberg Quick Start

This self-lead quick start is provided asynchronously online. It is geared to users who are completely new to WordPress and/or Gutenberg.

Current Workshop Catalogue

Content Maintainer 1: Gutenberg and WordPress Basics

This is the first workshop in our two-part training series for content maintainers. This hour long workshop is intended for anyone who actively maintains, or will soon be maintaining, content through WordPress and would like to familiarize themselves with the Gutenberg block editor. Taught in collaboration with OIT, we address the very basics of getting started with using WordPress as we explore the following topics:

  • WordPress first steps
  • Pages in WordPress
  • The Gutenberg block editor
  • Posts in WordPress
  • The WordPress media library

Content Maintainer 2: NC State Theme Blocks and Basic Content Strategy

This is the second workshop in our two-part training series for content maintainers. This hour long workshop is intended for anyone who actively maintains, or will soon be maintaining, a WordPress site. In this session we explore various Gutenberg blocks that are available through the NC State Theme. In addition to exploring the following topics:

  • Hero/header area
  • Basic content strategy
  • Utility v. marketing blocks.
  • Metadata

Content Strategy 1: Site-Level Planning and Strategy

The first in a two part content strategy workshop series, this training will help WordPress content maintainers feel more prepared in the planning of their site on a broad level. In addition to exploring site-level planning, we will cover ongoing site maintenance along with these subject areas:

  • Information architecture
  • Approaches to redesign and reorganization
  • Navigation
  • Governance

Content Strategy 2: Page-Level Content Planning and Strategy

The second in a two part content strategy workshop series, this training will help WordPress content maintainers feel more prepared in the planning of their site on a more granular level. In addition to exploring page-level planning, we will cover writing for the web along with these subject areas:

  • Headlining
  • Body text best practices
  • Other supporting content in WordPress (metadata, excerpts, tags)
  • SEO considerations

Site Administrator 1: Communication and Marketing

The first in a two part site administrator workshop series, this UCOMM led training will help prepare WordPress site administrators to master the following subject areas:

  • Menus
  • Gravity Forms for marketing and communications
  • NC State People
  • Newswire

Site Administrator 2: User Management, Content Access Control and Google Drive Integration

The second in a two part site administrator workshop series, this OIT led training will help prepare WordPress site administrators to master the following subject areas:

  • Managing Users
  • Mars
  • Protected Content
  • Google Drive Integration
  • Gravity Forms and Data Integrations

Suggestions or Questions?

If you have suggestions for additional workshops or a general question, please contact Scott Thompson (csthomp2@ncsu.edu).