Free Skool:Fall 2013 Web Dev

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Bridgeport Free Skool Web Development class

  • The focus of this class will be Web development with WordPress.
  • Each participant has a WordPress instance created for them, and we dig in. A secondary focus will be basic HTML and CSS editing, so that participants will better understand the underlying nature of Web pages.
  • We'll need a quick overview of wiki editing as well, so that we can use this wiki for collaboration.
  • Finally, the facilitators will hammer home the importance of freedom, openness, and the role of FOSS (free/open-source software) in building and maintaining a free Web.

Time and Location

Classes take place Tuesdays 6:30pm to 7:30pm EST, October 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, & 19 at Arcade Mall, 993 Main St

Optionally, after class sessions can be scheduled, preferably somewhere with beer and the Internet.

Signing Up

Sign up on the Bpt Free Skool website (there's a simple form at the bottom of the page for each class). You can also just contact the facilitator (listed below) directly, or just show up. Classes are typically 3-8 people, but we have room for (maybe) 12 people and will try to make computers available for participants upon request.


Sean "Diggity" O'Brien or


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Class Blogs

Check out our blog "farm"!








Class Outline

Open House Presentation

October 1, 2013

FOSS Overview

Session 1

October 8, 2013

Quick Overview of HTML and CSS

WordPress Blogs

  • We set up custom WordPress instances for everyone. If you need a WordPress instance (blog), please contact

Freedom Tips

  1. Install Firefox with the Web Developer extension.
  2. While you're at it, why not block ads and browse the Web more securely?

Sessions 2 & 3

October 15 & 22, 2013

Set Up Our Environment


Freedom Tips

  1. Install a search plugin that doesn't spy on you (like Google does).
  2. DuckDuckGo is the safest way to search, even on your phone. Learn to use "bangs" such as !yt for YouTube, !g for Google, !gi for Google Images, and !gm for Google Maps.

Sessions 4 & 5

Note: We're skipping a session, Nov 5th, to direct our energy toward the Bridgeport Art Trail instead.

October 29 & November 12, 2013

Dive Into WordPress

  • Overview of WordPress features, with an emphasis on the basic setup.
  • Get each of our "farm" class blogs set up (fill in the basic config, install already done).
  • See our WordPress Basics.

Freedom Tips

  1. Want to know more about the dominant Web technologies? Ever wonder how many people use WordPress or JavaScript in their websites? Check out W3Techs.
  2. The gratis and libre themes on not your cup of tea? Check out Creative Market for paid (and some gratis) themes. Everything there is libre, and there are also tons of graphics, fonts, etc.

Class Materials

Did you know you can "roll your own" PDF from any page(s) of this site by clicking Print/export > Download as PDF in the sidebar?

More Resources

  • Links to all kinds of cool (and helpful!) stuff.

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