Technology has changed even revolutionized the way people learn new skills. We no longer have to go to colleges or universities to learn a new trade or skills. Because of this, we turn to online resources to get the training that we need.
I know that anytime I want to know more about a specific topic or subject, I go ahead and start finding a subject matter expert that I can learn from. This is how I’ve learned for the better half of two decades since I graduated high school. Anything that I wanted to learn that was cutting-edge or industry leading, I scoured the Internet for a course and took it.
Here at iThemes, we’ve been providing training to thousands of people since 2009. In fact, when we took a look back in our company history book, it looks like we’ve been providing WordPress training for 10 years this month!
Today’s giveaway, we’re providing a year of iThemes Training. This includes all of our previous training from 2019, 2018, and all other years. More importantly though, is that this includes all of our 202 plans. We’ve got a number of plans lined up that we’ll be teasing out later on in this post.
Key features of our iThemes Training library are:
- Massive WordPress Training Library
- Monthly Webinars and Replays
- Training Community via Slack
- Bi-Weekly Office Hours Chat
Highlights of our 2019 Training Calendar
In 2019 we ran some amazing bootcamps and workshops. We aim to have one of these types of events per month, on top of our monthly webinars. Here’s a few highlights of those events.
SEO Bootcamp was taught by Lindsay Halsey and was designed for marketers, business owners, website developers and bloggers. In this bootcamp we broke down SEO into its component parts and taught holistic strategy that can be applied to businesses small and large. We also taught actionable tactics and focused efforts on those which are most impactful. By the end of this workshop, learners were no longer overwhelmed by SEO and were able to walk away with an SEO process and toolkit.
Joel Klettke taught our copywriting workshop this year. If you were looking at being able to become a better copywriting expert in 2019, this course was for you. Our instructor taught how to write convincing copy, basics, key principles, tips and even gave us actionable steps to writing better copy for sales and marketing.
Web Design Bootcamp
In our Web Design Bootcamp, our instructor, Michelle Schulp, taught design terminology and how to think like a designer about your site, including typography, contrast, layout, color, etc. There were a number of good design practices you’ll be able to implement into existing websites that use concrete tips and existing (WordPress) core tools like the Block Editor.
Our instructor, Patrick Rauland, taught us all about setting up WooCommerce to make it less confusing and helping to demystify WooCommerce. He also taught us what it’s like to run a WooCommerce shop. Many people that took this course felt they had a complete understanding of the WooCommerce setup and running a shop.
Modern WordPress Developer Course
I taught this course and covered a wide plethora of information as it relates to being a Modern WordPress developer. We covered how to setup local development environment and using a common workflow of development, staging, production, even using source control (git) as part of this. Finally we took a look at setting up WordPress, what you needed to do to keep it lean and fast and what to consider when you look at page builders and the block editor (Gutenberg).
ACF Pro + Gutenberg Blocks Course
Tessa Kriesel taught this course on Advance Custom Fields and how to use this plugin to create Gutenberg blocks (block editor). During this workshop, learners were taught how to build custom blocks for WordPress, learn some “hidden” features of ACF and went into step by step process of creating 2-3 different blocks that you were able to use on existing WordPress websites.
Social Media Marketing Workshop
Bridget Willard taught a two-day workshop all about what we need to do as we look at social media marketing. In this workshop she provided an audience-first approach to focusing on the social media platforms that your customers are on. By the end of the workshop, learners were able to tackle your content marketing and social media implementation to help to deliver valuable leads.
Enter the Giveaway
What’s coming in 2020?
In September we spent some time together, Nathan Ingram (our iThemes Training host), Kristen Wright, Michael Moore, and myself started to work through some of content planning for iThemes Training for 2020. What we’re looking at is some of the following:
- Productivity Workshop
- Digital Marketing Summit
- Recurring Revenue Summit
- Conversion Copywriting
- eCommerce Summit (Not Woo Related)
- Performance/Speed Improvements
- Google Analytics Bootcamp
- Legal/Business Entity Questions
- Email Marketing
- Content Marketing
- Conversion Optimization
- WebDev / Design Workshop
We’re excited for our content for 2020 and hope you will join us as we start to work through all of these new topic areas.