Create a Beautiful, Custom WordPress Website in a Day!

What You'll Learn

In this hands-on class, you will quickly learn how to create a custom WordPress website using a powerful theme called WP Jump Start. WP Jump Start was created for beginners as well as advanced developers to build custom websites for themselves or for clients. The features include:

  • Several ready-go-to demo templates.
  • Easy-to-use styling options.
  • Support for Google Fonts and Typekit fonts.
  • Mobile responsive.
  • Custom Layout Builder to create modern page layouts, including full-width banner, lightbox videos, parallax scrolling backgrounds, video backgrounds, and more! See:
  • Many post display options (grids and lists).
  • Portfolio post type for creative agencies and artists to create client/artistic portfolios.

Please note this is a BYOL - Bring Your Own Laptop - class!

In this class you'll learn to:

  • Install a parent theme and child theme.
  • Set Theme Options to personalize a site, including choosing Google Fonts, uploading a logo, and setting theme colors.
  • Create unique page layouts.
  • Showcase your blog posts in a variety of ways.
  • Best practices for WordPress Settings.


What to Expect:

This class will walk you step by step through creating a SAMPLE website that utilizes many common modern design trends:

  • Full-width sections with different colored backgrounds, images, videos set as standard, parallax, or fixed scrolling
  • Transparent headers
  • Columns of content with text, images and text, different color backgrounds
  • Icon box
  • Lightbox video and images
  • Google fonts

See the demo for all features here.

You will be provided a WordPress demo installation to work on during class as well as all files necessary to build the sample site designed by the instructor. You will have access to all course lessons and the demo site online for 1 year after class. You will be responsible to take what you learn in class to customize your own site on your own hosting account.

If participants decided to build their own sites using the Jump Start theme, they will be responsible for a purchasing a theme license after class for $89/year (unlimited sites). The theme license allows you to contact the theme developer for support, receive theme updates, and use the theme on other sites.

Sample beginner sites created using WP Jump Start theme:

Sample intermediate/advanced sites created using WP Jump Start theme:

Presented By Angela Bowman

Angela Bowman

Angela Bowman has worked with WordPress since 2007 after learning about it in a class at Boulder Digital Arts. Since then, she has made a career of building custom WordPress websites for nonprofits and local businesses. Her blog has gained an international following for its clear instruction on a variety of WordPress topics. Angela presents at WordCamps and Meetups and co-organizes the Boulder WordPress Builders Meetup. She is passionate about making the learning process engaging and satisfying by including students in discussions and providing easy-to-follow instructions along with thorough class notes.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $249.00

Non-Members: $279.00

Available Dates

April 24, 2018 / 9am - 5pm

In Boulder Location


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Great info and compact format!Rhys
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Comments For: Create a Beautiful, Custom WordPress Website in a Day!

Angela is a wonderful instructor. She is engaging, patient and knows her material well ! I was very impressed and I look forward to taking another class with her.Lyn on 12/4/2017
Doug knows so much and is easy to ask for more clarification.Alyssa on 11/8/2014
Great info and compact format!Rhys on 11/8/2014