Thanks again for coming out to our website launch event last night! We had a blast and hope you did too! We’ll do a recap shortly with photos! But for now, an amazing giveaway from the Reno Collective!

WordPress Crash Course Workshop: Saturday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m.

This workshop is for people who have used WordPress (or are in the process of learning) and want to get a better understanding of what is possible with WordPress for personal or professional use. We will help you become confident using WordPress during this 7 hour workshop.

Programming and/or graphic design skills are not required to attend this workshop.

This workshop will cover:Reno Collective Workshop

  • Web Hosting Considerations when using WordPress
  • Installing WordPress
  • Setting up WordPress for optimization and security
  • Guided tour through all of WordPress’ features
  • Installing a WordPress theme
    • Making changes to your theme
    • Customizing navigation
    • Customizing widgets
  • Recommended plugins
  • Tips and tricks for getting the most out of WordPress for
    • E-Commerce
    • Tumblr-style content posts
    • Using WordPress as a Content Management System
  • Common WordPress black holes and how to avoid them.

WiFi and power will be available to guests, and continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am during registration. There will also be coffee breaks scheduled throughout the day. Lunch will be provided.

Attendees are required to have:

  • A laptop (PC or Mac)

Attendees are encouraged to have the following installed before attending:

  • A modern web browser that is up to date (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, IE)
  • FTP Program (below are examples if you don’t have one)

Who will you be learning from?

Colin Loretz

Colin has been using WordPress since 2006 and develops solutions using WordPress as the principal of Lively Labs. Lively Labs has built many large WordPress websites for hotels, casinos and ski resorts. Colin started the Reno-Tahoe WordCamp in 2009 and has been a speaker at WordCamps in Reno, Orange County and Las Vegas. He is a big believer in the fact that all WordPress websites don’t have to look like blogs.

Ed Adkins

Ed has been building websites on WordPress since 2005 and has presented at Wordcamp on using WordPress to manage websites that aren’t blogs. Having worked in search engine optimization (SEO) web app marketing and web design, he currently manages the Reno Collective, a workspace and community for freelancers and entrepreneurs in downtown Reno and has also worked with Lively Labs managing projects with Colin.

What have they built on WordPress?

The following websites are built on WordPress and utilize most of the tips and tricks that you will learn during this workshop.

This class is brought to you by Reno Collective and Lively Labs

Early bird tickets are sold out, but Ad2 Reno members can win a ticket right here.


You must be a paid member of Ad2 Reno or UNR Ad Club to win this incredible prize, valued at $250. If you’re not a member yet, join right meow.

Enter by leaving a comment on this post about how you plan to use your newfound WordPress Ninja Prowess. Tell us why you should get this ticket and we will select a winner at noon on Friday, April 8.

Again, you must be a paid member to receive this prize. If you’ve been on the fence, NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN! Get on that.

About the Author

- Rebecca Allured is the overly expressive, capslock loving past president of Ad2 Reno. Call her Becca.


  1. Megan
    Apr 02, 2011

    I could definitely use this class for two reasons. One – I need a lot of help building my own site and Two – I help a local business owner with her WordPress site but only know the basics. Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Kaitlin
    Apr 02, 2011

    I have a tendency to let my perfectionist side take over when it comes to having a personal website. I am always looking for ways to improve or add to my wordpress blog. Ideally, I would like to know how to design my own layout in wordpress and then share my new knowledge with fellow “perfectionists.” I need this… seriously.

  3. Nicole Rose Dion
    Apr 03, 2011

    I would use my improved WordPress skills to make the UNR Ad Club website spectacular, as well as my own site. :] PS I <3 Ad2Reno

  4. Diego the Explorer
    Apr 05, 2011

    Oh man! it’s WordCamp time again! Last year was when I first was introduced to WordPress. It was then that I realized that love really DOES exist in this world. I cannot imagine how we (creatives, that is) ever made it without this amazing tool. This year I am ready to become a WordPress hero.
    pick ME! pick ME!

  5. Jessica Ford-Helzer
    Apr 05, 2011

    I would LOVE to go to the WordPress Crash Course, but don’t quite have the funds right now! Currently our business has a wordpress template site but it isn’t set up properly for SEO at all! We are also starting a sister company and since we’re not coders, would like to implement a WordPress site. However, we do not know how to get it set up and don’t have the moolah yet to pay to get it set up! Learning all this helpful information would also allow us to use these skills when working with lower-budget clients who cannot afford to have a 10k custom coded site in Drupal (which we have to sub-contract). PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, our check is in the mail today for our Ad2 Memberships!


  1. WordPress Crash Course Winner - Ad2Reno