A hands-on workshop, How to Create a Website (without special software or computer programming!) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Black Hills State University Governor’s Electronic Classroom (GEC) in the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, Room 009. The workshop is divided into two sessions. The morning session, Website Basics, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the afternoon session, Create a Website using WordPress, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) has partnered with Chicken Creek Communications to bring this workshop to BHSU.

“Publishing a website, no matter the method, is somewhat technical in nature and requires a certain level of technical comfort. WordPress is a free, open-source content management system. Initially developed for blogging, it is now used extensively for static website creation as well. More than 25 percent of all websites use WordPress, according to Google Trends,” says Dee Sleep, owner of Chicken Creek Communications.

Sleep has operated the Chicken Creek Communications graphic design, marketing and publishing company in Spearfish for over 10 years. She is finishing her master’s degree in journalism and has taught mass communication courses for BHSU and South Dakota State University.

The morning session will give participants an overview of how websites work. Topics to be covered include selecting and securing a domain name, choosing a host provider, transferring files for online access, organizing your site, understanding graphics files and resolution, using search engines to find websites, tracking site visitors, and using various methods of website creation.

The afternoon session will provide information on creating a website using WordPress. Topics will include navigating the WordPress dashboard, integrating content using pages and posts, selecting a theme/design, adding functionality using plug-ins and widgets, uploading images, implementing a blog on your site, and more.

“This seminar is ideal for those who want to create or take control of their own website,” says Sleep.  Participants can attend one or both sessions. Cost of each session is $59 or attend both sessions for $99. The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. To register or learn more visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or call Brittni Skipper, program assistant, at 605-642-6435.

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants’ opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-11-W-0038. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.