This course will outline how to use WordPress.Com to publish web content for your non-profit or voluntary group.

“Very helpful and supportive course”

Course Participant May 2016

OCVA has selected to focus on for these reasons:

  • You don’t have to install or maintain anything (unlike with
  • It’s free to build a simple site with a lot of the functionality non-profit and voluntary groups will need
  • You can upgrade as you go and as budget allows at any time
  • You don’t need to code anything or write any HTML or CSS
  • You can use it with average IT ability
  • The back-end code it produces is comparatively ‘clean’ and this makes your compliance with accessibility law easier

There are hundreds of different website builders. There are also free tips and videos about WordPress online, but many of them (if not all) are about Most support websites about WordPress are also about the .org version; not the .com version. This course not only gives you walk-through guidance about, but it also begins with an overview on building websites for success.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify different approaches to a web project plan to get you started
  2. Explain key aspects in planning a web project around what “success” will mean for your users and for you through a tried and tested five-step method
  3. Start using
  4. Explain how responsive design templates work and why to use them
  5. Employ some best practice for usability, accessibility and EU legal compliance
Who should use it

This course is aimed at those who are new or almost new to building websites but feel ready to take on that task,  and / or new to

Online TrainingWhat’s in the box
  • Five videos (total duration: 1 hour, 21 minutes) with the option of HD and full screen playback
  • PDF notes for some further reading, key points and explanations
About the trainer

A picture of Trevor on holidayTrevor Barton did an MA researching how text can influence social change. He then developed a database for Macmillan book publishers, became editor of a magazine and website for a UK search engine (in 2000), launched global online systems for the publishers of Nature science journals in the USA, and put live websites for names like Oxford University Press (OUP), and Oxford University’s top-level outward-facing website.

He’s launched over 22 professional websites in his career; the one for OUP became their busiest online asset. The latest three websites have been for non-profits, including OCVA’s current website. He is now OCVA’s Systems & Support Manager.

His professional interests are wide-ranging and include business analysis, systems, open data, big data, web front-end, usability, facilities, writing, music, mindfulness, and art. He’s a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management and is trained in Prince II, design for usability, health and safety, and the education and training of adults (AET Level 3).

How to purchase
  1. Click ‘buy now’ below
  2. Pay with PayPal (you get the option to pay with a Credit/Debit card or use a PayPal account; you don’t need to have a PayPal account)
  3. PayPal will email you your receipt
  4. After payment you will be taken back to a page on our site containing:
    1. Your password to access the course
    2. The link to the course web page containing all of the course content

If for some reason you lose those details, contact us.

£20 is roughly $28 USD.