Learn how to design and build a website or blog for yourself or your research group using WordPress

In this hands-on course for researchers and scientists, you’ll learn to plan your research website or blog, set it up in WordPress, add your first post, and share your research far and wide.

If you want to set up a website or blog for your research group or start a professional blog for yourself where you can share your science, research, or experiences, you not only need a place to write your content, but you need to know how to do it and how to optimise it so that search engines can find it. By the end of this interactive workshop, you’ll have a completed WordPress website in place and a blog ready to publish with your very own domain name.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this interactive training session, participants will:

  • Be able to design and develop their very own WordPress website.
  • Know how to create pages with static content (that seldom changes) as well as how to create regular posts.
  • Understand what “SEO” means and how to write content that search engines love.
  • Have the skills to maintain a WordPress website or blog for themselves or their research group.


What this training will cover:

  • What’s the point of a website or blog to share your research?
  • Defining your objectives and audience
  • Structuring your blog and website
  • Setting up your blog and website
  • Posts, pages, images, and videos
  • Comments and moderation
  • Designing a simple look-and-feel with WordPress themes
  • Adding extra functionality with WordPress plugins
  • How to write for WordPress
  • Search engine optimization
  • Your blog and the social web
  • Security and WordPress maintenance
  • Backing up your WordPress site
  • Understanding hosting, domains, and going live

This is a practical, hands-on workshop and participants will need to be able to access the internet, open multiple browser windows, and work through exercises throughout the course. Each participant will receive a WordPress site that they can use during the workshop, and for up to 3 months following the course.

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Training interest


6-8 hours depending on format. Live-and-online workshops (via Zoom) comprise 3 sessions of 2 hours each. Live-and-onsite workshops take place over one or two days.

Delivery format:

Live-and-online via Zoom, or in-person and onsite.

Number of participants:

Up to 12.

This training is suitable for:

Scientists, researchers, and subject-matter experts who want to create a website or blog for themselves or their research groups.

Kind words

Loved this. So much information and still time for some good discussions with fellow students. I look forward to being able to use some of the ideas when I create my first poster.

Poster workshop participant

Student SHA Utrecht University

I have just completed SciComm Success' Poster Design Workshop. It was full of interesting tips and tools, some of which I have already built into my poster planning. Although we had a big group and I expected a lecture/webinar format, Suzanne constantly invited us to provide feedback and our own experiences, and I enjoyed hearing what fellow biologists like and don't. I liked that the group was international and enjoyed the flexible and informal discussions - some via chat, some using whiteboards, some simple audio discussion. It felt as if we could all contribute, wherever we were. I would recommend this workshop for anyone new to creating posters for conferences. It would probably be a good refresher for poster presenters, too. Thank you, SEB, for the opportunity.

Poster workshop participant

Society for Experimental Biology Conference (2021)

This was a good refresher on best practice planning and design for posters. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on tools for choosing colour palettes, which I have since used in other communication materials, and the discussion about online and virtual conferences, which was an eye-opener for me during COVID. Thank you, Suzanne!

Poster workshop participant

Genentech, USA

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