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My Session on Child Themes at #WordCampKampala

Day Two of #WordCampKampala has started really well. We have had some ‘Bazungu’ sharing with us inspirational stories about blogging and online presence. Participants have also shared thier experiences.

UP NEXT: My Session on Child themes.

In brief:

When trying to make changes to a website, such as copyright information in the footer, a many people opt to edit their ‘parent’ themes directly. This creates a number of problems.
The biggest disadvantage is that any modifications made to the theme in this way will be lost once the theme is updated. As a consequence, users either won’t be able to keep their theme up to date (which is bad for security) or will find all of their customizations gone when they do.

A much better idea is to use a child theme. This allows you to make any number of changes to a website without touching any of the original theme files.
In this session at WordCamp Kampala 2017, we take a detailed look at what WordPress child themes are, how to create them and how to use them to customize WordPress websites — the right way.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MY Child Themes Presentation

 

UPDATE: Photo Gallery and How to Join the Kampala WordPress Community

Some of my key moments during the recent #WordCampKampala. The WordCamp Kampala was so energetic during the two day event bringing together the most self taught wordpress enthusiasts, tech lovers, influencers, bloggers and wordpress users in Kampala all in one place at Outbox Hub.

Read details on how it went down at:

https://www.gotechug.com/how-it-all-went-at-the-wordcamp-kampala-2017/

and
https://irukundo.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/wordcamp-kampala-2017/

and
https://musanjufublog.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/wordcamp-kampala-2017/

 

Join the WordCamp Kampala Meetup group to keep in touch with upcoming events and preparations for the next WordCamp. You can also join the Kampala WordPress community’s Whatsapp Group through THIS LINK.

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My #WordCampKampala session on SSL

Today is the D-Day for #WordCampKampala. Everything has started as scheduled. Earlier speakers have delivered inspiring talks on creating an online Digital Footprint, doing Website Consultancy and doing SEO as an Internet Marketing Strategy.

Arthur Kasirye talking about SEO as an Internet Marketing Strategy

Christo Innocent leading a session on How to establish and expand your Digital Footprint online.

My Session: Moving Toward SSL

At 12:30 pm, I am going to lead a session on SSL, What it is, Why you should care about it and How to do it. I will also do a practial demo at the end of the session.

There are increasingly many features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available. Just as modern PHP versions are critical for performance, SSL just makes sense as the next hurdle web developers are going to face.
SSL basically means that the link between your browser and the server is encrypted. SSL used to be difficult to implement, and often expensive or slow. Modern browsers, and the incredible success of projects like Let’s Encrypt have made getting a certificate to secure your site fast, free, and something every host should support by default.

Google also weighs SSL as a search engine ranking factor and begun flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome as “unsecure connections”. You should always protect all of your websites with HTTPS, even if they don’t handle sensitive communications. Aside from providing critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information, HTTPS is a requirement for many new browser features.
This session will focus on the advantages of HTTPS, types of SSL certificates and how to get, install, renew and revoke SSL certificates for WordPress websites, including available tools and plugins to help manage SSL and HTTPS on WordPress Websites.

CLICK HERE to Download my PowerPoint Presentation for this session.

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INFORMATION ON S6 LEAVERS PUJAB FORMS FOR 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ADMISSIONS Board (PUJAB) is a committee comprising representatives from all public universities to oversee the public university admissions. The PUJAB offices are housed at Makerere University Senate building.

PUJAB conducts government admissions for the eight public universities of Makerere, Gulu, Kabale, Kyambogo, Lira, Muni, Busitema and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), as well as Makerere University Business School (MUBS). Government sponsors 4,000 students every academic year. 3,000 are admitted on academic merit while another 1,000 are admitted on the district quota system.

The application form for placement of students to public universities is completed by Senior Six Leavers who wish to be considered for admission under government sponsorship to the Public Universities and to other Tertiary Education Institutions. The form is used to collect information on applicants and this information will later be processed on computer. Each applicant must complete the application form.. Normally, the students leave school with the forms for LC1 and LC3 signatures to verify their districts of origin.

Applicants are liable for admission only if their academic credentials are genuine as approved by Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB). Applicants who sat A’Level examinations in the previous years can also apply provided that their results are valid for government sponsorship if they sat for exams within three years back.

The PUJAB Forms can be collected from the Academic Registrar’s Office on Level 3, Senate Building, Makerere university.

Download PUJAB-2017-18-FULL information document HERE

It includes all details on courses available for sponsorship in all the public universities, the weighting creteria and cuttoff points for the past three years.

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See you at WordCamp Kampala 2017 as we discuss Web Development with WordPress

I have been confirmed as one of the speakers at the forthcoming WordCamp Kampala 2017, to be held @OutboxHub from 16th to 17 December 2017. I am going to lead two sessions, one on SSL and another on WordPress Child themes.

What are WordCamps?

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the leading open source content management software (CMS) that powers over 75 million sites on the web (over 25% of the world’s websites).

WordCamps are attended by people ranging from blogging newbies to professional web developers and consultants, and usually combine scheduled programming with unconference sessions and other activities. For more information on common WordCamp elements, read about what to expect at a WordCamp.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006, and since then local communities around the world have organized hundreds of others. Our neighbours in Kenya had theirs, WordCamp Nairobi last month.

What shall we focus on at WordCamp Kampala 2017?

WordCamp Kampala 2017 will focus on enlightening the Kampala community on the various online opportunities for starting an online career using WordPress – from digital marketing, Website development, plugin and theme development for revenue purposes.

We shall be blessed with the opportunity of life-changing training sessions from the various experienced speakers that will be at the Kampala WordCamp. Check out the schedule at https://2017.kampala.wordcamp.org/schedule/ for details.

 

How can you be a part of the WordCamp Kampala 2017?

To attend the WordCamp, Book and pay for your tickets today through our official event website at here using PayPal or VISA.

The ticket prices go for only 20,000 Ugshs which caters for meals and breakfast for both days, an after party and a WordCamp shirt. Your Ticket will give you access to all the activities that will consist of training, competition and fun.

Alternatively, you can simply book your ticket by paying through Airtel Money to 0703493615 or MTN Mobile Money: 0770718625. For assistance please call 0759811704 or 0703493615

Outbox Hub, the venue for the WordCamp Kampala , is located at Soliz House Plot 23 Lumumba Avenue, Kampala.