Gain the Skills to Master Your WordPress Websites

Helix River offers one-on-one and group WordPress tutoring to help people of any skill level to become confident users of the software. Powering over 20% of all websites, WordPress is truly unparalleled in its usefulness as a website management tool. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to jump in and learn it though - it takes patience and at least a basic understanding of web design and development.

Whether you’re building a new site or diving in as the content manager for an existing site, sometimes it helps to work with someone who’s been in the web trenches for years.

What You Can Learn:

The Fundamentals

If you’re totally new to WordPress or need to brush up on some of the basics, Ryan will help you gain the skills to be a seasoned manager of WordPress websites.

Here are some of the skills we can cover:

  • Installing WordPress on a live server
  • Working with design by choosing and installing themes
  • Publishing posts and pages
  • Adding images and other media
  • Adding functionality with widgets and plugins

The Next Level

Once you’ve gotten a good grasp of how WordPress works, you can go much deeper to really take control of your site.

Some techniques and principles at this stage:

  • Local installation of WordPress using MAMP or WAMP
  • Customization of themes
  • Principles and methods of editing custom code
  • Optimizing your site for search engines
  • Maintaining your site database and files
Ryan Thompson

Meet the Tutor

Ryan Thompson

A veteran web designer with over 15 years experience, Ryan Thompson spends most of his time designing websites and creating digital multimedia. He has also taught web design and Photoshop for five years, in the classroom as well as in one-on-one lessons.

He brings both real-world web design experience and skill as a teacher, making even complex techniques and principles accessible to those he works with.



Locally in Madison, WI

We can meet anywhere within a 5-mile radius of 53703, typically at a coffee shop, your office, or other mutually convenient location. For one-on-one classes we can also meet at Ryan's office.


If you’re not in Madison, or perhaps traveling through the snow has got you down, we can easily meet online using a number of screen-sharing and meeting tools. It works great!

Book Classes for an Individual or Group

For one-on-one classes, we offer single classes at $75/hour or you can also get at a discount for purchasing block of five or more classes.

For groups, the rate is $75/hour for the first person, and then $20/hour for each additional person. We also offer discounts for purchasing class packages.