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for farmers, smallholders, breed societies & small businesses

"So much that was a mystery is now so much clearer and its lovely to feel more empowered!"

" I've spent my whole life delivering training and I wish all training days were as good as this one." JM, Devon


Who would benefit from this course?  If you sell your own produce direct, have holiday cottages or B&B's to advertise, or need to put your farm, smallholding, breed society or small business on the Internet map, a website is an absolute must-have. This course will teach you how to create and maintain your own website without the need for an expensive web designer or learning complicated programming languages. The tools that you'll be using are the ones we use to build and maintain this website.  Andrew is the tutor for this course and he has been an IT professional for more years than he cares to remember.

Course content:  In a single day you will:

  • Become familiar with a simple set of website-building tools
  • Design the structure and content of your own site
  • Build a variety of web pages including text, pictures, links to other sites etc
  • See how the results would look on the Internet
  • Understand the services offered by ‘hosting companies’ and how to select a package which suits your needs.

Following the course you will have all the skills and experience you need to build a website, and will understand how to arrange web hosting and register your website domain name.

The course covers:

  • Learning how to use a well-known set of online web-building tools.
  • Building different types of pages and a menu system; select the ‘look and feel’ of your site, format text , insert pictures, build links between pages and to external sites.
  • Managing images: which format to use, changing the size of images, getting the best speed.
  • Website addresses and domain names: how do I register ‘’ and how do other people find it ?
  • Design and create your site outline, decide what information you want to share, what pages do you need, how will they link.
  • Design and build your key pages

This course is limited to six people and runs from 9.45am to 4:30 pm.  Feel free to bring a laptop if you have one (if not, we’ll provide a PC); it must run Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and be wireless-enabled or have an Ethernet connection.

Cost:  £95 per person including our comprehensive handouts, a light lunch and Devon cream tea. 

Grants: This training course is supported by the Duchy College Rural Business School through the SW Skills Programme, a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Initiative when funds are available.  Farmers and foresters in the South West region and smallholders based in Cornwall may be eligible for RDPE funded support. For more information on whether specific course dates are suppoorted through this programme and to check your eligibility please contact us.

Prerequisites: No experience in programming is required, but basic familiarity with a PC (how to use a mouse and keyboard, accessing the Internet, sending emails) is advisable. Please contact us to discuss if you have any queries.

If you are interested in doing this course or would like a 1:1 session, please contact us to discuss.

Booking: Booking is simple. Just send us your name, address, phone number and email address indicating which course you want to book with your preferred date, and we’ll send you an invoice (payment is required in advance), directions to the farm and any other information you might need. And don’t forget to tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.

Examples: Here are a few examples of websites built by our course participants:
South West Mule Group
Whiteface Dartmoor Sheep Breeders Association
The Darn Good Sock Company
Copse Gate Farm
Bramblewood Kennels
Countryside Funerals

"Thank you for a super course yesterday...  I came away with a much clearer insight into the digital world and more importantly an informed awareness of functional and financial factors I need to address prior to going straight into making a website for our business." KS, Devon

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