Saturday, December 4, 2021


Naples Free-Net, a low cost Internet connectivity option for Collier County residents since 1995, announces a series of computer training classes, many of them free of charge. New this year is training on Cloud computing via free Google Apps. Other topics covered monthly are WordPress, E-mail Marketing, Facebook for non-profits, Blogging for non-profits and how to get started on donor management systems.

Classes are taught by Birgit Pauli-Hauck of Pauli-Systems a website development and Internet communications firm and James McDonald, former Director of Religious Education in Southwest Florida, who has worked as a consultant, trainer and facilitator for emerging technologies for churches, not-for-profit organizations and small businesses.

WordPress Walk-in-Clinics Thursdays, February 16, March 15, and April 19, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. See a demo of WordPress. Brush up on WordPress skills. Exchange ideas. Learn about WP-Plugins and Widgets. During the WordPress clinic obtain answers to your questions about using graphics and images on your WordPress website, posts and pages, how to promote your website via RSS. Meet other Naples Free Net members. Free events. No charge.

Word Press for Beginners Wednesday March 21, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Students will learn how to add and edit information on a WordPress website, how to upload photos and other files, and add them to pages and post. WordPress is easy to use and provides a large array of features out of the box. Adding and editing text on pages and posts. Preparing, uploading and inserting photos. Formatting and arranging materials for the site. Organize content in categories and subpages. After leaving the class, you will be able to access your work from your personal computer in order to further develop the website. Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge (i.e. saving files, making directories) and Basic Internet experience (i.e. work with an Internet browser, finding web sites, e-mail). Free events. No charge.

Donor Database Management Fridays, February 3 and March 9, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The powerful Customer Relations Management site, offers is services to nonprofits for free. For nonprofits our “customers” can be donors, volunteers or beneficiaries of our services. Discover how a Customer Relations Management site can help your nonprofit organization. Learn how to use it in conjunction with other online tools. Use this free offer from to your advantage.

Cost: Non-Members: $35.00 Naples Free Net Members: $25.00

Feed Me! How to use RSS Feeds (Live Feed) Friday February 10, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This hands-on class for the Internet user helps you to retrieve information faster and easier while being on low bandwidth. Discover a better way to browse beyond the noise of advertising and the vast amount of web addresses. Keep posted on the newest information about your current topics of interest without using e-mail. Students will learn how to use available online tools, locate lists of regional and local RSS feeds, learn how to subscribe and unsubscribe so you maintain control. Learn how to receive information somewhere besides in your overflowing mailbox. Put your computer to work for you, getting the right information at the right time. Free event. No charge.

Facebook For Nonprofits Friday, February 24, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This course covers how to create a Facebook Page and how to integrate an online strategy. Students learn how to navigate Facebook as an organization’s administrator and online activists. How to provide information to support your champions.
Cost: Non-Members: $35.00 Members: $25.00

Blogging for Groups and Nonprofits Fridays, February 24 and March 2, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What is a blog, and why would your organization benefit from using a blog to communicate with members, donors, beneficiaries or volunteer. Introduction to the background on blog sites, how they fit into your organization’s online communication strategy. Learn to add content using WordPress and how web statistics help you refine your content toward your target audience. Cost: Non-Members: $35.00 Members: $25.00

Google Apps – Taught in two sessions on Thursdays, March 8 and March 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Covers Cloud computing and the advantages and disadvantages of using the “Cloud.” During the class you will find out how to establish a Google Apps Account and learn about gmail, geo-tagging and how to set up a calendar, Google notifications, and monitor blogs and websites, as well as how to share and manage documents. The class also covers advanced Google Apps for businesses and a review of services such as MailChimp, Mavenlink, and Survey Monkey. Learn to use Google Docs to download/upload files, review templates and get an overview of Sessions 1 and 2. Free events. No charge.

E-mail Marketing for Nonprofits – Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Once you post your news to the web, how can you send it out to your e-mail list/subscribers, without recreating the content? This class will show you methods on blog posting, and link it via RSS feed to your e-mail marketing system. Update your web site and inform your constituents at the same time. Cost (per session): Non-Members: $35.00 Members: $25.00

Naples Free Net is a non-profit dedicated to creating an electronically connected community and has been a low cost option for Collier County residents since 1995 when it was created by the late Terry Miller.

Among the opportunities for staying connected, courtesy of Naples Free-Net, is a DSL line or free dial-up service. Naples Free-Net charges the same rate charged by Network Tallahassee for DSL connections with no taxes and add-on fees and without taking a profit.

Naples Free Net offers live customer support and does not require annual contracts. Naples Free Net membership at $60 per year gives members free attendance at most computer and Internet classes offered at a newly refurbished training room at Naples Free-Net headquarters located in the Village Falls Professional Center 5035 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34113.

For more information or to sign up for Naples Free Net connectivity, call (239) 417-1400 or visit the website

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