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How to Install and Set Up an Original Responsive WordPress Website and Configure with the Thesis Theme and Effectus Skin
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A step-by-step guide to creating a professional looking, mobile responsive website

***** Last UPDATED in November 2016 *****

In this course, you will get an over-the-shoulder view as I build a responsive website using WordPress together with a premium theme and skin.

This course is actually the first course in my Writer Platform series, which looks at how authors and other creatives can become visible online, engage with their readers or customers and ultimately sell more books and other digital products.

And I believe, whether you are a writer or another type of creative (or pretty much any type of freelancer), it is vitally important that you have your own online presence.

This all begins with the creation of a professional looking, responsive website.

And in the first part of this course, I am going to take you through, step-by-step:

  • How to choose a domain name for your website
  • How to choose and then set up suitable hosting for your website
  • How to propagate your domain to your hosting account
  • How to install WordPress and configure the basic settings

The second part of the course requires that you purchase both a Premium theme called Thesis and a premium skin called Effectus.

This requires some financial outlay, but in my opinion this is quite a small investment if you are serious about making a living, or even a part-time income from your art.

In this part of the course, I will show you:

  • How to set up the Thesis theme to get your website running super fast and benefit from the inbuilt Search Engine Optimisation features of Thesis
  • How to set up and customise the Effectus Skin to get an original, professional looking website that is truly mobile responsive
  • How to create and add a Header for your website

Feel free to check out the preview videos that I have enabled for the course, to give you an idea of my teaching style and to determine whether this course is right for you.

And I hope to see you on the inside. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Self-published authors looking to increase their online presence
  • Self-published authors looking to promote their books
  • Self-published authors looking to connect with their readers
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What Will I Learn?
Learn how to build a professional looking, mobile responsive website
Learn how to choose a domain name and set up hosting
Learn how to install and configure WordPress
Learn how to use a premium theme and skin to create an original, professional looking website
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  • An understanding that creating an author website involves a certain amount of financial investment
  • The purchase of a domain name is a requirement if you want to create your author website
  • The purchase of a hosting package is a requirement if you want to create your author website
  • The purchase of premium themes and skins (such as Thesis and Effectus) is not a requirement, but is highly recommended
Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 03:12
Purchasing Your Domain Name
3 Lectures 10:50

A look at what to consider when choosing a domain name for your author website.

Preview 02:06

A step-by-step guide to choosing and buying a domain name for your author website.

Getting your Domain Name

A step-by-step look at how to forward a domain name you are not using for your website to your author page on Amazon Author Central.

Forwarding Your Domain Name to Amazon Author Central
Setting Up Hosting for Your Website
6 Lectures 14:02

Once you have bought the domain name (or domain names), the next stage in the building of your author website is buying a hosting package to host your site.

This lecture is a look at what you will need to consider when choosing a host for your author website.

Please note that there is a supplementary downloadable PDF for this section, with links to the resources mentioned within the lectures.

Preview 02:24

A look at the different hosting options available for both fiction and non-fiction authors.

Purchasing a Hosting Package

A look around the Control Panel of your hosting account.

A Look Around the Control Panel

The first thing that you will need to do once you have bought both your domain name and your hosting package is to propagate your domain name. This lecture shows you how to do just that, step-by-step.

Propagating Your Domain Name from Your Domain Name Provider to Your Host

Once you have changed the nameservers at your domain registrar to those of your host’s, you will need to assign your domain name to your hosting account. This lecture shows you how to do just that.

Assigning Your Domain to Your Hosting Account

A list of tasks for you to complete for this section on hosting:

  1. Buy hosting for your author website (go to BlueHost and make the decision as to whether you are likely to need a single domain package, a multi-domain package or if you will pay the extra money and get an Optimized Hosting for WordPress package).
  2. Propagate your domain name from the nameservers on your domain name registrar to those of your hosting account.
  3. Assign your domain name to your hosting account.
A List of Tasks for You to Complete for This Section on Hosting
1 page

Five multiple choice question to test your knowledge on what you have learnt from this section on hosting your author website.

Test Your Knowledge on Hosting Your Author Website
5 questions
Setting Up a WordPress Site
4 Lectures 19:16

A look at why you should use WordPress to power your author website.

Preview 01:37

A look at how to install WordPress automatically through the CPanel of your hosting account.

Installing WordPress

This lecture takes a look at what to do when you first install WordPress, discusses some best practices and shows you how to configure the basic settings.

Configuring the Basic Settings for Wordpress

A list of tasks for you to complete for this section on setting up WordPress:

  1. Set up a Word Press site (Check out this guide at BlueHost for setting up a a WordPress site in 5 Minutes).
  2. Configure the basic setting of your WordPress site (as set out in this section of the course).
A List of Tasks for You to Complete for This Section on WordPress
1 page
Premium WordPress Themes and Skins
7 Lectures 41:34

A look at a special Framework for Word Press called Thesis, which allows for a great amount of control over the look and feel of your author websites, together with a look at a paid Thesis skin called the Effectus Skin, which comes packed full of features and optimisations to enhance your website.

Preview 05:34

Installing and Setting Up The Thesis Framework

Installing and Setting Up The Effectus Skin

An Overview of the Effectus Skin's Content Settings

An Overview of the Effectus Skin's Design Settings

A look at how I created the header for my Slovakia - Heart of Europe website within the image manipulation software, Pixelmator, based around the Slovakia - Heart of Europe logo.

Creating a Header for the Website

Adding a Header to the Website
Course Wrap-up
1 Lecture 01:15
Bonus Lecture: Exclusive Offer for Completing the Course
About the Instructor
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My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

At that time I taught English as a Foreign Language, as well as Business English Mentoring, and then in 2005 I started working as a Freelance Translator, before finally setting up my own translation company.

During the last 15 years I have written a number of non-fiction books within a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in January 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time author within the next two years. I am currently creating a series of online courses to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.

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