This course teaches students how to get the most out of their WordPress websites and how to become a powerful WordPress administrator.
This course covers everything you need to know about making your WordPress website professional looking and secure as well as adding popular web-based features such as ecommerce and community building.
Why Take This Course?
A large majority of small business owners and bloggers have heard of WordPress websites, but I always get questions about how to set them up correctly including how to make them secure, manage users and even get search engine rankings.
Video Lectures Include Making Money With Your WordPress Website
Most people want to make money with their websites, so this course includes simple tutorials on making money with your WordPress site using password-protected posts and ecommerce with WooCommerce (see my 7 WooCommerce videos).
Also, if you would like strong tips on how to improve your blogging skills with WordPress, this course includes lectures on that subject as well.
This course is has the following structure:
What Is Needed To Take This Course:
Students will need a WordPress website running. The WordPress website can be running on any local computer or one already set up by a web hosting company. Most people who take WordPress courses usually already have a WordPress site running, but in case you need one, students can download one for free at the WordPress downloads page and set it up using WordPress' famous 5-minute installation. I also have lectures showing students how to install a WordPress site in this course as well.
One other task that students need is either a LAMP setup on their local computer or one from one of the popular hosting companies who support WordPress.
Last, but not least, you simply need the desire to excel at WordPress and to become a super WordPress administrator.
Whether you want to get started as a WordPress website or blog admin or you want to become an even greater expert, this introduction from the instructor will help you get started at the right place in this course.
This is the video to watch if you want to know what to charge your WordPress clients. Hey, this course is all about making money doing what we love: Web design with WordPress, so in this video, I show you what I charge.
I show what to charge for all of these popular WordPress services:
I also tell you if you should charge a setup fee and/or a monthly fee.
Getting to know the WordPress administrative dashboard is essential to knowing what is going on with your WordPress site or blog. It is a simple tool to use, but knowing how to use it will help you make quick and informed decisions about comments, posts and news from WordPress.
This is one of the most important things to do right after installing WordPress, but is often one of the most ignored things. Changing the default post category can make your WorPress website or blog more professional. Watch this video to see exactly how to change the default.
When I train WordPress admins, I often get the question "what is the difference between tags and categories", so in this video, I explain the differences in full detail.
Themes make our WordPress sites and blogs look good, but there are hundreds of themes out there. WordPress also comes with themes out of the box and they can all be previewed and activated on the spot.
In this video, I take you through the theme selection process for themes that you already have installed on your website.
In the NEXT video, I show you how to find themes online including ones that look great on your mobile devices.
In the last video, I showed you how to preview themes that you already have installed.
In this video, I show you how to find some great themes online and have WordPress install them behind the scenes, including ones that look great on your mobile devices.
Let's all find some great WordPress themes at WordPress.org and share them with the all the students on our discussion board.
The art of managing Comment is a big part of WordPress or any blog, in this video I take you through the basics of managing comments.
When visitors come to your website, we can control what they see on our home pages as well as how much. Will your visitors see a list of blog posts or a web page?
I show you how to set these options in this video.
Discussion settings help you, as a WordPress administrator, control commenting and let you decide how comments are handled on your website.
In this video, I show you how to protect your comments from spambots as well as how to use commenting to encourage people to become members of your website, even paid members so your website can earn money for paid memberships.
Setting up our WordPress website is important and most new AND experienced WordPress admins forget to change the most important default settings.
In this video, I show you exactly what needs to be changed.
This is not about search engine optimization. We discuss search engine optimization later. As an admin, we need to decide how our web page addresses look to our visitots and search engines. In this video, I show you exactly how to do this.
When you write a blog post or page, what would you call that page in terms of capturing search engine rankings? In other words, what title would you give those posts and what keywords would you include?
Watch this video for the details and what we all, as a student group, need to do. Share your results on the discussion board.
Every successful WordPress website needs plugins. Plugins are nothing more than extensions that make WordPress do more and perform additional things outside of the main installation. There are thousands of plugins out there for the taking and half of them are free.
In this video, I show you some of the plugins that are essential to your WordPress website as an administrator.
A hear from a lot of new WordPress administrators that the difference between posts and pages is unclear, so in this video, I explain the difference and the benefits of using both.
A great way to make money on your website is to have password protected posts. I show you how to add a password to any blog post or page. The benefit of doing this allows you to sell paid memberships where members only get the password.
In the next video, I show you how to set up something similar with a private post.
In the last video, I explained how to make your posts password-protected which is great for paid memberships.
Private posts are similar except they only require a user login and no password, although the user does log into their account with their username and password.
In this video, I explain how to create private posts.
Custom post types are great ways to classify posts on your WordPress administrative back end. In this video, I explain what post types are and how to set them up.
Let's all do this course exercise. Watch the preceding video on my introduction to custom post types so we all have an understanding of what they are and their benefits.
In this exercise, we create a sample custom post type.
In the previous video, I just explained what custom post types are and what they can be used for, but the list is endless.
In this exercise, we are going to get our creative juiced flowing. Each student needs to do the following:
What I want to do is have as many ideas for custom post types as possible, so other students can see how others use custom posts.
From the videos in this section, this quiz tests you on your knowledge of managing posts and pages.
When managing users, this video shows you a cool trick for quickly managing users with two web browsers. Why would you need to use TWO web browsers? The answers are in this video.
Watch this video to find out the benefits of giving your users the Contributor role and how it differs from the Author role..
Watch this video to find out the benefits of giving your users the Author role and why you need to set the default user role as subscriber.
Watch this video to find out the benefits of giving your users the Editor role.
Test your knowledge of managing users and user roles after watching the videos in this section.
I love this plugin. Admin Columns allows WP administrators see more information on posts, pages, custom post types, users and more. They remove the burden of administrators having to click on a post to see its information and instead, allows us to see information about a post without even clicking on it.
This plugin is a MUST for all WordPress administrators as it helps us save time and effort clicking.
If you want good search engine rankings, you need good SEO. We can install some plugins such as Yoast to help us set up the SEO without hiring an expensive SEO company.
In this video, I show you how to set up a sitemap in Yoast for your SEO.
Yoast also allows administrators to add social media links. I show you how to accomplish this in this video.
In this video, I show you how to set up your BuddyPress components as well as add your member login page.
In this video, I show you how to add member login pages as well as show you how to set up different BuddyPress features and components.
WooCommerce is great if you want to make money with your website by selling products as well as affiliate sales like Amazon and Clickbank. I introduce you to WooCommerce in this video.
In this WooCommerce video, I show you how to add a product and change its settings from:
In this WooCommerce video lecture, I go into full detail about upsells and cross-sells, making you more money.
In this WooCommerce video lecture, I touch more upon upsells since they are so important.
In this WooCommerce video lecture, I show you the Advanced Product Settings tab which allows you to send a message to the customer and other functions.
Virtual products are services and downloadable products are good for intangible products like MP3s. In this WooCommerce video lecture, I show you how to set them both up.
In this WooCommerce video lecture, I show you how to group several products together.
In this WooCommerce video lecture, I show you how to set up a product using your affiliate account on Amazon.
WooCommerce lets us set up coupons for products or our individual shopping cart. Watch this video on how to set them up.
After all of these videos from the WooCommerce section, feel free to see how much about WooCommerce you know.
CEO of the Web Designer Mall, a one-stop shop for all web designers and web developers.
I have designed and developed over 1,000 websites in the past 20 years for companies of all sizes from small businesses to major Fortune 500 corporations. Being the owner of a prestigious online mall for web developers, I have programmed everything from WordPress to Drupal to Joomla to simple HTML5.
Involved in the WordPress Community. I am also a speaker at WordCamps in the United States.
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I love writing, recording, and producing music, mainly my own originals. I play sax and piano and have over 150 songs. Yes, I should have gone for that record deal, but I still enjoy the process of making music!