In this course, we'll go through the key steps required to get your Wordpress website up and running, from purchasing your domain and hosting, through installation, to content creation and themes.
Learn Wordpress Basics and Build Your Own Website
Starting with nothing more than basic computer skills, internet access and a web browser, by completing this course and the accompanying activities, you'll have learnt the tools you need to create a functioning Wordpress website with rich text and media content:
Who is the course for?
This course has been created for bloggers and small business owners in particular, to help you get your Wordpress website up and running without employing the services of a professional web developer.
Learn from a self-taught small business owner and blogger - for people who want to keep it simple, building a website without getting too technical.
What Do You Need to Get Started?
All you need is basic computer skills, internet access and a web browser!
The course starts with purchasing a domain and hosting, followed by installation of Wordpress, adjusting key settings and then we're set! The next stage is Content Creation, customising the Appearance of your website using Themes and Widgets and then finally, we'll go through a few steps to take for ongoing maintenance.
Course sections feature activities to help you put the knowledge you've picked up throughout the course to use.
By the end of the course you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to get your Wordpress website up and running!
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Learn how to register a domain name for your blog or business website. This lecture focuses on Bluehost, however, most hosting providers / domain registrars will have a similar process.
Specific to Bluehost hosting, this lecture covers how to assign your domain to your Bluehost control panel (cpanel).
An overview of the 'General' Settings area of the Wordpress Dashboard.
An overview of the 'Reading' Settings area of the Wordpress Dashboard.
An over view of the 'Discussion' Settings area of the Wordpress Dashboard.
Changing the URLs of your website's posts and pages to a more visitor- and search engine-friendly format.
Learn how to create, preview and publish a blog post containing basic text content.
Add formatting to your blog post's text content.
Add links to other websites within your content.
Learn how to add bullet-pointed and numbered lists to your blog post.
Add images to your Wordpress website.
Embed video content in your blog post.
Organise your posts with Tags.
Learn the difference between Tags and Categories - and then organise with Categories.
Create a custom page to host static content on your Wordpress website.
Create an Image Gallery and adjust the main settings for the images within the gallery.
Use the Wordpress Feature Filter and select a Wordpress Theme to customise the appearance of your Wordpress website.
Customise the settings of your selected Theme - individual settings will vary depending on the chosen theme.
Learn about customising sidebar and footer widgets.
Add a customised navigation menu to your Wordpress website.
Change the icon that appears for your website at the top of web browser tabs.
Learn how to back up your database and website files using the Bluehost cpanel.
Launch your website on its official URL.
Test your knowledge with these 10 questions covering key areas of this course.
I started a music blog in 2009 and have since set up my own freelance business.
Rather than incur the costs of employing a web developer, I decided to invest time in teaching myself the basics of wordpress using various online resources. This enabled me to build both my own wordpress sites from scratch by installing and customising standard wordpress templates to suit my own personality and business.
I've since helped other small businesses navigate their own website customisation, and hope to share the knowledge and skills garnered through my own experience with fellow bloggers and business owners.
I've included a link below to my business blog, Storyboard Music which is based on the template, Modern Portfolio Pro. I made the decision to significantly customise the look and feel of my business web presence to reflect my own style as well as include features and plugins that are relevant to my business and industry.
This will be the main focus of the courses I'll be contributing, along with some other tools I've found useful along the way.