Brand Yourself with a Custom WordPress Site
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Building A Website With Wordpress From Scratch That Builds Your Business W/O Cash Or Coding Knowledge
4.6 (4 ratings)
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30 students enrolled
Created by Amanda McCormick
Last updated 2/2013
Price: $45
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • A honed positioning statement for your business or creative project
  • You own, well-branded, custom website with cool-looking Google fonts
  • An understanding of how WordPress works
  • An ability to create a child theme
  • An introduction to using CSS to style your site, as well as tools that will help you learn more
  • Ideas on taking your customization further
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  • Basic computer literacy
  • An ability/desire to secure a domain and web hosting account

Building a website with Wordpress from scratch for your business can seem daunting -- it doesn't need to be.

With a brand-new WordPress theme, Twentytwelve, you can make a completely unique, branded website, without using Photoshop, hiring a designer, or spending hours of sweat and toil on your site.

This “How to Build A Website With Wordpress From Scratch” course is for the entrepreneur, small business owner or creative who wants to know *just enough* about WordPress to create a killer website all their own.

Because it's completely up to date on all the features of WordPress 3+, and the brand-new default theme Twentytwelve, it's a great course for those who have some familiarity with WordPress but want to take their skills to the next level.

By focusing not only on building you a great site but also on branding, it will further help you launch a site well positioned stand out and get surfaced in search.

In this “how to build a website with Wordpress from scratch “course, you'll follow along a set of short lectures while building your own website. You'll learn how to make a child theme (but you'll also be able to download a sample).

What you'll have at the end of the course:

A cool-looking, mobile-responsive website that has custom web fonts and a strong, branded positioning without a lot of muss or fuss. 


What you won't get: 

  • A cookie-cutter site based on a theme that looks like everyone else's
  • A better understanding of Adobe products like Photoshop and Illustrator (though they are helpful, you don't need them and they aren't covered)
  • A deep look at theme functions in PHP (because all the customizations we're doing can be done in CSS)

Take this ultimate course right now and learn how to build a website with Wordpress from scratch.

Who is the target audience?
  • Small Businesses
  • Creative Individuals
  • Solopreneuers
  • People who need to bring WordPress skills up to date
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:01
Planning Your Site
5 Lectures 09:54
In this lecture, we'll go through the branding worksheet, an exercise designed to help you quickly strengthen your brand. What you'll define here:

  • A one-sentence description
  • Five core benefits (these will help you write a strong position statement
  • Keywords (these are useful for search)
  • Three competitors 

What is Your Unique Brand?

Please fill this out with your own business information before the next lecture. 
Branding Worksheet
1 page

Taking the material you brainstormed in the last exercise, we'll develop a positioning statement that tells the story of your brand in a concise way that will help customers understand the unique value you offer and how you are different from the competition. 
Your Brand in a Nutshell

Before you start putting your website together, it's helpful to have an content outline. The lecture shows you the basics. 
Create a Content Outline

You'll need to find some design inspiration for you site -- this segment gives you a few ideas on where to look for ideas and how to distill them into a working site. 
Find Your Design Inspiration

Site Planning Quiz
3 questions
Important Preparation
4 Lectures 10:23
One of the biggest confusions that people have about (the blogging platform) and WordPress (the software) is how the latter can be used to build independent websites. Here you'll find the simple -- but essential -- defintions. 
WordPress: Important Definitions

To make your own website, you'll need more than just a domain, you'll also need a web hosting account. In this lecture, find out all the basics of web hosting. 
All About Web Hosting

Buying a domain and setting up a web hosting account is easy, inexpensive and quick -- find out how here. 
Buy a Domain and Set Up a Web Hosting Account

Many web hosts now have simple "one click" installations of WordPress -- here's a look at how that works. Once you complete this step, you'll have a website up on the web. 
Installing WordPress

Site Preparation Quiz
3 questions
An Introduction to Your New WordPress Site
3 Lectures 14:14
Get inside your WordPress dashboard for a comprehensive look at all of the main sections of your WordPress site and what they do. 
What's Inside Your WordPress Site

WordPress's Twenty-Twelve theme is "mobile responsive" -- that means the site will resize based on what browser or device is viewing it. Here's a quick demo of how that works to make your site more mobile friendly -- automatically! 
Preview 01:35

Before we get into the nitty gritty of developing your site, there's a couple setting we want to tweak, including putting up "maintenance mode" which will hide your site from the prying eyes of the web while you develop the design. 
Important WordPress Settings

WordPress Basics
3 questions
Inside WordPress Publishing Tools
5 Lectures 15:22
Posts are the backbone of WordPress -- and are typically used in a blog setting. Let's see what features they have in this lecture. 
What is a Post?

Pages will be your main tool if you are using WordPress to design a site rather than a blog. We'll look at Pages features here. 
What's a Page?

Every WordPress site comes equipped with a WYSIWYG text editor (what you see is what you get). It works a lot like Microsoft Word but we'll look at all the features here. 
Styling text with the text editor

The menu maker is a great tool that allows you to put together custom menus for your site in a snap. 

Widgets are portable areas on your site that can contain pictures, video, HTML and a lot more. We'll show you how to use them here. 

Publishing Tools
4 questions
Customizing Your WordPress Site
9 Lectures 26:54
Here's the bare minimum you need for a child theme. Remember to change the name to style.css
Create a Child Theme

Our child theme relies on one important file: style.css. This is the stylesheet. In this lecture, begin to add customizations to your stylesheet. 
Preview 02:17

One of the best tools around for understanding CSS and how its rules work is Firebug. Here's an intro to this Firefox browser plugin. 
Code, Demystified

The Google Font directory gives you a lot of options for customizing the fonts on your site in a number of ways. In this lecture, we'll talk about some solid principles for choosing fonts. Find the Google Font directory here . 
Preview 05:01

Learn how to take code from Google and deploy it in your site to introduce custom fonts. 
Implement Your Custom Fonts

In this lecture, we'll style the navigation so it looks a little different than the default option. 
Styling the Navigation

One of the very best things about WordPress Twentytwelve theme is that it has a unique homepage template. Here, we'll use it to create our website's homepage. 
Create Your Homepage

A few more basic tweaks and we're all customized. Here's a copy of the child theme we've worked with in these lessons. 
Tweaking the Design

What if you want to make a blog? Here's a completely different child theme with new fonts and layout. 
Creating a Blog Variation

4 questions
Taking Your Site Further
6 Lectures 21:40
Plugins enhance the functionality of your WordPress site. Here are a few of my favorites and what they do. 
Important Plugins

Now that you've got a spiffy branded website, you'll want to cultivate relationships with your site visitors. Here's how to add a Facebook "like" button and a Twitter "follow" button right in your homepage. 
Making Your Site Social

Along with social tools, you may also want to include an email newsletter signup form on your homepage to capture leads and potential customers. Here's how to do that. 
Setting Up an Email Newsletter

Keeping your site safe from hackers and malware means keeping it updated! Here's how to do that. 
Updating and Security

As you experiment, you'll have lots of questions! Here are some good resources for that, including the WordPress Codex  and Forums . 
What to Do When You Have Questions

A review of all of the sections. 

Further Steps
3 questions
About the Instructor
Amanda McCormick
4.6 Average rating
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30 Students
1 Course
WordPress Maven and Digital Strategist

With a background working for major brands, startups and nonprofits, Amanda has learned how to derive the unique selling proposition of a variety of products...including people! 

She's used WordPress to build successful sites for film festivals, nonprofits, literary magazines and individuals -- and when she's not wrangling Camtasia, building fan communities on Facebook, or trying to make movies with Vine, it's her favorite technological tool.  

Blogging for Jellybean Boom, she equips artists, writers, musicians, entrepreneurs and others with the digital strategies they need to stand out from the pack. She teaches regularly at Mediabistro, and she is a frequent speaker on technology, social media and writing on the web.