Building a Website for Freelance Translators
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Building a Website for Freelance Translators

Step-by-step guide to building a website for your freelance translation business
4.8 (6 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
56 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Carter
Last updated 12/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to create a website for freelance translators
  • What to include in a freelance translation website
  • How to build a website for a freelance translation business with WordPress
Requirements
  • A working computer, either Windows or Mac.
  • An Internet browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari).
  • Internet access for many of the lessons
  • No experience required with WordPress or building websites
  • Having a high level of communication in a second language
Description

The Translation Industry is becoming quite overcrowded so you need a competitive edge. That's where a translator website comes in! Having your own website for your translation business will show both direct clients and translation companies that you take translating very seriously and professionalism is a major priority to you.

Imagine: 2 translators with similar backgrounds and skill levels apply for a job, but only one of them has a website for their translation business. Who would you pick?

I would say it's a pretty easy choice for most people. The one with the website automatically gets the leg up. It shows everyone you're a full-time, dedicated translator.

Before you even start looking for direct clients, you should have a website as well.

During this course, in as little as 3 hours, you'll learn everything you need to know about how to set up your very own translator website. The upside to having a website is exponential. If it gives you the edge on just one job over the next year, it's paid for itself.

Curriculum of Building an Online Website for Freelance Translators course:

  • Finding the cheapest and most reliable web hosting

  • Purchasing a website Domain

  • Intro to Wordpress

  • Installing a theme

  • Call to action buttons

  • Specialization Section

  • Samples of your work

  • Testimonials section

  • Contact form

  • Widgets (about section, social media, etc.)

  • GDPR Compliant

  • Translating your website

Take your translation business to the next level and learn to build a website for your freelance translation business.

Who this course is for:
  • Freelance Translators looking to improve their marketing
  • Freelance Translators wanting a step-by-step guide to building an online portfolio
  • New Freelance Translator who are looking for an edge up on their competition
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 02:10:13
+ Course Intro
1 lecture 05:50

Welcome Fellow Freelance Translator!

I'm incredibly excited to have you here! If you've signed up for this course then you understand that having a PDF resume or CV just won't cut it anymore. If you want to find professional, well-paying clients than you'll have to portray yourself as a business.

The website/portfolio we'll be putting together throughout this course includes

  • Web hosting

  • Website Domain

  • Intro to Wordpress

  • Installing a theme

  • Call to action buttons

  • Specialization Section

  • Samples of your work

  • Testimonials section

  • Contact form

  • Widgets (about section, social media, etc.)

  • GDPR Compliant

  • Translating your website

If you're not sure what all of those are, don't worry! We'll go over everything throughout the course.

For now, sit back, watch the Course Welcome video, and then jump into it!

Happy Portfolio building!

Andrew

Preview 05:50
+ Getting Started
4 lectures 15:47

Welcome to your first portfolio building video!

This video will run down the 3 things we need in order to create a website. You won't have to do anything throughout this video so no need to worry.

However, you can start to think about what you'd like your website domain to be. For example, my website is acartertranslations.com.

I believe a good formula would be (yourname)translations.com or (business name)translations.com.

Enjoy the video and I'll see you in the next one!

Andrew

Preview 01:35

Let's get this show on the road!

Now you know you're going to need three things and fortunately we can get the first two (domain and hosting) all at the same place.

Right click on the link below and click on "open in a new tab" so that way you have the course open and the Bluehost page. If you use the link below  you'll get the first year of your domain free.

https://www.bluehost.com/track/carter/

After that, follow the instructions in the video to buy your domain name and hosting.

Preview 09:19

Today you should have signed up for bluehost, chosen your web domain and paid for hosting.

Now, we're going to set a password for your Bluehost account and log into the dashboard.

That's it for this video. Pretty simple!

Bluehost Confirmation and password
02:23

Welcome back!

We've signed up for Bluehost and now have a web domain so people can find our portfolio.

Now it's time to head to WordPress so we can customize our portfolio.

Bluehost is great because it's just a one-click installation and you don't have to do anything! It all connects by itself!

Follow the instructions in the video to continue on your portfolio building journey!

Have fun and let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Andrew

Logging into WordPress from Bluehost
02:30
+ Customizing your Website
3 lectures 13:50

Now it's time to start making things pretty!

This video will show you how to add your 'theme'. Themes are the overall design of your portfolio.

Follow the steps in the video to add a new theme and to start customizing your portfolio.

Astra

Let me know if you have questions in the comments below!

Happy Designing!


Installing Astra Theme
03:59

In this video we're going to talk about Plugins.

Plugins are: software components that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program

That could be a million things. If you can think of something to do on a website there's a plugin for it.

  • Maps

  • Google Search

  • Pop-up box

  • Cart to buy things

  • Etc. Etc. Etc.

Follow along in the video below to add two plugins:

Elementor

WPForms

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below!

Other than that, have fun and happy customizing!

Installing Elementor and WPForms (Plugins)
03:05

We're going to get a jumpstart on our design by using a template in Elementor.

Templates are exactly what they sound like, things that are ready made for you so you don't have to start from scratch.

I have chosen a free template however there are paid ones that you can use with Elementor Pro (Subscriptions start at $49/years).

If you'd like to take a look head to:

Elementor Pro

So, go ahead watch the video and follow along to start making your portfolio represent who you are!

Have fun and leave your comments and questions below!

Homepage and Template
06:46
+ Website Sections
7 lectures 01:08:00

What you'll need today:

  • Title

  • CTA

  • 1 dark header image

Follow along in the video to find out how to customize your header.

If you need a stock photo for you header (and you will need some later on as well) here's a solid list of places to find them.

  1. StockSnap.io (my favorite)

  2. Pexels

  3. Unsplash

  4. Burst

  5. Reshot

Most the photos on these sites are free from copyright restrictions of licensed under creative commons public domain which means you can copy, modify, and distribute for personal and commercial purposes without asking permission.

However some may require attribution. Make sure you check the photo first.

Let me know how everything's going in the comments section below!

CTA/Header Section
13:36

Now we're really starting to roll!

This video will show you how to

  • create different columns

  • use icons and picture

We're going to create a section for your specializations. If you don't have specializations yet (which I hope you do!) My course, Breaking into the Translation Industry will teach you all about them!

Without further ado, take a look at the video below to see how to make this section your own.

Leave me a comment of how it went in the comments section below!

Specializations
05:09

Anyone who comes to your website will need to know what you offer and how well you do them.

As much as we'd all like to be 100% on everything, that's just not the case. This video will teach you how to create a "Progress Bar" to show what you best strengths are.

Note: this section can also be used for CAT tools and other tools as well.

Follow the steps in the video to customize it to make it your own.

Let me know if you have questions in the comments below.

My Services
07:11

This will be the longest section in this course and we'll have to create different posts for each work sample.

I only show you how to create one post but the steps are exactly the same for any other posts you want to add.

What you'll need:

  • Work samples (approx. 300 words [source & target text])

  • Logos of the companies for whom you did the samples

If you have any questions or comments, please, leave them in the comments section below!

Recent Translations
17:46

This is where we let others do the talking for us!

You can use the testimonials straight from your Proz.com site or you can ask for different testimonials if you'd like but I think these are more than enough.

Have fun and leave me a comment in the comments section below.

Testimonials
05:51

So, now we've come to the contact form section.

We've already installed the plugin we'll need so there's very little to do here.

Follow along in the video and keep it going you're almost there!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.

Contact Form
09:29

This is the last and final section on your webpage!

We're going to create a footer section with three different areas:

  1. About Section

  2. Social Media buttons

  3. "To top" button

What you'll need:

  • Headshot

  • About section (50 words)

  • Links to Social Media profiles

Let me know how everything went in the comments section below!

Footer - About Section
08:58
+ Translating your Website
1 lecture 12:39

As I mention in the video there are mutliple ways to do transate your portfolio but I have tried to find the cheapest way (later you can add different elements if you'd like).

There's a bit of jumping back and forth in this video and it's a bit more complicated than the other sections we've had so far. Feel free to paush and rewind as you see fit.

If you have questions, please, leave them in the comments section below and I will answer them as quickly as I can.

Happy Translating!

Website Translation
12:39
+ Privacy Policy and Going Live
2 lectures 14:07

Hey!

So as most of you know Europe came out with new regulations in May of 2018 about data privacy. They call it GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This means we'll have to add a few things to our site to make it compliant.

No matter if you live outside Europe, if your website is accessible from Europe, you should add these things just to avoid any future trouble.

First we're going to add a new page "Privacy Policy" and then add an option to our contact form.

Follow along in the video find out how to put everything in place.

I use the website below to create the generic privacy policy:

GDPR Privacy Policy

Note: this is not legal advice and following these steps DOES NOT mean your website will be GDPR compliant. You should consult a lawyer in your specific country to make sure your website is compliant with all Privacy Policy and Data Protection Regulations

As always, if you have any questions or comments please, leave them in the comments section below.

Privacy Policy/GDPR
11:38

If you've tried to check out your website throughout this process from another device (phone, tablet, etc.) you may have noticed you couldn't reach it.

In this last video, I'm going to show you how to take your website live so anyone on the internet can find it!

Follow this last steps so you can use your portfolio to improve your freelance translating career!

Thank you so much for sticking around this long with me and following the course to the end. You've created a tool that will set you apart from the rest of the competition!

Congratulations and thank you again!

Last, but not least! If you're interested in SEO or creating posts to get your content out there then you should definitely head over to Tess Whitty's Marketing Tips for Translators.

She has an Ebook you can download and the link is in the Resources tab.

Please, leave your website URLs below so we can see your beautiful website!

Happy Translating!

Going Live and Farewell
02:29