Wordpress and X Theme for Beginners - Custom Page Building
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- Students will be able to build a responsive website with Wordpress and X Theme
- Students will have a basic understanding of how to work with SEO
- Students will learn about multi-media on their websites and understand how to appropriately size images for the web.
- Students will be able to build stylized posts and pages with Wordpress & X Theme
- Students attending this class will come away with the basic building blocks of designing a website with Wordpress and X Theme without the need to learn how to code.
- You should be able to use a PC at the beginner level
- You should have a stable Internet connection
- You should purchase a licensed copy of X Theme or X Theme Pro by Themeco
- Students should have a willingness to learn, and realistc expections. An effective website takes time to build, site layout and tools are just the beginning.
This course will take students from the initial Wordpress Installation through to being able to start building a website using the X Theme Page builder. Students do not need to have prior Wordpress experience to take this course. This is not a full website building course, as there are multiple disciplines that go into website building as noted below.
When completed students will understand how to setup Wordpress properly, create blog posts (if they choose to), and create highly stylized web page designs that hold visitors interest and attention. X Theme offers many plugins, custom styles, and layout tools. Students will see the basics and are encouraged to experiment on their own to see all of the elements X Theme offers in custom page building.
This is not a full "Web Design" course. This course specifically focuses on Wordpress & X Theme, and gives you a starting point to building your own website. X is a tool that it part of your overall website development strategy. Modern websites cover many disciplines beyond just the tools to layout your pages. What goes into a full website build out these days?
Written content creation - Writing skills are very important to getting your website's message out there. Creative writing courses, marketing courses, and other writing focused classes can be helpful.
Graphic content creation - Photography, graphic design skills, and more go into an effective website. Photography, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and other photo and graphic editing program courses will help you here.
Video content creation - Many successful websites incorporate video these days. Video editing courses, filming courses, and video gear introductions will be helpful.
Page Design and Layout - X Theme is a great tool for laying out custom pages with Wordpress. This is the focus of this course.
SEO content creation - Search Engine Optimization skills are necessary to help your website get found. What you write and how you write it is a key to effective SEO.
From the list above, this course specifically focuses on Page Design & Layout with X Theme and Wordpress. You'll learn how to add your written content to web pages, add your graphics and images to pages, incorporate video into pages, and how to publish your webpages through X & Wordpress.
Students will also learn the basics of SEO in order to help get their website found in the sea of hundreds of millions of websites. SEO is a large topic, and students are only exposed to an introduction regarding SEO, and will need further training in the subject.
This course pays attention to details like properly sized images for website usage, adding in Slideshows with Revolution Slider, and using such third party plugins Essential Grid for unique page layouts. When students complete this course they can be confident that they have the fundamentals for creating custom page designs with Wordpress & X Theme. The class was launched Fall of 2017, and will keep up with the latest changes in the X Theme and the Cornerstone editor!
- Anyone who wants to build a website that generates real traffic
- Anyone interested in building websites with Wordpress
- Anyone interested in using Themeco's X Theme with Wordpress
- Anyone interested in building websites that are mobile friendly and easy to manage.
Wondering what you can expect from this class? Instructor Rich Charpentier spends a few minutes in front of the camera sharing what students will be learning about in "Wordpress and X Theme for beginners." When you've completed the course you will have the tools to build your own custom website with Wordpress and X Theme.
Lesson 1 welcomes students to our course on using Wordpress and the X Theme to create full robust websites. This lesson introduces what we'll be doing in the course, and shows a freshly installed Wordpress website with no content. Over the lessons in this class we'll build a full website front page, learn how to create posts, pages, add media, and more.
Lesson 2 covers logging into your Wordpress installation for the first time. If you're uncertain about installing Wordpress, RLC Design recomends WPEngine.com. Their Wordpress installations take no time at all, and the hosting company offers a slew of benefits including daily backups, security monitoring, Max CDN (content delivery network), SSL Certificates, and more.
Once you've logged into your site for the first time you'll be ready to start looking at your Wordpress installation.
"Out of the box" Wordpress is ready to go. But there are some settings that you should pay attention to before you dive into creating posts, pages, adding media, and everything else that accompanies building your website. Pay close attention to this lesson, and be sure to check through your settings on your first Wordpress Website build. You wouldn't want the wrong time of day confusing visitors when they subscribe to, or buy from your website.
So far our website has no real structure. The wordpress installation looks more like a blog than a world class website builder. In this lecture we're going to make a place holder front page, and a place holder blog page to start building structure into the website.
We're finally ready to install X Theme from Themeco. We show you the X Theme Home page, and talk a little about the power of X Theme and what it can do for your website. We then upload the X Theme zip file to our wordpress site, and we're ready to start working with actually building the website!
We've spent a lot of time working on the back end of this website so far. It's time to have a little fun, and quickly fill out our website's front page with the X Theme and the Cornerstone editor. Don't worry, we'll be covering page building in an upcoming section of the class, but I thought it was time for us to have a little fun and show off how quickly you can make a stylized page for your website!
The "Post Editor" is one of the most important components of your Wordpress website. Learning how to use the post editor will carry over to page editing, portfolio editing, product editing (if you choose to sell items on your website), calendar editing (if you include an events calendar) and more. So paying attention to the next 3 lessons will be critical in helping you feel comfortable with building your website on Wordpress with the X Theme!
In both the Rapid Fire web page build lecture, and in the Post Editor lecture we added some images to the website from where we were working. It's now time to introduce the Media Library, and talk about image sizes, alt text, and using the media library. Fortunately it's accessible in almost every module of Wordpress where you would need it, but it's nice to know about the stand alone library as well.
We couldn't leave you hanging with no futher information about resizing images for your website. So we're providing 2 examples of resizing images with Adobe Photoshop, and Lightroom. Even if you don't use either program, this lesson should point you in the right direction for images going on to your site!
The X Theme, in a nutshell, allows for live visual page building on the Wordpress platform. The standard version of the X Theme lets users create custom stylized web pages easily on Wordpress. X Theme Pro also allows users to create highly customized header bars and footer bars. Which is right for you? In most cases, the normal X Theme will do. But if you want to create incrediblly stylized header and footer bars, Pro might be for you.
This new section came about due to a recent update from ThemeCo. The Cornerstone builder (the page builder in X Theme) received such a dramatic makeover that we decided to re-do the content for this section completely. We've included the old page build out as well later on in the lesson just for your review!
In this lecture we start into building a full page from scratch with the newly updated (October of 2017) Cornerstone Editor. The next few lectures will walk you through a full page build complete with text based content, images, page links, and embedded video.
There are several ways to add new images to a page with the Cornerstone Editor. With the newest release of X Theme's Cornerstone editor you have your choice of several methods of adding images to your website. We take you through 2 different ways of adding images to your site, and leave it up to you as to which method works better for your needs.
X Theme's Cornerstone Editor offers many "Elements" that you can add to your pages. These elements can be added anywhere in your website. There are so many choices you're going to need to try them out for yourself. You can add counters, marketing cards, lists, images, videos, audio files, slide shows, grids, and more. This lecture will help you find out what the elements do and how to use them!
Once you've finished your page to the point you're ready to share it to the world, you're going to need to add it to the navigation menu. You can add pages to the navigation menu through the X Theme Customizer (coming up in a future lesson) or you can use Wordpress native menu tool. We prefer the Wordpress menu builder, and we're going to show it to you in this lesson.
Over time you'll want to change your pages. New images, new content, new videos, you name it. In this lesson you'll see how easy it is to get into a page you built with the X Theme and the Cornerstone Editor. We'll take a look at ExplorePrescott's home page, and walk through the items that are contained in the page.
We couldn't leave the page building and editing section without adding a cool feature or two to our website. In this lesson we return to the "Camping" page, remove an image, and replace it with an embedded video from YouTube. We also show a few other elements that we can add to a page if we so desired.
As promised, the section on Page building will be done on a live site, ExplorePrescott.org. This is a new website promoting the outdoor activities available in Prescott Arizona, and the site is built on Wordpress with the X Theme.
This section promises to be a lot of fun. We'll introduce basic editing and layout concepts for The X Theme's Cornerstone Page Builder. Students will discover quickly that the range of designs for pages is limited only by their own imagination!
In this lesson we'll be creating the new "Photography Page" from scratch on the Explore Prescott website. We'll add a new page, save the page, and then start using the Cornerstone Editor from X Theme on the page. We'll be adding photo bars, text content, and images to the page.
As we continue to expand the Photography page we continue working on the page structure and information. Two new sections will be added to the page for information about Outdoor portrait photography. A new section for an image bar, and a new section for written content and photo content.
Finishing up with the initial layout of the Photography Page for Explore Prescott. We've created multiple sections, some columns, added images and alt text, and created a page geared toward good SEO results in the future without even know it! In an upcoming section on this lecture series we'll talk more about SEO, checking your success or failure, and how to incorporate SEO tools into the pages and posts we build.
For the final installment on building the Photography page on Explore Prescott we add an Essential Grid to the page to get visitors to look at our recommended recreation location pages on the site.
Since we've never showed you through how to build an Essential Grid, you know that an upcoming lesson will cover using the grid for sure! It's a great way to create sections of internal and external links that are presented in a compelling format that will engage your website visitors!
After you finish building your initial website you'll probably want to edit pages you've built. New information comes along, you want to refine your design, maybe add more media to the page, etc. Fortunately doing page edits is relatively easy with Wordpress and X Theme's Cornerstone editor. So....let's start editing our pages!
Cornerstone offers several more tools on the left column bar that we haven't looked at closely. How about seeing your website as a wire frame layout? Or how would you like to see what your site looks like on different screen sizes? Finally, you can create sections on your pages that are Mobile only, and sections that are large screen only. Want to know how? Watch this lesson.
Since we've been doing this training on a live site that is in the process of being built new things come up often here at RLC Design. Our partner Greg just released his latest trail running video on YouTube, so we're lucky enough to have the opportunity to add the video to the Running page on Explore Prescott. We edit the page, add a new column to a section, and add the embedded video!
We're now moving into customizing your Wordpress website. X Theme has some amazing plugins included with the purchase of a license, and what they don't have can be added to with other Wordpress plugins and widget areas. Wholesale changes can be made easily to your design thanks to X Theme.
The X Theme Customizer helps you change the look and feel of your website in mere moments. Change fonts throughout the site. Change the styling of the website layout with a few clicks. Easily add pages and posts to your drop down menus. It's all easily achieved with the Customizer!
Need custom features for your website that aren't included with Wordpress or X Theme. The solution is easily at hand with thousands up thousands of custom plugins for Wordpress. Weather apps, calendars, appointment apps, mapping apps, and more. While Wordpress and X Theme include a lot, whatever they're missing will be covered by plugins available through Wordpress.org!
Widgets can be added throughout your website thanks to X Theme. Want a weather widget inside one of your pages? Easily done. You can add widgets to the top bar, footer, sidebar, and you can create custom widgets for other locations you carve out in your web pages built with the Cornerstone editor.
Watching over your website is part of your job. You can't just build your website (on any platform) and walk away hoping it will generate leads and income for you without further work. Paying attention to software updates, page changes, and users accessing your system must become part of your regular work tasks.
Part of an admin's duties is very simple. Look at your website regularly. Have pages changed without your knowledge? Are there advertisements on your site that shouldn't be there? Are there links on your website going to other sites you don't approve of. You'd be amazed how many people fail to look hard at the online presence after their website is finished!
Part of a webmaster's admin duties includes keeping up to date with registered users on the site. Make sure there aren't users that are not approved by you, and make sure your current users have the appropriate authority. Additionally, if you're interested in your website's growth you should make a regular habit of keeping up to date with your statistics. Who is viewing you, where are they being referred from, etc.
There are thousands of tools available for Wordpress. We're going to cover 3 very useful tools that will help enhance the look and feel of your website, streamline navigation to important pages, and help you learn more about your Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
These are our favorite tools that we use on almost every installation we do for clients and for ourselves.
Slider Revolution allows for the creation of highly customized slide shows that can appear throughout your website. We cover the basics of Slider Revolution, and we don't go into the higher end topics like video banner bars. This course is for beginners, to get them off the ground with Wordpress and X Theme. If demand for a full course on Slider Revolution is of interest, please drop us a note and we'll put a full course together.
Essential grid allows for visually pleasing dynamic content presentation. Link your grid to post categories, and with each additional post sporting that category your grid will be added to. Offer different navigation formats for your pages on your website. Add grids of embedded videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and more.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a huge topic covered by countless classes on the Internet. And it's a subject that will always be of interest as it's necessary in order to drive new traffic to your website.
Yoast SEO is a plugin we highly recomend. It helps you determine if you're doing good SEO work on each page and post on your website, and it's relatively easy to use. In this lecture we give a brief overview of using Yoast. We do not go in depth as that would be another class in itself. Fortunately Yoast offers many webinars and videos on using their plugin.
Additionally we quickly talk about Web Page Word counter, and Semrush (a professional SEO Tracking tool).
We've decided to add a few additional lectures to talk about SEO. Search Engine Optimization is incredibly important if you really want to get found online these days. Understanding the basics of SEO will help you make decisions about your website and what you want to build into it. We'll be introducing a few "must have" tools, most of which are free. We'll also talk extensively about Semrush and what it can help you achieve when it comes to guiding new traffic and visitors to your website.
What is the difference between Organic SEO and PPC (Pay per click)? We'll discuss that in this lecture. If you need to get found in searches really fast, PPC might be the way to go. But remember, it will cost you every time someone clicks on your ad. In the long term, organic search results are preferred, but they take time to build up.
Semrush is an incredible tool to help you monitor and plan your SEO strategy. Compare yourself to your competitors, learn what your competition is using in their SEO, and find keywords that generate real results. All of this can be accomplished with Semrush.
In the end, it's all about the content you put into your website. People are searching for information, and sites that contain more information rank higher. It's that simple. There are so many tips and tricks out there to get search traffic, and a lot of them don't generate what you're looking for. Getting found comes down to hard work and research, like anything else important in life. Don't get suckered into the fake SEO band wagon. Provide good content and appropriate language and your audience will come to you in time.
Be sure that your website images are sized properly. Images that are too large can slow your website down, giving your visitors a poor quality experience. If you resize images before you upload them to your website you'll save on server space and make your visitors much happier. A few helpful tips are offered in this lecture.
July of 2018 I made the decision to start taking content developed from an intermediate course on X Theme and Wordpress and incorporate those lectures here in this course. The next 16 lectures cover website installation with WP Engine (you don't have to use WP Engine), Installation of X Theme, and another full series of web page layout with X theme and the Cornerstone editor. For students, these new lectures will be a good review of what we've covered, and we'll also begin talking about additional tools for your website building.
This lecture introduces the new website build for AZ Drone. In this lecture we review what we'll be using, and the tools we'll use to start creating a new website from the ground up with WP Engine (a wordpress specific hosting company), installing X Theme, and developing the new website.
In this lecture we'll begin building AZ Drone from the ground up. RLC Design uses WP Engine for all of our important wordpress hosting. You don't have to use their service, and can pick from so many Wordpress hosts. This lecture will give you a good idea of how you'll be setting up your new installation, even if you use a different hosting provider.
Continuing the WP Engine installation and pointing your domain name to your new host. Once again, you don't need to be a WP Engine customer to learn about pointing your new Wordpress site to the correct host. In the case of this lecture, GoDaddy is used as the DNS provider, and we need to update the DNS information to ensure our registered domain name is pointing to our Wordpress hosting provider.