**UPDATE** See our new course "Start your own Website Design business" - This course covers all the material in this course plus shows you how you launch your own business designing websites.
What's the course about?
Web development - Plain and simple. Everyone needs a website, whether it's to market your business, sell your new e-book, make money through advertising and affiliate marketing, or just for your family. The problem is that it just seems so difficult to create, and so really expensive to get someone else to do it for you.
Try Google "custom website design" and see what you find. You'll find companies offering to design a site for $500, $1000, and more. And don't forget the monthly fee, which can be anything from $50 upwards. So, that's not an option for most of us, unless you have your own private jet - in which case you can probably buy the website design company.
The Web Development Solution - A simple drag and drop way to design a website. This course will show you how to use an awesome online website creator to design the most professional looking site possible. In fact I will start of by letting you watch me create an amazing website in under 5 minutes. Yes, that's correct. It is possible to create a fully functional, professional website in 5 minutes, if you know how! And I will show you how to do just that! By the end of the course...actually by the end of the first section you will be able to create a website in 5 minutes too!
I'll show you how to develop a website that includes videos, images, contact forms, a blog, twitter feeds, contact forms and more. And you do not need to know anything about website creation, HTML or anything else. It's simply copy/paste, drag/brag!
We will also cover other important things (after you've mastered creating your site) such as choosing a domain name, buying a domain, getting images and video, etc. And to really make sure the website you develop is not only awesome but professional and money generating, there is a section where I will share Power Tips from the experts. Tips on getting free resources, making sure your website looks professional, making sure your website is found in Google (Search Engine Optimisation), and even some power tips on how to turn your website into a money making machine!
What kind of materials are included?
Everything you need for web devlopment will be explained. In fact you will be so good you could even start creating websites for others and making money. The course will consist of some really easy, professional, step-by-step videos that show you how to create your website. I mean professional...both in presentation and recording. This is not just some guy mumbling ramblings into a webcam! Plus there are downloadable tip sheets, and more. This is the ultimate web development guide!
How long will the course take to complete this web development course?
There are 4 sections to this web development course. After you have done Section 1 you can easily begin building your website. And that will take you just over 30 minutes of learning! Seems unbelievable, but I guarantee it! Thereafter Sections 2, 3 and 4 will extend your ability, in the same easy way as Section 1, helping you create the most amazing website possible.
How is this web development course structured?
This is an action course. So the course starts with getting to the doing straight away. Sure there is lots of "fluff" like choosing domains, and sourcing images etc. which is important, but that is left till later. I want you to get building immediately, and then we can deal with the rest. The course is structured in the following way:
1.Section 1 - A website in 5 minutes.
2.Section 2 - Making my website awesome
3.Section 3 - Making my website professional
4.Section 4 - BONUS - Making your site famous!
Why take this web development course?
If I am looking for an online course there are 3 key things I look for. Firstly, the qualification/experience of the teacher. Secondly, the ability of the teacher to teach/present. Thirdly, the quality of the teacher’s material. So here are my credentials.
3. All the material presented in this course is professionally produced using HD video, high quality audio and specialist video editing software.
Besides all this, you wont find a better value, easier course that will enable you to develop your own online business website. If you need a website for your company, to sell products online, to launch your e-book, or just for your family - then this is the web development course for you.
After the amazing success of this course we decided to make it even better. So we have created a completely redone course that not only shows you how to design your own websites but also how you can setup your own website design business.
In this first lecture you get to sit back and watch as I create an amazing website in just 5 minutes. The reason I am doing this is to show you that it is possible to create a multimedia, income-generating website in just 5 minutes. Now, while I am practised at doing this, you will be able to do the same by the end of the section. Relax, sit back and be blown away!
I have created a student portal that contains all the useful links you need for the course, plus free resources you can access to help you build your website. This lecture gives you an overview of the portal and sets you on your way to getting going creating your first website.
It's time for you to get going with building your website. This lesson will familiarise you with the environment by giving you a brief orientation of the various parts of this so-easy-to-use-its-crazy website tool. After watching this lecture I suggest you also click the various parts of the environment to get a feel for how it works. You CANNOT break it...so just play to get familiar. Our next lecture will get you going with the drag and drop technique.
I said this was a drag and drop approach and now you will see how true this is. You do not need to sit and code or tweak HTML or whatever to get a website going. In fact after you have chosen a template for your website (which you can change later if you like) you just begin by dragging and dropping elements onto the page. It is as easy as that. I really encourage you to get involved and drag an drop whatever elements you like from the elements panel on the left. As I said before you can't break anything, and it is so easy to start again whenever you want. I will be talking through most of the important elements in the remaining lectures and explaining what you can do with them. However at the moment I just want you to get familiar with the drag and drop approach. Have fun!
In this lesson we begin our focus on the most basic elements that will form the core of most pages. Firstly we look at Titles and Text and how they can simply be dragged onto the page. Thereafter I will show you how you can format the title and text further.
Images form a vital part of websites, and in this lesson I will show you how easy it is to simply drag and drop and image from your computer onto your website. There are also links in the student portal (see Lecture 2) to where you can access images. In addition to simply dropping an image it is also possible to make the images clickable so they can be used to navigate to a URL, for example a "Buy Now" image could bring the user to the website where they can purchase the item.
While the previous lecture looked at the Image element, this lecture explains how the Image-Text element provides an easy way for you to have text wrapped around your image. In Section 2 we will look at other layout tricks you can use that are really easy to get even more flexibility in the layout of your webpage.**UPDATE** This lecture has been updated because Weebly no longer has the Image-Text element, but now provide an even easier and more versatile way of doing this.
Obviously the key to having a website is having it on the web. In this lecture I will talk your through the process of publishing your website. While we will initially be using what is referred to as a subdomain (and not your own personal domain) we will look in Section 2 how to setup your own domain. However to get going at no cost, and to test everything it is best to first publish through this method. Once you are happy you can then go pro as is explained in the next section.
It's time to look back and review what you have learned. By this stage you should be comfortable in our environment and be able to drag, drop, edit, move, delete elements from your page - plus publish. If you have reached this stage and been participating you should now be able to create your own page with ease. Our next section will start to look at elements that will really make your website awesome.
This short quiz is designed to see if you managed to learn the key points that we have covered in Section 1. Give it a go, it won't take you long and you can just confirm that you have got it all figured before moving on to Section 2 - Making my website awesome!
By now you should be PUMPED! In this lecture I will get you really excited about what we are going to be doing in this next section as we look at how you can move your website from amazing to awesome!
While you can make use of all the elements on your page it is important to be able to have some control over how they are positioned. In this lecture I will show you how you can perform some really neat layout tricks - that would be really tricky to do in HTML - simply by dragging and dropping the columns element on your page.
**UPDATE** This lecture has been updated to show some of the new neat tricks Weebly has provided to make it even easier to get the layout just how you want it.
Having videos in your website really bring it alive. However you don't simply want a link to a video you want the videos to be playable from within your site. This is really important if you are marketing a product and you want the visitor to get a brief overview of it. In this lecture I will show you how to easily embed a YouTube video into your website, something that would be really tricky to do if you had to develop your website the old fashioned way. I have included a great video (from YouTube) that explains the process of uploading a video to YouTube if you are unsure of how to do that.
One of the important things to do in order to ensure that your website is highly ranked in Google and that people interact through your site is to include links to social media. One of the best is to include a link to your Twitter feed. In this lecture I will show you how easy it is to insert a Twitter feed into your website that will allow people to view your latest tweets and interact with you directly from your website!
Note: If you do not have a Twitter account simply go to www.twitter.com and setup a free account. This is highly recommended if you want to improve the chances of your website being found in Google. We will discuss this more in Section 3.
In addition to putting a live Twitter feed into your website it is also important to make it easy for your visitors to connect with you via all of your social media channels. In this lecture we will look at how you can easily add links to all of your social media channels including Facebook, LinkedIn, email, Twitter, Google+ etc.
Up until now we have been working with a single webpage. However everything we have learned applies to all webpages you create on your site. In this lecture I will show you how easy it is to create more than one webpage and easily rearrange them, hide them, and more.
A contact form is a useful way to collect information from visitors to your site as you can predetermine what questions they must answer and which are required and optional. In this lesson we will look at how to setup a contact form where the submissions can either be viewed online or automatically. Contact forms can be used for a range of other things in addition to simply getting contact details, such as reviews, feedback, or even surveys. This opens up a rich set of possibilities that contact forms can be used for.
In the next section we will look at SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and how important activity is to being ranked high. One of the key ways to get activity on your site is through a blog. Many people have a website and a separate blog. In this lesson I will show you how easy it is to integrate an extremely powerful blog with commenting, tagging, and rich content INTO your website. I would strongly suggest you set up a blog so that you can get people to both stay longer and engage on your website.
I've attached an External Resource where the importance of blogging is explained. What is interesting in this article is that she suggests you hire a professional. With what you have learned you can do it yourself!
Looking back you can see the awesomeness! In this lecture I will review the key things that you have learned before you step into the next section and really go pro!
By now you are awesome...or at least your website should be. Before you move on to Section 3 let's see if you have figured out what we learned in this section. Give it a go...before you go pro!
Now it is time to go pro! In this section I will look at how you can move your website into the pro level by upgrading to a Pro account and by following some important lessons about website designed from the experts.
Up until now we have been using a subdomain for your website. For many people this may be all that you need, and it will work perfectly and cost your nothing. However if you want to build a brand then you need to get your own domain. In this lecture I will show you how to easily register your own domain. Check out the attached resource that gives you some tips on choosing your domain name.
This is the most technical thing you will have to do this whole course. However if you follow the instructions I give you then you should have no problem. In this lecture I will show you how to link the domain that you have registered - which was explained in the previous lecture - to your website. This is a once off process, and once you have done it you do not need to worry about it again. So head down and concentrate for the next 5 mins!
This is a really important lesson. In this lesson I will tell you about some really important tips that will firstly ensure that your website looks professional and secondly how to make it noticed. This is called SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and it is vital if you want your website to be highly ranked in Google's search results. Be sure to check out the BONUS lesson in the next section to see what I am offering you to further improve your rankings.
By now you should be a website PRO builder. People could pay you thousands of dollars to design professional websites for them. So let's make sure you remember what you have been taught. Give this quick quiz a try to check on your brain!
WOW. Looking back you have achieved some amazing things. If you have reached this stage you now have the ability to put together a professional website that will knock the HTML of most websites. In this final lecture I will outline a bonus that is just for my students that can help improve your SEO even further.
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