How to Make an Online Community Platform
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How to Make an Online Community Platform

Built your own specific community using free tools!
4.1 (29 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,164 students enrolled
Created by Tom Rutka
Last updated 9/2016
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this course you will have platform for you new online community
  • You will begin your journey as a leader
  • You will experience using Wordpress and several plugins
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Requirements
  • You will need a computer and internet access
  • It will help to know the basics of Wordpress
  • You will need a basic web hosting account and a domain name
Description

Online communities are a growing trend for a variety of reasons. People want to feel connected.

Why have your own community? To have something unique and to be a leader. SPAM is a big problem on the mass social media platforms. These include bots, no privacy, unrelated advertising, and even explicit material.

What about existing social media platforms? You are the product for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They make money of you, the content you upload and make you watch irrelevant ads. Pick your space and own it, it is about the relationships you build through your own platform that counts.

There is an unlimited amount of communities waiting to be created. You can help connect them! Years from now people you connected will talk about the first time they met, online or not.

Get started and build your platform in as soon as one day!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for people who want to meet other like-minded people
  • For bloggers and content creators who want to share their content
  • This is not for internet trolls, mean and unfriendly people
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
01:14:25
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Start Here - Your path from A to B
3 Lectures 12:32

This is to clarify the course outline and what will be covered. This includes:

  1. Community Examples
  2. Benefits
  3. Preparation
  4. Installation
  5. Configuration
  6. Page Creation
  7. Adding Members


What we will cover from start to finish
02:39

This video compares and contrasts existing platforms like facebook and instagram to software which allows you to make your own platforms.

What is an online community? Comparison of Platforms
05:44

What you should know about online communities. How they can help you and you can help them. The benefits are mutual.

Benefits - Offering and Getting Value
04:09

By the end of this section you should know for sure if a community will be useful to you.

Are you ready to build a community?
2 questions
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Starting Your Community
8 Lectures 42:52

I tell you what questions to ask yourself before building your community so you will have a clear understanding of the outcome.

Preparation - Audience, Goals, and Content
05:18

You must have a domain name and a web hosting account and this is about that.

Server Hosting and Installation Overview
05:01

If you've never built a website before, the free tools in this course, wordpress, will give you website building experience.

Technical Steps
1 question

Here's where we get to work and get web hosting. I recommend host gator since that's what I use. Click the link I provided to see pricing Host Gator pricing. They start at $5.56/month

Installation - Control Panel and Wordpress
05:38

Installing wordpress will be done through CPANEL, the Quick installer is built in most but not all web hosting servers.

Configuration Overview
03:49

In this video, we review requirements, where you can get help and the plugins you need.

Configuration, Documentation and Plugins
06:46

What is included with Buddypress and its features.

Configuration - Buddypress settings, email templates, roles
06:04

Buddypress includes some new pages for registration.

Page Creation Overview
01:14

Page Creation - Four Essential Pages
09:02
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BONUS: I've got a community site, now what?
2 Lectures 19:01
You First Members
17:37

Credits and More
01:24
About the Instructor
Tom Rutka
4.1 Average rating
90 Reviews
5,499 Students
3 Courses
Software Engineer + Instructor

Tom Rutka is a front end engineer in silicon valley specializing in improving usability, performance, click-through conversions, and optimization. His code can be found everywhere from jQuery plugins, to courseware, to early stage startups.