Create a WordPress website for your creative business

Create a WordPress site from scratch--without code--and start selling your services!
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  • Lectures 54
  • Length 4 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

Create your own website for your small business using WordPress! This course focuses on creating a simple website--from the ground up. Before we even get started designing the site, we'll go over the details of your business, content creation, and basic branding. After that, we'll set up hosting, a domain name, and install WordPress--then we'll get to designing, installing plugins, and getting everything up and running! Oh, and there's NO coding!

Note: This course is very NON-technical and focuses more on the "why" behind making a website than the "how" of the technical aspects. This way you create a website that is geared toward your dream client and that sells your products and services--not just a pretty website that does nothing for you. If you're looking for a technical course on how to create a website, this course is NOT for you. If you're looking for an easy-to-follow course on how to create a simple website that sells your products and services, sign up!

This course includes:

  • A resource list of websites, products, and services that I use and love
  • Worksheets to help keep your website and business on track and focused around your goal--selling products and services
  • Short videos that cover one topic at a time--so you can find exactly what you need and work at your own pace

This course is designed for:

  • Busy entrepreneurs and indie business owners who can't afford to hire out website design and development--or who just want to learn to do it themselves without investing a huge amount of time or money
  • Small business owners who already have a website, but find it's not selling their products or services as well as it could be
  • And it's mostly geared towards ladies, as there's a lot of pink, but men will find the content useful too!

Note: This course relies heavily on the Genesis Framework and the Gravity Forms plugin. These are premium WordPress themes and plugins. Other options are mentioned, but the videos and instructions will feature these premium options. While it's possible to get a lot out of this course without making these investments, I highly recommend them if you want to create a professional website. Links to these resources are included in the course material.

What are the requirements?

  • Computer & Internet
  • WordPress
  • Genesis Framework
  • Prose theme (Genesis child theme)
  • GIMP or Photoshop
  • Gravity Forms WordPress plugin (semi-optional, strongly recommended)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create website content that SELLS your products and services
  • Choose a SINGULAR goal for your website
  • Create a WordPress website and design it to match your brand

What is the target audience?

  • Small business owners
  • Indie Business
  • Female entrepreneurs

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Course intro
Preview
01:14
You will need
Preview
1 page
Resources
Preview
2 pages
Download ALL worksheets and PDFs
Article
Section 2: Pre-Planning
Section 2 Intro
Preview
00:42
Your Business
Preview
04:55
Target Audience
Preview
03:20
One Goal Website
Preview
03:54
Content Planning
03:29
Section 3: Content Creation
Section 3 Intro
01:00
Home page
02:46
About Page
02:10
Service Page
04:06
Photos & Images
02:00
Section 4: Design Planning
Section 4 Intro
01:06
Create a moodboard
04:07
Choose a color palette
02:26
Bonus: Download and install a font
03:37
Create a simple header
13:36
Design Mockup
08:20
Section 5: Hosting, Domains, and WordPress installation
Section 5 Intro
00:29
Choose a domain name
05:20
05:27

In this video we’re going to learn how to set up our domain name, host, and install wordpress.

We’re going to use BlueHost because that’s what I use for most of my personal sites, as well as many of my client sites. They have great tech support and reasonable prices—and installing WordPress on BlueHost is easy!

Click here to go to BlueHost and get started!

WordPress Settings
04:44
Bonus: WordPress User Profile
02:28
Install a theme
03:05
Section 6: Plugins
Section 6 Intro
00:20
Bonus: Jetpack
05:29
Plugin installation
05:33
Recommended plugins
2 pages
Section 7: Putting it all together
Section 7 Intro
00:19
Inserting & Editing Content
13:24
Create a Menu
02:48
Widget Basics
06:07
Setting a Static Home Page
03:03
Section 8: Theme Options
Section 8 Intro
00:28
Genesis Settings
02:33
Prose Extras Settings
02:05
Prose Design Settings
11:57
Other theme recommendations
03:52
06:20

Responsive header plugin by Nick the Geek: http://designsbynickthegeek.com/plugins/genesis-responsive-header

Additional documentation: http://designsbynickthegeek.com/plugins/genesis-responsive-header-customizer-update

Section 9: Gravity Forms
Section 9 Intro
00:16
Contact Form
06:31
Bonus: Jetpack Contact Form
03:03
Sell Downloadable Products
12:42
Sell One-on-One Sessions
09:24
Add an opt-in
08:55
02:34

Here's the code to copy+paste:

.gform_wrapper .top_label input.medium {

width: 95%!important;

}

.gform_wrapper .top_label textarea.textarea {

width: 95%!important;

}

.widget-area ul li {

border-bottom: none;

padding: 0 0 5px 5px;

}

Section 10: Finishing touches
Section 10 Intro
00:31
Social Icons
04:35
Website tweaks
12:37
Super-basic SEO
08:42
Section 11: Wrap up
Double-check everything
03:04
Launch + Thank you!
00:46

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Instructor Biography

Erin Flynn, WordPress Website Designer

Hey! I'm Erin and I'm a handmade-loving, small-business supporting, blogger and web designer. I've been making websites since 1999, and I've been self employed since 2012!

I make a living creating awesome sites for small businesses that focus on selling their products and services. Nothing makes me happier than helping someone else's small business dreams come true via a great website!

I also love to teach others how to build functional websites, manage their websites, and build confidence and expertise with both their own websites or sites they've made for others.

I specialize in WordPress and the Genesis Framework, and love working with both.

When I'm not making websites, I'm blogging, crafting, cooking, or going on adventures.

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