Learn everything you need to create stunning websites from start to finish, using some of the simplest yet powerful tools available.
Discover how to Create Websites in a Quick, Easy and Enjoyable way.
Clarity in the process of building websites
You’ll be guided through the process of building an incredible website. You will discover simple intuitive tools that enable you to create webpages with no need for any coding.
You’ll set up your site and create content with ease. All major areas are explained thoroughly and give you a good understanding of the process.
This course is designed to give you the background information you need to understand the whole process. Every step of the way is clearly shown so you can follow along at your own pace.
Starting with buying a domain name and setting up a hosting account you will be walked through how to create your own unique email addresses before installing Wordpress on your site. Then you will have a guided tour of Wordpress so you are comfortable with the many tools you have at your disposal.
You will be shown how to purchase and install the Monstroid Wordpress theme and discover the incredible control you gain over the look, feel and functionality of your site.
You then get fully aquainted with the MotoPress Content Editor which gives you a very fast and easy way to layout content for your site.
You will learn about the important topic of responsive web design and be shown how to incorporate it into your design.
Upon course completion you will have a new found confidence in web development and have the tools necessary to create successful websites for yourself or others.
The overview of the main ingredients to websites and how they work together. We cover...
We use Name Cheap to find and buy our very own domain name.
A full run through of setting up a hosting account to host our website. We will use Hostgator who provide a very affordable and reliable service.
Here we use CPanel to set up email addresses that use the domain name of your new website to give a professinal image to your clients.
A step by step walk through of how to install Wordpress onto your site. We use the quick install directly from CPanel.
First look at Wordpress. A tour of the main areas and how to efficiently switch between the front end and back end of your website.
The first edits to our site. We go through how to use the customizer to make some very basic edits and see the results instantly.
A good look at how themes work and how they are installed in Wordpress. We try the themes that come pre-installed as well as download a third party theme and activate it.
Posts and Pages are the backbone of Wordpress. In this lecture we go through how to create them, edit them and how they are displayed on your website.
Here we look at how to create, edit and manage menus in Wordpres, giving your visitors a way to navigate your site.
Wordpress has many settings. Here we go through some fundamental ones that are worth looking at.
Plugins allow you to insert functionality into your site. We will downlaod a new plugin and see how it integrates into Wordpress. We will then deactivate it and delete it so you have the ability to keep your site lean and not bloated.
It's tie to go and get the theme that will do all the heavy lifting for your new site, Monstroid. We will purchase Monstroid from Template Monster.
Here we look at how easy it is to install the Monstroid theme. We also discuss whether to install the sample data or not.
In this lecture we will have a look at what was installed with the Monstroid theme. There's lots to look at but with an idea of where the main things are kept we can be efficient when editing our new site.
Learn how to quickly and easily put up an 'Under Construction' page so visitors to your site can't see anything before it's ready to publish.
Our first look at some real editing of our website. Here you will learn where all the settings are for editing your headers and footers.
Layout options are very important as they structure every page on your site. Here we look at the site wide options for page layouts.
Here we look at controlling the breadcrumbs on our site so visitors can easily see where they are and how to navigate to other areas.
A quick look at how to remove two functions you may not want on your site that come activated by default.
An explanation of what the MotoPress Content Editor is and what it does for your site.
As the MotoPress plugins are premium products we need to register them. This is a simple process using the serial numbers that were emailed to you when purchasing Monstroid.
Let's go and use MotoPress! Laying out objects on a page from scratch gives you a chance to see the power at your fingertips.
Here we look at the important underlying grid system that every web page is built on. We look at how rows and columns are used together to control the structure of our content.
Dragging and Dropping sounds easy but it can be frustrating in MotoPress if you don't know where to drop things. In this lecture we will go through how objects are laid out when they are dropped in various places.
It's tie to look at putting some different types of content on our pages. We start building the 'Our Info' page to practise organising content.
We continue to build the 'Our Info' page by finding more advanced content to layout.
We continue the development of the 'Our Info' page and look at advanced content such as video and maps.
Web sites need to be responsive these days with no exceptions. Here we look at what that actually means and see them in action.
To understand how to create responsive web pages we need to know a little more about the grid system that underpins our layouts. Here we find out about the 12 blocks that make up each row.
Now we know about the grid system we can use MotoPress to decide how our content will change on different screen sizes.
This is a practice at using the skills we have learnt in this section by making the 'Our Info' page responsive.
Our site is built on shortcodes so here we look at what they are and why they are not that scary.
In this lecture we will practise putting a few shortcodes onto a page.
Thank you so much for joining me in this course. Remember to give any suggestions for further content in the discussions area.
Happy site building!
After graduating with a Music Technology degree I found a love of learning all things technical. I have been developing Filemaker databases since 2010 and using Wordpress since 2006. I continue to realise that anything is possible on these simple and powerful platforms. With a strong background in teaching I now find myself itching to help people learn how to take control of their own websites and data rather than pay huge amounts to companies that promise the earth and deliver very little.
I currently work for Cambridge Kung Fu, in the UK, leading a kids education programme for over 600 students that teaches life skills through play. I also run the IT infrastructure for the business using self syncing mobile devices on the Filemaker platform.
Media production is another area of specialty for me having spent two winter seasons in France making videos of skiers and boarders.