All freelancers and business owners need their own website. You may have heard that quite often, and in most cases, this good advice comes with a quite high price tag.
The Instructor is a Web-Developer who builds and modifies websites for clients using WordPress: "When I realized that people are paying me a lot of money, to add more functionality to their sites or to change their layout, I asked myself, how many people could use WordPress for themselves, if they don't need all these special features and designs."
As a small business, you want to be found on the internet by the popular search engines like Google? Sure, you can do that, if you your address into some online directory or on Facebook.
This is a step in the right direction, but the layout and the content that you can add are quite restricted.
This class will show you, how you can set up your own website for free. You will need to get some paid web hosting later, but you can get started with some free hosting, to follow all the steps in this class.
You will also learn, why I decided to use WordPress for this class, why WordPress is so special and why you can use it for free.
You don't need to have any technical knowledge, to follow this class. If you can watch this video, you already have all what is needed: A computer and access to the internet.
After you have installed your WordPress site, you want to improve the design and the functionality.
You will learn how to select a theme and essential plugins that you will need to make your site more appealing.
Anatomy of a website.
How to get a theme for your site.
How to get plugins for your site.
How to handle updates.
How to set up pages.
How to set up posts.
How to adjust the layout of your site.
How to add a contact page with contact form.
How to add a Google map.
How to set up an about-us page with the team plugin.
How to add social buttons to link to your social sites.
How to add share buttons to your posts, so that users can share your content.
How to set up a sidebar widget for a MailChimp mailing list.
How to add a Photo Gallery.
How to add a Photo Slider.
How to add watermarks to your images.
How to backup and restore your WordPress site.
This will test your understanding of website anatomy
Will check if you understood what a theme is.
This will test your knowledge about Plugins
This test will check what you learned about WordPress updates.
This will check what you learned about adding pages.
This will test your knowledge about WordPress posts.
This will check, what you can remember from the video on site layout.
We are all eager to see what you can accomplish so far. So please show us your new site.
This will test your knowledge about Widgets.
This will check your knowledge about the contact page.
This will test your knowledge from the videos in the about-us page section.
This will test your knowledge about adding sharing buttons
This will show you a quick introduction for this section.
This lecture shows how to set up a gallery page with the built-in WordPress gallery function. It's a pretty basic one, but it don't need any special plugins.
Here you will see, how you can use an easy-to-use plugin, to build your individual photo galleries.
Here you will see, how you can change some settings, to make your gallery page look more appealing.
This will check your knowledge about the photo gallery lessons.
Are you concerned about image theft?
If you are using your own pictures or your own creative work on a website, everybody can steal your photos or images that you show there.
Unfortunately, there is no technical method to avoid that. Even with some special plugins that make it harder to copy a picture, it's still possible.
So it makes sense, to watermark your creative work so that at least your name and copyright will be in the picture. But that's a lot of extra work, right?
Not so if you use a WordPress plugin, that can automate this tedious task. Just upload your images as usual and let the plugin do the work.
I started computer programming back in 1988 when I created my first software with BASIC, Turbo Pascal and later in C++.
My primary domain in development was always database development, and I was a freelancer who created custom software for individual clients.
When the Internet came up with the World Wide Web and cheap web hosting for everybody, I switched over to Web-Development, which I started by learning PHP. I did some custom web software for my clients, using PHP as scripting language and MySQL as database software.
In 2010 I started using WordPress as blogging and content management platform and specialized in creating and modifying themes and plugins for this software.
Currently, I'm working as a freelancer, using job platforms like UpWork and codeable to find new projects with international clients.
I also write eBooks about WordPress and produce instructional videos that I offer on youTube, SkillShare and Udemy