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How to Make an Online Portfolio Website from Scratch

Learn how to create a portfolio website using WordPress. Showcase your photography, graphics, or other work. No coding.
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12,074 students enrolled
Created by Hoku Ho
Last updated 4/2016
English
Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn to add Pinterest style image posts
Learn to add albums and photo galleries
Learn to add About Me, Frequently Asked Questions, and Get in Touch Pages
Learn to add a contact form as well as tap-to-call / tap-to-email buttons for mobile
Learn to categorize images / posts and add a search bar
Learn to choose the right domain name for your site
Learn to get your web hosting set up
Learn how to create a subdomain for a development site
Learn how to install WordPress
Learn how to create your own portfolio website from scratch!
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Requirements
  • Any computer with internet access
  • You'll need the WordPress software, but don't worry, it's free and we'll show you how to install it in the course!
  • No coding or prior experience required
Description

Learn how to create a beautiful, portfolio website, in just one hour. This course is great for photographers, graphic designers, or anyone else who wants to showcase their work online, and acquire new clients.

We’ll create an actual portfolio website using WordPress. You’ll see how everything is done, step by step, from start to finish. No experience and no coding required.

The site will include the following features:

  • image posts
  • photo galleries
  • about me page
  • frequently asked questions page
  • get in touch (contact me) page
  • contact form
  • responsive image lightbox
  • search bar
  • category pages for images and posts
  • one tap call button on mobile
  • one tap email button on mobile

In addition, the website is completely responsive, so it'll look good on any screen, tablet, or smartphone.

Never built a website before? Don’t have computer science degree? No worries, we’ll start from absolute zero. You’ll learn how to register a domain name, set up web hosting, and install WordPress (in other words, everything you need to get your site live on the internet). This course is a great intro to WordPress, and since we’ll build with WordPress, you won’t need to know html, css, javascript, php, ruby… you get the idea.

WordPress is perfect for building a portfolio website. You’ll be able to get the site up and running quickly, adding content is a cinch, and you can maintain everything on the site on your own. We’ll be using Fukasawa WordPress theme, which is incredibly beautiful, easy to use, and best of all… it’s completely free!

If you want to display your photography, graphics, designs, or any other work on your own custom website, then this is the course for you. We’ve cut out the fluff, so that you can get your portfolio website online as quickly is possible. Now go get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Photographers, graphic designers, artists, freelancers, or anyone who wants to showcase their work online
  • Anyone who wants to create an online portfolio website
  • Anyone who wants to learn the basics of WordPress
  • Anyone looking to get started in web development
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Curriculum For This Course
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Intro
2 Lectures 04:39
Course Intro
02:01

Intro to WordPress
02:38
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Getting Started
8 Lectures 16:18
Getting Started Intro
01:16

What is a Domain Name?
01:17

How to Register a Domain Name
02:02

What is Web Hosting?
01:05

You'll see how to sign up for web hosting at the cheapest possible price.

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How to Get the Cheapest Web Hosting
04:32

How to Connect your Domain and Web Host
01:17

How to Install WordPress
03:03

How to Change HostGator and WordPress Passwords
01:46
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Customizing the Site
12 Lectures 29:46
Deleting Default Plugins
01:16

Installing the Fukasawa Theme
01:38

Adding Image Posts
05:00

Adding Photo Gallery Posts
04:35

Adding Lightbox Plugin
02:51

Categories
01:23

Adding About Me Page
01:41

Adding Frequently Asked Questions Page
01:16

Adding Get in Touch Page
03:20

Logo
00:46

Widgets
01:56

Mobile Call & Email Plugin
04:04
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Conclusion
3 Lectures 01:33
Additional Learning Resources
01:01

Conclusion
00:32

Discounts
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About the Instructor
4.4 Average rating
1,474 Reviews
39,468 Students
7 Courses
Web Developer, Designer

I design and develop mobile apps and websites. I got started by designing wireframes and mockups in Adobe Illustrator for an iPhone app company I co-founded in college. That company grew to over 600,000 app installs worldwide. I then learned about HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Javascript, and WordPress while building the site Well Gifted, which reached 10,000 new, unique visitors in its first month. I was especially impressed with WordPress because of the ease of use and speed of development. I have since started teaching others how to make beautiful websites from scratch using WordPress.

Here is what some of my students are saying:

“This course was extremely helpful for me. I went from having no experience whatsoever to having my own website in 2 days. It's invaluable for anyone who's thinking of setting up a WordPress website and doesn't have any prior knowledge. The production is great - engaging and informative. I love the way that each bite-sized video automatically loads the next one. Each video is just a few minutes long - so it's not overwhelming. And you even get to know how far along you are in the course as you advance through the lessons. Asking questions is easy through the discussions option - I've asked several 'silly' questions and had them answered quickly and helpfully. You rock Hoku - thank you”

-David Miller

“Very good course on the subject. And what's even better is the support from Hoku. When presenting your 'problem', he answers prompt the solution. This is how all courses should be. Chapeau”

-Herman Bos

“If you've ever wanted to know how to put up a professional looking website in record time without hiring anyone, this is the course. I'm experienced in setting up WordPress sites, but this course has introduced me to information and techniques that I did not know. Wonderful!”

-Scott Ames

“I enjoyed this course and learned a lot from it. Hoku was great, answered questions quickly and was very responsive. I recommend this course for anyone wanting to get started with WordPress.”

-Susan Pittman

“The course is very easy to follow, and Hoku is extremely helpful and active. I never find myself growing impatient while going through the lectures as I do with some other courses because Hoku gets right to the point while still making sure not to move too fast which is great for beginners. I definitely recommend this course.”

-Justin Del Toro

“I've really enjoyed taking this course, it's very comprehensive and covers a range of different websites that can be created in WordPress. The tutor is clear and easy to follow with the steps to take easily followed and the video and audio quality of the course is great.”

-Wayne Waite

“Your courses are like one-stop solution to struggling unemployed people to make cool self-intro websites with awesome plugins within minutes. I love your tuts and hope to do more. Cheers.”

-Ramki M

“Before I took this course I knew nothing about building a website or Wordpress. This course exceeded my expectations. Hoku explained things very clearly, and he spoke slowly so I could take notes. He's very good at explaining the technical parts and his thought process. I highly recommend this course!”

-Dar Firmade

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