How to Make a WordPress Website 2016

Perfect for WordPress beginners. Easily create an amazing, professional website or blog. No programming skills needed!
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Instructed by Saad Hamadi, MBA Design / Web Design
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Here's what some students are saying about this course:

"Really the best course for the money! I'm just about done building my website, and I'm very happy with how it's all coming together." - Sam McLaurin

"Excellent course! Saad pulls no punches. He dives right in and starts building a great website. I don't think that I need to elaborate on how amazing the end result website looks, but the clear, step by step approach and the high definition resolution are things I wish were standard for all other Udemy courses". - Alex Fisher

"Saad, this is an excellent course and I am using it to get my own website designed and then up and running once I finish all the copy for the pages". - Mike Hulme

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This course teaches you how to build a professional website, using the popular WordPress platform. The website you'll be building incorporates design elements that are inspired by websites belonging to some multi-Billion dollar companies, such as Apple, Uber, AirBnB, and other big companies.

Just start this course, and in about 3 hours you will be able to create the same awesome website we are going to be creating together. Everything is FREE, except for the domain name and the hosting plan, which are needed by every website, but they are also fairly inexpensive. The website will cost less than $12.96 to start, and this price includes the domain registration for an entire year, as well as the first month of hosting. After that, there will be a recurring monthly fee for hosting. And depending on your plan, the monthly hosting fee starts at around $5/month).

Take advantage of what I think is one of the best WordPrss courses on Udemy. This website will be built using the most up to date (2016) versions of popular plugins, and it will use one of the most popular themes on WordPress.

In this course, you will not only build an amazing website, but you will optimize it even before it is launched, so that by the time the site is ready to go live, your site will be off to a great launch. The course consists of 7 sections, containing over 33 lectures. Lectures are easy to follow and the screen-cast was conducted using a high definition resolution.

You should take this course if you want to create an awesome website for yourself or your business, but also if you want to get started with search engine optimization, since building the website is only half the battle. By the time you get done, you will have a website that rivals those of well respected companies.

This course will be updated regularly to make sure that every bit of information remains relevant, because the digital world is fast moving.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer and about 3 hours of your time. Absolutely no programming skills needed!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build an amazing, professional WordPress website, with absolutely no programming skills needed.
  • Have an optimized website, even before the site goes live.

What is the target audience?

  • Businesses of all kinds, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, consultants, coaches, trainers, Udemy instructors, digital marketing experts who are good with marketing, but not as good with programming, and anyone who wants to build the ultimate professional website.

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: Tour of the website YOU are about to create
10:16

In this lecture, we go on a tour of the website we're about to start building. Everything you see in this lecture is everything you, yourself, will be able to create on your own, once you're done with this course.

Section 2: Get Domain & hosting
08:46

In this lecture, we'll be getting our domain name and hosting plan for the website. These two elements are a must for any website. This step is as simple as filling out a standard billing form, and then clicking on "Check Out."

01:37

In this lecture we check our email that contains the link to the cPanel. We enter the cPanel and find the QuickInstall icon, which allows us to install WordPress. We then install WordPress. And we just wait for our website to come to life :)

Section 3: Install WordPress and the website theme
Install and Log Into WordPress
01:59
01:29

In this lecture we take car of a couple house keeping items.

03:51

In this lecture we will install our theme, which is what will give our website the amazing look and feel that it has.

02:22

In this lecture we will be creating a child theme, which will ensure that our customizations will be safe from future WordPress updates.

01:20

In this lecture we will be creating (not building) the first two pages of our website.

10:42

In this lecture we will be adding our 3 image sliders with their corresponding text headlines and sub-headlines, we then customize the whole website theme. We customize the colors, the fonts, the footer, the blog, and a few other things.

07:31

In this lecture I show you how to make a custom logo and favicon.

01:08

In this lecture we upload our logo and favicon.

Section 4: Build the Home Page
05:41

In this lecture we start building our Home Page, by adding the first section (Our Services).

03:47

In this lecture we continue building our Home Page, by adding the second section, which contains a message. It's titled "What We Do."

05:46

In this lecture, we create our third section of the home page, which contains "Two Call To Actions."

01:41

In this lecture we build the video section of the home page.

02:44

In this lecture we create the last section located just above the footer. This section contains a call to action.

Section 5: Create other pages, menus and submenus
17:25

In this lecture, we create the "About" page, which, itself, consists of 4 sections. We start with the first section that contains an office image, then add the second section, which consists of a few paragraphs, then we add the third section, which has 3 images, and we finally add a call to action to the page, right above the footer section.

07:06

In this lecture, we create the "Contact Us" page, which contains all of our contact information, including the address, the email, the phone numbers, as well as an embeded Google Maps box, which is helpful for mobile device navigation purposes. We then add a contact form, which can be filled out and sent to us.

05:10

In this lecture, we create our header menu. However, the submenus will be created in a later lecture.

06:50

In this lecture, we create our Gallery page, which features a beautiful gallery of 20 images. For this purpose, we also need to install a very cool plugin, which will help us set our gallery.

12:19

In this lecture we build our testimonials page, which contains 4 sections. The cool thing about this lecture is that you get to learn how to add clients, as well as post videos. The testimonials slider features 3 selected testimonials from our dummy clients. Of course, the number can be increased if you wish that you wanted to do that.

06:50

In this lecture I show you how to build 4 regular web pages. After this lecture, you will never have a problem adding any pages to your website.

07:11

In this lecture we add "Our Employees" page, which features 6 employees. Of course, this number can be changed.

04:13

Here's where we create our submenus all at once, and we add them as drop downs to our main header menu.

Section 6: Super-charge the website with social media and email marketing
04:09

In this lecture, we add 5 social media buttons, corresponding the major social media platforms. We add our social media profiles to each one, so that people can click on them and be taken to the corresponding social media platform.

13:17

Email marketing is king, and it provides the highest return over investment, so adding an opt-in form is one of the greatest ways you can harness the power of email marketing. In this lecture, we add an opt-in form, we then set up email solution with Mailchimp, before we connect both services.

In the process of doing both, I show how you to create a professional email at your domain name.

06:21

In this lecture, we populate our blog with 6 blog posts, each containing a featured image. Our blog page contains nicely laid out posts, because when customizing the website we chose the masnory grid style.

02:58

In this lecture, we go back to finish our last section of the Home Page, the one we had to delay until we populate our blog with some posts.

Section 7: Customize the sidebar, the footer section and optimize the pages
06:26

In this lecture, we customize the sidebar, by adding two awesome plugins. One of them has a Facebook like box, which allows people to like our page by simply clicking the "Like" button from within the page. And the second plugin displays the recent 3 posts from our blog posts, so website visitors can access them easily. Of course, this number can be modified to be more or less than 3.

04:44

In this lecture, I show you how to modify the lowest part of the footer, which contains a copyright message with a clickable link that has our website link.

01:49

In this lecture, we add some optional customizations by installing a custom CSS code. You don't need to do this, because the website looks great without them, although I think it looks tad better when adding them.

05:54

In this lecture, we add our SEO plugin. This is what's going to help us optimize our website, so we can have search engine friendly pages and posts, before we even launch.

13:34

In this lecture, you'll be able to optimize each static page or dynamic post on your website, so search engines can start to rank your website higher. This is because one of the main goals of having a website is to be able to generate a lot of traffic to the site, and hopefully convert a good portion of the visitors into engaging customers (i.e. buyers or subscribers), or in the case of non-profits (donors, activists or cause enthusiasts).

This lecture is very important, so please make sure you follow through.

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Instructor Biography

Saad Hamadi, MBA, Business Coach, Entrepreneur, Digital Marketing Expert

As a serial entrepreneur and a digital marketer, I spend most of my time learning and applying strategies on how to maximize ROI for marketing, as well as implementing the best strategies to fuel business growth.

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2004, from the University of Nouakchott (Mauritania). In 2012, I completed a Masters in Business Administration (Marketing concentration), at the University of Scranton, PA.

All my knowledge and experience now gets applied to Digital Marketing and Growth Hacking. I joined Udemy because I think it's an educational revolution, in that it allows the students not only to learn at their own paste, but actually LEARN something of value that they can often start applying right after the course consumption. How about that for a great ROI?

I am working on more courses that are still in the pipeline, so stay tuned.


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