How to Start a WordPress Blog - Complete Beginners Guide!
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How to Start a WordPress Blog - Complete Beginners Guide!

Create your own blog in 2017 and Start blogging today! No Code, No Html. Complete Drag n Drop Builder.
4.3 (110 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,807 students enrolled
Created by Hogan Chua
Last updated 1/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of my course, students will be able to create their own blog, add blog posts, customize how they want their blog to look, start collecting emails and setting up Google Adsense.
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Requirements
  • No prior experience necessary
  • No tech skills, coding, html, css required
  • A PC or Mac is required
  • No expensive software is required - will be using WordPress (which is free) and Premium Theme (included for free)
Description

This isn't a course on how to write a viral blog posts or what you should blog about. Sadly, you'll have to figure out yourself.

Okay, then what is this course about?

This is a simple 2 hour course which teaches you to make a unique, totally customisable blog in WordPress (self hosted version i.e. best long term option and what top bloggers such as Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income uses.). 

Whats Unique About this Course?

Alot of tutorials, courses - show you how to add in blog posts and set it up with a theme. However, I found out the hard way, although thats easy - but in the long term it's not a great option. Cause you can't easily change the way it looks, unless you know code or if you switch the theme (when you switch themes, it's like moving houses - very time consuming cause you have to re-arrange everything again!)

This is different, you have more control, you can finally make a blog similar to what your favourite blog looks like. And it's much easier, cause we are using a front-end drag n drop builder to arrange the layout. 

So in this tutorial, I'm going to show you from start to finish, which platform you should choose, how to setup your blog and get it up and running then I'm going to show you how to configure the settings, build you blog, add in blog posts and even add in Google Adsense (so you can start making some passive income). 

Get started now!



Who is the target audience?
  • This is NOT for anyone who wants to learn how to build a blog using HTML, CSS etc
  • Anyone who wants to start a blog (for fun or to make passive income)
  • Anyone who want to create blogs for clients and charge $$$ for it
  • Anyone who just wants to learn the skill!
  • Anyone who want to have a blog up and running within a few hours!
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
01:53:20
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Let's Start
32 Lectures 01:53:22

View the demo blog here: http://blogsitedemo.com/

Introduction to Course
02:36

In this lecture, I go through which blogging platform you should choose to start your blog on & Why WordPress is the best long term option.

Which Platform Should You Choose?
02:17

We will go through, the steps in completing this steps and what you need to get started. (i.e Domain name and hosting)

Overview
01:22

For Hosting Discount: Copy http://www.hostgator.com/promo/hogan and paste into browser and hit ENTER.

I show you step by step exactly where and how to get your domain name (web address) and hosting (where all your blog/website files are stored so people all around the world can visit it 24/7/365)

Get Domain Name & Hosting
04:38

We'll go through how to install WordPress, step by step.

Install WordPress & Login
03:14

We'll go through how to configure basic WordPress settings, so you can move onto the fun stuff!

Configure Basic Settings
02:04

We go through how to add pages to your blog. For example, about, home, contact and blog page.

Add Pages
01:32

We go through how to download, install and activate the Theme (which includes the drag n drop builder). I also recommend downloading the Images to follow along with the course.

Note: Please download the Theme (Do Not, Unzip) and Images (Unzip, all images to follow along are in there).

If you have any troubles visit: http://hoganchua.com/faq or drop me a question :)

Install Theme
03:32

Plugins are basically an application which enhances the functionality of your WordPress Blog. For example, Apps on your phone, such as instagram, facebook, productivity apps. Plugins are the same but for websites/blogs.

We use the following plugins in this blog:

1. Contact form 7

2. Easy Facebook Likebox

3. Google Analytics Dashboard for WP

4. Instagram Feed

5. Mailchimp for WordPress

6. Social Sharing by Danny

Install Plugins
03:25

Setting in Static Homepage (this page will be your homepage permanently)

Set Static Homepage
01:17

We'll go through the Theme (Themify Settings), which includes setting the appearance of your blog and layouts!

Themify Settings
04:24

We'll go through how to add your social links to your blog. For example, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube or any social account you may have.

Add Social Links
02:41

We'll go through how to set up your Menu Navigation.

Set in Menu Navigation
01:42

We'll go through where to add in your Logo and the Favicon (the little icon on your browser tab).

Add Logo/Favicon
04:57

I'll show you where to get amazing free HQ images for your blog - which can be used for commercial/personal purposes and show you how to crop it perfectly.

Get Free Images & Crop to Perfect Fit
04:28

I'll show you how to Add in a Hero Image/Slider and Text for your Homepage.

Row #1 - Add Hero Image + Text
11:16

I'll show you how to add in Blog Posts (which includes text, links, images and video). And then we'll the blog posts it to our homepage. 

Note: You can customize how it displays, which is super awesome!

Add in Blog Posts (& Add Post Module)
09:32

I'll give you a brief overview on how to use the Slider, Gallery and Video Module.

Note: There are also dozens of other modules, but these are probably the ones you will use most :)

Overview of Slider/Gallery/Video Module
02:37

I'll quickly show you some really important features of this amazing builder! (such as redo, undo, save revisions and more)

Important Features of Builder
01:39

Mailchimp is a an email marketing software, which helps you collect emails, manage email and do email marketing campaigns. It's free to sign up, and I'll show you how to connect it to your blog :)

Setup MailChimp (Email Opt In)
05:52

I'll show you how to add a profile picture to your blog (sidebar), this is great to introduce yourself to your audience straight away and build that trust.

Add Profile Picture
02:52

I'll show you how to add Featured Posts (With Thumbnails or Without) to your Blog Sidebar.

Add in Featured Posts
01:02

I'll show you how to connect your twitter to your WordPress blog - so you can display your tweets or re-tweets etc.

Twitter Feed
02:58

I'll show you how to connect your facebook fan page to your WordPress Blog, so people can like it, view your recent posts and more.

Facebook Like Box
01:03

If you have Instagram, then I'll show you how you can display your Instagram feed onto your blog. So people can check out your Instagram page, like it images or follow you too.

Instagram Feed
02:20

Google Adsense basically allows you to display ads which are relevant to your visitor and if they click it, you earn a small commission/fee. I'll basically show you how to add it to your Blog. You may not get many clicks now but when you blog starts getting alot of visitors - it is a source of passive income and hopefully you can make money for doing what you love :)

Google Adsense
04:16

I'll also show you how to add custom banner ads to your blog. You may have affiliate links, I'll show you how to add in an image and link it with your affiliate link. So if people click on the banner, you may get a commission from it.

Custom Banner Ad
04:07

I'll show you how to create an awesome parallax scrolling about page, this is one of the amazing features of this theme. It's simple, but it will really WOW your visitors. The skills you learn't here can be applied to any page on your Blog. (Definitely, a MUST WATCH lecture!)

Build About Page (Parallax Scrolling)
07:34

I'll also show you how to create a blog page, here you can display your blog posts in a different layout (if you wish).

Build Blog Page
02:07

I'll show you how to build a contact page, which includes adding in a Map and also Contact Form (so people can contact you directly, without opening up their email.)

Build Contact Page (Map & Contact Form)
05:58

In this lecture, I'll show you how to make your Blog "SUPER" mobile responsive. I say "SUPER" because you are able to set in a completely different layout for specific devices such as mobile or tablets. 

This means your can optimize your blog to suit the Mobile user, who is on the go or the Tablet user who normally is browsing on their couch.

This an an MAJOR advantage of this theme, so it's super important to watch this lecture and utilize it for your own blog.

How to Make it "SUPER" Mobile Responsive
03:22

Updating & Getting More Help!
00:38
About the Instructor
Hogan Chua
4.3 Average rating
109 Reviews
4,807 Students
1 Course
Website & Blog Instructor at Udemy

I am Hogan Chua, 26, from Melbourne, Australia.

Basically, I teach individuals all over the world, how to make websites/blog/ecommerce stores without using code, html or any of that complicated stuff. 

My courses are for everyday people who are not particularly looking to learn web design, code, html and css and to build a professional career out of it. (although many actually do! because there are still alot of people who have money and are not the DIY type and want to delegate tasks to other people.)

These courses are more for those who want a blog, website and ecommerce shop up and running quickly, without having to hire anyone but also to have total control over the look, feel, edit whenever without complicated code.

I'm not going to saying that I'm a professional who has done this for over 10 years, cause that's not true. I've been doing this for about 2, almost 3 years. Still learning, still discovering new things and hopefully I can pass on these skills to you guys!

I first started because I was passionate about helping those like myself (wanted a website, didn't want to hire, nor had the money but wanted to control everything but without code). So I finally figured it out, with the help of Themify Drag n Drop WordPress Themes. I made my own website using the drag n drop system, absolutely loved it!

So I made a video on YouTube and that was highly successful, helping thousands probably 10's of thousands now. So here I am on Udemy, hopefully providing some more value with bonus content! (and the structure of courses, might really help you guys really understand and have fun with it!)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Cheers,

Hogan