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!
View the demo blog here: http://blogsitedemo.com/
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.
We will go through, the steps in completing this steps and what you need to get started. (i.e Domain name and hosting)
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)
We'll go through how to install WordPress, step by step.
We'll go through how to configure basic WordPress settings, so you can move onto the fun stuff!
We go through how to add pages to your blog. For example, about, home, contact and blog page.
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 :)
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
Setting in Static Homepage (this page will be your homepage permanently)
We'll go through the Theme (Themify Settings), which includes setting the appearance of your blog and layouts!
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.
We'll go through how to set up your Menu Navigation.
We'll go through where to add in your Logo and the Favicon (the little icon on your browser tab).
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.
I'll show you how to Add in a Hero Image/Slider and Text for your Homepage.
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!
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 :)
I'll quickly show you some really important features of this amazing builder! (such as redo, undo, save revisions and more)
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 :)
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.
I'll show you how to add Featured Posts (With Thumbnails or Without) to your Blog Sidebar.
I'll show you how to connect your twitter to your WordPress blog - so you can display your tweets or re-tweets etc.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!)
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).
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.)
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.
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!