Welcome to Discover you build your website , where I’ll take you through the entire process of creating your own website, from scratch. My name is Daniel Lombard and I’m a business analyst and have worked in software development for the last 10 years.
I'll help you build your website is an introduction course to create a website or blog with no previous website building experience. I am a person just like you, wanting to learn to build a website for a blog of mine. I have been trolling through hours and hours of youtube videos. I created this course so you don’t need to troll through all those videos and help you overcome the mistakes that I made.
Because our aim is to get you to build a quality blog with no coding knowledge necessary I will go take you through the different aspects of a website, from choosing a website name, installing your website, understanding how to navigate through the backend of your website all the way to pages and posts. Towards the end of the course, I will also show you how to customize your website so you know how you can make the website individual to you.
This course is designed for a person with a passion for building their own website, however, have little or no knowledge of building a website. If you are a beginner with lite computer knowledge, computer with the internet then this course is for you. This course is not for you if you have knowledge and experience of building websites.
Thanks for your interest in I'll help you build your website, I hope you’re as excited as I am! If you’re ready to learn more and sign up for the course, go ahead and hit that Enroll button, or take a test drive by using the Free Preview feature. See you in the course.
Welcome the "I'll help you build your first website". This lecture is designed to outline the benefits you will receive during the course which includes:
Follow through on this course to build your site from start to finish with no or little web building experience.
In this lecture, I will take you through the Udemy interface that will help you through navigating the course. I will outline how to use the Udemy Dashboard so you can easily make bookmarks in your course and also ask questions if you have too.
This lesson will explore two options for you to brainstorm a name and to see if the name is available to purchase.
The two ways that you will explore your website name is:
The domain is the address people use to get to your site. For example, Nuts and Bolts Media’s domain is nutsandboltsmedia.com. You can register a domain with any number of registrars or providers – basically you pay an annual fee to use that particular web address. If you stop paying, someone else can use the domain instead. In this lesson, you will learn how to register your chosen website name. You will follow step by step how to register the name that youchosen in the previous step.
Hosting service is a service where your actual files for your website will be hosted. These files are required to be put into some space that the hosting service provides.
So now that you have a website name registered with a registrar for your website address and a hosting company that can host your website files you are required to tell the registrar to point to your website on the hosting server when a potential visitor type your URL in. Basically, hosting your website is like playing a “CD”; let’s assume the CD player or hardware is your website domain, and the CD represent your hosting company. When you put your CD in the player and press play the CD tells that player “hey this is the music I want you to play”. You can take the CD out and replace it and the new CD will produce the music on that CD. The hardware stays the same but the sound changes. This is the same way your website interacts with your domain name.
The way you ask your domain name to show the files for your website is by changing the DNS settings to point to your hosting site.
In this lesson you will:
Once you created webspace with your hosting company, you can go and upload an installation of WordPress on the hosting suppliers server.
This is an overview of the WordPress Backend where you will be making changes to customise your site. This section will look at:
In this lecture you will be setting up a Gravatar. This is to build social trust for your site and put a face to the website that you are creating.
In this lesson we start diving deeper into the settings thats available to customise our site. Reading settings are used to setup your site in a way that you wish your users to see your content.
Following on the settings for your site you will make some changes to the discussion settings on your site and how you want visitors to your site to interact with the pages and posts that you are creating.
WordPress come with pre-installed formats for the links to your sites. This means that a visitor might not be intuitively able to type the web address into the website bar to land on the required page. In this section you will explore the options available to set your webaddress links up so it makes sense to your visitors.
This lesson is an overview of plugins and how to install plugins.
Plugins are used to enhance your website in many ways. This is a overview how you will:
In this lesson you will get a overview of the pre-installed items in WordPress and how to clear your site ready for your to add content too.
This section explores the difference between posts and pages and when to use pages on your site and when to use posts.
This lesson is where you will actually create a page. In this lesson you will explore the What You See Is What You Get WYSIWYG editor that comes with Wordpress.
In this lesson you will explore the media library, were all media content is hosted for your site. You will explore:
Post categories are important to structure your content correctly therefore this section will explore the categorie settings in WordPress.
It is important to let the world wide web know that your content has been created and hopefully get a few hits on your website once you start publishing content. Update services will do just that, spread the word for your therefore follow these steps to update your services.
This lesson starts looking at some plugins that you will use. The first is a plugin that will be used to create all your legal pages. Pages that we will cover are:
A contact us page is easy to setup with the plugin covered in the lesson.
Security is important. In this lesson, I will cover step by step how to secure your site and hopefully secure your site against hackers.
Use these steps to add security to your site. The step by set guide will take you through updating your user detail in the database.
Spamming can become a real pain in the neck however with this plugin you will hopefully be able to take care of those spammers.
A sitemap is very important for your site. This plugin will be used to generate your sitemap so Google and other search engines can easily see what content is available on your site.
In this lecture you are required to inform Google of your XML map that you have set up previously. Follow the steps to register your website on the Google Console and inform Google of your XML map.
NOTE: In this lecture I am demonstrating the google analytics as a verification method, therefore, follow the steps for a google analytics account in the resources section.
In this lesson we will be lookng futher into when to use static pages or posts for the front page, with real examples to help define the best way to present your website.
If you require a logo or wish to add an header image to the stite, this lesson will take you through the steps:
Navigation through your site is important therefore, you can make use of menus to make your site user-friendly. This lesson looks at the menu function provided with WordPress. It's a introduction on how to use menus.
Widgets are used to add different content to your website in different places. This lesson will look at widgets and bring the menu items from the previous lesson into widgets therefore combining widgets and menus.
In this lesson we will be changing the theme from the standard theme that comes pre-intalled with WordPress and add -
From time to time themes are being updated therefore it's important that you update your theme. In this lesson we will actually update an outdate theme.
With google analytics you are able to track your website traffic. This information can be extremely valuable for your to start understanding user behaviours on your site. This can direct some of your marketing efforts and help you with improving your site for higher volumes.
Use the steps to follow through how to setup google analytics on your site.
From time to time you will be required to remove a plugin in the root folder. This step by step guide will assist you in
My Personal Aim
I aim to help people, throughout life in what ever knowledge I have I like to empart my knowledge to anyone who wish to listen.
From my early career in Hotels Management through to my current role as a Business Analyst, I have always had a passion to train people. I have a natural knack to just give information out to people whether asked for or volantary.
As an Business Analyst I get to understand the requirements provided to me and I get to understand how to distribute that knowledge to a wider audience. I like being part of change projects and as a business analyst I get to be invovled in the full project cycle and understand the implication of the change on people.
On a personal level, I love traveling which is one of my biggest passions, this prompted me to start a travel blog. Since then I have build a large number of websites and some commercially.