How to Make a Website Without Coding- WordPress & Web Skills

Learn WordPress by making a blog, resume/portfolio, and business website from scratch. No coding or experience required.
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  • Lectures 123
  • Length 9 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

What if you could learn to make a blog, portfolio, or business website over the weekend? Without prior experience and without writing code.

Now you can.

Learn by making 3 different websites

You'll learn how to get your website live on the internet (registering a domain name, hosting, etc.), how to use WordPress [dot] org, and other web tips like making a logo and SEO basics.

Then we'll actually build 3 different websites together, step by step, from start to finish. We'll make a blog, a business site, and an online resume/portfolio. Each website is completely responsive, so it will look good on any screen, tablet, or smartphone.

To see the actual websites we're going to build in the course, check out the first video in sections 5, 6, and 7.

Some of the main things you'll learn in the course

  • how to use WordPress (dashboard, toolbar, themes, plugins, Jetpack, pages, posts, users, comments, menus, widgets)
  • how to choose the right domain name
  • how to register a domain name
  • how to set up web hosting
  • how to install WordPress
  • why use subdomains and how to set one up
  • how to set up Google Analytics
  • how to use Chrome Developer Tools
  • how to add an email capture form
  • how to add eCommerce capabilities and sell products on your site
  • where to get free, commercial-use images
  • where to get free, commercial-use web icons
  • how to make a logo
  • on-page SEO
  • off-page SEO
  • how to make sure your website looks good on any screen, tablet, or smartphone
  • the best free tools for web developers and designers
  • tons of topics explained and defined

This course is very comprehensive and packed with content so that you can learn everything you need to know to create a website. And remember, if this course doesn't provide the value you expected, you can get a full refund within 30 days.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior experience required. All you need is internet access!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn to create a business site with testimonials, clear calls to action, and eCommerce capabilities to sell products online
  • Learn to create a blog with images, video, email capture forms, and beautiful share buttons
  • Learn to create an online resume/portfolio with visual representation of skills, lightbox for displaying portfolio images, and a simple contact form for others to get in touch
  • Choose the right domain name for your site
  • Get your web hosting set up
  • Learn how to make a logo
  • Learn to optimize your website for search engines
  • Learn to add and manage content on your website
  • Learn how to use some of the best tools for web developers
  • Learn how to sell products on your website
  • Become proficient in WordPress to create websites for yourself or others
  • Learn to create responsive, mobile friendly websites

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to create a website for their business (to sell products, showcase services, or display contact info)
  • Anyone who wants to create a resume/portfolio website (to display skills, experience, and resume, or showcase past projects and portfolio items)
  • Anyone who wants to create a blog (to accompany a business site, capture emails, or as a personal blog)
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to develop websites in general
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to use WordPress to develop websites

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: Introduction to the Course
Course Introduction
Preview
02:29
Course Structure
Preview
03:56
Section 2: Getting Started
01:35

The main things we'll need to do to get a website live on the internet are:

  1. Register a Domain Name
  2. Set Up Web Hosting
  3. Install WordPress
05:49

You'll learn about domain names, what to keep in mind when choosing a name, and how to contact the owner if a domain name is already taken.

02:02

You'll see step by step how to register a domain name through NameCheap.

01:05

You'll learn what web hosting is and why it's necessary.

04:32

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

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01:17

You'll see how to connect your NameCheap domain and HostGator hosting by pointing your domain name to your web host.

03:03

You'll see how to install WordPress from the HostGator cPanel.

01:46

You're initially given randomly generated passwords for HostGator and WordPress. This lecture shows you how to change those passwords to whatever you'd like.

What is a Subdomain?
02:38
How to Set Up a Subdomain
02:49
Section 3: WordPress Overview
What is WordPress?
06:08
11:39

You'll learn the differences between WordPress[dot]org and WordPress[dot]com and when to use each. Differences such as price, hosting, flexibility, and ease of use.

03:44

The dashboard is where you go to make any changes to your website through WordPress. You'll learn how to log in to your dashboard. You'll also learn what the toolbar is and why it's useful.

05:55

You'll learn what themes are and how they affect the look and feel of your website.

09:21

You'll learn how to find the best themes through WordPress and through Google. Along the way you'll also learn about installing WordPress themes, activating them, live previewing, and demoing them, and getting them for free.

15:06

The way you customize a theme varies from theme to theme. You'll learn some of the main ways to customize a theme, see some examples of customizing a theme, and learn what to do if you can't figure out how to customize a certain theme. You'll learn about using a theme's homepage and WordPress support page to help you customize that theme.

06:28

Summarizing themes by going through an example of my process for finding and customizing a theme.

02:01

You'll learn what cache is, why it's useful to clear your cache, and how to clear it.

11:43

You'll learn what plugins are, why they're important, and how to find and install them. Then we'll install a few example plugins and play around with them.

09:03

You'll learn what widgets are, why they're important, and how to use them. This includes how to edit them, put them in different locations, and how they relate to the theme you're using. We'll also play around with a few different widgets.

03:11

Jetpack is basically a collection of useful plugins. You'll learn how to enable Jetpack and see in action.

01:25

A step by step walk-through of creating a WordPress[dot]com account (you need this account to use Jetpack).

01:42

What is Mojo Marketplace and how to deactivate it.

03:27

You'll learn what pages and posts are, and the main differences between them.

07:20

You'll learn how to add new posts and edit them. We'll make an example post to show you how to use the editor. This includes adding a title, body, picture, saving a draft, previewing the draft, and publishing the post.

02:16

We'll talk about what a post format is, how they relate to themes, and show you some of the different formats.

04:16

You'll learn what post categories are, and see how they are used.

02:51

You'll learn what post tags are, and how they are used.

05:29

You'll learn how to add new pages and edit them. This will also go over hierarchy of pages and a little bit about how they are displayed on the navigation bar.

04:41

You'll learn how to create menus or nav bars, and customize them to show what you'd like. This includes hierarchy, adding pages, posts, categories, tags and custom links. You'll also learn how to use widgets to put your menu in different places on your site like the sidebar.

04:22

You'll learn different ways to add and edit different types of media. You'll also learn more advanced options for your media like adding alt text images, galleries, and slideshows.

04:53

You'll what users are, the features surrounding them, and how to add and edit them. This includes customizing a user profile, authorship, and user roles/access.

02:00

You'll learn about the native WordPress comment system, how to change comment settings, and how to manage comments.

07:32

I prefer using Disqus to manage comments over the native WordPress comment system. I'll go over some of the advantages of using Disqus, how to get it set up on WordPress, how to edit Disqus settings, and how to manage comments on Disqus. You'll also see how examples of Disqus in action.

04:30

You'll learn what shortcode is by seeing it in action with the Animate It! Plugin.

What are child themes?
04:13
Section 4: Web Resources, Design, and SEO
05:24

If you plan on putting images on your site you should know the difference between .png, .jpg, and .gif and when to use each as explained in this video.

03:53

You'll learn what the best websites are to get free, commercial-use images and stock photos to use on your website.

01:56

Basic introduction to PicMonkey, a free photo editing alternative to Photoshop.

08:44

You'll learn how to make an icon-based logo using PicMonkey and IconMonstr. You can get free, commercial-use web icons on IconMonstr, and then add text and create a logo using PicMonkey as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

05:56

You'll learn how to make an initial or letter based logo using PicMonkey and ColourLovers.

04:08

You'll learn what the Chrome developer tools are and how to use them. I'll also go over what HTML and CSS are in very basic terms.

04:05

You'll learn what responsive web design is and how to test the responsiveness of your website on any screen.

01:36

You'll learn what SEO is, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of investing in SEO.

05:24

You'll learn about the two main ways optimize your website for search engines.

02:46

You'll learn how to use the Google Keyword Planner to find high traffic and low competition keywords for your site.

09:20

You'll learn how to optimize your pages and posts by putting the right keywords in the right places. We'll be using the Yoast WordPres SEO Plugin to do so.

09:03

Learn some basic strategies to drive traffic and build real links back to your website.

03:18

We'll sign up for Google Analytics and install the Google Analytics by Yoast Plugin to get Google Analytics connected to our website.

06:36

You'll learn what Google Webmaster Tools is and how to to get it set up. You'll also learn about XML sitemaps and how to submit one with the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.

Section 5: Creating an Online Resume/Portfolio
02:44

We'll take a look at the actual resume/portfolio website that we're going to build so that you can see all of its features.

portfolio.buildwithoutcode.com

01:59

You'll see where and how to get the Veecard Theme. Then we'll install and activate it.

02:17

You'll learn what the Easy Updates Manager Plugin is, why it's useful, and how to install and configure it.

04:23

You'll learn what the Full Screen Background Image Plugin is, why it's useful, and how to install and configure it.

02:25

We'll begin customizing the Veecard Theme by going over how to add a logo, favicon, and veecard file.

06:21

We'll change the contact info and bio on the homepage. In the process you'll learn a little trick to generate simple html code without writing it.

01:05

You'll see where to edit the fonts, colors, and texture of the theme.

00:54

We'll add icons that link to your different social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

01:41

We'll add a meta description and then you'll learn about meta tags.

04:35

You'll learn how to edit the footer for this theme through theme options and by editing the actual theme files.

01:25

We'll connect our Google Analytics account with the Google Analytics by Yoast Plugin.

05:38

We'll go over what a permalink is and change the structure of our permalinks. We'll also create a resume and portfolio page and add each to our custom menu (navigation bar).

06:08

We'll customize the resume page by adding a featured image, personal information, work experience, education, and skills.

10:12

We'll customize the portfolio page by adding portfolio items, categorizing them, installing a plugin to re-order them, and changing the amount of items displayed per page.

05:11

We'll install the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin, and optimize the homepage and resume for search engines.

03:16

We'll briefly overview our finished website and all of it's features.

Section 6: Creating a Blog
04:17

We'll take a look at the actual blog website that we're going to build so that you can see all of its features.

classblog.buildwithoutcode.com

01:43

We'll install the Sparkling Theme and then install and configure the Easy Updates Manager Plugin.

01:03

We'll connect our Google Analytics account with the Google Analytics by Yoast Plugin.

02:41

We'll install and configure the NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster Plugin. This plugin will automatically post your new blog posts to your different social networking sites.

Sidebar and social media icons
04:02
05:33

We'll customize the footer through the footer section of theme options and by editing the theme footer file.

05:17

We'll install the Disqus Comment System Plugin and get everything set up on your Disqus account. We'll also look at the different places to moderate comments.

05:57

We'll install the SumoMe plugin that allows us to put a sticky call to action button at the top of our site.

06:41

We'll install the List Builder App from the SumoMe Plugin. This enables us to have an email capture form pop-up. After installing, we'll customize this form for our website.

02:34

We'll install and look at the Scroll Box by SumoMe as an additional way to collect emails.

11:48

We'll add floating share buttons to the site. This will allow users to easily share our content on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. no matter where they are on our site.

06:46

We'll add Mashable style share buttons to the top of all blog posts through the Mashshare Plugin.

06:22

We'll install the SumoMe contact form tab which can be clicked on to open a contact us form.

05:58

We'll install the Easy Bootstrap Shortcode Plugin and go over what it is and how to use it.

12:36

We'll create a blog post which includes adding headings, links, images, captions, accordions, tags, and categories.

05:19

We'll change the permalink structure and improve our on-page SEO with the WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin.

04:17

We'll install and set up the Related Posts by Zemanta Plugin so that similar posts that we've published are suggested at the end of each post.

03:02

We'll create a custom menu and add category and custom pages.

04:39

For the left sidebar we'll get rid of the widgets we don't want, and add a text box and popular posts widget.

03:24

This plugin will allow us to order our blog posts however we'd like and not just by date.

01:49

We'll install the Broken Link Checker Plugin to ensure all of our links are working.

02:06

We'll put in our the homepage SEO title, meta description, logo.

01:06

We'll turn caching back on and delete some unnecessary plugins that came pre-loaded.

04:02

We'll briefly overview our finished website and all of it's features.

Section 7: Creating a Business Site
05:55

We'll take a look at the actual business website that we're going to build so that you can see all of its features.

classbusiness.buildwithoutcode.com

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Instructor Biography

Hoku Ho, 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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