Plan, Build, and Launch A WordPress Website
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This wordpress course gives you everything you need to plan, build, and launch your own WordPress website.
We'll cover each aspect of website building, including domain names, web hosting, and working with WordPress to create your website.
The course is delivered via step-by-step video tutorials in which I walk you through each stage of launching your website for making it easier to those new at learning wordpress.
Though you can take your time and go at your own pace, you could work though the course in about a day if you wanted. Most people like to take about a week in order to take their time and fully grasp the material.</p></p>
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|Section 1: Planning Your Website|
In this lesson, we’re going to create a plan for our website before we do anything else. Creating a plan for moving forward keeps our efforts focused and ensures what you create is in line with what you need, as well as what your web audience needs.
Watch the video below and then download the worksheet below to get started creating your website plan. When you’ve created your plan, proceed to the next lesson.
|Section 2: Registering Your Domain Name|
|In this lesson, we learn exactly what a domain name is and how to choose one that’s right for your website. This is just the start of launching your website, but coming up with a name can be an exciting step!|
|In this lesson, we’re going to register your domain name. Note: this does require creating an account at a domain registrar and paying a registration fee (to the registrar, not me). But at about $10 per year, it’s a pretty affordable cost.|
|Section 3: Setting Up Web Hosting|
|In this lesson, you're going to learn exactly what web hosting is (I always recommend understanding what something is BEFORE you pay for it). I also give you my recommendation for a web hosting company.|
|In this lesson, I walk you step-by-step through signing up for my recommended web host. This is a necessary step before you can install WordPress and get started building your website. Note: This requires creating an account with a web hosting company and paying for web hosting service. However, at less than $7 per month, this is an affordable cost for reaching a large internet audience.|
|In this lesson, we are going to connect our domain name, which we registered in a previous lesson, with our web hosting account, which we created in the previous lesson. This will allow visitors to enter your domain name in their web browser and see the website you create within your hosting account. A key step, obviously!|
|Section 4: Configuring WordPress|
In this lesson, we're going to install WordPress, a FREE and powerful website content management system. It’s the system I use to run this website and offers a simple way to get your website up and running, and manage it once it is.
It looks like Site5 has changed how they allow WordPress to be installed. Until I have a chance to update the video, use one of the following how-to guides on how to install WordPress:
(this uses the WebApps tool, if you can find that in your admin panel)
(this uses the Softaculous tool, if you can find that in your admin panel)
|In this lesson, we're going to walk through some of the basics of the WordPress content management system. This will familiarize you with the platform and change a couple of key settings.|
|In this lesson, we're going to learn how to customize the default WordPress theme, which controls the overall look and design of your website. Doing so will prepare you to customize different themes, should you choose to use one other than the default.|
|In this lesson, you'll learn how to install a new theme, and see a few different options for customizing the look and design of your site.|
|In this lesson, you'll learn how to add content to your website, via either posts or pages. Creating content for your audience is probably the most important piece of building a successful website.|
|In this lesson, we're going to customize your website sidebar using something that WordPress calls "Widgets." These allow you to populate your sidebar with content that helps highlight key elements of your website.|
|In this lesson, you'll learn how to create a custom homepage. By default, WordPress shows your latest posts on your homepage. But if, instead, you’d like it to display a page of your choosing, you'll need to make a few changes.|
For over 15 years, Seth has been building online presence for small businesses, start-ups, non-profits, corporations, and individuals. His accomplishments include creating a social network website from scratch (sold in 2006) and building a social media strategy that grew an organization’s Facebook fans from a few hundred to over 30,000 and Twitter followers from zero to over 12,000. Seth previously managed the design, architecture, and growth strategy for a website that attracted over 200,000 visitors a month. He has been featured in the book Setting Up An Internet Site For Dummies. Seth lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife, cat, and dog.