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Start a Blog or Website: Quick Start Guide for Wordpress

A complete guide to starting and running a website or blog with WordPress made especially for quick launches!
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Created by Aja McClanahan
Last updated 5/2016
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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This course is for people who want to create a blog or website but don't have time to read a long book or complete a lengthy tutorial. It's especially designed for the quick launch. This course will focus on the WordPress CMS (content management system.) This is the quickest, easiest, non-coding method of starting a website/blog. This course is ideal for people either wanting to have their own blog/website OR for people who want to acquire this skill in order to charge clients for website creation services. You will learn how to get a domain name, hosting services and choose a WordPress theme (the clothes on your website) along with modules on monetizing your site with ads and a place to collect email addresses. If you have a business, idea, blog or voice that needs to be heard. This is a great place to start! There is even a bonus module on creating a logo for your business or website with free online tools. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who needs to have a web presence through either a static website or a blog
  • This course is also useful for anyone who wants to learn to create websites as a side-business
  • Great for anyone wanting foundational knowledge on creating and running a WordPress based website or blog
  • This is for someone who wants to get going sooner and not later; designed as a quick start guide
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What Will I Learn?
Create a website/blog QUICKLY i.e. within a few hours.
Obtain a domain & web hosting account
Manipulate and navigate WordPress to create and update a functional, visually appealing website
Add navigation and widget elements to make the website inviting and easy to use
Choose a theme for their website or blog
Monetize your website immediately with Google Adsense
Collect email addresses for highly effective email marketing
Create blog posts and web pages that provide a great user experience
Connect social media feeds to make the blog/website look "alive" and consistently updated
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  • Be familiar with how cloud-based software works: email, social media and internet surfing count!
  • Basic computer skills like being able to use a mouse and keyboard along with finding files on a computer
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 12 Lectures Collapse All 12 Lectures 02:29:47
Start a Blog Now Intoduction
1 Lecture 03:56

You will learn:

  • Why you should start a blog or website
  • What to expect from this course
  • What you will need to get started in this course
Preview 03:56
Main Course Content
10 Lectures 02:15:41
  • Choose your domain name
  • Sign up for web hosting services
  • Install WordPress
  • Create a blog post
Preview 11:31

  • Choose a theme for your site
  • Add pages, navigation and menus
Video 2- Choose a Theme & Add Navigation + Menus

  • Create permalinks ("pretty links")
  • Install suggested plugins for the chosen theme
Video 3- Permalinks & PlugIns

  • Learn about widgets
  • Add widgets to your side bar for navigation ease and more content
Video 4- Side Bar Content

You will learn to connect your social accounts to your website

Video 5- Get Social

In this video you will learn about one of the easiest ways to monetize your website. We will go over various ad networks and how to install one:

  • Google AdSense
  • Media.Net
  • AdThrive
  • The Blogger Network
Video 6- Make Money with AdSense!

In this video, you will learn how to set up and integrate Google Analytics with your WordPress site. This is important so that you are aware of where your traffic is coming from and where on your website your visitors are landing. 

Video 7- Google Analytics

In this video, I will show you how to capture emails and send them directly to your email service provider list. You will use MailChimp (free for up to 2,000 subscribers.)

Video 8- Integrating Your Email List

You will learn to customize the sites color palette, create and add a header plus swap out themes.  

Video 9- More Theme Customizations

You will learn how to search for, install and customize premium and 3rd Party WordPress themes.

Video- 10 Using Premium & 3rd Party Themes
Bonus Content
1 Lecture 10:10

In this video you will learn how to create a logo for your website (or otherwise) with the free tool, PicMonkey.

Create a logo with PicMokey
About the Instructor
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Salesforce Guru, Entrepreneur & General Life Hacker

Aja "A.J." McClanahan is a certified salesforce developer by day and by night inspires people around her financial mantra: get out of debt, increase income and build wealth. She is a personal finance blogger for Principles of Increase along with numerous web publications and produces premium training content for the technical training company, Cramforce. She is passionate about tech, finance and winning.  

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