If you have always wondered how to create your own website, this course is for you. In under an hour, I will take you through the entire process to get your first WordPress blog up and running.
We will start by narrowing down your ideas and deciding which one is going to be the topic of the blog. We will then determine your domain name, hosting site, and even install Wordpress once we have purchased your site. This will all lead to a brief overview of WordPress and doing things like: Installing a theme, editing your basics info, understanding the difference between a post and a page, and even publishing your first post!
This course will not turn you into a experienced web designer, but it will help you get your first blog up and running in a snap.
Before we hop into the world of blogging, we have to decide what we are going to be blogging about. This video walks you through some questions you need to ask yourself in regards to topic and also shows you the process I use to determine a blog topic.
Do you want to blog, but have no writing talent? This video explains why that is not an issue.
Ah! The all important domain name. Find out my tips for choosing the perfect one for your new blog.
Once you have purchased a hosting service, you are going to need to purchase a domain name. This video shows you how to purchase one through Fatcow and it also shows you how to purchase it from GoDaddy and transfer it over to Fatcow.
If you decided to use Fatcow as your hosting service, this video will show you the basics of the dashboard. I will briefly walkthrough the links you will need and why you will need them.
Since we don't know how to code a website, we are going to need to use a content management system to create our blog. This video walks you through how to install Wordpress onto your new site.
This video will show you how to access the backend of your Wordpress website.
Now that we have Wordpress installed on our site, we need to know the basics of the CMS. This video takes you through the basics of what Wordpress has to offer.
Instead of learning how to use CSS and HTML, we are going to use pre-designed themes to create our new blog. There are over 1000 to choose from and we can make these themes our own with a little customization.
Before we get blogging, we need to get the basic info updated on your site. This video will show you how to do just that.
Did you know that there was a difference between a post and a page? If not, this video will explain the difference.
This maybe the most important video of this class. It takes you through all you need to know to publish your first post.
This video summarizes the course and provides you with my advice moving forward.
Chris Wilkey is the founder and CEO of Hosskey Consulting; a social/digital media consulting agency. Over the past five years, Chris has worked for companies such as RE/MAX, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and the Indianapolis American Marketing Association (Indy AMA) and has helped them create communities online. Chris now serves on the board of the Indy AMA and also runs a DJ company on the weekends. He is a serial entrepreneur who has a passion for helping small businesses succeed.