Business Website for Beginners and Solopreneurs

Business website in two hours including domain, hosting, email, mailing list, eCommerce, analytics and blog.
  • Lectures 33
  • Video 3 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
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My friend Stuart wanted to set up a website to sell a face-to-face course he was running. He's a bright guy but he's never really done website and asked me if I could help. Of course I said yes, and the next day he'd already made several hundred dollars in sales.

Nothing involved in making the site was difficult or complicated. It looks great and takes payments using Paypal, is easy to maintain and we can use Google Analytics to see how many people are visiting and where they've come from.

I challenge you to make your first sale today.

If you have a couple of hours to work through this course you will have your website up and running. A little bit of promotion on Facebook or Reddit and you can have the cost of this course paid off by the end of the day.

No coding knowledge or skills needed; just the ability to copy and paste.

About this course:

  • Over 2,000 very happy students
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In this course you will learn how to make a complete web presence without writing code. Your site will include

  • A completely customised sales landing page with images, texts, feature bubbles and image carousel to entice buyers
  • eCommerce through Paypal to accept payment for your product or service straight away
  • Google Analytics to know exactly who is visiting and converting
  • Mailchimp for mailing lists to build your brand following and increase future purchases
  • Google apps for business or Zoho mail for professional email and app solution
  • Wordpress blog to provide fresh material to your customers and increase backlinks/SEO

And you will have all of this up in less than 3 hours!


This course is built for entrepreneurs who aren't developers. Maybe you've just had a great idea you want to test out, or you want to sell your first eBook. Maybe you've got an event coming up you want to promote. I will give you the skills to experiment with product/service ideas quickly by being able to throw websites up in less than an hour.


"Sam has a knack for boiling things down to their simplest levels. He makes the whole process, which could be very daunting, simple. The step by step instructions make it easy to set up a really professional looking website with its own domain and corresponding email addresses and ecommerce ability in no time. It really gives your business, hobby, club or just family online presence a polished look that a me@gmail.com address or service based website can't. For the price this course is a steal and will be the best money you have spent in a long time."

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"Sam makes it all super easy to understand with clear walkthroughs. Perfectly suited to beginner website developer enthusiasts, and a few good tips for more intermediate people (like myself) as well!"

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What are the requirements?

  • Comfortable with computers
  • Mac or Windows PC
  • Able to download and install new software

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 33 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
  • By the end of this course you will be able to quickly create websites to promote and sell goods or services
  • You will learn how to sign up and set up ecommerce, mailing lists, email, websites and analytics

What is the target audience?

  • Small Business owners
  • Startups
  • Anyone who wishes to build a web presence
  • Anyone who wants to rapidly build websites to experiment with ideas

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:02

Welcome to the course! We go over what we're going to cover in the course, and about why it's important.

Section 2: Domain Name & Hosting
02:12

Choosing your domain can be quite challenging. We cover some brief tips to help you choose. Try out https://domai.nr/ to find a cool domain name!

A Small Orange discount exclusive to this course
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03:31

In this lecture we buy the domain you chose before along with hosting from A Small Orange.

Please use this link to go to A Small Orange to buy domain.

Other domain providers I mentioned include GoDaddy and Fasthosts. There's also this fantastic article at lifehacker on the 5 best web hosting companies, which includes A Small Orange.

03:03

The cPanel is where we make all the actions for our website. If we want to set up email, upload pages, literally anything, it is going to start at cPanel.

Section 3: Setting up email
01:28

We are next going to create a great personal email for your new domain, such as info@yourdomain.com. We need to choose where to host; I will be doing lectures to show you how to sign up with Zoho and Google. You only need to do ONE of the following lectures, depending on your preference.

Have a think about what email you want to use. You can obviously add more down the line but to get started choose a single address to manage your business. It's much easier to coordinate a single account whilst you're starting off. There are a number of standard names people use; info@, team@, me@, help@ or yourname@. Look at sites you would like to emulate for inspiration.

07:18

Head to www.zoho.com to sign your domain up for free, ad-free email.

First we sign up to our account before validating that the URL we've put in belongs to us by adding a CNAME record. Only we can add CNAME records for our URLs. We then set up a single user account. It's possible to set multiple users up which you can do down the line which is as simple as adding new email address names and basic details. It's also possible to add groups, for example if you'd like multiple people to access help@yourdomain.com so you can share the burden.

Finally we add MX records; When someone sends an email to yourdomain.com the MX records show where your email should be directed to; in our case, it should be sent to zoho for handling so that we can see and reply to our emails.

If there is anything not covered in this lecture you would like me to create a new lecture on, then let me know via team@ohhaiyo.com.

08:44

Head to http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/business/ to set up paid-for, google backed email.

First we sign up to our account before validating that the URL we've put in belongs to us by adding a CNAME record. Only we can add CNAME records for our URLs. We then set up a single user account. It's possible to set multiple users up which you can do down the line which is as simple as adding new email address names and basic details.

Finally we add MX records; When someone sends an email to yourdomain.com the MX records show where your email should be directed to; in our case, it should be sent to google for handling so that we can see and reply to our emails.

If there is anything not covered in this lecture you would like me to create a new lecture on, then let me know via team@ohhaiyo.com.

Section 4: Creating your Website
Summary 1
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03:45

In this lecture we choose the design template we will base our website off. I recommend http://www.bootstrapzero.com/ for free templates and https://wrapbootstrap.com for paid templates.

For this course I will be using http://www.bootstrapzero.com/bootstrap-template/strapped-template so I recommend using this template whilst you complete the course. However, if you're impatient and want to use a different template you've found then go ahead. Try and use a 1 page template as it will make things easier for you.

CNN Article on > 50% internet traffic in US is now mobile usage: http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/28/technology/mobile/mobile-apps-internet/).

Bootstrap homepage: http://getbootstrap.com/

02:42

Download Chrome from https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/


Download Sublime Text from http://www.sublimetext.com/

Fill out this simple template with the text for your new website
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13:23

We use the template from the previous lecture to fill out the content for our website. After completing this we will have our website in a state where we can upload it to our domain, although I advise working through section 5 to improve the look and feel of your site.

Section 5: (Optional) Basic HTML to enhance your site
00:35

We're going to be diving a bit heavier into code this section, but don't be afraid. It will be worth it!

04:48

A simple introduction to HTML as a language for building websites. We also add a brand new section to the website.

05:26

In this lecture we cover some of the most core elements for building your webpage up; how to bold and italicise, how to add line breaks and paragraphs, and most importantly how to link to other pages on the internet. Use target=_blank to open links in new pages, or use <a href="mailto:email@address.com">email</a> to link to an email address which will open in your native mail client.

04:07

In this lecture we show you how to add an image to your website and change it’s height and width using attributes, although it’s better that your image is the correct size to start with to avoid distortion or excess loading times.

05:46

In this lecture we discuss how HTML is used to structure the document but CSS is used to style it. We create our own stylesheet and place it after the bootstrap and theme css and use it to change the navbar colour.

04:08

In this lecture we talk about layout using the bootstrap framework. Bootstrap uses Rows; A row is made up of 12 columns. By nesting rows and columns we can set our layout really easily, and by using this method it ensures a responsive (e.g. works well on mobile). In this lecture we set a picture on the left with text on the right.

You can read more about the bootstrap grid layout at http://getbootstrap.com/examples/grid/

10:48

In this lecture we deep dive into css for changing colours and sizes. We show how by using chrome tools we can edit the css live in element.style to make it much easier to get perfect without repeatedly saving and flipping back and forth. We talk in depth about using the developer tools to find the css currently used to style the element, copying it, and pasting it into our CSS to override.

You can explore more on colours and finer grain details of hex colours at http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_colors.asp.

05:54

In this lecture we discuss how to change from the default theme fonts (pretty ugly!) to the fonts of your choice. I use https://www.google.com/fonts to choose a new font for the website.

Checkout the HTML cheat sheet for some more details on the rules for CSS selection.

03:22

In this lecture we discuses how to edit the header. By clicking on the header links we can navigate to parts of our page, however we have neglected this so far and the headers don’t match the actual content segments. We will cover how to make the header match the sections of our website

3 pages

A quick reference page of HTML and CSS to help you as you edit your page.

03:55

In this lecture we learn how to add multiple pages to our website. We can easily copy and paste our first page to create the new one and edit the content appropriately. We then link to this page from the first one, using <a href="newpage.html">link</a>. By just using newpage.html, and not the full website name such as intellijvideos.com/newpage.html, it means that the links will work when we're tesiting locally.

Section 6: Uploading your website
06:15

In this lecture we upload our website for the first time to make it available to the world using Filezilla.

Section 7: Adding the extras
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05:28

Now that we're live it's really important we track hits to our website. Where are our visitors coming from? How long are they staying for? What are they clicking on? All of these are hugely important questions to gauging and increasing the success of your site. For this we use the very popular Google Analytics platform.

11:15

We use Mailchimp to create a mailing list for our page. Building up a mailing list is a great way to reach out to potential customers and hopefully allow your product or campaign to go viral.

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11:41
05:00

In this lecture we use the softaculous scripts to install a wordpress blog onto our website. We can specify where it's located, e.g. /blog, /news, or if we leave it at just / then it will become the whole website.

05:39

In this lecture we use free wordpress templates to make our blog look awesome.

Section 8: Conclusion
00:47

It's over! Please put a link to your new website in the discussion forum and let me know if you have any other requests. Contact me via @ohhaiyodev or team@ohhaiyo.com.

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Instructor Biography

Sam Atkinson , Web, iOS and Java developer extraordinaire

I am a serial entrepreneur, web and mobile app developer, and founder of Oh Hai Yo web & iOS consultancy. I am a massive geek and can often be found at tech events around HK such as Angelhack and Startup Weekend and have been a guest panellist for General Assembly.

After working for a year in a small web firm I have spent the last 5 years in finance specialising in front to back Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) in Flex and HTML5 with a focus on java and node.js on the backend. I lead tech and programming sessions and organise speaker sessions to increase awareness of the latest web technologies and teach developers using practical examples.

You can find me on twitter at @ohhaiyodev and I will always reply as soon as possible.

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    • Kristin Vaughn

    This is the best!

    So easy! So succinct! And Sam is so personable! "Fluffy kittens"! "Twiddling thumbs"! We've done three websites with this course- its the gift that keeps on giving. Do this course- you won't be sorry!

    • Vincent Yeung

    Really Good leatures

    Recommend for people who wants to build website without little or no IT skills.

    • Sorrell

    Great, concise start-up for beginners and intermediates alike

    I have a little bit of historical HTML knowledge, which has since disappeared on the breeze! Yet I needed a course that wasn't slow on showing you the basics and wasn't patronising or boring. I found it HERE! Great course that shows you the walks you through how to set-up and link everything together. Really great!

    • Steven Hill

    I set up my company website in 30 minutes

    Hi, as an IT contractor, I wanted to set up a company website but never quite got round to it. However, after doing just the first 3 sections of this course I have the domain & email all set up, and am looking forward to creating the website. The pace of the course is about right; simple enough to understand yet not too slow to bore an expert. Highly recommended.

    • Albert Alexander Lay

    Excellent newbie course

    Thanks for the constant update, as a newbie in this kind of field, I was able to follow the explanation about setting up a wordpress starting with domains and hosting ... I still have to reread the last few slides as they are codes! keep it up :-)

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