What is WordPress? And Why You Should Care So Much About It

Brad Hussey
A free video tutorial from Brad Hussey
Marketing Consultant at FreelancingFreedom.com
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Lecture description

With millions of websites powered with it, WordPress is the most popular free CMS software on the web. WordPress powers websites for The New Yorker, Beyoncé, Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn, John Mayer, and even my own blog! WordPress gives you the ability to create robust websites that allow your clients to update their website by themselves.

Learning it is easy if you have the right person showing you how — that's where I come in!

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Please note:

At the end of this lecture I may mention what's coming up in the next lecture, and then you'll see that you are all of a sudden a few lectures ahead based on the Lecture # - don't worry, those lectures have been moved to the very end of the course. Why? They're not entirely important for learning how to code WordPress websites. This new arrangement just lets you get into the goods quicker!

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  • Have the skills to start making money on the side, as a casual freelancer, or full time as a work-from-home freelancer
  • Easily create a beautiful HTML & CSS website with Bootstrap (that doesn't look like generic Bootstrap websites!)
  • Convert any static HTML & CSS website into a Custom WordPress Theme
  • Have a thorough understanding of utilizing PHP to create WordPress websites & themes
  • Feel comfortable with the process of turning static websites into dynamic WordPress websites
  • Fully understand how to use Custom Post Types and Advanced Custom Fields in WordPress
  • Allow your clients to update their websites by themselves by creating user accounts
English Hey everybody. Welcome back to Bootstring come with Bootstrap to WordPress. We're entering a brand new section now called what you need to know about WordPress. And the following few lectures are gonna be just about WordPress and what you need to know about it. This specific lecture is called What is WordPress and Why You Should Care So Much About It. [MUSIC] All right. WordPress. What's the big deal with WordPress? Well it is a free web software that you can use to create websites or blogs, essentially. The core software is built and maintained by hundreds of community volunteer web developers. And it is probably the most popular content management system software ever. And because of that, it's widely documented. So if you're ever building a WordPress website and you run into a roadblock or an issue, or you have a question, you can't figure something out. Just Google it. Chances are, it's already been answered hundreds of times. That's what's really great about developing WordPress websites. If you ever run into an issue, somebody's out there to help you. Because everybody uses WordPress. WordPress.org even claims that over 60 million people have used WordPress to power their websites. A few popular ones include The New Yorker, Beyonce.com. Smart Passive Income blog with Pat Flynn, one of my favorites. John Mayer. Even I use WordPress to power my blog. Also I exclusively use WordPress when building custom CMS driven websites for my clients. So then to answer my question that I asked, why should you care so much about WordPress? Well basically there are a few reasons. One, you're gonna need to learn how to use it to take this course. But two, it's easy. It's actually easy to learn. But the problem is there's a lot of steps, and there are a lot of details, and there are some prerequisites in terms of your knowledge and skill. You need to know some HTML, CSS and PHP. Thankfully, you can learn those things as well. I'm assuming you already know those things. At least have a rudimentary knowledge of them. If you have any problems with any of those languages I do have courses on all of those. PHP is one that will greatly help you. And I do have a free course on that. But like I said it's easy. You just need somebody to show you how to do it. And once you know how to code a WordPress website, your eyes will be open, and you can take it and run, cuz then from there you can do so much. You could create your own WordPress websites, whether that's for personal use or for commercial use, like, say you have a graphic design business and you've always outsourced to your websites, to a web developer because you don't know how to code or you don't know how to make a WordPress website. Well once you know how to do that, once you know how to code your own WordPress website, you could do that yourself and therefore make yourself the thousands of dollars that you would have had to pay a developer. And that goes right back into your pocket. So there's so many reasons why learning to code WordPress websites is amazing. It literally changed my career. As soon as I learned how to use and develop WordPress websites. I was able to take on more clients. I took on bigger budget projects. My current clients took me more seriously cause I was able to deliver something way more robust and way more amazing rather than just static HTML and CSS pages. And they were so happy because they were able to update the websites themselves and that has also helped me because I don't have to keep going back and making little updates for measly amounts of money. So those are just a few reasons why you should really care about WordPress, so why don't we jump into the next lecture. I wanna show you a couple ways that you can actually make some money by knowing how to code WordPress websites. See you there. [MUSIC]