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WordPress Training: A Step by Step Course to Create Professional Looking Website
This course will teach you in easy steps to create professional, mobile friendly and responsive website. You do not have to learn any programming or coding as the very purpose WordPress is to take care of the technical stuff.
The course is great for beginners as well as those who want to develop their WordPress skills professionally.
Simple Language Instructions
The lectures have been delivered in simple and plain English with minimum use of any technical words or jargon. This ensures that you learn what you need without going through unnecessary technical and difficult terminology.
Customize Any WordPress Website
You will be able to customize any website using WordPress themes without touching any code. Once you master the art of customization, you can change the look and feel of any WordPress Site within a few minutes.
You will learn all this by playing around with WordPress themes without to worry about the the theme development aspect.
Most content is delivered through videos. Wherever necessary, files, folders and PDFs documents have been added to make things easier and more informative.
Create WordPress Sites for Money
At the end of the course you will be able to
Monetize Your Site
Apart from earning for creating sites for clients, you can also monetize your own sites. In this course, I create an affiliate demo site ready for monetizing with Adsense and other affiliate products.
What Will Your Learn at the End of the Course
And a lot more... This is just the tip of the iceberg only.
If you follow me over my shoulder, by the end of the course you will have a website that you will truly proud of....
Not only, that you will be ready to launch several sites in no time and ....
Even creates websites for money!
What am I going to get from this course?
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an online Open source website creation tool based on PHP and MySQL.
Wordpress is one of the most powerful platforms to host your site on. It is free, flexible and powerful and any sort of customized website can be created. In a summary Wordpres:
⦁ It is free
⦁ It is powerful
⦁ It is flexible
Wordpress dot com is the free version of wordpress. You do not need to buy a domain name or a hosting package. Once you are registered, you will get your own web address. You can then login to your dashboard and edit your site.
The downside of the free wordpress dot com website is that you do not get a fully independent domain name based on your niche or keyword preferences. Moreover, you will not be very successful to develop your own brand and presence in much more successful.
On the other hand on the Wordpress dot org, you just download or install the wordpress software on your own hosting account. You are free to customize your site the way you want. You can develop your own independent brand as you do not depend on third-party web platform.
Serious marketers and business owners go for the fully independent wordpress.org option. If you are thinking of seriously promoting your brand, business or blog, it is highly recommended to go for the wordpress.org version hosted on third parties hosting services.
This quiz tests the knowledge of the stuents at the end of section 1.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is a unique name of your website. It represents the url which is the web address of your site. For instance, you are in a fitness training niche and want to register a domain name. You come up with some name such as Johnfitnesstraining dot com. This is your domain and your website is accessible at the web address www.johnfitnesstraining dot com
In order to get a domain name, you will have to register one with a domain registrar. A domain registrar is a company which deals in web domains. You just go to the registrar website and search for the domain whether it is available or not. In this session we will use Godaddy to search for your domain name.
There are many domain names registrars and you can go for any of them as you like. My favourite is Godaddy. So let us go and find a domain name with Godaddy.
What is a hosting account?
In order to let your website go live on the web, you will need a company to host your site on their server. This company is called hosting company. Once you are registered with them by creating an account with them, you have created a hosting account.
In this lecture, I will walk you through to how to register a hosting account.
What is the best Webhosting company? Well, it all depends upon your requirements and personal preferences. I have used Ipage, FatCow, 1&1, 123, Just Host, Hostgator, Blue Host and SerVint over the years.
In my opinion and in the light of my experience, I recommend two webhosting companies.
If you are just a beginner, then Blue is the best I can recommend. For small sites or just when you want to get started, Blue Host is the way to go. I use Blue host for my small niche websites.
If you need a lot more space, handle huge traffic then SerVint is the best option. I have been using them for the last so many years for my heavy sites.
Here is a list of top domain and hosting companies.
Thos quiz is about domain and hosting. Answer the quiz to test your knowledge.
Cpanel mean control panel. It is panel where from you manage you own hosting account. It is a Linux based graphical interface aimed at simplifying the process of managing a hosting account.
Here are some of the things that you can do in Cpanel.
You can login to your Cpanel account either using your IP address in your browser provided by your hosting company or just using the following address
Let us go and see what is inside cpanel
Adding an add on domain
What is an add on domain?
You can add additional domains in the cpanel and then host them on your hosting account without the need for another cpanel.
If you are on a shared hosting account, which most likely you will be in the beginning, then you may one only one cpanel account. If you need to launch more websites on the same hosting account, you will have to add on domains to the cpanel.
This is how we do it.
What is a sub-domain?
A sub-domain is that the sub-directory on the main or add on domain. You do not have to buy a sub-domain and you can simply create sub-domains in your cpanel account.
Most larger sites have sub-domains in order to keep the content organized. For instance Udemy has a subdomain such blogdotudemydotcom
Creating an Email Account in Cpanel
Once you have set up your site, it is time to open an account associated with your website or brand name. It is not very professional to maintain a general email like hosted by Yahoo, Gmail etc.
In order to look more professional, it is always recommended to open email account with your website extension.
You can open as many emails as you want.
Let us do it…
Once you start getting traffic, you will be interested to learn about stats. This is useful to understand where is the traffic coming from. What are people searching and son on…
So let us see some stats..
Changing Name servers
Once you open an account, you will get name servers from you hosting company. If your domain registrar and hosting company are separate, then you will have to change the name servers at the domain registrar.
However, you do not need to do so if you buy your domain name from your hosting company.
In this video, I teach how to change the name servers at your domain registrars. Remember you cannot host a domain unless your name servers are changed to the ones provided by your hosting company.
Let us go….
This quiz tests the knowledge of the students about cpanel.
Install WordPress in one Minute
There are a few ways to install WordPress. The easiest way to install WordPress is from your Cpanel. Once you login to your Cpanel just scroll down to the section that says software applications.
Once you see applications like Fantastico, Softucolous and similar other software, you can literally install WordPress in under a minute. Ok let us go and do it practically.
Logging to Your WordPress Site
Once you are finished with your installation, you are ready to login to your WordPress site. You can log in by entering one of the following web address.
This is a general view of your site. This is your admin panel or you can also call it control panel. From here you can manage all sorts of activities. You may also call it the back office.
The WordPress Dashboard
Ok, we are logged in to our WordPress site and this is the dashboard view. This side to the left lists the menu wherefrom you can perform all the functions.
Then we discuss in detail all the general functions from the dashboard such plugins, themes, settings etc.
A category consist of posts, pages or content on related topics. For instance if you have a site related to online marketing, you might create categories such as
Content Creation etc.
And then you can assign your content pieces to all these categories. Creating the right categories will keep your site more organized.
Creating Your First Post
Ok, it is time to create your posts and publish your content. Great… Just go to posts and click add new. This will take you to the WP editor. Enter the title, choose category. You can preview it before you publish it.
WordPress pages are created the same way as posts. You simply go to pages and then click add new. The rest is the same.
Posts or Pages
There is a lot of controversy among SEO experts and WordPress experts
About posts versus pages. Some people believe that posts are better than pages as far as SEO is concerned. Others think that you most valuable content should be on pages as pages are timeless and posts are time bound.
The most popular opinion is to publish your regular content on posts and your formality or legal stuff using pages. But I have seen many successful websites using only pages instead of posts. In my opinion if you are site is more of a blog nature where you want content to be organized chronologically, then posts are the way to go. Using it as content management system (CMS), pages are a better option.
Adding Images to Your Post or Page
A picture is worth a thousand words as they saying goes. It is always better to include some images in your content. This makes the site pleasing to the eye and creates the interest of the reader.
How to add an image in your content.
Adding Video to Your WordPress Posts or Pages
Adding video to your content is similar to adding images and other media. However, please remember that videos take a lot of space and bandwidth. It is always recommended to use third parties services such as YouTube and other video sharing site and embed the code. This way you will not use your own hosting space and bandwidth. If you go your route, your site will load slower and effects its performance.
Installing a premium WordPress theme is a little bit different from installing a free WordPress theme.
Free and premium themes.
The free plugins can be installed directly from the WordPress.Org directory straight from your WordPress dashboard. While the paid plugins can should be downloaded from the developer's site and then uploaded either via WordPress dashboard or through an FTP software.
Most new wordpress users will go to the wordpress dashboard and install loads of free wordpress plugins. Although, a plug in adds functionality to you site, too many of them can bring down performance.
installing a plugin. free and premium. file, zip.
Setting Wordpress Permalinks
There are several ways to set permalinks inside yoru WP dashboard
Here is how to do it.
Formality and Legal Pages
What is a Homepage
A home page is an intorductory page. It is also called as a index page because it serves as a table of contents for the site.
Any page which is the default or start up page on a brwoser is called home page.
A home page usually appears when the full url of a site is entered in the browser without futher extensions.
Example of home pages.
A home page can both static and dynamic
Week starts on
Comments in Wordpress
Letting other people leave comments
A skin is a template. Once you change a template, it will give your site a complete and different look. The clickbump theme comes with various skins. In this video, I will teach you how to change a skin inside your wordpress dashboard.
How to change the colors so that you site looks completely different. Learn how you can customize your site by simply changing the colors from you WordPress dashboard.
How to change the add settings from inside your WordPress dashboard. An easy way to customize and automate your ad settings using the Clickbump theme.
Customizing Your Wordpress Website
Depending on the theme
Working wth templates and CSS
A Header is the most important area of your site. It is actually the face of your site. Learn how to customize your sites header.
X-header is a great software where you can create headers for your site in a few minutes. There are both free and paid versions. Alternatively, you can use other software like Photoshop, Paint, GIMP and so on.
A slider is a great way way to enhance the overall look and design of a site. It is very easy to add a slider to your WordPress site. You can either use your theme's inbuilt functionality or just add a plugin to add a slider.
You can customize your side bar navigation by adding links and widgets so it looks more professional.
You can customize your site's footer area just by dragging and dropping some widgets right from your WordPress dashboard.
Adding a slider in clickbump
You have done it
I hold three master degrees: English, TESOL and business (MBA) from various Universities in the UK and abroad. Apart from 3 masters I also hold CELTA from Cambridge and several certificates and diplomas related to business, marketing and ecommerce.
10 Years eBay business and selling experience with more than 22000 customers and positive feedback.
I have worked in a variety of roles during my professional career. Here are some of the roles I have taken over the years.
-Operations Manager for 8 years in a commercial bank
-Founder of an ecommerce company -Teaching as an English, business and ICT teacher in one of the UK leading schools -Trading on eBay and Amazon for the last 12 years
During the past 12 years I have established several successful eBay businesses with merchandise sold woth millions of dollars. On top of this, I gained a vast experience on the eBay and Amazon platforms. In order to pass on the learning, I created a blog called SmartPowerSeller which helps those who want to be successful by establishing their own eBay, Amazon and ecommerce business.
I am super passionate about ecommerce particularly the eBay and Amazon platforms. During my successful business career on these platforms, I have helped many people to achieve their business goals and get their dreams come true.
If you have any questions or comments, you may contact me through email and I will be more than happy to get back to you.
KK MA English, MA TESOL, MBA, CELTA & DAIBP