The course provides complete details of how to install and customize a Wordpress site for use as a blog, business site, membership site or any other purpose needed by people who want to build a web site as part of their internet presence.
A Wordpress installation consists of separate modules for the creation of pages & posts, configuring widgets and menus, and defining the overall look of the site. The course examines each function in detail, explaining how to change existing default setting to give the functionality required.
Wordpress site security is addressed and we look at manual and automatic ways of preventing hackers from accessing, and controlling the site. We also look at ways to improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Course modules include (14 videos in all):
The course will take around 2 hours to complete.The video lessons are a combination of face to face discussion and explanation, plus over-the-shoulder screen videos showing a Wordpress installation at every stage.
The Wordpress platform is well established and is ideal for site creators who have no coding knowledge and require maximum control over the sites they create.
This first video you will find out the differences between Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com, which is essential before moving on to the practical aspects of creating a Wordpress site.
Commonly called the Wordpress 'One Click' Method, actually it's several clicks! That said, most of the installation is done automatically using the dashboard of the hosting service you signed up with. The video uses C Panel as an example, but all hosting services have this function.
You will have slightly less control and understanding of exactly what is being installed, but for most users this is not important - the important thing is that it's easy and quick, which is great for busy people.
For this method, you will need access to the host service dashboard for your site as before, but you will be uploading files and folders directly from your computer to the new Wordpress site. There advantages to doing this, and these are explained in the video.
Once installed, Wordpress leaves certain files and other default settings. These are not required and so we can delete or change them. This video shows us how and what to delete, and what default settings to change.
Security is incredibly important and is becoming more so as hackers become more and more sophisticated in their attacks.
Unscrupulous people love to invade a good Wordpress site with great traffic, just to post their own links. In this video we show simple things that you can do to make it very difficult for cyber thieves.
A Wordpress installation consists of many different modules which give the site different functionalities. The dashboard is the place where we can create pages and posts, install plugins and themes, configure widgets and menus, and set user authority.
You have heard of Wordpress pages and posts, but it can sometimes be confusing what the differences are. After this video you will be comfortable with creating a page.
A Wordpress post is basically an article that can appear on a page (and other places). It can have various characteristics, such as permissions for comments, that we control in the dashboard, and can contain text, images and/or video. You will learn how to create a Wordpress post properly after this lesson.
A Wordpress plugin is a piece of software designed to give extra funcionality to a site. It can be installed automatically very quickly and configure in the dashboard.
It's a great advantage, as we don't have to become involved in any coding, but just enjoy the features of our plugin - any plugins are free to download and use.
A bruteforce attack is a particular danger to a Wordpress site and entails multiple and massive attempts to guess your admin user name and password.
After this lesson you will be able to use a free plugin that eliminates the danger fro this hack.
A Wordpress theme is simple a pre-programmed template that determines the look of your site i.e. where things appear and how they relate to each other.
Many free themes are available and after this lesson you will be able to install and use a variety (although normally, just one theme is used.)
A Wordpress widget is a special piece of software that can be installed and place almost anywhere around your site to improve appearance or functionality. Widgets exist for html code insertion, text, titles and many other functions.
A Wordpress menu serves to improve the navigation around the site, which is important from a point of view of user comfort, but also SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
In this lesson you will learn how to configure your menus, also creating new ones using Widgets and placing them around your site.
Wordpress SEO, like all other internet sites, is heavily dependent on great and unique content. However, there are ways in which we can improve the way our site looks to the search engines - in this video you will learn how to improve SEO for your site using plugins.
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