Wordpress for Beginners - Master Wordpress Quickly

With Wordpress 4. Build a beautiful responsive Wordpress site that looks great on all devices. No experience required.
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  • Lectures 75
  • Contents Video: 7.5 hours
    Other: 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Wordpress for Beginners - A complete guide to Wordpress!

Up-to-Date - Covers the latest version of Wordpress (4.x).

About the Course 

This course will guide you through the installation and running of Wordpress on a web host, and show you how to run a successful, beautiful, responsive-design website you can be proud of.  You will be taken from your current level of Wordpress knowledge, to one where you enjoy and are confident in using Wordpress to build great sites.  

After taking you through all of the main options in Wordpress and explaining what each one does and how you set it up, I'll let you watch over my shoulder as I build a Wordpress website. It will be an affiliate site that I hope will make me passive income for many years to come. Go and check out the free preview tutorials in Section 13.

Who is this Wordpress course for?

Have you ever wanted to build a professional looking website, but didn't know where to start? Now you can with Wordpress 4.

Wordpress for Beginners is a complete course for anyone, no matter what your technical ability. This course assumes no prior knowledge!

We'll start at the beginning, by choosing a domain name and setting it up to work with a web host.

Once Wordpress is installed, we'll login and have a look around to familiarize ourselves with the main areas of the Dashboard.

Once you are happy navigating around your new tools, we'll go through the main features you will need as you create your site, including:

  1. The WYSIWYG Editor. This is where you enter all of your website content.
  2. The Media Library, to manage your images, videos, sound files and other media you want to share on your site.
  3. Wordpress Settings, and I'll take you step by step to set those up just right.
  4. We'll look at the differences between Wordpress posts and Wordpress pages, and I'll give you a simple way of knowing which one to use on any occasion.
  5. We'll look at post excerpts, categories and tags, and how to use them on a well-structured site to maximize visitor experience and search engine ranking benefits.
  6. You'll see the two main ways you can set your homepage up.
  7. We'll create a contact form on the site so visitors can get in touch.
  8. We'll setup an About us page, and I'll explain why this page is important and what information to include on it.
  9. We'll cover the legal pages you need.
  10. We'll discuss the navigation system on your site, and how you can set up customized navigation in the header, sidebar or footer of your site. We'll also talk about internal site linking.
  11. We'll cover Wordpress security, and set up a system that will keep the site safe from hackers.
  12. We'll check out some great free plugins.
  13. Finally, I'll give you a 20 step plan for creating your site.

By the end of this course, you will have a website that you are truly proud of.

Just of few of the many Student Reviews

  • This is a fabulous course, and I would it give it six stars if such a rating were available! Everything is very clearly explained, and Andy promptly answers any question you might have. If you are interested in using and learning WordPress, you owe it to yourself to take this outstanding course. Robert Weiser
  • Lectures are well-structured with lots of details given. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and communicates very effectively. I've been able to set up my first website based on what I've learned here. A definite plus is that questions posted via the course are answered quickly! Susan Worms
  • I love this course. I have spent a few hours today and I have already learned so much. Really excited about the potential for when I am done. Great Course! A. Luis Acosta
  • I learned a lot more than how to use WordPress in basic terms. Andrew shares a lot of insider knowledge and tips that would take you countless hours of doing your own research to learn...and answering questions you may not have thought to ask. Couldn't have asked for a better course to help me jumpstart into WordPress. Nathaniel Stephens
  • What a fantastic share of knowledge. I really appreciated and loved how a "real" site was used for the lectures, real world examples of everything. I would definitely take this course - highly recommended! Glen Schafer
  • This course is perfect for people who want to start a blog or info page with wordpress. He covers all the basics and sometimes goes even a little deeper, to give you an idea what to look for. The provided documents are gold and very helpfull. I can't wait to go public with my site. Thank you for the great lecturesAndreas Lackmann
  • I really wish I had access to a course such as this four years ago when I first started dabbling with Wordpress as a hobby in my retirement. The learning process at the time, for a non-techy like me, was painstaking. Andy's course was the ideal step-by-step teaching method. I'm now much more confident about starting a new affiliate marketing website. Leon
  • Well delivered, well structured. Easy to follow and logical. Developed my own website in parallel with the course, and had it up and running within two weeks of starting. Looking forward to undertaking a couple of the course developers other courses now. Highly recommended. Steve Laing
  • Excellent instructor. Andy is great. He used visuals for everything he say. I was able to pause him and go to my site and test my understanding in all areas that I did know. The results and excitement are fantastic. Esau Khan
  • A fantastic course. Thank you Andy. This is a great course and it has helped me start to build my own WordPress website. I was very impressed when I had a problem with viewing my site that you took time to check for me. That shows what a great teacher you are. I have booked up another course by to and can't wait for more. Once again. Thank you. B Brown
  • Many of the courses I've been through related to learning Wordpress are either too complicated or the author doesn't spend enough time explaining concepts so that you can understand what's being said. Andy strikes a nice balance with this course in that all the modules are broken up into easily digestible pieces. I like that he takes enough time to explain each new concept or module without being repetitive or using jargon that's difficult to follow. I also love being able to follow along with Andy as he explains each new module as well (as opposed to just talking off of slides all the time). He literally walks you through everything, so it's like you're right there looking over his shoulder. For anyone wanting to understand all the fundamentals of Wordpress, I think you'll absolutely love this course. It will save you tons of time by having all this information in one place. And you'll even learn some additional features like setting up affiliate links (not that everyone needs to know this but I like that Andy included it so it's there if you ever want to know). Truly a fantastic course! Lance Gross
  • Superb Course - Extraordinary Instructor!! Andy's Wordpress for Beginners-Master Wordpress Quicky course is by far the best Wordpress course I've seen. And I definitely wouldn't say it's just for beginners. I'm not a beginner - I thought I knew Wordpress pretty well, but I learned SO MUCH MORE from this course! I've always had a lot of questions about the many settings and various options in Wordpress and most courses just skip over them or tell you to check this box and move on with no explanation. I never really got my questions answered until now. Andy is very detailed in his instruction. He walks you through step by step and tells you what each setting or section is for, how it is used (or not used) and why. I got more out of Andy's course than any other course I've ever taken. He has an extensive teaching background and it is evident in his clearly produced videos. After taking this course, you'll find your confidence level will soar. Carol



What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge of Wordpress is required as everything will be covered in this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • This course will teach anyone to build a function, beautiful website with Wordpress.
  • Build a Wordpress website
  • Understand the main features of Wordpress
  • Know how to configure Wordpress for best results
  • Understand plugins & themes and how to find/install them
  • Protect their Wordpress website from hackers and spammers
  • Create an affiliate site for passive, recurring income
  • Build websites for profit or fun.
  • Create a Responsive Website that looks good on any browser

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone that wants to build a website
  • Anyone that wants to master Wordpress
  • Anyone that wants to get into affiliate marketing
  • Anyone interested in watching over my shoulder as I build a real, affiliate website

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course
14:16

Important information on getting the most out of Udemy courses.

12:06

An introduction to Wordpress, and keeping this course up to date.

08:10

Congratulations on making the decision to learn Wordpress. This introductory video will explain who I am, and why Wordpress is such a great platform to use for building a website.

A Quick Note
Article
Section 2: The perfect domain name
14:21

This tutorial shows how I go about finding and registering a domain name. In this lecture, I mention my free Installation course. It is no longer free in Udemy, but you can still get it for free by checking out the final bonus lecture in this course.

Section 3: A first look around Wordpress
10:47

A look around the Wordpress Dashboard.

05:54

A look at the pre-installed demo content and how to get rid of it.

10:55

Let's take a look at the WYSIWYG Editor.

09:05

The Media Library allows you to easily manage your images, videos and other media types in one central location.

Section 4: Wordpress Settings
07:49

What is a Gravatar, why are they important and how can you set one up?

07:47

Let's set up the author profile on our site.

01:54

When you add a new piece of content to your site, it's nice to tell the world about these new pieces of content. In this video we'll look at how we can do that.

05:33

This video goes through the Reading Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.

07:49

This video goes through the Discussion Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.

07:13

This video looks at the Permalink settings, and how to use them for maximum SEO benefit.

08:51

This video shows you how to add, delete and activate plugins.

Please note that "WordPress SEO by Yoast" is now just "Yoast SEO" and their logo as changed to a traffic light.

03:38

If you buy a plugin, it will come as a zip file. You can easily install these zip files in the Dashboard, and this video shows you how.

06:57

This video will add a sitemap to your website that will be automatically updated whenever a new post or page is added to your site.

6 pages

An Introduction to Wordpress Widgets

14:30

An Introduction to Wordpress Themes

8 pages

This tutorial offers some advice on dealing with Wordpress comments

Section 5: Website Content with Posts & Pages
Creating a Post or a Page
16:42
3 pages

Wordpress offer two main ways to add content to a site. Posts and pages. In this lecture, we'll look at how posts differ from pages.

1 page

In this lecture, I'll tell you when to use a post and when to use a page.

4 pages

A look at how to use categories to organize your posts, and how to set a default category.

2 pages

Tags can be used to further classify posts, and make it easier for your visitors to find things.

2 pages

This tutorial covers post excerpts and why you should use them.

Section 6: The Homepage
1 page

The homepage on your site is arguably the mot important page on the site. Why?

Static Homepage v Blog Posts
08:30
Section 7: Creating the Legal Pages
07:02

Let's give visitors a way to contact us.

05:11

In the previous video, Contact Form 7 worked with a captcha plugin called reCaptcha. Recently that changed and it is causing a students a bit of a headache. This update video shows how to use the new captcha plugin with Contact Form 7.

Creating an About Us page
07:21
05:59

Let's complete the other legal pages using a plugin to speed up the process.

Section 8: Website Navigation
10:12

Custom Menus allow us to override Wordpress default menus so we have total control over the navigation system on our site.

Article

One small addition to the video above...

Top Menu Navigation
01:21
01:19

Let's see how we can add a custom menu to the sidebar, even when your theme does not support a sidebar menu.

01:26

You can also add custom menus into the footer area of your site.

09:58

Adding a related posts section to your site can keep visitors on your site longer.

02:33

Internal links in the body of your articles is a great way to keep visitor on site, and keep search engines happy.

16:05

Social sharing of your content can bring backlinks and traffic to your site. I don't have a recommended social sharing plugin, but in this video I'll show you how to look for them, evaluate the ones you find, and install the perfect social plugin (s).

Section 9: Wordpress Security
1 page

Introducing Wordpress security, and some quick & easy steps to make your site more secure.

09:33

A security plugin that also speeds up your site.

13:13

The best plugin for handling spam comments.

4 pages

Wordpress will use your login username in your author profile URL. This makes part of a hacker's job very easy, because they know your login username. This tutorial shows you how to change this.

Section 10: A few more Free Wordpress Plugins
02:57

If you need to showcase images on your site, this Responsive Lightbox plugin is useful.

07:31

Keep automated backups of your Wordpress database with this free plugin.

04:11

Create shorter URLs with the option of tracking clicks.

4 pages

Occasionally a plugin can cause problems and lock you out of your site. This may be incompatibilities with your theme or Wordpress itself. If this happens, you may not be able to log into Wordpress at all, and your site won't display to your visitors, just an error message. Let me show you how to fix this.

Section 11: Steps to follow to build a site
1 page

We've gone through all of the theory. Now it's time to build your site. This 20 step plan will give you a checklist to follow.

Section 12: Reference
6 pages

FTP can be very useful for uploading or downloading files from your server. This is how you set it up using a free FTP client.

06:49

Let's have a look at the latest theme from Wordpress - the Twenty Fifteen. This one will be the new default when you install Wordpress.

06:04

How do you make your website mobile-friendly? The answer is very simple...

Section 13: Healthy Gut Buddies
Article

Please read as this has important information about the demo site.

13:48

This video shows research I do before I start any new site. It will give me a great idea of how to start structuring the site, and what content I need to include.

Article

The Google Keyword Planner is a free keyword research tool. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to set up an Adwords campaign to use the keyword planner. This article shows you how you can sign up and use the planner without creating a campaign.

08:52

The homepage is critical to the success of a website as we saw earlier in the course. In this tutorial, I'll create the homepage for my Healthy Gut Buddies website.

16:40

There are some pages on the site that are essential to have, but do not need to be indexed and included in Google search results. I call these the Legal pages. In this tutorial, we'll add them to the site and configure them so that Google "ignores" them.

10:29

We need to make a few changes to the default Wordpress settings.

07:32

We are about to start adding content to the site, but there's something I do first..

07:40

In this video, I'll show you the two posts I've added and make a decision on the theme for the site.

15:17

In the last tutorial, the site used the default template settings and included stuff that just wasn't present on the site (like slider material). In this tutorial, I'll make a few changes so the site starts to look good.

Resources for this lecture: I've added a text file that contains the CSS I am using in my Customizr Pro theme. This changes the background to white, and also changes the font in the author resource box.

Article

In the next lecture, I show you how to install a plugin called Google Analytics by Yoast.  This plugin has changed it's name.

04:57

Every website you build needs to track visitors. Where they come from, how long they stay on various pages, etc. This tutorial shows how to integrate Google Analytics into your site.

03:15

Webmaster Tools is a free Google service that can help with a number of tasks, and it will tell you about problems with your site. This tutorial shows how to add a site to Webmaster Tools.

08:03

In this tutorial I'll change the category page a little, and in doing so another problem shows itself. Let's fix that too!

05:32

Wordpress websites have had bad press over their invulnerabilities that allow hackers to wreak havoc with your website. However, there are plugins that can lock down your site and provide automated backups, and I'll install these now.

17:28

In this tutorial, I'll add an affiliate product page and show you how I use it.

Linking to the Affiliate Product Page
07:59
08:32

In this tutorial, I add another post but want to re-order the posts on the category page. I'll also show you where I get stock images, and finally I'll make a tweak to my site design.

07:03

In preparation for more site content and other features that could slow the site down, I'm installing a plugin to keep the site load times to a minimum.

Creating a Child Theme
08:00
Article

I've started using a new, free security plugin on my Wordpress websites. Let me show you how to set it up.

14 pages

This companion document provides resources and other information used in the building of the Healthy Guy Buddies website.

Article

Anyone on this course that needs help installing Wordpress can get free access to my Installing Wordpress Course on Udemy.

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Williams, SEO and Wordpress Expert, teacher and author

I run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors search engine optimization (SEO) skills, and the art of building websites with Wordpress. I have also written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon Kindle and as paperbacks, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners") and SEO ("SEO 2014 & Beyond").

As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!

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