Wordpress for Beginners - A Complete Guide to Wordpress!
In 2017, it's never been easier to build a fantastic, responsive website that looks great on computers, tablets, and mobile phones.
You can learn Wordpress WITHOUT having to buy web hosting or a domain name. I'll show you how you can setup it all up on your own computer using free tools.
The primary goal of this course is to teach anyone, even a complete beginner, how to become a Wordpress guru in a few short hours, without lots of technical jargon. I'll guarantee that after taking this course you'll have the knowledge you need to build a responsive, beautiful website with the latest version of Wordpress. Not only will you know more than 99% of Wordpress users out there, but you'll actually enjoy using Wordpress too.
This course is taught by Wordpress author and teacher, Dr. Andy Williams, who has over a decade of experience using and teaching Wordpress to people of all skill levels.
About the Course
This course will guide you through every single step from installation to finished website. I'll show you how you can install Wordpress on your own computer for free, so you don't have to pay for a domain name or hosting fees while you complete this course. Once you've got Wordpress installed on your computer, you will learn how to build and run a successful, beautiful, responsive-design website you can be proud of.
After taking you through all of the main options in Wordpress, 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. Wordpress for Beginners is a complete course for anyone, no matter what your technical ability. This course assumes no prior knowledge!
At the start of the course, I'll walk you through setting up Wordpress on your own computer so that you don't need to pay for a web host (or a domain name) while you master wordpress. When you decide you want to put a website online, you can then watch over-my-shoulder as I buy a domain name and hosting, and install Wordpress online.
Whether you decide to host your site on your own computer, or at a web host, you'll be ready to start mastering Wordpress. We'll start at the very beginning by logging in to 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:
By the end of this course, you will have a website that you are truly proud of.
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Wordpress for Beginners will teach you how to use Wordpress to create professional looking sites, quickly and easily. This video looks at a few reasons why Wordpress is the best platform, and one you can trust.
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.
Did you know there are actually two types of Wordpress? One is a free service that limits what you can do on your site, and the other is an installable script that gives you total freedom. This lecture shows you both, and explains why you should be using the latter.
As you work through this course, you may spot differences between what I am showing you, and what you are seeing on your own computer. This lecture explains why that is the case, and why you should not worry about it.
Before you start this course, I would love to know whether you've had any problems trying to learn Wordpress in the past. What were the roadblocks that prevented you from succeeding? Was it just too technical? Was the learning curve too steep? Let me know.
A list of Wordpress terms and definitions that you will hear while working with Wordpress.
This lecture will show you the two options you have for installing Wordpress. For those that want to learn Wordpress without having the expense of a web host, you can install Wordpress on your own computer.
If you want a live website, then you'll need a domain name and web host. We'll cover that too.
This short quiz makes sure you understand a couple of very important points, before you move on with the rest of the course.
This section of the course is not required by everyone, so please read this short explanation.
This lecture will show you a free way to install Wordpress on your own computer.
When you have finished working on your local website for the day, you need to close it all down. This is simple, as this video shows.
If you are working on Wordpress Locally, you need to know how to restart your site when you next turn your computer on. This lecture walks you through the process.
When you install Wordpress on your own computer, some plugins may not play nicely, as many are developed for an online environment. Please read this lecture to find out more.
This short quiz tests your understanding of the local option for installing Wordpress.
Anyone on this course that needs help installing Wordpress can get free access to my Installing Wordpress Course on Udemy.
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.
This lecture shows you how to install Wordpress on a web host, using a separate registrar for managing the domain name.
A look around the Wordpress Dashboard.
A look at the pre-installed demo content and how to get rid of it.
Let's take a look at the WYSIWYG Editor.
The Media Library allows you to easily manage your images, videos and other media types in one central location.
What is a Gravatar, why are they important and how can you set one up?
Let's set up the author profile on our site.
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.
This video goes through the Reading Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.
This video goes through the Discussion Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.
This video looks at the Permalink settings, and how to use them for maximum SEO benefit.
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.
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.
An Introduction to Wordpress Widgets, this lecture looks at "widgetized areas", and how you can add content in the form of widgets to these areas.
An Introduction to Wordpress Themes
This tutorial offers some advice on dealing with Wordpress comments
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.
In this lecture, I'll tell you when to use a post and when to use a page.
A look at how to use categories to organize your posts, and how to set a default category.
Tags can be used to further classify posts, and make it easier for your visitors to find things.
This PDF discusses the importance of excerpts for posts.
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).
The homepage on your site is arguably the mot important page on the site. Why?
Let's give visitors a way to contact us.
Let's complete the other legal pages using a plugin to speed up the process.
Custom Menus allow us to override Wordpress default menus so we have total control over the navigation system on our site.
Using Custom Menu widgets, you can actually insert your custom menus into any area of your theme that is set up to accept widgets.
Adding a related posts section to your site can keep visitors on your site longer.
It can be a good idea to display the recently added posts in a menu, so visitors can see what you have added recently, and search engines can quickly find new pages. This is easily done with a plugin.
Internal links in the body of your articles is a great way to keep visitor on site, and keep search engines happy.
Introducing Wordpress security, and some quick & easy steps to make your site more secure.
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.
In this tutorial, I'll show you the security plugin I now use on my own websites, and how to set it up with safe security measures to make your site difficult to hack.
Let's install a plugin that will block spam comments from ever reaching us. Spam comments are one of the biggest time drain on managing a Wordpress website, so blocking that type of distraction will save you time, and your sanity.
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.
Please do not attempt this unless you are confident after reading the PDF instructions.
I have written and published a number of books that are available on Amazon, including best selling books on Wordpress ("Wordpress for Beginners 2017") and search engine optimization ("SEO 2017 & Beyond"). I also run a website called ezSEONews, where I teach my visitors and newsletter subscribers a number of skills required for running a successful website.
As an ex-schoolteacher, I hope I can make complicated topics simple to understand. I certainly enjoy trying!