Wordpress for Beginners - Master Wordpress Quickly
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In 2017, build a beautiful responsive Wordpress site that looks great on all devices. No experience required.
4.4 (2,369 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
16,331 students enrolled
Created by Andrew Williams
Last updated 6/2017
English
Current price: $21 Original price: $195 Discount: 89% off
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • 28 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install Wordpress on your PC or Mac computer, so you can learn without having to pay hosting or domain fees.
  • This course will teach anyone to build a functional, beautiful, responsive website with Wordpress.
  • Navigate around the Wordpress dashboard, know what everything does and how to use it.
  • Understand the main features of Wordpress
  • Create pages and posts, and most importantly, know the difference between the two.
  • Create custom menus and navigation systems that both visitors and search engines will find useful.
  • Correctly use post categories and tags, and understand why these can cause you problems at the search engines if used incorrectly.
  • 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 a static homepage useful for most websites, or a blog like homepage useful for bloggers.
  • Create an affiliate site for passive, recurring income
  • Create a Responsive Website that looks good on any browser
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Requirements
  • No prior knowledge of Wordpress is required as everything will be covered in this course.
  • You will need a working computer and a web browser connected to the internet..
  • You don't need any coding experience at all. That is the beauty of Wordpress.
Description

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:

  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 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



Who is the target audience?
  • If you want to learn Wordpress without paying for a web host, this course is perfect. I'll show you how you can install Wordpress on your very own computer while you learn.
  • This course is for you if you want to build a website, whether for personal or business reasons.
  • If you want to learn to master Wordpress without getting bogged down with technical jargon, this course is for you.
  • If you want to get step-by-step, over-the-shoulder tuition from an ex-school teacher who has been using and teaching Wordpress since 2004.
  • This course is perfect for you if you are taking over an existing Wordpress website, or want to build one from scratch, but don't know where to start.
  • This course is for anyone that wants to be the Wordpress goto guy or gal.
Curriculum For This Course
81 Lectures
08:57:27
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Introduction to the Course
7 Lectures 32:10

If you are new to Udemy, please read this first.

New to Udemy?
00:21

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.

Preview 04:23

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.

Preview 08:10

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

Preview 12:06

A Quick Note
01:19

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.

Pre-Course Question
01:06

A list of Wordpress terms and definitions that you will hear while working with Wordpress.

Wordpress Glossary
04:44
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Installing Wordpress
5 Lectures 28:20

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.

Local Install v Web Host
01:40

This lecture will show you a free way to install Wordpress on your own computer. 

How to install Wordpress on your own computer
12:41

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.

Please Read if Installing Wordpress Locally
00:55

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.

Preview 04:31

This lecture shows you how to install Wordpress on a web host, using a separate registrar for managing the domain name.

Installing Wordpress on a Web Host
08:33
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A first look around Wordpress
4 Lectures 36:41

A look around the Wordpress Dashboard.

The Wordpress Dashboard
10:47

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

Clearing out Wordpress pre-installed content
05:54

Let's take a look at the WYSIWYG Editor.

The WYSIWYG Editor
10:55

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

The Media Library
09:05
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Wordpress Settings
12 Lectures 01:13:11

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

Setting up a Gravatar
07:49

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

Author Profile
07:47

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.

Update Services
01:54

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

Reading Settings
05:33

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

Discussion Settings
07:49

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

Permalinks
07:13

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.

Plugins
09:19

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.

Installing Premium Plugins
03:38

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.

Adding a sitemap
07:39

An Introduction to Wordpress Widgets

Wordpress Widgets
6 pages

An Introduction to Wordpress Themes

Wordpress Themes
14:30

This tutorial offers some advice on dealing with Wordpress comments

Allowing Comments & Comment Moderation
8 pages
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Website Content with Posts & Pages
6 Lectures 16:42
Creating a Post or a Page
16:42

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.

Wordpress Posts v Wordpress Pages
3 pages

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

When you use a Post, and when to use a Page
1 page

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

Post categories
4 pages

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

Wordpress Tags
2 pages

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

The Importance of Post Excerpts
2 pages
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The Homepage
2 Lectures 08:30

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

The importance of the homepage
1 page

Static Homepage v Blog Posts
08:30
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Creating the Legal Pages
3 Lectures 18:54

Let's give visitors a way to contact us.

Creating a Contact page
05:34

Creating an About Us page
07:21

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

Terms, Privacy and Disclaimers
05:59
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Website Navigation
8 Lectures 43:34

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

Custom Menus
10:12

One small addition to the video above...

Custom Menus Minor Update
00:40

Top Menu Navigation
01:21

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

Sidebar Navigation
01:19

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

Footer Navigation
01:26

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

Related Post Navigation
09:58

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

Internal Site Linking
02:33

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).

Social Sharing
16:05
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Wordpress Security
5 Lectures 27:26

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

Introduction to Wordpress Security
1 page

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.

What to Do if a Plugin Locks you Out
4 pages

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.

Wordpress Security
14:13

The best plugin for handling spam comments.

Stop Spammers
13:13

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.

How to change your Wordpress username (Advanced)
4 pages
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A few more Free Wordpress Plugins
3 Lectures 14:39

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

Responsive LIghtbox
02:57

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

WP-DB Manager
07:31

Create shorter URLs with the option of tracking clicks.

Pretty links Lite
04:11
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About the Instructor
Andrew Williams
4.5 Average rating
4,323 Reviews
31,868 Students
23 Courses
Wordpress & SEO Expert, teacher and author

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!