WordPress for Beginners - Tutorial - From Novice to Know-How
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WordPress for Beginners - Tutorial - From Novice to Know-How

A complete step-by-step, follow-along tutorial course outlining how to install and make your very own WordPress website!
4.6 (47 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.
3,691 students enrolled
Created by David Steenkamp
Last updated 6/2016
English
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Find a web host plan to purchase
  • Choose a web host and get set up on their own server
  • Work with tools such as Atom editor and FileZilla
  • Install WordPress (the hard way - self-hosted)
  • Work with all the different settings and tools of a WordPress website
  • Manage users
  • Work with Plugins
  • Work with and customize WordPress Themes (including Child Themes)
  • Work with widgets
  • Create and modify menus
  • Work with the built-in editor
  • Manage comments
  • Create and work within Pages
  • Work with media and upload photos
  • Create and work within Posts
  • Customize your site
  • Update WordPress Themes
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Requirements
  • Before starting this course the only requirements are an internet connection, a willingness to learn and time to invest in yourself!
Description

This course is a relaxed version of how to install a WordPress website and work with it. I skip the formalities and teach in the only way I know how - as myself. It's how I would have wanted to be taught, if I didn't have to teach myself everything in the first place and waste countless hours trial-and-error'ing my way through this web world we have all come to know and love!

The course starts with the basics: how to choose a web host (GoDaddy is used in this series), how to download a couple necessary programs like Atom (code editor) and FileZilla, and also how to download the free WordPress core files and upload those bad boys using FTP to your own web server (you know, that thing you purchased from GoDaddy / Bluehost / Hostgator / etc...)

As the course progresses you will learn how to install WordPress (the hard way - self-hosted). This will be the most challenging part of the entire course, but don't be afraid, you can do it, and I will help!

Once the installation of WordPress is complete, I will walk you through every piece of the WordPress backend, detailing (to the best of 'my' ability) what every piece does and is used for. You will learn how to create posts, pages, manage users, categories, tags, upload photos, work with menus, plugins, themes, and a lot more.

The people that should take this course are those that wish to learn how to install WordPress on their own and want a better understanding of how the heck everything works back there. It really is a lot of fun to use once you learn all of these basics. I hope to see you inside!

- David.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to set up their own WordPress website. No previous coding experience is required.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Getting Started
2 Lectures 09:34
In this video I give a brief introduction to the video series. This is a video series that will show you how to do a manual installation for a self-hosted WordPress website (the hard way!) as well as how to work within WordPress once it is installed and running. You're going to learn a lot. :)
Preview 02:47

In this video I describe what you will learn taking this course.

Preview 06:47
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How to Choose a Web Host
1 Lecture 15:08

In this video, I will describe the differences between 3 of the bigger names in web hosting and my personal experience with at least 2 of them. I will help you figure out which one is best for YOU.

How to Choose a Web Host
15:08
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A Couple Programs You Should Get
2 Lectures 08:13

In this video I help you to download and install the Atom code editor.

Preview 03:35

In this video I help you to download and install FileZilla (from a safe source).

Downloading and Installing FileZilla (for FTP)
04:38
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The Tough Bits (but don't be afraid!)
5 Lectures 43:30

In this video I will show you how to set up a MySQL database in your web host. In this example, I use GoDaddy to do so.

Setting up a MySQL Database
10:45

Within your web host and also in FileZilla we will create the necessary FTP account(s).

Setting Up FTP Accounts
09:47

In this video we will download the WordPress core files. Yay, an easy one!

Downloading the Core WordPress Files
04:02

In this video we will update the wp-config.php file with your own database information, and then upload everything using FileZilla to your web host. You will learn how to upload files to FTP, pretty sweet!

Modifying the wp-config.php File and Uploading WordPress Core Files
10:51

In this video, we will actually 'install' WordPress - this means, once this is done, you will have a WordPress powered website. Hoo ra!

Installing WordPress
08:05
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Inside WordPress - Settings
6 Lectures 22:03

In this video, we will cover all the different options in the "Settings" - "General" section of WordPress.

Settings - General
04:24

In this video, we will cover all the different options in the "Settings" - "Writing" section of WordPress.

Settings - Writing
02:53

In this video, we will cover all the different options in the "Settings" - "Reading" section of WordPress.

Settings - Reading
03:31

In this video, we cover a few of the different options in the "Settings" - "Discussion" section of WordPress. I don't use much from this section, as most of the websites I build are corporate sites (as opposed to traditional "blogs"), so I don't usually have any comments enabled anywhere on my sites!

Settings - Discussion
04:50

In this video, we cover all the different options in the "Settings" - "Media" section of WordPress.

Settings - Media
04:35

In this video, we cover all the different options in the "Settings" - "Permalinks" section of WordPress.

Settings - Permalinks
01:50
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Inside WordPress - Tools and Users
4 Lectures 13:04

In this video I show you how to use the WordPress Importer / Exporter. I find it to be one of the most useful items within the "Tools" section - besides any good plugins one might download that end up in this section of course :)

Tools - Importing and Exporting Content
03:29

In this video I show you how to create a new user who can then also access the same backend of your WordPress website.

Users - Adding a New User
02:03

In this video I show you how to modify a user's attributes.

Users - Modifying a User
04:25

In this video I show you how all the user roles differ from one another and what their different capabilities are.

Users - User Roles
03:07
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Inside WordPress - Plugins
4 Lectures 24:31

In this video, we go through the default Plugins that come with a typical WordPress install, and what you should do with them.

Plugins - Default Plugins
02:25

In this video, I will show you how you can activate the spam blocking 'Akisment' plugin!

Plugins - Activating the Akismet Plugin
06:14

In this video I show you how you can install, activate, and set up the 'BackUpWordPress' plugin. It's a very good idea to have a backup of your website at least once a week - so I show you how you can set this plugin up on its own automatic schedule.

Plugins - Installing, Activating, and Setting Up the "BackUpWordPress" plugin
08:43

In this video I show you how to set up the Google XML Sitemaps plugin. You will want to already have Google Analytics set up for your website before watching this video. Or, you can skip this one, and carry on!

Plugins - Installing, Activating, and Setting Up "Google XML Sitemaps" plugin
07:09
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Inside WordPress - Themes
2 Lectures 22:21

In this video, I show you how to find, download, install and activate a theme. There are literally thousands out there, so picking a good one for your site is an important initial step!

Finding, Downloading, Installing, and Activating a Theme
10:56

In this video, I show you how to set up a child theme for your theme. In short, a child theme is the better and safer way to make customizations to your WordPress website.

Setting Up a Child Theme
11:25
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Inside WordPress - Appearance
5 Lectures 28:45

In this video, we will cover all the different options in the "Appearance" - "Customize" section of WordPress.

Appearance - Customize
03:25

In this video, we will cover all the different options in the "Appearance" - "Widgets" section of WordPress.

Appearance - Widgets
07:22

In this video, we will cover many of the different options in the "Appearance" - "Menus" section of WordPress. I will show you how to add new items to a menu, re-order them, and also apply them to specific menu locations, depending on the theme you are using.

Appearance - Menus - Creating and Placing
05:56

In this video, we will stick around in the "Appearance" - "Menus" section - but this time I will show you how to create a custom menu link. i.e: a link to a PDF document, or an external link.

Appearance - Menus - Custom Links
07:39

In this video, we will cover what you can do within the "Appearance" - "Editor" section of WordPress.

Appearance - Editor
04:23
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Inside WordPress - Comments
1 Lecture 03:02

In this video, I give you a quick look at the "Comments" section.

Comments
03:02
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About the Instructor
David Steenkamp
4.6 Average rating
47 Reviews
3,691 Students
1 Course
Web Developer

Hello, my name is David Steenkamp and I fancy myself a Web Developer. I have been doing this type of work for over 8 years. Building websites has always been something I knew I wanted to do, so in 2006 I moved to the Lower Mainland from Vernon, BC. I didn't have a job secured, but decided to take the leap anyways and did all I could to make it out here. After finding full time work at a web development company, I knew I was finally doing what I truly wanted. I love the fact that I can help give people and companies a place of their own online and teach them many things along the way. WordPress is now the only content management system that I work with, although I do still dabble with plain HTML websites from time-to-time. I strongly believe that in the next few years WordPress will dominate at least half of all the websites that exist online. So, with that belief, why not try my hardest to get as good as I possibly can with this system? My experiences have been nothing short of amazing, and I hope to have many more great experiences in the future.