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!
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  • Lectures 39
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • Before starting this course the only requirements are an internet connection, a willingness to learn and time to invest in yourself!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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.

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: Getting Started
02:47
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. :)
06:47

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

Section 2: How to Choose a Web Host
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.

Section 3: A Couple Programs You Should Get
03:35

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

04:38

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

Section 4: The Tough Bits (but don't be afraid!)
10:45

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.

09:47

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

04:02

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

10:51

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!

08:05

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

Section 5: Inside WordPress - Settings
04:24

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

02:53

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

03:31

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

04:50

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!

04:35

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

01:50

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

Section 6: Inside WordPress - Tools and Users
03:29

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 :)

02:03

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

04:25

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

03:07

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

Section 7: Inside WordPress - Plugins
02:25

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

06:14

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

08:43

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.

07:09

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!

Section 8: Inside WordPress - Themes
10:56

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!

11:25

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.

Section 9: Inside WordPress - Appearance
03:25

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

07:22

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

05:56

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.

07:39

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.

04:23

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

Section 10: Inside WordPress - Comments
03:02

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

Section 11: Inside WordPress - Pages
09:07

In this video I show you how you can create your first WordPress page :)

17:20

In this video I show you how you can modify pages, insert photos, and a few other neat things.

Section 12: Inside WordPress - Media
08:04

In this video, I give you a quick rundown of what's up with the "Media" section.

Section 13: Inside WordPress - Posts
07:02

In this video, I show you how you can create your very first Post.

05:19

In this video, I show you how you can schedule a post to go 'live' at a later date / time.

Section 14: Inside WordPress - Categories and Tags
05:28

In this final video, I give you a quick rundown of what "categories" and "tags" are, and how they can be used in your WordPress website.

Section 15: Last Words
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Thank you for taking my course. I really do hope that it was beneficial for you and that you learned a lot. My other big hope is that you have more confidence in yourself and the "know-how" skills that you now possess. Have fun!

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Instructor Biography

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.

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