Complete WordPress Mastery, Course + Themes + Service Bundle

The most popular guide to creating, promoting and monetizing an attractive, lead-generating website
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Published 5/2013 English

Course Description

Update Nov/2016 - Bonuses added! Everything you need to make your first beautiful WordPress website and start making money!

  • You are purchasing a 4-course bundle that includes WordPress Essentials for Business, Complete WordPress Mastery Course, WordPress ecommerce with WooCommerce, and Get it Done with IQTell and GTD. Instructions for claiming your bonuses are given in the "Claim your bonuses" video.
  • You are getting 4 powerful commercial theme frameworks for training purposes (Elegant Themes Divi, WooThemes Canvas, and 2 StudioPress themes)
  • You are getting an option for 6 months complimentary WordPress managed hosting on our high-performance server (the plan renews at only $12/mth)
  • And finally an option to upgrade to our live coaching program for just $20/mth -- talk directly with your instructors via live screen-share and have us go into your site to make changes directly.  No other program offers this. 

About the Complete WordPress Mastery Course

This is one of Udemy's most popular guide to creating, promoting and monetizing an attractive, money-making WordPress website. It consists of 11 Udemy short courses which, combined, have attracted 27,000 students who have left 150+ four- and five-star reviews.

The reason our training is so popular is that it proceeds briskly and logically from simple to more advanced topics, always with a focus on practical results. Our videos show you what you need to know, and no more. They are also very comprehensive, with in-depth coverage of many topics that are usually only covered in specialized courses -- topics such as the best commercial themes, SEO, shopping carts and membership systems, newsletter management and auto-responder systems, simple graphics creation and editing, and much more. Our courses are designed for small-business owners, entrepreneurs, virtual assistants, even web designers who want to make the leap to designing professional WordPress websites as quickly as possible.

Here are the mini-courses included:

  • WordPress Essentials for Business: Udemy's most popular WordPress fast-start beginner training sequence. We build an attractive website for a client of ours, covering all key concepts and 95% of the WordPress user-interface -- all in 90 minutes!
  • WordPress Theme Selection & Customization: Commercial themes are critical to the creation of a professional-looking website. We build sample sites using 6 of the web's most popular commercial theme families.
  • WordPress eCommerce Part 1: WooCommerce:Learn how to collect money for your products or services, including digital downloads (ebooks and videos). This is also a comprehensive tutorial to the most popular WordPress shopping cart plugin, WooCommerce
  • WordPress Backup, Performance and Security: Keep your site backed-up, secure, and functioning at peak performance
  • Images & Graphic Editing: Learn how to design and modify attractive graphic headers and other elements using free tools
  • Advanced Content Creation: Learn some powerful content editing tools such as Windows Live Writer, master the WordPress visual editor, and more
  • WordPress SEO: Learn about Meta-tags, search-engine algorithms, Google Places, Google Analytics, and more through an actual case-study
  • WordPress eCommerce Part 2: Payment Systems, Shopping Carts, Membership Systems: Learn about merchant accounts (other than PayPal), other WordPress shopping cart systems, and WordPress membership systems such as the powerful and popular commercial WishList Member plugin
  • Newsletters, Auto-responders, RSS-to-email systems: Various ways to add a newsletter / auto-responder system to your website
  • Online Video Production, Editing and Distribution: Latest tools and technologies to make online video for your website
  • WordPress Social Media Integration: Add share buttons, follow-me, Facebook comments, etc.


What are the requirements?

  • You don't need any technical experience to take this course. We don't assume any prior knowledge or experience in web design or web marketing
  • You will need to setup a self-hosted WordPress website, which requires a hosting account and a domain name. We will show you how to do this in the first part of the course. Hosting accounts cost $7-10/mth and domains cost about $10/yr

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to create a professional-looking WordPress website in under 4 hours
  • Learn how to promote your site with an email newsletter, search-engine optimization, social media marketing, and online video
  • Monetize your site with a shopping cart or membership system

What is the target audience?

  • Small-business owners and self-employed professionals creating a website
  • Aspiring WordPress webmasters and social media consultant who want to add web design to their services portfolio

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: WordPress Essentials
01:31
Introduction to the WordPress Essentials for Business course -- what you will learn.

The step-by-step video tutorials in this module will show you how to get your first WordPress website up and running within a few hours.

This tutorial uses the popular (and powerful) free Weaver Theme. Once you have finished this tutorial and have a solid grasp of WordPress fundamentals, you may want to choose another WordPress theme.


02:22
Understand the reasons why WordPress has become the world's most popular Content Management System
01:18

WordPress comes in two "flavors"

You can create a free WordPress blog at WordPress.com, and then assign it to your own domain name for about $20 per year. The content will be hosted on the WordPress.com servers, and as such you need not worry about hosting.

However, WordPress.com is not recommended for hosting professional websites, because it has a limited number of available themes and plugins. In particular, commercial themes and plugins are not supported. You will be very limited in terms of your ability to customize and monetize the site.

It’s much better to host your WordPress site yourself using the so-called "Self-hosted" WordPress, also known as WordPress.org

WordPress.org is not a hosting company!

Rather it is the repository of all the open-source WordPress code, including all the free (open-source) themes and plugins that people have contributed.

The remainder of this training guide assumes that you are using Self-hosted WordPress

00:53

What you absolutely need to run self-hosted WordPress:

  • Most people will need a Web Hosting Account to run WordPress (unless you just want a simple Blog). Most hosting accounts cost between $7 and $12/mth, depending on how many months you pre-pay.
  • You will need a Domain Name. Domain names cost about $10/yr. Many hosting plans include your first domain name.


What you probably need:

You may choose to go for some higher-value products or services, such as:

  • A Professional Theme or Theme Framework. This may give your site a more attractive appearance than a free theme. Most themes cost between $70 and $90
  • Some Professional Custom-Designed Graphics, such as a header or ebook cover. Although you can do this yourself, the cost of this is quite modest, typically $50-100, and you can even pay much less.
  • A commercial Stock-photo Image Library. For about $30 you can get a lot of very high-quality images.
  • Free Plugins are usually sufficient, but if you are running a membership site you may want a commercial Membership site plugin, for about $100.
  • You will probably want a Newsletter (Mailing List) Management System. There are some good free ones, especially for smaller lists. Others cost between $15 and $30/mth.


By following this training, you can get a very professional website for between $30 and $300 initial cost, plus between $100 and $300 a year for your hosting and newsletter service.

Additional websites beyond your first site will cost you little or nothing.

Compare this to the "old days" where building a website cost an average of $2000 to $3000!

03:29
Properly hosting a new, self-hosted WordPress site is challenging for beginners, however if you read carefully below and follow the instructions you should be good.

To host a website (any website including self-hosted WordPress), you need a Domain Name Registrar company (e.g. GoDaddy ) and a Hosting Company (e.g. BlueHost or Hostgator ).

Occasionally, the same company handles both, but we recommend that you keep them separate, e.g. register your domains through your domain registrar, not through your hosting company. Hosting companies are sometimes known to include one free domain name in the hosting plan but then charge a premium fee for additional domains. And domain registrars (such as Godaddy) often do not provide great hosting service.

Exception to this rule: if you are just starting out your first site it’s fine to register your first domain name when you first purchase hosting; however you should register additional domains through your registrar and then point them (assign them) to your hosting account as described below.

Any good hosting company will allow unlimited domain hosting. This means you can have multiple domains with separate websites under one monthly hosting fee. You would very rarely need more than one hosting company.

Be aware as well that transferring domains from one domain registrar to another, and websites from one host to another, can be an administrative nightmare. Save yourself from this by having only one hosting company and only one domain registrar from the get-go.
06:04

This lectures describes the best options for hosting your WordPress website. It will also show you how to get high-performance managed WordPress Hosting for 1/3 of the going rate (jump to minute 3:50).

02:29
Once your domain is “hosted”, you can install WordPress on it. Almost all hosts have a 2-click WordPress installer program. You can Google “Installing WordPress on [your hosting company]” for instructions, or else review the Installation tutorials on WordPress.TV.
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00:36
01:30
Tour of an out-of-the-box WordPress site
01:15

How to access your WordPress site dashboard

Your WordPress dashboard is the administrative interface to your WordPress site. This is where you manage all your content, navigation, site layout, etc.

For most self-hosted WordPress sites, you normally access your dashboard by simply appending "/wp-admin" to your url, as in:

http://yoursite.com/wp-admin

And then logging in with your username and password.


02:57

Understanding WordPress data elements

You need to understand the basic WordPress data elements: Posts, Pages and Links.

•Posts are time-sensitive articles, and are normally listed on your “Blog” page in reverse chronological order. You may choose not to have a “Blog” page at all (e.g. your site could have only static pages or “Pages”), OR you may choose to configure your WordPress site as a blog and to have your home page display your blog posts (this is the default configuration). Posts allow comments, although you can close or disable comments on individual posts. Posts have categories, which you set up in the Posts > Categories menu. If you create a post but don’t assign a category, it automatically gets assigned to the “Uncategorized” category (which you can rename to something else).

•Pages are so-called static pages – they display content that isn’t time-sensitive, such as your Home page, About Us, Services page, and so on. Pages do not normally allow comments, nor are they part of your RSS feed (content distribution). Pages do not have categories, but can be created in a hierarchical structure.

03:37

The WordPress Visual Editor is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web-based editor that you can use to create and edit all your WordPress pages and posts. It is a very powerful editor that allows you to enter and format text, hyperlink text and images, insert images and videos, insert html code, and more.

Some people prefer to use a client-side editor for their sites such as the free Windows Live Writer, which has the advantage of easier formatting and allows you to paste in images directly.

05:42

This video shows you how to add Images in WordPress, and how to scale and crop images from inside WordPress.

Images are stored in your media library in 3 (sometimes 4) different sizes for the same image.  Once you add an image to your media library, you can reference that same image from different pages or posts — you don’t need to add it again.

01:43
We review the "Hyperlink" button on the WordPress Visual Editor toolbar.
02:50
How to setup WordPress for either a blog or a static site (business-oriented website)

Almost all business websites are configured as Static Sites -- meaning they have a Home page, Services pages, Contact page etc.

By default, WordPress is configured as Blog -- meaning the front page has all the Posts in reverse chronological order.

Your first step (unless you are creating a Blog) is therefore going to be setup WordPress to function as a static site.
02:14
By default, all WordPress pages have user comments enabled. You will usually want to disable comments on all your Pages, and only allow them on Posts.

You will also want to call your home page something other than "Home", or else tell WordPress not to display the page title. This video shows you how.
02:11
When first installed, WordPress puts a navigation bar with all your Pages.  You want to change this in order to put only the pages or posts that you want in your navigation bar, and also re-order them.
01:25
A drop-down navigation bar allows you to better organize your content for easy access to visitors.  This video shows you how.
02:28
The most powerful feature of WordPress is the ability to easily change themes. Here is how to access thousands of free themes.
01:43
Using a commercial theme on your site will likely increase its quality and help you do the job faster. This is how you do it.
04:06
We take a peek inside the powerful Weaver theme options, then we prepare the theme to receive our header, and then we add the header graphic.
04:54
About Themes and Theme Frameworks

Themes are customizable to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the theme's design and complexity. Choosing a theme that meets your aesthetic and functional requirements, and yet is highly customizable, is likely the biggest challenge you will face in creating your new website.  At WP Academy, we recommend commercial themes as they can make a very attractive yet flexible site quite rapidly. The free Weaver theme however is also quite good, and so we have chosen it to build out our demo site.

Where to find your theme options panel

Your theme options panel is under the "Appearance" menu. Depending on the complexity of the theme, you may find just a few settings, or you may find pages and pages of available settings. A sophisticated theme will give you very fine-grained control of the styling (or presentation) of every element of your site, and may also give you a choice of sidebar locations, allow you to change the width of your site and of your sidebars, etc.

Note that even for a theme that does not give a lot of theme options, you can always customize your theme's look-and-feel (colors, fonts etc) by changing your theme's CSS.
03:20
By default, WordPress comes configured as a Blog.  This means your home page contains all of your posts, across all categories.  You can move your blog page to a place other than the front (home) page, and link it from your navigation bar as described here; but by default your blog page will still contain posts in all categories.

Sometimes you want to configure your site to have many different Blog pages, each specializing in a particular content area, or Post Category.  Many people are confused by how to do this, but its quite simple. This lecture will show you how.
05:25
Widgets are used to add content to a "Widget Area".  Widget areas are provided by your theme to put your content.  Themes provide, at minimum, a Widget Area called a Sidebar. 

Inside a Widget Area you add "Widgets", which are content items that are either pre-filled by WordPress, or in which you can put your own content.  Some widgets are built-in to WordPress, and others are installed (made available) by your theme or by a plugin. 

Here are 3 very popular built-in widgets that you can use: the Recent Posts, Post Categories & Custom Menu Widgets. We show you how they work and explain everything about Widgets, Widget Areas and Sidebars.
04:58
The Text widget is the most important one for you to know as it allows you to put arbitrary html into your sidebar (or into any widget area).  This can include text, images, videos, subscription forms, etc. 

This lecture you will show you how it works.
03:09
Posting video to your sidebar in WordPress is super-easy with a Text widget. Here is how you do it.
03:11
A "plugin" is like an "app" that you add to your WordPress site -- it adds functionality that is not included in the base WordPress installation.

Plugins, like Themes, can either be free (you download them from the WordPress.org plugin repository from inside your dashboard), or you buy them from a plugin vendor and install them from a zipfile (also using your dashboard).

This lecture introduces you to plugins and shows you how to use a very popular one called Akismet, that provides comment spam protection on WordPress sites.
07:05
RSSImport is a powerful free plugin that allows you to place content from any site or blog which has an RSS feed. Seeing how it works will help you understand plugins.  We also demonstrate a very powerful feature used by some plugins called "shortcodes".
01:05
A commercial plugin is one that you have to buy (i.e. it is NOT free).  Commercial plugins can be extremely useful and sometimes are essential. Here is how you work with them.
01:14
How to give your pages and posts user-friendly links (url's)

A "Permalink" is the expanded url of any page of your site, as in "http://yoursite/your-fantastic-article-here" . You want it to be as friendly as possible to humans and to search-engines as well. This is easy to do.
02:19
When someone comments to one of your site's posts, the comment is normally held in the moderation queue until you approve it. Here we review the suggested Comment Moderation settings in WordPress.
Article

How to block search-engine from crawling your site

You can easily block search-engines from crawling your site by means of the "Privacy settings".

These have moved in WordPress 3.5+.  Look for them in Settings > Reading > Discourage Search Engines from Indexing this site

Article

How to change your password, or add additional users to your WordPress site

You can easily change your password through the WordPress User Menu.  Look for it on the left under "Users".

If you have other people (such as your webmaster for instance) working on your site, you will probably want to give them their own login to your site. You do this from the same menu. Simply add a new user, assign them a username, email address and password, and assign their permission level.  If you want them to give them Administrative (full) access, choose the corresponding drop-down in the add-user command.  You can also give them lower-level permissions that only allow them to create pages and posts, or even only allow them permission to modify existing posts.

01:42
Using a commercial theme is the fastest way to a professional-looking site.  But with so many choices, where to begin?  This lecture introduces a concept called the "Theme Functionality Grid" which will help select the best theme for a business-oriented website. 
00:47
Professional stock-photos and graphic headers are the second predictor (besides commercial themes) for a site that looks professional. Here is where to find great stock photos and look for talented and affordable graphic designers.
01:06
Your WordPress site MUST be backed-up and updated regularly. If you don't, it is virtually certain that you will get hacked sooner or later, leading to hassles and embarrassment, or even having Google displaying an ugly security warning on your site and nobody being able to access your website. Follow the simple instructions in this video, however, and you should be good. 
Section 2: WordPress Theme Selection & Customization
01:24

The key to creating a professional-looking WordPress website is to use high-quality commercial themes and good graphics. In under 2 hours this mini-course delivers in-depth functionality reviews and demonstration of 5 of the most popular commercial theme frameworks on the web (StudioPress, WooThemes, ElegantThemes, Thesis, and OptimizePress), as well as an advanced tutorial on the excellent free Weaver theme framework. We cover fundamental things you need to know before you choose a theme for your professional services or ecommerce website, so that you don’t end up at a dead-end with an unsuitable theme and have to start fresh. Through numerous examples and commentary on websites created by WP Academy students you will be inspired to create your own professional-looking website that may be indistinguishable from a website created by a professional designer for $2000 or more.

There is no other course on the internet that gives you so much practical and directly actionable information in such a brief time to short-cut your becoming a proficient web designer, either for your own business sites or as an additional income source.

Several of the lectures in this short course have been made free — feel free to preview them below and find out what you are going to learn.

04:29

Choosing the best theme for your WordPress website is challenging. We cover a fundamental idea called the Theme Functionality Grid which helps you to locate themes appropriate to your needs.

01:59

We review the StudioPress Associate theme demo, while giving a blueprint of how to review and what to look for in a theme

04:51

We continue the previous lecture by looking at the Associate theme under the hood, with more guidance of what kind of things to look for in a theme

06:28

We build out our StudioPress demo site, demonstrating key concepts such as the widgetized home and the unique StudioPress Featured Page and Featured Post widgets

07:29

We add the recommended Genesis Responsive Slider to the site

01:15

We look at some really attractive StudioPress sites with commentary, and give you guidance on what it takes to do the same

04:28

We review the ElegantThemes Feather theme through the theme demo and vendor documentation

02:59

We continue our review of Feather theme from inside the dashboard, looking at the unique Elegant Themes content system and page templates

06:50

We use the ElegantThemes theme options to add the home page content.

02:48

We look at some other beautiful Elegant Theme sites, and distinguish the type of sites that Elegant Themes does well

10:45

We do a full inside and outside theme review of WooThemes Fresh News and build out a simple site. We look at extensive theme options and some of the different page templates.

02:23

We look at some very professional student sites built with WooThemes, with commentary. You will be amazed at what is possible.

03:08

We review OptimizePress functionality by looking at the vendor page and at some very good sample sites. We discuss sales letters and squeeze pages in general and why they are far from dead.

06:16

We create a simple video squeeze page in OptimizePress

05:22

We create a simple video sales letter page in OptimizePress.

02:37

Review of the new Thesis 2.0 vs. the old Thesis 1.8, and why in most cases you are better to stick with the tried-and-true.

03:11

We cover some of the unusual requirements of Thesis 1.8 installation and have a first look at the extensive theme options

04:33

We add a header and navigation to our Thesis site. If you have never written PHP code, this lecture is your opportunity. It’s not difficult.

03:51

We create a slider using the powerful Meteor Slider plugin. Our first view of custom post types and custom taxonomies.


04:38

How to add an html table to a WordPress page

You don’t need a widgetized home page to add columnar data (with or without images) to a WordPress page. This lecture shows you the alternative way using a plugin called TinyMCE that extends the standard WordPress Visual Editor.

02:13

We demonstrate a quick way to add footer widgets to a Thesis site using a plugin called Ultimate Thesis Theme Options.

04:46

How to style your site with Firebug and CSS overrides

Individually styling site elements (font and color) by means of CSS is actually possible even for beginners by using the Firebug CSS inspector and debugger tool for Firefox. You will be amazed at what you can do after a brief introduction and demonstration.

03:35
Weaver 2 is an advanced free theme framework, with the added benefit that it’s free.  In this lecture we do an outside tour of Weaver 2 and then take a quick peek inside the dashboard, reviewing the wonderful widget diagram provided by the vendor.  
05:01
We cover some of the important Weaver 2 theme options such as: header options, page templates, Info bar / breadcrumbs, per-page options, and custom widget areas
04:08

How to find, review and test a responsive WordPress theme

We define responsive themes and show you to find, review and test responsive themes. We cover the two major types of responsive themes and why you are generally better staying with the simplest type.

Section 3: WordPress eCommerce Part 1: WooCommerce
05:39

To collect online payments for your products or services you need two entities working together: your Shopping Cart Software takes the customer's order, which then communicates to your Merchant account to deposit money into your bank from your customer's credit card. Some systems (PayPal in particular) combine the features of a shopping cart and a merchant account.

That is the general logic. Your best choice of shopping cart software and merchant account will depend on numerous factors. These factors include:

●The type of products and number of products you are selling

●Whether they are physical-ship products or digital content

●What shipping options and taxes need to be applied

●And many more -- watch the video below for more info

A Membership System can be looked at as a type of advanced shopping cart software that, in addition to taking the customer order, registers them to your site and gives them access to protected content via a username and password.

Choosing and co-ordinating the various types of systems and commercial services that are necessary to properly take orders online can be daunting. In addition to the fore-mentioned, some additional aspects that may need to be factored in are: newsletter integration; affiliate management; credit card discount rates and monthly fees; user experience; and much more. Depending on your situation you may need advice from an expert.

The Shopping Cart Introduction video below will provide you some great options to start with.

05:45

We cover: WooCommerce History, Features, Sample Store, and Developer Documentation

01:53

We cover: some popular extensions; and we compare side-by-side with MarketPress and Shopp in terms of Total Cost of Ownership.

02:58

This video shows you how to install the WooCommerce plugin and setup the shop pages.

04:31

This video will teach you how to add products, product categories, and set product images.

02:09

This video gives an introduction to the WooCommerce global settings, and will teach you the basic shop page layouts.

05:02

This videos covers more advanced Shop page layouts, as well as the most popular WooCommerce shortcodes and widgets.

04:34

This video shows you to add PayPal to your site, and demonstrates the checkout process.

03:29

This video covers WooCommerce digital download setup and checkout process. You will first need to have Setup PayPal Payment Gateway.

02:42

We show you how to add Flat Rate Shipping, and briefly cover other WooCommerce shipping options.

01:48

Is it best to use a WooTheme on a WooCommerce-enabled site? Maybe. This video will help you decide.

02:19

Product Types: Simple Products, Downloadable, Virtual, External, Grouped

WooCommerce product types can be quite confusing.

Review the following video for the definition and usage of common WooCommerce product types.

06:17

In this video we cover WooCommerce product attributes, variations and the Layered Nav widgets. These are defined:

Product Attributes are like an additional property of a product that is displayed on the full product page (ex: Manufacturer)

Product Variations are options on a product used in ordering (like Small, Medium, Large)

●The Layered Nav widgets allow you to filter and sort by product attribute (ex: show me your General Electric toasters)

06:18

In this video we review the built-in WooCommerce shipping methods (including Free Shipping w/ coupon, International, Local Delivery and Pickup) and delve more deeply into the Flat Rate shipping module, including country restrictions and Shipping Class overrides. We also cover the powerful WooCommerce Bulk Product Editing function.

05:39

In this video we cover WooCommerce Taxes setup, Tax Classes, compounding taxes, and tax-included prices. We give typical setups for the US, Canada and Great Britain.

03:13

In this video we cover WooCommerce coupon management, including the free shipping coupon type.

02:29

In this video we cover the WooCommerce order statuses and sales reports.

02:40

We cover WooCommerce inventory management -- how to allow your store to track inventory and enable/disable backordering.

01:50

We cover the Product Reviews function of WooCommerce: how to enable and disable it, and moderate reviews.

02:04

WooCommerce user roles grant or restrict access to the different parts of your WooCommerce store. You will need this if you have employees working on your store.

05:37

Email templates include the customer order notification email, customer notes notification, etc. This video shows you how to customize them to your specs.

05:12

We cover the basics of programming WooCommerce (and indeed any WordPress site) using Hooks.

03:12

We cover styling a WooCommerce store via CSS, and briefly discuss theme compatibility issues and what you can do if your theme does not support WooCommerce well.

Section 4: WordPress Backup, Performance and Security
03:21

Understanding WordPress Backup

We explain the various systems and entities involved in backing up and restoring a WordPress site, and plan our strategy.

03:16

How to backup WordPress with BackWPUp

We demonstrate the BackWPUp plugin to make an on-site backup.

04:55

How to create an off-site (remotely stored) backup with BackWPUp

We demonstrate how to backup a WordPress site to an external storage system, either Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Dropbox

02:56

How to use the WP Clone plugin for on-demand backup and restore

We demonstrate the powerful WP Clone plugin for quick backups, restorations and WordPress site migrations.

05:33

How to use InfiniteWP application

We demonstrate the powerful and free InfiniteWP application for backing-up, restoring, and updating all your WordPress sites from a central dashboard.

09:41

How to backup a site with FTP, doing a manual WordPress install, and how to use FTP

File Transfer Protocol (or FTP) and PHPMyadmin are essential tools for website backup, restoration and maintenance.  We show you they work by doing a manual WordPress installation through your hosting cPanel.

03:40

How to restore a site from backup using FTP and PHPMyAdmin

Here is how to restore a WordPress site from backup.  Other than some rare cases (WP Clone or InfiniteWP) this will require you go into your hosting backend.  It’s really a job for a programmer, but you can try your luck with these step-by-step instructions.

05:51

How to keep your site secure – and what to do when you discover an intrusion

WordPress security is not rocket-science, however it requires pro-active interventions, common sense and a bit of technical know-how.  This lesson covers the types of intrusions and suggests an effective strategy for keeping your sites protected.

02:50

How to scan your site for malware and detect intrusions

This lecture shows you how to scan your site using two powerful free tools.

01:34

How to keep your site protected

Better WP Security is one of the better (if not the best) WordPress security plugins. However, it needs to be used with caution, or it may create more problems than it solves.  This lesson will help you get setup properly.

03:36

How to benchmark your site speed

Before your begin any kind of site optimization you need to get some base performance numbers.  This lesson shows you two powerful free tools that will give you a lot of information about your site’s performance and usability.

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Instructor Biography

Marc Beneteau, Founder of WP Academy, Best-Selling Instructor/ 25k students

Marc Beneteau a WordPress trainer and Productivity specialist.  He is the founder of WP Academy, where he has trained thousands of small-business owners, self-employed people, virtual assistants and others to make professional-looking, and profitable, websites in WordPress. Previously he owned a web design business, and was CTO of an internet startup.  He has traveled the world practicing the Digital Nomad lifestyle but has now settled down in Boulder, Colorado. 

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