Wordpress Installation & Set Up For Beginners 2016
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Wordpress Installation & Set Up For Beginners 2016

A complete over the shoulder look at how to setup up and use wordpress
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Created by Tony Balthazar
Last updated 12/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • If you want to build a great looking website, but don't know where to start? This course ... With the help of Wordpress 4.3 is going to simplify that for you.
  • Learn Wordpress for Beginners is a foundation course, We'll assume no prior knowledge. So no matter what your tech skills are you'll be able to follow along.
  • Missing nothing out we'll start by choosing a domain name and linking it to a web host
  • After we install wordpress we'll login, take a good look around, and familiarize ourselves with the wordpress user interface.
  • Once we are comfortable with getting around the wordpress dashboard, we'll look at the features we'll use to build our new website
  • Including:
  • The built in WYSIWYG Editor. This is where you enter all of your website content.
  • The Media Library, where we manage our images, videos, sound files and other media you want to share on your site.
  • Wordpress Settings, and I'll show you step by step how-to set those up just right way.
  • We'll look at the differences between Wordpress posts and Wordpress pages, and I'll we'll learn which one to use and when.
  • We'll visit post excerpts, tags and categories, and look at how to use them to help structure our site to increase visitor experience and search engine ranking.
  • The 2 main ways you can set up your wordpress homepage
  • We'll create contact page with contact form embeded so visitors can get in touch.
  • An About us page, and I'll tell you why this page is crucial and what info needs to be on it.
  • We'll create and cover the Disclaimer and other legal pages you'll be needing
  • We'll discuss the navigation system on your site, and how you can set up customised navigation in the header, sidebar or footer of your site.
  • We'll go over the navigation on your site, and how to used a customised nav menu in the header, sidebar or footer of your site.
  • We'll cover Wordpress security, and set up a system that will keep the site safe from hackers.
  • We'll cover Wordpress security, and install a system that will keep the site safe from hackers.
  • We'll check out some great free plugins
  • 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.
  • And at the end of all that you'll also get the step by step plan via PDF to refer to.
  • End result a being YOU have some great new skills and knowledge... as well as a new wordpress website.
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  • No prior knowledge of Wordpress is required as everything will be covered in this course

Course Description

Data suggests that's over 25% of the websites Live online at the moment are made with WordPress, and that includes some pretty major brands such as Adidas, CNN o or technorati.

This course gives you foundation skills to understand the workings of and even manage such a website.

Learn and Master the Most important Steps on Getting Up & Running with this Popular CMS Platform in This Comprehensive Beginners Course.

  • Researching and purchasing a domain name
  • Creating a new hosting account
  • Pointing your name service to new hosting account
  • Installing WordPress via cPanel
  • How to create posts and pages
  • How to add media to your website
  • And much more...

From just an idea of a website..
Broken down, just the idea of a website to buying your domain and hosting is always daunting the first couple of times you do it. I find however that I learn best when I can watch someone doing what I need to do first. This course is aimed for you, the person would like to see exactly what to do before they do it.

Every step I take in creating a new website Is documented in the videos.

Contents and Overview
Over the course of 6 hours of content including 38 lectures, this course covers an introduction to the terms and tools used with wordPress website creation.

Upon completion students will be understand new wordpress terminology, understand how wordpress can be used to create a website be able to grow and extend their website in any way they want.

What are the requirements?

  • You need an internet connection
  • You'll need no other knowledge of any IT or marketing at all

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 36 lectures and 6 hours of content!
  • Become competent in Domain and Hosting requirements.
  • Understand the methods to install wordpress via hosting cPanel
  • Use the wordpress Dashboard and backend editors with ease.
  • Execute and monitor wordpress updates
  • Install WP Plugins
  • Install and customise wordpress themes

What is the target audience?

  • Individuals looking to create their own wordpress website
  • Persons tasked with taking over the running of the company wordpress site
  • Anyone looking to use wordpress to build a site to make money
Who is the target audience?
  • With over 71 lectures with actionable no fluff content!
  • This course will teach anyone to build a function, beautiful website with Wordpress.
  • If you need to understand the main features of wordpress, know how to configure it properly and what plugins to use for the best results... This course will certainly cover all that!
  • Creating a passive income via the web whist protecting your site from spammers... We'll cover that too.
  • If you want a total walkthroughs of how an affiliate and SEO geek set's up a wordpress site ... You'll get that too!
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Curriculum For This Course
37 Lectures
Introduction to The Course
2 Lectures 02:49

Getting the best from this course.

A quick tip that will help you see the resource with a clearer view.

Some of the lectures will refer to additional content, PDF's and cheat sheets. Those will be found in the resource section along with the videos

Preview 01:30

Choosing A Domain That Can Grow
2 Lectures 06:50

Our aim here is to pick a domain name you can grow with, a domain name that doesn’t limit us to any one area. A domain that embodies what we want to achieve whilst allowing you to grow the website into others areas if you wish to.

Preview 02:37

Connecting Domain and Hosting
2 Lectures 06:34

Once you have your domain name it's time to consider which are hosting account you're going to go with and to connect two. The process may sound a bit daunting however it's quite painless and quick!

Once you sign up for hosting account and tell your new house in the name of your new website i.e. your new domain name you will receive an email telling you that your new domain name servers are:

ns1.xxxxxxxxxx.com (domain name server #1)
ns2.xxxxxxxxxx.com (domain name server #2)

... or something very similar, without x's!

Then pop over to your Domain registrar and enter your new domain name servers in the appropriate area.

Connecting Domain and Hosting Accounts

When an index screen appears on your domain name you know it's time to sign into your Control Panel and setup your WordPress. At the same time we also set up our new email address what addresses as appropriate.

With the login credentials sent from the host we can log into our Control Panel.

Your Control Panel can always be found by typing "www.yourwebsite.com/cpanel" ... without quote marks into your browser.

Using Hostgator Control Panel

  1. We Create a web address (web@powercarparts.co.uk)
  2. We set up a forwarder from our new email address to a Gmail account.
  3. We Installed Wordpress via Quickinstall in Cpanal
  4. We log into and see our new WP site for the 1st time
Install Wordpress & Create Email Acc's With Control Panel
A Look At Wordpress Front & Back
2 Lectures 06:38
WordPress Dashboard

Here we have our first look at the wordPress dashboard, also known as the admin area or the backend.

We solve that to sign into our domain via a browser we simply and setupwp.com/wp-admin (/wp-admin) onto the domain name. We could also login via the meta box in the sidebar.

A quick overview of the wordPress dashboard identifying our screen options and functions on the welcome screen.

  • Screen Options
  • Get Started Options
  • Content Dashboard
Wordpress (WP) Dashboard

Removing Default WP Installation

To ease us into the WordPress dashboard, here's a quick exercise that also serves as a WP clean up.

We lighten the load of our WordPress installation by uninstalling some of that software and preconfigured posts and pages but WordPress installed for us.

That leaves us with the clean sheets to build our website upon.

Lightening The Load Of WP 1st install
WP Settings
3 Lectures 09:04

The jet pack plugging developed by WordPress.com is the only plugin from installation we will leave intact

This plug-in allows us to share our content easily, manage comments, speed up the website loading times and use over wordPress functions with ease

To configure it is quite simple.

You must first get a WordPress.com account, it's just a matter of clicking a button on following the prompts which are shown in the video.

What subject pack is connected we is bit quick setup button to ensure the main functions are activated.

Setting Up Jetpack

Wordpress Editor

One of the main admin areas of your WordPress will be your WYSIWYG backend editor you'll use this when creating posts and pages.

It's a very familiar interface much like most word processors. In this tutorial we create our first post which is a simple welcome post and publish it to the category of our choice.

  • Creating a new post
  • Adding a Title
  • WYSIWYG and Text Editor
  • Saving Drafts
  • Adding Category
  • Tags
  • Publishing Posts

The Backend Editor & Creating A Post

Adding Picture

In this tutorial we're going to see how we can add media to posts and pages.

This is also done from the main editor and is pretty simple to do as you'll see.

  • Inserting an Image
  • We insert a video
  • We also insert an audio file

Where I want to add graphic images of most kinds JPEG PNG and GIF pictures to posts. We also inserted a video from YouTube URL and lastly inserted an MP3 audio file onto our blog posts as well.

Adding Media To Posts & Pages
Learning WordPress ... Hands On
5 Lectures 20:05

Wordpress Settings

Our first look at the WordPress settings tab which is where we find all the basic WordPress settings.

There are a few small tweaks that are made here so you may want to watch the video twice!

  • WP General settings
  • Writing Settings
  • Reading settings for WP
  • Discussion settings
  • Basic Media Setup
  • Permalink settings
  • Sharing settings
Wordpress Basic Settings

Adding Pages

Following over my shoulder we shall create and publish:

  1. an about page
  2. contact page
  3. a blog page.

I'm not adding any content to my pages yet, but that doesn't stop you adding yours!

This only takes a couple of minutes and will give our website more structure and allow others to configure a menu further down in the course.

Adding A Few Neccesary WP Pages

Avatar From Gravatar

Creating an online avatar gives you will instantly recognisable presence online.

The setup of this avatar is quite simple and done through the gravatar.com website.

Video walkthrough > a Gravatar setup using our brand-new email address tony@setupwp.uk

  1. Get a Gravatar Account
  2. Add email address
  3. Add image
  4. Associate image with email address
Having An Avatar For Comments

User Profiles

One of the lesser used functions of wordpress is the ability to amend and add to your author profile.

Many wordPress themes allow you to use author bio section to display a little about the author by section below posts.

... There are also author specific options that we go over as well.
Such as how to change my display name.

Personal Author Profiles Options

Adding Hyperlinks

Look over my shoulder as I demonstrate how to add hyperlinks to another website and have it open in another tab in the user's browser.

Adding Links To Website
Website Navigation
3 Lectures 14:02

Wordpress Customiser

In this lecture we have a quick look at the customiser from top to bottom and also use it to add and remove widgets. The widgets in our 2015 theme are only found in the sidebar.

Widgets and Customiser

Creating Menu's

Your website navigation enables your visitors to easily find what they are looking for, It also allows us as Webmasters to direct visitors to importance pages and posts we would like them to visit.

Most wordPress themes have at least two menu locations.

This is WP 2015 Theme has:

  1. primary menu
  2. social links menu

Some themes may have three or four menus primary, main menu, footer menu and maybe a social menu or even mobile menu.

What over the shoulder as we set up our primary menu and social links menu on this WordPress 2015 theme.

Adding Website Navigation With Menu's

Custom menus

The custom menu feature is something that you should most certainly make use of with your WordPress website. It allows you to supply posts pages links to other websitesOr anything else that has a URL attached to it in either your managed menu locations all a widget section.

In this tutorial we walk through how to create a custom menu with custom links.

Custom Menus
Updating Wordpress Core
2 Lectures 05:02

Updating In Wordpress

Often you'll see the notice symbol for a wordpress update has appeared.bIt's best practice to quickly complete your updates as soon as you see them.

Updates usually contain some type of functional as well as new security updates, so best to keep on top of them.

We learn how to update wordpress 1-click automatically:

  • WP core to wordpress 4.4
  • Updated a plugin (jetpack)
  • We updated 3 themes
Preview 03:16

Managing Comments

It's always nice to get comments on your posts, however sometimes the comments have in them, all the authors name links to a website that she would rather not have associated with your content. That's what it's a good idea to manage your comments on a regular basis.

Luckily wordPress being what it is, this is yet another quite simple task... Once you know how to do it!

Managing Comments
Options To Change Front Page
4 Lectures 07:18

Setting The Home Page

A quick but rather important tutorial.

Wordpress allows up to chose a page to display as our home page.

Usually folks have their websites displaying their latest posts, however we are going to change that to a static page and have our posts display on a 'blog page'.

Setting A Home Page & Blog Page

Adding A Contact form

Because we have jetpack installed adding a contact form is made super simple.

Adding a Contact Form to a Page

WordPress posts v's pages

Here we look at the essential but simple difference between WordPress posts and pages.

It's often confusing if you're new to WordPress to know which one to use! So here's the quick version:
Your posts will appear in your blog wall as an article feed that will continually change as new post are added. Pages however are static pieces of content that you can direct to your readers eyes to easily.

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

WordPress post excerpts

Using excerpts on your WordPress is a way that you can allow the viewer to view snippets of your contents without having to scroll down reams of contents or flick through blog posts.

It's relatively easy to achieve and most themes have it as built in optionIf you're feeling does not have it as a daughter the option have no fear because WordPress make it super simple for you to achieve excerpts on your blog front page.

Blog Post Snippets
My 1st Install WP Plugins
8 Lectures 24:06

Plugins for WordPress

There are literally tens of thousands of plugins that have been developed for use with WordPress.

Plugins are used to add extra functionality to a WordPress website. From sliders, to pop-ups, or to totally change the look and feel of the site. You can usually find a WordPress plugin to complete the task... whatever the task!

In this tutorial we take a look at the plugins I use for the first install in all my wordpress sites.

You can always add more plugins (or take them away later). And the rule of thumb is the less plugins you use the faster your website will load - so ideally less is more. We already have jet pack installed, let's see what else is good for your first WordPress installation.

Plugins After WP Install

Contact Form 7

Used for creating easy and customisable contact forms.

Not necessary to keep this plug-in if you have jet pack installed with contact plug-ins activated there. Remember the least amount of plugins you have better, so with jetpack doing this function for us we won't need to contact form 7 installed as well.

Contact Form 7 plugin

lazy load plugin for WordPress

This plugin helps you and the user, lazy load allows images to be loaded in the browser when they're needed. greatly speeding up the loading of your website.

Lazy Load

Pretty Link Lite

Pretty link does exactly what it says on the tin - it allows you to create pretty links.

Often links you are given look pretty long and ugly with numbers dots and dashes in between. The pretty link lite plugin allows you to customise the link url to something more aligned with the actual link. It could be a name, a word or even number that suits you... And looks a lot prettier!

Pretty Link Lite

The Q2W3 Fixed Widget

This widget allows you to have a widget box backspace sticky on the front page even when people small pass the sidebar. That way if there is an opt in box or offer but you want them to see they won't go past it on the page it will always stay in view rather craftily but walks well.

Title Experiment Free Plugin

This lil wordpress plugin is rather ingenious, it allows you to split test titles so you can tell which title is getting the most click throughs in the search engine results.

Q2W3 Fixed Widget & Title Experiment Free

Wordfence security plugin for WordPress

This plugin is one of the essentials and should be installed in all of your WordPress blogs. It adds a layer of security that really does leave you sleeping without worries at night.

From blocking spam comments, to logging out hackers who don't have credentials, Wordfence Security does it all and more.

It can be a bit daunting when you first go into the settings panel of wordfence security, so I show you my quick install for quick start.

Wordfence Security

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache plugin is it really helpful tool that does sound a bit technical. But rest assured it is critical in speeding up your page load times.

We'll use the easy option to setup over quick installation guide over my shoulder.

WP Super Cache

Yoast SEO Plugin

The WordPress Yoast SEO plugin is a top-class tool to help in you with search engine optimisation for your website.

The plugin allows you to adjust your on page SEO, Your off-page SEO, your social settings and much more.

In essence anyway that google or any of the search engines view your website the plugin allows you to manipulate how that is seen.

SEO is an advanced WordPress topic that we won't be covering in this course.

Yoast SEO
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About the Instructor
Tony Balthazar
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SEO and Wordpress Geek - Training & Development Evangelist

Tony runs several websites where he teaches all aspects of about digital marketing, search engine optimization (SEO) best practices, local marketing and more. Plus the craft of building websites and blogs with Wordpress.

As training manager, the best moments I recall are when folks achieve things they perceived as impossible for them... It's golden!

He's also a little bit obsessed with graphics and video software... even though he can't use PhotoShop.

The other 2 things that float his boat are classical cooking and business management.

Tony's one of those old skool classical chefs that learnt all about fancy dinky cuisine... It's no wonder he sure can make a good sauce! 25 years in hospitality management has shaped him, literally.

The other thing has been interwoven into Tony is the development of business teams. Oh yes, he'll talk all day about the benefits of a well trained team, and has proven many times that his methods do work with how to get the best out of people in the workplace!