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WordPress quick start course is designed to get your WordPress site installed, configured and running in no time. In this quick start course you will learn how to install and to secure your installation right out the gate. WordPress security needs to start when first setting up your site. This course will teach you how to secure and configure your installation with extra tips to get you started out on the right path.
By the end of this course you will be confident while working with WordPress. Your basic knowledge and understanding will increase with outstanding results that show. This course is structured in a video module format that is organized in the order of importance and proper installation sequence. Plan tp spending between 1.5 to 2.0 hours which will solidify your understanding. Watch WordPress Security Tips video courses as special bonus. Visit http://goo.gl/Nmo5vl.
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|Section 1: WordPress Installation|
Using Fantastico is the fastest and easiest way to install WordPress.
The whole WordPress installation process takes less than 5 minutes with fantastico.
No database setup, no file upload. Just push a button and Fantastico does all the work for you.
Step 1. Login to your cPanel enabled web host.
Step 2. Click on [Fantastico].
Step 3. Click on [WordPress] on the left, then click on [New Installation].
Step 4. Fill in the installation form, similar to the screenshot below:
4.1. Install on domain – Select the domain to install WordPress on
4.2. Install directory – If you want your blog in a different location than the root (i.e. – ‘domain.com/blog’), provide a directory name. (Optional)
4.3. Administrator username – Type in a username to access your WordPress blog. Remember, never use the default user name “admin” this is a major security issue.
4.4. Administrator password – Type in a password to access your WordPress blog. Make sure this is a strong or complex password.
4.5. Admin nickname – Type in a admin nickname.
4.6. Admin email address – This is the email address associated with the admin. For example, if you lose your blog’s password, you can request a new password, which will be sent to this email address.
4.7.Site Name – Type in the name of your blog
4.8. Description – Type in a short description about your blog.
Step 5. Click [Install WordPress].
Step 6. Click on [Finish installation].
Step 7. Save your blog’s Username and Password and click on the link that looks similar to this: http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Step 8. Type your Username and Password that you got from your previous step in the login screen and click [Log In].
Step 9. After logging in you should be brought to your blog’s Dashboard similar to the screen shot below:
Step 10. Finally click on [Visit Site] in the top left of your WordPress Dashboard to see your newly installed blog!
The top 10 items covered in this lecture would be the most common. There are many other items that should be configured. The number 1 items that always should during the WordPress installation would be the user name "admin". This is the first login name the hackers target when attempting to gain access to your site.
If you currently are using the login "admin", then you must change it, right away. Here are the steps.
Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to link to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. The URL to each post should be permanent, and never change, hence permalink.
For more information about permalinks, visit WordPress.org.
|Section 2: Navigation, Structure and Layout|
The Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog.
A visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives that have been consolidated on a single computer screen so it can be monitored and understood at a glance.
The main idea of the dashboard is to give you a place where you can get an at-a-glance overview of what’s happening with your blog. You can catch up on news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you or how popular your content’s been, quickly put out a no-frills post, or check out and moderate your latest comments. It’s like a bird’s eye view of operations, from which you can swoop down into the particular details.
WordPress Themes are files that work together to create the design and functionality of a WordPress site. Each Theme may be different, offering many choices for site owners to instantly change their website look.
In this video demonstration we are changing the theme via the dashboard inside WordPress.
Sometimes your server security may not allow you to install themes from dashboard or it may show error while you are trying to upload your theme. At that time you have to use FTP Server to upload your theme file. You may want to upload several themes at a time then FTP is the best option for you. You can also call it manual WordPress theme installation.
To use FTP method, at first you have to set up a FTP client like FileZilla. Once you’ve connected with FTP client , you will find your computer files on left side and server files on right side. Your core self-hosted files will be on public_html file.
Before uploading theme file to the FTP Server, you have to extract the theme file. Most of the time your theme file will be a zip file. To extract the file you can use 7 zip, which is free.
Once you’ve connected with FTP client , you will find your computer files on left side and server files on right side. Your core self-hosted files will be on public_html file.
|Section 3: Content Protection|
Akismet is a spam filtering service. It attempts to filter link spam from blog comments and spamTrackBack pings. The filter works by combining information about spam captured on all participating blogs, and then using those spam rules to block future spam.
Akismet was originally developed to integrate with a plugin for WordPress. It is now included by default in all WordPress builds since version 2.0 and activated in all WordPress.com-hosted blogs. A public Akismet API has resulted in third-party plugins for other platforms.Released under the GPL license, the Akismet plugin is free software, although the code to the Akismet system itself (and the nature of the algorithm used) has not been released.
Auttomatic is the company behind Akismet, and it was founded by the WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg. Akismet catches blog comment and pingback spam using their algorithms. This algorithm learns from its mistakes and from the actions taken by participating websites. For example, when a number of websites start reporting similar looking content as spam, then Akismet will learn to identify that kind of content as SPAM in the future. As of June 14, 2013, Akismet has caught more than 83 Billion spam comments.
Follow these steps to activate and begin using Akismet:
1) Click the Plugins link on the left navigation menu of the Dashboard to load the Plugins page.
2) Click the Activate link below the Akismet plugin name and description.
3) A yellow box appears at the top of the page, saying Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work. An API key is a string of numbers and letters that functions like a unique password given to you by Akismet; it’s the key that allows your WordPress.org application to communicate with your Akismet account.
4) Click the link in the yellow box to navigate to the Akismet Configuration page.
5) If you have an API key, enter it in the Akismet API Key text field and then click the Update Options button to save your changes.
You can stop here if you already have a key, but if you do not have an Akismet key, keep following the steps.
6) Click the Akismet.com link on the Akismet Configuration page.
7) The Akismet website opens.
8) Click the Get an Akismet API Key button.
9) The signup page on the Akismet website opens, where you can choose from several different options for obtaining an Akismet key:
a) Enterprise: $50/month for people who own multiple WordPress-powered websites and want to use Akismet on all of them.
b) Pro: $5/month for people who own one small, nonpersonal (or business) WordPress-powered site.
c) Personal: $0–$120/year for people who own one small, personal, WordPress-powered blog. You can choose to pay nothing ($0), or if you’d like to contribute a little cash toward the cause of combating spam, you can opt to spend up to $120 per year for your Akismet key subscription.
10) Select and pay for (if needed) your Akismet key.
11) After you’ve gone through the signup process, Akismet provides you with an API key. Copy that key by selecting it with your mouse pointer, right-clicking, and choosing Copy.
12) When you have your API key, go to the Akismet Configuration page by clicking the Akismet Configuration link on the Plugins menu on your WordPress Dashboard.
13) Enter the API key in the Akismet API Key text box and click the Update Options button to fully activate the Akismet plugin.
On the Akismet Configuration Page, after you’ve entered and saved your key, you also have two options that you can select to further manage your spam protection:
Auto-delete Spam Submitted on Posts More Than a Month Old: Enable this option by selecting the check box next to it to tell Akismet to automatically delete spam comments on posts that are more than a month old.
Show The Number of Comments You’ve Approved Beside Each Comment Author: Enable this option by selecting the check box next to it to tell Akismet to display the number of approved comments each comment author on your blog has.
Akismet catches spam and throws it into a queue, holding the spam for 15 days and then deleting it from your database. It’s probably worth your while to check the Akismet Spam page once a week to make sure that the plugin hasn’t captured any legitimate comments or trackbacks.
You can rescue those non-spam captured comments and trackbacks by following these steps (after you log in to your WordPress Dashboard):
Click Comments on the left navigation menu.
The Comments page appears, displaying a list of the most recent comments on your blog.
Click the Spam link.
|Section 4: Blogging Basics|
Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site's RSS feed.
To write a post:
1) Log in to your WordPress Administration Panel (Dashboard).
2) Click the 'Posts' tab.
3) Click the 'Add New' sub-tab.
4) Start filling in the blanks: enter your post title in the upper field, and enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it.
5) As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the post. (Each of these sections is explained below.)
6) When you are ready, click Publish.
WordPress categories are a very convenient way to organize your posts. You can have parent and child categories making hierarchical arrangement of your posts possible. In addition to that, one post can be into more than one category. This gives you a lot of flexibility to show exactly the posts you want, exactly the way you want them in widgets, menus or directly in your WordPress theme.
Each post in WordPress is filed under one or more Categories. This aids in navigation and allows posts and to be grouped with others of similar content.
Each Category may be assigned to a Category Parent so that you may set up a hierarchy within the Category structure. In creating Categories, recognize that each Category Name must be unique. Thus, even if two Categories have two different Parents, they must still have different names.
How to create WordPress categories:
To creat new categories in WordPress, you need to access the Posts -> Catgories page first.
On the left side of the page you will see a tab that allows you to create categories. Fill in the category name, its slug (will be used in the category URLs) and the Add New Category button. For the purpose of this tutorial we will make a new category named Family posts.
That's it, your first category is ready. Now, let's make a sub-category of the Family posts one named Nephews. Fill in a name and slug the way you did with the first category but this time select Family posts as parent for the new category. Then, press Add New Category once more to save thew new sub-category.
How to assign posts to categories:
Once you have the category structure created, you can add posts to categories. There are two ways you can do this. The first one is to open a particular post (or write a new one) and place a checkbox in the category you want to assign it to.
The second way is to bulk add posts to a category. To do this go to Posts -> All Posts. Next, select the posts you want to add to a category, click on the Bulk Actions tab, select Edit and finally press the Apply button.
Once you do that, you will few options you can adjust for those posts. One of them is the Categories section. Select the category you want to add those posts to and click on the Update button.
Now, the posts you've marked previously belong to the category you've chosen.
Every post in WordPress can be filed under one or more Tags. This aids in navigation and allows posts and to be grouped with others of similar content.
Unlike Categories, Tags have no hierarchy so there is no Parent->Child relationship like that of Categories. But like Categories, Tag names must be unique.
Tags are displayed under each post. When someone viewing your blog clicks on one of these Tag links, a Tag archive page with all the posts belonging to that Tag, will be displayed.
Add New Tag
This part of the Screen, which is conveniently linked to from the top of the Table of Tags, allows you to create a new Tag. There are three pieces of information associated with each new Tag: the name, description, slug, and number of posts containing that Tag.
To reiterate, the Tag Name must be unique.
The Tag slug must be unique. The "slug" is the URL-friendly version of the name. It is usually all lowercase and contains only letters, numbers, and hyphens. For example, setting a Tag Name of "Recipes" and a Tag Slug of "food" would show all "Recipes" posts with a URL like example.com/blog/food/.
A description for the Tag. Note: In many themes the Tag Description not displayed, however some themes may show it.
Add New Tag
Click this button to save your new Tag.
There can be many ways to embed a video into a blog post or page. In this particular video demonstration, I am embedding a hosted video via You Tube into a page.
Steps How To Embed a Video:
Step 1) Login to WordPress go to the dashboard.
Step 2) Add new Page, then title.
Step 3) Go to your You Tube Channel, select the video.
Step 4) Click on embed then highlight the embed code. Copy this code and past it into notepad.
Step 5) Go back to your WordPress page, then click on HTML view
Step 6) Copy the embed code from your notepad, then Past the embed into your page.
Step 7) Then hit publish and verify the video is where you like it, then play it to verify it play correctly.
Defining a Menu: You must define a menu before you can add items to it.
1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
2) From the 'Appearance' menu on the left-hand side of the Dashboard, select the 'Menus' option to bring up the Menu Editor.
3) Select Create a new menu at the top of the page
4) Enter a name for your new menu in the Menu Name box
5) Click the Create Menu button.
Adding Items to a Menu: The Screen Options allow you to choose which items you can use to add to a menu. Certain items, like Posts are hidden by default.
1) Locate the pane entitled Pages.
2) Within this pane, select the View All link to bring up a list of all the currently published Pages on your site.
3) Select the Pages that you want to add by clicking the checkbox next to each Page's title.
4) Click the Add to Menu button located at the bottom of this pane to add your selection(s) to the menu that you created in the previous step.
5) Click the Save Menu button once you've added all the menu items you want.
Deleting a Menu Item: Locate the menu item that you want to remove in the menu editor window
1) Click on the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of the menu item/box to expand it.
2) Click on the Remove link. The menu item/box will be immediately removed.
3) Click the Save Menu button to save your changes.
By default, WordPress shows your most recent posts in reverse chronological order on the front page of your site.
Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead. This "static front page" look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site.
The look and feel of the front page of the site is based upon the choices of the user combined with the features and options of the WordPress Theme.
There are four models for WordPress layout and structure, three that include static front pages.
1) Blog: This is the traditional front page format with posts featured in reverse chronological order.
2) Static Front Page: This is a traditional static HTML site model with a fixed front page and content placed in Pages, rarely if ever using posts, categories, or tags.
3) Static Front Page Plus Blog: This model features a static front page as an introduction or welcome plus a blog to manage posts. Pages may be used to provide timeless content such as Contact, About, etc.
4) Dynamic Front Page: Sometimes called the integrated model, the dynamic site design features a static front page plus blog, however the front page is dynamic. It may feature a combination of static and blog content (Page and posts). The Twenty-Eleven WordPress Theme offers that feature as an example with their Showcase Page Template. It features the most recent post in full or excerpt followed by the next most recent posts as post titles. There is an option to add a slider for featured posts set as Sticky Posts above the first post, creating a dynamic mix of content on the front page.
No matter which layout structure you choose, the process of setting up the static front page in WordPress is basically the same.
WordPress Static Front Page Process
There are two steps critical to creating a static front page on your site with WordPress.
2) Assign the Posts Page (blog page)
The Page assigned as the front page of the site will display the static information you wish readers to know. It may be customized to direct people to welcome or offer instructions, featured content, highlight specific posts, articles, categories, or contributors.
The Page assigned as the blog page (posts page) of the site displays posts in reverse chronological order. Posts set as Sticky Posts will stick to the top of the queue, and navigation and organization of post content is through categories and tags.
|Section 5: Bonus Videos|
This tutorial is the for quick start only. A separate detailed course will be available in the future here on Udemy.
Repurpose Videos - The idea would be if you have already recorded a "HOA" Hangout on Air, then you should be re-purposing your video content into short video segments or excerpts.
This is a great marketing idea, since you already recorded the HOA, now take the time to break it up into shorter video excerpts. This does take tine, effort and video editing software.
Each video excerpt should be selected and created based on the subject or topic shared during the video clip.
In the Domain Name System (DNS) hierarchy, a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain
It is not always necessary to register a new domain name when the one you already own will work perfectly fine. Rather than registering a new domain name, you can always create sub domain using the domain you already own.
A subdomain is a second website, with its own unique content, but there is no new domain name. Instead, you use an existing domain name and change the www to another name. The subdomain name looks like forums.domain.com, help.domain.com, help2.domain.com (assuming you already host domain.com).
To create a subdomain in cPanel via Hostgator:
1) Login to cPanel and click Subdomains.
2) In the drop-down, choose the domain.
3) In the box before the domain, type the subdomain name you want.
4) Click inside the "Document Root" box and it will auto-fill.
5) Hit the Create button.
This video only deals with creating the Google authorship link inside your signature on your post or page. The second part is to locate and install a Google plus authorship link plugin that should be installed on your blog. I use a plugin called AuthorSure.
After completing the steps in this video, you must next install and configure the plugin AuthorSure. The final step, you must take your URL site address placed inside o your Google plus provide page.
What is Google Authorship?
Google Authorship is a powerful way to link your content to yourself as an author. Establishing authorship helps you to Improve click-through rates on your content.
1) Establish credibility and legitimacy to your content and your name.
2) Garner authorship recognition and exposure.
3) Improved search engine result page rankings with Google Author Rank.
Link Your Content to Your Google Plus Profile
There are multiple way to verify your Google plus profile, but in this example we will link our content to you Google plus profile.
You can establish a direct link to your authorship by linking to your Google Plus profile with the rel=”author” parameter.
1) In your content, add a byline that says By Your Name.
2) Now create a text link for “Your Name” and link it to your Google Plus profile. Be sure to include rel=author in that link.
3) Your Google Link: https://plus.google.com/[youridhere]?rel=author
Example: By Mark Pierce
HTML: By <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/105060541633876484863/?rel=author”>Mark Pierce</a>
You do not have to add the link to your byline though, that is just my preference. As long as you link to your Google Plus profile and include ?rel=author, you can add the link to any text anywhere in the article.
Some sites allow you to have a customizable “About Author” section below your article that accepts HTML. That would also be a great place to add a link that said something like “Circle Your Name on Google Plus.” Just do not forget the ?rel=author parameter.
Don’t Forget: Once you’ve done the above, you need to edit your Contributor To section. Just click that link and it will automatically pop up the edit page where you can add the website you are a contributor for.
How To Install The AuthorSure Plugin
1) Download the zip file from wordpress.org/extend/plugins/authorsure/
2) Uncompress the downloaded zip archive in [WordPress install root]/wp-content/plugins
3) Activate the plugin in your WordPress plugins control panel
4) Go to the “Settings” section, and choose “AuthorSure”
5) Choose your author linking method based on whether you have one or more authors writing on your blog
6) Each author edits their profile on the WordPress site and enters the URL of the Google Plus Profile.
7) Each author edits their profile on Google Plus and adds a link pointing to their author page in the Contributor section.
8) Test the reciprocal links are correct for each author by entering the URL of one or more of their posts into the Google Rich Snippets Test Tool.
9) Each author fills in a Authorship Request Form on Google to request the inclusion of their Author Profile in the Google search results.
I am a WordPress Security Consultant, Backup Specialist and WordPress Administrator. Provide Specialized WordPress Services, which includes Backup & Storage, Site Assessment, Installation, Maintenance, Security and Video Module Courses.
I have 10 years Desktop/Software Support experience. While working as a contractor for the Federal Government for 8 years I was tasked to create a Help Desk Video tutorial course to instruct new uses how to use a specific website, provide permissions and access.
While working with a program called Adobe Captivate I fell in love with video capture and tutorial instruction. I enjoy both the technical side and the opportunity to capture live over the shoulder video to walk end users through a step-by-step instructional course.
So as I developed my WordPress Membership Site and delivered WordPress Specialized Services, I decided to incorporate video module courses to my end users, so they could understand and have a better overall experience while learning about WordPress and all the other services I provide on their behalf.