Easy Wordpress Website Design and Development for Beginners
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Easy Wordpress website design & development for beginners: Marketing self-publishing & Udemy online courses - Unofficial
4.8 (87 ratings)
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8,922 students enrolled
Created by Brian Jackson
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install and maintain their own Wordpress based website
  • Save money by installing and maintaining your own website
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  • All you need is a web browser (I demonstrate Chrome running on a Windows PC)
  • You'll also need approximately $50 to register a domain name and obtain web hosting for you site for one year

Authors, artists and entrepreneurs all need websites. How about you?

This course explains how to design and develop a Wordpress website from scratch.

Wordpress is free... and it's easy. Easy to install, easy to configure, easy to maintain.

There's no need to fear, this course will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to implement and maintain your own Wordpress based website. In this course, you'll learn about:

  • Domain name and website hosting
  • Wordpress installation and configuration
  • Installation of plugins and themes
  • Adding pages and blog posts to your site
  • Adding Facebook like and email signup forms

Using Wordpress to implement your own website provides many advantages:

  • Save money by doing it yourself
  • Maintain creative control of the end product
  • Update your own web page, when you want and how you want
  • But most of all, have fun!

So, come join me on this journey. End the course with a new website. We'll do it together.

Good luck and happy Udemy'ing.


Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in creating a personal website
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
3 Lectures 22:53

In which I discuss the topics addressed in this course.

Preview 05:45

In which I provide a brief overview of how Wordpress works.

Preview 14:28

In which I show the website we'll be developing during the course (http://class.chloeboston.com).

Sample Website
Wordpress Installation
4 Lectures 20:16

In which I show you how to host your website at PowWeb.

Domain Name and Hosting

To Purchase PowWeb Hosting

In which I show you how to install Wordpress using one step install.

Wordpress Installation

In which I demonstrate the Wordpress administrative interface.

Wordpress Administrative Interface
Wordpress Configuration
4 Lectures 36:12

In which I demonstrate initial Wordpress website configuration.

Initial Website Configuration

In which I demonstrate how to install the Responsive theme.

Choosing and Installing a Theme

In which I demonstrate configuring the home page of the Responsive theme.

Responsive Theme Home Page Configuration

In which I demonstrate the installation of the dozen or so plugins we'll be using in our website.

Installing Plugins
Wordpress Fundamentals
2 Lectures 19:14

In which I demonstrate the configuration of web pages and blog posts.

Configuring Pages and Posts

In which I show how to insert images into pages and posts.

Inserting Images
Wordpress Website Creation
4 Lectures 30:50

In which I create a blank page for our blog and add it to the website's primary menu.

Creating Your Blog Page and Primary Menu

In which I show how to configure widgets and add them to the web page sidebar.

Configuring Your Widgets and Sidebar

In which I upgrade from the Responsive theme to the Responsive II theme.

Upgrading to the Responsive II Theme

In which I add a Contact page to the website.

Creating Your Other Pages
Using Your Wordpress Plugins
2 Lectures 09:13

In which I demonstrate how to create a favicon and add it to the website.

Creating and Adding a Favicon

In which I show how to use the Wordpress SEO by Yoast plugin to write blog posts and pages that can be found with a specific keyword phrase.

Using Wordpress SEO by Yoast
Introduction to HTML
5 Lectures 38:03

In which I demonstrate how to switch between Visual and Text mode while editing a page or post.

Switching Between Standard and HTML Editing Modes

In which I discuss the basic structure of HTML markup.

HTML Structure

In which we learn the basics of HTML markup.

Common HTML Markup Pt. 1

In which we learn the basics of HTML.

Common HTML Markup Pt. 2

In which I teach you how to insert image while in Text or HTML mode.

Inserting Images in HTML
Odds and Ends
1 Lecture 07:49

In which we look at my home page which uses the Genesis theme.

A Look at My Website and the Genesis Theme
1 Lecture 04:37

An overview of my course catalog for all 14 course created during my first year with Udemy.

My Course Catalog
Continuing Education - Student Questions About Wordpress Installation
6 Lectures 46:31
Installing Multiple Wordpress Websites on a Single ISP and Cheap Domain Names

Browsing for, Selecting and Installing a Theme - The Albar Theme

Another Example of Arcane Wordpress Theme Configuration - The Albar Theme

What is Woo Commerce and Do I Need It?

Initial Installation and Configuration of Woo Commerce

More Configuration Pointers for the Albar Theme
About the Instructor
Brian Jackson
4.5 Average rating
2,780 Reviews
55,814 Students
32 Courses
Author/Publisher 32 Courses, 2760+ Reviews, 55,400+ Students

Born in Los Angeles, California, in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I’ve published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I’ve also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my lovely wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.