About This Course
WordPress for Beginners – A complete guide to WordPress!
Up-to-Date – Covers the latest version of WordPress (4.x).
About the WordPress for Beginners Course
This course will guide you through the installation and running of WordPress on a web host, and show you how to run a successful, beautiful, responsive-design website you can be proud of. You will be taken from your current level of WordPress knowledge, to one where you enjoy and are confident in using WordPress to build great sites.
After taking you through all of the main options in WordPress and explaining what each one does and how you set it up, I’ll let you watch over my shoulder as I build a WordPress website. It will be an affiliate site that I hope will make me passive income for many years to come. Go and check out the free preview tutorials in Section 13.
Who is this WordPress for Beginners course for?
Have you ever wanted to build a professional looking website, but didn’t know where to start? Now you can with WordPress 4.
WordPress for Beginners is a complete course for anyone, no matter what your technical ability. This course assumes no prior knowledge!
We’ll start at the beginning, by choosing a domain name and setting it up to work with a web host.
Once WordPress is installed, we’ll login and have a look around to familiarize ourselves with the main areas of the Dashboard.
Once you are happy navigating around your new tools, we’ll go through the main features you will need as you create your site, including:
- The WYSIWYG Editor. This is where you enter all of your website content.
- The Media Library, to manage your images, videos, sound files and other media you want to share on your site.
- WordPress Settings, and I’ll take you step by step to set those up just right.
- We’ll look at the differences between WordPress posts and WordPress pages, and I’ll give you a simple way of knowing which one to use on any occasion.
- We’ll look at post excerpts, categories and tags, and how to use them on a well-structured site to maximize visitor experience and search engine ranking benefits.
- You’ll see the two main ways you can set your homepage up.
- We’ll create a contact form on the site so visitors can get in touch.
- We’ll setup an About us page, and I’ll explain why this page is important and what information to include on it.
- We’ll cover the legal pages you need.
- We’ll discuss the navigation system on your site, and how you can set up customized navigation in the header, sidebar or footer of your site. We’ll also talk about internal site linking.
- We’ll cover WordPress security, and set up 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.
What are the requirements?
- No prior knowledge of WordPress is required as everything will be covered in this course.
What am I going to get from this WordPress for Beginners course?
- This course will teach anyone to build a function, beautiful website with WordPress.
- Build a WordPress website
- Understand the main features of WordPress
- Know how to configure WordPress for best results
- Understand plugins & themes and how to find/install them
- Protect their WordPress website from hackers and spammers
- Create an affiliate site for passive, recurring income
- Build websites for profit or fun.
- Create a Responsive Website that looks good on any browser
What is the target audience?
- Anyone that wants to build a website
- Anyone that wants to master WordPress
- Anyone that wants to get into affiliate marketing
- Anyone interested in watching over my shoulder as I build a real, affiliate website
Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to the Course
Congratulations on making the decision to learn WordPress. This introductory video will explain who I am, and why WordPress is such a great platform to use for building a website.
Introduction to the course
Free Preview 08:10
An introduction to WordPress, and keeping this course up to date.
Free Preview 12:06
A Quick Note
The perfect domain name
This tutorial shows how I go about finding and registering a domain name. In this lecture, I mention my free Installation course. It is no longer free in Udemy, but you can still get it for free by checking out the final bonus lecture in this course.
Finding the domain
Free Preview 14:21
A first look around WordPress
A look around the WordPress Dashboard.
The WordPress Dashboard
Clearing out WordPress pre-installed content
Let’s take a look at the WYSIWYG Editor.
The WYSIWYG Editor
The Media Library allows you to easily manage your images, videos and other media types in one central location.
The Media Library
What is a Gravatar, why are they important and how can you set one up?
Setting up a Gravatar
Let’s set up the author profile on our site.
When you add a new piece of content to your site, it’s nice to tell the world about these new pieces of content. In this video we’ll look at how we can do that.
This video goes through the Reading Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.
This video goes through the Discussion Settings in the Dashboard, setting them up as we go.
This video looks at the Permalink settings, and how to use them for maximum SEO benefit.
This video shows you how to add, delete and activate plugins.
Please note that “WordPress SEO by Yoast” is now just “Yoast SEO” and their logo as changed to a traffic light.
If you buy a plugin, it will come as a zip file. You can easily install these zip files in the Dashboard, and this video shows you how.
Installing Premium Plugins
This video will add a sitemap to your website that will be automatically updated whenever a new post or page is added to your site.
Adding a sitemap
An Introduction to WordPress Widgets
An Introduction to WordPress Themes
This tutorial offers some advice on dealing with WordPress comments
Allowing Comments & Comment Moderation
Website Content with Posts & Pages
Creating a Post or a Page
WordPress offer two main ways to add content to a site. Posts and pages. In this lecture, we’ll look at how posts differ from pages.
WordPress Posts v WordPress Pages
In this lecture, I’ll tell you when to use a post and when to use a page.
When you use a Post, and when to use a Page
A look at how to use categories to organize your posts, and how to set a default category.
Tags can be used to further classify posts, and make it easier for your visitors to find things.
This tutorial covers post excerpts and why you should use them.
The Importance of Post Excerpts
The homepage on your site is arguably the mot important page on the site. Why?
The importance of the homepage
Static Homepage v Blog Posts
Creating the Legal Pages
Let’s give visitors a way to contact us.
Creating a Contact page
In the previous video, Contact Form 7 worked with a captcha plugin called reCaptcha. Recently that changed and it is causing a students a bit of a headache. This update video shows how to use the new captcha plugin with Contact Form 7.
UPDATE: Contact Form 7 Captcha
Creating an About Us page
Let’s complete the other legal pages using a plugin to speed up the process.
Terms, Privacy and Disclaimers
Custom Menus allow us to override WordPress default menus so we have total control over the navigation system on our site.
One small addition to the video above…
Custom Menus Minor Update
Top Menu Navigation
Let’s see how we can add a custom menu to the sidebar, even when your theme does not support a sidebar menu.
You can also add custom menus into the footer area of your site.
Adding a related posts section to your site can keep visitors on your site longer.
Related Post Navigation
Internal links in the body of your articles is a great way to keep visitor on site, and keep search engines happy.
Internal Site Linking
Social sharing of your content can bring backlinks and traffic to your site. I don’t have a recommended social sharing plugin, but in this video I’ll show you how to look for them, evaluate the ones you find, and install the perfect social plugin (s).
Introducing WordPress security, and some quick & easy steps to make your site more secure.
Introduction to WordPress Security
A security plugin that also speeds up your site.
The best plugin for handling spam comments.
WordPress will use your login username in your author profile URL. This makes part of a hacker’s job very easy, because they know your login username. This tutorial shows you how to change this.
How to change your WordPress username (Advanced)
A few more Free WordPress Plugins
If you need to showcase images on your site, this Responsive Lightbox plugin is useful.
Keep automated backups of your WordPress database with this free plugin.
Create shorter URLs with the option of tracking clicks.
Pretty links Lite
Occasionally a plugin can cause problems and lock you out of your site. This may be incompatibilities with your theme or WordPress itself. If this happens, you may not be able to log into WordPress at all, and your site won’t display to your visitors, just an error message. Let me show you how to fix this.
What to Do if a Plugin Locks you Out