This course covers exactly how to set up a WordPress website from scratch, because here’s the problem: you are looking to start a website for your blog, business, portfolio, store, or forum – but the idea of messing with computer code, databases, or software sounds a bit daunting.
The good news is that doing self-hosted WordPress website setup is super-easy. And running it afterwards is easier still. Unlike site builders, you own it and it can grow as your site grows. Here’s how to set up a WordPress website step by step…
Now you can get over 68 minutes of “over my shoulder” videos that take you through installing WordPress from start to finish.
Video 1 takes you through the pre-installation process of choosing a user name that isn’t the default “admin” – which is loved by hackers everywhere as it makes their life so much easier. It also shows you where to get a completely random password generated that will keep your site secure.
Video 2 has two versions. One for installing WordPress using Fantastico and the other using Softaculous, the two most popular “one click” installation routines used by most web hosts.
Video 3 shows you how to update anything that the auto-install has missed. Automatic installation routines are often behind the time with their releases and this video shows you what to do when this happens. It also shows you all the changes that you need to make in the default WordPress installation in order to keep things neat and tidy, ready for when you start posting.
Video 4 continues with some more settings changes and also talks about the initial appearance of your new WordPress blog and removing some of the unnecessary widgets that are installed by default.
Video 5 goes through the installation of the 9 plugins that I automatically add to every new WordPress installation. Everything from a contact form through to Yoast’s SEO plugin and lots of others as well.
Videos 6, 7 and 8 show you in detail how to configure the plugins so that your site operates at its best. Each of the plugins is covered in turn and you’re shown where to find the settings, which ones to change and which ones to leave alone.
If you’re supporting customers on their WordPress installations, the last 4 videos will save you lots of time and effort!
Videos 9 and 10 show you how to make a post in WordPress. Including adding a picture and a “more” line so that the whole post isn’t treated as duplicate content.
Video 11 does the same but for WordPress pages instead. It also explains the difference between posts and pages, what you’d use each one for, how to change their order in the WordPress menus and how to remove pages from the menus without removing them from your site.
Video 12 gives an overview of WordPress themes, where you or your clients can find them and how to install a new theme.