This easy, direct course covers how to easily manage your previously built WordPress website for your business. Perhaps a web designer built your site for your company and now it's up to you to manage it. You probably had some cursory direction given to you, but maybe you have already forgotten it or need a little hand holding now that it's time to make some updates. I'll take the pain out of having to learn a new skill set.
This comprehensive, easy-to-follow course will guide you through everything you need to create great looking posts, adding pages, adding some great looking photo galleries, assigning user roles for managing the site, what plug-ins can do for you, what plug-ins you should have, managing SPAM, how to encourage social sharing, how to add video, using best SEO practices and more. I'll even show you how to add PayPal buttons on your site to collect payments.
You will watch over my shoulder as I walk you through the ins-and-outs of your WordPress site. By the end of this course you will be able to confidently manage your WordPress company website and MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE THE HERO in the process.
Each lecture in this course is broken down to it's most essential aspect. The course is meant to save you valuable time (since this may not be your only job description) and can be easily referenced when you need reinforcement when it comes to editing your site. Did you forget how to do something? Don't know how to do something? Just reference the course and jump in right where you need to.
Since all WordPress Themes are different, I have set up a private Facebook group where I can address specific theme issues or elaborate on any particular item. What is covered here will give you the fundamentals you need and enable you to keep your site looking great while taking the hassle out of learning a new skill set or improving upon your current one.
Just a quick overview of the course - pretty self explanatory. Thanks for purchasing this course! I hope you learn some valuable skills and fun while you are doing it!
Creating/Editing Posts and Pages
Obviously, logging in to your website is the first step in editing your WordPress website.
A quick introduction to the Content Editor.
Creating Posts will populate your blog section and keep content on your WordPress website fresh.
There are a number of different Post formats that you can use, but it's best to stick with the "Standard."
You can password protect a Post or set it to Private if you have sensitive information or would like to just share with specific individuals.
If you create several blog posts in one sitting, scheduling them to go out at different times can make you more productive.
Pasting text from Microsoft Word or a Text Editor sometimes creates issues.
Excerpts are featured "snippets" of your blog postings, while Featured Images are the prominent images used in the blog posting.
Categories assist your viewers in filtering content on your WordPress website by only displaying specific categories.
Tags further assist your viewers in filtering content on your WordPress website by showing only relevant content. Tags are more specific than Categories and act much like "keywords."
I'll show you how to add text links and how to create email links.
Creating Pages in WordPress is much like creating Posts.
Working With Media
We upload images and do some basic image editing.
Creating galleries is a matter of uploading a few images and setting some parameters.
We cover embedding YouTube code and manipulating that code in order to make your video "responsive."
Basic Site Maintenance
Assigning/Managing User Roles
When you have a number of contributors to your WordPress website, assigning roles makes things much easier.
The Administrator Role is the highest-level role in managing your site. Be careful with this one!
The Editor Role allows you to publish and edit posts and pages. You can also manage users.
If you are an Editor or Administrator of your WordPress website you will want this plug-in.
The Author Role can publish and edit only their own posts.
The Contributor can only submit posts for review by an Editor or Administrator.
The Subscriber Role is the most limited of roles. They can only edit their profile and comment on posts.
It's important to create a strong password and I share with you some fun ideas in creating one.
You don't want to lose all of your hard work, so it's important to back up your site.
It's important that your site loads quickly. This plug-in will assist with that.
Akismet is a great plug-in for filtering/stopping SPAM comments on your website.
If you want a plug-in that disables comments on your WordPress website, this plug-in accomplishes just that.
This is probably the most widely-used plug-in in my toolbox.
This plug-in is used most often as a work-around for a top-level navigation point that might not have any content.
Related Posts are a great way to increase user-engagement and add interest to your site.
FooBox is a free plug-in (premium version also available) that makes your images "pop-up" in a "lightbox"
FooGallery is a fun plug-in that creates some awesome galleries.
Basic SEO Practices
This plug-in almost guarantees that your site will be found for your particular keywords and can really help when creating page content.
Site Titles and Page Titles are important aspects of SEO. Just make sure your content reflects that.
Getting More Out of Your Site
Here's how to accept payments on your website with PayPal.
I walk you through my process of page structuring, creating a page.
Your site may appear a little differently because it might use a "Page Builder" feature.
I often get asked why some images aren't displayed on a clients' blogpost. Have you checked your Featured Image setting?
WordPress has a pretty good "Roll Back" feature if you find yourself in a bind.
Please feel free to leave concerns, questions or issues in the discussion or head over to the Private Facebook Group.
It's OK to update Plug-Ins, but check with your web designer before updating your version of WordPress.