• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Finally, you can manage your Google Docs, uploads, and email attachments (plus Dropbox and Slack files) in one convenient place. Claim a free account, and in less than 2 minutes, Dokkio (from the makers of PBworks) can automatically organize your content for you.



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Creating a Website Using WordPress



  • Why You Need a Website (10 min)

    • A website is the most cost-effective method of promotion/marketing.

    • A website can supply basic information and a means of getting in contact.

    • A website can help your business increase profits and make it easier for potential customers to find you.

    • A website can help you collect users for an email marketing campaign.

    • A website can help you evaluate your marketing strategies by providing visitor stats.

    • A website for any business these days is a must; it is a great addition to all your marketing materials.

    • An Example: http://lincolnwellnessaz.com/


  • What is Wordpress? (5 min)

    • In a standard website (.html based), a developer/designer creates a template shell, saves each individual page as a separate file, and uploads the content.  When an item needs to be changed, it has to be changed on the individual file and re-uploaded.  If you’re a small business with a small web-budget, you don’t have resources to have someone change a single word every time you need one changed.


      WordPress does things differently. Instead of storing the content in files, it stores the content in a database.  The database is either stored on a different part of the server, or sometimes on a different server altogether.  Whereas a static page contains both structure and content, the WordPress theme envelops and wraps the content in the theme files – meaning you can change, edit, delete, and add new content using one set of template files (Studio NashVegas).


  • Wordpress.com vs. wordpress.org (10 min)

    • The distinction between WordPress.com and WordPress.org can cause some confusion for people. Let’s clear it up.  WordPress.com is brought to you by some of the same folks who work on WordPress, the open source blogging software.  WordPress.com utilizes the same WordPress software which you can download at WordPress.org.  With WordPress.com the hosting and managing of the software is taken care of by the team here at Automattic.  With WordPress.org you need to install the software on your own server or with a 3rd party provider (Wordpress.com).
    • Pros and Cons of Both: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
    • Let's start with a free Wordpress.com site and you can switch it over to a paid Wordpress.org site later


  • Obtaining a domain name and hosting space (15 min)

    • Buying Domain Names - I buy from GoDaddy, but some hosting sites (below) will sell a package (domain + hosting)
    • Wordpress Web Hosting - Average cost for hosting is anywhere from $5-$15 a month. The longer the plan the lower the monthly cost.
    • My Recommendations: and Web hosting
    • SiteGround Special - $3.95 per month - 1 year = $47, 2 years = $95, 3 years = $142 <--Great deal

    • One Year SiteGround Deal - 1 year for only $9.95


  • Installing Wordpress on Server (30 min)

    • Go to your hosting website and log in
    • Access Fantastico De Luxe in the CPanel

    • Inside choose Wordpress under Blogs on the left menu

    • Click New Install

    • Install Wordpress

    • If you want for Wordpress to be the main website for your domain (http://freshmancomp.com), choose the domain in the first box and skip the "Install in directory."

    • If you want for website to be installed in a subdirectory (http://freshmancomp.com/blog), then write the name (blog) in the "Install in directory."

    • For Admin access data, create a username and password for your website. Be sure to write this down. Make sure you use a good secure password.

    • Lastly, for Base configuration, add a nickname or your real name and an email address for your website. Site name and description can be changed later, so it doesn't really matter what you put here.

    • Click Install WordPress

    • You'll get a notice with your username and password, along with the access URL: http://freshmancomp.com/play/wp-admin/ You should bookmark your link. Not mine.



  • Break (5 min)


  • Configure your Wordpress Site

    • Login using your new username/password. The address will be similar to this: http://freshmancomp.com/play/wp-admin/ Just add the /wp-admin on the end of your domain name.

    • You'll enter in the Wordpress Dashboard

    • You should already be familiar with this area, as we will not be spending a lot of time learning about the dashboard. See Wordpress workshop.

    • To view your site, click the Visit Site link at the top. You will see a pretty generic looking website/blog.



  • Creating a Custom Header (depends on theme) (5 min)



  • Widgets? Adding and Using Widgets (20 min)

    • Widgets are a simple way to arrange the various elements of your sidebar content without having to change any code.


  • Break (5 min)

  • Building pages for website (15 min)

    • Create a page to be a Static Front Page. Set it as the Front Page. (Settings/Reading)
    • Create another page to be your blog Post Page. Set it as the Post Page. (Settings/Reading)
    • Create as many pages as you need: products, contact, services, about us, and more



  • Creating Categories and Tags (10 min)

    • Organizing your site with tags and categories
    • Mostly important if you will be blogging on your website
    • Categories vs Tags - What's the difference?

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