About this course
You will want to set the featured image of all of your pages to ensure Google and Facebook use the right images.
For example, if you did not set a featured image then when you type your domain url into a message or to share in a post it might pull an image from one of your testimonials, which might seem a bit inappropriate.
You can check what information Facebook will use for your website using the Facebook Debugger Tool.
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This short introductory lesson will set expectations and show you how to use the course materials.
Your domain is www.yourbusinessname.com and it is something that you want to take some time to consider and get right. In this video I will talk to you about what are the most important things to think about when it comes to choosing your domain.
In this lesson I will walk you through, step by step, the process of purchasing your domain and hosting service with Siteground. We will ensure you have WordPress installed as part of this.
You do not have to understand how a website works to build a website. But, in this lesson I will try to describe to you, in the simplest terms, the relationship between your domain and your hosting provider. And, how to set up a second domain.
Here we will look at how to log in to your WordPress Dashboard and how to choose our WordPress theme.
Here I walk you through the process of creating your 3 essential pages a Home, About and Services pages.
We will then create the menu structure that will be applied to our website header.
The plugins you use add specific functionalities to your website. This video talks you through how to install some essential plugins to get you started.
This is the only cost we incur, except our domain and hosting, to build our website. Thrive Architect is a page builder that helps you create beautiful website pages, easily.
Your hosting with SiteGround comes with some nice extra benefits when it comes to optimizing your site. Follow along this video to set some of these up and get the most benefit.
Before we build our website we are going to spend some time coming up with the all important content.
Here I walk you through the steps to create a really simple logo for free.
In this lesson we will create the Header and Footer that will appear on every page of the website.
I added this lesson in because the initial logo that I created was a square shape which made the Header appear rather wide.
Here I show you a handy tool to use in order to make a current logo's background transparent or crop the image, which is what I do here.
This lesson will help you develop the content you will put on the Home page of your website. There is an accompanying Google doc for you to access and use as a prompt and template.
We will do the same thing for your About page. Hint: It's not just writing about you!
This lesson will help you collate the information you will need to put together a great Services page.
For some of you, you might want to have a separate page for each service. This lesson will show you how to set up a sub menu layout.
This short lesson will show you how to find the Hex codes needed to ensure you are using the exact same colours throughout your website.
It's time to start building your website! We'll start with the top section, your Hero Area.
Don't worry, I will show you exactly what to type!
The next step is to add a section that showcases the main or most important services or products that you offer.
What makes your business different and better than the others? We will add that to this section.
Start collecting leads by adding a lead generator to your Home page.
Now I will show you how to integrate your free mail chimp account with your lead generator section on your Home page.
This video shows you how you might want to design your About page.
It's important that we give the opportunity for website visitors to follow us on social media.
Watch me build, from scratch our beautiful Services/Products page
In this lesson we make a few last adjustments and set our website to actually work.
In this lesson I will show you how to make sure a website visitor can move seamlessly around your site.
Your featured image is what Google or Facebook may use when you share your website link. These platforms may use an inappropriate image so this lesson will show you how to set this.
You might want to add a contact form to a dedicated contact page or add a contact section to a current page. Learn how to ensure you receive the emails notifying you of messages received through the contact form.
Blogging can be a great way of communicating with your customers. Here is how to set this up if you need this functionality on your website.
In this video I show you how you can quickly, easily and affordably start taking payments on your website.
This is a second option if you want to let a user book and pay for a service without even leaving your website.
Google Search Console can give you important insight into your websites performance. Here I'll show you how to set this up.