A Newbie’s Guide to Building a Self-Hosted Blog or Website
Are you ready to invest in a website (or blog) but don’t know where to start?
Overwhelmed by having to learn yet another new thing?
Never fear—all you need is one hour to learn everything about creating a website using WordPress and other Internet resources. We’ll cover the following steps:
- Deciding on website goals,
- Organizing information for a set of pages: about me, books, contact, etc.,
- Deciding on a hosting company,
- Choosing a Word Press theme and style,
- Creating static Word Press pages, and
- Creating and populating a blog page.
This class is for beginners, and is intended for students with no knowledge of WordPress (or of creating websites and blogs at all!). At the end of this class, students will have an overview of WordPress, know how to set up a basic website, and even know how to add a blog.
If you’d rather use a free website or blog, sign up instead for “Develop a Free Author Website in 60 Minutes (or Less!).” If you’re undecided, read this post for tips on how to decide which path to take. Register for either “Develop a Free Author Website in 60 Minutes (or Less!)” or “A Newbie’s Guide to Building a Self-Hosted Blog or Website,” but don’t sign up for both.
This OnDemand workshop includes a recorded webinar, a thorough handout, a dedicated webpage, and a test WordPress site:
- The recorded webinar runs over 90 minutes and is viewable on your schedule, right from your internet browser (best viewed in Firefox or Chrome). Watch the presentation as many times as you want. The presentation is fully bookmarked so you can jump to the section of the presentation you need when you have questions.
- The handout includes more details on websites, blogs, and WordPress.
- The dedicated webpage shares even more WordPress tips.
- The test WordPress site allows you to play with a website or blog for a month while you experiment with what you learn in the class.
(Note: WordPress constantly updates their software, so the screenshots in the webinar are slightly out-of-date as far as looks. However, the functionality remains similar.)
Jami Gold runs a popular blog on the WordPress platform and has taught herself coding to customize many settings. Her background includes project management, internet structure, teaching, and public speaking, and she’s also a social media ninja skilled in translating gobbledygook into English (i.e., writing technical documents for the non-technical).
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Comments from a Previous “A Newbie’s Guide” Student:
“Fantastic! Especially with all the follow-up goodies.” — C.C. Cedras