Look…I’m an artist too.
I work with them, relate to them, and have spent enough time around them to know they are VERY different breed. They are the free thinkers, creatives, passionate, and the powerful. They seek to capture the incredible and kindle forest fires of inspiration in others. They have vision. They have drive.
…but they don’t always have the technical know-how to get there. And that? I think that’s ridiculous.
So I built a course for the writers among them
I was invited to give a seminar to writers on how to build websites. That material became the bedrock for this course. However, going in, there was one thing I didn’t know. And that one thing terrified me: How technically inclined was my audience?
The only thing that made sense was to design a course that could handle super-tech-savvy gurus and ‘what’s this thing next to my computer doing with a tail?’ types. So I landed on videos that go fast without skipping steps. I want you to hit pause when you need to. I want you to rewind if you need to, but if you don’t – then I won’t waste your time forcing you to sit through a video long after you’ve ‘got it’.
But then I paired those fast (but complete) videos with text that moves slow for those who desire an exhaustive explanation and need the deep-dive-nitty-gritty of what’s going on. I think it works well to adapt to your learning pace lesson-by-lesson.
And why else?
Are there a lot of WordPress courses out in the wild? Yes.
Do they cover quite a bit of this material? Probably.
Do they cover this stuff:
- Where WordPress fits in the WWW
- The shadow side of site-builders
- How Self-Hosting Works
- Domain Privacy Protection
- cPanel basics (like…what it is)
- MailChimp integration
- Diving into the Jetpack plugin
- Setting up your site with rock-solid security
- Comprehensive look at the WordPress Dashboard
- How to use the same tools developers use
- Thinking like a programmer
and...themes, users management, how to get your business email to play nice with your gmail account, and importing from other blogging platforms (like Blogger).
I don’t know. This one does.
I hope you have a blast building your own platform. It’s your voice. It’s worth being heard, and these are some of the first steps you’ll take towards ensuring that it does.
Shatter the silence,
One Time Payment
Getting your bearings…because the Internet is a big place.
What you need to know about WordPress.com
How it could be awesome or abysmal depending on what you need.
Using the Zero to WordPress Forums
How to ask me, and others, questions in a way that gets you the answers you need quickly.
Setting up email
Setting up [email protected] with gmail integration (assumes you have an active gmail account).
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Encryption, SSL/TLS, and certificates (psst…you need to know what this is if you wanna sell stuff online).
WordPress Dashboard – Intro
The way is shut, and the dead keep it…until you log in (that’s from Lord of the Rings btw).
WordPress Dashboard – Settings
No, I don’t mean ‘general’ as in ‘this is a flyover’, I mean ‘General’ as in this is actually the name of a Settings menu within the WordPress Dashboard.
Fancy word meaning ‘URL structure’ : (www.yoursite.com/year/month/date/…. or whatever else you set it up as)
WordPress Dashboard – Content
WordPress Dashboard – Appearance
WordPress Dashboard – Recommended Plugins (Free)
MailChimp for WordPress
Add to your email list directly from your site (assumes at least a free MailChimp account)
Really Simple SSL
Automatically upgrades mixed content to make use of that shiny new SSL certificate Bluehost gave you.
Generating an XML SiteMap for your Google Search Console (and what that all meant if I lost ya)