How to Create and Host your Own Website

How to Create and Host your Own Website

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Course Description

In this course we are going to create our own website from scratch using Wordpress. Wordpress is one of the most commonly used website platforms and ideal for beginners, entrepreneurs, business people and anyone who wants to get a simple website up and running without prior coding experience. Wordpress is great for simple static websites - without a lot of moving parts, which is what most entrepreneurs and people need. So instead of spending a lot of money on website developers, take this course and learn for yourself how to build a simple Wordpress website. We are going to build and host a real website for less than R100 or $6 USD - If you follow along at the end of the course you will have your own working website.

What you will learn

Learning Points, key take-aways

  • How to create a hosting account online
  • How to get your domain registered
  • How to navigate cPanel
  • How to build your website - with wordpress
  • How to use themes and templates for wordpress
  • Get your website SEO ready, add contact form, get stock images
  • Add Google analytics and other google services to your website
  • Monitoring site traffic and website maintenance

Course Pre-requisites

  • No prior coding experience

Course Skills

  • Building your own static website


Section-1: Setting up our hosting provider

In this lecture we learn about website hosting. We answer the question, what is website hosting? Why do we pay monthly for it, what does it mean for a company to host your website.

We look at different hosting providers for our Wordpress website. We look at the cheapest hosting packages they all provide and what is included in those hosting packages.

We select one hosting provider, deal with the surprise costs - it is important to understand what you are quoted. We discover some providers expect you to pay for the entire two to three years of hosting up front. That is not what we want, for the purposes of this course we are looking for a provider that can get us - month to month, without additional charges for the domain. Things are not always as they seem, we learn the importance of paying attention to the details.

We secure our hosting information in this lecture, get our cPanel login information - which is what we will need to start building the website. I show you how to create an email account from the cPanel as well.

Section-2: Getting started with wordpress

In this lecture we install Wordpress directly in to cPanel - we make sure our domain is currently linked to the Wordpress website we just installed and we make sure our SSL certificate is installed correctly.

A quick look in to wordpress themes, we delete the default theme installed and add a new one for our website.

In this lecture i show you how to navigate the WP Back-end. We look at the different sections for pages, media and settings.

We install plugins we will need for our website, starting with Elementor. Elementor is a Wordpress plugin that makes it easy to build your website. It is a builder plugin. We then Install Envato Elements. Envato Elements is a template plugin - we will use it to get templates for our website so we do not start from scratch to build our website - but use existing templates made by other people.

We browse through available FREE templates and pick one that we will use for our website. We show you how to find full kits for every page you would need in a basic website. We use Template Kits as opposed to using simple webpage templates.

We go live with out website - currently we only have a home page, but the website is working and live. We will continue building it and adding on other pages, but at this stage we already have a fully working website with SSL installed.

Section-3: Website Details

In this lecture i show you a website to get great amazing stock images from for free, fully legal. I also show you how to add multiple pages to your website and create a navigation bar.

We install another plugin for website contact, this will allow website visitors to leave you a message on your website. We clean up our site and get it ready for final publishing.

Finally our website is done, now we need a couple more things to optimise. SEO is very important in our digital age, the most amazing website does not mean much if people cannot find it. There is no quick solution to SEO, but very calculates small steps, first of which is setting your site up for Search Engine success and we are going to learn than in this lecture.

We conclude this course with some useful tips on additional value add tools - we discuss useful google services like analytics to help you understand your website traffic, we also discuss other useful google tools like google my business and google tag manager.

About Instructor

Bertha  Kgokong

Bertha Kgokong

Software Programmer and Tech Entrepreneur

Software Programmer and Tech Entrepreneur, i have extensive experience in Software Development - end-to-end in most platforms, Business Processes and Entrepreneurship. I am a fully qualified Engineer, with a Bachelors Degree and Masters in Business Administration - with over 17 years of professional experience. I am also an entrepreneur with a couple of award winning ventures and projects in Software Development.