Hi, my name is Marina Duque and I am here to teach you how to build your own self hosted WordPress website through a series of simple web tutorials.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open source platform and it is free. This means that developers and coders are able to customize plugins and apps to sell or give away for free. However, just like with Facebook, or Gmail, you will likely not find a reliable tech support contact number should you run into issues. Most of your troubleshooting will be browsing forums and discussing with community members. The upside to WordPress is that it is a rather large community, in the millions. The reason I love WordPress is because of it’s flexibility and ability to use specific plugins for whatever task that you need.
I have built hundreds of websites in my career and felt it was time to share my knowledge. In this course, I will teach you step by step on how to build you own WordPress website.
Building a WordPress website for beginners
This project teaches you how to build a self-hosted WordPress website step by step. If you don’t want to hire a web designer or programmer, and want to build a basic WordPress website on your own, I will teach you how to purchase your own domain, web hosting, pointing DNS, installing WordPress etc.
Do you need to be tech savvy?
Kinda. You should have basic knowledge on how to navigate the internet, some technical terminology, time commitment and a willingness to learn.
Do you need to have an eye for design to build a website?
Yes and no. If you are on a budget and need to get a WordPress website up and running, my tutorials will help you accomplish that. You can achieve a nice looking website with some really good photos, a good logo and relevant content. If you want to take it to the next level and make it look really smashing, then Photoshop needs to be your best friend (I will also do tutorials on that), you should also know what colours go together, have an overall eye for design and a solid marketing plan.
Do you need to have programming skills?
No. I went to school for design and art. When I graduated, the internet had just started, so I was building sites with animated gifs, 3D photoshop titles and basic HTML in Macromedia Dreamweaver. Like this. Technology has changed so much in the past 15 years and the one thing I stuck with was my eye for design and that is what I always fall back to. Most of my web skills learned were through trial and error, on the job learning, working and collaborating with other partners, and sometimes winging it with clients and praying.
WordPress back then was considered just a blogging tool like Blogger. Eventually, WordPress evolved into something far greater, allowing everyday people to build really beautiful websites. WordPress is excellent for information websites with relatively low maintenance. Even for basic e-commerce websites as well. However, most beginners feel overwhelmed and do not know where to start with building a WordPress website from scratch. I am here to show you how.
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