Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What you'll need to follow this course, part of WordPress DIY: Community Website.
- In this course, we'll build a new community website from scratch using WordPress. The goal of the course is that once you're done watching, you'll have a fully functional website for your community that you can use now and extend in the future. To be able to follow along, you'll need a few key items in place, both practically and mentally. First, you need a live WordPress site hosted somewhere on the web. Throughout the course, I'll be working on a site hosted at SiteGround, and you should follow along with your own site hosted by your preferred provider.
When you're done watching, you can actually visit the site that I'm building at wpdiy.net, but that's for later. If you don't already have a site set up and ready to go, you can check out the short course WordPress DIY: Setting Up WordPress, right here in the lynda.com library. This course was created specifically to get you up and running for the WordPress DIY series as quickly as possible. Throughout the course, I'll be doing a lot of work with the WordPress admin area. It's well worth the time to familiarize yourself with how WordPress works before continuing.
If this is the first time you're using WordPress, or you need a refresher on how to use everyone's favorite content management system, go check out WordPress Essential Training, hosted by yours truly, also here in the lynda.com library. Finally, you need your own content. As I said in the beginning, the goal of this course is for you to build your own website, and that can only be done with your own content. As you watch the course, you'll see me using content from a fictitious community association focusing on the arts, and I want you to add your own content.
What content, you ask? In the next chapter, I'll walk you through the process of finding out what content you need to create, where it should go on the site, and how to set everything up.
Find more courses in this series in our WordPress DIY playlist.
- Understanding your site goals
- Making a content inventory
- Choosing a theme and plugins
- Configuring the menus and layout
- Extending functionality with plugins
- Adding forums, events, and forms to your website
- Importing WordPress users as community members
- Securing your site and managing spam