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Making Band Websites: Promoting and Selling Your Music

teacher avatar Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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26 Lessons (4h 1m)
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    • 26. SkillshareFinalLectureV2

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About This Class

As a musician, I learned how to create websites out of pure necessity. I am not a professional programmer - I learned through trial and error and studying on my own what works and what doesn't work. I've now written hundreds of websites for artists, musicians, bands, galleries, and other organizations.

In 2009 I created this class, "Web Design for Artists" as a class I teacher in-person around my area. The class has been very successful, and I'm really excited to bring it to an online platform. My goal with this class is simple: I want all musicians to have a website, be able to manage their website, and to never, ever, have to pay someone to do it for them.

This is a hands-on class: I am going to make a website for myself during this class, and walk you through every step. Nearly every video is a "walk through" on how to do something. And because I'm not a technical web designer, we won't get bogged down with any abstract terminology - only what we need. Let's dive in!

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen

  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the in & out Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don't want to know."

  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

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Jason Allen

PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer


J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

In 2014, Allen was a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year.

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1. 1: Hey, everyone. How's it going? My name is J. Anthony Allen. Uh, thanks for checking out this class. Um, it's gonna be really fun. I just finished recording the whole class, and I'm going back to the beginning to record. Uh, this this intro video. Now that I know you know everything that we're going to cover, Um, it's really fun. Uh, we're going to go from beginning to end. We're going to start with nothing. Uh, like, literally nothing. You don't even have a domain name. You don't have anything you don't even know anything about having a website. And what we're gonna be building in this class is portfolio style website. So, uh, if you already know a little bit about this, we're gonna be using WordPress to design a website that will get your art online, whether it's music or visual art or anything, and make, like, really stunning portfolio style websites basically really fancy business cards that you can use for your entire business. You'll be able to sell stuff. They'll be able to display stuff. They'll be able to print it out of business cards. Say go to my website. You can buy or contact me or do whatever you would like. So put for Leo style websites for artists is our main goal here with this class. You also one important thing I wanted to point out is that I am not a professional web developer. I'm a musician and an artist. And, uh, I learned how to do this just by figuring it out. So, uh, we're gonna encounter some stuff when we look at some of the more technical side of things where I'm going to say, I don't really know what this is, but I never use it. And I've made 100 websites now, um and, uh, I don't use it, so apparently it's not all that important. So I'm not gonna give you any big technical jargon because I don't know a lot of it. I learned how to do all this stuff just by kicking around and experimenting. Um, so, uh, I think that's for me. Anyway, that's the best way to learn. That's the way I've learned best is from someone who doesn't just, like, intuitively understand all this stuff but has had to kind of fight to learn it, which is where I've come from. So I've never taken a website Design class are a coding class in my life, but I know enough to get through all of this and be really confident in everything that I that I can do here. This is a long class. Um, it's a lot of videos. I think it's 46 videos, Longest class haven't remained. So it's designed, though, for you to take your time with it. So my hope is that you watch one of the videos and then stop and then do what was in the video. So I've broken all of this down into a lot of very small steps so that you can get all set up. You can make sure that you get all the right things. Ah, and then you'll be up and running and you'll understand it along the way. You'll never need to pay someone to do this Now. That being said, I don't want toe put any illusions in your head that this is going to be a super easy process. Making a website is a little complicated sometimes, um, there are good reasons that people get paid a lot of money to do it. However, there are also good reasons that you should not have to pay someone a lot of money to make you a website. You can do it. Uh, it takes a little bit of work. Um, it's not designed to be the easiest thing in the world, But that's why in this class, I've broken it down to small steps. So you watch a video, you do the thing I talk about. If you don't understand it, you watch it again. If you don't understand it again, you shoot me a comment and I'll get on there and answer Ewing, and, uh, we'll get you all up to speed. So there's a lot of help along the way. Um, in this class, I'm really happy with with, uh the way everything's turned out in this class in the way that all the content came together. We had a fun time. At some point in the class, I get a pretty big haircut. If that excites you. I think it's about 3/4 of the way through. So for the first quarter, I'm gonna have kind of long here, Um, so just deal with that. Um, yeah. So it's really fun. I hope you choose Teoh, join us for the whole class and we'll see you on the inside. And remember that this start at square one. So if you don't have a domain name, you don't have ah hosting plan. And even if you don't know what either of those two things are, then you're gonna be starting in the right spot. Do you have a domain name and hosting plan? You can jump right in a swell. You can skip over a couple videos if you want. Um, although I would still recommend watching them just to understand how it works, cause I do explain a lot of, like what's actually going on behind the scenes when you get these things. So I would recommend doing that. Um uh, yeah. So I hope you take the class. I hope you enjoy it. It's been a lot of fun for me to make. So, um, we'll see you inside. You do 2. 2: Okay, everyone. So welcome to the class. Ah, this is the first kind of Maine video after the intro video, and we're just getting started. Um, first things first, let's jump into how we're gonna do this. How are we gonna build a website from beginning to end over the course of this whole class ? Um, we're going to use something called a C. M s. Maybe you've encountered this before. CMA stands for a content management system, and all that means is that, um we're gonna let this system manage our content, and it's gonna handle all of the nasty bits for us, the code and the, um, organizing of stuff. So it keeps a lot of that off our plate so that all we really have to deal with is putting things where they go. Um, I like to think of it as, um I think of it like a house. So you go and check out a house and, um, you know that you want, like, the big, like family photo to go, like above the fireplace. Okay. So, like, that's where your family photo goes. Um, but then you decide to move to a new house So you change the layout, but, you know, the family photo goes, there goes in that spot. So you never have to really do anything that you never have to think about it and think, like, where am I gonna put the family photo? Because your old house had a fireplace and the photo and above it. Your new house has a fireplace and the photo goes above it. So that goes there. We never We don't have to rebuild the house every time it just goes there. So that's cleaning of how a CMS works. So it's going to manage all of our content for us. Um, what you're looking at here is a slam academy site is the site I designed. This is using a content management system. Probably nearly every website you go to uses a content management system. Now, um, there are a couple different content management systems. Um, that are around the most popular and most widely used would be WordPress. And that's what this website uses that we're looking at here. Um, it's what most of my sites use. I really like wordpress. Ah, and it's what we're going to use in this class we're impressed. Ah was originally designed kind of as the blogging platform, but I found that taking all that blogging stuff and converting it to an artist website is really easy to do. And it's a really great format for artists to show their work. Um, so we don't need to use it as a blogging platform. It's kind of grown out of that. It still works well for blogging, if that's what you want to do. But, um, as a portfolio style website, it's fantastic. Um, so that's what we're gonna build. Ah, a portfolio style website using using WordPress and that'll, and the WordPress will keep most of the code writing of code off our plate. Uh, well, we do it. So as we dive into this class, I've divided this class in the three big chunks. There's the one time only stuff. And then there's the every now and then stuff. And then there's the day to day stuff. So the one time only stuff is what? Where we got to start. This is the set up stuff. Ah, things like setting up a hosting plan, getting your stuff online for the first time, buying a domain name. This is stuff that it can be a little tedious because there's some back and forth that has to happen to get ah, your accounts all set up in all these things. Um, but the good news is, it's a one time only thing. You do it and it's done. You've got it forever. So, um, I'm gonna walk you through riel step by step, how to get this stuff set up, because I know that it can be really daunting. Actually, there are a ton of options. Um, if you just search for, like, ah, website hosting, you're gonna find a 1,000,000 options. Um, So how do you choose the best one? I'm gonna give you some tips for that. Um, so, uh, let's dive in. We're gonna start with all this set up stuff, and we're gonna go through it just step by step. I'm gonna walk you through. I'm actually gonna build a whole new website for myself while we're making this video. So, um, you'll see my website come together as we're as we're working, and in order to do it, I'm going to set up a new hosting account for my website. Uh, during this video. So that's the format. That's how we're gonna do it. We're gonna use WordPress. We're gonna build a portfolio site. We're gonna get content management system, which is were impressed. And, um, we're gonna divide it into these big chunks. Last thing I'm going to say before we we hit the ground running is that people get paid a lot of money to do this. They get paid a lot of money to build websites for people. Um, and there's a reason they get paid a lot of money to do it. It can be frustrating, and it can be difficult. So, um, try not to get discouraged as we go. It's not meant to be easy. This is not meant to be something that's like the easiest thing that you'll ever do in your life. Um, it can be a little tricky, and you probably will get frustrated at times, but I'm really hoping that the online format won't give you the opportunity to not go from beginning to end, but go from beginning until you get stuck. Then maybe we rewind the video or two than figure that out and then continue on and figure out the next frustrating thing and then continue on. I think it's gonna be a really great platform to learn how to do this. So, um, so you're gonna get frustrated. It's going to be, um there's gonna be some bumps in the road, but, um, I'm gonna walk you through every single step, so Ah, don't let that be too discouraging to you. Uh, stick with it. Get all the way to the end and you'll have a great looking website for yourself and your art or your music or whatever. Um, okay, let's do it. 3. 3: Okay, so we need to get started with, ah, setting up our accounts. So there's two things we need. A lot of people think there's only one thing we need, but there's actually two things we need. We need a domain name and we need a hosting plan. Now let's start with the hosting plan. The hosting plan basically means we're going to rent space on a server. A server is just a computer, a computer that's always connected to the Internet all the time. It has some special software on it that will create backups and do some other stuff. But basically it's a hard drive that's always connected to the Internet, and we can get to it. So these files that you're serious seeing on the Slam Academy website here, every single one of these graphics is just a file that's sitting on a hard drive that is always connected to the Internet. Now you don't want to buy and maintain one of these hard drives. They're very hard to maintain, and we pay people, ah, lot of money to maintain them for us. Big companies will have their own servers. Um, we don't want to deal with that. So what we do is we rent space on someone else's server, let them deal with all the maintenance on we get a little chunk of storage, and it will always be connected. The Internet and will be kept up. And it will be easy. So we need to rent that, Um, it will be a yearly fee for that. Um, or you could do it monthly, if you want. The second thing we need is a domain name. Domain name. Is this thing up here? Slam academy dot com or whatever you wanna call it. Obviously, Um, a domain name we also pay for. We kind of rent a domain name also. I mean, you own it, but you always have to pay to keep it. So it's basically like renting it. Um, So that is also a yearly fee of which I think through most companies you can do as a monthly fee if you want. Um, it's easier to do it as a yearly thing or every two years. Or however you want to do it. Um, so they're two separate things and we get them to talk to each other so that the domain name Once we get it all set up, it knows to go to this place where all our files are. That's what we have to make happen. Um, this is really easy to dio. I'm making it sound more complicated than it is, which is the opposite of my intention. Um, so basically, we can by those two things from any one of millions of companies online. It's a bit easier, though, if you buy them both from the same place. In my experience, that's the easiest thing to do. Um, so if you buy them both the same place, that little connection between the domain name and the hosting plan can kind of happen much quicker, and it's easier, and you don't have to do any behind the scenes nonsense. They just kind of make it happen for you. So those are the two things we need, Ah, hosting plan that will be our server space and a domain name 4. 4: Okay. One thing I get asked a lot before we dive into this is Do I need a Mac or a PC to run WordPress? And the answer is simple and a little more complicated. So here's a simple one. It doesn't matter. Uh, here's a little more complicated one, which is why why doesn't it matter? It matters. It doesn't matter, because ah WordPress is going to be running on the server. The space that we've rented from the hosting company, that's where everything runs. So all you need is a browser, like a Web browser, like I've got here. I'm actually looking now at my hosting account, and it doesn't matter what all this stuff is. We're gonna get into this stuff later. But think of these as a bunch of little programs that are running on the server. That's what I'm looking at here. So whether I'm on a Mac or a PC or a Lennox computer or something that someone invented yesterday, uh, it's not gonna matter as long as you have a browser that could get on the Internet. That's where all our work is gonna happen. So it doesn't matter if you're using a Mac or a PC? Because really, we're all gonna be working on a server somewhere else. Our browser, in this case is acting like a window into what's actually happening over on that computer that were connected to. So, um, I'm gonna be using a Mac through this whole tutorial because I'm a Mac guy, But, uh, everything will look exactly the same. Uh, when you're on a PC, the only thing that'll look different is like the border of, you know, my browser. I'm using chrome here. You can use fire, Fox, Uh, anything you want. You know, any of the brothers will work. Um, so just keep in mind. Ah, we're actually working on this computer of which we've rented space. That's where our real work is happening. So we're going to use our browser to get into that computer. But whether or not you're on a Mac or a PC doesn't matter at all. So, uh, yeah, 5. 5: Okay, The next thing we need to do is pick a hosting company. Um, I guess we also need to decide where we're gonna buy our domain name. But, um, I'm gonna show you a trick to get the domain name for free if you buy a certain hosting package now. So let me focus on just the hosting packages. Are the hosting company for a minute and then we'll come back to the domain name. Um, if you search the internet just for, ah, Web hosting, which is what I've done here, Web hosting, you're going to get let's see, like, ah, 1.2 billion results. Um, tons of stuff. Host Gator. Fat cow. Go, Daddy. Ah, Rackspace. I mean, there are so many of these things. So many, um, and the prices are really similar. So what should you be looking for? Here's the main two things that I always look for in a hosting company. Our number one price. Make sure their prices are reasonable. Um, not necessarily the cheapest thing. Um, like, some of these are, like, here's hosting for a dollar. Okay, uh, that has me suspicious. Uh, there's something more to that, but you want to make sure the price is reasonable? Um, number two. And the price for hosting should be between the 5 to $7 a month thing. Any more than that, you're paying for stuff you're never going to use any less than that. And you're gonna have to pay more toe, actually, use it is what I found. Um, so the price needs to be reasonable in the ballpark. Number two is the tech support. Um, is the tech support good? Can you get a human on the phone in a short amount of work? Um, or is it just a run around kind of a situation. So those are the main two things that I look for. Um, So there are hundreds of these companies. I'm gonna save you a little bit of time. Now, for the purposes of this class, you're welcome to use any company that you like. Um, if you're already using a company and you're happy with them, stick with it. You'll still be able to follow along with this class just fine. Um, I'm going Teoh, recommend a company that I've been using for a while. I don't work for them or anything like that. Their prices are good. They're tech support is great, actually. Um so I've been really happy with them. Eso we're gonna get to that, Uh, let me point out here. This, like, go Daddy. $1 hosting sale. Hopefully, I don't get in trouble for saying that by anything, but I do not recommend Go, Daddy, go. Daddy is probably the biggest company, but they do stuff like this all the time, and it's just I see students fall for this all the time, and it really kind of drives me nuts. Um, what's happening here is they're gonna give you hosting for a dollar, but then all the little pieces to actually use it sotto like, you know, create an email accounts, gonna be another a couple bucks and create on ftp connection is gonna be another couple bucks. And there's all these little things that should just come with ah, hosting account and anywhere else would be included in one package. Um, they're going to kind of nickel and dime you for more, more more, and your end up gonna end up spending 15 or 20 bucks a month. So, like a lot more than you would spend if you just went with a normal company. So what I'm gonna recommend is, um, this company Blue host, um, loops. Now, I've been using glucose for a while now, um, for some, like other projects, but not for my main website. And so what I'm actually going to do in the next couple videos is transfer is set up a new account with blue host, and then I'm going to, uh, transfer my domain name over to blue host Aziz. Well, so we'll be talking about how to do that. Um, if you don't have a, ah, domain name yet, that's just fine. That's actually a little bit better, cause transferring it is kind of a long process. Here's what we're going to get here. Don't worry about this right now, because I'm gonna walk you through this step by step in the next video. Um, but what? I'm gonna go to a shared hosting Look at what we get to get unlimited domains. That means that there's a lot of domain names. We can connect toe one account, and they're not going to charge us more for that unlimited storage, which is probably one of The biggest things you look for is that there's enough storage. You don't actually need a lot of storage in a website. Like a gig of storage for website is kind of a lot, actually. So, um, but this is unlimited storage is whatever you need to get unlimited website, so you can create more and more websites from one hosting package. He can create as many email accounts as you like, and we're gonna walk through how to do that. You get one free domain name connected to it. So if you don't have a domain name already, um, there's you're gonna get one free with this $5 a month account. So this is a great deal. Their support is good. I've been really happy. I've been using them in some of my other projects for two or three years now, and it's finally time for me to pull the trigger and, um, move my main website over to them. Uh, which is what I'm gonna be doing in this video. Um, okay. Last thing about hosting. So once again, you're welcome to use whatever you like for a company. I'm gonna be using blue hosting these videos if you don't have anything. It's a great company. I highly recommend it. Um, all of the videos and stuff you're going to see are gonna be of me using blue hosts. But it's not really gonna matter after the couple set up stuff. Once we get into the WordPress heavy stuff, it doesn't really matter who your hostess, because we're presses. Wordpress. Um, now, that being said, if you are going to use Blue Host, I'm gonna make you a little bit of a deal. Um, the deal is, I'm going to When I finish making this whole online class, I'm gonna make it a little bit cheaper. I'm gonna try to make it as cheap as I can, uh, so that you do one little favor for me. And here's the favor. Ah, when you go to blue host in your browser, you don't just go to blue Host. You go to blue host track slash J. Anthony Allen. Uh, what that's going to do once you hit return, it's gonna take you right back to Blue Host. But what that's going to do is it's gonna let Blue Host know that you came from my class and What that's gonna do is they're gonna give me a little bit of a kickback. Um, they give me a couple bucks when someone signs up with them, and I just to be just to completely reiterate, lay everything on the table here. You do not have to use blue Host to get the most out of this class. Um, after teaching this class a whole bunch of times in the in person thing, I realized that I was sending blue Host a lot of a lot of customers. Um, so I was able to set up this thing where ah, I get ah, couple bucks whenever someone signs up to them helps offset the the price of some of the class. So if you want to do that, I would very much appreciate it. I'm going to make this a nice and cheap class, very affordable so that you can all take the class and I could make a couple extra bucks. If you use that link, it will help me out a little bit. If you If you don't want to do that, that's fine too. I totally understand, but it's just a couple extra letters. You gotta type in, and then I get a couple bucks. So please help me do that. Um, and ah, with that, let's dive into setting up an account and getting started. 6. 6: Okay, so let's get her domain. First thing we do is pick a domain mean to pick a domain name. Now, remember, the domain name is the part that goes up here. The thing you type in, it's like the, you know, the name of your company or whatever. Um, however, you want people to find you. Um, you want something simple, obviously. Now that's getting more and more tricky. As we're getting less and less domain names. Only one person can own a domain name at a time. So, um, they're they're getting used up. Eso There are some tricks, though, to finding a good domain name. Um, what I've done here is I'm out of website just called domaine dot com. I don't know anything about this website, but it's one that will help you search for domains. There are a 1,000,000 of these. Ah, the main thing I'm gonna do is not by a domain on this website, because I'm gonna show you a trick to get a domain for free in a minute. Um, but I just want to use this site toe, help me narrow in on something, so Ah, I'm gonna search for a domain here. And let's see what's something I can search for. Um, let's search for I don't know Paris. I have, Ah, map of Paris on my wall. So let's say I wanna have paris dot com So I'm gonna search for Paris. So it's doing research for me, and it says paris dot com is taken dot net has taken that organ stay conduct business taken dot c o d. Is taken that in photos taken at me dot Mobi that name that tv dot us was were all taken. That means I can't buy them. Um, but let's walk through these. So these are these dot com dot net dot org's these air called top level domains. I sometimes call them this stuff fix. You know, the end of the thing that the stuff that comes after the dark, um, t l d Sometimes you'll see written out t l d for top level domain, um, dot com is by far the most common. Ah, and if you can, I would recommend getting a dot com. That's the best one. Most people just no dot com. You know, it's the dot com ah dot net Also perfectly fine It's not as ideal is dot com, but if you can get you know like your name dot net, that's also good dot Net. I think it's pretty standard. There's really no difference between dot com and dot net other than its, um, I guess more coming to see dot com but dot net is just good dot org's. Now a lot of people think that doc or dot org's reserved for organizations, maybe nonprofit organizations. Stuff like that it's not. You can buy dot org's Anyone can buy dot or you could get your name out of work if you want . Um, however, there is still ah kind of stigma around dot org's in that people think that it means in organization and that only organizations can get them. So if you got you know, your name dot orig, it might not be ideal, because people might assume certain things about what you're selling or buying are doing with your website. That maybe isn't accurate because you're a dot org's so I would avoid the dot org's, Um, but just so you know, uh, it is available, I mean, you could buy a dot org's just fine. Um, the rest of these are are some of the newer ones dot biz. I don't like that biz. Ah, these t lt's because I don't know why. They just seem like I don't know, kind of shady to me. They're not. I mean, they're just like the rest of them, but ah, I just don't like him. Not co ah dot info dot me dot Moby Moby kind of implies a mobile website which we're gonna have. We're gonna end up with a website that works best on computers and on mobile devices. We'll talk about that near the end of the class. How to make sure your site is looking good on a mobile browser. But, um, so you don't see these very often dot name? That's just kind of weird. Dot TV implies a TV show, I guess and dot us is the country code. Every country has a country code that you can use if you want. Are you here? For me? It's dot U s. Other countries have different dot something something as their country code. Um, so all these are taken now, there are more tl these that just became available. There's tons of them actually Um and they're gonna be kind of slowly being rolled out. You could actually see some of them on this website here. I could get paris DOT club. That's already taken, but paris dot expert is actually sort of available. Um, so dot expert dot guru dot ninja. That's a new thing. There's tons of these. Actually, you can get dot tons of different stuff was just opened up. Don't reviews that solutions that tips dot Today that works dot zone. There's there's more. There's hundreds of them, but let's go back to this. Ah, parents dot ninja are actually Paris. That expert, The reason I said it's sort of available is because look at the price. Most of these, you know, our our nine or 10 bucks. This one is 600 bucks. Why? Probably because, um, what they mean by premium here is that the domain is actually not available, necessarily. It's been bought. Someone owns it, but there are willing to sell it. Um, they basically bought it to sit on it, uh, and hold onto it until someone I want it. Ah, And when someone wants it, they're willing to sell it for $600 so to me, that's a little bit too rich for my blood. So to me, that's basically unavailable. Ah, let's go down here where it has domain ideas. Now any of these types of websites will do this. I'll give you these ideas. So here's some stuff that's available. Cheap paris dot net. So, if I was making a website about, like, travel tips might not be terrible. Cheap air starting that's available for nine bucks. I could buy that. Grand paris dot org's is available for nine bucks. Like you know that now this one has a hyphen in it. Grand hyphen Paris. Important to remember when you're picking a domain name. Hyphens are a OK, you can use hyphens. They're just about the only punctuation you can use. Uh, you can't use dots because we have the dot uh, T l D. So the dot com the dot net dot org's There can't be a dot really anywhere else in your in your domain, you can have hyphens. Um, but you can't really have any other punctuation, so But you might consider you know your name, hyphen art or your name hyphen music or whatever dot org's um those are okay. I mean, they're not as good as having just your name, but if your name is Bob Smith, you probably can't get bob smith dot com. But you might be able to get Bob Smith hyphen art dot com. So consider using a hyphen. I love paris dot org's is available. That's crazy. That makes me almost want to buy it, like, right now. But I'm not going to Ah, first person that sees this video and wants to make a little bit of, ah investment go by love paris dot org's for nine bucks. And then, um see, I would go to Paris design dot org's that's available. If you're starting a design company and want to call it Paris, that would be an incredibly good demeaning. Ah, and a good name for a design company. Okay, well, let's find something else that that might be more available. Um, let's try what? Something Looking around my room for ideas. Ah, coaster book, coaster book. Uh, okay, so somebody owns coaster book dot com. I wonder what's there. We could go look, but that's not, but dot net dot or dub is these are all available, so I could buy toaster book dot net if I wanted to. Let's look at some of their suggestions. If I really wanted dot com, I don't know where they got that 80 c o stare of use. It's weird. So I kind of randomly generated coaster shop is Oh, but these are $3000. I'm not gonna do that. Atlantic coaster book Beverage coaster book. Uh, coaster book, that is. Anyway, there's a lot that are available that are just off that. So use a site like this, have it generate some names. If nothing else, check if the dot coms available and you can get it. Don't buy from this website because I'm going to show you how to get a free one. Um, in just a minute, when we set up the domain, we're going to set up our domain and hosting at the same time, and that will get us a free domain in the way that we're gonna do it. Um, but this is a good way to just kind of search and think about your ideas. Eso The main tips are, uh, try to keep it as short as possible. Try to have it be something that will roll off your tongue Something you can say to someone you can say coaster book dot com Go there or coaster. Hyphen book dot com That's actually not terrible to say. People are getting used to hearing that. That kind of thing with a hyphen in it. Um uh, remember, hyphens are OK, but no other punctuation. Uh, also take a look at it a couple times, like if you're going to say coaster book, if that's gonna be my website that make sure that where the words connect don't accidentally spell something really hilarious. There are a lot of famous examples of this. They're almost all pretty dirty, so I'm not gonna, like point any out, But, um, like, let's say the word Ah, turban. TRB was some kind of dirty word than coaster book. Might not be a great domain name because I've got this weird word that kind of sticks out in the middle of it. And a lot of times, when you just write your domain, people like, see the thing they're not supposed to see. So, um, just watch out for that. Just look at your domain. A couple times show it to some friends. Say, this is what I'm gonna get. Does that look weird to you? Um, sometimes it's hard to see on your own. Um, also, capital letters don't matter. So, uh, coaster book and coaster book are are the exact same domain, But you can use capital letters to sometimes make your your domain read a little bit better . So when you print it like on a business card, you might capitalize the being book. It's not gonna matter. It's gonna be exactly the same as if it was a lower case. Um, same thing with the sea. But if someone types it into their browser as capital letters, that's OK. It'll still go to the same spot. So we could sometimes use capital letters just to make it easier to read. But it doesn't matter. You don't have to register it as capital letters. Um, they're largely irrelevant. So a couple things to think about with your domain, so find a good domain. Um, pick one that you're really into. Uh, make sure you've got a good dot com dot net, something like that, and it's available. And once you have it and you're or once you've decided what you want, then Ah, hop on over to the next video and we'll start getting all registered and set up. Everyone. So, um, from time time, I'm gonna do this thing. Ah, this is really a kind of meadow. What you're seeing here, I'm actually in the middle of editing this video that you just watched and, uh, realize that there's one thing that I wanted to throw into this discussion that I I skipped over in this video. So sometimes you'll seem to do this throughout this class where, ah, I realized there was something that I didn't quite nail. And I want to go back and get it, and there's not a good place to edit it in, so I'm just gonna throw it at the end. I'm not too proud to say that, you know, I forgot something. It happens. Eso The thing I wanted to throw into this is, um, a lot of people ask me when they're looking for domains. What's to stop a website from grabbing a domain that I'm searching for? So let's say you search for coaster book, I guess, and coaster book dot com is available, and that's a really good domain. So Ah, the website that you're searching for it on ah latches onto it buys that domain, and then the next time you go to search for it, it comes up as one of these premium $5000 0 mate, what's to stop one of these websites from doing that? So the short answer is nothing. They could do it. Ah, the long answer is I don't think they really are. Um that would be these websites would be holding on to so many domain names that they're not really doing that now. That being said, there are rumors of go Daddy doing that. So when you're searching for domains, I would stay away from Go, Daddy, um, for this reason and other reasons that I mentioned earlier, but, um, this came out about a year ago, Um, that I don't know if it was rumor or if they were busted for doing it. I don't even want to speculate, but ah, so I don't know how true it is, but the rumors were that Go. Daddy was doing this where you would search for a domain and go, daddy. And if you didn't buy it right. Then they would buy it, and then it would come up with one of these $5000 premium ones the next time you searched for it. So, um, just stay away from go, Daddy. But the rest of the sights I've never heard of any of the other side's doing it. And I don't really think you have anything to worry about with that. Um, so, yeah, I just want to throw that in because ah, lot of students asked me that question. So there you have it. Really Nothing to worry about. But stay away from Go, Daddy. 7. 7 DomainSetupWalkthrough: high. OK, so it's a new day. Um, just got up and I am ready to dive headfirst into making my new website. So I'm gonna get all my set up stuff done today. Hopefully, um, you can get it done in one day. I think the only thing is, it's actually pretty quick process. The only thing that takes time is once you buy everything and and file all this stuff then , um you have to wait for a confirmation email, Uh, just to let you know that everything set up and it's all hooked up and good to go. They say that can take up to 48 hours. Um, but in my experience has been pretty instant, um, within, you know, an hour or less. Um, but they must say that for a reason. So it could take up to 48 hours for everything to kind of get locked together. Um, but let's do it. Okay, So here's my current website. Um, that I'm gonna replace gonna build a whole new website. So, um, this one's final. But it's been up like this for a couple of years, and I'm ready for something new. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go to Blue Host and we're going to use this this special link. It's gonna be blue host dot com slash track slash j Anthony Allen. Now, remember, um, what going to this link does is it's basically keeps our class nice and cheap, this online version of this class. So what you're gonna do is you're going to go to this website this exact U R L. And then what's gonna happen is, uh, you're gonna go through the process. You're not even going to know that you ever went to this. But under behind the scenes blue host is tracking that. You are one of my students and you're taking my class, and that's going to give me a little bit of kickback. So, um, that kickback from Blue Host lets me keep this class a little bit cheaper. I don't work for Blue Host anything like that. They just have this program that that I do, Um So once I hit return toe, load up this page, see, it just takes me right to blue host, and so you don't even know that that happened. So please use that link. I really appreciate it. If you're gonna use a different company, that's fine, too. But if you use blue Host, um, you said like Okay, so now on the blue host website. So I'm gonna go to products, and then I'm not going to go to this WordPress hosting, and I guess I'm just going to say that. I mean, I looked at the terms of this and I just don't like it. It's It's 12 49 for the first month and then 24 99 months after. That's just way too expensive. And I don't know what you get extra for this optimized WordPress hosting. So I'm gonna go to products and I'm just gonna go to shared hosting. I'm gonna look at the terms down here. It's for 95 a month. Unlimited domains and limited storage. Unlimited websites and limited email accounts. Free domain name. If you don't have one already, they throw one in for you, which is great. Automated backups, 24 7 support and some free stuff. Um, that sounds great to me, so I'm gonna say get started now. Okay, Now we come to this screen now What? This is saying is that if you already have a domain name like you've already bought a domain name that you're using, um, or that you're not using. But you bought it through another company or blue hosts or anything like that. Type it in here. If you haven't bought a domain name yet, type it in here. Type the name that you want to get here. So let's type in here, Um, all this type of my domain name just so I can see what happens. And here are your Suffolk's options dot com. So I'm going to say jan theon dot com next. And it's gonna tell me you can't get that somebody already owns that. The domain jan CNN dot com is not available for registration because somebody owns it. I own it, Um, and now it's saying, Here are some that are available. I could get jan theon dot c o the jam theon dot com My damn feeling dot com. Dante Allen online dot com or dot or dot net us. Starting phone up. Is that Sisi that TV duct of you? Us. So here's a whole bunch of options. J a co remember hyphens air good hyphens air. OK, you can use hyphens. That's about the only punctuation you can use in a domain name. Um, as far as the Zorg net on all these other ones. Um, net is cool. You can use net. I wouldn't use any of the other ones. They're not. They're just not as commonplace yet. Um, So they still look a little weird. Everything works the same really? On all of them. Some of them costs a little bit more than the other ones. Um, so I would stick with dot com or dot net. Um, okay. So I'm gonna go back a page back to this page. What I really should do is put my domain name here because I want to register it with Blue Host. Now, I do own this domain name already, but it's not through Blue Host. Actually, it's through a different company. I'm switching over to Blue host with that domain name. Ah, for this. So, um, the easiest thing for you, if you don't have anything, you're in the best shoes. You're in good place if you don't have a domain name yet and you don't have hosting because this hosting plan comes with a free domain name. So if you don't have one yet, type in what you want here, and then go to the next page and hopefully you can get it, um, or something similar. And it's included with this $5 a month that you're already paying for hosting. So they're throwing in a free registration of a domain name for you, which is great. Um, so you're in good shoes, but I already have one song. You type it in here. James. Dean. Ellen. I guess I'll have the dot com here. Uh, I'm gonna say next. No, no matter which one of these. You used the old domain or the new new domain. Once you find one, that's not already that's that is available. Um, or you used the other way that I just used. We both should end up on this screen eventually. Once you get the right one. So it's saying great. Enter the information for your new account. So now I'm setting up the blue host account. Um, okay, So I'm gonna go through and actually do this because, um, throughout this course, I'm gonna actually build this site. And one of the first things I need to do is transfer my jan 30 Ellen dot com account over to Blue host because it's with another company that I was using for a long time. But I'm ready to switch that one over to Blue host because all my other website projects have been on blue hosts and I've been really happy with them. I just haven't switched this one over yet. Okay, um, so I gotta enter some account information. This stuff is important. I'm gonna put my legal name, which is Jason. Oops, Alan. Um, business name you can put if you want to leave blank country. I am in the United States. This is where I live. Let's get rid of that. My auto fill my computer, like, fills out forms for me. Ah, I am in Minnesota. This that is my right address. This is my phone number, and this is my email address. Okay. Um, not that I don't trust you guys, but I'm probably going to go in and blur my phone number. Maybe my email address, because it's my personal email address, Not my teaching one. Um, maybe even my address eso if it's blurred out, you know, I trust you guys. You guys were great, but, um, I don't need you knocking on my door. Um, okay. The email address, the reason I'm putting in my personal one is that this is where they're going to send the confirmation email and also later on, if anything goes wrong with my account, which is not likely. But if it does, if something just goes weird and they're like, Hey, you got a problem on your website? This is the main contact info that they're going to use. So you really want this to be one of your main email accounts that you use? Um, cool. So make sure that's an accurate one. We're gonna need to get into it in just a minute. Um, so don't put a fake email address there. You need to have a real one. Okay. Account plan. So here are my options. It looks like the price goes up for the shorter amount of time. And this is my main website, so I'm gonna buy it for the longest amount of time. 36 months gets me the best price. These pro accounts are much more expensive. Totally don't need that. And I don't know what these are, but they're super expensive, so I definitely don't want those. I'm gonna go with cheapest option five bucks. 36 months. Cool. Okay. Said a free search engine. Jumpstart. I don't want that. Ah, Site backup pro. Now, I could add this. It's only a buck. 67 per month. Um, I don't really know what that gets us, because the backup service already comes with our account. And the backup service that comes with our account is great. Um, so I'm gonna turn that off. Um, because I think this is some extra features of the backup service, but I've had to use the backup with my other accounts with Blue Host, and it's been great. Um, I have any problems at all. Um, you get a backup automatically that's done every day. So, um, that's great. So I locked up my in security. I don't really know what that is. Um, but it's bucks 67 per month, so I'm gonna skip it. Um, I don't need it. Okay. Billing info. So I'm gonna put in my info here, and I am obviously gonna blur this one out because you don't need my credit card number, but I've got my credit card here. Type it in. Now, remember, this is a really secure website. So, um, nothing really to worry about here with entering your info. Okay, I've got everything entered. Um, and I've read all their stuff, and I'm going to say next. Okay, so, um, I entered my credit card info. Um, and I hit the next button on the bottom of that screen. Uh, and it took me here. So, like the upgrades that best suits your needs? No. My guess is we're not gonna want any of these, but let's go through them really quick. Quick start coaching session. We definitely don't want that, because that's what you're doing here. That's what I'm doing for you. So let's skip that 45 minute phone call. Mm. Positive. SSL certificates. Um, what this is gonna let you do is it's gonna be a little more secure if you take credit cards and stuff. But, um, I don't get it, because, um the way we're gonna take credit cards is a little bit different, but it's going Teoh be 100% secure. Uh, mobile website builder. We don't need that website transfer a lot of blue host professionals to handle the challenge of moving your website and get on with your life, knowing your side is best. Okay, We only that I'm not moving a website from one place one an old server company. I would want that if I had a website somewhere else. I was transferring it to blue host. I might consider doing that, although you can do it on your own. It can be a little tricky, though, so that might be worth it if you have. Ah, a big website somewhere else, and you want to move it over Dedicated I p address. I really care about that. Additional domain names on here. They're just trying to up sell you a couple more domain names to say, Hey, here's some more domain names that you might like that are related to yours. Um, I'm not going to do this, but one thing that's worth pointing out here is that if you have a name that's, um, commonly misspelled, you might buy some other misspellings of your domain name of your name s so that someone could type in your name incorrectly and it still goes to your website because remember that we could have several domain names. So let's say we have three domain names all going to the same hosting account. So this is our hosting accounts where our files are and these are domain names. They all can go toe one. We only need one hosting account, but you can have as many domain names you want go to that same place. So if you want to buy misspellings of your name, um, or other stuff if you have, if you're working on a website for a business and it had a different name before. Um, but it's got a new name. Now get both those domains sent under the new website, so people always get to the right spot. Um, I don't need to buy any extra stuff, so I'm OK. Seo Link building That stands for search engine optimization. We're pretty good with that, so I'm going to skip it. Don't worry about it. Too much additional upgrade, total zero. That's what I like complete. All right. Congratulations. Your purchase was successful. A confirmation even email will be sent to me. Okay. Now wants me to create a password for my account now, Uh, if I haven't mentioned this yet, you are going to be creating a lot of passwords. There's gonna be a lot of user names and a lot of passwords. Now, somewhere in this class, I've put a sheet. That's like, um, grid. Uh, that will help you keep track of all your user names and passwords. You're gonna have at least four right away that, um, you're gonna need to keep track of. And it's gonna be so frustrating if you buy something and you forget the password, or you're using the wrong password with the right user name and all that stuff. So you really need to keep track of these. Um, this one is gonna be for my main hosting account, so I'm going to create a password. Uh, it's a little weak, but maybe you let me do it. Let's see. No, it says it's not strong enough. Okay, Okay. They want you toe. This is a web hosting company, so they're really hard core about security. So they want you to have a really good password. So here it says that one is good enough and say create. Okay, now it's taken me all the way back to the log in screen. Um, so I can try everything out. So here's my log in. They've made it be my name, my website name. And now I'm gonna try the password I just created. And it worked. It's gonna try toe, tell me something when I get here on this. Say no, thanks. Okay, uh, if you get this screen, let's just close that because we're gonna walk through this together. Um, so now we're into the nitty gritty of our website. We're kind of working on the server here, and this is basically a bunch of little programs that we can run on the server, Um, down at the bottom. It says my account here is my domain name. Here's when it expires. Aiken upgraded if I want, um, so we're gonna walk through what these things do here. Here we have some email settings, the C panel. We'll talk about all of this stuff in a minute, but let's break for another to a new video. Um, and then we'll start diving into some of this stuff 8. 8: Okay, So I have, uh, my domain and hosting I'll sit up through Blue Host, but because I am actually transferring a domain that is with another company, I need to do another step. Now, if you set up a domain, uh, from scratch with blue host, you don't need to do this. You can totally just skip right over this video. Um, but if you're transferring and domain, you need to do this extra step, so I'm gonna cover it because I needed to do it. Um, but it might be a relevant for some of you. So remember, this is just for if you're transfering a domain from one company to another, you need to do this after step. So I'm on Blue Host now. I'm going to go to the domain tab here, and then I'm going to go to this transfer button on Enter domain to transfer. I'm going to say continue before continuing and verify your account. Um, uh, please have either last four characters of your hosting password last four digits of your credit card available, then called a lot. Okay, let's do it. Eso I'm basically asking them to I kind of do this handoff between the two companies, and they need to verify that I am a human. So I'm gonna call and do this verification really quick. Here. Um 888401 for 678 And I'll put it on speakerphone. So you guys come here to call May be recorded for quality and training purposes. Please listen carefully as our menu has changed. If you know your party's extension, please dial it now for sale. That's one for technical support to to renew your account or for questions regarding your annual press. Three for billing four to verify your account. Five. To contact the terms of service go home cared about the success of your website. He has double mutual, have you, including a search engine, optimization service, a powerful driving job side builder and much more after drop. For more info, stay on the line at the end of the call and pick the one question. Help improve quality and training. You're if you count a number of domains on one again. That's right. You have many of your life and your hosting hostess Cody. Hi. Um, I'm trying to transfer a domain to Blue hosts from another company. And I get this. Ah, verification thing I need to do. That's what you debate made. It is. I'll spell it out for you. It's J a N t H o N Y a L L e n dot com One more time, I think in this one, it's j a n T H o N Y a l l e n It's J Anthony Allen, but in a loving way Dio perfect. All right, I want you to. My name is J. Anthony Allen. Actually, it's Jason. Okay, I might let me get you to verify last for the past four or the last four of the credit card . I'll do the credit card. The last four. Okay, Perfect. I'll get this verification processing for this unlocked everything in your control panel. See that you do the transfer. Your domain. Um, you give me the questions for me. Um, yes. So what's the next thing I do to transfer the domain? So are you walked in your account, but none of the domain section. There's a transfer taps if you click on the van to click on, Transfer me that walking through the steps now one thing you need is an authorization code from the current register. Okay. Um, what you have already have that, remember? No, I don't. Yes, I want you get that interview request that usually and have a county log into your request That But then once you have that come back in your account, you can finish up that transfer. Perfection is love. Little process. You're transferred for You. Okay? Great. Sounds good. Okay. Well, I didn't need any help. Let us know if you don't mind. Is a quick survey can call the rate my performance today. Great. Thanks. Well, now, thanks. Okay, so that was easy. So I had to verify that I'm human on. I am who I say I am. Um And, you know, there are, like, there's a lot of verification that goes into setting up this stuff because there are, I think, like there's some, like, national security stuff. Like they don't want people buying domains. Well, they want if you buy domain and they need to know who you are because these are kind of government regulated. Thanks. Um, Okay, so now they know who I am, and they're verifying my account now. uh, there's still more of this process than to do. So we're gonna take a, uh, gonna make a little cut, and then I'm gonna continue under the next step in just a second. 9. 9: Okay, so I'm working now on transferring my domain from my old company to the new company. Now, again, if you don't need to do this, skip this video. Um, but this part could be a little tricky. Um, And and here's why. Um you don't want to ever have your domain unclaimed. You can't just, like, let your domain expire with the lung company and then re buy it with the new company, because then there's a moment of time when nobody has it in anyone can buy it. This is dangerous. Um, because there is, ah, system for back ordering domains. Where if do you have your domain for a while and then you don't pay your bill? Someone could have back ordered your domain at any point. Um, when you own it, so as soon as it becomes available, it's theirs. They bought it. So I've had my domain for a long time, and I'm so I'm nearly positive that someone's done that, Um, so I can't just let it go unclaimed at all. So I need the old company to like hand it to the new company, and it's not unclaimed for any period of time. So, uh, there's a system for doing this. And, uh, what I had to do was, um Ah, well, let me just walk you through it. So I'm here in blue Host and I'm gonna go to domains up here, and I'm already logged in so I could get here, and then I'm gonna go to transfer right here. That says, enter domain to transfer. I think if I scroll down Yeah, it says here are, um the domains I already started. And there's only one. Ah. So the first thing you have to do is unlock the domain. That means that, uh, this transfer could happen. And what I had to do to do that was I had to go to the I just actually kind of did it the easy way, which is go to the tech support for my old company and said, Hey, I need to unlock the domain and transfer it to this new company. So now that I did that, they unlocked it for me, so Ah, blue host sees it as unlocked. Now that used to say locked. I'm gonna say, initiate transfer now on. What it's gonna ask me for is this unique code. And this code is generated by the company that currently has it. And it's just this unique string of letters and numbers. This is what we're talking about, E pp authorization code right here. Um and so the first company is gonna generate that code and then blew host is gonna get that code so that Blue Host can go to that company and say, Hey, we need that domain, and they're going to say, How do we know that you're the right person? They're gonna say I've got this code that's totally unique. So, um, Blue Host wants me to input the code that my old company gave me, which I have right here. This is what they gave me. So I'm gonna copy that. So it's super random gonna pace that end. I'm gonna say, continue, verify at men email. Okay, so it looks like what they've done here is they sent an email to the administrator of the email that's on file as the administrator of that domain, which is contact at Janssen Ellen, that come just when I never, ever check um and sent a verification code. Just one more level of making sure you are who you say you are. So let me get that code, and I'll be right back. Okay? So I checked the email that's on file as my main contact email for that domain. Uh, and I found this verification code. Here it is. So that's what they gave me. So now I'm gonna pace that in here and say continue. Okay, so here we are. Says, here's everything. Okay, so now we're getting some nitty gritty, and this could be really confusing, so let's walk through it a little bit. Name servers are an important thing. That, uh they're kind of the thing that taught connects the i P address and the domain name. So if you don't know what that means, it doesn't really matter. Uh, just select this 1st 1 use our name servers. You want the name servers to be from the new company? Um, I don't read Auto Renew. I highly recommend you do this. This basically just means they're gonna bill you automatically and take your and charged your card. Now, I'm not a fan of auto payments for anything. I don't do it for my bills. My car, my mortgage, none of that is auto pay. I just do it on the first of the month like clockwork. I know to go in and pay because I don't like, uh, other companies dipping into my bank accounts. But with this, um, I do do Auto pay is about the only thing that I use auto pay for. So, um, because remember what I just said about the, um, back order process. So if this goes unpaid for a second, someone can buy it out from under you and may have already bought it out from under you, so we need to be sure that that automatically happens. So we're going to select auto renew here, contact information, used profile information or edit contact info. I'm gonna close select edit contact info because this information is old. This is from when I bought, um, my domain, Um, 10 years ago is the last time I updated this. That's bad. You shouldn't do that. So I'm gonna update this. Um, Still has my Baltimore address in here. Um, no, that's hilarious. Okay. And I've updated that stuff. Uh, domain privacy. Use privacy for 10 bucks a year. I turned that off. That's probably just gonna hide all of your contact information from the public. Uh, okay. Terms of service in a select Yes. And then I am going. Teoh, add to cart. Okay, great. So, um, this is cool. So what this says is domain transfer? An extension is what I'm buying. So I'm buying one year of my domain name, just like I would have if I went anywhere else. You know, I bought it for a year, but because I registered a host that came with a free domain name, it's deducting that cost, and it's charging me zero. Um, cool. So, um, I got a free domain name out of it. Uh, no. Here's one really important thing that I didn't mention yet. I'm gonna collect process disorder while I tell you what something. Um, Now, what's gonna happen is my domain name is still going to my old host, and at some point, it's going to switch over to going to the new host, which is great. That's what I want. Probably gonna take a day or so before it switches over. Now, the problem is, I'm actively using my website. I have stuff there. So and all my files that run the website are on the hosting account of the old host. So when the domain switches, all my files are over here. My domain is now going over here to my blue host account. And what happens? There's nothing there. So I'm about to lose my entire website for a while. But, um, I thought ahead, and before I did this whole process, I installed my website. I made a copy of my website on the old host and installed it on the new host. So Ah, it's the right now it's the exact same website, and I shouldn't even notice when it goes from the old to the new because it's everything is the same. So Ah, hopefully that happens soon. So there we have it. We just transferred a domain from an old come from a different company to a new company. Um, and let me just hit this home one more time. Why would you want to do this? Um, the reason that I'm doing it is because, um, a while ago I got recommended to blue host. I have been using this other company for a long time, and it was great. Now is really happy with them. But in the last couple of years, like their prices have started to inch up their tech support and started inch down. Um, I've been just kind of unhappy with them. So, um, I for some of my new projects, I started using blue host to kind of test it out, and I've been really happy with it. So now I'm ready to pull the trigger and for my main website, switch that one over because it's really easier if you have. If you are managing multiple websites, it's kind of nice toe. Have them all in one place. Um, you don't have to do that, but it makes your life a little bit easier. Um, so that's why I'm I'm switching it over, and I'm doing it for you because I meant to do it anyway. And I, um, needed to make this video, so I just thought, I'll just do it for you right here on the video. So that's all done. Um, now I should have everything set up. I have a hosting account with Blue Host. I have a domain that's going to that hosting account. Um, now I can install wordpress and I can get down to business. Um, so we'll pick that up in the next video. Everyone's me again coming to you from the editing room. Um, one thing I wanted to add to this whole process was that now that I've done all this and gone through the whole process and it's been a little while, I can tell you that it didn't take more than a day for that switch toe have happened over. Um, it took a little over a week. Actually, I think it was like, eight days or so, um, before it it happened. It started the domain started going to my new site, Um, which is fine, but, uh, you're gonna have a hard time progressing in this class. And while you're waiting for that switch to happen because you have to choose to build your site that we're going to do from here forward on the old location or the new location. So if you're in the shoes of having to switch a domain name, um, you might want to wait for the domain switch toe happen before continuing on. You'll see that in the rest of the video are the rest of the video. Was the class going forward actually start using, um, a different domain. I start using slam academy dot com because it was taking a long time for the switch to happen, and I couldn't make any more of this class. Um, while I was waiting for it to happen, So I switched over to start using a site off of slam Academy I just so that I could keep pushing forward with the class. But, um, while I was waiting for the domain to switch over the domain propagation Fancy way to say that, Um, so, uh, it can take, you know, upwards of a week for the switch to happen. So fair warning. Um, if you're in the shoes of doing this, what I would recommend doing is getting this thing started and then waiting to build the rest of your site until, ah, you've got the domain transferred over and you're all up and running. So you might take a week off, take a little vacation, and then come back to the glass and continue on with it from there. If you're in the shoes to be waiting for a domain transfer, that's all 10. 10: Mm. Okay, let's set up some mail accounts. So this is a question I get asked a lot when I teach this class is Do I need to set up email accounts? And the answer is a big, huge giant. No, you do not need to create a whole bunch of email accounts. You don't even need to create one email account. Um, I'm only showing you this because I get ask it a lot. So I wanted to go over it in case you want to do it and to because you can't you can create email accounts. It's a service that is with your hosting package. So if you want to do it, you can, um I do it. I find it to be a really useful thing to do. Um, for the way I like to run my stuff. But you may not. If you have a perfectly good hosting our sorry, a perfectly good email account through, like Gmail or several of the other free ones. And people know that email account of yours, Then keep it. Keep using that. Advertised that as the your main contact info. That's the only real reason to do this is to advertise contact info. Um ah. Lot of people don't want to manage multiple email accounts because it can get time consuming. Um, I have, ah, whole like system of the way I manage the like 10 or 15 email accounts that I have to manage That makes it very efficient. And maybe someday I'll make a class just on managing multiple email accounts efficiently. But that's not this class. Um, so, uh, that is a long about way of saying, If you don't have a need for more email accounts than skip it, don't do it. Um, should you want to make email accounts? It's pretty easy. So let's walk through how to do it. Um, we're in the sea panel, and our first icon here is email accounts. Let's click that. Okay, now, it says, makes him email accounts. So type in whatever you want here. This we can't change because this is the domain name that we've set up. So it could be whatever you want at your domain name. So let's make ones that says, um, Steve, for my friend Steve, I don't know. Ah, I just give it a password, Okay, it's saying that's not a good password. God be certain. Strong now. The quota. The quota is how much size is set aside for the mail account. Think about let's say someone e mails you a video and it's big. It's like a big video, Uh, all of that stuffs. That video sits on your server space that you're hosting, that you're renting through Blue Host and it takes up space so that video is sitting there . Every email message you get takes up space. Little tiny bits of space, Um, for most messages because they're just text. It's really small, but it does add up after a while so you can limit how much space Ah, this mailbox is given. And when you get enough male to go over that much space, it will start rejecting those male or that male. So it'll start kicking it back to the center, saying, this person's out of space, Um, so you can set it to 250 megs, or you can take whatever you want. But remember, with our hosting plan, we have unlimited space, so we could just say unlimited meaning like never let it fill. It will just always be accumulating stuff, and that's what I usually do. I almost set everything as unlimited in the state. Create account. Okay, Steve, that damn thing. Ellen. Now I can go down here, and these are the email accounts I have. Um, here's Steve at Jane thing. Alan, down here. Um, I have some options I can change. The password can change the quota the size I can delete the account, or I click this more. I can go right into the web mail here. Or I can set up an email client on email. Client is like for me. It's It's this down here. It's Mack Male. Um, Thunderbird. Uh, what's the Microsoft one? Um, entourage, I think I forget, but, uh, those were all male clients that you can set up if you want. This will walk you through the set up process. But this is the web mail that will look just like you. No Gmail kind of thing. It's a bit uglier, but you can do it through here. So I'm gonna delete this Steve at dancing on DACA cause I don't really have anyone named See, that works for me. But these ones that I do have set up. Um, this is what I do. I have J at dancing on that comets my main, uh, professional email address that I use for everything. I have sales at Dante own dot com. And what that does is, um, I have, like, paypal and stuff like that set up to it so that, um, receipts and things like that. When someone buys something from my website, I get a notice, uh, comes to me from sales at De'anthony on that. Come and also goes to the person that buys it, sends them a receipt automatically. So it's just handy. Ah, assistant is for on occasion when I have an intern. Or sometimes I hire an assistant for projects I'm working on. I need to set them up email account, find it easier to create one called Assistant that they use and handoff. So the contact email addresses. This is a weird one. This is just kind of a goofy trick. I figured out. Um, you don't have to do this. I find it, uh, useful and somewhat entertaining. Um, when you set up a website, um, you're gonna get a lot of spam. I mean more. You're gonna get more span than you used to. It's fine. I mean, it's not Ah, gonna be overbearing. It's just, you know your name is associated with the website now, Um, what's gonna happen is that some of these, like spam robot things that are designed to, like, look around the Internet for email addresses. They're going to see your domain name and then they're going to try to send email to a bunch of stuff before your domain name. They're going to try stuff like info at your domain name. They're going to send upon to email to that. And if it says if it comes back and says There's no info at jam thing on that come email address, it's gonna say, OK, um, it's going. Try another one. Gonna try admin at Janet Theon that come uh, and one of the ones it's gonna try his contact at JMC on that is going to try contact at your ah email. I write your account. So what I do is I create one called contact and I give it a smaller quota so that this is going to get full and not that long. Usually, this is empty only because I just created this account. Right? Normally, this is huge, so I'm actually gonna change this quota to something really small to Megs. Okay, now, this is only two megs. In a couple weeks, this is gonna fill, And when it fails, I'll see here that it's full. And then what's gonna happen is every time they these little spam robots send spam to contact at Janet Yellen dot com, it's gonna get shot right back to him, saying his mailbox is full. And it's kind of my like, dumb little retaliation to spam because they span me and I'm gonna automatically span them right back with a mailbox. Full message. So basically, ah, you're going to get spam to this address, so I just make the account and say, OK, have it like I just give that one away to the spammers, and I don't use it for anything. Um, I didn't know. You may have noticed. I did have to use it, um, to create some info for my my website. So I had to go through my old account, delete some stuff from it to make enough space to get that one last message I needed if you saw me do that, that's what I was doing, Um, when I was getting the verification emails because those were automatically going to my contact because that's what I had registered as my, um, main communication route with my old company. That's kind of confusing. If that doesn't make any sense, just don't worry about it. Um, I just give this one away. So it's not a big deal. Um, yeah. So if you want to check Web mail, you can get to it from right here. Access Web mail. You can also go back to your C panel, and you can get to it from right here. You can. Also, there's 1/3 way usually, and I think what you can do is if you go to Web mail dot your domain name dot com, you can usually get to the Web mail for your accounts there. Now the Web mail is basically just like a If you don't know what male is, it's Ah, away to read your email just online. It's if you use Yahoo or Gmail or anything like that. You're always in like a Web mail system. Um, it's probably the way you read email. If you don't have an email client like I have set up, that's how you read your emails. What? Male? So this will get you there. Let's have a look at it. Yeah. So it's gonna look like this. I gotta log into the email address, and then I'll be ableto see and get into it. Okay. That email cups, um, you can set up his money as you want. Unlimited amount of them come with your hosting plan, and you have an unlimited amount of space. So if you want to set up multiple accounts, set him up. If you don't have any need to create multiple accounts, don't set him up. Keep your life simple if you can. So just use your Gmail or whatever you want to use. That is just fine. Okay, let's move on. 11. 11: Okay, So, uh, the next thing we need to do is going to install WordPress. Now, this is gonna be a place installation of WordPress. So what that means is that we're gonna install the framework of what will become our website. So this is like, um, literally? Well, not literally, but it's like your house. If it was like, just like the walls and everything doesn't have any year stuff in it. You're going into an empty houses. What? We need to get all set up later. We'll put our stuff inside the house. We'll paint the walls. Well, you know, redo the floors will redo the ceiling, but we need to get everything in its right place. So, um, here we go. So I am at my blue host account. I'm gonna log in. I'm gonna go to see panel, because that's where we have that little installer gonna close this window. Yes. Okay. Click on. See panel up here. Okay. Website builders and we're press. Here we go, so you can manually install were oppressed without doing this process through blue host. Um, it's a bit more complicated with the set up and everything. So this is way easier. And the nice thing about this is that it always gets you the newest version. So let's talk about that for just a quick second. Um, we're gonna be installing WordPress version 3.9 point one. So throughout this, the rest of this video, we're gonna be looking at 3.9 point one. Um, unless it prompts us for an update after we installed, which I don't think it will. Um, so going forward, whatever. You're watching this video, keep that in mind when you install WordPress. If if you know, you find this video year after I make it, we might be on WordPress version 4.5 or something like that. So you might be on a newer version of WordPress. Um, then what I'm using, I'm using the newest now as of July 16 2014. Um, and they do update this were presses a very lively community of people. So, um, it will be updated. There's not gonna be such a major update that you're not gonna be able to follow along with what I'm doing. If there's a newer version, so you'll be just fine. And I am I do update these videos pretty regularly. So if there's a major update, I'll come in and update the video. But that's the version that we're gonna be looking at here. So I'm gonna click this install button up here. It's gonna guide me through some stuff. Now, this is important and a little confusing. So I want to be sure that you understand this. So this my domain name and it's given me a drop down to show me all the domains where I can install WordPress. It's just gonna be really this one, the temporary domain, which I don't want to use. Uh, the without the www. I don't want to use that. I'm gonna use this one, um, now slash directory. Now remember, a directory is just a folder. So if I go to actually, let's look at where we are here. So the slash means inside of folders. So here were on the site called Mojo marketplace dot com and then slash scripts slash. That means that in this website in the Home Directory, there's a folder called Scripts. And inside that folder there's another folder called Install Scripts because that's in slashes to and inside that folder, there's a file called this crazy number. So if we want to install WordPress somewhere other than our home directory, the home directory is when I go to jam feelin dot com the first thing that happens, that's what it is. Um, that's the home directory. If I want to install WordPress somewhere else, I'm gonna type it here. Like, if I want to say, um, online workshop. This is This means that I'm gonna make a version of WordPress. That's gonna be the In order to get to it, you're gonna have to type in J. Anthony allen dot com slash online workshop. And that will take you to this version of WordPress. Now, if you want it to be in your home directory, you just leave this blank. Now, if this is your first website, I'm assuming you wanted to be on your home directory. If you don't know what I'm talking about and you're confused, leave this blank. Uh, let's just do it at your domain name dot com. Now, I am not going to do it at my domain dot com because check this out at my domain dot com right now. Remember, I moved my old website over to it. So my domain has my current website on it. So here it is. So if I install wordpress here without putting anything here, I'm going to erase this whole website because only one version of WordPress can be in a directory at a time. So I don't want to erase my whole website. Um, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna make a new website called New 2014 and I'm gonna build it there. And then eventually, once it's done, I'm gonna move it over to the home directory so you probably don't have a website yet at your home directory. So you don't need to worry about this, but because I already have one, and I'm dedicated to this class and all, but I'm not going to rewrite my entire website. Um, I'm not gonna overwrite my entire website for this class. I'm gonna make a new one here at new 2014 and then I'll move it once it's done and replaced by the one. So I'm gonna type in new 2014 here. You should probably take nothing in here. Cool. So I'm gonna click check domain, and it's gonna say, OK, cool. Um, you, uh it's gonna let me install it there. So click this show Advanced options, and we're gonna put in some stuff here. This is all stuff we can change later, but it's just handy to do now. Site name or title. This is ah, what's going to show up in the as, like your your site name or title? So if you're making an artist or musician website, just type in something like your name, or you can type in, like the music of dancing Eleanor J. Anthony Allen's artwork or whatever you want. Something really shortened symbol at men. User name. What do you want to log in as basically I'm gonna change this to just my standard log in info and then make a password it automatically generated for you this crazy password. Um, but I'm gonna delete it and put in one that's more memorable to me. You can type in pretty much anything you want here. Um, this is, uh, not hidden. Like when I type, you actually see it rather than it being hidden. So I'm gonna type in my password on, then I'm and I'm gonna chop that out of the video so that you can't see what my password is to my website. Because this is the keys to the city. This is going to be how to get in and modify and create and potentially destroy your whole website. So again, uh, I love my students, but I'm not gonna give you my password time. I'm not gonna give you the keys to the store. So let me create a password. And then after I create the password, I'm gonna leave this checked automatically create a new database. I'm gonna check. I have read the terms and conditions, and then I'm gonna click install now, So I'm gonna do all that and then, uh, make a quick little snip in the video. Um, okay, so now we're presses installing. They've got this little, like, high five. Your process is underway. Um, and they're setting up WordPress. We can close this window. What they're telling you here is they're trying to sell you some more Add ons and stuff. You don't need any of them. Don't worry about it. Let's just wait for this green Bart Ifill, which it just did that says high five. Your installation is complete. Let's click this view credentials here. Okay? No, this is the stuff we need to know. So it's showing me my password, so hopefully I can blur that out. Um, so here is where it installed it. So if you go there, you should see a new empty version of WordPress. If you go to that site now, whatever your says, which, if you didn't type in anything in that box and the previous stuff, it just says your domain name. You should see this empty version of WordPress at MINURSO. This is really important. This is how you're going to get into wordpress from here on out. So this is the back end where you're going to add all your content. This is where we're gonna be working for pretty much the rest of this class. We're gonna be working in this ad men panel. This is called Dashboard. Uh, we'll talk more about dashboard shortly, but this is how we get into it. So do not ever forget this. You should bookmark this page. You're gonna be living there for a little while. And it's always the same. It's always gonna be your domain. And then if you put anything in that box, it's gonna be here and then slash WP hyphen admin. That's how you always get in your domain slash WP hyphen. Edmon That is the back door to your website and the user name and password you created is the key to the back door. Um, and that's where everything happens. So by going there, we get to the dashboard and we create everything that we need. We put all our content. That's where we get Teoh. I think the walls change the carpet, redo the ceilings, install anything we want. Um, and that's where we're gonna be living for a little while. Okay. Ah, this other stuff that they want you to buy, you don't need it. We're pretty much done with this window. You can you can close it. You can go to your website and, uh, see what's there going forward. We'll be working in that dashboard the back door to our website and will be building on our website. So, um, hopefully you made it this far. Let's press on 12. 12: okay before we move onto the next thing, Um, which is going to be, you know, actually starting to deal with some of the content in building our website. Um, I get asked this question a lot when I teach this class in person, so I wanted to address it here. Um and that is can you put a temporary password on your whole website toe? Lock it down so that no one can get to it until it's fully ready. Um, so that you can work on it kind of without anyone seeing it. The answer is yes. However, let me caution you a little bit. First of all, if you're worried about search engines getting it, um, while you're still working on it, that's really nothing to worry about. It will take search engines a little while to latch on to your website. Um, so no one will really end up there. And in fact, the only people that will really go to your website if it's a brand new website is people that you've told this is my new website. So if you really want no one to go there, you can just click, or you could just not tell anyone that is your new website until it's already and done. So you really don't have to worry about it too much. And sometimes putting a password on the whole website is more problem than it is useful. So, um, just a couple of words of warning. If you don't need to do this, I would say don't do it. Um, but if you do want to do it, uh, you can and totally fine. I'm gonna show you how to do it right now. Um, so I'm in c panel again is gonna be one of our last see panel things, and I'm going to scroll down to security. There it is. And directory Password. That's what I want to click. So I'm gonna click that now it says, Where do you want me to take you? Let's say Webroot, that's fine. Now it's going to show me all the directories, which is just a fancy way to say folder in my, um, home directory. So these are all the folders that air in here already? Uh, so I am going, Teoh, go to the thing I just made. If you have if you in the previous step if you didn't put a slash after it than the The Home Directory is the one where WordPress is, and that's what you want to lock down. That's this one. Public HTML. That's what you want to lock down. Um, if you put a slash after it, Um, so that's where your WordPress is. Like for me. I think I did new 2014 or new 14. I did two takes of that video, so I'm not sure which one is the one that you're actually solve. But it's one of those two that I could click that one and put a password on it. Let's do that. Let's say new 2014. So gonna click that folder. Now remember, if it's your it's just like your domaine dot com, and you want a password protected that like the whole thing, which is fine, if that's what you want to do. Um, you want toe hit that public html uh, link. That's the one you want to do. Okay, so I'm a new 2014 says there. Um so I want to say yes. Password. Protect this directory. Check that box and you give it a name. It doesn't really matter. I'm gonna call it new 2014. That's fine. So I'm gonna hit, save, okay? And it says that's been updated. So now that has a password. That directory. Now you need Teoh create a way to get into it because right now it's just locked down and no one could get in. So you create a user name. I'm just gonna do, like, admin. That's a standard thing. Or actually, now, make it easier. I'll say, Jay, since I'm the only one that's gonna get into this, uh, let's make a password for it. And let's say I think the past would be, um, log me in. Oh, it's gonna make me create a good one. So I'll use kind of my standard password here. Okay, so I made a good password. I'm gonna add modify authorized users. All right, so now when I go back to this page, it says this directory is password protected. This is what it's called. Here are the people that can access it and the information I just created for this J person . Um, so now when you go to that directory, it's going Teoh not let you in when you go to that website, it's gonna not let you in. It's gonna say enter the user name and password for the That's where this name comes in. It's going to say enter user name and password for directory new 2014 or whatever you typed here. Um, so this is not your user name. This is just a name for the directory, that's all. Uh, the user name and password is gonna be whatever you put in to this user, and then it will let you in. Teoh make changes and stuff now Super crucial step When you're done, when you're ready to have this thing be live and you want to take this off, all you have to do is come back to this page and uncheck this little box and then hit safe . Now there's no password protection on that directory. It still shows that there's a user here, but there's no ah password protection on it, so it doesn't really matter. Um, that's all. So don't forget how to take it off. Uh, how to take the password protection off when you're done using it. And again if you don't have a really good reason to need to put the password on it. You could probably skip it. Um, it can be just kind of a pain to do it that way. And the fear of anyone finding your website while you're working on it is kind of exaggerated in a lot of people's heads. I think so. If you want to do it, please do it. Uh, if you don't need to do it, don't do it. Okay, so there we go. 13. 13: Okay, so we're all done with the first big chunk of stuff for this class, which is the one time only stuff that was getting your domain set up, getting your hosting set up and getting wordpress installed. Um, we've got that all done. If you've kept up with the class so far, um, for him here on out, two important things just to wrap up this unit. And one is please keep track of your passwords. I think I've already mentioned this once, but, um, remember that you've now have at least two passwords that you're gonna be dealing with. Um, you've got your, uh you're hosting password, which is going to get you into see panel. And now you've got your WordPress password, and you may have been able to set those to be the same, and that's great. But, um, if those air different, please just start keeping track of those passwords because it's going to start to get confusing. However you like to keep track of them. Um, second thing is, this is something that I I encounter a lot in my in person classes. We're now going to be working primarily in wordpress, so we're done with C panel for a while. The only real exception we might have is if you put a password on your website, you're gonna have to go back to see panel when we're all done and take that password off. Other than that, we're pretty much done with C panel for a while. So, um, remember that the WordPress interface the back door that I was mentioning that we created a password to It's called Dashboard. This is what it looks like. Yours might look a little bit different. We'll get into that in a minute. But, um, dashboard is the WordPress command center. So dashboard is like, over here and see panel is over here. They're completely separate things. OK, so don't get confused between, uh, see, panel and dashboard. We're going to be mostly working on dashboard from here on out. We're done with the panel for a while. Um, so just remember, there's a big brick wall in between those two things. So if we need to dio global big domain hosting type things, we go to see panel. If we need to dio content related stuff, stuff about how your website looks and functions and that kind of thing. We go to dashboard. It's almost everything from here on out is dashboard. Just be sure you don't get those two things confused. See? Panel and dashboard. Dashboard. Is WordPress okay? I think I've nailed that home. Uh, okay, so with that, we're done with the first big section. Congratulations. You made it this far. Let's get into our website and start making stuff. This is where we get to have some fun. I will see you in the next unit. 14. 14: Okay, So, uh, now that we have wordpress installed, we're going, Teoh, get to work on setting it up. Uh, so one thing that, um, I'm gonna be doing one kind of change of plan is that I just installed another version of WordPress on the slam academy site, so I'm actually gonna be working on slam academy dot com slash web workshop. I'm gonna work on this one for a while because, um, it's kind of confusing, but because I transferred my domain name, uh, it still hasn't happened. I did that three days ago, and the transfer actually still hasn't happened. I just talk to tech support. He said seven days. Um, So while the transfer is happening, I kind of can't do anything. I kind of have to just wait for that to finish. Or else I'm just gonna load myself up with problems. So in order to continue making this video, I'm gonna build it here off the slam academy site. Ah, and then move it over to my website once it's all done. So everything will be the same. Except instead of j. Anthony allen dot com. You're going to see a slam academy dot com. Ah sai macadamias little company that I own. We teach electronic music classes. Superfund. It's awesome. Um, so, uh, here's my my info that I just created, So everything is the same Slime academy dot com Web workshop is when I created and sigh macadamia com Web workshop slash WP and Men is my admin interface. So let's open both of these and open them in new tabs. If you don't do this tab thing, get used to do using tabs because it's gonna be great. Um, once you start, you know, making a change and then having to go to the page and check it out, making another change. Having multiple tabs like this, that you can just go back and forth between really fast is really beneficial, actually, um, so get used to doing that. So here's what my website looks like right now, So I'm on it. Sam academy dot com slash web workshop. And this is what it looks like. This is probably what yours looks like. Or something similar. Um, it says hello, world. Hello. World is the standard computer, uh, lingo for it works. That's how we say it works is a Hello world like whenever you write a program. Um, the first thing you get it to output or say or do is the phrase Hello world. It's like saying I'm alive, so we're gonna get rid of that later today. Worry about it. Um, so let's look at my format here. So this is the default. I have Ah, heading here. I have a description here. I have some recent posts, and that's the hello world post that we're seeing over here. Recent comments. I have archives, older stuff. I have categories. I have this weird philosophical thing called Meta. Ah, and I was probably powered by WordPress thing down here, so we're pretty much going to get rid of all of this. Ah, one thing you can't see very well. As I actually have a menu up here, there's really nothing in it except for a sample page. So when I mouse over sample page, it turns green. But if I created a menu, I could created all along this top bar. So we're gonna create a menu, gonna get rid of all this stuff, and we're actually gonna knock out, uh, pretty much everything here and install our own stuff our own format very shortly. Your website is gonna look nothing like this one. Um, this is just kind of the default template. Okay, so let's log in to WordPress. So I'm at slam academy dot com slash web workshop slash WP hyphen. Admin. Now, when you go to that, it's going to automatically change Probably to this long, crazy Earl. Doesn't matter. So just go to, uh, w p hyphen admin, And that's going to get you this window, and you're gonna log in with the credentials that you created. I'm gonna say, remember me so that I'd can skip some steps and click log in. Okay, so here we are in the dashboard. This is our home base for adding stuff. Um, the most important stuff here is all of these things on the left side. These are, um, your main settings and where we're gonna put in all our content. So we're gonna poke around this, uh, and go through each of these shortly. But for now, I just want to get some general set up stuff done. So let's do some just kind of general or were you things that we need to do? So I'm gonna go down to settings here at the bottom, and I'm gonna hit in general. So site title. Now, this is stuff that you you may have set up in the previous step when we hit that advanced option. So if this is good if this if you've set to use up already in that previous step, um, when we were installing were oppressed, You don't need to change them. But if you want to change it, you can change it here. So site title. I'm gonna change to me, Tagline. Now, let's go to our other tab here. So I'm gonna go over to my live website and see how that's being displayed on the site. So this is where my site title is being displayed. And this is where my tagline is being displayed. Now we're gonna change this completely, But that's the general concept. Um, so I'm gonna change this to the music of genuine thing, Ellen, because I make music website address. Okay, that's the address for a web site. You can change this, but don't, um please don't change this because I don't exactly know how this is affecting this site. But you're gonna break stuff if you change this. So leave these as they are. Email address. What do you want to be? Your contact email address. I'm going to say Jay. Uh, okay. Membership anyone can register. You probably want to leave this off. You don't want people to be able to register and log in to your website. This would let them create a log in for themselves. Typically an artist. Websites we don't want that new user default rule doesn't matter because we're not gonna let people create their users. Time zone, Uh, set the time zone for wherever you are thes are all in this, you know, UTC plus or minus thing. But if you scroll all the way down, I think no, all the way up, you'll get city names. So I'm gonna go to I'm in Minneapolis, which I don't think is in here, but so I'm going to find the nearest city that's in my same time zone, which is Chicago is almost always in these. Oh, I don't think I'm looking at the U. S. They're separate. Africa, America. They must have a separate. Uh oh. Detroit. Okay, so Chicago third is okay, So I'm not in Chicago, but Chicago's the same time zones me. So I was gonna select Chicago. It's not gonna display Chicago anywhere. Is just going to display the time. Okay. Date format. How you want the date to show up when it shows up? It might never show up, depending on how we set up our website. But when we do have the date, how do you want to show up? Um, you could do custom, however you want. I like that the best. So I'm gonna go with that time format. You could do any of these. I'm gonna select that. Ah. And the week starts on Monday or Sunday, depending on how you want to do things I think I'm supposed to do Sunday for. That's how we do it here. But, um, I actually like Monday. Better. Um, again, I don't think this is gonna matter, because I'm not really gonna put a calendar or anything on my site. But if you want to have a calendar, we'll talk about calendar soon. Um, I will warn you against and strongly advise you against putting a calendar on your website . But that comes later. Um, so let's just save those. Even if you don't think you're gonna need to display the date, the time, the week, Any of that stuff. Um, always good to just make sure all those settings are correct. Just to be safe to capitalize that letter because you never know. Okay, Uh, no. Back over to settings. Let's just see what else is here is a couple other things I want, so I'm gonna click on this writing. Ah, a couple things here. Formatting Camembert, convert emoticons to graphics, I guess. Sure, I never I'm gonna use emoticons on my website, but, um, rest of the stuff doesn't really matter. Post via email. This is some fancy or stuff that we don't really need to get into. We're not gonna be using that. Let's go to reading under our settings. Okay? This one is important. This front page displays. What this is saying is I'm gonna go back over to my tab. That shows my current website What this is saying is when I go to the main website, this is called the index, the main website, the page that loads after Web workshop. When you go to, like, be home page, the home page. This is what is the home page? Um, What does the Home page show does it show? Ah, list of your most recent stuff. Does it show a specific page, Uh, or does it shows something else. So that's what we're setting here. Front page, same things. Home page by default, it set to your latest posts. So the most recent stuff you've done, um, for me, I don't actually like that. I wanted to show a static page of static pages. Just a page I made. That doesn't change. It doesn't update based on, ah, my most recent activity or anything like that. However, I can't quite do this yet because it wants me to select a page, and I haven't created any pages yet, so I'm gonna leave this as your latest posts, but I'm gonna come back to it later. This is where we change that, though. So just file that away in your head that this is where we set the home page will be important, but we need to create some pages first. Ah, Blawg pages. These don't really matter, cause I'm not going to do those. Okay, let's go to this discussion tab under settings. Oh, I didn't say that. I didn't need to. Okay. Discussion is important. The settings we need change here relate. Most importantly to comments. Now, do we want people to be able to leave a comment on things? We right. So if you're making a page devoted, Teoh your most recent or your ah, Syria Siris of paintings that you've made let's say, do you want people to be able Teoh Just, you know, have a little box, the bottom and type in and say, Yeah, good job. I like it, Um, And leave comments is very, you know, it's popular on websites that we've comments sometimes. Um, this is where you can control some of that. Uh, if you are making an artist portfolio style website, uh, or a musician portfolio website where you're showcasing your music or your art or anything , I would strongly suggest turning the comments off, which is what I'm gonna do now. Um, the reason is the Internet can be mean. I think we all know what I'm talking about here. So, um, for these specific kinds of websites where we're showcasing our work, we really don't want people to just to be able to come in and just type like you suck, you know, and like whatever. It would be nice if they came in and said, You're awesome. I love this stuff, but let's maybe, in my personal opinion, you're welcome to leave this out. But in my opinion, um, I'm gonna leave that kind of feedback to Facebook, maybe even Twitter. I'm not going to let that happen on my website, so I'm gonna turn that stuff off. You're welcome to leave it up. Um, OK, so let's let's have a look at this. So default article settings attempt to notify any blog's linked from the article. That's fine. Allow lint notifications from other blog's That's fine. Allow people to post comments on new articles. I'm gonna uncheck that guy. Other comments, settings comment. Author must fill out name and email. Well, we're not gonna let people post comments. So, um, let's leave that one checked so that if for some bizarre reason someone is able to post a comment, we get their name and email just for fun. Users must be registered and log in to comment. I'm actually gonna check that because we're not letting people comment were also not letting people register for our site. So if we say in order to leave a comment, you must be registered for the site. We've got, like, a double whammy. Ah, you can't do this in The reason I'm doing the double whammy thing is because there are these automated systems that will go into websites, try to find any possible way to leave comments on. Then they'll just, uh, spit comment after comment after comment for advertisements for stuff on your site. So we want to be, like, doubly triply sure that those systems can't get in through any weird loophole. So I'm gonna leave that checked so that you can't register. You can't leave a comment, but if you need, if you find a way to leave a comment, you got to be registered. So it kind of helps ah automatically close comments on articles after, Let's just be sneaky here and say zero days I'll turn that on. Um, accidentally leave that off. Never mind. Ah, enable threat A nested comments Turn that one off break. Comments will leave that off. Okay, email me whenever anyone posts a comment. Yes, let's leave that on and email me whenever a comment is held for moderation. What that means is that if any comment does get posted to our website, it's going Teoh, shoot me an email and say Hey, someone posted a comment and I could say what? And then I can go in and delete it. Eso We're gonna make sure we have those checked before a comment appears calm. It must be manually approved. Yes. Um, what that means is that it's going to send me this email and say There's a comment waiting . We're not gonna show it on your website until you approve it. So yet another layer of protection against these automated comment things. So the worst case scenario here is that you're gonna get a bunch of emails saying someone's trying to leave a comment on your website, but it's not going to show up on your website until you say yes. Um, okay, the rest of this is fine. We're not going to use these avatars or this rating system, so it's it's safe, okay? And I'm just going to go over this one more time in case you missed it. So ah, for default article settings, let's leave the 1st 2 on for other comments. Settings. Let's leave the 1st 2 on email me whenever both those on and before a comment appears. Both those on everything else off eso those air, my preferred settings. If you want to leave comments on your welcome to experiment with it. But that's how I like to deal with my websites. Okay, let's see what else we got here. Um, media, I don't think there's anything we need to do here. Um, this is the thumbnail size of images that we upload medium size and large size. Now, if you're saying I don't like those sizes, don't worry about changing this yet because we're going to install something in just a minute that's going to change all of these. Once we get our formatting all figured out, we'll know better what the ideal sizes are for our images, and we can come back here and change them if we want to. So don't worry about those quite yet. Ah, prima links, uh, means, like, how is the link displayed to your stuff? What I like to do here is let's see, I can do default. So the default here is gonna be my website, which is all of this. Slash question mark p equals and then the article number the number of the article just 123 in this example. So that's not great, because what that does is it doesn't, uh, show the title of the, um, the page in the link, which is not as good for search engines. So if you put the title in the page, search engines will be more likely to grab on to it. So I could do this day and name where it shows my website slash the year, the month, the day and then the name of the title. Uh, so the date basically and then the name. That's a little overkill. So I'm not gonna be updating my site every single day, so I don't really need that. How about month and name my website slash year, month And in the name of the post. That's the best. I think you could also do. Just post name the problem here. If you do just the name of the page that you're creating. The problem there is that if you have two pages called art, then one of them's going to show up as art two or something like that. Um, so you could only have one, so I'm gonna go with the month and name for me. Um, I'm actually Well, yeah, I'm gonna go with the month of May. You might also like Post name just using the post name. You just have to be careful about duplicate page names, making sure they're not the same. Um, I could go either way. Actually, I'm on the fence, but month of name, it sounds good for what I'm doing. Okay. Lets it save changes. Okay, so those are our general settings. That's all we really need to do. Um, just on the back end to make sure that we're all set up and everything is gonna be working . Correct. Now, if you go back to our website, it's gonna look the same. Uh, I'll take this opportunity to point out one thing every time we change something on our website in the back end, in the dashboard. Uh, and we go back to our site. We're not going to see what we changed. Take effect until we refresh the page. So, in my browser, this is the refresh button. So it's got to reload the page. So somewhere you've got a button that looks kind of like that, depending on what browser you're using. If you can't find it, you can always just click in the, um that the URL bar, the address bar and just hit return to reload the page. So we just need to refresh the page so that the new changes get displayed. So none of the stuff that I just changed really changes anything. I got this stuff does, actually. So now it's showing my name and the music of Jay Anthony Allen. So that changed. Uh, nothing else changes because it's all kind of behind the scenes stuff. Okay, so those are basic settings. Let's move on to the next thing. 15. 15: So the next thing we need to do is find a theme. Now, this might be one of the most frustrating things that you have to do, not frustrating in terms of like, um, like, repetitive tasks or anything like that. Just frustrating in that you have to make a choice and it's kind of a big choice. So let's look at what a theme is. What it is is this is ah wordpress specific thing. Um, your website and all websites actually are kind of governed by rectangles. So if we look at what I've got right now for my website Excuse me, we've got really I see, like, four, probably rectangles. We've got this black bar up here that is reserved for the menu. We've got this rectangle here which is showing the name and the info for the site. And then we've got this rectangle over here, which is showing a whole bunch of extra information. Ah, and the search bar. And then we've got this big rectangle which is our main content area. Now what we need to dio is find ah, layout that has rectangles where we want them and the size that we want them in the right place. Now, that might sound a little easy. And it is, in a way, um, but what we don't wanna have to do is move around Rectangles. What we want to do is find something that has all the rectangles where we want them. And then we want Teoh put all our content into the rectangles. Um, this is gonna save us a ton of time because we don't have to actually code the site. This is the really kind of annoying stuff that we're presses handling for us with this concept of themes. So, uh, put another way, the theme is kind of like like using my house analogy again. If you go into a house and you're, like shopping for houses or something, you said I want to buy this house. You might walk in And you might say, You know, the carpet is ugly, the paint is ugly, the drapes on the wall are ugly. All of the artwork they have up here is terrible. Uh, but I can replace all that. I can fix all that. Once I get my stuff in here, it's gonna be great. Um, that's all easy stuff. replacing the content, changing the colors. This is easy, uh, going into a house and saying I like it except, um, I want to swap out the second story and the first story. That's hard, right? That's like some serious construction project. And we don't wanna have to do that in a house. You're you're better off just finding another house. Um, if that's the case. So we want to avoid those big construction projects and just focus on something that has the layout with all the right stuff in all the right places. And then we're going to put our stuff and replace and we're going to replace their stuff with our stuff That makes sense. So let's be less abstract for a minute. Let me Let's just do it. So let's see what we got here. So you already have some themes in your website? Um, I'm gonna go to I'm in my dashboard now, going to go to appearance and themes that takes me to hear. And so these are the themes I already have. You probably have these three. You don't have this one because I just installed this one when I was just kind of warming up and they don't give you a good way to get rid of them. So, um, it's there too. But your WordPress installation probably came with three. This one called 2012 2013 and 2014. So there is one of the kind of default WordPress ones. They make a new one every year, which is why they call it 2012 2013 and 2014. Soon there will be a 2015 maybe years has a 2015 depending on when you're watching this video. Um, and they're kind of interesting to look at because they kind of show you the kind of some common Web trends for the year. Um, so this is the one we've got. Now let's look at this one. So here's 2013. I can hit this live preview button, which is going to take all our current content and smashing into this other one and just see how it works, how it looks. But we don't have much content yet, so it's not gonna be super obvious. So ignore this panel over here. That's just like an administrator panel. But this is what it looks like now. So I've got this big orange ah banner thing here Got my name in this big letters, uh, description of the site, A menu underneath and then my content area. And then this big kind of we call this a footer area, like the foot of the page bottom. Um, so that's cool. Now, what if I if I activate this and I make this my main theme? I have this this info here so I can change it like I could go to this header image. And it says, Here's what we're using for your header image. We could I could upload my own and change it. It also gave me, like, a couple other ones here, but I could try out its meat. I find these colors to be really ugly. So I would make my own and add it here. And what everyone. So there's a lot of customization that can happen. I'm gonna cancel out of this and go back here. Look at 2012. Live preview. This is what my website looks like using the 2012 theme. Much more simple. I've got this rectangle here for menu. We got my name, the heading and then content and then all that extra stuff here, All the stuff that was over on the left before is now over on the right. So, like the meta and all that stuff. And again, I can change, you know, the background image, the header image, odd stuff. This doesn't have a header image, but it's gonna let me add one. So if I want this to be my main website, I would hit, save, inactivate. But I don't. I'm gonna leave it as 2014 for now because I'm gonna find some more themes. Um, so let's find a thief. Um, there are two main ways we can find a theme weaken search within our dashboard. So if I click on this wordpress dot org's themes, that's going to show me a whole bunch of themes that were press is sort of like endorsing. So we've got, like, this oxygen one that looks kind of cool so I can hit preview and I can see kind of how it's gonna work. That looks neat, nice and simple. It's very clean. Not bad. Um, here's one that I can see from this preview has, like, this nice, huge image here and then like a menu here. Some other stuff. Let's have a look at it. So this is showing a little bit different because then the preview, because it doesn't have that image. Let's see what else is inside here. Yeah, this is just kind of walking us through what it's gonna look like. These are the sizes of the headings. What a paragraph looks like, etcetera. So that's OK. Here's a really simple one. Maybe this one will be good for, like a writer. When we don't care about the content. Remember that we care about where the heading is. There's a centered block of text here. Things like that. Um okay, so there's a lot more here. We're just looking at their featured ones. But there's popular's latest premium feature filter, and we can also search. So if research for, like, music, we'll find a bunch that are kind of more designed for musician sites. So something like, um, like a band site or something like that, there's gonna be a bunch of these. Um, so let's look at this one. So this one has, you know, it's gonna cool guitar on it. Um, got this green kind of color scheme but that's changeable. Remember, we're only really looking at where the rectangles are. So we've got something. Ah, big image here, Some kind of heading image here, a menu here and then all of these boxes here, which we could fill with whatever we wanted and then content area here. Okay, so that's cool. Um, so that's one way you could find a theme. Another way to close this another way would just be to go out onto the Internet and search for anything you want. So if you search for, like, free were press themes Oh, let me tell you about free themes versus paid themes. Um, these themes of which there are a 1,000,000,000 there are, like, maybe not a 1,000,000,000 but literally millions of thes WordPress themes. Um, and this is the daunting task is that you have to choose. Choose one. Uh, that's going to govern your website. Um, there are free ones and there are paid ones. You can get a free one or you can buy one if you buy one. The average price is around 50 bucks, maybe 40 bucks. Some you'll find cheaper than that. You'll find some more expensive than that but it's more rare. So about 50 bucks if you buy one who is also not a subscription purchase like your domain or anything like that, um, is a one time thing. You'll buy the files to do it. Um, and you'll never have to pay it again as long as you don't lose the files. Um, how should you buy one? Or should you find a free one? Um, my answer is you can always find a free one that will work if you're willing to dig around the Internet long enough to find it. There are so many things that you can find a free one. That'll be great. Um, I used to very strongly advocate never buying a theme. Um, because there are just too many free ones that you can get to work. Ah, but last year, Teoh. I've kind of taken a turn on that a little bit because I have bought a few for some of my own projects and has been kind of worth it. So if you've got if you find like, a higher end theme and it's 50 bucks, but it's like, perfect for what you want, then, um, if you got 50 bucks to spare. Go ahead and buy it. Why not? Um, if you don't have 50 bucks to spare, just keep looking. You'll find one that will serve that same purpose. So how you How are we gonna find one? So I just searched free WordPress themes, and there's, like, a way too much stuff here. Um, one trick I found for searching. That works fairly well. As if you search for like, um, like a list of themes, like best free WordPress themes. 2014 and then, yeah, like, four music. Uh, 50. Best were oppressed music and band themes. Okay, let's try that. Okay, that's this one. Looks kind of cool. It's got a nice, big image, and then a logo and then Ah, some menu stuff. Okay, that's cool. This one. Hard to tell what that one's got. Things got kind of three. Big area is kind of like a giant menu. And then another menu at the top. There's another one like that one page roadrunners. This one looks kind of cool. Now it's hard. Um, it's really hard to look at some of these because, like this one, I'm like, Yeah, that looks cool like it's got a bunch of social media links at the top. It's got another big menu at the top. Then it's got this huge image with, like, a logo and stuff and in this quite cool background, like an audience in a mike and stuff, however, that I think the thing that looks cool about this one is this huge image, which is relevant, right? I'm going to replace it with my own. So it's It's hard to look at it like that. Um, here's one that has a lot of content boxes, right? Like it's got all these rectangles all over the place. Ah, here's one has got a menu at the top little box in the upper left, then a gallery. Looks like it's got a nice image gallery that looks cool, This kind of pink, orange color pink, I guess. A little off putting to me. But that's easy to change its color. We can change it. Ah, here's one with, like a playlist built in. That's kind of cool. So it's got, like, an audio player built in, so you probably at a bunch MP threes to it. Here's one of the nice big image menus and in content areas underneath. Looks pretty cool. See, these ones are hard to like. This one is designed to be like a club type thing. But you don't have to use it for that. You know, like it's just what they happen to put into it. Um, this one looks pretty cool. Okay, let's have a look at this one. Click more info. Okay. Pretty cool. A little promo video they made for it. That's nice. Um, we're gonna walk you through how to use it. That's another thing about the paid one is that the support tends to be a bit better. So if it's not working right, you can contact someone and say help, Um, what you can't do with free themes. Uh, this 1 45 bucks. Um, I'm not gonna do that for now. Ah, I'm gonna try to find a free one. - Okay , So after digging around for, like, an hour, um, and you will spend more time than that. I found this one which I like. It's got a nice, simple menu. Um, and it looks like it's got a Twitter thing at the top, uh, logo and some many content areas. So I'm gonna go with this one. I think it looks good. So I'll have to do here is hit the download button. This particular one is gonna This site is gonna make me, um, create a log in to its site. But then after I do that, it's gonna give it to me for free. So, um, I just have to do that and download the file so you'll get one zip file, and that's what we want. We want that dot Z I p file. Um, you don't need to open it or do anything with it. Just get that file. You'll have all your theme info in it, and then we're gonna upload it and install it in the next step. So just get that zip file, and then you'll be all set. So I'm gonna download this and then I'll see you in the next video 16. 16: Okay, so I got my theme files, that zip file, and now I need to install it. So I'm back in the dashboard of my own site, and I'm gonna go to appearance and themes. Now, if you found one by going here, um, then you don't need to do anything extra. You just have to find the one you like and hit this install button, and it'll do all this for you. You don't even have to download it. Um, it just will. WordPress will just kind of go get it and bring it back and put it in your site. Um, you only need to do this step if you went elsewhere on the Internet, found one you liked and then downloaded it. So that's what we're gonna do now is we're gonna upload it and install it. Um, okay. So I'm gonna go to this upload theme button right up here. Now it says, find that theme, Someone say choose file, Okay. And I'm in my downloads folder and here's the one I just downloaded. Say open. No, I say install. Now it's got to think for a minute. Well, it puts everything in its right place there it goes. Okay, so it says, unpacking the package, installing the theme theme installed successfully right now, you might get errors there if you get any errors. Like it says. Couldn't find bla bla file or theme not installed because of blah, blah, blah. Your easiest solution to that is just to scrap that theme and go find another one. Um, you could work your way through what's going wrong with that theme, but if you really don't know what you're doing, that's gonna be more trouble than it's gonna be worth. So if you get any errors, assume there's gonna be more errors down the road and just find another seem that works, that's probably best way to go. Okay, so my theme is not yet activated its installed into my, uh, site. And if I go back to my live site and I refresh it, it's gonna look the same. Nothing is going to really have changed yet because I didn't activate the theme. So we have to activate it to say you because we could have a whole bunch of themes installed. But we can only be using one on Lee. One of them could be active at a time. So we're gonna activate this one so that it's the active theme that's being used. Okay, now, here's the list of all the things I have installed. And this one point it's called is active. Right? Great. So now if I go to my life site and I refresh the page now, we have the active theme happening. So here it is. So this is my live website using this new theme. And I've got, ah, layout that I generally like. I think so. I've got a nice big heading I got it. Looks like categories here. I might have to deal with that little box later. Latest Hello, world. And then all of this extra stuff here. So again, remember, I've got a box here, a box here, a box here in a box here and then a box here. And I can put whatever I want in those boxes later. Um, I'm gonna get rid of all this stuff. We're gonna get rid of this. Hello, world. When you get rid of this, um, categorized, get rid of this latest and I might spruce this up in one way or another. So more on that soon. Ah, for now, let's just be happy. We got a theme installed. Um, were on the road to success things good things are happening. Um, so last thing I'll say about this is that remember that you can always install more themes if you like and don't like this one anymore. Let's try this one. You can always go back to any theme you have installed and activate and reactivate that one , um, use can install more and more and more and just activate him. And if you want to go back, you just activate the one that you before. Great. So we've got a theme installed. And, um, let's move on to customizing that theme, setting up some of the behind the scenes stuff, removing closer and closer Teoh dumping all our content in and really finishing this sucker off. So we'll see you in the next video for customizing our theme 17. 17: So now we have a theme installed parade. Um, next thing we need to do is customized that seem a little bit and do some set up stuff. Um, so let's look at what options we get with the themes. Now. This is where things start to diverge, because whatever theme you used may have given you different options than the one that someone else use. Every theme has their own set of options. Um, and some of them have none. So there's one thing that you all probably have, and that's under the appearance menu, this customized button. So let's go there first. Now here's the first place where it starts to diverge because this list of stuff is going to be different for everything. So I don't have many things here. I have sight title and tagline. So that's this stuff. I can change that here, and that's already the way I want it. Static front page. This is We already saw this in the options. This is just another spot. Weaken. Do it. So that's good. And I'm gonna leave it as posters because I don't have any pages yet. And the widgets, the sidebar widgets, that's all this stuff over here. We'll look more at widgets shortly. But this just says what's going here. So the first thing they're putting in that area So the sidebar is the name of the area of the rectangle, if you will. First thing they're putting there is a search and then recent posts, recent posts and then recent comments, recent comments. So things like recent comments I'm definitely not gonna want So I can click on this little area arrow and then hit, Remove. I can hit archives and probably gonna want that hit remove and they go away. Uh, categories. Let's get rid of that one, too. And let's get rid of this meta. This meta thing is really like if you're gonna let people log into your site and all that kind of stuff, we're not going to you. So let's remove it. Okay, so I just have a search and recent post I'll probably get rid of that recent post to what we can do that later. We can also add widgets here, but I'm gonna hold off on that until we look more at widgets later. So for now we got a couple things over there. So we've cleaned up that side bar a little bit, and that's good. So let's hit. Saving. Publish. Okay, Now, let's close this window. So that's all I have. You might have more options there, and that's great. Um, so now look back over in your dashboard menu, And when you installed this theme, it probably installed some other stuff all over the place. That's what teams do. They install the files that needs, but also in, like, it can tuck little, uh, features all over your site. So you might have gotten some new menu items popping up over here. There might be something new down here. Maybe, um, or mixed in with this other stuff. That can happen if it does. Look at it. See what it is for me, This particular theme that I'm using. This 0.1 added this theme options button here. So you may or may not have this. Um, but this theme has this theme options, so I'm gonna look at it. Okay, So this is all custom stuff that came with this particular theme, and there's a whole bunch of stuff here, and this is great. So first thing they're trying to do is tell me more themes, which is great. Um, not interested in that. So I'm gonna go to general settings here. Okay. So, logo image. I can add a logo, image, footer, logo, image. Let's see what that might be. This is the footer, the stuff at the bottom. So maybe it's gonna put a logo right there, maybe, or something like that. Uh, favor Khanafeyeva Khan is this little thing here? Um, this little image that happens here. It's like, super tiny you can see in the slam Academy sites. I already have a favor account set up for the slam Academy sites because they show up in these little tabs. Um, this mojo market one has one's blue host has its right there. So that's what the favor content is. That little tiny icon that shows up like a lot of browsers. If you book market page, it holds onto the favorite con so you can see him. It probably has that for me. Like, yeah, like if I go to my Google folder thes air, all favorite guns. Um, so I can change that. I could make that, um here's a little link to help you make one? Because it is a little tricky to 16 by 16 pixel image. That's Ah, header code. We'll talk more about that later. Copyright text. You can get rid of their copyright text if you want. Um, some other stuff on the trombone. Impregnation. Okay, that's all. Fine. Let's it save. So I got rid of this theme by my theme shop. I think if I refresh the page, yeah, now it just says copyright 2014 Jansen e l in Great. I could have more stuff there if you want. See what else we have styling, images, primary color scheme. So if I click on this box, it gives me a nice things. So I could say I wanted to be, like dark. See what that's gonna do if I make this dark, I'm gonna have a problem because of my text is also dark. But let's do it and see what happens. Layout. So, the layout. I have two options for this. It says you can have the big rectangle on the on the left or the big rectangle on the right . Uh, I'm gonna stick with on the left background color. Let's say can change this toe like a great I'm gonna change it to a totally white being background image. You can add a background image here. That will be an image that goes across the whole back of it. Um, but I caution you against this. Not a really great idea, because it makes a lot of clutter. Um, and so it makes a design really hard to do. It also slows down your page. Loading speed makes it load really slow. That's not a great thing to do. A solid color is much better custom CSS. We'll talk more about that soon. And responsiveness That's the size changing for, like, iPhones and ipads and something that let's change that. I made a couple modifications that the color Let's just see what it does. I refresh the page. Okay, Now, I've got this really black on white with these gray bars in here, too, And you know, I'm not a huge fan of, like, wild colors, so I'm kind of digging this, so I'm gonna I'm gonna go with it, Okay? Single posts, tag links, related posts. So there's just a lot of stuff here. Add management. If I want to put ads on it. Navigation. How I want to deal with menus. We'll talk more about menu shortly. We'll deal with menus than import export if I want to export the whole shebang. So most of the stuff I want is in the styling options window. So these are customization that we can make to our theme. Yours might be in a theme options button here. It might be all in this customized button. It might be in another menu link down here. It could be hitting. I've seen it before, hidden in these settings. Ah, a menu. So there's a new thing that pops up in the settings menu that could happen, Um, even tools, although I kind of doubt it. But it could be their toe. Look at all those places and see if there's something that shown up anywhere and then have a look at it. Do some of the customization change the colors, change the banners, the headings, the logos, all that stuff. So we're basically still just on a shell of a website's. We don't have any content in it, but it's starting to come together, right? Like I've got rid of this stuff. I got the colors. Kind of a little bit more hipper to me. Um, I just need to fill it in with content yet. Okay. So poke around, get those settings all set up. Oh, and it's also possible that you don't have anything. It's possible that you just have a really simple theme, and they don't give you any extra options. Um, there's probably still this customized button in there where you've got a couple options. Um, but there might not be a lot, and that's okay. That just means you either. I don't have control over some of those fine things. And if you want that kind of control, you might just have to look for a different team. Or it means that you do have control, but you've got to go into the code and do it, and that's gonna be ugly. So you might want to find another theme. Um, either way, it's fine. Um, just see what the theme has. That's all. Okay, let's move on. 18. 18: Okay, so now that we have our new theme configured a little bit, let's walk through dashboard and just see what's here. Um, it will be good to get to know these menu items in the dashboard. Um, because this is where, like I said before, this is where we're gonna be living for for a while. Uh, well, we work on the site, and whenever you want to update the site, this is your kind of go to spot. Um, Okay, so here I am. I'm on the dashboard link here. What's here is just kind of an overview of what's going on on your website. It's not very useful to me. Um, uh, I hardly ever come to this particular page. It does show you updates that are available. If you click on this updates link, Um, this will show you both updates to WordPress and to your plug ins. Um, it says I have the latest version of WordPress array. Um, these plug ins are having update available. Um, and, uh, this theme that I just installed has an update available as well. Um, and that's cool, but, um, I'm gonna not run those updates just yet. we'll talk more about updating plug ins. Uh, soon when we get to talking about plug ins. Uh, this jetpack is something. This is a sales thing that ah wordpress gives you, and in order to actually use it, you have to pay for it. I've never really used it. Um, I'm not really even sure what it does. Probably some search engine optimization, some customizable features. I've never used it. I was skip over it. Okay, let's go down to posts. So we have two main content areas in WordPress where we can create content content Area just means, like a big, you know, block of text or video or pictures or whatever. Um, and those two things are called. One of them is called Posts on another is called Pages down here. Um, now there's they can be a little confusing when you would use one over the other. I'll just tell you right now, we're gonna mostly use pages for everything. Um, posts are kind of a holdover from the blogging platform that wordpress was designed to be, um, in our next video, I'm gonna I'm dedicating our whole next video to talk about the difference between pages and posts. So let's just file away posts for now. Um, and we'll talk about those more in the next video in pages as well. Media, this is where all your media can be found. This is your media library. Now you can upload stuff here. You can modify stuff here. You can also upload stuff when you're creating ah content area a page. In our case, you can also upload stuff right through there. So this is an area that will just show you everything you've uploaded and what we mean by media here is mostly images. Um, this is where you're gonna find all the images you've uploaded. And it's a handy thing, because what that means is that if you upload an image on and you want to use it again on your site, you can just pull it from the media library and put it again. You have to upload it again. Um, you could also change some attributes of the image. Like if it's got a caption. Um, some of the size things you can do some size adjustments right in WordPress. Um, so that could be really useful. Some cropping things like that So this will show everything we've uploaded. Eso not just images. Um, maybe MP threes could go here also. Um, although I recommend not doing that, we'll talk about how to get audio into your site. Better soon. Um, pdf's for download. Things like that can go here. Um, there's a pretty much any file type can go here as long as it's not too big. That's our only really limitation here. So images, Mostly. It's images. Um, and we can click on this, add new button or this add new button toe, upload something, and we'll be doing that soon. Just a quick overview pages. This is where our pages are. Um, this shows us all our pages that are created. We have one called Sample Page, which we're gonna delete soon. When we start adding content comments, you're probably never gonna need to go here because we have turned off comments. This is a sample content, and this is like some of the content that comes with WordPress when you install it. So we could just delete this. I'm gonna do it trash. They're gone. Um, if you find that for some crazy reason, you are getting comments posted to your site. The quick way to get rid of them is to come here and to start hitting. Delete on everything. Um, I doubt that will happen to you, but it could. This marketplace icon. Now it this one. If you didn't install through Blue Host, you might not have this. This is something that the Blue Host installation puts in. I've never seen it anywhere else. This is just them trying to sell you some high end themes. Ah, some other platforms. You know, it's more stuff to buy. You don't really need to do it. Um, I've never really used it, but they sneak it in there for us, so we can pretty much avoid that one appearance. We've been here. We've been to the appearance one. This is where we installed our theme. We played around with themes are customized. Widgets will talk about soon and menus. We'll talk about soon. Um, and theme options. This editor button down here is worth noting This is where you can look at the raw code of your website. Hopefully you'll never have to come here, but, um, should you need to just really get down in the trenches with with what's going on and just figure something out. This is where you can do it so you can change something here and then hit update file at the bottom and it'll update it and you'll see what you just did. So hopefully you never have to come here. This is just one file that I'm looking at here and all the files that make up my website or over here. So it's actually not a ton of, but, um so this is where you can really kind of brute force go in. And like the house analogy that I've been using If you must knock out a wall, uh, in your house, this is where you're gonna have to do it. You're gonna have to go into the code and figure out how to do it. So I think we can avoid that if we get a good theme. Ah, we can avoid this whole area Gate plug ins Plug ins will spend some time on later because plug ins air really important. What plug ins do is they add extra functionality to your website. If you want to take credit cards, you know you want to sell something and have someone take a credit card. The easiest way to do that is to install a plug in that will handle that for us. Plug ins are great. There are tons and tons and tons of plug ins, and they do all kinds of stuff. If you want an audio player in your website like a jukebox format playlist thing, we can find a plug in that does that. Great. So we're gonna be adding some plug ins as we go. That'll do some of our, uh, portfolio style stuff in our playlist style stuff. Eso We'll spend some more time than plug ins later. But just remember that plug ins add extra functionality to our website. Uh, going down to these bottom things over here, users we won't really need because we're not gonna let people, uh, registered for our site. But we do have one. And thats me, um, you're probably gonna need to have 11 person that can go in this tools tab really is only here. The only use I've really ever got out of this is if you have to export your site meaning, like you, you need to move your site from one domain to the other. You might export it here. So it'll save all of your content in one bundle of stuff, and then you can go to your new website and you can use this import button and pull it in and try to get back to the right spot. That's a little bit of a cumbersome way to do it, but that's all that's really here. And then we have this settings menu down here that we've seen before. Um, okay, Last thing I want to point out. Ah, while we're in dashboard, Is this bar at the top? Um, is really important to notice. This is just kind of a quick little, like links to the site that shows me how many comments are waiting for me to look at creating a new page taking me to this motel marketplace place. Um, if I go to my live site, I see that bar right now. It's really important here. You're only seeing this bar because we're logged in, were logged in in a separate tab. I'm logged into my website, so it knows I'm the administrator of this site so I can see things. Um that other people won't be able to see because they're not lugging. If I log out of this site over here where it says, how do you admit and say Log out? Do you really want to log out? Yes. Okay, now, if I go to my website, my live website, Web workshop. See, now that bar is gone because I'm not logged in. So this is how most people see your site. Um, without that bar, that bar is only there because you're logged in. Um, so you can ignore that while you're working. If you want to not see that bar while you're working, the easiest way to do it is to open another browser, not another window of the browser you're already working with, because it'll still no, you're logged in. But if you're in like I'm in chrome here. So if I opened fire Fox and look at my page there, I won't have that top bar. Um, that's a little excessive. You can just get used to ignoring it. And then once you're every now and then, log out of your sight and have a look at it and just see that it's formatted right? But, um But that bar is only there because you're logged in. So it's kind of Ah, a mini dashboard, if you will, and it can be really handy toe. Have it. I'll show you some tricks for using that later. Um, okay, but that's our whole dashboard. Um, and now it's telling me you locked out. So So I'm gonna log back in, and then we'll spend some time talking about pages versus posts. 19. 19: Okay, let's talk about pages versus posts now for our purposes. Um, And by that, what I mean is, ah, a big fan of keeping everything simple. So I think we should focus on Lian pages. Um, everything we do is gonna be a page and a pages is, um, very simple. You you make a page, and it has the content you want. Let's look at some live examples. I'm going to use slam academy dot com because it's one I know really well, because I built it. Um, Slam uses both pages and posts, but it's almost all pages. So pretty much everything you see here in these menus is a page. So let's go to this certifications overview button. Okay, so this is a page. So this is my content area, and I put some headings, and then I just type this text as normal. Put a little image headings, bold links, you know, So you just type this stuff on a page, and it's easy. Um, this is a separate little box where we put other stuff and in most cases, and it's probably true on your theme as well. Um, these the reason we have this little box over here is because this stuff stays the same on every page. So really, when we added a page, were Onley editing this box? Because this is gonna be the same. Like, if I go to a different page, this stuff is all the same on the right over here. So, um, thes air, all pages there, the way you know, you just type in the text. It works just like, you know, Microsoft Word. Um, you put the text how you want, and it's easy. Now. Why do we even have posts? Posts are carryover from blawg platform. That can be useful. Let me show you one example where I used posts. Um, instructors. Okay, uh, this is a page that uses posts. And the way this page works, it's a bit more complicated, which is why I'd rather, um for the purposes of keeping it simple, not do this. But I do want to explain to you what posts are, Um if we look at this page, if we looked at you know what I typed into this page and this is a page that we're looking at. All that's here. Is this heading instructors and then this paragraph. And then underneath that all the page says is display all posts that are instructors. Pretty much, um So then what happens is this post for this guy Alec is a post. So this is a post, and it's displaying it on this page, and I can go look at the post by clicking on it. So now we're looking at a post, and it works pretty much exactly the same, but posts can be displayed on pages. That's the thing to remember. Um, so why would I do this? The reason I do this is because in this case, it's easier for me to go in and make a post rather than update this instructors page. So let's say we have a new instructor here at Syme Academy. All I have to do is go into WordPress, make a post with all of their information, and then, ah, file it in the category because posts have categories. So I say this is an instructor page. So I just click that little category and then it shows up on this page automatically, and it'll be in alphabetical order. Um, because I've specified it to be in alphabetical order. So this comm useful to you? Um, you might do something where you say, uh, I'm gonna set up a page that's gonna show all of my music that is dance music, and then I'm gonna have a separate page. That's all my music that is like music with my band. So then you would make a post. Every time you have a new track, you make a post. Ah, you say whatever you can about it, put the audio example in there and then or put the track in there as maybe Soundcloud Link or something like that, and then categorize it and say, This is my band. And then it shows up on the band page automatically. That's one way you could do stuff. It's a bit more complicated to set that up. Um, and maybe if I get enough comments on it, I'll add a separate video walking through how to do that. Um, but for now, let's keep it simple. And let's just do everything as pages. Um, So here's another page, you know, weaken type. All we want in page, we can put anything we want in a page. Um, and if I want to update this page. I don't do the fancy post thing. All I do is go into this page and type the new stuff, so I could have done that with instructors where instead of making a post, I go into this instructors page and just type in this stuff. You know, it's not that much work. It's actually pretty simple to do. So that's the difference between pages in posts. I like to think of posts as, uh, modular nuggets of information and pages as main containers of stuff so those posts can get put into pages. But, um, more or less, you have to have pages. You can augment pages with posts if you want Teoh. But it gets really complicated really fast. So you're better off just using pages. So I think I have, uh, beat this horse to death now by saying, Let's just stick with pages. Um, at least for now, if you want to get fancy later, Uh, that's totally cool. Um, but for now, let's stick to pages. Cool, Cool 20. 20: Okay, It is finally time to get some content into our site. We've got domain set up. We've got hosting set up. We've got war press installed. We've got a theme installed. Um, we've got the framework of our house is all set. All we need to do now is start moving our stuff in eso. Let's create some content. So here's my site. Ah, as it is now, um, I have remember that somewhere in there there was a button that said, Front page displays recent posts. And that's what this is showing. It's not unlike that instructor thing I just showed you in the previous video where this is just showing a little excerpt of it, a preview image and saying this is a post and this is going to display a list of them. But I don't do that. I want ah page to be my home page, so I'll set that up later. But for now, let's create some pages. So here I am, back in dashboard. I'm gonna go to pages and then add new. Okay, I'm gonna add a new page. So this what we're looking at here is called a wis e wig. editor. That's W why w Why s I w i g you don't need? And it's pronounced whiskey wig. It's totally weird. Acronym. Now, you don't need to remember this weird with seaweed thing. But what it stands for is what you see is what you get. And it's an editor that basically hides all the code from you. So basically, that's another way of saying it works just like Microsoft word. You just type you put in what you want. Um, let's get rid of that. So the first thing I need to do is give it a title. So what am I gonna title this page? I'm going to start off by making my bio page, So I'm gonna call it bio. Or maybe I get fancy and college biography. Let's call it biography. Get So now I need my bio. Um, I could just type here, and the Allen is pretty cool. A little luck or Aikens, Copy and paste. So I'm gonna go to my current live website and get my bio. Here it is. I was gonna copy that on your that and paste it in. Okay, No, let's look at some of the functions here. So this got pasted in his bold. So here, up here, we have some settings. We have bold italics. So if you want something italics to highlight it hit the italics, and it's gonna be a talent here we have strike through That puts a line through something So f y I If you're on your own weiners, would you ever do that? The reason is it's kind of another blogging thing. Um, the strike through is, uh, useful. Especially in journalism. It's used a lot. And in journalism, the reason is online journalism is because if you report on something and then it was learned later that that was wrong, what you reported on, um and you had some inaccuracies in it, you could just go back to your online article and just delete the inaccurate stuff and replace it with the corrected versions. Right? But that scene is kind of bad form. You're not really supposed to do that because it makes it look like you never made a mistake. You're kind of supposed to admit your mistakes. So what you do instead is you do that strike through through the incorrect stuff, and then you put the correct stuff after it. So that's kind of what the strength through is for us. We were not gonna need it. Um, rocket need strike through. Um, we could make bulleted lists, numbered list quotations, big stuff in quotations at a horizontal line. That would be like that if I wanted one. Um, alignment, Align left center stuff. Align it right. And those are our main things. Now there's more stuff, but those are the main ones. Um, so let's look at the more stuff. Ah, here. This came across as a link. It's a blue and underlined. So it's a link. So let's ignore that now. Let's just make a link. Let's make a link. Teoh Minnesota Orchestra. Since that's right there, so I'm gonna highlight it. And now I want this to be a link. So I'm gonna click on this button which looks like a little chain link from offense. Get it like it's a link from offense because it's a link. So I highlight something will click on this. This little window is gonna pop up and say, Where do you want it to go? Um, and we're going to say Minnesota orchestra dot org's I'm pretty sure that's there. Uh, domain, it should be, anyway, title. I don't really need, um or I could put it in here. I'm just gonna type Minnesota Orchestra. These titles are useful for, um, uh, assisted browsers, meaning like there are some browsers that are designed for people that can't see like, blind people. And so I don't really understand how they work, but I know that they use, like, the title of the link They, like, read the title of the link so that when they mouse over something or however it works, it tells them the title, and then they decide to click on it or not. So these titles, most of the time, you'll never see them. But, uh, someday if you're really diligent about putting all this information in some day Ah, blind person is gonna thank you for putting that title information. So let's put it in now. This open link in a new window or tab, This is important when you're creating a link. Because what this does, I'm going to say yes because, um, but that's gonna do is gonna pop open a new window, uh, and take them to the destination of this link. Um, you don't want to always do that. Here's my rule. Um, if you always do that, you're gonna have ah 100 pages open and the person using your Web site's gonna get annoyed . What I like to dio is, um, make it open in a new tab. So we checked that box if we're sending them outside of our website, So in this case, I'm sending them to the Minnesota Orchestra. And what I want them to do is go look at the Minnesota Orchestra and that's nice. But when they're done, I want them to close that window and then still be on my site, right? If I was sending them to somewhere else inside my website, like another page inside my website, I would not open this in a new window because they're not leaving my site. Um, that's my general rule. If they're leaving your site, pop it open a new window so that they always come back. If they're not leaving your side, don't open it in a new window. That's my rule. Say ad link. And now we see that link is there? Uh, no. If we want to change a link, we can highlight a link. And then this is like a broken chain link from offense. We could get rid of it. So that's there. I'm gonna get rid of that one, because I don't really need that there. Um, this is a read more tag. That will be like, it'll put a little link that says, read more and take you to more stuff. We're not gonna be using that. We won't need it. Ah, this is a page break. I'm not really sure what that does in this context. This is, um, the toolbar. This used to be called the kitchen sink. This gets you more stuff. So by clicking it, it could do more stuff. So this paragraph drop down menu, uh, is where you'll get stuff for false sizes. So let's say that this last sentence, maybe I want to be nice and big. I can say I could do paragraph address, which is the Talic, this pre thing, which is in a different fun. And then my heading sizes so I can say heading to and make it nice and big, or I can say heading three make a little smaller now. Why Don't these just say the font name and the font size? The reason is because that's all decided by your theme. Your theme knows what Heading one heading two heading three heading for five and six are And it decides what it's gonna do with those So your theme might say heading to is going to be bold and green And heading three is going to be Oh, and heading to is gonna be bold green And you know, at 25 point type So it's going to be big, Bold Green might say heading three is gonna be blue and metallic and ah, 20 point type, you know? So that's all defined by our theme. So what we're seeing here, uh, in this window is not actually what we're going to get because our theme isn't applied to it yet. Right? So our theme still has to do some formatting to this. Um, so it's not exactly true that we're seeing 100% what happens. Um, okay, I'm done with this. Oh, well, let's do a couple more things. Let's go over these other things really quick first. So here we can underline stuff. You shouldn't underline things um so avoid that because it'll look like a link if you do, um, so I try not to underline. You can justify the right and left sides. You can change the text color, although again, I recommend not doing that because it will get ugly really fast. Um, you can pay something in as text. This is handy if you're going literally between Microsoft Word and we're press where Microsoft Word. There's a bunch of extra hidden stuff. If you copy something out of Microsoft Word and paste it into WordPress, you might get some extra stuff. So instead of just hitting like command, the or whatever to paste, hit this button and it will get rid of some of that extra stuff. Similarly, if you pay something in the formatting is all weird because you pasted it from another program. Hit this clear formatting button and it will just wipe out all the formatting and give you just the raw text. So, like, if I did that here, they got rid of the bold in my name, kept the links and kept the paragraphs, but got rid of my name being bold because that was a formatting thing. I want from that back up here, you can indent or, uh so out. Dent basically, is what that is. And then in Dent is that way and then undo. Okay, So let's, uh, finish this up and see what it looks like if we want to be done with this, um, we go over here to publish, and we can set some settings here. Most of the time. We're gonna want to leave these just how they are and you're gonna hit. Publish. So let's just do it. Let's hit. Publish. Once we do that, we can go to this view page link. So let's see what it looks like. Now we're going to see it with our theme applied. Okay, So here's my bio page. Um, it looks pretty good. Um, the text looks good. It's easy to read. Um, I have this area over here that I still need to deal with, and we'll deal with that soon. Now, one thing this picture this ah, page needs is a picture of me. So let's go find a picture of me. Here's this one, but I think I have a better one somewhere since you're probably all wondering what I look like, anyway. So I'm downloading a, um from my old site. I have this publicity photos zip file here, which is a handy trick that I recommend. So I'm just gonna get one of these pictures on my hard drive. Okay, So let's see. So there was a big, scary picture of me looking all mean, And, you know, uh, stuff here's mediums and BJ stuff, and here's me doing a bigger performance Were in these freaky glove things. Um, So which one do I want to use here? Let's do my big, freaky one. Because that only shows my eyes. Um okay, so I'm gonna go back into my editing looks. Okay, So here's my bio page. I could either hit the back button to get Teoh back to the editor for this page because that's where I came from. Or because I've got this menu bar up here because I'm logged in. I could just hit edit page right here. That'll take me back to the editor for this page. A handy little trick. Okay, so let's add an image. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put the cursor right where I want the image, and I'm gonna click. So I'm gonna put it aligned left over here, so it's gonna be in a box over here, So I'm gonna put the cursor right there. I'm gonna click so that it's blinking right there. Now, I'm gonna go to this ad media button, and here is kind of a window into my media library that we already saw. So what I can do now get rid of some of these extra windows here. I can drag this file right into here, and everything's gonna turn blue says drop filed. Upload. Okay, there's my file. Here's some settings for it. The title, A caption, all text and description. I'm gonna leave those all empty for now. Alignment? None. I wanted to be aligned on the left, so I'm gonna say left and linked to that means what happens when you click on what happens when you click on it? Do I want it to be a link to the media file meaning like if someone clicks on it, they're going to get a full size version of it. Actually, don't want that in this case, um, an attachment page which is gonna be a page with just this image on it. I also don't want that custom. You are. L I could send them anywhere when they click on it. So I could just type in something here and it will send them there. Or I could say no. In this case, I'm going to say none because I actually don't want this image. Clickable signs. Now, I have three sizes here. You might have more. Your settings might be different here because these sizes are determined by the theme. The theme is what figures out the sizes. So, um, here's the full size image. Here's a medium and a thumbnail size, so I'm gonna go with medium and see how that works, and then I'm gonna click this insert into page, and there it is. So that's pretty big. I'd like it to be about the size of this paragraph, so I'm gonna click on it once, and then I'm gonna go to this little pencil icon and I get a couple more settings. Ah, I get this alignment stuff in the link stuff again. I'm gonna go toe edit original, and now I've got some scaling options. Original dimensions. I'm going to go take this down to, like, 300. Uh, actually, I think 200 is what I use, and I want it even smaller than that. Someone to try 1 50 and it's gonna keep the dimensions the same. Okay, I'm gonna hit the save button in. Oh, it already saved it for me. Go back an update. Now let's try publishing the page again. Every time you make a change, you have to republish it. And now let's go to view page. That's a little bit better. So you see how my theme added this border here around the image where if you look at the editor for the page, you know the text is right up on it, So we're not really seeing what the theme is going to do to it. When we look at the live page, we see that the text got formatted quite nicely, actually around that image. So now I have a nice page, a nice biography page with an image, a bio, and I could put more bio here. I could put more images, but that's our basic first page. So what I want you to do next is create some pages create a couple pages for what you do on , and then we'll press on to the next thing and ah, making use of them. I think our next thing is creating a menu because, remember, look at this. If I go to my main website, which is here, I just refresh the page so that we could be sure we're seeing it. Where's my bio page? It's nowhere. It's not showing up anywhere. We have yet to create a menu so that we can say Click here for my bio page and all that Good stuff, Um, so we'll do that soon? 21. 21: Let's talk about Ming glows. So we need to create a menu. And this could be a little tricky. Trickier than you might think, because what you're gonna have to do is you're gonna have Teoh categorize your work in ways that you hate. Um, there's no other way around it. If you're like most artists and musicians alike, uh, you're going to have to find a way to put things into categories that seem arbitrary and weird, but you got to do it. So here's a couple of rules. Um, five main menu items. Uh, try not to have more than five. You can, and you can have less than five, but aimed for five If you must have 1/6 put it in there. Um, if you Onley have four, that's good. That's fine. Um, three. It starts to look a little weird. Uh, so between four and five. Um, but, uh, definitely not up to, like, seven. It just gets cluttering. Let's look at some examples. So here's my site. And here's my main menu up here. I've got home biography, music media in store. Now, this is a little deceptive because I say five but one of them should be this home button just to take you back. Um, you don't have to have a home button on almost all websites clicking the logo or the heading. In this case, My name functions as a home button. It's gonna bring you right back to home. And most people sort of know that. So you don't explicitly need a home button. But it's a little weird to assume that everyone knows that clicking the logo is gonna bring him home. So, um, I still like to see a home button. Um, you don't have to have one, though. So this is how I categorized my stuff. Biography, music, media and store. Um, for something like Slam Academy, we are. We have four things we have about programs, calendar and online. Um, we used to have five, but we were able to simplify things a little bit. Now, what Slam academy has that my website doesn't have is that it has drop down menu. So if you go to the about menu, you get this along sub menu. Um, and you could make these in the next video. We're gonna go over how to make these sub menus and you can totally do this. The only limitation on how many items air in this sub menu is that you're going to run out of screen. You can see in this one it gets down to HR docks, and that's pretty much all I can have. Um, if But that's dependent on the computer. If I was on a different computer, I'd have a longer screen and I might be able to see more. But, um, it's really hard to, like scroll down inside of these, so avoid too many in here. This is probably too many, but there's a lot of stuff on this site, and I needed to stick it all somewhere. So, um, there's the about menu programs. Folds down to that calendar, doesn't fall down anything. It's takes a straight to the calendar, and online folds down to the online classes so you could have these sub menus. And that's fine, too. Um, so I would think about that. Think about what are my main five things or four things? Um, and how can I get everything I need in a simple click underneath them now? Another rule, Um, is that, uh, there's this This rule that Web designers, um, try to live by. And that is the to click rule. The idea here is that you want to be able to get anywhere inside the website in two clicks . So, um, let's say on the slam academy site here, I want to find out about, um, the next able to live class. Okay, Something to go to programs. Uh, maybe it's here able to certification programs. It seems logical. I'm gonna scroll down and see if I can find a link to the next able to live class. Those aren't links. Actually, don't know the answer to this. Um, here's where I had registered for the whole certification, so that wasn't quite right. That's a little deceptive. The real answer is that it's right here on the home page able to in one that's the next able to one class because these air ordered by most recent and here's where you would register for that able to one class. So that's only one click. It gets you right there, and that's great. Um, that simple. On my personal Web site, let's say mine doesn't follow the rule. All that great. It takes kind of three clicks like, let's say on my site, let's say you wanted to find, um that track that you heard somebody playing you would go to music and this is what's really annoying. This is what's really tricky that you have to do. Um every time I look at this page, I cry a little bit because what I had to do was take all the music I've ever written and get it down into a small amount of categories that are on this page. The categories I ended up coming up with was Elektronik Chamber Club slash remix major works and collections. Those are kind of weird term, especially major works and collections. But it was the only thing that really worked. Well, um, that really encapsulated everything. So, um, this is the really hard part for all musicians and artists is to get these sub categories of your art. Uh, we don't like to do this. If you're a typical artist, we don't like to put everything into categories, but people have to be able to find it on your websites. You've got to put it in categories somehow. So getting back to that track. So that was one click to get to music. The next click is going to be this Elektronik thing cause it was a track. You hurts. It's probably there and maybe it waas Ah, this saturation is three a piece. So that was three clicks, and it got us to the to the page that has a nice little image, some stuff about it and the ability to play the actual track. Um, it's very quiet. Um, so that was three clicks on my website, so I kind of break the rule a little bit, but you want to try to get everything down to two clicks. Um, So if you do these mouse over things or the sub menu, where you just put the mouse over something and then the menu pulls down and you click on it, that saves you a click. Right? Um, so that's a good thing to do. So figure out your menu. That's the next step. Figure out what are gonna be your main menu items, and then if you're going to do sub menu items that open up, what are those gonna be, um, and we need to make a page for each one, so every menu item needs to have its own page. So let's go through. And, um, in between these next two videos, think about that and make a page for each menu item, and then we'll come back and we'll put together the menu. The menu won't come together automatically. One last thing about this the sub menu thing is ah, ah, function of your theme. And some themes might not let you do it. Might not allow for the drop down menu like that. So, um well, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. We'll do that in the menu making video, which is next. So make a page for each menu item, um, and put some content in there. Okay, So I'm gonna do that. You're gonna do that, and then we'll see the next video, and then we'll assemble the menu and put it in its right place. Okay. See you in the next one. Okay. 22. 22: made all my pages here. Um, I can always add more later. It's easy to add a page, and it's even easy Toe added to the menu later. So what I did this time was I just took my current website and copied the menu from it all the pages from it and on the music page. I made separate pages for each one of these cause I'm gonna do him as a drop down menu in this example because I should probably have that they're now, so let's set it up that way. So I have a biography page and then chamber Music club remix collections, Elektronik, major works, Media Music. This sample page is what came with our installation of WordPress so I can get rid of that now. So I'm gonna click this trash thing so that can go by. And then I have a store page, um, on all of these pages, I just kind of copied and pasted what was on my old page into it. So a lot of its barren of details, But, um, I can fill out the content later. I can always edit these pages and add more content later, But I wanted to have the pages there so that I could walk you through making a menu. Um, but I didn't want to take a week to do it. So the pages are there, so let's make a menu If we go back to my live site, where did that go? Let's just go here and say visit site. Here it is. Still looks pretty much the same. Um ah. One interesting thing is that down here at the bottom, it did add all my pages each individually, so that might not be what I want. Um, I don't really like the way that looks. And our main menu is probably going to come up here anyway. Or maybe underneath it. We're not sure. Let's see where our theme puts it. So I'm gonna go back into my dashboard, which I can get to from right here. Okay. Now, I'm gonna go to appearance and minis. Okay, so we have to create our first menu, so we need to give it a name. No one will ever see this name. It's only for you, So I'm gonna call it main menu. I would hit Create menu. Okay. Uh, menu structure. So here are all the pages that I just created. So which ever one of these you want to be in your main menu, select it with the check box. So I want store to be their media collections. Major works. And this is even the sub menu items. Select them, Select everything you want to show up in that menu, which is pretty much everything that I've created right now. Someone select all those. And then I say, add to menu and they're gonna show up over here. There they are. Okay, So this is my men. You know, um, I can organize it by just clicking and dragging. So I'm gonna make my biography the first things. I'm just going to click and drag this up to the top. So what? That to be first music to be second? Oops. Because right there and then media six. And then store. Okay. Biography, music, media store. Now I don't have a home button. So let's add that I haven't decided what the home page is yet, actually, So I should probably make a page that's going to be the home page, so we'll do that next first. Let's deal with all these other things. So these other things I want to be a sub menu of music. Now, the way I do that is I click and drag it underneath music, and then I just pull it in so that it in dense a little bit. Now, this is a sub menu of music. This major works. So I'm gonna do that for all of these. Be careful. You don't In Dent on an in debt, because now collections is a sub menu of major works, which is a sub menu of music. Don't do some menus within sub menus. You can. It will let you do it, but it makes your site really ugly really fast. So I'm gonna put all these in there. Okay, That's all of them. Okay, Now I'm gonna order these correctly, So let's put electronic first. I was gonna order him in a way that kind of shows my a game. I guess I'll do chamber here. What the heck? Major works and collections. Okay. So you can order these Harvey want it doesn't matter. You could do in alphabetical. You could do, um, by what you're most proud of. Whatever. That's what I'm doing Okay, so everything looks good here. So that's the menu, the way I want it. So now we have a couple offense here, auto ad pages. I'm gonna leave that. Not selected. That would be whenever you make a new page automatically added to the menu. I don't want to do that, because I might make pages later that don't go in the menu. Right. Um, so whenever I make a new page and I wanted to go in the menu, I have to audit I have to manually come back to the menu and added to the menu the same way we did up here. Any new pages gonna show up here and we can just click it and say, Add to the menu and get it in there again? Um, so I don't do that. Okay. Theme locations. Now, this is specific to your theme. This says where will this theme let me put menus? And this particular thing was gonna let me do two different menus. So I'm gonna say this menu that I just made goes as the primary menu. Now, that's a little vague. We don't know where it's gonna put that. So Let's find out. So I'm gonna hit Save menu. No, wait for the update. OK? Many has been created. It is the main menu. Now let's go to our site and see what happens. Okay, Now, here's my menu up here. So biography music has a little arrow after it and a little drop down for these things. Nice media and store. That's pretty good. Um, nice, big, bold menu items. I kind of like it. So that's great. Eso Our menu is all put together. Now. I still have this thing at the bottom where it's showing all of my pages. So maybe what I'll do. I'm gonna go back to the dashboard. I'm gonna go back to appearance and menus. Now, what I can do here is create a second menu. Um, So in order to do that, I'm going to say, create a new menu right here. I'm gonna call this Let's call it footer. Menu footer means the bottom and say, create menu. I gotta figure out what I want to put in this. I could put totally different stuff. I could put the same stuff. Maybe I'll just put my music categories. So collections, major word club, chamber and electronic. I'll just add those to my footer. I say add those. Let's put him in an order that I like. Elektronik Club remix. Oops. I don't want some menus here. Uh, chamber. Okay, that works. And now theme locations will put that as the foot or menu. So now I have to have two menus, and so this is gonna I'm pretty sure, and it depends on the theme, but I'm pretty sure this is gonna overwrite that thing that it was doing which was putting every page in the footer. So let's go visit it. Okay, so now I have my main menu here. I have another menu down here which is just showing that second menu in a list of stuff. Okay, so that's pretty cool. It's showing all of my music categories down at the bottom. Cool. So I have my men, you set up. So the next thing I need to do is figure out the home page here. Um, I need to make a page that's gonna be my home page. And then if I want, I'll make I'll add it to the menu and call it home so that it is its own homepage. So, um, let's dive into setting the home page in the next video 23. 23: Okay, let's deal with setting this home page. So first thing we need to decide is what do we want on our home page? What we want people to see, like right when they get to our site. Um, the way I do it on my other side is if you go to home, what I have here is like a mini version of my bio over here. Um, and then if you go to biography, it's a more extensive, longer bio. So that's cool. I could also, you know, you could throw at them like your like, whatever is your newest project that you're working on, or I mean, the thing that, like, you really want them to see first. That's what I would hit them with. Um, so for our purposes, I think I'll try. I'll make avert a small version of my bio, and then give us some other stuff, too. So we need to make a new page. New page. Oops. Willing to new posts there? Sure. We're on new page. Okay. I was gonna call this page. Um, now on it. Let's put, uh, this paragraph. Actually, let's let's put all of this and then we'll put a picture. So I'm gonna go to add media. And I already have this one in here that I uploaded earlier. Sold Steve's that again. Okay. And no. What else do I want put on here? I could do something. Like actually maybe a of this. I'll scoops that down a little bit. Little let me. Okay, lets see if we can slide that down. Well, I will push that down. Um, let's just say like, um, uh, new album out now, and we'll just, like, give him something that's like, my newest things. I was gonna make us make something up on your way to that image and push that to down here . So let me do this top thing first. So I'll say new album out now, and maybe I'll make this nice big by using. Maybe that's heading three. And I'll put, um, this album that I put out not that long ago. Here we go. Um, this is a remix album. I did not that long ago, so I'm just gonna copy this album art, and then I'm gonna go over here and import that. So add Neil, and then I'm just gonna drag that in? I can find it. There it is. Okay, so now remember this stuff. So let's let's move this to the right. Um, just sort of something different, and then I'll link it to none. Actually, let's link this to the band camp age, this page. So to do that, all I need to do is so I'm on that page. I'm gonna copy the URL appear gonna get that a copy, go back here and select custom URL and paste that in. Now it'll take them with they click on that image to the band camp age where they can buy it. Okay, so now I should say something about it. Here, Um, don't have anything written already. Let's just put this in there. You probably put something more, uh, text base here, but we'll just do that for now. I think that works well. Hear that? And when I came there, Okay. And now we'll put my bio underneath it, and then we'll put my picture on the left side down here. Oops. Post. Okay, it put it on the right side. So Well, we have to do is go here to this edit button. I say go on the left and linked to nothing. Okay, so I have that now. It looks a little sloppy, so let's see it on the page and to see how it looks. So I got to save it by hitting that publish button, and I could save you, Paige. Okay. Says new album. Oh, no. Okay, so what I need to do here, I just want to clean up the formatting here a little bit, so I'm going to go into edit. You can see that there's an extra spaces there. Pull this up. Get rid of this. Credits do that. Maybe I'll make this a little smaller by editing this image down toe 200. Okay, I want to try that. Okay, Let's have a look. All right, That looks a little bit better. Okay, so that's that's a good home page. Now, I don't like that. It says home here. So what? We can tell that it's doing and this is another thing that's unique to the theme is that the home is being put here because this theme is telling Were presto, always display the page name here at the top. Even if it's the home page so there's a couple ways we could try to get rid of that. Let's go to edit page and let's try this. Let's just see if it works. Let's just get rid of, uh, the page title. Okay, Now that worked. Um, because I always it always bugs me. When I go to a website on the home page says home, I think it's kind of silly, like everyone knows we're at a home page. Okay, So I could keep tweaking this, but I'm gonna call it good. I'm gonna say this is my, um my home page. So now we need to set it as the home page first. So I'm gonna go into my dashboard, remember? We're gonna do that in one of these settings we know down to settings, and I believe it's reading. Yes. Front page displays. We're going to select a static page. Are we to say, Ah, this one, number 59. No title. Uh, remember we deleted the title on it. So this is what it's calling it. No title. That's the home page we just made. And this post page I don't care about because we don't need it. We're not using both babies. Okay, now let's test that. So if I go to my website just to the home page now it's this great. So now, next, do I want to add Ah, home button in this menu, we can put it right here. But this huge name image, which is actually just text, I think, um, is going to take us home also. So if I click on it takes us home, so I don't really need ah, home. I probably leave it out, but I'm gonna put it in, just in case you want one, so I can show you how to do it. Okay, so let's pretend we want Ah, home button. So I'm gonna go to appearance, and then menus gotta go back to the menu to get it there. So now here is our number 59. No title. Let's add that. Add to menu. There it is at the bottom. So I'm gonna put it all the way at the top so that Oh, no, I'm not. We're looking at the footer menu here, and we don't want it in the foot or menu. So I'm gonna click this little arrow here and go to remove, and then I'm gonna go up here selected menu to edit. It's a main menu and select. Yes. Okay, Now I'm looking at the main menu because it says many naming menu. So there is some 59 no title at the menu. There it is. Put it at the top. Okay, now we need this to say something. Ah, I can't say no title, and it can't say number 59. So we're gonna hit this arrow to open it up, and we're gonna change this navigation label to, because now we actually do want to say home. Um, so this navigation label is what it's gonna click on, What you're gonna click on what is going to say, um and you can change those for every link And maybe just to clean things up, something like this, that's a really long link. I might go through here and just say Major works for that so that the menu only shows that small thing. Let's say save menu. And now let's go look at it. So I'm back on the page. I'm gonna refresh this page. Okay, Here's my home button, and it works. That's where we are. biography of music, and I simplified this major works so that the menu is a little cleaner Now, with just that media in store when you great. So it's looking pretty good. We've got ah, home button we've got ah, home page Got content on all this stuff. We're pretty happy with it. Um, the next thing I think that we should deal with is this area over here because right now we've got recent posts. Hello, world. That's pretty useless. We've got a search function that we want. People like search functions. Um, and then we've got all this empty space. So let's maybe do something fun with it. Eso we'll get to that in the next video. 24. 24: Okay, we're back. Um, I got a haircut in between those two videos. Uh, if you didn't notice, it's been long overdue. Um, and very enjoyable. Anyway, back to business. Uh, next thing we need to do is widgets. So widgets are gonna be these things that take up this area. Now, widgets are any little content holder. Now, there are a couple that are specialized to do a couple things, and there are some that are just a block of text, and you can put whatever you want in them. Um, so let's have a look at what they are. Um, So if we go in our dashboard, if we go to appearance and then widgets now, these on the left, these air, all widgets that are built into your, um, to your website and most of them are the same. You don't unlike themes, you won't search out and download and install widgets. Um, that doesn't really happen, but you could get more. As you can see, I probably have more than you. I have these ones called my theme shop. There's a whole bunch of home. Um, those are widgets that my theme installed and you might also get plug ins, which we'll talk about next. That will install themes as well. So plug ins can install themes as part of their function and theme, or install widgets as part of their function. And themes can install widgets. But you'll never just like go searching for widgets. They're part of other things. So, um, now, in addition to that, you also have widget areas, and these are dependent on your theme. So here I have one widget area. It's called the sidebar. That's this area over here. Sidebar makes sense, right? You may have several widget areas. There's only one for me because this theme only allows for one. If I go look at something like this page, this has won over here. Another sidebar. It also has these ones below, and this particular theme divides them up into 12345 different widget areas. So there are six total widget areas for this theme. There's these five. And then there's this one big one on the right. Um, this one only gives me one. This team only goes we want, and that's fine to only have one. Um, it just depends on how it's laid out. So what I have here is I have two widgets installed in this area. I have the search bar and this recent posts. So the first thing I want to do is get rid of this recent posts because I'm not gonna use that. And I can finally get rid of this Hello world for good. Um, the search bar. I'm gonna leave. So here we see sidebar. And if you don't see this, you might be collapsed. There's this little arrow here, Uh, and you might not have any installed by default. Eso I'm gonna hit this little arrow says search bar, that's all. Good. Close that for recent posts. We're gonna click that arrow, and I'm gonna say delete Gone. And we don't actually have to hit Save on this, um, toe updated. This updates automatically. So if I go to this page and I refresh it, recent posts is gone. So now I've got a nice clean area there, so let's do something with it. Let's leave the search bar. Let's see what we've got here. A couple of useful things. Archives is for, like, older stuff that you've posted Don't really want that a calendar. This calendar isn't what you think it is. This calendar is very useless, but I'm gonna install it just to show you what it is. So I'm gonna drag this calendar over to the widget area and just let it go, and it wants me to give it a title, so I'm gonna call it calendar and then safe. Okay. Now, if I go look at it, I refresh this page is gonna show me a calendar here, but it's a pretty useless calendar. I can't really do anything with it. Um, it's basically just to tell people what the date is, I guess, um, so you can't put events on dates with this or anything like that? Um, so it's not very useful plug in. So I'm going to get rid of it or widget. I should say custom menu could be useful. If you wanted to have another menu that showed up on this right side, you could put this in there, and then it's going to say, select a menu so we could go in and make 1/3 menu and put it here, or we would see it in this menu. We call it like sidebar menu or something, and they would select it. Then we have another menu over on the right side. So we have three. So that could be useful. Not immediately useful to me right now. Something to get rid of that. Um, here's one. This came with my theme. It's giving me a Facebook like box. Um, some adds a Google plus. Ah, subscribe. Ah, feed burner subscribed widget. I don't use feed burner, so I'm not going to use that. Ah, this pages one is gonna list all of your pages. Um, so not entirely useful to me. We're supposed to RSS tag cloud search were already using text. Text is where we get to me is the most powerful widget there is. What text does as a widget is it just gives you a box of text, and you can put whatever you want in it. So I'm gonna take this on, drag it up here. I think we'll put a text box here. And one of the best things to do with this on your website eyes to put contact info here because remember, these widgets are gonna show up this, like, right sidebar is gonna show up on every single page. So I'm going to say contact. I'm gonna say, Jansen, the groups could spell my own name, Ellen. And, um, maybe I'll puts Minneapolis Minnesota, And then you can put more contact info if you want. It depends on how much you want to put out there online. Um, I have my whole address on my website, and, um, I've never really had any problems with it. Um, I put my phone number on there, too. If you don't want to do that, it's fine. Just be sure there's at least your name and email. That's the most important stuff. Um, okay, I'm gonna click this automatically. Add paragraphs that's gonna make sure this goes down. Now, the one tricky thing about this text widget is that we don't get that with the wig editor that we saw when we made pages. It's not here. So this is either raw text or you can put in code here so more on that in just a second. Let's save this. I do have to save the individual, which it. And now let's go look at the page and see what that did. Okay, so here's my contact information. That looks decent, but it would be better if it looked good. So, um, if we did a little bit more formatting to it, So any formatting we do here, we're gonna have to use html code. No, Um, I know I promised that we wouldn't delve into code in this class, and you can avoid it if you want. Um, And I think in the last one of the last videos, I'm gonna walk you through some basic HTML code. Ah, that you can use if you want. And the most useful place for that would be in these text widgets. Um, this is where we want to put stuff. So basically, how it works is if I want to make I'm just going to show you a couple little things that will be useful. Teoh really jazz up this text widget. So if I want to make my name bold, I need to use, like, the alligator clip thing so greater than less, then stuff and then inside of it I'm gonna put a B. That means turn on bold. Now I'm gonna go to the end of it. I'm gonna do the same thing. Alligator clips be, but I'm gonna put a slash in front of it. That means turn off bold. So turned bold on turn bowled off. Now my name will be in bold I'm gonna save that. Have a look. Now my name is in bold so that the formatting stuff like that adds, adds a lot. Um, we'll do more of that in that last video where we walked through some HTML stuff. And at very least, I'm going to include somewhere in this, uh, online class, depending on how you're looking at it. There should be this really huge handout that I use for when I teach this in person. It's like 80 pages or something. But if you jump to the end of that, the appendix has basic HTML help, and we'll walk you through how to do some other stuff like, um, italics. Make stuff a link. We can put a picture in here. We can put, um, we could even put a video in here if we wanted to. That's actually one of the easier things to do, and we'll look at putting a video in here when we talk about embedding stuff in a soon coming up yet? Video. Um, but we can have as many of these as we want, so I'm gonna say, save contact and put that there. And then let's add another text widget and let's put in this one, um, upcoming shows. Then I'll say, uh, next Tuesday at, um, what are some venues that you're all gonna know? Um, well, car get center is the big one here in Minneapolis. That's cool. Then I'll say, uh, next Thursday. Let's go back and capitalize Tuesday and just be fancy. I'm just making this up. I'm not really playing Target Center at the Grammys. Um, your point. So I can say upcoming shows. That's where that's where that's happening on Aiken. Hide that one. But one more in there. Do something like, um, current projects. I'll say I am working on a new album of, um, solo mandolin material and also, um, collaborative sound art installation on the theme of puppies. Okay, that's what I'm working on these days. That's cool. Um oh, I gotta cook this automatically. Add paragraphs, which I don't think I did in the previous one. Let's go back to current projects or upcoming shows. So like that too, So I always want to click that. Okay, now, let's see what I got here. Okay? So now I'm making much better use of this space over here by displaying contact information , upcoming shows, current projects, anything else you can think of and this is gonna be on every single page. So it's really great. Like, here's my bio, and it's still there. Right? So this is really good stuff. I highly recommend contact info going into one of these widgets. It's perfect for it. Upcoming shows, current projects, anything else that you want to say that you want to, like, really get into people's faces all the time. Um, another thing you could do with this would be to have a list of your social media stuff. Ah, here's how I would do that. I might do it with a menu. So let's do that. We could use a text widget and just type it all in, but a menu might be better, so I'm gonna go to menus. Okay. I am, uh, now, I'm going to go up here to create a new menu. I'm gonna call this social menu is gonna be on my social media stuff. Okay, so now I don't have anything in this list, so I have to go down to this links button, so I'm gonna open that up. Now, this links button will let you add something to the menu. That's just a link to anywhere. Um, so the destination is the or else so where this is going to take you, So I'm going to say facebook dot com slash dancing Ellen and the link text is what is What is it gonna say? What's the thing you're going to click on? I'm gonna say Facebook. Okay, we'll add that now. That shows up over there. Now, here. I'm going to say twitter dot com slash j Anthony Allen. I think that's how Twitter is formatted. I'm gonna say Twitter. What are some of the other ones? Um, I consent people. The valley mech dot vancamp dot com. That's one of the groups that work with, Say, I will say band camp. Um, I can do linked in dot com slash j. Anthony Allen. I have no idea if that's how you actually format the link to linked in. I should probably look these up. Um, I make sure the link is correct, and it gets you to me. But Oh, let's see. Is there any more? Um, Soundcloud. That's one word. Sound got. Okay, So now I got five social media, um, links here that get you to my social media stuff. So, theme locations, I already have a primary man. You already have a foot or menu, so I'm not gonna select any of those. So I'm just gonna hit save menu, and it's not gonna show up anywhere because I haven't assigned it a location. But now I'm gonna go back to my widgets over here, and I am going to select a custom menu widget. Let's put it underneath current projects and for title in the say social Media, select a menu social menu and say, Now I have a slick little social media menu that shows up right here. Here's all my social media. They're all active links, but I'll take you to places. Let's see if it works. Facebook takes you to me. Great. Go back. And that's nice. So it's got all your social media stuff right there. Very slick. Very easy. Right. So now we're making great use of all of this formerly white space over here on getting people a lot of information. That's gonna be there all the time. If you want, you can reorder widgets just by clicking and dragging, just like menus. We could put the search lower if we wanted, although that would be constantly. People are used to seeing a search bar at the top, so that would be best. So that's how we can use widgets to do a few different interesting stuff. Take advantage of that widget space, wherever it is in your theme on, Do some fun stuff with it. Okay, let's move on to the next thing. 25. 25: next thing up is plug ins. So, like I said before plug ins give us extra functionality in our website. They're like, um, adding an extra engine. You know, that'll adding a turbo button in your car I don't know. I don't know anything about cars. I should stay away from cars when I'm trying to do analogies. Um, at any rate, they give us some extra function. So, for example, um, this little thing here, uh, that displays our twitter feed. This is a plug in because it's going and getting our feed from Twitter. Anything we've posted, I think it does. The last 10 things we've posted and cycles through them. So that's a plug in because it's extra functionality. Um, we are sale system also is a plug in. So when we, uh, when you go to a class here, let's go. That's in a class for that. When we go to, let's say this able to in one class, uh, all of this is generated by a plug ins. You select what you want. You can put in a discount code if it's a code we've created on the back end. Um, put in your name Ah, some questions that we like to know. How did you hear about us and your zip code for some tracking stuff? And then you hit Submit. And here it's going to say I need more information. Um, oh, no, it didn't. So this is basically your ticket to the event, and then on the back end, it gives us like a roster of who's coming to that event. If they've paid it accepts payment for us once you hit this confirmed registration. Anyway, this is all plug in stuff. It's great, really handy to use another plug. And we uses our online courses. Um, so this will, like feed you courses unlocked in now. So it says only courses that I've paid for. Um, so here's this music theory course. We could take it if we wanted, and it serves up the course based on who's paid for it. Um, so these are all plug ins. There are a 1,000,000 plug ins. There's tons and tons of plug ins. So let's look at how we would get into our plug ins so you would go in your dashboard. You go here to plug ins. I was gonna click on the main plug ins button, and this shows us what we have installed already. So I'm gonna go to add new. Now you can go out and search the Internet for plug ins and fine plug ins and install them . However, there's not a big need to do that. Um, for all the plug ins that I use, I just search right here, right inside WordPress. And you can find pretty much everything you want in it. So, um, like, let's say we want to install Ah, Twitter plug in. I'm just going to search Twitter here and find me a bunch of Twitter plug ins. There's gonna be a ton of them. Um, so there are 3200 Twitter plug ins. This one is called Twitter. It's rated very well. It's got a lot of versions, which means there's been updates and everything to it. Um, this is what it does. We can, um, click some details and look at how actually it works. How to install it. Some screenshots of what it will look like. It looks pretty good. Maybe that's what I want. And if I do want it, I can click install now. I don't really need this quite yet. Um, so that's how plug ins work. They add extra funding functionality. Now, the main thing that we're going to do first is we're gonna install a plug in that will let us sell stuff that'll let us accept credit cards. And, ah, create products. Now, products for you might be a downloadable track. Products might be a piece of art. They might be a a like CD that you've made that you're gonna like physically sell. Um, it might be a ceramic bowl that you made. So we're gonna create these all, Ah, as products. We're gonna sell them through a plug in. We're gonna have that plugging calculate tax, shipping, all that stuff. Sales reports. It's a piece of cake, actually. Um, so now that we know plug ins are, let's dive in and build ourselves. Ah, wholesale system. Using a very simple plug in s, we'll do that in the next video 26. SkillshareFinalLectureV2: Hey, everyone want to learn more about what I'm up to? You can sign up for my email list here, and if you do that, I'll let you know about when new courses are released and when I make additions or changes to courses you're already enrolled in. Also check out on this site. I post a lot of stuff there and I check into it every day. So please come hang out with me and one of those two places or both, and we'll see you there.