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8 Lessons (9m)
    • 1. 1.0 - wordpress for bloggers intro

    • 2. 1.1 - looking at a selection of plugins

    • 3. 1.2 - optimizing and speedy website

    • 4. 1.3 - plugins for working with content

    • 5. 1.4 - security and maintaining your site

    • 6. 1.5 - other plugin suggestions

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - share and review (...)

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on every blog i make these are the tools/plugins/processes that i do.

you don't need a wordpress site to have a blog these days you have plenty of options from medium, posthaven, tumblr - the list goes on where you can host.

when i do make a wordpress site these are my go to plugin bits that i install. if you want the minimum of fuss these are the ones i use. just make sure you run something like managewp.com to keep your sites up to date, plugins are add on elements to the existing wordpress core that CAN be known to cause problems. wordpress has got better over the years and it's one of the biggest content management platforms in the world still.

in this course will be talking about. . .

  • using a super fast caching plugin (or hosts hardware one)
  • intergrating the awesome smart podcast player
  • making sure your seo is on point with yoast
  • removing comments completely and pointing people to social channels
  • marketing your email newsletter with drip.co
  • using a great gallery plugin like enviragallery
  • hooking up fb instant articles with pagefrog
  • getting a theme with a page builder for rapid site building
  • selling shirts easy with woocommerce and printful (on demand printing!)
  • no need to rememeber logins just use your phone with clef
  • plugins for making money from your website
  • easily intergrate tracking code and bits of html code plugins

and yes, i'm gonna try and give you that overview in twenty minutes.

i want you to leave feeling confident that YOU can setup your own wordpress site with ease and maintain it with fairly minimal stress!

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Philip Campbell

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I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet! an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

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1. 1.0 - wordpress for bloggers intro: Okay, last one in my short Siri's off WordPress sites. This is mainly for bloggers to get the most out or some ideas, mainly TV ideas of plug ins that are out there that you should be using on your website. If your WordPress blogger these days look at Rafter plug ins that I think you should be using mainly around optimization off the site and speed of loading of the site, we talk about tools to make your WordPress really, really fly tools for working with the content. Set up things that you can get working within a few hours or you spend the morning in a week getting this put together. Also going to be talking about security of your website and maintaining those sites on all the programs that might help you as a blogger. Let's get into this 2. 1.1 - looking at a selection of plugins: so don't be three. Cash is a very popular choice when it comes to the loading. This the cashing off a website has got over 100,000 downloads worldwide. If you've got money to spend, though, I would suggest you take a look at WB Rocket. However, if you go to somewhere like site grounds to site that I just did, of course about recently about me moving from my WordPress host to cite ground. See if your host as a dedicated server, cash like cyclones do with the extra cash press. I got my site from eight seconds load time down to four seconds low time, which obviously for the first time visited to your site for your pictures or your videos being after low decide really quickly. They're gonna go through the side a little bit more, do a bit more discovery than somebody waiting eight seconds for a site to load that can go off to a competitors website or even given looking at your site altogether. Another thing I want to suggest that if you've got a podcast or you're thinking about putting their pockets together, I've gotta heartily recommend this. It's the smart podcast player again for displaying your latest podcast. It's just they drop in piece of code that links to your RSS feed from your soundcloud or your are Junes on dish displays it really neatly. You don't have to go into extensive set up to be able to load these podcasts onto your website. You can also do single line just single episode links as well, which is really super easy inside the post. If if you want to do that, if you've been thinking about doing a podcast, hardly recommend you do that. It's around about nine books a month. I think it waas is that definitely cheaper if you have an annual package. Another thing that I suggest that every WordPress blogger puts on their website is Yost. Yoast. Seo will help your site massively in being discovered up day All the post that air existing on there, make sure that you put a search term, but some tags on their just follow the instructions. In Yost, you can find some great tutorials on YouTube if you're a little bit confused as to how Seo works with Google, and I also use a plugging called the turn off all comments. I find that WordPress comments can be a bit of a tinderbox. It can be full of spam or if it it's another place for you to go. In reply, I tend to kind of move people to different channels. I point people to my Facebook on my Twitter pages and give them the ability to send a tweet out from my block posted to Twitter using an in line plug in. 3. 1.2 - optimizing and speedy website: so another bunch of tools that I use a drip dot co is pretty awesome. It's cheap to run, and it's super easy to set up. Email funnels. If you've been hearing this word funnels and email from funnels bounced about, it's a way of people being elf to subscribe to your email list, and then you can send them a newsletter. But then also, you can send them a Siris of newsletters or emails over a schedule of amount of time. So you might send one on Day one and then another three days later. And of the seven days later. Three months, six months, 12 months. It's a really good way off doing outreach to people who've signed up because they're interested in your site but also interested in things that you're doing over that period of time. So instead of doing marketing on just a newsletter, you can set yourself up for even 12 months of releases if you know you're gonna have things that are happening Easter or Halloween or Christmas, that it's a great way of setting these things up ahead of time and just doing a bit of outreach and marketing at those times Another poll suggested Envirodyne Azaria uses over on Nomad pictures and Nomad Doc. Video is a paid gallery plug in most of the plug ins that I am suggesting our people guns because they are quality ones rather than the free ones which tend to break. Or when they update they they get out of date because new technologies come along and then ends up like breaking the plug ins on your WordPress site. You kind of don't want that. I always go for the ones that are well supported up to date, just paying the extra bet. Money helps the developer progress that code base. I also hook up Facebook instant articles and Google Am pages with Paige Frog user page builder plug in to make single page landing pages with ease. If you've ever wanted to just make a one pager and thought, Well, I don't need all the features of WordPress, you could get Paige Builders Now, which are page builder plug ins, which enable you to drag and drop a move, bits around creative page and then link that up from Twitter just to capture somebody's email address to a call to Action Page and you can even sell T shirts on your site using something like blue commerce and print full. If you do a search on the plug ins on the repository on WordPress for woo commerce, plus print faults a super easy way off selling, first of all, taking all the money but doing older, all the packaging and the T shirt making you just send the image over to print full people by through what would commerce on your WordPress site and print full dual the delivery off the product. 4. 1.3 - plugins for working with content: so always forgetting passwords. Try cleft. Do a search for clef on Google. You can log in via your mobile phone. Just hold your mobile phone up to the screen. It scans the QR code like image on the screen, and it luxury straight into your WordPress installation. So if you're forgetful, if you don't have a password manager, this is a great way of not just logging into one side. You have multiple WordPress sites that you can log into all of them, just using Cliff like a mentioned on a previous slide word. Fences on every one of my WordPress sites is a firewall for WordPress is guaranteed to block out a number of people who are trying a hammer on that WP admin. To try and get into your site, corrupt your site or inject some code into your site. You kind of one that we wordpress being one of the biggest content management systems in the world. Obviously, it's gonna be looked at to be attacked, and it's constantly a battle back and forth between the hackers and the script kiddies trying to get in people wanting to take your side down so I'll say word fences guarantee plug in, they should put onto every site. I also suggest one click updating and checking with Manage WP. I find this super affordable from $1 a month per site upwards. Manage WP dot com Instead of away of your admin panels, logging into got more than one WordPress site. Aggregate all of your sites into one place and you can do easy management update plug ins. Check in the low time speeds, backups all kinds of different features that you would need for your WordPress site or bundled together in one. I also would suggest to find a plug in that you can back up to 1/3 location. So something like using existing hosting with Dropbox or Google Drive being able to save 1/3 party installation off your back Oh, elsewhere to another host just gives you that extra reliability if your site goes down. If you're back up on that server is lost. You've gotta back up to be able to restore remote from and always make sure you have the offsite backup in place. You can restore because you know server host do go down. They do have corrupt disks. You might have to wait 12 24 hours for them to We're still back from tape, depending on how they do their site wide backing up. 5. 1.4 - security and maintaining your site: So let's talk a little bit about social media on your site, so add plug is a low cost. You can get a pro account for $10 a month. Sidebar, widget, and you could display ads in the sidebar of your site. If you've got products that you sell on Gum Road or if you got videos on YouTube or your selling things anywhere on the Web, you can use your side. Balto. Advertise those other sites and products. Add plug is the one I found that I find it a really good price. Also, AdSense integration can bring you a small amount. Each month of your site is getting quite a lot of traffic from your block poster, your images or downloads just bolting in AdSense to show a few little ads every so often can really mount up if you've got a number of sites. If you're looking to take donations from people donor box or give our great plug ins for taking donations on your own website, I think these are great for bloggers and small business. And if you've got something toe, add to the page for tracking, for instance, maybe you need to put Google analytics. In there, you can use a plug in called the header and Footer code, which is a great little add on so that you can just drop that little snippet in. And every time that your page loads, it will load that snippet. Really cool tool that doesn't come natively with your WordPress installation. Lastly, unspool ash have a WordPress plug in so you can search for pictures inside of WordPress. If you're writing a block post and you're a little bit stumped as to what image you're gonna put with it, there's lots of free CC zero image sites around the Web. You can use ours nomad dot pictures, but on Splash is a very common, high quality website. If you're looking for really awesome quality pictures. 6. 1.5 - other plugin suggestions: take part in the five step projects. Go to your project in the bar below Par. An awesome Project title in the project. Works based. Be Creative include pictures and the steps that you took. Pick a sweet cover image from no matter pictures or on Splash Like I mentioned Click Save Sweet, You're done. 7. 1.6 - the roundup: All right then. So quickly, the round up. So we looked at a variety of WordPress tools to help you. As a blogger, we discussed speeding up and security as well as mentioned managed to be PIF all round backups and maintaining We touched on how your sites could be making you a little bit more money each month by using ad plug on AdSense on. Don't forget to do the project. Let me know what you're working on or if you're looking to get a website. May do, get in touch. I will be getting new boobs soon. I've fixed it now so hopefully it won't be knocked off When I walk past it. I will catch up to you soon. Thanks for watching my 8. 1.7 - share and review (...): while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. 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