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Your WordPress Freelance Business Site

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Feel like you're missing out on leads from not having a website? Let's get you one!

In this webcast I'll show you how to quickly get a WordPress site up and running for your business.

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Your WordPress Freelance Business Site

  1. 1. Your (WordPress) Freelance Business Site Brian Hogg @brianhogg brianhogg.com
  2. 2. Working with JavaScript and WordPress https://brianhogg.com/jswp WordCamp Hamilton https://hamilton.wordcamp.org/ Plugins https://brianhogg.com/plugins/ Hamilton Freelancers http://freelancermeetup.com/
  3. 3. Video of this Presentation https://www.crowdcast.io/e/your-freelance-business
  4. 4. Terms • Domain Name: yourbusinessname.com (.org, .ca, …) • WordPress: The code and content management system for your website • Hosting: So clients can see your WordPress site
  5. 5. Relationship Between Domain Name, Hosting and WordPress Domain Name
  6. 6. Relationship Between Domain Name, Hosting and WordPress Domain Name Hosting
  7. 7. Relationship Between Domain Name, Hosting and WordPress Domain Name Hosting WordPress
  8. 8. Relationship Between Domain Name, Hosting and WordPress Domain Name Hosting WordPress Email
  9. 9. Registering Your Domain Name • Go to namecheap.com • Search for your desired domain name • Add to cart • Make sure Auto-renew enabled during checkout
  10. 10. Setting Up Hosting
  11. 11. Why WP Engine? • WordPress installed/configured with no other steps • Fast, reliable, secure, 24/7 support • Faster site = higher rankings + less user frustration • All they do is WordPress • Nice intuitive interface • ie. restoring a backup if you make a mistake
  12. 12. Why WP Engine? • Automatic WordPress core updates • Will automatically restore/rollback if error • (Usually) alerts you if there is a major security issue with a plugin/theme • Easy to configure SSL certificate (https://) • You get what you pay for. • WP Engine gives 2 months free if you pay annually
  13. 13. https://brianhogg.com/wpengin e
  14. 14. Access to Hosting Account Manage settings, view backups, billing information, etc
  15. 15. Access to Hosting Account Manage settings, view backups, billing information, etc
  16. 16. WordPress Site WP Engine creates it for you automatically
  17. 17. WordPress Site WP Engine creates it for you automatically
  18. 18. Demo: Setting up your site!
  19. 19. Basic Settings • Settings > General • Settings > Discussion • Settings > Permalinks
  20. 20. Installing a Theme • Appearance > Themes • Add New • Need to go to wordpress.org/themes to see last updated date and supported version • Delete themes you aren’t using (security)
  21. 21. Homepage 1. Pages 2. Add New 3. Appearance > Customizer 4. “Static Front Page”
  22. 22. Theme Customizer • Different themes will have different options • Change things like site title, logo, header image, layout • Widgets (or Design > Default Layout in Spacious) • Say no to sliders
  23. 23. Point Domain to WP Engine 1. my.wpengine.com then Domains 2. Add Domain 3. Go to namecheap.com and Account 4. Domain List then Manage button 5. Advanced DNS 6. Copy IP address from my.wpengine.com Overview
  24. 24. Can take up to 24-48 Hours
  25. 25. You have a site!
  26. 26. Staging Site: Safe Way to Test Things
  27. 27. What’s Next? • Add other page(s) • Keep plugins/theme up to date • Additional backups with VaultPress • Free SSL certificate • Store with WooCommerce? • WordPress Tutorials
  28. 28. Questions?

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