Self hosted WordPress Guide

Wouldn't it be great to earn money from your website? A little extra income would be nice and would help to pay the bills. You might even earn enough to give up the day job and focus exclusively on your site.

Self-hosted WordPress guide - everything you need to know to build your own WordPress website. A complete course

To make money online you need a website and WordPress is the simplest way to build a site. You could pay an expert to build it for you, but it could cost thousands and this is not an option for many people.

If finances are tight, and they often are when starting out, you are going to have to build the website yourself. Fortunately, WordPress makes this straightforward and it is certainly possible.

Course requirements

If you have never used WordPress before, learn the basics in WordPress Startup Guide.

That course introduces WordPress and shows how to create posts and pages, insert text and images, and apply themes.

Who is this course for?

This course assumes you know the basics and perhaps have a free website.

It is for people that want to go beyond the basics, upgrade from the free site to a more powerful self-hosted WordPress, and use more advanced techniques, perhaps with an aim to make money from their website.

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Course contents

1 11 essential points when choosing web hosting

  • Free vs paid web hosting
  • Get a domain name
  • Storage space and bandwidth
  • Backup and security
  • Shared vs cloud vs dedicated hosting

2 Set up a WordPress website in 14 easy steps

  • Pick a hosting plan
  • Choose a domain
  • Contact details and payment
  • Create a password and sign in
  • Install self-hosted WordPress and log in

3 Essential WordPress plugins to install on day 1

  • How to find and install plugins
  • Increase security and protect from hackers
  • Stop comment spam - keep your site clean
  • Install a plugin to make money from adverts

4 SEO plugins - optimise your site for search

  • Why SEO is important - get your site noticed
  • Yoast for SEO
  • All-In-One SEO

5 Install Google Analytics

  • Why you need it to make money
  • How to set it up
  • How to use Google Analytics to optimise your site

6 Get accepted for Google AdSense

  • What is Google AdSense?
  • Can I choose the ads that are displayed on my site?
  • How much will I earn and when do I get paid?
  • 16 things you must do to get accepted by Google AdSense

7 Make money from affiliates

  • What are affiliates?
  • What does affiliate marketing look like?
  • How do I earn money from affiliate marketing?
  • Who is responsible for the goods?
  • Direct affiliates vs affiliate networks
  • Requirements to join affiliate network schemes
  • How do you get paid?
  • Popular affiliates and affiliate networks
  • Beware of the rules

8 Back up your WordPress website

  • Why you need to back up your site
  • What does your web host provide?
  • Manual website backup methods
  • Best WordPress plugins for backing up

9 2 free tools to monitor your website

  • Why you need to monitor your website
  • Uptime Robot website monitoring
  • How to set up website monitoring
  • Check the website monitoring logs
  • Site24x7 website monitoring

10 Check your site on all devices

  • Install Blisk browser
  • Use Blisk to view your site on mobile devices
  • Check that your site is mobile-friendly


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