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Lesson 2 – General WordPress and Thesis Settings

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In this second lesson, General WordPress and Thesis Settings, of our How to Create a Membership Website course we begin with a discussion of considerations in choosing Membership and Shopping Cart plugins so that they integrate properly with WordPress and meet your needs. Then we go through and set up general WordPress and settings for the site. Finally, we finish the lesson by discussing the goals of our page structure and then create the initial pages of our site.

Considerations in Choosing Membership and Shopping Cart Plugins – Watch the Video

  • Use of WordPress Functions

    • Integration is the key
    • User roles
    • Content Types
  • Choice of Shopping Cart

    • Payment providers
    • Paypal
      • Integration with PayPal recurring payments system
      • Integration with subsequent PayPal transactions
      • Return transaction details to Google Analytics Ecommerce
    • Suitability for the type of products
    • CDN Support
  • Template tags

    • Login
    • Product display
    • Various control functions

General Settings – Watch the Video

  • WordPress Settings

    • General –
      • Site Name and Title – should use keyword rich descriptive phrases
      • URLs
      • membership/user roles
      • time and date
  • Change mail details settings

    • from name and address
  • Thesis Settings – Design Options

    • Site Layout
      • columns – 2 – 600 & 300
      • column order
      • framework – full-width
      • outer page padding – 0px
    • Display Options
      • Header – show sitename in header
      • Comments – disable on all pages
      • Administration – remove edit & admin links
    • Fonts, Colors and More
      • show interior layout & borders
    • Content area
      • font size – 16px
    • Multimedia Box
      • Do not show

Create Initial Pages – Watch the Video

  • The Site Architecture – What are we creating?

    • Goal – a semantic architecture
      • rational grouping
      • page structure/url structure coincide
      • result in a sentence like structure
    • Page Structure
      • Always Visible
        • home
        • contact
        • forum
        • blog
      • Visible to Guests Only
        • about
        • products
      • Never Visible
        • Landing Pages
        • Thank You Page
      • Visible to All Members
        • member dashboard
        • courses
        • Free course
      • Visible to Specific Members
        • Premium courses
  • URL Structure

    • The Goal:  Semantic URLs
    • Pages are hierarchical
    • Posts will use categories to create hierarchy
    • Set permalink settings
  • Create Static Front Page & Blog

    • Brief description of Static vs Blog
    • Create both pages
      • Home Page
      • Blog Page
    • Settings -> Reading Settings
  • Setup Thesis Nav Menu

  • Using Page Attribute Order to organize pages

    • 0 – temporary
    • 1-19 – Top level
    • 20-29 – Hidden
    • 30-39 – Admin
    • 300 – 301 redirects

Q&A About the Course – Watch the Video

Homework

  • Create your pages
  • Setup Your Nav Menu
  • Come up with a buy-now button
  • Come up with product images or icons

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