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Site Organization

How our Site is Organized

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Now that we have discussed site organization in general and acknowledged that it is very important in our success, how are we organizing our site? In our case, for the main pages of our site (Home doesn’t count as a main page) we have Services, Case studies, Testimonials, About, and an Articles page which is

The Importance of Good Site Organization

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Before we dive into how our Professional Services Website is organized, we are going to start off with a conversation about the importance of good Site Organization in general. Good Search Engine Optimization begins with good site organization and it's not difficult to organize your site well or to make a rational site organization plan.

The Type of Site We are Creating

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So what type of site are we creating? Well, we are creating a site that's suitable for service professionals that looks good on mobile devices. In this case, when I speak of service professionals, I really mean all kinds of solopreneurs. Architects Engineers Design professionals Coaches Consultants Contractors and Sub-Contractors Real Estate Agents Insurance Sales

Configuring WordPress to be Like a Traditional Website

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We're going to start off by configuring WordPress to act like a traditional website. There are just going to be pages. It doesn't have a blog and it’s not going to use categories or tags or anything like that. All it's going to use are pages. I’m going to show you a bit of structure

Using the WordPress Blog Functionality

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Now that you have seen how to configure WordPress to be like a traditional website let’s talk about using the WordPress blog functionality. Again, remember that WordPress was originally developed as a blogging application and your home page displayed a list of your latest blog posts with the latest blog post on the top. In

What Plugins Do I Recommend for a Simple Online Course Site

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In this session I talk about the difference between a courseware website and a membership website and the courseware plugins I have used and recommend for an online course site. These plugins work well with the Thesis theme and Agility Skin. I also talk in depth about hosting videos and how videos can be served

How to Setup Automatic Registration for One Site when the Payment is made on a Second Site

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We talk about three different ways that you can setup automatic registration for one site when the payment is made on a second site. The first is the easiest because it requires no programming. Here you’d have the customer pay on one site and then be directed to a registration form that is filled out

A Preliminary Evaluation of WP Courseware, Sensei, CoursePress and LearnDash

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In this session we give a preliminary evaluation of WP Courseware, Sensei, CoursePress and LearnDash and discuss the different online reviews for these. We have used these courseware plugins for a variety of courses. Once Rick is done building the Bootcamp Class, he’ll have a set of recommendations and will do a full blown seminar

Lesson 3 – Part 6 – Configuring WordPress to be Like a Traditional Website

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We just finished talking about the 3 Different Ways to Use WordPress and now we’re going to look at one of those ways, using WordPress as a traditional or static website, in depth. In order to use WordPress as a static site for a small business you have to set some configurations because as I

Lesson 4 – Email Marketing – Build your email list with free products

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In this lesson of our How to Sell Your Digital Products With WP eStore course we will be integrating email marketing into our store.  While this lesson is taught using AWeber, the concepts can be easily applied to MailChimp, Constant Contact and other email marketing systems.  WP eStore provides seamless integration with the major email

Lesson 2 – Create a Large Store with Many Products

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In this lesson we turn our attention to setting up a large store with many digital downloadable products using WP e Store. Much of this lesson is taken up with a discussion about setting up a product catalog and the various ways that you can do that. We use one method in our Genesis example

Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 7 – Fix the Post/Page Structure

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The next thing we're going to do is install a couple of plugins to help us with this organization. So we're going to come over here to the dashboard go to plugins and add new. When you're maintaining a site with lots of pages and lots of posts, really, it can be very useful for

Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 5 – Identifying Static and Dynamic Content in Our Magazine Site

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Now that we are finished with our theoretical discussion, we're going to take that discussion and come back over here and look at this magazine style site because right now, we need to draw a distinction between static and dynamic content on the site. Content is static if it doesn't change, if you can set

Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 3 – We’re Building a Content Management System

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Some of you have seen this presentation of mine about using WordPress as a Content Management System already. But I'm routinely surprised by people who have used WordPress for a long time who don't really understand the fundamental aspect of WordPress as a Content Management System. I routinely field questions from people asking, “so I've

Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 2 – Identifying the Main Topics

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The very first aspect of creating a magazine style site like this is really being able to identify your main topics. Often a blog doesn't have main topics, it just has to do with whatever the blogger is thinking about. Niche blog sites are about a specific topic but on a magazine style site, it's

Create a Magazine Style Blog Site with Thesis 2 – Part 1 – Overview of the Site

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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to this special seminar on how to create a magazine style blog site with Thesis 2. This is anticipated to be a 3-week seminar. In week 1, we're going to talk about how to organize the site and we'll take some steps to reorganize the Baby of Color website that

Lesson 12 – Part 1 – WordPress as a Content Management System (CMS)

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Well good morning everybody and welcome to Lesson 12 of our series How To Build A Professional Website Using WordPress and Thesis 2. Up until this point, we have been talking about our WordPress website as a static site. We’ve only talked about pages. We’ve been creating pages and we’ve been styling Agility. And for

What’s the Best Membership Plugin to Use for a Free Membership Site?

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In this session we talk about what the best membership plugin is to use for a free membership site. We discuss the use of Members plugin which is a system that assigns a user role to a user when they register and controls access to the content based on their registered user role. We also

Lesson 7 – Part 1 – The Importance of Good Site Organization

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Well good morning everybody and welcome to Lesson 7 of our class on how to create a responsive professional services website using WordPress and Thesis 2. Before we dive into the lesson, I would like to draw your attention to this box over here on the right hand side called Lesson 7 Resources. Each lesson