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Where should I begin?

This site contains over 2,000 videos on creating, customizing and maintaining WordPress, Thesis Theme small business websites and Genesis Theme small business websites. Most of them can be described as either Basic or Intermediate level video tutorials. With so many videos it can be hard to find a starting place. Select the statement below that best describes where you feel you are. The link will take you to where we think might be a good place for you to start.

This is where I think I am

I’m starting from scratch – I don’t have a domain name or a hosting provider

If you’re starting at the very beginning then I suggest that you start with Phase 1, Lesson 1 of the Start Building Your Website Here course. We currently teach this course for 3 different hosting providers, BlueHost, Hostgator and InMotion Hosting. Lesson 1 starts at the very beginning with setting up your site with a hosting provider, and will lead you step by step through the process. Once you have completed all the lessons in this course you will know enough to begin any intermediate level series. We also have articles that help you select a domain name, guidelines for setting up small business websites and for selecting hosting providers.

I have a hosting provider and a domain name but not much else

So it’s time to start installing WordPress. Phase 1, Lesson 3 of the Start Building Your Website Here course teaches how to install WordPress on your domain. Choose a link below based on the hosting provider you are using. Follow all the way through to the end of Lesson 14 and you’ll have a working website up and running. After that you can browse around the site to see where you might like to go from there. With this foundation under your belt, the world is your oyster.

Make a plan to create your website efficiently and learn the best strategies for a DIY website builder

These videos are not about the “how tos” but rather are about the process of building a website quickly and efficiently. In these seminars you will learn how to map out what you will need in an effective website and strategies that will get you there without pulling out your hair.

I have WordPress installed but I’m not sure where to go from here

Now you’re at the point where you need to learn how to use and install themes. In Phase 1, Lesson 5 of the Start Building Your Website Here course we’ll show you how to find free WordPress themes, download and install a free theme and then how to switch between themes. Choose a link below based on the hosting provider you are using. From there continue on in the series till it’s completion.

If you already know a bit about themes in general and you’d like to begin using either the Thesis theme or Genesis theme, then you are ready to move on to Phase 2 of the Start Building Your Website Here course. Phase 2, How to Build a Professional Website, begins with Lesson 6. Select one of the links below to go to begin using one of the themes. Or if you aren’t sure which theme you want to use, watch our seminar on comparing Thesis and Genesis to help you decide.

If you want to learn more about Thesis theme 2 or Genesis, we have many individual videos in our Live Answers or you can visit our Thesis 2 seminars and Genesis Theme seminars for more in depth tutorials.

I have learned the fundamentals, I’m using Thesis and I want to customize the appearance of my site without using custom code.

If you aren’t interested in or ready to learn how to use HTML, CSS and PHP, then you may want to use some of my boxes and plugins to help implement your design work. They only work with the Thesis theme installed and require at least Thesis version 1.8 and WordPress 3.0.

I have learned the fundamentals, I’m using Genesis and I want to customize the appearance of my site without using custom code.

If you aren’t interested in or ready to learn how to use HTML, CSS and PHP, then you may want to use some of my plugins to help implement your design work. They only work with the Genesis theme installed and require at least Genesis version 1.8 and WordPress 3.3.

I have learned the fundamentals, I’m using Genesis and I want to customize the appearance of my site using custom code.

If you are ready to tackling learning code, then it’s time to move on to our Customizing Genesis Like a Pro course. This course is intended to take a beginner from no knowledge of CSS and PHP to being fully capable of using these tools to customize Genesis. You’ll need no prior knowledge of CSS, HTML or PHP. These lessons build on the Start Building Your Website Here video tutorials but don’t assume that you have watched them.  If you already have Genesis activated on a WordPress site and are comfortable with the basics of WordPress then this is a great place to start.

I have learned the fundamentals, I’m using Thesis and I want to customize the appearance of my site using custom code.

If you are ready to tackling learning code, then it’s time to move on to our Customizing Thesis Like a Pro course. This course is intended to take a beginner from no knowledge of CSS and PHP to being fully capable of using these tools to customize Thesis. You’ll need no prior knowledge of CSS, HTML or PHP. These lessons build on the Start Building Your Website Here video tutorials but don’t assume that you have watched them.  If you already have Thesis activated on a WordPress site and are comfortable with the basics of WordPress then this is a great place to start.

I have learned the fundamentals, now I want to build an Ecommerce Site with WordPress, Thesis and WP eStore.

If you want to build an ecommerce site, this course will take you from zero to a fully functioning ecommerce website with WordPress, Thesis and WP eStore.  There are 93 self paced videos that will take you step by step through each part of the process. You’ll need no prior knowledge of website building. However, it’s best if you have completed the Start Building Your Website Here course first.

I have learned the fundamentals, now I want to build an Online Store Using WordPress, Thesis and Shopp

We created a store that sells educational products that include physical books, ebooks, audio CDs, downloadable audio and DVDs.  Shopp and Thesis work flawlessly together.  They are both very carefully designed and coded and they are designed to be customized.  Those familiar with customizing Thesis using hooks and filters will feel comfortable with Shopp’s system of hooks and filters.  However, the good news is that most of the customization you may be interested in doing only requires a little HTML and CSS.

I have learned the fundamentals, now I want to create a Membership Website with WP eMember

If you want to create a membership site that provides access to learning materials for a fee, then this course is for you. You’ll learn how to set up a site that sells several training courses that a member can purchase and then have access to. Course materials will have video, text and audio components. Membership on the site will also grant access to a forum. The course includes extensive discussions on providing secure, indexable and mobile video.

I have learned the fundamentals, now I want to create a Complex CMS Website

We’ve been experimenting with complex CMS sites over the last couple of years. We’ve created a Community News site with events, a multi-lingual site, a Church Library (Community Library) site, plus we have an extended seminar on creating and using Custom Post Types. Each of these takes full advantage of custom post types, custom taxonomies, custom post meta and other features of WordPress that make it a powerful platform for this type of site.

I am an intermediate level WordPress and Thesis user, now I want to create a Child Theme for Thesis

We have a brand new course beginning on May 17th that teaches a developer or designer how to create a responsive child theme for Thesis. If you are familiar with Thesis customization and want to create your own mobile ready website then this course is tailor made for you.  We will go through the process step by step and build the responsive child theme from the ground up.  When you are finished you’ll have a Thesis child theme that looks great on a mobile device, iPhone, tablet, iPad and desktop computer.