Master WordPress Basics

Learn the essential foundation components of WordPress...& how they integrate with each other to create a robust & completely customizable website platform, so you can design the exact custom website you need! And...it's all Code-free and written just for beginners!

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What You'll Learn...

This area is all about learning to USE WordPress, at the most basic level.

No prior WordPress experience is required!

I do recommend having a "test" WordPress website that you can experiment with, as you go through the various topics, and learn how to implement your new WP skills.

NOTE: These lessons are specifically designed for what is known as a "self-hosted" WordPress website. This is a bit of a misnomer, and often a source of confusion for the beginner.

Self-hosted means you have your own domain (web address; url) and you have WordPress hosting through a web hosting company (like SiteGround).

Some of these lessons will apply to websites hosted at WordPress.com, but many will NOT (because of limitations at WordPress.com, not with WordPress software.)

If you are just learning WordPress, this can be a source in persistent confusion! Therefore, I highly recommend you get your own domain (like NameCheap and WP hosting.)

The following are some of the most important topics for beginners, and that I will cover in future tutorials:

#1: WordPress PAGES & Posts

These are the basic "units" of WordPress content. Learn how they are different and when to use which type!

#2: WordPress Plugins

These "add-ons" are designed specifically for WordPress and add complete custom functionality to your website, making it uniquely yours! Learn how to find, choose, and install them.

#3: WordPress Themes

Themes control the overall appearance of your website -- from layout, to typography & theme colors! Learn how to find the best theme for your business, and how to evaluate theme quality... (Hint: poorly-coded themes can slow down your website!)

#4: WordPress Widgets

Widgets are like little "applets" that provide added information and benefit to your site visitors. They come in many "flavors" and some are bundled with themes. Learn how to use Widgets and see them in action!

#5: Page Templates

WordPress page templates are included with many themes and are designed to add specific functionality to your content. Learn how to discover which templates are included with a theme, and whether you need them for your specific website...

#6: WordPress Settings

Understand the optimal settings for a new website, and how to optimize the "Reading" and "Writing" experience. Learn how to protect your website with security settings.

Featured Articles

WordPress ‘Building Blocks’

Learn about the foundation “Building Blocks” of WordPress: what they are, how they differ from each other and when to use them. Often confusing for beginners to WordPress, you’ll learn just how the Building Blocks work together to form a robust website platform!

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Own It! — Why You Need to Take Control of Your Online Assets

Learn why “owning everything” is a founding principle of my business! In this article I explain exactly what you can own when taking your business online, and why it’s vital to the very life of your business.

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Why WordPress?

Did you know? Over 1/3 of the ALL the world’s websites are built with WordPress!
Learn why I only teach WordPress. In this article, I share my top 5 reasons for using WordPress… PLUS a hidden advantage you may never have considered!

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Don't know where to start?

 WordPress the single most effective & efficient website platform for solo's ...without a research or editing team!

And you can create a beautiful & conversion-focused website without ever touching a line of code!

Check out the following critical foundation articles to learn how to get your WordPress business website off to a great start!

Foundation Articles to Enhance Your Understanding

Writing & Content

Requisite Pages: Are You in Compliance?

This is Part 1 of a multi-part Series on “requisite pages” for your website. This article introduces what these pages are, WHY they are ‘required’& by whom, and answers the inevitable question: ”Who makes these ‘rules’ anyway?”


Marketing & SEO

Decoding Marketing Speak: A Guide for Non-Marketers

Part 1 of this Guide defines & describes the most common — but often confusing — marketing terms, and explains how & when to use each one. PLUS…visual examples help you to see how modern marketing experts use them and when…


Master WordPress

Own It! — Why You Need to Take Control of Your Online Assets

Learn why “owning everything” is a founding principle of my business! In this article I explain exactly what you can own when taking your business online, and why it’s vital to the very life of your business.



Going Solo?

Why joining the ranks of the self-employed can often feel like jumping off a cliff and not knowing how to swim! Learn my “4 Keys” to fast track your solopreneur success developed over my 20 years of solopreneurship.


Writing & Content

The crUX of the Matter!

User Experience (UX): an in-depth primer for content creators. Top 5 content areas that make a difference! Learn exactly how to make these changes & improve your website’s UX!


Marketing & SEO

CM 101 Intro

Content Marketing is the Solopreneurs #1 most efficient marketing strategy! Learn why in this article…just for solopreneurs and beginners, including what “Content Marketing” really is, and how you can get started.


New WordPress tutorials are published regularly!

I've taught hundreds of students over the recent years in private, face-to-face classes. But there were still hundreds more who could not attend these classes for a variety of reasons: traffic, conflicts with work hours, child care problems, and more!

I'm currently customizing these classes into tutorials -- specifically designed for online delivery -- to reach anyone who wants to learn.

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