This page contains details of 16 video tutorials which cover a wide variety of areas from basic editing to setting up and using a newsletter plugin. Some of the content here is what I cover on my training sessions, but it goes beyond that. I have also added videos covering setting up email accounts, accessing email accounts in Outlook and Webmail.
Note that all of the videos are hosted on YouTube and are not physically on this website. When you click on one of the links below it will take you to an unlisted video in my account.
When you click on a link below it will open YouTube in a new window. When you have watched the video or simply wish to return to this page close the YouTube window in your browser.
To see these videos you need to have a moderately new PC or Apple MAC, and a reasonably fast internet connection. The first 10 videos were compiled at 720P, the later ones are compiled in HD, although you can select lower bandwidth from YouTube if your connection is not fast enough. If you open the video to full size you can see what I am doing on the screen including the mouse position. If you have any difficulty viewing them because of your broadband connection speed then I can provide you with a DVD with them on. Contact me to let me know please.
Videos 11 to 16 are also available to download from the server at 720P resolution which should be suitable for most modern home or office systems. Go to this page for more details and links to files
Tutorial 1 – The login screen
The login screen, how to get there and what to look for when you are there. Includes recovering a lost password. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2 – Logging in, and some simple editing
I show you how to login to your site and switch between a user’s view and the Dashboard view of your site and locate and edit something. It also broadly covers the editor, inserting images, how to use “Styles” when you are editing and the main menu in the Dashboard view. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 2 also see tutorial 12 which covers all of the training I currently provide in 2017
Tutorial 3 – How to create and edit links.
This tutorial covers three types of links. One that jumps off of your website to an external site, one that jumps to a page within your site, and one that allows a user to download a document from your site. It also explores how to misuse links at the end of the video sequence. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 3 also see tutorial 12 which covers all of the training I currently provide in 2017
Tutorial 4 – Creating News on the fly
Creating News on your WordPress site. One of the most important aspects of your site once you have the majority of the content sorted out, is to keep it up to date. You do that using Posts. These are slightly different to editing pages. Creating a post is easy, where it goes and how it works is all automated. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 4
Tutorial 5 – Form Manager
The form manager in your website is where contact emails are created and sent from. They are directed to your organisation from the website. This tutorial shows how they work and how to edit them or create your own. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 5
Tutorial 6 – Backing up your WordPress website
This tutorial shows you how you can quickly back up your WordPress website in a few simple steps. Each site uses a plugin called *duplicator. It is already configured for you, all you need to do is run it occasionally and download two files locally and keep them safe. From these two files it is possible to recreate your website. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 6
*From September 2015 all of the sites in my hosting are running a new system called UpDraftPlus. Sites are automatically backed up with the backups retained for 6 weeks. Please see this article: Housekeeping for more details on what you need to do.
Tutorial 7 – Preparing images for a website
An image displayed on a website is much smaller than the image that comes from the camera. It is in the interests of both you and your users to ensure that images displayed on your site are not too large. This Tutorial explains where to get IrfanView image editing software from, and how to use a couple of the features in it to prepare your images prior to uploading to your website. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 7
Tutorial 8 – Google Analytics
How to use Google Analytics. All of the WordPress websites I have created have Google Analytics included. To access Google Analytics you need to have an email address which is recognised or registered with Google. Once you have that you can access Google Analytics. This Tutorial only scratches the surface of what is available. It will tell you how your site is being used and provide valuable information on how to guide users to relevant content. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 8
Tutorial 9 – Importance of backlinks
How to check for backlinks and get them for free. Once your site is published and has been submitted to search engines you then perform a search using the name of your organisation. You may come up on page one, which is what you ultimately need to happen. If you do not, then you can search for other sites that carry information about your organisation but do not carry information about your web address and/ or email address. You ask these sites to add your details in. However never pay for this, just move on to the next one. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 9
Tutorial 10 – Newsletter
How to create a Newsletter from your WordPress website. Some people have asked me to add in a Newsletter plugin to their website. This tutorial will show you how to use it. Providing you have been posting news items regularly on your site, it takes less than 5 minutes to package up the important ones and send them out to your list of subscribers. This takes the news to your subscribers, which will encourage them to return to your site, helping you to stay connected. Go To YouTube and see Tutorial 10
Tutorial 11 – Introduction to Divi (* NEW Jan 2017* )
Divi by Elegant Themes is a premium template I have been using since March 2016. The template is used on some of the top WordPress websites and offers many sophisticated features that make it dynamic and interesting to use. One of the major benefits is the ability to divide the website up into columns and rows. Divi adds a layer between your site and the page contents which appear in a framework. It may look different, and even complicated, but it isn’t once you are used to it. Content can be enabled depending on what device is viewing the website. So it is possible to built three optimised websites with this template, one for a desktop, one for a tablet and one for a smart phone. Each looking different to the others. Divi also rearranges the content depending on the screen width, I demonstrate this in the video. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 11 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
Tutorial 12 – Editing Basics Revisited (* NEW Jan 2017 *)
Those of you that I have trained either one to one or over the phone will be familiar with a sequence of basic editing tasks that allow you to take control of your website and not be dependent on any third party developers to edit your site for you. Several aspects of WordPress have changed since January 2015. This video is around 35 minutes long and covers everything I typically cover in one of my tutorials. If you are new to WordPress it is probably a good idea to start here. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 12 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
Tutorial 13 – Setting up an Email Account (* NEW Jan 2017 *)
This tutorial is aimed at the administrators in your organisation who may be required to set up or delete email accounts for other users. You will need your cPanel user name and password. Note this is not the same as your website username and password. If you do not have these contact me first before attempting to follow the instructions.
The tutorial shows you how to log into cPanel through your website home page URL and what to do when you get to cPanel. In this area you can reset passwords for email accounts, check inboxes, set up out of office, mail forwarders and control spam. The tutorial takes you through the set up of an email account called firstname.lastname@example.org Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 13 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
Tutorial 14 – Accessing Webmail (* NEW Jan 2017 *)
Once you have an email account on your domain you need to access it. There are lots of ways to access email, the simplest way to access it is through Webmail. This loads a web based application into your browser so you can view and send mail. This tutorial tells you how to access webmail and what you will find there. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 14 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
Tutorial 15 – Setting up Outlook (* NEW Jan 2017 *)
You do not have to go online to access your email account. You can set up a new account in Outlook and access email from there. In this case mail is now being removed from the server and downloaded into Outlook (for Pop3 accounts).
There are guides on this website on how to do that (go to setting up email) this tutorial shows my screen as I set up an account for email@example.com. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 15 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
Tutorial 16 – Advanced Posts: Applying consistency
This tutorial covers a situation where you may have to regularly publish something and it is required in the same format. If you are doing this month by month it may be difficult or time consuming to recreate what you did the previous month. If you copy the format from an older post, then it is possible to paste it in as a template. This video shows you how to do that in a practical example for a Parish Council. Go to YouTube and see Tutorial 16 also available to download in a lower resolution on this page
If there is something you would like to see on this page that I have not covered let me know and I will add it to the queue.
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