Web Design Video Training Series - Introduction

Last Update: March 30, 2014

How's it going WAU buddies!

I want to create a serious of videos that will walk you thru solving some of the common problems you run into while creating your websites and working within WordPress. I also want to include some awesome tips and general design practices that will help bring your websites up to a more professional level.

However, I just discover that I'm unable to embed a video in my blog :(

Well, I don't want the Introduction video to go to wast so there's a link to it below. Check it out if you like as I will be deleting it in a day or two along with this blog post...

http://vimeo.com/user26454064/wealthyaffiliate-training-intro

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Avecita Premium
That's great. Well right now I have a number of problems.. I'm using a paid theme, and can't seem to get my website name to appear at the top of the page as I have on previous websites. (I want to do this to remind people what site they're actually on, until I get a logo).

Second, I often don't know how I want the site to look, playing around until I'm happy doesn't work for me,so I have a test website to play with first and then copy what I did on my real site. I seem to benefit from actually 'designing' each page first.

Right now I want to design a page so that part of the menu is in separate coloured boxes right there on the page for the users to click on, to bring up the relevant info. I'm sure I've seen that somewhere on another website and I haven't just dreamed it.. I have no idea how to do that..but I really want it.
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BuckTaylor Premium
Whats the name of the theme you are using? Can you PM me your website address so i can take a look?
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BuckTaylor Premium
Go to your settings/general page in the admin area and double check to see if you have a title in the "site title" field. If you do then your theme settings may be overwriting it. You can check your theme settings and see if there's an area for you to add it there.

As for the different colored menu items. Yes this can be done and I'm sure you have seen it, not going crazy... However, if your theme isn't setup with that feature already available, you need to do it by adding custom menu classes and CSS styles. This would require you to access the sites files and do some code writing.
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magistudios Premium Plus
What you can do is upload your training videos right here inside WA.

Just go here:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/mytraining
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BuckTaylor Premium
It says my training section is restricted and I have to be a premium member for 3 months before I can start creating them.

I've only been here a week! lol.
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gusti Premium
Why do you have to deleted it??
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BuckTaylor Premium
I guess I don't, but it was only meant to be a test video so there's no real information in it, just about a minute of me talking. LOL
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gusti Premium
ok, good for you (or me) cause this kind of training is more effective for me.. now I'll raise my hand above and pray : god, please let Buck be healthy and generous all the time, so he'll always share his brain (ok, his knowledge) with the rest of us here.. amen.. ^_^

Keep it coming, Buck!
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BuckTaylor Premium
Thanks for the prayer, feeling better already!
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wldnwkkd Premium
I just checked out your video. DANG!! I think it's a great idea!! The music made me feel like I was in a movie theater!! One of the things I'm wondering about is general layout. Is that a theme specific thing? What are some visually captivating layout ideas to suck in your readers?
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BuckTaylor Premium
Thanks... I guess I have to be a premium member for at least 3 months before I'm aloud to create classes with videos in them.

Layouts, hmmm, that's a whole training course in it self. If you study a bunch of different sites you will start to notice that while the design changes there's really only a handful of different layouts being used.

I don't want to go into a whole lot of detail here because it would make for a really long reply comment but I do plan on create a whole blog post on the subject.

But until then, I can tell you that the current trend is:
• Jumbotron Header slider on home page
• Fixed navigation bar
• Full screen layout
• Responsive framework

The Wealthy Affiliate's site home page is a good example of all those standards. www.wealthyaffiliate.com

A good way to grab your viewers is with Large high quality imagery and movement.
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markvsc Premium
Hey Buck, no video here dagnabbit! Maybe you could put the videos on one of your websites.
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BuckTaylor Premium
Did you click on the link and go to the Vimeo site? You should be able to view the video there.

I'm going to leave it up for a day or so and then delete it.
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