At this stage of the course you should have your website created! Congratulations, this is a big accomplishment!

Looking back to 2002 when I started my career in Online Business it took me 30 days just to figure out how to build a website. There definitely weren't any platforms like the Website platform you have access to here. What takes 30 seconds now, took 30 days back then.

How things have changed!

In this lesson we are going to be walking you through the process of the initial website set-up. This includes the removal of "default" content that is installed with every website as well as a look around of the back office of your website.

Additionally, I am also going to be walking you through the activation of your "Plugins" and be walking you through the benefits of the plugins (feature extensions) that have been installed automatically with your website.

Below is a video walk-through showing you the process of setting up your website. Click play to watch the "Setting Up Your Niche Website - The Initial Steps" video below.

 

Task 1: Login Into Your Website Back Office

In order to do this, you need to log into your website. This is very easy to do and can be done using the "Log In!" button (as shown below).

This will automatically show you all your users you have associated with your website and from there you can log into your website.

No more need for manual logins and the passwords within your account are encrypted and secured using SiteRubix technology!

You can also find your website login details, username, and password within the Details link on your SiteManager dashboard.

Task 2: Activate and Update Your Plugins

After you login, you will see your Wordpress administration dashboard for your website (see below).

This may look completely foreign to you if you have never logged into a WordPress website before, but don't worry, you will get the hang of this and there is a ton of help here within the community to work you through any questions/issues you may run into.

Wordpress is the most powerful and widely used website platform in the world. It is used by over 30% of ALL websites (millions) and it also has a wide range of "add ons" known as plugins that you can use extend the functionality of your website.

When you install website here at WA we pre-install three of the most useful plugins with your website automatically and your first step is going to be activating these plugins.

You will see the All in One SEO plugin, which we will be setting up in the next lesson. This is a plugin that is going to help you get found and ranked by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.

You will also see the Classic Editor plugin, which is already activated. This gives you access to the classic editor when you upgrade and create posts within your back office, which is preferrable (in particular when getting started) to the new and more modular editor. It is going to make your life a lot easier and it is already set up for you so you have to do nothing from you end.

Lastly, the Kraken Image Optimization plugin is going to compress and optimize all of the images on your website automatically. This is really sophisticated and advanced platform that is going to lead to better website speeds, a better user experience, and better search engine rankings. This is already set-up optimally for you.

Task 3: Delete Default Posts, Pages and Comments

Every new Wordpress website that you install will come with "default" or dummy content that is added with every website install. You want to get rid of this content before you can start creating content that is relevant to your niche.

The first thing you want to do is delete the default post that is added with each website.

Click on the Posts button, within the side menu.

This will take you to the posts page where you will go to see a list of all the posts on your website. A post is simply a content page on your site (we will be explaining them in more detail later).



Simply "mouse over" the post area and it will reveal the post management buttons. You will want to then click the "Trash" button. This will delete the default "Hello World!" post.

Do the same with the "Pages" link as well. There may be a few different Pages, including the Privacy Policy page. You can delete all of these pages as we are going to be starting fresh with our own content and starting the build out process of this in upcoming lessons.

**Do note that there may not be both default Pages and Posts. If that is the case, just move on.

That is it for this lesson, nice work! You now have a live website that is set-up and ready to go. This is your own Internet "real estate". You will use this website to connect with your niche and ultimately earn revenue through. This website is your foundation for building a successful online business!

The next lesson we are going to be showing you how to get your website ready to rank in Google and other search engines!

If you have any questions about the set up of your website, please scroll down and leave them within the comments below.
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2. Log into your website WordPress ADMIN area
3. Activate your All in One SEO (simply click Activate)
4. Delete the default Post, Pages and Comment (if they exist)


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I guess the first question that comes to mind is, would it be better to choose a more obscure niche that will rank higher in
Google because of less competition or choose something more popular that will get more traffic,
I'll keep going with the lessons and see if that is answered.
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Its all in your wording which words can you use the are mostly used in there search bars
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MartineB Premium
Hello Kyle/anyone that can help, do you suggest just one product/service per site or is it viable to have a general category e.g. Babies and then on your site have categories such as clothes, sleeping, car seats etc (I'm not using this by the way just after your opinion).

Also, can you suspend your website from being live whilst you are working on it?

Thank you
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JKulk1 Premium
Some people sell one product, others sell many.It's up to you. Jim
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MartineB Premium
Yes, just wondered what was more effective. My gut says one product. Thankyou
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MartineB Premium
Ok, so, I'm thinking about my niche and I'm pretty sure I'm overthinking. I am a coach, have been coached, see the value in it so think this might be the area but think it's too broad and probably have to be more specific. I suppose the issue is also that in order to promote others then I would need to really know whether or not their products/services are above board and of value. So I'm getting caught up. Then I think my other interest is actually enlightenment/meditation etc. I have practised and continue to be on my journey. Again though, it's knowing to whom you are referring. Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself???? I am also an avid reader, love love love books. I love to write and love to teach or share what has helped me in terms of coaching and in relation to my journey of enlightenment. Overthinking? Overcomplicating? Yes!
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jamesprc Premium
Hi Martine, your thought process is very understandable. But one thing you need to realize is this: It is going to be your audience who will decide what content they enjoy the most.

When starting out, it's great to have some kind of content plan. But once you start receiving traffic and comments, that's when you'll see which of your content gets the most attention. Then you'll have to go deeper on those topics.

Very often, it won't be the articles that you personally thought were the best... I think in 9 out of 10 cases, I'm surprised which of my articles get read the most.

However, to reach that point you will have to write A LOT. A looooot of content has to be added to your blog.

So here's the best advice that I can give you:
- Take a topic where you see yourself writing every day for a full year. Don't take a topic where you cannot see yourself doing that.
- Pay close attention to which of your content gets the most traffic, comments, or social media shares. Then think about how you can expand on those topics.

Growing a blog is a process that you cannot plan from its inception. It's a dialogue with your audience and readerbase, you will grow together with them.

Hope this helps!
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MartineB Premium
Thank you
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ClaireAnneC Premium
Thank You very much for the awesome website builder and the help w all of this to Kyle and Carson and The Community for making it less scary confusing and like I am actually for once not stuck on the same few spots that make me give up and say ... I will try again tomorrow... I am really excited to introduce the topic in a blog or two then to bring my company into it and yesterday studied up took notes feel like I am really learning about my niche to expertly tell a story about it. One thing I have personally noticed is that when you do pick a topic that you truly are interested in and find fascinating or that you really can help someone out w their problem or future as opposed to just any product that you are so so about it really does make it that much more exciting to want to write something compelling to possible really start a following or get ranked highly on Google. Within the week WA has truly given me the confidence to think Skies The Limit. That is Awesome for someone like me who is in between jobs kind of struggling financially at the moment and a week ago was going “crap now what” to just a very much more positive outlook... so Thankful...
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steveo013 Premium
Fantastic Claire, THAT's the spirit!

Continued success,
/Steve
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DeniseHerity Premium
Hey, Kyle! What do you think of a niche called "Crazy Cowboy Boots"? Really different boots with lots of color that stand out. I have been in the music business all my life and i want to try to attract stars (for one reason; they have money to spend) and for another reason; I have always LOVED cowboy boots! My hero and heroine was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, for heavens' sake!
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - it's a great idea, I love cowboy boots! However, one thing to be aware of is that all the images on your site have to be copyright-free, you can't just copy and paste them from Google or other websites.

If you are thinking of promoting brand name boots, they will most likely be trademarked. This won't be a problem once you have joined relevant affiliate programs, as they will supply the images.

Just be mindful of the fact that initially, your images will just have to be generic boots, no fancy named brands.
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jdsjave Premium
That certainly is niche! Could it be too niche?
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