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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Hello.. I'm new here and I had a couple questions I was wondering if you guys could answer! 1: I was needing to make some money to be able to supply for myself and help myself in times of need, as I have tourettes and other disabilities that cause me to not be able to work. So I was needing to know how fast I can get money started on here, and if it's easy? 2: I needed to know some tips on how to make a website people would be interested in and ways to get money easily throughout it? I have goals I wish to achieve! Thanks in advance.
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Hi Daiisuki I'm new here as well hope we can really achieve our goals soon.
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Palatia Premium
Hi Lisa, This isn't a get rich quick opportunity but some people start to earn pretty early on. It is one to look at the long game. To build something solid that will sustain over time. As far as your niche, almost anything will work with over 4 billion people on the internet. Choose something you are interested in or are knowledgeable about. Maybe even a disability? It should be something you'll stay interested in for the long haul. :) Hope this helps.
Paula
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Habanero Premium
Hi,

SInce I'm a bit familiar with WP, I went on and created an about me page and a couple of categories that can be seen in the menu section of my website. Yesterday I followed the instructions in the training and published a private policy page plus updated my about me page according to the template in Site Content. Today I can't see the private policy page. What can be the problem?

Thanks
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Dale123 Premium
You just mentioned you "published a private policy page"... If you made it private you won't be able to see it unless you're logged in. Go to your admin panel, click all posts & check from there.
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Habanero Premium
Thanks Dale! I've just finished the training on creating a menu and it turned out that since I already had a menu in place, the privacy page needed to be added to that menu in order for it to become visible.
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andrewpty Premium
Since I work at a Web Agency and I'm every day building websites for customers I really would love to promote hostings, Plugins, WordPress themes and so on...just because I really enjoy looking for the best solutions for my customers at the agency I think I can do this in a larger scale. Do you guys think it could be a good niche? I guess there is lots of competition out there related to this niche...could this be a problem?
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ClaudiaAlex1 Premium
Hey Andrew, It is my opinion that anything can be a good niche. Even if it is a popular one the fact is that you will bring your own spin to it making it unique. Since you have experience in this area, I think it would be worth your while to dedicate one of your websites to it.

Of course, you will get additional advice on this situation from others in the community then you can make a good decision.

To your success,
Claudia
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nathaniell Premium
There will be competition in ANY niche, and that's a good thing. It means people are making money! You'll have to work to establish yourself in the niche, but everyone has to work. I wouldn't worry too much about competition at this point.

Imagine if there was never any room for new businesses. People would have stopped opening coffee shops long ago!

If you focus on creating good content, the lazy people will drop off, and you will gain authority in time. Even if you aren't #1 right away, you can pretty easily establish yourself in the top 10 sites in the world on any niche if you stick around long enough and focus on growing your business.
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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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