In this training video I am going to walk you through the process of initially setting up your website. I cover some of the main aspects of getting your website ready for content and ready to get indexed within the search engines (like Google).

Here are some of the topics that are going to be covered:

(1) How to access your Wordpress admin area
(2) Understanding the different sections of Wordpress
(3) What plugins are and the benefits of them
(4) Activating your Wordpress plugins
(5) Removing the "default" dummy content installed with Wordpress

If you have any questions about anything within this video, please leave your comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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maureenblair Premium
Hi everyone,
I'm back from 8 days of Passover and plunged into Kyle's website training. I am reading the comments, and it seems most people had to read more than once. I feel better because I read it once and nothing registered. Sorry guys, I do have some dense moments. I will check in again after subsequent re-reads. Thanks for the comments.
Maureen
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RikaSF Premium
I watched the complete video first and then watched it a second time with my website's back end open on a 2nd tab. The second time I followed the instructions as Kyle went through them by pausing the video and complete the tasks 1 by 1.

I found this method to be great for all training videos.

The first time you can only concentrate on the information and the second time it will make more sense and you catch up on small things you might have missed the first time around. This is where it also makes it easier to complete the practical side of things.

Thanks for a great video Kyle :)

Rika
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Earthmomma Premium
Wish I had your patience lol, I did it as he was going through it. A few of them though I did have to watch it more than once (;
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Yoshee Premium
I found I did exactly the same thing and it worked. I understood the material much better that way.
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TamTech400 Premium
Hey Kyle, thanks for the video I just watched, It is very helpful. Now that I have watched it and took some notes, I plan on running the video in one tab and in a separate tab I will be editing my website as the video is giving me the information just in case I may need it as I am editing.
Do you think that is a good idea?
On my journey to success,
Tammy
TamTech400
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TamTech400 Premium
Come to find out it was so easy to do the tasks assigned when editing my website that I didn't even have to look at the slim notes I had taken.

However, I did open up a new tab and had the video ready to play alongside but that was not necessary for this particular lesson video.

I can imagine that playing the video/referring to it in videos in another lesson may indeed be of some assistance.

On my journey to success with WA,

Tammy
TamTech400
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Earthmomma Premium
Ty for making me feel more confident fiddling with the themes! It was also helpful to explain Posts & Pages as I had forgotten pages made basically tabs.

Can you not blog on different pages for example a site about green living and you have a page for the kitchen area and another for the garden or something?

Btw, even tho I find these vids EXTREMELY helpful I find they are blurry. Not so much that I can't read it but, distinctly so.
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So I just put together a website and been working at it for a few hours. I know it takes time and any suggestions would be appreciated.

I feel like there's something missing. I guess with a premium upgrade, you can do more like format where I can put the meditations in a small icon boxes so that they can choose instead of having to scroll down. anyway. love to hear from you guys. thanks
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StevenWood Premium
Hey everyone, Congratulations on getting this far through the traing, keep it going...Fulfilled dreams lie ahead :D

QUESTION...one of the tasks after watching the video says...

"Activate your All in One SEO, Exclude Pages, & Akismet plugins"

I hadn't activated akismet and assumed I had missed it in the video and so I DID activate it, BUT after reviewing the video a second time it sounds as though there is a superior plugin

Do I deactivate akismet?
Is the other plugin a part of SSL and therefore doesn't need any action on my part?

Sorry about what may be very basic questions, but this is where I'm starting from lol :D
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GlenPalo Premium
You can go ahead and deactivate Akismet if you are hosting your website here on WA. WA now does the spam blocking on the server so Akismet is not needed.

The Exclude Pages plugin is probably not needed unless you are using an old wordpress theme that automatically added pages to your menu.
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StevenWood Premium
Thankyou so much. Appreciate the help. : )
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AlexisW Premium
Hey all,
So I pointed my domain from WordPress over to WA severs--all seems well, but when I press "login," it doesn't log me in, just brings me to a non-existent page of my website saying something like, "Oops! That page can't be found. Try a search instead."
Anyone know what's causing it? I'm trying to learn the ins and outs of all of this.
Thanks!
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BobBarr Premium
On what page are you pressing "login"?

Have you used the SiteRubix SiteBuilder page to add your domain to your WA hosting? (Your domain name should appear in the list when you open the SiteRubix SiteManager page.)
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AlexisW Premium
Hi Bob,
Yes, when I click the SiteManager page, it pulls up my domain and all the info, like "1 page" "1 post" "1 approved comment" etc. This is where I click the blue "login" button, but not getting logged in--just brought to a "doesn't exist" sort of page on my blog. Weird! I must have some setting or something that I can't figure out.
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BobBarr Premium
When you click on the "Log In" button on the left (see #1 below), are you seeing the login details and the "Login Now" to the right (see #2 below)?
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AlexisW Premium
Yes, exactly what I see on my end. Both buttons have same result.
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BobBarr Premium
Logging in is a 2-step process. The two buttons don't serve the same purpose.

You need to first click on the "Log In" button on the left to open the details and "Login Now" button pane.

After doing that, clicking the "Login Now" button on the right should log you in to your wordpress dashboard. (You shouldn't hit the "Log In" button on the left a second time.)

If that's not happening for you, I'd suggest opening a support ticket to have the tech support folks look into the problem.
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AlexisW Premium
Ah I do see what you mean, I didn't realize they were different! Unfortunately, yes, just brings me to that same weird page rather than the dashboard. I'll go ahead and open a support ticket. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it!!
All the best!
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BobBarr Premium
That certainly is a strange problem. If simply logging in doesn't work correctly, there's really nothing we can do as users to fix it
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MGichui Premium
So I built the site and was going through the video but when I try to log onto my site I got the http 500 error. I submitted a ticket and got what looked like English but was definitely French instructions LOL. Something about a child and parent tree and am still clueless what to do.
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GlynDavies Premium
I might suggest you run through the course again, pausing the video whilst you follow the instructions bit by bit.
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MGichui Premium
Yep did that but it didn't address my particular issue. I got it sorted with Help desk thanks.
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Thoughtzz01 Premium
I found this video informational and helpful to create my website . Going to have to watch it again but definitely have my first goal this week to get my website up and get a few comments back . Im a little foggy on adding content as far as merchandise and the available affiliate programs i have .
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sag3 Premium
This is a good video when starting out. Help create a more personal website.
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chawthorne Premium
Okay, I'm still once I take my blog to a blank slate. How do I transfer my info from my blogger site here? There's over years of info on my niche that I'm wanting to keep going but over here. I asked this question Day one when I came to the site but I have no idea how to find my question as it wasn't under this video, so I can't find the person's response. : \
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EricH1 Premium
The only concern I have is the "Settings" section found in the Dashboard. There is a brief overview in this video and a mention that all the items under the Settings tab will be covered later on, but I have watched all the videos in the future training courses and could not find where these items are discussed in detail.
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meli222 Premium
Great video! Thank you for helping me to easily understand the WordPress dashboard features. Using my laptop and tablet throughout the training lessons so I can watch the videos on one, while implementing the steps on the other one. Thank you for your time invested in putting these training videos together to help everyone!
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DWClark Premium
So, as far as "media" goes, will I be able to include things like video clips from YouTube or Vimeo? Like to further emphasize my written content?

Ex. I'm writing about a type of car, and I find a clip of it somewhere online, showing that car in action, would I be able to post include that video?
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JohnDen Premium
As far as I know you can add video, I have put video from you tube on my site more than once. And I have had no reproductions on it.
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MarcandTrace Premium
That's what I'm worried about is putting somebody else's content on my website and running in to a legal matter
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mkm2016 Premium
I recently started my blog through WordPress and am slowly building a following. Of course, I'm taking the advice I'm getting on WA and applying it to my existing website. My question is: what are the differences (pros and cons) between WordPress premium plan and one of the free websites through WA? Some of the things are different on my existing page and what you are showing in the video.
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FairuzA Premium
I was wondering if I could get some feedback on what I am going to post on my site. My site relates to my hobby of making paper sculptures. This is my idea of what to post:

Hello!

My name is Fairuz, and I have recently gotten into paper sculpting and I want to share what I learn, and what I personally do, with anyone else who may be interested. I will most likely post a few of my beginning sculptures sometime soon to give examples, though they are a beginners' work. I will be writing about items I like to use with my sculptures like the process that I use to get my paper to a mulch texture, as well as any paint or glue I use. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

I may post sculptures I come across, and I'll be sure to point out when it isn't mine and I will give credit when I can.
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Gulsah Premium
This video is a life-saver when it comes to building my website. I had no idea what to do, kept looking at the settings and all the options but wasn't completely sure what each one did. This video really walks you through getting started with the building stage of your website, which really goes to show you how much building and time goes into a well established website. Your hard work is appreciated! :)
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MarcandTrace Premium
Yes it's super time consuming and a lot of work but in the end it'll pay for itself I hope
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Marzette Premium
Tried awhile back to build a website, but the blank page scared me away. I did not know what to do next. Kyle, thank you for making it easy to understand how to get from point a to point b and what all the buttons are about.

Now I'm excited to move on and create my website!
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Paula57 Premium
Excellent presentation. I watched it twice to make sure I got it all.
I took notes both times lol. It helped me get it though. The only
things I didn't get is how to toggle back and forth between the
front and admin pages and how to refresh the front page. Please
help.
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awrocksu Premium
in the upper left of the screen it has a picture of a house with your website name, hover over that and you will see a visit my site button.
Also, as your creating pages or blogs, there is a button in the upper right of your word press creator, and it says preview.
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jsample83 Premium
I seem to be having the worst time with setting up the website. Maybe I am just overthinking it all. As far as the themes..Are there certain ones that are more user-friendly than others? I am apparently technologically illiterate. I am so confused by some of the terms used. I feel like I should have a degree in computer sciences or something! Anyone else feel this way? and if so what did you do to get past this?
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hey Jimmie,

Trust me when I say: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!

I felt like I should have invested in a few of those How to for Dummies series, lol. I'm very comfortable on the computer, and can figure some things out on my own, but this......this is a whole new world for me.

I made through Course 2, but I'm going to use this week to review those lessons that gave me me some challenges. Remember, there's no time frame, you can go as slow or as fast as you want. The goal is to not just through it, but to be able to retain the information, so you can build something that will generate traffic and lots of revenue!

You're in the right place at the right time Jimmie......own that fact, and move forward with confidence!

Veronica
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LittleL82 Premium
I concur with everything you just said Hun:). I am new and as I went through the training I noticed after I built my page & went to the next course video, girl I started taking notes. I'm feeling this will definitely work for me. I hope it enlightened you.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Yes indeed!
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Marlinda1 Premium
Certain themes will work better with certain subjects or purposes you have for your site. You don't need a degree but if you are confused by certain terms someone here can probably help you understand. The live chat is nice for really quick answers too so you don't stay stuck. Just follow the step by step and its like learning anything foreign, you get it after a while but not necessarily right away.

Think of riding a bike without training wheels. Its hard to keep it steady and you fall off a whole lot but in time you get it. This is the same way. No worries, you're not alone but don't give up and keep trying and don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask a million questions if you have to and ur not alone there either because I ask a lot of questions when I don't know something also :)
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Marlinda1 Premium
I agree with you. Just take your time and learn the material at your own pace. Also don't be afraid to ask questions about the things your don't understand. You're not anything you keep telling yourself that stops you from asking. Trust me, everyone has to struggle with something at some time or the other so don't hesitate to reach out to someone here for help! :)
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MarcandTrace Premium
No I agree its wicked confusing trying to put content on the pages
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I'm still a bit unclear about what plugins are; I went back to the point in the video that discusses it, and watched it twice. I think the importance of them are to protect the website, and that as a premium member, we get access to thousands, but how many would be needed for one website. I just need a bit more clarity please.
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gregarious77 Premium
good but cluttered and confusing at times. navigation ,,so obvious to you is difficult for a clueless newbie. U need to find a doddering 85 year old who is technophobic and if they enjoy it I'll give U the Steve Jobs gold star. put up some street signs and when U say clik on X say how to find X even if U think its in front of their nose. If u think "anyone who is that retarded shouldnt be doing this then U R a mediocre teacher. Obviouslly, U R not mediocre, right Kyle?
and why dont u have some kind of suggestion box. ? thats like a glaring omission. Youll thank me later.

gregarious77
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Thanks so much for the spoon feed. Unfortunately for me I'm working with just my mobile device and when the screen gets extra shiny the don't becomes slightly doubled making it barely legible. Then I suffered a migraine for the end of the day that I suspect wss triggered by my vision difficulties. But the good news is I picked up a copy of WordPress for Dummies at the library today. Hopefully it will bridge the gap. Thanks again for breaking it all down. If it weren't for you ask knows how long I'd remain clueless for.
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Kyle Premium
Cool, that book will likely help you out lots and get you acquainted with Wordpress and we have a lot of Live Classes on Wordpress that will be able to help you out down the road as well. :)
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CarlD21 Premium
I really like the help that everybody on WA it means a lot to me and of course Kyle and all the videos and the easy step by step method, and I'm doing my training not as fast I would like but I want to retain everything instead of going half hearted to this because I really want a successful online business!
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MelanieW Premium
Hi CarlD21, I know what you mean. The help is invaluable particularly if one is a newbie. I find that I go over the trainings a few time and eventually it all sinks in! Wishing you all the best.
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Rogerf Premium
Hi Kyle, Thanks for the tutorial, quite brilliant. So glad I'm with WA. Although I did have the same problem as SimpleMom and I'm going to have a go at manually installing the plug-in.
Thanks for the heads up simplemom.
Oh just read Juneyo's comment about the plug-in not being used anymore. Well that's a weight off thanks everyone. The value in this community is astounding.
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Brendie Premium
This is a great video showing us how to do the first half of the initial setup! My only problem is my tagline isn't showing (free website) but that might just be the theme I picked. That's fine.
Note: This one isn't on my site list yet. And, yes, still working on that one too.
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Freddy33 Premium
Sorry to ask this but I have created my page an added a first blog post with a title on the page, but when I try to add another paragraph it for some reasons defaults above the first post.

Here is an example...

MY FIRST BLOG POST

this is my niche and I really love it, this is how it can benefit you etc etc.

THIS IS MY SECOND POST WITH MORE INFO

So here is the problem, when i publish this section it goes above the first blog post so it does not go in order.


Please help, thank you so much.
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upsgirl Premium
Your NEWEST Blog will appear on top. That's really how you want it...most current on top.
If you want to change it, let me know.
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stephhill Premium
There are ways you can change the order of your blog roll if you want. I did it for one of my websites because it seemed to make more sense to me. I wanted people to be able to find my posts easier. So, here is what you do:

In your Dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New in the search box, enter "Posts in Page" and install and activate this plugin.

With this plugin using simple shortcodes you can change the order of your posts.

Let me know if you need further help.

Steph
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Freddy33 Premium
Thank you for the help, I have downloaded it but I am unable to find how I use the short codes.where do I go please?
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Freddy33 Premium
Thanks for the reply, Its difficult if it adds it to the top because the page wont be structure in the way I want it to be. I have installed the plugin post and pages but still stuck.
Thanks for the help.
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upsgirl Premium
You're welcome! Which way did you go? All good now?
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Freddy33 Premium
Hey, im still stuck :-/, not sure about the formatting side of things and the new paragraphs are still coming out on top. Can you help please?
Thanks
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1lindacarter Premium
Hi Kyle,
I was following along with you on this lesson and when you said you have to activate the two other plugins, well I did that and then the WP spam plugin is no longer there. Was there a step I missed? If so how can I fix it?
Thank You
Linda
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upsgirl Premium
There was a recent change...you are fine...keep going as they are not needed anymore.
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plkelly Premium
I really like the theme I chose, but I can find any way to delete a line under the title that is written in that nonsense stuff that looks like Latin. It's not a post or a page, and I can't get rid of it and it dominates the page! Suggestions?
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stephhill Premium
Go into Appearance > Customize and you should see a section for Tagline, etc. That is where you can delete that second line.
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plkelly Premium
That didn't work. I tried highlighting and deleting and it took me to new themes. Maybe I'll figure it out or just change the theme, but thanks anyway!
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stephhill Premium
Okay. Tell me your theme. I will use one of my test sites to switch to your theme and figure it out for you.
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Hi, I have done everything as instructed but I only have 2 installed plugins I am missing my akismet plug in when I tried to add a plugin thinking I may have had to install it the message on screen said premium members only have access to added plugins so how do I get my comment spam filter if it is not already installed and I do not yet have access to premium membership extras?
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jvranjes Premium
These are not needed any longer, the procedure has been changed these days. No need for captcha and for Akismet or spamshiled. So be happy with less plugins. All is fine at your side.
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Thank you, I asked in the live chat aswell and got a response within minutes so I'm Jo longer worried about the spam filter, but thank you for your input also :-)
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fuzzyegg Premium
I had my website up under another tab and followed along with Kyle's action items. This was interactive for me. I could see what he was doing and then I did them myself. I learn the best by seeing and then doing.
WA is amazing. Building a website is actually understandable at this point.
Thank you Kyle and Carson.
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Tcyar Premium
I'm not the most computer savvy person so I am nervous about all of what I learned here, yet I know there is so much support at WA that I can move forward with no worries. WA is the absolute best site that I have come across and everything here has been well taught. Everything has been made so easy that anyone should be able to do this. Thanks to Kyle and Carson for all they have done to help people move forward.
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norma029 Premium
Kyle, I am so confused on how to set up my website. I can't sign in to word press, I can't find my about me page and I don't know how to input the privacy page. I really want to get this going, please help. I have also read that every time I sign in, it will take me where I left off. This is not happening.
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upsgirl Premium
Wait...hang on...too many things...
Breathe!
1. Kyle covers each step...pause and play the Lessons, as needed.
2. Your About Me Page is not missing. We can find it.
3. Kyle walks you through setting up your Privacy Policy too.
4. That last statement is not true. WA saves your place...your Lessons. If you click the green or black tab, you will be taken to where you left off.

Now, click Site Rubix.
Site Manager.
Do you see your website?
Click to LOG IN.
You don't need a login or password.

Start there...I'll be waiting for you.
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Labman Premium
Sign in to WA and click on the Green Certification menu item. It will return you to where you left off if you are checking the boxes at the end of the lesson.
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norma029 Premium
Thank you, your info was exactly what I needed.
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upsgirl Premium
Are you good now?
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norma029 Premium
I'm good for a while, it's getting late and I have to work my day job tomorrow. so I'm going to bed. I really thank you for your information and will probably be calling on you for help again in the future.
Thanks again
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upsgirl Premium
Okay, you're welcome!
Get some sleep!
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MsRoop Premium
Very helpful!
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MsRoop Premium
Very helpful.
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upsgirl Premium
:)
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