I remember when I started out, it took me over 30 days just to get my first website up and running and live online. Websites were far more technical and far "uglier" back in 2002 when I started.

So consider your progress thus far REALLY awesome, you are doing great! You have your website up and running. This is the starting point for your business.

In this lesson we are going to be learning all about the "back office" of your website and how the different aspects of Wordpress function. Wordpress is a framework in which you are building a website on. Many of you probably have experience with Wordpress already, but many do not and that is perfectly fine (it can be learned very quickly).

In the following video, I am going to walk you through the "back office" (admin area) of your website and also show you how to clean up your initial DUMMY content of your site.

 

DISCUSS VIDEO: Setting Up Your Website - The Initial Steps


Task 1: Delete the Dummy Page & Post

Your tasks in this lesson are all going to be very straightforward. You are going to be deleting "dummy" content that is automatically installed with every website. This is content that you will not be needing.

This likely will include:

  • Sample page
  • Sample privacy policy
  • Sample post
  • Sample comment

In this task we are going to go through and delete all of this content.

The first step is clicking the "Pages" tab. This will take you to your website Pages that are either in draft or published mode. What we want to do is delete the "Sample Page" here.

When you "mouse over" the Sample Page link, a menu will pop up with a Trash link. Click that and you will delete this Page. There may also be a "Privacy Policy" page that you can delete as well.

Then we are going to do the same thing with Posts.

Click the Posts tab, within the side menu. Then mouse over the Hello World post and click the "Trash" button.

All done!

Your website has been cleaned up and is ready to go. In the upcoming lessons you are going to be creating your own Pages and Posts and publishing them. Exciting stuff ahead!

Task 2: Navigating the Back Office of Your Site

This next one is simple, I just want you to acquaint yourself and have a look around the "back office" area over your website.

As with anything NEW, it can appear overwhelming at first but I can assure you before long you are going to be very proficient with the website build process. Just like your first day of school, it might seem a bit foreign. All we want you to do in this task is have a look around the different tabs and areas of the admin area.

We are going to be covering the various aspects of Wordpress and how to use much of these tools in upcoming lessons and you are going to be very proficient with Wordpress before you know it.

Task 3: If There Are Any Updates Available, Update.

Sometimes, depending on the timing of your 'website install', there will be updates available. Wordpress is a quickly evolving platform, so updates do happen quite frequently. These are sometimes feature improvements, sometimes they are security updates.

When there are updates available, you will se them directly under the Dashboard side menu, under the Updates link.


In the case of my website here, there are 4 available updates. This could be a combination of a Wordpress version update, plugin updates, or theme updates.

I simply click this button and it will take me to an overview of all updates.

The first thing I see is an updated version of Wordpress being available, so I update this. Click the "Update Now" button, and this will walk you through the process of updating Wordpress to the latest version.

Below this, if more updates area available, you will see plugins and themes that you will be able to update. In my case, I have three plugin updates. Check off the boxes, and click update plugins.

And we are all done!

**If you don't see any available updates, that is perfectly fine. Check off this task below and move on, just be aware that you may see updates like this pop-up within your website back office and it is perfectly fine to update these.

Tasks 0/4 completed
2. Delete the Dummy Page & Post (and Privacy Policy if it exists)
3. Navigate the Back Office of Your Site (Have a Look Around)
4. If There Are Any Updates Available (Wordpress/Plugins/Themes), Update


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WPalapan Premium
I have interest in many areas. But first off, I want to head for what motivates me the most "travel with family (and little kids)". This is going to be my first trial of everything in the process and hope to learn a lot. My later project after I feel comfortable set things up and running may be something about "affiliate marketing for Thai people (my audience) in the US", "Mommy and baby", and something related to nursing because I've been in this field for a while.
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lucbizz Premium
That is just fine! Start with a niche you feel comfortable with:-)
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Tony4705 Premium
I will be building my brand around helping seniors, retirees and would-be retirees make income online from home. As a former remodeling contractor, I already have a separate affiliate site that in major part shows seniors how to make their homes "retirement ready" for aging in place. I will be adding a WA banner and link on that site.
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VHallett Premium
I want to build my brand around helping people boost their income, allow them to leave their day job and live the life of freedom they have always dreamed of. Because I am turning 50 this year and looking toward retirement, I want to target people around my age group that are looking to boost their retirement nest egg and maybe retire earlier than they would have.
I am looking for help with a name for my brand. Something catchy, not too specific, but clear in what I am offering.

Thanks for any thoughts you may have!
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Nona7 Premium
Im doing the same thing I am 58 and no retirement, nothing saved and know so many others are worse off than me. I have named mine the silver affiliate.
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coachjess Premium
I like the way you two think!
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SDiges Premium
Ok I'm going to ask this question and I don't know if its dumb or not but here goes. I have another website that I bought when I joined & it's sharondiges.com. Should I use this for my first website for Bootcamp training or not? Any feedback would be appreciated!
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Sharon
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earlofpearl Premium
You can bring any site at WA, you can choose to change the domain name or you can keep it, you can transfer your domain to WA servers as well.
Hope that help
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nasch2013 Premium
Hello,
need your help please. I try to choose a good Domain Name.
I want to create a website where people can find answers around affiliate marketing.

Here are some of my ideas for a Domain Name:

AffiliateAbc.com

AffiliateHelpGuide.com

AffiliateAbcGuide.com

AffiliateCareer.com

AffiliateCareerGuide.com

What do you think?
Or should I include the word Marketiing?

Example: AffiliateMarketingAbc.com or AffiliateMarketingCareer.com

I am grateful for any suggestion and helping hand!

Happy Valentines Day 🥰

Nadja
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Scottie1 Premium
I'm not trying to tell you what to do but I would put what your going to be in front of affiliate.. like ABC Affliate Marketing..
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nasch2013 Premium
Thank you for the reply, I appreciate it!

Nadja
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GNolen1 Premium
Remember you don't want to go to broad with your niche.
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nasch2013 Premium
Thanks for the reply! Yes I have to remember 😉
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