Build WordPress Sites Quickly and Easily with the Elegant Themes Page Builder

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. If you haven’t seen the Elegant Themes Page Builder plugin, you need to check this out! This plugin allows you to create beautiful, feature-rich WordPress sites in a fraction of the time it takes with the default WordPress editor. You can create any type of page you need – including homepage, portfolio, blog, shop, landing, sales, case study, product features, and a whole host of others – quickly and easily. Watch this video to see just how easy it is to create pages with the Page Builder: Elegant Themes is one of three theme companies we recommend in our training. We tell you the pros and cons of each company, along with best practices for selecting the perfect theme for your WordPress website. This video is from our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build” project. We offer the most comprehensive training program for building WordPress websites, getting clients and growing a long-term web design business. Click here for lifetime access. Have you used the Page Builder on any of your WordPress sites? Any thoughts on how it may help you? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

How to Select the Perfect WordPress Theme

This is a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. Selecting the perfect WordPress theme for your website is a great step toward building your sites quickly and efficiently. And the quicker you can build, the more money you can earn. In our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”, it only took 45 minutes to select and install the WordPress theme for our client. If we had built this site from scratch we would have labored approximately 25 hours for this one step of the process. Selecting a theme is the way to go. Watch this video to see one of our favorite theme companies, and how they make it easy to find the perfect WordPress theme: Our training goes into great detail on how to select and work with themes, along with everything else you need to build a successful web design business. We just released a new feature to the membership: the “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. We will show you how we landed this client. You get all the juicy details of the project including copies of our email exchanges with the client, a look at the proposal and more. Not sure which theme will fit your client? There is a crucial...

Setting Up a Shop Page with WooCommerce

Adding eCommerce to your list of services is a great strategy for increasing your income. Not only can you charge your clients for the initial setup, but you can also charge for ongoing updates to their product offerings. By using WordPress as your web design platform, you can take advantage of the WooCommerce plugin. This is a free plugin offered by WooThemes, and it provides everything you’d need to set up any type of eCommerce site imaginable. You can start with a basic site, and set up a simple Shop page with a few products. But you don’t have to stop there. With the features available in WooCommerce, you can create robust eCommerce functionality that rivals sites like Amazon.com. In today’s video, we’re going to show you the basics of setting up a Shop page. This includes creating Product Categories, Tags, and Attributes, as well as creating a product. Watch this video to see how easy WooCommerce makes it to set up a Shop page: This is just one step in setting up products for your sites and your clients’ sites. You need our training to teach you all the aspects of eCommerce. Our training includes all of the basics on designing and developing with WordPress. In addition, we show you advanced techniques that will allow you to add new services to your portfolio and charge more for your websites. These advanced techniques include eCommerce, CSS customization, and a whole lot more. Click here to get all the details. Have you created eCommerce sites for your clients? Have you used WooCommerce, or do you prefer another option? Have any...

New Training Sneak Peek: Estimating the Scope of the Project

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build.” This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. These previews will each feature an entire lesson from the training, including everything you’ll get when you sign up. We hope this will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. Today’s sneak-peek lesson is Estimating the scope of the project. This lesson will show you how to accurately estimate all of the elements of your web design projects. It includes details on how to break your projects down into Phases, Modules, and Tasks, as well as how to create a Project Timeline. Accurately estimating what will be required for your project is a fundamental first step to setting your pricing and client expectations. It will also help assure that you’re paid for all of the work required, and this can make a big difference in your profits over time. Lesson: Estimating the scope of the project In this lesson, we’re going to explain the best practices for estimating the scope of your project. We’ll cover the following topics: Breaking the project down into Phases and Modules Breaking Modules into Tasks and creating estimates Creating a Timeline Breaking the project down into Phases and Modules The first step in estimating the scope of your project is to break it down into Phases and Modules. Phases are the major stages of the project; for example, building the website is a phase. Modules are the main components...

Easily Increase Social Media Engagement on Your WordPress Sites

Social Media represents a great opportunity for increasing engagement on your WordPress websites. When your visitors connect with you via social media pages, you can keep them up-to-date and direct them to your site. This can help both you and your clients increase leads and sales. In today’s video, we’re going to show you how to use the Floating Social Media Icon plugin to draw attention to the social media icons on your sites. This is a very flexible plugin, and you can configure it to display several different ways, based on your needs. In addition, this is a very highly rated plugin, and their support is outstanding. Watch this video to learn how to install and configure the Floating Social Medial Icon plugin: Social media is one piece of the puzzle. Our training contains all the pieces with step-by-step instructions on how everything fits together. When you join, you’ll have full access to all of our training for life! You’ll get more than just WordPress training. Our program includes marketing training, as well, which will help you build a profitable and sustainable web design business. We cover everything you’ll need to know, including finding and working with clients, managing projects, generating traffic and leads, creating recurring income, plus a whole lot more. Click here to learn what this program can do for your web design business. How do you manage Social Media on your WordPress sites? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Driving Traffic to Your Portfolio Site with Behance

Today we’re giving you a sneak peek inside our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. This will give you an opportunity to see actual lessons from the training we have available. Today’s video features a powerful tool for driving traffic to your sites and your clients’ sites, but this is just one resource. In our training we disclose over 80 resources for driving traffic! Behance represents a great opportunity for you to increase your exposure by driving traffic to your portfolio site. You can create a Behance profile in around 10-15 minutes, and immediately begin receiving traffic. Watch here to learn how to use Behance, along with a few tips for setting your profile up to maximize your exposure: Again, this is just one of over 80 resources we recommend in our training, all of which you can use for driving traffic to your portfolio site. Also with our training you get the feature: “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build”. We will show you how we landed this client. You get all the juicy details of the project including copies of our email exchanges with the client, a look at the proposal and more. Click here to learn more. Have you used Behance to advertise your web design business? Are there any other resources you’ve used? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Driving More Targeted Traffic to Your WordPress Websites

Traffic is the lifeblood of your web design business. Without traffic flowing to your site, you’ll always be at square one when it comes to finding new clients, and the same will be true for your clients. But just driving traffic is not enough. If you’re getting all of your traffic from one or two sources, you’ll be vulnerable to any changes these sources may make to their algorithms or policies. This is why we recommend that you generate traffic to your sites from as many sources as possible. Much like diversifying an investment portfolio, this strategy will give you some security and protect you against any changes that are beyond your control. Understanding traffic channels Google defines the following 8 traffic channels: CHANNEL DESCRIPTION 1. Display Interactions with a medium of ‘display’ or ‘cpm’. Also includes AdWords interactions with ad distribution network set to ‘content’ but excluding ad format of ‘text’. 2. Paid Search Visits from the AdWords Search Network or other search engines, with a medium of ‘cpc’ or ‘ppc’. 3. Other Advertising Visits that are tagged with a medium of ‘cpc’, ‘ppc’, ‘cpm’, ‘cpv’, ‘cpa’, ‘cpp’, ‘content-text’, or ‘affiliate’ (excluding Paid Search). 4. Organic Search Visits from unpaid search on any search engine (i.e. a medium of ‘organic’). 5. Social Network Visits from any of approximately 400 social networks (that are not tagged as ads). 6. Referral Visits from websites that are not social networks. 7. Email Visits that are tagged with a medium of ’email’. 8. Direct Visits for which the visitor typed the name of a URL into the browser, or who came to...

How to Get Citations to Your Business

You may or may not have heard the term Citations or Web Citations. If you are new to this term, we’re here to clarify the term and help you understand the importance of citations to your website. What is a Citation? Let’s start by defining citations. Anytime someone mentions your company on their website, you get a citation. It’s a good thing :) In the past you may have referred to them as a shout out, mention, or a reference. Backlinks are citations, but not all citations are backlinks. A citation can be your company name with no link. It can be your logo linking to your site. Are all citations equal? No. The more identifying information, the better. If your company name is listed with your phone number and address, the search engines will be able to identify that this citation belongs with your company. This is especially important if your company name is rather generic. Example: if you use an acronym, like ABC, most likely there are other companies using that same acronym. This will confuse the search engines and you will not get the citations you could be getting. Think of it from the standpoint of a search engine. Search engines have your company information the way that you have presented it online. When they “see” a citation that has solid identifying information included, they can confirm it and link the citation to your business. The most important thing to remember for your business is consistency. Here’s an example to illustrate this point. Let’s say you just set up your Google My Business account and you’re...

Adding Navigation Menus to Your WordPress Websites

If you’ve ever designed a site from scratch with HTML/CSS, you know how challenging and time consuming it can be. And when there’s a change to the menu, it can require quite a bit of time, as well. You may even need to redesign the menu if there are significant changes required. All of this can be managed simply and effectively with WordPress. In a few clicks, you can create a navigation menu that displays exactly what you want, and that’s fully scalable. No matter what changes are required, you’re only a few steps from completing them and moving on to your next task. In addition, most themes feature multiple navigation menu areas, which makes it simple to create a secondary menu. This is especially helpful if your client needs a second menu to provide the proper navigation for their website. Watch this video to see how easy it is to create and configure navigation menus in WordPress: If you enjoyed the video, check out our Successful Web Designer membership. We have over 150 courses available in our Training Library, and we believe this is the most comprehensive web design training program on the market today. In addition to showing you how to build beautiful, feature-rich websites, you’ll also learn how to build and manage a successful web design business. Click here to learn more about this breakthrough program. Has WordPress helped you create navigation menus quickly and easily? Have any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Add Website Functionality to Your WordPress Sites with Jetpack

One of the greatest advantages to designing and developing with WordPress is the functionality that’s available for your sites. Being able to offer virtually any website functionality your clients could want increases your value, as well as the rates you can charge. Unlike adding functionality to scratch-built sites, adding functionality with WordPress is effortless. You can add and configure new features for your clients with a few clicks of your mouse. This reduces the time required of you in the design process, which increases your hourly rate, as well. In today’s video we’re going to show you how to take advantage of the powerful features available with Jetpack. Watch the video to learn more about how you can use this plugin to add all sorts of website functionality to your WordPress websites: We believe that WordPress is the most powerful web design platform available today. Our training will teach you everything you need to know about designing and developing sites with WordPress. In addition to learning about great plugins like Jetpack, you’ll learn about how to use third-party plugins, theme customization, adding eCommerce, and a whole lot more. And in addition to the WordPress training, you’ll also learn how to start and build a profitable web design business. Click here to learn more about this cutting-edge program. Have you used Jetpack on your websites? Which features do you like best? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...
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