Chronicles of the WordPress Website Build – Phase 1 Theme & Logo

What you are about to experience is a live WordPress website being built for an actual client. The web designer will use our training, the Successful Web Designer to complete the project. We have 14 chronicles that detail every step from beginning to end, including client interactions and deadlines. We would like to introduce you to the web designer on the project, a former Successful Web Designer student, and intern, Sam Hamdy. Sam, let’s get started! Hello fellow Successful Web Designers! I’m excited to share my experience with you. I’ll be sharing a detailed account of my work on this project from day one… Day 1 I received an email from Conrad asking if I’d be interested in participating in the Internship Program. I said I was, and saw this as a great opportunity to both hone my skills and earn some income. I had limited experience designing and developing with WordPress prior to this, so I thought this would be a great way to gain some more experience. I really had no idea what to expect, or what would be involved, but I knew I would have help if I needed it. Day 7 I received another email from Conrad, this time introducing me to the other team members and providing some information on the client. I “met” David, who would be providing development and technical support, and Christina, who would be managing documentation of the project for training. The client is a restaurant chain with several locations. Later in the day, I received access to the build documents, which specified the scope of the project and redesign....

Free Icon Vectors

Icon vectors are small graphics that make a huge impact on your website. These incredibly powerful images will enhance your site by making your content easier to read and understand. We have found a great resource for you when adding icon vectors to your sites. Introducing, Icons Mind. IconsMind.com is the most comprehensive solution to all your icon needs. Their icons are sharp and perfect to each pixel. They take pride in creating high end icons that can be used for your mobile apps, web design, user interface and much more. We’re teaming up with Icons Mind to give you the best deal. They would like our students to get 100 free icon vectors! All you have to do is click here to redeem. Go to the Menu bar and click Free Pack. An icon should be easily recognizable and identifiable. So, in order to make it easy to read, designers should make it simple. You should always know your audience, according to which you are going to design your icon. Icons Mind has 2,086 icons in 53 different categories, designed “pixel perfect” and ready for iOS 8, iOS 7, Android & Websites. With so many icon vectors to choose from, you may want to purchase a vector pack so all your needs are met. Want a coupon to use upon purchase? We’ve got you covered. Our friends at Icons Mind have created a 25% discount coupon just for you. Here’s your coupon code: lwdcybermonday25 Here at LearnWebDevelopment.com we strive to be your resource for all your web development needs. Our team is constantly searching out the absolute best...

The Best Free Image Resources for Your WordPress Websites

As our “Anatomy Of A $9,750 Website Build” progresses, we want you to get in on every detail. Today we will show you a sneak peek of a lesson on images. This preview will give you the best free image resources for your WordPress websites. When you sign up for our training you’ll get the full lesson. We hope this preview will give you a good idea of how the training can help you in starting and building your own web design business. Adding images to your WordPress websites is an important step in creating a successful site. Images help to break up your content, and also give your visitors a visual representation of what your site is about. Excellent photography and graphics can dip into your budget for the project. Some resources offer monthly subscriptions that cost as much as $300 per month. Another option is to pay per image. But again, you could spend as much as $15 per image and that really adds up. We’re always looking for free options for you so you can keep more money in your pocket. Watch this video to see some of our favorite resources for free images, and how you can use them to find quality images for your WordPress sites: Our training features a full lesson on how to add images to your WordPress sites, as well as how to edit and manipulate images so they appear as intended. 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...

Chronicles of the WordPress Website Build – Phase 14 Go Live!

Welcome back, Successful Web Designers! We’re excited to share the final chronicle with you of the WordPress website Sam Hamdy is building for us. As you know, Sam became one of our interns through his training with the Successful Web Designer. Today’s post will show you his last phase building a WordPress website for a real client. Take it away, Sam! Last time we showed you how to put the final touches on the WordPress Gallery. If you missed this chronicle, you can check it out here. Day 79 I got a call from Conrad today, and we discussed the update email to the client. Conrad asked me to include a list of items on which we still needed content and/or direction, so it would be easy for the client to follow up. I also asked Conrad if he had any thoughts on backup. We discussed the services that David had recommended, and Conrad asked me to research two of the services, VaultPress and BackupBuddy, and send him an email with the details. I then sent an update email to the client, advising them of the preliminary gallery we had created, as well as the new store locator. On the gallery, I included some specifications for new images, which I suggested would help to create the best possible appearance for their gallery. I also asked for direction on the ‘Other Food’ label. Finally, I included an updated list of items on which we still needed content and/or direction. Once I had sent the client update email, I researched VaultPress and BackupBuddy, per Conrad’s request. My basic impression of these...

Creating Content Copy For Your Website – Lesson 2

Now that you know how to create and edit pages, let’s create the content. In this lesson, we’re going to show you how to save time using your client’s existing content to complete the copy on their website. We’ll cover the following topics: How to Quickly Create Content for Your Website Establishing a Strong USP for Your Client Writing Body Copy for Your Website We’ll cover these topics in two ways: With text and screenshots With video Let’s get started! Quickly Creating Content for Any Website A key to creating a successful website is having good copy. Learning how to write effective copy will enable you to increase your sales and “wow” your clients with your ability to create a website that makes them money. Most clients will have some copy to hand off to you. It could be a brochure, copy from their existing website or other marketing materials. You can use this information as a springboard to create the copy for their entire website. Using existing copy will save so much time. This is what we did for Stover Tree Service and it took our team a mere 3 hours and 50 minutes to produce all the content for their site! Here are the actual steps we took to create content for Stover Tree Service. You can follow these steps to easily and quickly create content copy for your clients: 1. Conducted our initial meeting with Stover about the project 2. Began pulling copy from their parent site and researching services and a unique selling proposition (more about the USP below) 3. Determined the USP – decided...

Chronicles of the WordPress Website Build – Phase 13 Polishing the Gallery

Welcome back, Successful Web Designers! We’re ready to share another chronicle with you of the WordPress website our intern is building. Sam Hamdy became one of our interns through his training with the Successful Web Designer. He is currently building a WordPress website for a real client. Sam will guide you through each step of this exciting process… take it away, Sam! Last time we showed you how the purchase of the Advanced Store Locator Plugin was totally worth the money. If you missed this chronicle, you can check it out here. In Phase 11, Part 2 do you remember the issue I was having with the gallery? The labels were pushed up into the gallery images and the margins were different widths. You can see where we left off here. Day 74 I decided to send another email to David regarding the gallery, and suggested that WooThemes support may be able to assist if he had a lot going on. My thinking was, since the gallery is displaying as intended on the About Us page, but not on the Home page, the issue may be theme-related. David got right back to me, and advised that he was currently out of town. He said he wouldn’t be able to take a look at it until he got back, so contacting WooThemes was a good idea. I then opened a support ticket with WooThemes, explained the issue, and provided new temporary login credentials. Since there wasn’t much activity today, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some thoughts on how the project is evolving. I remember early...

Free 5-Day Trial of VaultPress Through Jetpack

Having a quality backup plan in place is a vital part of running a successful WordPress web design business. Without backup, any issue that affects the integrity of your site can be disastrous. VaultPress is one of the premier backup plugins available for WordPress. It’s developed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, so you won’t need to be concerned about any quality or compatibility issues. Automattic is currently offering a free 5-day trial of VaultPress through Jetpack. It includes access to VaultPress Lite for 5 days, as well as access to VaultPress Support. If you’ve ever considered giving VaultPress a spin, now’s a great time to do it. Watch this video to see how you can take advantage of this offer: We cover everything you need to know about creating websites with WordPress in our training. Instead of having to search the Internet and cobble together all the different pieces, you can learn everything in simple, step-by-step lessons, all in one place. In addition, we teach you how to build a successful web design business. From finding clients to marketing to SEO, everything you need to know is covered. There’s nothing else like it on the market today. Click here to get all the details. Have you used VaultPress on your sites? Have another plugin that you prefer? Any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Using the WordPress Page Editor to Build Web Pages Quickly and Easily

If you’ve ever built a web page from scratch with HTML and CSS, you know how time consuming it can be. Hand coding web pages can be painstaking work, and even working from a template can require a lot of customization from page to page. One of the many reasons we love WordPress is its simplicity. The WordPress Page Editor is a great example of this, and you can literally create web pages in a few minutes with WordPress. Because the WordPress Page Editor is laid out like a text editor, it’s very easy to add and style content on your web pages. And with the multiple panels available in the Editor, you can add features and functionality to your WordPress web pages with a few clicks of your mouse. Watch today’s video to see how powerful the WordPress Page Editor really is: This is an actual video from our training. But building pages is just one aspect of designing websites. Our training will teach you everything you need to know about designing and developing sites with WordPress. Our training includes more than just building WordPress sites. We also show you how to find clients, manage projects, generate traffic, create recurring income, and a whole lot more. There’s nothing else like it on the market today. Click here to get all the details. What else would you like to know about building sites with WordPress? Has WordPress changed the way you build websites? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Free Email Marketing with MailChimp

Many of you have asked if we could provide a tutorial on using MailChimp for your email marketing campaigns, and we have answered. MailChimp is a great free resource, especially when you’re first getting started. MailChimp’s free account allows you to send up to 12,000 emails per month, to up to 2000 subscribers. This should provide you with all you need to set up an effective email marketing campaign when you’re starting your business, or for new clients who haven’t used email marketing in the past. If you get to a point where you need a larger volume (and that’s a good thing), MailChimp has several paid upgrade options available, as well. If you’re not using email marketing for your business and your clients, you’re leaving money on the table. Email marketing has always been, and will continue to be, one of the most effective strategies for increasing leads and sales. Unlike most other online marketing strategies, email marketing allows you to follow up with your prospects on a long-term basis. Studies have shown that long-term follow up is the best way to maximize sales. And since MailChimp offers a free account, there’s really no reason not to use it. We encourage you to check this out, and if you’re not already, add email marketing to your online marketing strategy. Watch this video to learn all the basics on creating and configuring a free MailChimp account for your email marketing campaigns: In order to complete your email marketing strategy you need to understand the full picture. You need a guide that outlines each step with nothing left out. We...
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