Learn how to create a website – and keep it up to date – in one day

You want to create a website
and have budget of just £500.
Here are your options.

Option 1

You ask a web designer to create a website. They ask you for the words and pictures. If you don’t have them – no problem – they can help, but it will blow your budget. (They don’t know you, or your business, but they’ll do their best. They’re professionals – or so it seems. That’s why they get the big bucks.)

Your web designer chooses the Theme, using WordPress. They customise the homepage, crop the pictures, copy and paste the words (including any mistakes), organise the menu, decide where the map goes, how the contact form works, and where the social media links are. All that fun stuff. Maybe you get to make one or two changes before it goes live. At the end of the day, it’s not as good as you’d like, but what do you know? You pay the bill and everyone’s happy(ish).

But

A few days later, you see something wrong. Or you want to add a page, or a phone number, or a caption under an image – and a link to your new Instagram account. You call the web designer. But they don’t answer the phone. Days pass. You send out an SOS on social media. But no one gets back to you. You email the web designer and ask them to contact you urgently – or recommend someone else. You wonder how much more it’s going to cost and what you’re going to do next time. There’s bound to be a next time. Argh!

SMALL PRINT: THIS OPTION DOES NOT INCLUDE HELP PLANNING OR WRITING YOUR WEBSITE, ADVICE ON KEYWORDS AND SEO, REGISTERING YOUR WEBSITE WITH GOOGLE AND OTHERS, PROTECTION FROM SPAM, OR ANY OTHER FACTORS. YOU MAY PAY ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR YOUR DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING. A BUDGET OF £500 IS NOT MUCH FOR A WEBSITE. YOUR DESIGNER WILL SPEND AS LITTLE TIME ON IT AS POSSIBLE AND MAY LACK SKILL OR EXPERIENCE, OR BOTH.

Option 2

You book a place on yourwebsitecourse. In one day, you learn everything you need to create a website and keep it up to date. You pay £250, which includes unlimited tea, coffee, juice, pastries – and lunch.

You keep the other £250.

SMALL PRINT: THIS OPTION INCLUDES ADVICE ON TARGETING, KEYWORDS AND SEO, WRITING, CREATING AND SELECTING IMAGES, CHOOSING AND CUSTOMISING A WORDPRESS THEME, CREATING PAGES AND POSTS, INSTALLING PLUGINS TO REGISTER WITH GOOGLE AND OTHERS, AND PROTECT YOU FROM SPAM, ADVICE ON BRANDING ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. YOUR TUTOR HAS WORKED AS A SENIOR CREATIVE IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ADVERTISING AGENCIES AND HAS BEEN CREATING WORDPRESS WEBSITES FOR OVER 10 YEARS.

Did you make the right choice?

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What you learn

On the one-day website course, you will learn how to create and build your website from scratch. You do not need to bring a computer, as most of the work is done with pen and paper. You do not need to know about coding or design, because all of that is taken care of by WordPress. Your tutor, Alex, will teach you the professional approach to creating a website, giving you tips and tricks most website designers would not know.

Website course details

Over the course of the day, you will learn how to:

  • Identify your target audience
  • Decide what’s so special about your website
  • Plan your website
  • Use keywords so your website appears near the top of search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo
  • Craft headlines and text your readers will respond to
  • Find (or create) and edit the right images
  • Organise your words and images to make creating your website easy – and fun
  • Select from nearly 7,000 beautiful WordPress Themes that work on desktop computers and mobile devices
  • Customise a chosen Theme
  • Create Pages and Posts
  • Create and edit Menus
  • Upload words and images to Pages and Posts
  • Install essential Plugins
  • Register your website easily
  • Protect your website from spam
  • Using Yoast SEO to make your Pages stand out in searches

After the course, you will not have a complete website ready to take the world by storm. But you will know how to do it. Your website will take days or weeks to build – and the work will never be finished. That’s how it should be! In fact, the more often you make changes, the more seriously search engines will treat your website and the higher it will rank in searches.

A class of your own

On yourwebsitecourse, you will also meet other people who are creating and building their own websites – people like you and people you’ll like. You are encouraged to keep in touch, so you can help each other out as you develop your website skills.

Why WordPress

There are lots of different website builders out there, including Sitebuilder, Wix, GoDaddy, Weebly, Webs, Squarespace, Jimdo, Gator and Shopify. They all have their merits (here’s a recent article that compares a few of them in more detail). Some are free to use. Others you pay for.

So, why does yourwebsitecourse tutor, Alex, recommend WordPress? It’s not just because he’s been using it for every website he’s worked on since 2006.

Over 60 million reasons why WordPress is the website builder for you

Over 60 million people have already chosen WordPress to power their websites. So it must be good. One third of all websites in the world use it, including almost 15% of the Top 100 website on the planet. (Love stats? Here are some more.) You can use WordPress to build any type of website – a blog, portfolio, e-commerce store, business, hobby – anything! You can choose from nearly 7,000 Themes that have been designed by people who love design. Which means you can build a beautiful-looking site without going to art college.

If you employ a website designer, they will probably use WordPress. That’s how they can charge a small amount of money and deliver something that still looks great.

Alex the tutor

Another huge reason why – it’s FREE

There are two ways to use WordPress. You can install it for free on any domain name you own (that’s your website name, or url). The domain name can cost less than £5 a year (usually nearer £10 – and will be an extra charge if you employ a designer). When you have a domain name, you also need someone to host your website, which can cost less than £1 a month. That’s exactly what’s going on with the version of this website on this link.

If you prefer, you can create a completely free WordPress website at WordPress.com like the one you’re looking at now. Advertisements will appear on your website (as you’ve noticed), there are only 100 free Themes to choose from, and your url will be longer – but it won’t cost you a penny!

Sample WordPress websites

Here are over 130 websites that use WordPress, to show you how flexible it can be. And here’s the showcase on the main site with even more. Don’t expect your website to look like one of these straight away – but feel free to use them for inspiration.

All change at WordPress

In December 2018, WordPress dramatically changed the way we all create websites, with the launch of WordPress 5.0. They did this to compete with other popular website builders, that use drag-and-drop blocks to create Posts and Pages. Here’s the short video WordPress released at the launch of what it calls Bebo (the name of the 5.0 update), which uses Gutenberg (the name of the new drag and drop editor). [Update: 5.1 is coming at the end of February. Updates happen regularly, which is why you should manage your website instead of leaving it to someone you will have to pay.]

This video will not teach you anything. But the one below will.

Do you need to know this?

If you’re new to WordPress, no. You can just get start enjoying the new editor. In fact, you’re starting with WordPress at the perfect time. Congratulations!

But if you’re used to what’s now called the “classic editor”, it’s an emphatic YES! The new editor is completely different. At the moment, you can disable the block-based editor and carry on using the classic editor, but in 2021 that option will disappear. So the sooner you embrace the change, the better.

To help smooth the transition from classic to block, here is a helpful 30-minute video that shows the potential of Gutenberg. Enjoy.

Experienced WordPress users will find this video reassuring and exciting.

Want to use a different website builder?

No problem. You will be able to use almost everything you learn on yourwebsitecourse, with every other website builder. Before you start creating your website, you need to know: who it’s for, how it works, what it says, how it says it, where to find the images, how to keep it up to date and the many other vital lessons you will learn on yourwebsitecourse.

There are free online courses you can take – and videos you can watch – that will help you put your website together. But no one will teach you how to create and target your content – and content is everything. Places are limited, so you are strongly recommended to book today.

About the tutor

After a Foundation Course in Art & Design, and a degree in English & Drama, Alex worked in advertising and marketing, as a copywriter. (If you’ve ever seen Mad Men, you’ll know what this is.) He has worked in the UK and USA on some of the world’s biggest brands, at some of the world’s biggest agencies. Now he wants to share everything he knows with you.

Previous clients

Famous brands that have profited from Alex’s work include: Air Miles, American Express, Avis, Bell South Communications, Bhs, British Airways, bmi, BT, BusinessWeek, Cable & Wireless Communications, Citroën UK, Commercial Union, Compaq, East Midlands Electricity, The Economist Intelligence Unit, Eddie Bauer, Goldfish, HP, HSBC, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Madame Tussaud’s, Marbles, Mind, Nando’s, Northwest Airlines, 02, Orange, Oyster, Quaker, Quay Arts, Renault, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, South African Breweries, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tesco, US Bank and Visa USA. (His favourite moment was having his work approved by Sir David Attenborough without any changes.)

Decades of experience

Your tutor has worked in sales promotion, direct marketing, loyalty marketing, above-, below- and through-the-line advertising, and was one of the first integrated writers in London. (These are industry expressions – don’t worry if they don’t mean anything to you.)

He has also written drama for BBC Radio 4, audio drama for Big Finish, and a number of stage, TV and film scripts. It hasn’t all been selling, selling, selling.

Why teach, not do?

Alex does work as a WordPress Doctor, but he would rather teach you how to create and manage your own website(s). With WordPress, you don’t need to know anything about coding or design – you just need great content. And for that, you need to know what to say, how to say it, what to show and how to encourage potential clients to get in touch. All of which are skills that Alex has developed over the course of his career.

Make a person a website, and you please them for a day. Teach a person to make their own website and you please them for a lifetime.

Alex the tutor

The WordPress Doctor

Here’s an example of Alex’s work as a WordPress Doctor. Second Nature runs bushcraft and outdoor learning courses in Sussex. Guide and teacher, Nicky, is far happier tracking animals, building shelters and making fire with her bare hands than sitting inside building things on a computer. (If you’ve ever done bushcraft, you’ll know why.)

The old website was created in 2011 and had major design issues. It didn’t reflect the fantastic work of Second Nature, and was attracting more spam than clients. In one and a half days, Alex installed plugins to prevent the spam attacks, updated and customised the Theme, resized and retouched the images, reworked the logo, created a gallery, rewrote most of the pages, added internal and external links, registered the site with Google, worked on the SEO and reorganised the menu. A followup phone call to Nicky, to walk her through the new block-based editing system, was all that was needed – and the patient is now doing well.

Before and after the doctor called

website before doctoring
The Second Nature site was an emergency.
website after website doctor
After two days in intensive care, the patient is doing well.

If you need emergency intervention from Alex as a WordPress Doctor, feel free to get in touch. (Please bear in mind, he only has one pair of hands and maybe attending to another patient.) But if you’d rather learn how to do it all yourself – book a place on yourwebsitecourse today.

Abracadabra

website creation
Alex conjured the Vale de Torre website from nothing in about a week

The Vale de Torre healing centre in Portugal asked Alex to create their website from scratch. As with the Second Nature example above, there were some excellent images – which is a bonus. Hans and Kate, who run the centre, also provided some useful text to help create some of the Pages. The site took about a week to complete and is now managed by the Vale de Torre team. If you would like Alex to build your entire website, you can ask and availability and pricing on the Contact Form.

Book your place today

If you’re reading this page, you are already several steps along what advertising people call “the customer journey”.

The journey begins by attracting your attention (often with an offer or by telling you something you don’t know). The next step is to develop your interest (by telling you more about the product). Your desire builds with step three (as you see why you need it). And finally, you take action (by filling out a form or making a purchase). This formula (called AIDA) is the basis of almost all the advertising you have ever seen. Including this website.

Who you are

You want to create a website or improve your existing website. You would rather do it yourself than employ a website designer. (You know a designer will ask you for the plan, the words and the images, which is the main focus of yourwebsitecourse.) You can see the benefits of learning in a small group of people who could become friends and help each other in the future. You know £250 is not cheap, but is a fraction of the cost of employing a designer (who will do as little as possible, before moving on to the next client).

£60 off the first three Barking workshops

Yourwebsitecourse has been created in response to the very real need for people like you to learn how to create and improve websites. To celebrate its launch at The Boathouse Studios in Barking, the first three workshops will be £60 off – that’s just £190 for the full one-day workshop (including tea, coffee, pastries and lunch).

Even though the price is reduced, the amount you will learn is exactly the same. Numbers are limited to eight people in each of the three workshops, so book soon to reserve your place.

The time to act is now – the form to complete is below.

The Boathouse Barking is is a multi-purpose venue, overlooking the river, in the heart of the Icehouse Creative Quarter in east London. Access could not be easier. Overground (Barking) and Underground (East Ham) stations are minutes away on foot. The venue is just off the North Circular, 500 metres from A13 junction and parking is available. For jet setters, London City Airport is 1.5 miles away as the crow flies.

yourwebsitecourse near you

In addition to workshops at The Boathouse, yourwebsitecourse is exploring venues in Brighton, Bristol and Exeter, Leicester and Nottingham. But your tutor is highly mobile and only needs a space with high-speed Internet access and a minimum of four willing students.

If no venue fee is payable, the course fee will be reduced to £190 per student. All fees are payable in advance. Please use the Contact Form above for further details.