Learn how to create a website for your business
Donncha provides group training on WordPress for Galway LEO to assist participants to create a promotional website for their business.
Donncha Hughes, Business Advisor & Mentor is an expert in business plans, startups and marketing. He is self taught on WordPress. On this website you can read all his blogposts about Website creation. You can also find out the next dates for Group training or enquire about a One 2 One by contacting me via email.
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Join other small business owners for 3 full days as we all learn how to create a website using WordPress to promote your business.
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Donncha Hughes, Business Advisor & Trainer has created a number of example websites to complement the training progamme and showcase WordPress functionality.
PAGE BUILDER: SITE ORIGINS
ABOUT: The Galway Web Designer is a website for a ficticious business
HOW: I wrote a blogpost called ‘Vantage Theme with Site Origins Page Builder – An example Site with Instructions” which explains how the site was created. It is not fully finished but there are lots of pages to include Contact Us using Contact Form 7, and a bespoke home page created using the Site Origins page builder.
PAGE BUILDER: ELEMENTOR
ABOUT: The Jack Percy Fitness is a website for a ficticious business
NEXT STEPS: Phlox is a great theme – I have written several posts on Phlox to include video instructions on creating a Menu. I currently have maintenance mode activated on this Jack Percy Site. If you click the login button you can see the backend of WordPress and then click to visit the site in the Dashboard – login details are on the site. When you log in you will see that the home page has a large Call to Action (CTA) which is a button that sits on a Video background (looks cool)
PAGE BUILDER: ELEMENTOR
ABOUT: The TLC Dog Care website is another ficticious business. It is one that i have written a business plan for, and created financial projections to acompany my online training programmes on both those topics.
NEXT STEPS: Astra is a great theme. I currently have maintenance mode activated on this site – it is a nicer Coming Soon page as the menu doesnt activate as the site is built. If you click the login button you can see the backend of WordPress and then click to visit site in the Dashboard – login details are on the site. When you login you will see that the home page has used a lot of the Elementor features to create a visually appealing and easy to follow website.
PAGE BUILDER: ELEMENTOR
ABOUT: This website
NEED TO KNOW: I did change the Theme in December 2020. This is a big task but the homepage was looking dated. One of the advantages was the opportunity to deactivate and delete some plugins as Elementor has widgets to do the same job. All the content was retained but you just have to check every page to make everything still looks ok. The featured image of all the blogposts need to be resized. Most of the blogposts need to be updated in light of the introduction of the BLOCK EDITOR. The logic of how to do things within WordPress has not changed but the screenshots are now different. Good to have a to do list!
THEME: BLACKBIRD (A pro theme)
PAGE BUILDER: NO – Theme Front Page and Customise Menu [Site Origins installed for some pages]
ABOUT: This is my primary website. Active for over 10 years. Huge amount of content and SEO.
NEED TO KNOW: This is an old style WordPress site created with a theme that was created prior to Page Builders. The majority of pages were created with the original WordPress visual editor and I have the ‘Classic Editor’ plugin installed for use when needed. It is a fairly big (but manageable) job to change a theme so i haven’t taken the plunge yet. It is more about the conent than the technology.
ABOUT: When i wanted to publish online training i decided to use the Thinkific Platform. It has a separate URL /web domain. I created a simple custom link from the Menu on my main site to the Thinkific Site.
NEED TO KNOW: Using WordPress you could build a full system for online training. There are excellent themes and premium plugins available to make sure that you have all the features. But there is a learning curve to setting these up and i found Thinkific to be very user friendly. I also liked that Thinkific looks after all the Account Management (user login and passwords) and there is no chance of it going down as this is their business. Payment is also seamless with both Paypal and Stripe.
BTW, I also have a Google site which is a handy way to replicate a membership site that you use to share content to specific groups of people (if not charging for it).
ABOUT: This is a very close copy of my Thinkific Website
THEME: ASTRA THEME
PAGE BUILDER: WordPress Block Editor + Gutentor Blocks
WHY: The WP Block Editor is evolving and with Gutentor Blocks and others such as Genesis, I wanted to show that you can effectively design a website that is modern and professional without using a Page builder like Site Origins or Elementor. I tried to replicate my existing Thinkific website as a great way to learn all the features of the Gutentor blocks – i am very happy with the result.