WordPress Tutorial for Beginners – Properly Make a Website with WordPress

///WordPress Tutorial for Beginners – Properly Make a Website with WordPress

WordPress Tutorial for Beginners – Properly Make a Website with WordPress

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In this WordPress Tutorial for Beginners, you will learn not only how to PROPERLY build a website with WordPress, step-by-step, START TO FINISH – you will also learn how to correctly optimize your WordPress website for the search engines AND your site visitors/potential customers, which will help increase your site’s online presence and bring more traffic & customers to your site!

We will use the free Twenty Fourteen theme to build a responsive WordPress website–but this WP tutorial can be used for any WordPress theme.

Free Download: WP Website Creation & Promotion MindMap: http://www.wphow2s.com/properly-make-website-wordpress-mindmap/

Total beginner or more advanced, follow along and build your own mobile-friendly, responsive, optimized website with the free WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme, in 2014.

Enjoy and please leave your questions and comments below!


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Video Chapters Index – Click on the time stamp links below to go the topic of your choice

0:08 Intro
1:07 Mindmap/video overview
4:29 Mindmap info
5:31 Instant Domain Search
6:42 Hosting
10:04 Connect hosting & domain
11:40 Cpanel – install WordPress
14:13 WordPress profile
16:53 Choosing a WordPress Theme
18:20 Child theme
23:51 Basic setup & settings
27:12 Plugins
39:50 Twenty Fourteen tweaks
41:28 Site content planning
45:50 Related keyword pages/categories
49:36 Home page tweaks
51:08 Create & install header image
1:02:10 Remove comments – bulk edit
1:03:39 Add home page content
1:06:02 Images: find,resize,optimize,edit
1:12:07 Sidebar/Widgets
1:24:11 Contact form
1:31:41 More home page tweaks
1:33:35 Image slider
1:39:45 Custom navigation menus
1:43:45 Left sidebar – widgets
1:51:31 Media library/Featured images
1:57:12 Blog/Featured grid
2:06:06 Changing WordPress themes


Learn how to make your very own website with WordPress which is optimized and will be a foundation of your business’ online presence. No matter if you are a total WordPress beginner and know absolutely nothing about HTML, etc, you can make a WordPress website!

Make a website with the Twenty Twelve theme, watch my WordPress Tutorial for Beginners: http://youtu.be/9gIpEgDP3i0


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By |2017-06-04T01:05:33+00:00June 4th, 2017|Wordpress Video Tutorials|50 Comments


  1. Employers Choice Services of Michigan/ TRM / Macomb Benefits June 4, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    I need to make a Directory page which has Name, Job description, Phone number and fax number of all our employees. What is the best way to do this?

  2. Michael Renfro June 4, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    can’t hear it!!!!

  3. Melisa Beisner June 4, 2017 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Hi.¬† I am really new to all of this, translation, I don’t really know what I am doing…I am trying to follow your video and start a professional blog.¬† I followed your video to the point of child theme, at which point my wordpress account timed out.¬† I have not been able to log back in and requested a new password.¬† I have not received a email yet.¬† it has been almost 24 hours and I have requested several.¬† How do I proceed from here…

  4. Ihemphi June 4, 2017 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Wow! thank you for an amazing and easy to follow tutorial! My site is almost there. I’m having problems with the post page "grid. I was able to get 1 image to load but can’t seem to get the rest. Any suggestions? Thanks again for all the help. Denise

  5. Prakash Singh June 4, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Can you please demonstrate how to consolidate similar blog into same tile. I mean suppose I have travel related blogs and I want to consolidate all of them into a tile called Travel Guide. Please advise

  6. Brenda Faye June 4, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    LIFE SAVER!!! LETS OUT DEEP GASP!!! thank you!!!

  7. Amanda Martinez June 4, 2017 at 1:10 am - Reply

    I’m trying to create a menu in wordpress. There are usually a list of pages to chose from under the "view all" tab (such as blog, contact, about etc). These options are not appearing under the view all tab. Any idea as to why or how I can add a page without those options?

  8. Web Expert June 4, 2017 at 1:13 am - Reply

    This video was truly amazing. If you need a planing for your any WP website From A To Z you just drop a message, We promise we just get back to you within 30 minutes.

  9. Robert Spiller June 4, 2017 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Mike, this tutorial really shows me how to maximize the power of the twenty fourteen theme.  I viewed another video here on you tube, but it was nowhere near as in depth, as helpful as this one.  Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to viewing your other video post.

  10. Mark Nasri June 4, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    it is the best video i have seen. Thanks mike

  11. Phlos Angeles June 4, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    When I click on Appearance, there is no editor button.  What should I do?

  12. Sean Helm June 4, 2017 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I like how this Theme looks and tried to do a child theme. Didnt work! So is it necessary to add child theme?

  13. Stephanie McGreevy June 4, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Thanks Mike, I’ve watched this video a few times which has helped me tremendously.

  14. Brenda Faye June 4, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Hi MIke what program are you using for your screenshares?

  15. J. Chi June 4, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I prefer to use bluehost hosting. one-click WordPress installation is supported. http://www.bluehost.com/track/makemoneyr/bluelink

  16. Terry Bourke June 4, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply


  17. Sarah Davies June 4, 2017 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Hi Mike, I love your video tutorials! THANKS!!
    but my content sidebar does no appear, I’ve read through the comments below and can’t find one that I understand well enough to sort my problem.
    Thanks in advance

  18. Judith Macdonald June 4, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Hi Mike,

    Getting on grand till I came to the child theme at 22:36.¬† I have different hosting, but went into public_html where all the WP files are, not as neat as your picture.¬† Anyway, created a new folder, from your website chose the ‘centre’ version of the css and uploaded it to the new folder.¬† Not seeing any option in Themes for the ‘new’ child theme, tried putting the style.css file direct into public_html, still nothing – now stuck ūüôĀ¬† Can you help, suggestion welcome.¬† I’m a Joomla girl, but trying WP for a change.

  19. T Lad June 4, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    MIKE THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL TUTORIAL. We made two pages; how can I link the posts to the blog page?

  20. Darran Petty Films June 4, 2017 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Hi Mike, Im getting this message when attempting to install ‘Google XML Sitemaps’ can you please advise what i should do?

    >>Installing Plugin: Google XML Sitemaps
    Downloading install package from https://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/google-sitemap-generator.…

    Unpacking the package…

    Could not create directory.

  21. Kimberly Staley June 4, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Hi Mike, I’m watching your video to build my website. Following right along with a screen open on my WP website.¬† I just did exactly what you instructed with the Easy Social Icon plug-in, and the icons do not appear on my "view site." So, I thought maybe I need to copy and paste the code in the Text mode instead of the Visual mode.¬† But neither worked.¬† Any idea why?¬† Also, I cannot activate the EWWW plug in, because I get a message that it uses a list of¬† all kinds of . (dot) extensions and the theme does not have them?¬† I have just installed the current 2014 theme.¬† Thank you.¬†

  22. ShanghaiThirty Ent June 4, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    HI Mike! 

    Thanks for the great video. Absolutely love it as I am learning so much!

    Do you have any recommendation as to what plug-in I could use to replace Twenty Fourteen Extended?? ¬†I want to change the design of the front and cannot find another way to do this… Aside from coding which I have no experience in. Thanks for the videos. Keep them coming!¬†

  23. stevie3018 June 4, 2017 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I think I’m in love. LOL My site was heck a couple of month’s ago and I’ve been struggling to rebuild it. As a newbie building my site from scratch not knowing a thing about this business I was devastated and now have to rebuild. With this video I will build a more productive, stronger and appealing website with ease. Thank you again! And your son is gorgeous:-)

  24. amazinggolfshot June 4, 2017 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Great video… thanks for saving me so much time in learning the basics.¬† I’m trying to put together a site where the left sidebar menu¬†has different content depending on what’s selected in the horizontal top menu.¬† For example, if the user chooses something like "About Us" then there will be a list of links related to ¬†different topics related to "About Us" showing up in the left sidebar menu.¬†¬† Each link would display a different¬†page.¬† Is this doable with this theme, or should I be taking a different approach?

  25. John Hollis June 4, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    A BIG "Thank You" from me Mike Simmons.  Your WP Tutorial gave me a lot of joy while working with it.  Thanks again.

  26. OxfordshireTKD June 4, 2017 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Great stuff, im a complete wp novice and have built quite a good site using your video.¬† thanks for the hard work.¬† And i love the 80’s spanish holiday theme intro.

  27. Lesley Smith June 4, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    This is a really excellent video.¬† Thank you.¬† I have a question about setting the featured image to the correct width.¬† Because the 14 extended plugin doesn’t exist anymore, I can’t get the featured image at the top of my page to span 100%.¬† I wonder if you could advise.¬† Many thanks.¬†

  28. Sean Helm June 4, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Hi Mike! So after looking at Bing webmaster tools its showing I have multiple H1 tags. I think its hindering my SEO. Can you tell me how to change the code so it reads <article> so I don’t have to demote my post but not taking away from the Header? Hope this makes sense

  29. Habit Force June 4, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

    Thank you!!!

  30. Janet Polanco June 4, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Great tutorial! I can’t find the Codex style.css for the twentyfourteen child theme.

  31. Munjil Hossain June 4, 2017 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Excellent work you did with twenty fourteen. I love it. what’s another tutorial with¬†twenty fourteen. Great job.
    Again thanks

  32. Bill Moman June 4, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Mike – This was awesome. ¬†Thanks for doing this. ¬†Now I’m excited to get my website up and running.

    I have a question about the TinyMCE Plugin. ¬†I added some of the buttons to the toolbar, but when I view the toolbars, I don’t see the Icons (They’re invisible). ¬†If I hover over the empty spaces, the icon text appear and if I click on the empty space where the text is it will work, but the icon itself doesn’t show up. ¬†Any ideas?

  33. Boryana Georgieva June 4, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  34. Matt M June 4, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Is this theme responsive? how do the header images hold up on an iPhone? thanks

  35. PoorTraveller.com June 4, 2017 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Hi Mike, may I know how to align the top menu to left side (upto the left where the left side bar ends). I have many sub menus. If the top menu is aligned to right side. The submenus are going out of the screen.

  36. Great Wizoo June 4, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    I have been trying to follow your tutorial.  Problem is the WP software often does not show the same screens/options as your examples, e.g. I cannot change themes, I have no Plugin option and the Widget option looks completely different to the what I assume as plugins.  I am using the 2012 template but at times it looks like a different system!!  Any thoughts thank you

  37. Great Wizoo June 4, 2017 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hi Mike
    I have signed up with hostgator and been through the WordPress installation.  When I follow the link to access the site (sent by WordPress) I get the message

    Not Found

    The requested URL /wp-admin was not found on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request

    I waited some time before trying to access the site, which shows it ‘exists’ through HostGator but I must have messed up somewhere. ¬†I used the quick install which went through fine. ¬†Technical stuff> any lead you can help with. ¬†Thanks

  38. Ihemphi June 4, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    2014 extender isn’t available and the link that shows up for ready made child theme has been disabled. can you help? THX?

  39. B. Dwayne Armstrong June 4, 2017 at 1:53 am - Reply

    As a complete beginner I tried to watch potions of this video and then attempt to make that section of my new site. I did find it difficult with the various plugins that you mention but have a popup stating they are no longer valid. Going to your website, downloading the .zip files, and trying to install them didn’t work well for me.

  40. Viva la vida June 4, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

    What is the name of the music at the beginning?! I love it

  41. Donna Herrod June 4, 2017 at 1:54 am - Reply

    This is a great presentation. Very detailed, I love it! I’ll need to watch it a few more times but well worth it. I give it a 5 star

  42. Roi Sergio June 4, 2017 at 1:56 am - Reply

    Great video.. Thx man I learned a lot.
    I tried install the fourteens plugins but it’s not working though.. I’m trying to make my post page to look as a magazine with more than the 6 post and take off the whole post/page below but couldn’t! Any advice?

  43. Terenzia Morgan June 4, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Great presentation

  44. Krishnakumar K A June 4, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Message "EWWW Image Optimizer requires exec(). Your system administrator has disabled this function." shown after installing EWWW Image Optimizer. May I know what to do?

  45. Craig Newton June 4, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Wow! that reminded me of many of my college courses. I did take some notes but now I’ll go back and pause it while I’m creating my website. If I run into any snags is there a way to get help? Thanks

  46. Kimberly Staley June 4, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Hi again Mike, here’s the message I get regarding the EWWW Image Optimizer:¬† You are missing optipng, gifsicle.¬† Please install via the Settings Page or Installation Instructions.¬† Just want to be sure I should install them.¬† Thank you.

  47. Amanda K June 4, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

    Very helpful video!! But I want to know how to make space in sub points (For eg.
    1. abc
       a. cde
    like this (want to make {a…) section)
    Please help..
    Thanks in advance..

  48. TAXI TIM's TAXI Tim Staples June 4, 2017 at 2:02 am - Reply

    I have to say…r u stupid? I lost you at gator hosting…there is no way to keep up with u

  49. Steve Abdu June 4, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

    Chock full of VERY useful information, well.presented. Thanks Mike.

  50. kaj paget June 4, 2017 at 2:05 am - Reply


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