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Create Your Website with Alannah
Build your website in four weeks, with live online help to keep you on track. Starts April 30
Join me to build your own website
Do you need to get your website built but you've been putting it off, perhaps because it seems too daunting a task, or you're not sure how to go about it?
This course will enable you to create your own website, with my help, over four weeks.
The idea is that if you've been delaying creating your website, you'll finally get it created, live and looking wonderful.
While I don't build your website for you, I enable you, and give you all the information you need to build your own website so that you can take charge of it yourself at the outset and in the future. You will have the confidence and the knowledge to steer your website forward in whatever way you want.
The difference between this course and my other courses is that with this course, you get live input from me! I will be accompanying you every step of the way!
The course begins on April 30 2018.
- 4-week program, material released week by week (though you'll get the tech material right at the outset so you can forge ahead and experiment if you want to)
- made up of online videos and step-by-step instructions that you can access whenever suits you
- covers different platforms to suit all needs and ability levels (WordPress, Squarespace, and others I recommend) - I show you how to make the perfect choice for you
- loads of resources to help you every step of the way
- a live, group, weekly online Q&A to make sure you stay on track (via Zoom, with access to a replay, so you can watch it whenever you like)
- a roadmap to direct you through the process
- a weekly checklist to make sure you stay on track
- a personal, written appraisal by me, when you've completed your website, to make sure it's as good as can be.
There is also the possibility of opting for "VIP" status so that you get actual one-to-one assistance from me. I will not be building your website for you, but I will be guiding you so you can take charge of every aspect of your website yourself.
About your teacher
I'm Alannah Moore, DIY website specialist and the author of a number of books about DIY website creation, including the bestselling Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend (2013) and Create Your Own Website the Easy Way (2016).
I ran a web design business for many years (starting way back in 2001!) before getting into teaching people to create their own websites. Through my books and over the many years of teaching face-to-face workshops I've helped literally thousands of individuals and small business owners create themselves their own successful websites.
How it will work
You'll be given the material week by week and the week's Q&A call will cover the specific week's content.
Week 1: Getting clear on everything
This is the most important thing to do before you begin creating for real. You need to know what you want your website to do for you, what your aims are, what kind of website you're going to build and what you're going to present. As well as having what you plan to do in future in mind.
You will have access to the tech section of the material right from the beginning so you can play around with the different systems and get ahead if you want to.
Week 2: Choosing a domain name and a platform
You need a domain name for your new site. You'll choose and register one this week, and make the decision as to which platform or system you're going to use. This can sometimes be a tricky decision but I will help you make the right choice.
Week 3: Planning your website
This week you'll get everything ready, from images to text to newsletter signup - whatever you're going to include on your new website. I show you great places to obtain the images you need, how to compose your website text so it reads well on the page and appeals to your audience, and how to plan for search engine optimization.
Week 4: Building your website
This week your website will spring into life and will go live at the end of the week, or as soon as you are ready to launch it.
Each week's live Q&A session will go over that week's essentials and answer any questions you may have. Replays will be available if you can't be there live and you can send in questions ahead of time.
The tech documents will include step-by-step instructions to set up your site using all the platforms I recommend. In addition, there are extremely detailed videos on how to set up and work with self-hosted WordPress (all the course contents I provide for my WordPress course) as the platform requires much more explanation than any of the other systems.
Platforms covered are:
- Self-hosted WordPress
- Big Cartel
(I'll help you make your choice.)
I also show you how to:
- create a logo for your website (or get one created) - because every website needs a logo, and
- work with a free online image editor (no need for anything fancy), because you'll need to prepare images for your website.
Frequently asked questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course begins on April 30 and ends on 25 May. You do not have to have completed your website by this date though. You can take as long as you like. I will follow up, and I do encourage you to keep up, but there is no pressure to race to finish.
Is there a cut-off date for me to finish my website and get my personalised appraisal?
I will normally be doing the appraisals up to three months after the course begins. This is to make sure you actually get going with your website and get it built. I really want you to get good results from taking the course! But if you write to me before the cut-off date and explain that you are behind for any reason, I will of course be happy to do your appraisal for you at a later date.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
I cannot say that you will have lifetime access, because I don't know where the future is leading, and how long I will be running these courses for. You will have unlimited access for as long as I am running courses, and this will never be less than a year from the time you enroll. I hope it will be longer - except, of course, you will not need it for longer!
What about updates?
You'll automatically get access to all future updates I make to the course.
Do I need any technical experience?
Absolutely not. This course is designed for everyone, even people who've never done anything like this before. While you don't need to be any kind of techie, you do need to be relatively confident on your computer, familiar with cutting and pasting, surfing the internet and so on, and willing to experiment with new things.
Do you literally tell me what to do?
Yes! Step-by-step instructions for each of the platforms are included and you can just follow the steps. The how-tos contained within the course are not encyclopaedic however, as each of the platforms have their own very well set-up knowledge bases and you will be able to find detailed answers there for any queries you may have. I'll direct you of course, if you ever get stuck, and help you find the answer.
Can I ask questions?
Yes. If at any point you have questions you can post them inside the course or send them to me to be answered on the weekly Q&A call.
Will you sort out any technical issues?
The idea with this course is that you learn to be self-sufficient with your website. You will choose a system that is suited to your abilities and what kind of website you are planning to build. So while I include step-by-step instructions for each of the platforms, I will encourage you to seek out answers to any complications you come across. You will normally be able to obtain technical assistance from the platform itself (or from the theme or plugin developer in the case of WordPress).
How does the Q&A work?
I'll be using Zoom which allows you to ask questions, and speak if you want to, and show your face, if you want to! I encourage you to send in questions in advance as this will probably allow me to give you a better answer, but you're free to ask questions you haven't sent in on the call as well.
How does the upgraded "VIP" option work?
If you opt for the VIP option, in addition to all the course materials, the group Q&A calls and the personalised website appraisal, you'll also get two one-to-one calls with me of an hour each (or four half-hour calls if this suits better - we will establish this during our first call) plus two follow-up emails to deal with any further questions.
Does the course cover WordPress?
Yes, the course covers self-hosted WordPress in great detail (that's the "full" version of WordPress). WordPress is much more complex than the other platforms you might choose to use, which is why I include very detailed instructions on how to use it. You'll be able to access all the course material included in my very detailed "Create Your Own Website Using WordPress" course which will really enable you to get a thorough understanding of the complex software.
I also include instructions on how to use several other popular platforms such as Squarespace and Weebly, although these do not require such detailed explanation for you to build a great website with them! I'll talk you through the pros and cons of each of the platforms I recommend so you can make the choice that's right for you.
What platforms does the course cover?
Self-hosted WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Strikingly, Shopify and Big Cartel.
If you want to use another platform that is ok too. You can follow the four weeks working with an entirely different platform if you prefer an alternative to those listed above. I don't provide instructions for any other platform other than these, but you are still welcome to join the course if you want to keep the momentum going and make sure your website gets built.
Do you go into programming in the course?
No. This course isn't for you if you want to learn programming - we do not cover any programming or coding at all.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase or you decide this "DIY" business isn't for you at all, contact me in the first seven days and I will give you a full refund with no questions asked.
Any more questions?
Feel free to ask! Email me here: email@example.com and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Praise for Alannah
"Alannah has a passion for what she teaches that is contagious."
"You make everything very easy to understand and explain concepts in a clear and concise way. And you're a really enthusiastic teacher!"
"Alannah is great: she makes WordPress simple!"
"Thanks to you I now have a website that is up and running and is making money and I have not had to pay a fortune for it and it is under my control."
"Alannah is incredible. She is very easy to work with and extremely patient with my lack of technical knowledge."
"You've given me so many useful tips and details for my website. You are a legend!”
"You genuinely invested yourself in supporting me to create a great site, and you provided lots of much needed encouragement along the way. You went well over and above your remit to assist me! I feel certain that I would not have achieved all that I have with my site, had it not been for your guidance.”
"You really simplified WordPress in a manner that I no longer feel intimidated."
"You reduced the fear of this kind of venture and created a spark of confidence! Thanks again."
"Your course got me unstuck."
"You are a very good teacher. Calm, comprehending, direct and fun."
"I can do it, because you showed me how."
Sign up now to start the week of April 30.
Please note that the VIP option gives you two hours of consultation with me at a much more advantageous rate for you. Normally one-to-one help costs $50/hour plus sales tax, whereas here you can access two hours for just $70. You can add on "à la carte" hours at any time by booking them from my main website at www.createyourwebsite.co, but these will be at my normal rate, so if you think you're going to want personal help, it's worth thinking ahead now and including it in your enrollment package.
Sales taxes are applicable according to your location. People signing up from the US will not have to pay any sales tax.
Please bear in mind that you can get your money back within the first week of the course beginning, with no questions asked and no ill feelings, if it turns out that building your own website isn't your thing after all.
THE PRICE SHOWN HERE IS THE "EARLY BIRD" PRICE. THE PRICE WILL INCREASE AT THE END OF THURSDAY.
4-week course including 4 live group calls
4-week course including 4 live group calls plus 2 hours of one-to-one help and 2 emails
Course - 3 monthly installments
4-week course including 4 live group calls, 3 payments
3 payments of $43/m
VIP - 4 monthly installments
4-week course including live group calls plus 2 hours of one-to-one help and 2 emails, 4 payments
4 payments of $50/m
I'm looking forward to seeing you inside the course, and to helping you get your beautiful self-built website online!