Take control of your business marketing by building and managing your own website
Web design as a life-skill
In today’s world, the ability to build and manage your own website is a life-skill that can revolutionise your business if you have one, or open up amazing doors of opportunity, enabling you to share your passion with the world. It is a skill that I learned when I wanted to launch my first business, and it proved to be the key to my business success, giving me a huge advantage over my local competitors.
Who is this course for?
This course is for you if you own a mac computer and want to build a website using Rapidweaver. Rapidweaver is the best web design software for Mac. It makes web design easy and accessible for the amateur. Importantly, you don’t have to learn to code. I will show you how to build a website with the drag-and-drop simplicity of 'stacks'. This course is aimed primarily at those who want to build and manage websites for their own use. That includes:
Business owners who want to attract more customers
Self-employed workers like Plumbers, Electricians, Artists, Authors, or Entrepreneurs
Anyone with a hobby or passion they want to share with the world.
Or it might be that you’re an employee of a small business and your boss has asked you to make a website.
As I said at the beginning, in today’s world, being able to build a website is an important life-skill. The applications of it are limitless.
What you will be able to do at the end of it?
This is a beginners course that requires no previous web building experience. At the end of this course:
You will be able to build and publish a simple website
You will understand important considerations in choosing a domain or web address for your business
You will understand key elements that make a website convert visitors into customers
You will know how to find whatever addons you require to meet your particular website needs
You will be able to spend your website budget wisely, identifying the addons you need without wasting money on ones you'll never actually use
You will know where to find tutorials on advanced Rapidweaver topics in order to take your skills to the next level, including integration of eCommerce solutions, Content Management Systems (CMS), and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
Should you wish to start a new career building websites as a business, this course could be the start that you need.
How is the course structured?
There are 8 sections to this course:
Start building using Rapidweaver's built-in page types
In this section you'll gain an overview of Rapidweaver's interface and tools, and learn how to add several built-in page-types. These pages will be replaced in a later section after adding the Stacks plugin, so web building will only be taken to a very basic level in this section.
Choose a Web Hosting company
I'll guide you through a list of top recommended companies.
Choose your own Internet Domain
I'll guide you through various important considerations to help you choose the right address for your website.
Manage your hosting and domain, and publish your website
You may choose a different hosting company to me, but I'll give you a brief tour of the control panel for my web hosting and demonstrate how to obtain your publishing details and input them into Rapidweaver's publishing settings.
Enhance Rapidweaver using Addons
The reason Rapidweaver is such a powerful web building solution is that it provides a platform for third-party developers around the world to create their own addons. There are now over 1,000 addons available and in this section I guide you through the various different categories to choose from.
Continue Building using Stacks
This is the longest and most detailed section, in which you will follow me step-by-step as I create a new and better website for my plumbing business. If you keep apace with each lesson and build your own website, by the end of this section you will have a website of your own sufficient for many types of business use.
In this lesson I will show you how to extend your Rapidweaving skills further beyond the scope of this beginners' course. I will introduce Search Engine Optimisation. I will show you where to find courses and addons for advanced topics like integrating eCommerce solutions and Content Management Systems. I..