Who is this course for?
If you own a business or are thinking of starting an online venture, managing your own website can save you hundreds (if not thousands) and give you control over your digital presence.
Tired of working with agencies and web developers? Building a website is easy with the right teacher. You probably already know the basics of digital marketing, so making the website work for you could be a big step up in your skillset.
Looking to make your idea into a reality online? Save time, save money, and grow your skills. This could be the first of many websites you create - either for yourself or even for a living.
What do I need for this course?
In order to build your website, you will need to purchase a hosting plan, domain, SSL, and Divi (which is the premium theme I use in the course). You would need all of these elements in order to put together a website for your business, and you might already own some of these items.
The only specific product you need to own is Divi by Elegant Themes, and every other aspect of your site has options that I will describe for your consideration. If you don't currently own Divi, please wait until you are taking the course to purchase as the theme has a learning curve that I will walk you through.
Take a Peek at the Course Curriculum
Set up a website foundation that takes the effort out of regular maintenance. Establish your hosting plan with automated backups and security. Configure an SSL, pick an effective domain, and create a staging website with only a few clicks.
Implement key plugins and your theme. This gives your site all the functionality it will need. Remove all non-essential elements to streamline your back end. Establish default fonts and colors, implement a logo, and create a static home page.
Using downloadable customized templates, you will learn how to modify and edit the backend of your website like I do for my clients. You will be able to use these skills to fully customize your site to look and feel the way you want.
Learn how to make your content engaging to visitors so they are ready to take action and buy your products or services. Learn best practices for rapid content generation which gives you the ability to make great content.
Speed and Automation
Now that your site looks good its time to make sure it runs fast and stays secure. You will learn how to use plugins and external resources to keep your site running fast, secure, and updated automatically.
The Extra Mile
Learn concepts of site optimization including conversion rate optimization (CRO), search engine optimization (SEO), paid marketing opportunities, and even some photoshop skills.
Meet Your Guide: James DeLapa
I have been teaching my clients how to manage and maintain their websites for years. I have worked with multi-million dollar businesses, tech startups, major healthcare organizations, and more. When it comes to building a custom website, I know what it takes and look forward to teaching you the skills to do this for yourself.
Nicholas P. Tech Startup
James is the developer you want on your next project. Here's the deal. Yes, my project was completed perfectly and on-time. Yes, his technical skills are first-class. But what truly sets him apart from the sea of developers on UpWork is his ability to meet the needs of a corporate client. His communication skills are second-to-none and he's consistently available. He's more than willing to work directly with the various gatekeepers within your organization to reach your goals. And, he fully understands the need to demonstrate the impact of his work with video explainers, detailed emails, and dedicated conference calls. Make no mistake -- James is who you need to hire on your next project. You will not be disappointed.
CJ M. Technical Recruiting
James did a fantastic job with building our website. He took the time upfront to understand our needs and built a site that accomplishes everything we envisioned. He was patient throughout the processes as we went through revisions and edits and even delivered short tutorial videos at the end of the process to help us out with maintaining our site. I'd highly recommend him for future work!
Shawn S. Construction Litigation
Job well done! James is a true talent and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with him on future projects.
Lisa T. Commercial Real Estate
James has been a rockstar part of our team! Not only is he super responsive, but he also contributed to the art/creativity, functionality and ultimately productivity/efficiency of our group.
He really did help us tremendously.
Marie E. Megayacht Company
This was now my second project with James and it couldn't have gone any easier or better. We had a tight timeline to have our website revamped and it just a few conversations and within a week, he was able to make the updates in a way we never could've accomplished ourselves. Also just a nice guy. Highly recommend!
Andie A. Influencer
James is everything you'd ever want in a developer. He is always quick to respond and explains everything he is doing thoroughly. He completes every task I hand him and offers suggestions for things that I know less about. I will continue to hire him in the future and trust him with all of my website needs!
William M. Talent Maniacs
James is incredible to work with because of his passion, design skills, communication, and follow up. Not only does he everything hey says, but he also digs deeper and understands business. I will definitely work with James on future projects.
Melissa S. Travel Blogger
I could not have asked for a better experience than I had with working together with James. Communication, skill level, and quality of work are above and beyond. Not only all of those things but I feel like I've made a friend as well. Never hesitate in hiring James! He's a rockstar!
Daniel W. Educator
James was very professional and far exceeded my expectations. I was truly amazed at how much knowledge they had of building my website and incorporating various designs, widgets, and other marketable features. I cannot believe how awesome my website looks. I strongly recommend James and would not doubt he would do great work for you as well.
Matthew M. Milligan Marketing
James responds quickly and ensures you are pleased with the work. They are extremely knowledgeable and able to provide great tips/suggestions.
You Can Do This
Knowing how to make and manage a website is an essential skill everyone should know. I didn't get my start in web development until I needed to fix my own business website (and a year later would switch careers!).
For years I have made my living building sites, but what has always set me apart from the competition is my ability to communicate to my clients just what it takes to make a site effective. I am taking this skill one step further to teach people that websites are not actually difficult to create, and they are even easier to manage.
Do not fear the learning curve - through the lessons provided in this course, you will see how I make sites for my clients, and beyond that, how managing and maintaining your own website can be almost completely automated.
Anyone with an interest in taking control of their web presence can learn this skillset - it just takes a strong enough desire. If you learn this skill, you will gain a powerful tool that not only saves you time and money but has the potential to grow your business. You can even turn this skillset into a career - that's what I did.
I can't wait to see what you create - thank you for letting me be your guide!