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Disciple Webs Basic Website Setup

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Basic instructions on setting up your free church, ministry or mission website at DiscipleWebs.com

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Disciple Webs Basic Website Setup

  1. 1. Basic Website Building
  2. 2. Part 1: Getting Ready Disciple Webs is… • A Content Management System (CMS) – Allows you to create a website & add content easily without knowing HTML codes
  3. 3. Part 1: Getting Ready DiscipleWebs.com is… • A web-hosting company – Offers free websites on a DiscipleWebs subdirectory – Good for small churches, ministries and missionaries
  4. 4. Part 1: Getting Ready Disciple Webs provides… • A support community of resources – Setup your site for free – Install free plugins and website themes – No need to have your own hosting account – Best option for small churches, ministries and missionaries
  5. 5. Web Hosting • Completely free at DiscipleWebs.com – Can upgrade your site for a small monthly fee – Professional hosting provided by a company with more than 10 years experience in the industry – You don’t have to worry!
  6. 6. Choosing a Site Name • Make it strong – Your own name • Disciplewebs.com/michellewaters – Your church or ministry name • Disciplewebs.com/fbcpenley • Disciplewebs.com/upsidedownministry – Something easy to pronounce & remember • Disciplewebs.com/nativemissions – Can have your location • This is your organization‟s home on the web – Your domain sits on the web host’s server – Can register the domain at our parent site, TechGeekMinistries.com or an independent domain registrar
  7. 7. Choosing a Domain Name • Make it strong – Your own name • MichelleWatersOnline.com – Your church or ministry name • Svillebc.com • TechGeekMinistries.com – Something easy to pronounce & remember • TripleCArchery.com – Can have your location – Must have a DW Pro account to use a domain name • This is your organization‟s home on the web – Your domain sits on the web host’s server – Can register the domain with DW or an independent domain registrar
  8. 8. Preparing to Install? • No installation required! • We take care of the hard stuff for you.
  9. 9. Welcome to Disciple Webs! • This is your Disciple Webs dashboard
  10. 10. Main Controls • Look in the left-hand margin • Settings > General – Add your website name / title – Add a tagline (optional)
  11. 11. Other General Settings • Change your time zone • Format the date
  12. 12. Discussion Settings • In the Settings tab, select Discussion • Turn comments on or off
  13. 13. • Select which gravatar to show next to people‟s comments
  14. 14. More Discussion Settings • How do you want your name displayed on the website?
  15. 15. More Discussion Settings • Fill in your bio using keywords • Always save your changes!
  16. 16. Writing Settings • Copy & paste this list in the „Update Services‟ field – http://blogsearch.google.com/ping/RPC2 – http://api.feedster.com/ping – http://api.moreover.com/ping – http://api.moreover.com/RPC2 – http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php – http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php • See the complete list in the workbook
  17. 17. Plugins • Absolutely activate the Akismet spam filter plugin – Click on Activate – If you have a key, enter it – If you don’t have a key, sign up at Akismet.com
  18. 18. Additional Plugin Settings • Simply follow the plugin directions or recommendations for those additional settings
  19. 19. More Plugins • Don‟t overload your site with plugins – Stick with the essentials • Akismet • WordPress SEO – Add only the options you need • Podcasting • Paypal donations • Community forum • And more…
  20. 20. Changing the Appearance • Click the Appearance tab in the left- hand margin – Choose the look – or Theme – for your site – There are 3 pre-installed themes – You can also choose a Pro Theme by upgrading your account • Pro themes may have additional features you must configure
  21. 21. Changing the Appearance • Once you choose a theme, click Activate • You can change the header graphic now – Click the Header link in the left sidebar – The pre-loaded themes contain different header images or you can upload your own – Update & save your changes
  22. 22. Getting to Know Your Website • Select All Posts from left menu
  23. 23. Getting to Know Your Website • Remember to fill out your WordPress SEO boxes (located underneath the editor)
  24. 24. Changing Your HTML URLs • Press wdit & write your page title as you want it to appear – Better for searchability – Before: – After:
  25. 25. Adding Images • Photos & graphics lend more eye appeal • Use at least one per post • Use only graphics/photos that are public domain – Or purchase from stock photo sites (Deposit Photo, Big Stock Photo, iStock Photo, etc) • Always look at the licensing information before publishing
  26. 26. Adding Images • Press Add Media • Select an image from your Media Library • Or upload an image from your computer • Select “Insert into Post” or „Use as Featured Photo‟ • Save your changes
  27. 27. Static Page or Latest Post? • Static page = the page remains the same • Latest post = your most recent blog post will appear on the home page – Depending on how often you write, this could change frequently • Go to Settings > Reading > Front Page Displays – Select Static Page or Latest Post
  28. 28. Comments Section • Select Comments in left menu • Delete the default test comment – Once you get real comments, you can approve them, mark them as spam or delete them
  29. 29. Other Disciple Webs Features • Pre-scheduling posts • Activating more plugins • Tweaking your CSS • Activating audio or video plugins • The best way to learn is through practice
  30. 30. Ready To Get Started? • Join us at DiscipleWebs.com:

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