These are the recommended resources for students of the Udemy Course, “The Complete WordPress Website Business Course.” All of these services have been tested and are used during the course. Please use the links that follow to set up your business, hosting, practice and staging areas, and learning and development environments.
Many of the links offer an exclusive discount! However, you do NOT have to purchase anything to complete the course.
Working with Clients
Sample Client Proposal Template (Word doc) – This file is an edited version of a real proposal I used to win a $5500 contract with a client. I used WP Elevation’s examples and resources to write this proposal. I saved it as a PDF to submit to the client for signing and approval. Feel free to edit and use it for your own business.
WP Elevation Webinar – this is a really informative webinar by Troy Dean, about client proposals and Website Care Plans. Enjoy!
WP Elevation – The best free information and a paid course and membership for WordPress developers and consultants. WP Elevation gives away so much great information, that you can get a lot out of participating in one of their promotions, even if you don’t take their course or join their membership community. Free to look!
Link to student hosting: SiteGround offers WPDevCourse Students a 90-day free hosting account for coursework! As noted throughout the course, I use a SiteGround Cloud Hosting account for reselling hosting to clients.
Link to all SiteGround Hosting Programs: SiteGround WordPress Hosting
Link to Flywheel student hosting: Flywheel offers a 60-day Free Demo Site for WPDevCourse Students (usually 14 days for regular humans).
If you choose to use Flywheel for your own business: Flywheel Promotional Code for WPDevCourse Students is flywpdevcourse
Use the promotional code above to receive 3 months free on any annual bulk plan. That’s the type of plan I use for reselling Flywheel hosting to clients.
Cloudways – Speedy, hands-off hosting with fast WordPress installation, starting at $5.00 USD/month, free trial for 14 days
Pantheon – Managed WordPress Hosting with a developer-centric interface, staging areas and team utilities
Rackspace – CloudSites hosting for scalable hosting, great support
Media Temple – Solid hosting, with a variety of plans
LightningBase – Managed WordPress at a medium cost level
WPMU Dev Premium Plugins – Excellent WordPress Plugins, many for WordPress Multisite, free trial after which you can keep the plugins you used!
Envato Marketplace – Premium WordPress Plugins and a lot more
Graphics and Miscellaneous:
Pixlr Editor – Excellent Image Editing, browser-based utility from Autodesk
Gimp – Image Editor, free Photoshop competitor
Atom – Code Editor
Notepad++ – Code Editor
Filezilla – FTP Program
FireFTP – Firefox Add-on for FTP
Envato Marketplace – Video, Graphics and Images, Audio Sounds, and more
Mailchimp – The Most Awesomest Marketing Email List Provider, 2000 contacts free
Upwork – Freelancer’s Client Finder and a great way to start out in your WordPress business
Website Import Files and Code Documents
Sample Page Import File – If your sandbox site seems to be missing the Sample Page under Pages, use this .xml file to import it back into your site. Use Tools –> Import, use the WordPress Importer to upload the .xml file linked here, and choose your user account under “assign posts to an existing user” and click “Download and import file attachments” when importing the file.
https htaccess code – This text file contains a few lines of code to add to your site’s .htaccess file when setting up WordPress to run on a secure https:// connection. (Section 13, Lecture 87)