House Sitting Tech

Get The Best House Sits With Your Own Personal House Sitter Website

4 Modules 11 Chapters 33 Lessons

About this course

  • Are you worried you are missing out on some of the best house sits?
  • Do you apply for amazing sits, only to lose the assignment to someone else?
  • Would you like to significantly increase your chances of securing these sits?
  • Do you want to really stand out when you apply for an assignment?
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Course Structure

4 Chapters

Module 1: Register and prepare your website

A quick overview of websites in general, and what's involved in setting one up. Then we'll get your website name registered, and set everything up so you are ready to start building your website.

Chapter 1: Website basics 2 Lessons

Lesson 1: What's involved in setting up a website?

Let's take a look at the basics of websites, and see what's involved in setting up your own site.

Lesson 2: The benefits of having your own house sitter website

If you didn't watch this introductory video before enrolling in the course, then take a quick look at the compelling reasons for setting up you own personal house sitter website. If you have already watched this intro video, you canĀ skip straight to Chapter 2: Lesson 3

Chapter 2: Register your domain name 3 Lessons

Lesson 3: An introduction to domain names

In this video we take a closer look at domain names, and some mistakes you could make.

Lesson 4: Search for domain names, and check availability

Let's see if your perfect domain name is still available.

Lesson 5: Register your perfect domain name

OK. You've found your perfect website name, and it's still available. Let's register it before someone else does!

Chapter 3: Website hosting 2 Lessons

Lesson 6: Find a great hosting provider

Not all hosting providers are made equal. We recently moved our website hosting to a new company and are very satisfied with prices, services and support. Follow the link below the video for the best current offers on hosting.

Lesson 7: Don’t lose your passwords

By now you'll have accounts at two new websites. There will be more to follow. Make sure you keep your passwords stored safely, so you don't lose them.

Chapter 4: Setting up your domain, and adding extra security 3 Lessons

Lesson 8: Change your nameservers to point to your hosting location

This probably sounds much more complicated than it really is. All we are doing is changing the signposts that tell the world where they can find our website.

Lesson 9: Extra security for your website

This extra level of security is one of the reasons we chose this particular hosting company. Let's enable this secure encryption so our website is working with the most modern standards of security.

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Lesson 10: Install WordPress

Let's start with a quick introduction to WordPress, and then we'll install the WordPress framework, where we're going to build our website.

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Module 2: Build your website

Congratulations on getting this far. We're now ready to start the fun part - building our website. We'll begin with a quick look at WordPress, we'll install the WordPress framework, and we'll get started on building our website.

Chapter 5: An introduction to WordPress 2 Lessons

Lesson 11: WordPress dashboard overview

Let's take a look at the WordPress Dashboard, which we'll be using to make all changes and modifications to our website.

Lesson 12: Website title and tag line

We'll make our first simple change to our site by editing the website title and tagline.

Chapter 6: Website structure 4 Lessons

Lesson 13: Themes

Your website theme is probably one of the main aspects impacting how your website will look. Choosing the right theme is very important. Let's take a look at different theme options.

Lesson 14: Creating pages

Pages form the main, basic structure of your website. We'll create and set up our main pages in this lesson.

Lesson 15: Menu

Once we have created our pages, we can organise the website menu, so people can navigate around our site easily and quickly.

Lesson 16: Simplifying your website

Next, we'll strip our website right back to basics, so we're ready to build our site from the ground up, so it looks just the way we want.

Chapter 7: Build your website 7 Lessons

Lesson 17: Adding images

"A picture paints a thousand words." It's time to add our own images to the website.

Lesson 18: Resizing images

Pictures from modern digital cameras and phones are usually far too big for website use, so we need to be able to resize them for internet use.

Lesson 19: Organizing and checking images

Let's get all our image organized, and make sure everything is working as it should.

Lesson 20: Add and edit text

Next we'll add some text to really begin to personalize our site.

Lesson 21: Profile text

Your profile is one of your key pages, so we'll edit and improve the look of the text here, to make it more reader-friendly.

Lesson 22: Embed a video

A video is a great addition to your site, and really sets you apart from other house sitters. It is a great way to introduce yourself "in-person" to potential home owners.

Lesson 23: Add an image gallery

We can be a little more creative with our images too, using small image galleries to break up our text, and highlight the skills and experience we have.

Chapter 8: References 2 Lessons

Lesson 24: Testimonials plugin

Plugins are the secret to expanding the functionality of our website. We'll add a plugin which will help us display our references in a very appealing way.

Lesson 25: Adding more testimonials

Next we'll add more reference to make our "References" page really convince the home owner that we are true house sitting professionals.

Chapter 9: Blog posts 4 Lessons

Lesson 26: Creating blog posts

Regularly adding new content to your website keeps it fresh and interesting. It also gives home owners an insight into who you really are, and the lifestyle you live. Blog posts are how we add new content about our on-going travels and adventures.

Lesson 27: Improving blog posts

Let's look at improving blog posts to make theme more compelling for our readers.

Lesson 28: Widgets and sidebars

Widgets and sidebars add further functionality for our website visitors.

Lesson 29: Categories and tags

Categories and tags help us organize our content, and make it more searchable, so our readers can quickly find content that is relevant to them.

Chapter 10: Contact form 1 Lesson

Lesson 30: Insert a contact form

Adding a contact form to your site is as easy as installing another plugin. Now home owners can get in touch with you directly from your website.

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Module 3: Final touches

Great work! We're just about done. You now have a fully functioning website. Let's do a couple of simple things to really make it look it's best.

Chapter 11: Making the most of your website 1 Lesson

Lesson 31: Adding the final touches

Let's pull everything together, add some final touches, and prepare your website for visitors.

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Module 4: Bonus videos

Some bonus videos to help you further improve website functionality.

Bonus 1: Set up your email address

Learn how to set up your email address using your own domain name, and how to download your email messages to your computer.

Bonus 2: Add a lightbox for your images

Learn how to set up your email address using your own domain name, and how to download your email messages to your computer.