I was at our local Chamber of Commerce breakfast and was approached by one of our members: A fabulous mature lady with a gorgeous South African accent.

She had a worried frown and stress was showing in her eyes.

“I really must get you to teach me how to maintain my website. My web designer handed me the site and then dropped off the face of the earth.”

“I have no idea what I am doing, and I am afraid to touch anything in case I break it. But my budget is tight right now. I don’t suppose you offer any online courses?”

Her story was common to many of the small and micro business owners I meet in my travels.

They are super busy trying to run a business while balancing the books and getting their head around this online stuff.

They are not all that comfortable with tech but have inherited the care and feeding of a website somewhere along the line. They know they are supposed to doing maintenance but are afraid that one wrong move will break the lot.

In some cases, the person I bump into is the office admin who has been told, “maintaining the website is your job.”

They log in every now and again and click a few buttons with their fingers firmly crossed behind their back. They hope they are doing it right, but they aren’t sure (and they are hyperventilatingly anxious about what they would do if the site crashed on them).

And then there are the graphic designers and virtual assistants who because they care about their clients and want to help them out, have added web design or website maintenance into their service offerings.

They have picked things up as they went along, but they know there are gaps in their knowledge.

None of them are helpless or hopeless. They just need someone to explain what to do in a way that they can understand.

Does this sound like you as well?

This is for you!

You asked. We have delivered.

We have built a website specifically to run our online training courses to help people just like you, and today we are elated to be launching our first two courses.

The Beginner’s Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

The Beginner’s Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

This course is designed for beginners who just want to learn how to safely update their WordPress website plugins and themes.

What you will learn:

  • The key information about your online presence that you need to keep handy (Includes an easy to fill in template)
  • How to automatically back up your website and restore it in case of emergency
  • How to safely update your WordPress website
  • Which tech things you can automate and what you need to manually check
  • What to do if the worst happens
The Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your WordPress Website

The Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your WordPress Website

This course is much more comprehensive, and while it includes all the maintenance modules from the maintenance course, it goes much deeper into how to add in layers of security to your website.

Each layer builds on the one beneath it, and you don’t need to wear a pocket protector or speak fluent geek to understand how to do things.

Unfortunately, this course won’t make you a security ninja, but it will help you get all the essentials covered to so you can stop the average annoying hacker.

What you will learn:

  • Why hackers target small business websites
  • The most common website hacks and what increases your vulnerability to hacks
  • Why who you host with matters
  • How to stop your domain name from being stolen
  • The key information about your online presence that you need to keep handy (Includes an easy to fill in template)
  • How to automatically back up your website and restore it in case of emergency
  • Password essentials
  • The core WordPress settings you need to change TODAY for greater security
  • Why your username is the number one source of website hacks
  • How to safely update your WordPress website
  • Which tech things you can automate and what you need to manually check
  • How Google can help you keep an eye on your website
  • How to stop contact form spam and comment spam dead
  • What plugins to add to your site for greater security (and which to delete)
  • How to check if you have been hacked
  • What to do if the worst happens

Comprehensive, Yet Easy to Follow

While our blog posts have always been full of useful information, these courses take that information and teaching to the next level.

All of our courses are filled with multiple screenshots so you can see exactly where to click.

Each module explains not just what to do but why, and there are downloadable checklists where appropriate to make each thing easier to work through. 

We had one overarching rule when we put these courses together: We wanted to turn complex topics into understandable information that was easy to action.

That’s why each course is divided into a series of modules and tasks so you can tackle one thing at a time without hitting the overwhelm button.

 

Launch Discount

We are so excited to see our courses take their first steps out in the world, that we are sending them on their way with a lovely launch discount.

Both of our WordPress Beginner’s Courses are 50% off until the end of February 2020.

Just enter the coupon code Launch at the checkout and the discount will be applied.

We look forward to hearing how you go with the first of our planned courses. (Yes. There will be more!)

Ingrid Moyle

Ingrid Moyle (BA - Psych/Industrial Relations) is the Chief Web Wizard at Heart Harmony Communications. A self-confessed multipotentialite, Ingrid shamelessly blends her passions of human resources, psychology, web design and copywriting. When not hardwired to her computer, she quests for the perfect coffee while chasing virtual reality creatures across the backstreets of Brisbane.