Christina Hills began her Website Creation Workshop after creating her very first WordPress site for her daughter’s dance class. At first Christina was intimidated, but with a little persuasion and assistance from her husband, she was amazed at how easy the installation and setup truly was. She thought that only trained professionals could use WordPress and that it was too advanced for the average person. She was shocked to find out otherwise. Within 15 minutes her site had been set up; the domain and hosting had been purchased and the free template had been installed. Ta-da the Nutcracker website had been born.
Then the light bulb came on! Christina had found her calling! She was ready to show other entrepreneurs how easy it was for them to create their own websites without hiring an expensive web designer.
In this video, she will show you exactly how simple it is.
First thing is to purchase your domain name. She uses Godaddy.com but you can use anyone that you prefer.
Second is to purchase web hosting (they do have an option to purchase your domain name at the same time as setting up your hosting). She uses Bluehost.com but again you can use whoever you prefer.
Once your web hosting is set up, you can install WordPress. It will provide you with a very basic WordPress template with very generic content.
WordPress is divided into your content and your design. This allows you to be flexible with your template options.
Now it’s time to locate what template you would like to use. Christina Hills Googled “Christmas WordPress theme”. She was able to locate the perfect design for her project. The designs will show you exactly how to install it inside your WordPress dashboard.
Head on over to your theme section and follow the instructions.
TA-DA the website theme is installed. See how super easy it is?!
It is very interesting how to make webside..very shortly and effectively. It needs practise how to do it.
My best regards,
Your video is much appreciated. I like the simplicity. It actually looks easy enough for me to do. The only problem I had was that the video stopped at 91% and nothing I tried would let it go past that so I didn’t get to watch the end. Any suggestions?
I think your video was great – you’re a very good presenter. I make screen capture videos but but haven’t quite got to the stage of putting myself on film yet!
It’s good to see another WordPress Fan promoting this amazing platform – I am also involved with teaching WordPress – so I guess some of our stuff will overlap a little!
Just a quick point about WordPress for your other Readers – Before I discovered WordPress I used to use XsitePro to create Websites which I thought was absolutely amazing – much simpler than Dreamweaver and all of the other Website Creation packages. I was a real fan – UNTIL I stumbled across WordPress – I was just totally floored by how quick, easy and cost effective it was to set up a WordPress Blog…
I’ve never used XsitePro since – and never will!
Best of luck – good to see someone who is genuinely passionate about showing others how to set up Blogs and Websites with WordPress.
Best wishes – Dave
I too have a xsite pro website and I guess I’ve been complaining about little things so much that my friend told me to switch over to WordPress. I’m in the process of researching that. Got to look into the WordPress.org or .com
I got a video on this page that explains the difference
Try it again. I just watched the video and it played through all the way for me. It might be your internet connection.
Thanks for your comments on my blog. Yes, I am passionate about teaching people to learn WordPress. It is the one platform that has freed me up, and let me grow my business much faster.
thanks for the tip on XsitePro. Never used it, and now, never will.
Thanks Christina. There are some steps missing though. I don’t know if your goal was to show the steps but if so, we need to know the actual steps to changing the pictures, etc. If it was just to give a taste of hat you teach, that’s different.
My video was to give you a big picture overview of the steps involved in getting a website up. Yes, it was to give a taste of what I teach.
Christina, I’m so glad you discovered how easy WordPress websites are so you could teach all of us. I am SO pleased with my WordPress website/blog. I never could have built a website I loved so much if I hadn’t taken your Website Creation Workshop. It’s wonderful to be able to make changes in both content and design without the assistance of a webmaster. Learning from you how to do this has given me exponential freedom in my business. And you DO take all the technophobe worries away. THANK YOU!!!
Editor and Coach for Writers
After a few tries I was able to finally watch the rest of the video, so I wanted to let you know. I have the highest speed internet connection available in my area but it often still leaves me frustrated when I get almost to the end of a video, or even only part-way through, and it locks up like that. I just had hoped that there was some tip I didn’t know which would allow me to start from that point instead of having to start over several times like I usually do.
Thanks for replying back.
Beth, not sure if this will help or work for you but has worked for me:
After you hit the play button and it is downloading/ buffering, I hit the pause until I see it completed.
This also helps in the breakup that usually happens in the beginning of the buffering.
Let me know if it works!
Warmly, Dusty – The DreamWaker! *-*
I don’t think my first attempt at leaving a message worked. if it did please delete it!
My Q was re comparison/ contrast between Type Pad and Word press.
People have told me that TP is preferable (even though it has a cost) because it has service which solo entrepreneurs badly need and that WP does not. And that it is also easier to make changes to TP than WP. They say it’s a question of access, security, help and lower frustration!
or, is it a question of some dadvantages and disdadvantags with each? What are your thoughts?
Also why are themes/desings free?. How do these people make a living?!
Thank you for this!
I have never used Type Pad, so I cannot compare them. I know that WordPress has a VERY large community, and is growing.
Designers make free designs so that you will use them, like them, and then buy their premium designs.
Dear Christina —
I think this video to be a great overview about creating a website using WordPress. The personal story was very engaging especially since I know how passionate you are about helping people develop their own Wordpess websites now. It was fun and interesting to see how much personal resistance you had to using WordPress at the beginning based on your past website development experience.
From your Website Creation course I appreciate how simple it actually can be….and I also learned that there’s a little more too it…but thanks to your teaching style and support material I was able to put together something I’m quite proud of.
Thanks for your guidance and help,
I’m glad you liked the video. I had fun doing it!
Hey there Christina,
I wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I enjoyed your video! It is a wonderful example in showing and sharing that we are not alone in our frustrations with learning all the techie stuff online that we really need to know if we want to move our business forward!! I look forward to hearing more about your program.
Thank you Christina!!
Great Video! You really look like you are enjoying what you are doing with WordPress.
I look forward to the next class.
Love the Nutcracker Web Site story!
I remember when you first launched this course that I thought it was a brilliant add to your IP portfolio. And, as one of your students, I knew it would be a wonderful way for people to take control of their future online with even more confidence!
Looks to me like you’ve got another winner with this one.
Linda, yes the Website Creation Workshop is my most fun course that I have taught. I really get to know the students well, and it’s exciting to see their websites completed! In fact, many students get carried away and start making so many sites, I can’t keep up with them!
I understand that there are 2 WordPress’s? Are you referring to WP.org? Or WP.com?
I’m referring to the self hosted WordPress.org. The main reason is that WordPress.com does NOT allow advertising. I teach people to make money from their websites with advertising and selling your own products.
Hi Christina, it’s amazing what you can do with a WordPress website! I love how you can separate content from design, and then marry the two in endless possibilities. Great intro video! I look forward to more.
Thanks for the exceptional video presentation. Quick question, can all FREE themes downloaded directly from sites be trusted in terms of virus etc?
I usually download my free themes directly from WordPress’s site. Whereas, I have downloaded some if I know the designer.
Thanks again, and much continued success. Also, when are you and hubby going to co-present? You make a great team.
Rosie, I ususally only get free themes from the wordpress.org site, or from sites where I know the people who run it. Mostly because I want a good theme, and premium themes tend to be better. I’m partial to http://www.ithemesqueen.com as their support is really great
I’m really excited about your class, especially that Maritza Parra recommended you. I am so new at creating websites that it overwhelms me – but I’m determined to learn it and work it.
P.S. Your video/presentation was great! I’m happy to “see” who I’ll be working with.
Lisette, yes Maritza is one of my start students! She has created so many websites now, I can’t keep up with her!
Hi! this is a good idea! I’ve been trying to figure out how to use wordpress as my webpage creations and I can’t for the life of me!
EVERYONE says it’s sooo easy but nuts..I just couldn’t figure it out! I hope your videos finally spell it out for us tecno dummies!
I have a website but its not through wordpress. I would like to learn how to make wordpress websites. Thought your movie was good.
thanks fr Heather
Hi Christina: If their is anybody that needs further….no…right from the very start
education on anything, everything to do with
web technoism, it’s me.
Great video. I like how you make building a website seem accessible to anyone.
Thank you for what you have shown so far.
I am looking forward to learning more from you.
Good stuff, Christina! Was looking for a good layout for a music download site, used the info in your video and found 2 themes that are perfect. Thank You!
For those of you who are subscribed to this message thread, and don’t have your picture showing up next to your comments, you’ll be interested in this.
I did a blog post on how to get your little postage stamp sized image to show up when you leave comments on any WordPress website.
Just follow this link for the simple video:
8-29-2009 5:20 PM
True to form this is another lucid and exciting overview of the set up process. I’m really eager to take your course again and get my site up and humming.
Thank you, Christina!
That’s a great presentation about The Nutcracker.
I’m in process of converting my sites to WordPress too. WordPress has a theme directory, which I’ve used.
I was warned about getting free themes outside of WordPress as there may be some with built in viruses. What’s your take on that?
Tom, I only get free themes from the WordPress directory, or from theme designers that I know. You are smart to be cautious about downloading from sites you are not familiar with.
I just watched your video and I love your personality. You are so fun and down to earth. Looking forward to hearing about your workshop.
For those of you who had trouble viewing the Nutcracker story
here is the YouTube version of it
(if you are reading this by email, come back here into the
blog and look at the bottom comment
Loved your info about WordPress! I just got my domain name and want to get started setting up my site. Is it possible to get a “cart” for people to order from the site?
Connie J. Pratt
Glad you like my WordPress tips and info!
The shopping cart system I use and recommend is Marketers Choice (a division of 1ShoppingCart)
You can get a cart here, plus get 3 months of my club for free, by going to
I absolutely fell in love with the art of video making through your video about WordPress. Wow! You’ve got me all excited about wordpress.org now and how I can do my own or at least do what I want when I want. Thanks for a fab video and allowing me to learn from home. Blessings!
I’m so glad you liked the video. Yes, making videos can be fun. Did you see the “Julia Child” video?
You’ll get a chuckle out of it
I’ve been looking for an easier way to build a website such as in WordPress.
I really need your workshop. Like NOW!! When is the next one going to be? Have you thought of automating it so that one can sign up for it and go through the content on video online? That way, we wouldn’t have to wait for the next workshop to come around.
thanks for your comment. The next workshop is starting in March. And yes I am working towards building a home study version of my course. However this takes time to build a home study course that is at the high quality I expect.
Make sure you sign up for email notices so that you get on the announcement list for the training.
I am trying to learn how to implement side bars to the right of my blog. So I am looking for more mid -advance training/ or suggestions.
I am working on my feb. blog and doing a make of my website. I did my website by scatch and asked 2 friends who are website designers to help(teach me). It was cost effective.
Accents of Home
My Website Creation Workshop course would be good for you. I’m doing some beginning webinars for newbies to get them prepped for the course.
My course starts out slow, then moves fast to take people to advanced.
You may want to come to my webinar today, as I see that you do not yet have a gravatar
I like this presentation of the Nutcracker story and introduction to WordPress. I hope to join one of your classes which is a bit difficult because of our time difference.
what time zone are you in?
Christina, I live in Melbourne, Australia.
Great video. I’ll be joining your next class. Couldn’t make it this time.
My website is in wordpress. http://www.partyplancompanies.com
when is your next workshop?
It is going to be sometime in September. But I’ll probably have other stuff going on before then
Hi Christina. What an amazing coincidence. (actually, there are no coincidences 😉
I found you giving a video tutorial on WordPress blogs, and saw your example about Grass Valley Nutcracker, and it blew me away because I live in Penn Valley, which as you know is only about 15 minutes away. I look forward to watching your videos and subscribing to all your content – and of course would love to be an Affiliate for you.
Great stuff!! (Love your Julia Child too! 🙂
Hope you made the Nutcracker show, it was really good this year.
Dearest Christina, I thank you sooooooo much for posting this video. I admit I am an amature but with your insights it helped me to further prove..”ALL YOU NEED IS ALL YOU HAVE AND ALL YOU HAVE IS ENOUGH” A.L.WILLIAMS
I already had a WordPressblog but YOU helped me revitalize it. Now I just need to do ALL THE REST THAT YOU TEACH EVERY SINGLE DAY AND TO FOLLOW YOU CLOSELY…DUUUUUUUUUUUUH LOL
I have heard it said “you can’t follow a parked car” WHY DO I KEEP TRYING Christina?
Thank you for being there. It will help my booksales when I PARTICIPATE IN MY OWN RESCUE.
My whole goal is to bring clarity to others.
So glad I have helped you
Christina, I have been stalking you for almost a year now , LOL! You are very down to earth, very easy to understand and your video presentation was excellent. I have been paying my VA s to do all my wordpress sites. I get frustrated with wordpress so your workshop has been on my list to take. I want to be able to go into my sites and add this or that if I want to. I also like to understand products that I use. I will most likely always delegate most of my wordpress tasks but I want to be empowered and know what I am talking about to my clients when they ask questions about using WP. Thanks for your great videos. I look forward to your next workshop.