Build a

gorgeous website

that Helps you Build Your Business

A step-by-step course that makes creating your own WordPress website so easy, even a “tech-phobe” can do it.

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But first … it’s time to pause and give yourself an Oprah-style standing ovation (ugly cry optional).

Because you, my friend, are doing something a lot of people SAY they want to do, but never actually do.

In fact, most people don't even get close.

One-third of Americans thought about starting a business over the past 12 months according to a recent survey by Qualtrics, but the overwhelming majority of them never got past the dreaming stage.

But you? You’re not waiting around for “someday.” You’re making it happen today.

Word of mouth and referrals have gotten you this far and given you the proof you need to believe that, hey … this is more than a “side job” (I mean, someone other than your boss wants to pay you to do something you love? It doesn’t get much better than that, right?).

Now that you’ve got some momentum, you’re ready to take your business to the next level, so you can make more profit and a bigger impact.

It’s no secret that in today’s competitive digital world, a professional-looking website isn’t optional.

If you want potential clients to know you’re the real deal, your Facebook business page or Etsy storefront alone aren’t going to cut it (and neither is that “starter” website your sister’s friend made you back when you first started).

As a consumer and savvy small business owner, you’re well aware of just how important a legit website is. But something’s holding you back. Maybe ...

  • You've thought about hiring someone to build it for you, but shelling out $5K for a professional designer just isn’t in your budget.
  • The thought of even TRYING to do it yourself scares the heck out of you!
  • You tried doing it yourself, fell down the YouTube rabbit hole, and came THISCLOSE to throwing your laptop against the wall.
  • You’re soooo picky (and you know what you like and what you don’t), you don’t want to get stuck paying thousands for a website you don’t LOVE.

Hi! I'm Donna

Owner of MavroCreative

And if you’re anything like I was then I first started my business 10 years ago, you have a classic syndrome of what I like to call “Champagne taste on a middle-of-the-road red wine budget.”

(Or in my husband’s more direct words, I have expensive taste. I don’t apologize for it and neither should you!).

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I nearly fainted when the first web designer I ever contacted gave me their quote to build my website.

$5,000?!  I thought. Does it include a housekeeper and daily breakfast in bed too?

These days, that’s around what I charge my own private 1-on-1 clients for a done-for-you custom website. 

But as a brand new business owner, I couldn’t fathom paying this price (which, by the way, didn’t even include someone writing the content ... I’d have to figure that out on my own!). 

The thought of doing it myself scared the living daylights out of me, but the prospect of staying at my 9-to-5 any longer than I needed scared me even more.

Building a website was my first baby step toward busting out of my cubicle. But even though I was a marketing expert, I had NO clue what to do when it came to building a website. I didn’t have a step-by-step, affordable online course to turn to. 

I had 3 things: Google, YouTube, and a lot of grit.

Today, I have a six-figure business designing custom “Champagne Taste” WordPress websites. While I love designing for clients, I also love to teach people how to build, edit, and maintain their own websites. Because empowering fellow entrepreneurs is really important to me.

Since not everyone has the budget (or desire) to hire a designer, I saw a need in the market for a comprehensive course that taught entrepreneurs how to build a WordPress website from start to finish.

I decided to create a program that is everything I wish I’d had when I first started, at the price point I could have actually afforded. It’s all the things I’ve spent YEARS fine-tuning and learning as I’ve built my own agency.

I knew it had to be easy to follow and give people a sense of accomplishment and control with building a website on their own. And there needed to be a place where they could ask questions and get help when they got stuck.

Since opening the doors to my course, I've helped hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed “tech-phobes” build their own gorgeous WordPress websites.

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And, I'd love to help you too.

A Great Website Can Work Miracles for your Business

But here’s a little secret it takes most small business owners several website iterations and thousands of dollars to learn:

In order to have a website that actually moves the needle forward and helps you sell more of your product or service, you need more than a picture-perfect website with fabulous fonts and your favorite colors.

You need a website with strategy behind it.

A series of pages that are intentionally designed and written to connect with your ideal client and guide them toward taking action, whether that’s booking a call, buying a product, or joining your email list. These are the keys to building a website that acts as your best salesperson 24/7.

And yes, You can

build it yourself.

All you need is a clear, simple roadmap, step-by-step guidance, and 1-on-1 support in case you get stuck.

Just ask the amazing students I’ve had the honor of guiding through my program.

This could be you...

We are so proud of the beautiful, professional websites our students have built.

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Can you imagine seeing your own website in this lineup just a few weeks from now?

Listen, I get it. You know having a great website isn’t optional, but the idea of building your own can feel intimidating.

I also know that the dream you have to be your own boss, or start a charity, or FINALLY turn your longtime hobby into a profitable business … 

...that passion and vision for your future is WAY bigger than any technology trepidation you may be feeling.

“I can’t believe I was able to build my own website from scratch. I had always wanted to create and sell my custom sewing patterns online, but didn’t know how. MavroCreative’s BYO Website Designer Course walked me through step by step, in clear detail, all that I needed to know and I did it. I’m now creating my third sewing pattern to sell and doing what I love.”

Ann Ross  | Aliceandann.com

“I had built my website myself watching YouTube videos. I DO NOT recommend that because it has taken me more time and effort to do it right, but with the help of this course and Donna, I have gotten there.”

Teresa Grant

“Before taking this course, I had attempted WordPress on my own and just could not get anywhere. It’s wonderful to be in the midst of it all and to really understand it.”

Cassie Journigan

I’ve seen what’s possible for my students. That’s why I hope with all my heart that you’ll join me inside

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Everything you need to build a gorgeous website you and your clients can’t stop staring at.

BYO (Be Your Own) Website Designer is an online course designed to guide you step by step (and page by page) through planning, writing, and building your website from start to finish.

By the end of the program, You'll Have:

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A Stunning Website

that’s beautiful AND persuasive

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A Branding Board

so you can create your own cohesive look and feel, and choose fonts, colors, and stock photos that make you want to keep hitting the refresh button

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Compelling Content

that inspires clients to take action

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Serious WordPress & Design Skills

so you can update your site anytime you need to

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Your Savings Intact

because you won’t have shelled out $5K for a fancy website designer

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"The BYO Website Designer Course literally walked me through the entire process from start to finish. I didn't have to figure out what to use and instead could work on the doing part. I could work on creating without the fear of messing something up and having to start all over again.

I've done quite a few courses on my entrepreneur journey and by far this one had the most return on investment. I'm actually disappointed I spent money on another course and should have started with Donna's course. Oh and the support and encouragement from Donna and the team was another bonus and exceeded expectations."

Stacie Lampkin | StacieLampkin.com

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After paying thousands of dollars over the years to have websites created for me, I decided to create one myself. I wanted full control over the content and when changes were made. The result was a website which reflected my business exactly the way I wanted it to. And saved me thousands of dollars in the process!”

Alice Taylor  

What's Inside?

BYO (Be Your Own) Website Designer consists of 6 modules that guide you step by step through creating your website from scratch. Each training component is designed to help you build a site that connects and converts.

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Planning your profitable site.

Before Joanna and Chip Gaines start knocking down walls, installing shiplap, and slapping on the gray paint, they take time to envision the bigger picture and design a blueprint for what the final product will look like. We’ll take the same approach when it comes to building a website that serves your business goals (shiplap optional).

By the end of this module, you’ll know exactly what pages you’ll need and how to guide your customer the moment they arrive on your homepage.

In this module, you'll learn:

  • The 7 things you need to know before you start your site (plus the biggest mistakes most people make when planning their sites)
  • How to plan a website that serves your financial goals
  • How to define the “One Thing” you ultimately want your website visitors to do
  • Why understanding your customer’s journey is KEY to creating a website that converts
  • What pages your website should have (and what pages you don’t need), depending on what kind of business you have
  • The important pages most businesses leave out that you absolutely need
  • How to organize your site navigation
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 Writing your site.

You can design the most beautiful website in the world, but if the words don’t clearly explain what you’re offering, your website visitor won’t actually take the action you want them to take.

That’s why, before you even log into WordPress, you’ve got to get clear on what words will be on your site.

In this module, you'll learn:

  • How to write content that converts, even if you don’t consider yourself a good writer
  • The simple, most important key to writing content that converts browsers into loyal customers
  • How to identify what sets you apart from the competition
  • The simple Headline Formulas that will hook your readers instantly
  • The 5 key elements your homepage MUST have
  • The ultimate Power Words to inspire your ideal client to take action
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The Basics.

You’ve got your blueprint and you know exactly what’s going on each page. Now it’s time to lay down some foundation and put up some walls. In other words, in this module, I’ll help you make sure your website is built on solid ground by walking you step by step through the elements most people don’t think of when they’re building their site, like choosing a domain name and hosting platform.

In this module, you'll learn:

  • The two things you must have in place before you start designing your site
  • How to choose the right hosting
  • What to do if you already have a website
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Setting Up Your Site.

In this module, you’ll peek over my shoulder as I SHOW you, click by click via video tutorial, exactly how to install WordPress and use all the features. 

If you’ve ever thought you can never possibly build a website yourself, then this is the module for you. No matter what your skill level is with technology, by the end of this easy-to-follow module, you’ll understand how to use WordPress … I PROMISE (and the best part is, you’ll be able to refer to these tutorials again and again).

In this module, you'll learn:

  • How to navigate WordPress like a pro (even if tech scares you!)
  • The difference between Pages and Posts (and why it matters)
  • The main features you need and don’t need to worry about
  • Plugin and theme basics (and how to find and install them)
  • Everything you need to know to build a beautiful, responsive website that looks good on any browser (and any smartphone)
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Designing Your Site.

It’s time to channel your inner Joanna Gaines and make all those Pinterest website dreams come to life. In this module, you’ll peek over my shoulder as I SHOW you, click by click via video tutorial, exactly how to bring your design vision to life using WordPress. We’re sharing ALL our secrets and favorite tools inside this module.

In this module, you'll learn:

  • How to find website inspiration (and what to do with it)
  • How to choose your color palette and design your brand mood board no matter your skill level
  • Our favorite themes (plus the #1 theme we use and recommend)
  • A cheatsheet of our go-to plugins
  • How to create beautiful and functional pages, blog posts, and forms easily and quickly
  • The one thing you MUST do each time you log into WordPress
  • A list of our favorite stock photo sites
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Maintaining Your Site.

Now that you have an amazing website, let’s maintain it and keep it backed up. Admittedly the least sexy of all of the modules, this baby is a must if you want to keep your website safe and secure.

In this module, you'll learn:

  • How to keep your site up and running 24/7
  • The essential updates you’ll want to make regularly
  • A checklist of your monthly website maintenance to-dos

It Feels Like I'm

It feels like I'm sitting down with a friend...

sitting down with a friend...

I LOVE Donna’s teaching style!  It feels like I’m sitting down with a friend and learning something together; as if I’m being brought alongside someone who wants to make things easy and approachable and very much makes it that way!

Elizabeth Shaw | Davine Events

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This course is more than

This is more than a "how to build your website" course...

a "how to build your website" course...

The first three modules is really a business builder course. I felt like I had a business coach walking me through how to identify my target client and then how to speak to her. I had no idea how powerful that step was going to be in designing my site. I learned I'm not for everyone, but for the client I seek to attract...I'm going to wow them with our connection!

Thanks, Donna & Molly. I can't believe how blessed I have been to have stumbled upon this course!

Shay Brackney | SBC Life Coach

Donna takes you

Donna takes you by the hand every step of the way...

by the hand every step of the way...

The BYO Website Designer course is the best investment I've made for my business. Donna takes you by the hand, every step of the way. Thank you Donna for being an amazing teacher. 

Gloria Cantu | Cantu Wellness

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Hands-on Support

WHENEVER YOU NEED IT.

You'll never have to search a support forum or YouTube for support again!

Enroll Now And You’ll Also Get These

Advanced Bonus Trainings

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Bonus 1: Personalized Website Review By Our Creative Director.

Once you complete a first draft of your website, our creative director, Molly, will personally review your site LIVE via Zoom and give you feedback and suggestions to help make sure it looks amazing.

 

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Bonus 2: Access To A Private Facebook Group,

a student-only community where you can share your progress, get accountability, and get direct access to me.

 

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Bonus 3: Weekly Zoom Office Hours With Donna,

so that you can get unstuck in a matter of minutes and maintain your momentum right until the end. Share your screen, show me where you’re stuck or need feedback, and I’ll troubleshoot live on the spot.

 

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Bonus 4: Course Workbook Download,

to help guide you step by step through each module, so you can keep all your notes in one place and track where you are at all times. This course covers a lot of ground, and my goal with this workbook is to keep you as organized as possible to make sure you don’t miss a single step. My students RAVE about this workbook.

 

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Bonus 5: SEO Made Simple

Get found in Google with SEO and Google Ads expert Jonathan Kingsbury of Kingsbury Web.  In this FREE bonus, Jonathan covers:

  • Setting up your profiles (Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Google My Business)
  • Installing and configuring Yoast SEO
  • SEO tools to audit/analyze a website
  • Basic on-page SEO
  • Basic off-page SEO
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Bonus 6: The Legal Essentials.

Keeping your website legally protected is something that most website creators don't know how to do. In this free bonus masterclass, Attorney Christy Westerfeld walks you through exactly what you need to have on your website to make sure that you're protected!

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Bonus 7: Building A WooCommerce Storefront.

You don't need a separate Etsy shop or Shopify storefront! You can actually use your WordPress website to sell your stuff! In this bonus, you'll learn how to install and set up WooCommerce, the most common (and free!) online storefront platform used with WordPress. 

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Bonus 8: Get Started With Mailchimp.

You’ll learn how to use the ever popular e-newsletter service Mailchimp to start collecting email addresses and build your list! You'll learn how to add a freebie for peeps who "opt-in" to your mailing list and how to set up the automation in Mailchimp. 

My promise to you

YOU’LL NEVER BE LEFT HANGING, WONDERING WHAT TO DO, IF YOU GET STUCK.

With MavroCreative’s BYO (Be Your Own) Website Designer Course, you’ll design the website you need for your business, AND best of all, you’ll get the support you need every step of the way.

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“You can do this! While it is a DIY program, you are definitely not doing it alone!

If you have questions, Donna will either do a short video for you or take a look inside your site for you. I also really like Donna as a teacher (and from what I can tell as a human being). She comes from a place of service, genuinely wants us to succeed and I’m happy to be part of her community.”

Valerie Mercurio

“Once I asked a question in the Facebook Group. Donna was right there to help. I even gave her my login and we went into my WordPress site together and within minutes, it was fixed.”

Teresa Grant

“The Facebook Group has been very helpful and they respond very quickly. There’s lots of hands on, personalized support. At one point I got stuck and Donna even jumped on Zoom with me, got into the back end of my website, and figured out what I was doing wrong.”

Rose Fleming

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Choose The BYO Plan That’s Right For You

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Six monthly payments of

$97 USD

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One payment of

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Try BYO Website Designer for 30 Days with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

I’m so sure that you’re going to FINALLY build the website that your business deserves that I’m even offering a 30-day Guarantee.

If you don’t get the results promised (which is a fully functioning WordPress website) in this course, I will gladly refund your money within 30 days of purchase.

All you have to do is show us that you went through the entire course, took each step, and completed the workbook. If you took each step and still don’t have a functioning website, we will gladly issue a refund of your money. Read the full terms and conditions here.

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I wouldn't have a website without Donna and her course

All of my previous attempts to create a website or even a FB page for my business have ended in stalemate and complete frustration.

Donna has taught me I needed to take a step back and look at building my website in a different way. She guided me and helped bring my vision to fruition and her savvy has literally saved me hours of research and tears.

Bottom line? I wouldn't have a website without Donna and her course!

Terri Gregory | YAR Coach

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This is unlike any course I've taken!

With Donna’s guidance, I made more progress in two months than I had in the previous six months on my own.

Even though this course is self-directed, Donna provides a high-touch experience in the Private Facebook page. She is quick to provide guidance or a step-by-step video tutorial if needed.

This is unlike any other course I’ve taken! I’m no longer afraid of ‘breaking’ something. No matter what your skill level is, I very highly recommend the BYO course.

Tasha Walters | Solutions By Tasha

Your Alternative: Hire a web designer

Unless you hire an inexperienced web designer, hiring a professional is a significant investment. “Freelance” web designers charge anywhere from $50 to $250 per hour, while boutique agencies like mine charge anywhere from $5K to $10K or more for a complete website (and that doesn’t include creating the content for the site). Bigger agencies will charge even more.

Not only will you have to wait weeks or months until they have availability to work with you, you’ll have to write them a check every time you need them to make an update to your website, whether it’s adding a new product or adding a new page.

Don’t get me wrong, as a web designer myself, I would never discount the value of hiring a professional.

But imagine not having to wait around for someone to make a small tweak to your website or add a new service page. Our students consistently share how empowering it is to have complete control of their website.

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Choose The BYO Plan That’s Right For You

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Six monthly payments of

$97 USD

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One payment of

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Let's Recap. Here's everything you get in the BYO Website Designer Online Course.

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6 modules that make up your website creation foundation. Each training component is designed to help you design a site that connects and converts.

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Bonus 1: Personalized Website Review By Our Creative Director

Once you complete a first draft of your website, our creative director, Molly, will personally review your site LIVE via Zoom and give you feedback and suggestions to help make sure it looks amazing.

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Bonus 2: Access To A Private Facebook Group

a student-only community where you can share your progress, get accountability, and get direct access to me.

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Bonus 3: Weekly Zoom Office Hours With Donna

so that you can get unstuck in a matter of minutes and maintain your momentum right until the end. Share your screen, show me where you’re stuck or need feedback, and we’ll troubleshoot live on the spot.

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Bonus 4: Course Workbook Download

to help guide you step by step through each module, so you can keep all your notes in one place and track where you are at all times. My goal with this workbook is to keep you as organized as possible to make sure you don’t miss a single step. My students RAVE about this workbook.

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Bonus 5: SEO Made Simple

Get found in Google with SEO and Google Ads expert Jonathan Kingsbury of Kingsbury Web. He'll cover setting up your profiles (Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, Google My Business), installing and configuring Yoast SEO, SEO tools to audit/analyze a website, Basic on-page SEO and Basic off-page SEO.

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Bonus 6: The Legal Essentials

Keeping your website legally protected is something that most website creators don't know how to do. In this free bonus masterclass, Attorney Christy Westerfeld walks you through exactly what you need to have on your website to make sure that you're protected!

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Bonus 7: Building A WooCommerce Storefront

You don't need a separate Etsy shop or Shopify storefront! You can actually use your WordPress website to sell your stuff! In this bonus, you'll learn how to install and set up WooCommerce, the most common (and free!) online storefront platform used with WordPress.

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Bonus 8: Get Started With Mailchimp

You’ll learn how to use the ever popular e-newsletter service Mailchimp to start collecting email addresses and build your list! You'll learn how to add a freebie for peeps who "opt-in" to your mailing list and how to set up the automation in Mailchimp.

Once you enroll....

  • You can begin building your own website as soon as you want!
  • You'll receive a welcome email that has your login details to gain access to the course.
  • You'll be able to access the entire course, 24/7, from anywhere in the world!
  • The videos are there for you to watch at your own pace, on your own time.
  • And you can keep going back to watch them again and again if you ever need a refresher.
I already have a WordPress website. Is this course a good fit for me?

If you already have a WordPress website, the BYO Website Designer course is a good fit IF you are wanting to rebuild your website.

If you are wanting to work with your current theme and plugins and want to learn how to update your what you already have, this course is probably not the right one for you at this time.

Are there any additional costs associated with this course?

The only additional cost you will incur is the price of your hosting for your website. Who you choose for your hosting is entirely up to you; therefore, the price will be whatever you pay for the host you choose.

Throughout the course, I reference free plugins and themes that are used. In addition, I may make recommendations for plugins that are not free, but they are not required. The costs of those plugins are kept to a minimum and Donna has secured exclusive discounts on many of them just for BYO Website Designer members!

I've Never Tried To Build A Website Before. Will I REALLY Be Able To Do This?

Yes! Most of our members have very little, if any, experience with building a website. The course will make even a “newbie” feel comfortable and empowered. I explain all terms and concepts the way that I would if I were talking to a friend. You will never feel like you’re not geeky enough to be in this course!!

When Do I Get Access To The Course Material And The Bonuses?

Immediately! As soon as you enroll and your first payment is received, you will have access to all of the modules and lessons, including any bonuses and downloads. You can review them at your own pace at any time.

Is This Course Geared Toward People Who Have WordPress Experience Already?

No, you don’t have to have any experience with WordPress for this course. I start from the very beginning and teach the course as if I’m teaching beginners. This is great because you not only learn the basics, but you learn about more advanced features and options in an easy-to-understand way.

Whether you’re a beginner or have experience with WordPress, you’ll be able to build a beautiful and functional WordPress site using this course.

How Long Will It Take Me To Go Through The Course And Finish My Website?

It really depends! The actual amount of time you spend watching the videos, completing your workbook, and integrating what you’ve learned varies so much from person to person. You may spend a lot more time on the planning and content development phase than someone else. Or you may have 40 pages of content to add to your site.

If I had to give an estimate, I would confidently say that within 5-7 weeks, start to finish, you will have a website that will give everyone else in your field website envy!

Can I Contact Donna Directly For Help If I Have Specific Questions Regarding My Website?

Donna will be available to Members within the private Facebook group to answer questions you may have as you go through the course. She is not available via private messenger, email, phone or text.

If you purchase additional coaching hours, Donna is available via email and will personally record tutorials specific to any questions that you have or areas within your site that you need help with.

What If I Don't Like The Course? Can I Get My Money Back?

If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you that I’m a people-pleaser! I WANT you to be happy and I WANT you to be successful in this course. If you don’t get the results promised in this course, which is a fully functioning WordPress website, I will gladly refund your money within 14 days of purchase.

The only catch is that you show me that you actually went through the entire course, completed the downloads and all of the steps outlined in the modules, and still didn’t have a functioning website at the end. If at that point you aren’t happy with your results, I’ll gladly issue you a refund. Please review our terms and conditions here.

Do I have to use the theme and plugins you teach in the course?

Because there are literally thousands and thousands of themes and plugins out there, it's impossible for one course to cover them all. I've selected the theme and plugins that I use every single day at MavroCreative. They're the ones that I've worked with for years and feel confident recommending.

Can I cancel the monthly payment plan at any time?

Monthly Payment Plan

If you elect the monthly payment plan, it is not a membership plan that allows cancellation. The payment plan of 6 monthly payments is designed is to make it more affordable for those who want to join but can't pay in full.  If you join using the monthly payment plan you are committing to six (6) payments of $97 each.

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Choose The BYO Plan That’s Right For You

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Six monthly payments of

$97 USD

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One payment of

$497 USD