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Prolific Writers Life (prolificwriters.life/ — which we’ll refer to in shorthand as PWL) is a “Virtual Workspace” for writers, where you can connect: “collaborate with authors, editors, writers and experts who can give you the guidance, motivation and support you need to achieve your writing goals;” learn: “Participate in virtual events hosted by experts who are dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals;” and earn: “Sign up as a Host and set up your store; host events when you want; enjoy the benefits of doing what you love while having the freedom to set your own schedule and prices; and profit by sharing your know-how and experience; the more writers you help, the more you earn.”
There are many options for the kinds of “products” you can create and offer here (downloadable docu- ments, physical products, virtual online events), but the primary product type is virtual online events. This tutorial walks you through the step-by-step process of creating and scheduling an online event.
The website is built with WordPress, the world’s leading content management system for creating and managing websites; it also uses the widely popular ecommerce tools Woo Commerce and Marketplace. While there is a learning curve to learn how to use these tools, it does not require any coding and can be learned relatively easily — so let’s get started!
This is Step Two of being a Host at PWL; Step One is signing up as a host and setting up your “storefront,” which is covered in the tutorial How to Register as a Host at ProlificWriters.Life. Now that you have your PWL store set up, it’s time to create your first product.
You can watch this 30-minute video, or read the step-by-step instructions below.
There are several options here:
The Categories: Check EVENT to appear on calendar checkbox list
There are a few things you should understand about categories:
And there are a few things you should understand about tags:
For more on categories and tags, see Categories: Check EVENT to appear on calendar and Tags in the WordPress documentation. (The screenshots will look a bit different than what you see in the PWL store dashboard, but the underlying WordPress functionality is the same. See Categories: Check EVENT to appear on calendar for a more indepth look at categories.)
(You will set the date and time of the event itself, in just a couple steps.)
There are a few options for HTML ticket theme; you can ignore that as well. If you have a business/store logo or professional portrait/profile photo (as mentioned in steps 6 and 8), you can add it to the ticket, which can be a nice touch.
We’re doing our best to keep the tutorials accurate and up to date, but if you notice anything that might need to be edited, please leave a comment below. All of our best ideas come from hosts! If you got stuck somewhere in the process, please click on the “Still stuck? How can we help?” link below and let us know what was unclear.
About this Tutorial:
This tutorial was created for ProlificWriters.Life by Ted Altenberg, owner and principal web designer at Agora Media Services. Ted was an educator (teacher, curriculum specialist and administrator) for 32 years, and has been doing web design for over 20 years. Until his retirement from education in the summer of 2019, web design was his “side gig;” now that he’s retired, Agora Media Services is his second career.
Ted is also a host here at PWL, and has a number of offerings of support, training and coaching on WordPress and other topics related to website hosting, security and design.
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