Di Franco University

A Tough Decision Has Been Made

At some point throughout these past two weeks, I decided to move forward with an idea that hurts to even think about. To keep things short and to the point, I've made the decision to close Di Franco University and rethink my content distribution strategies. This happens to fall directly in line with one of my goals for 2018, and that's to focus more on my website work. Perhaps it's meant to be, then?

I should clarify, however, that Di Franco University and its content isn't completely disappearing. In fact, a good majority of it is staying intact. The content itself is simply moving to a new home — my personal website! Instead of having to jump back and forth between two websites that are quite similar, why not consolidate things into one platform? You can now view all the Articles and Courses I've put together on one website. I'm thinking this is the direction I should've taken in the beginning.

It should be no secret by now that I've completely redesigned my personal website, which is the website you're viewing at the moment. Of course, the merger had a lot to do with that. I wanted to put together a new look that is familiar to the Di Franco University crowd, but also easy to navigate for those who have gotten used to browsing my personal content. In other words, not that much has changed.

For the time being, I'm looking to keep things simple. That should quickly become obvious once you begin to explore the website. An all-new My Work page has been created. Rather than splitting up my work by content type, everything is now displayed on a single page. From photography and videos to my newest websites, learning more about me and what I do is easier than ever.

And speaking of making things easier, the Resources page has been updated with some visual tweaks — including bulleted lists of particular features I enjoy most about website builders, YouTube tools, and more. If you ever find yourself stuck when looking to create a project, simply reference this page for a lending hand. It's there to help!

Making such a tough decision like this hasn't been easy. If anything, it's a risk that I am willing to take. My personal brand is very important to me, so I'm excited to see where this takes me.

And finally, none of this is made possible without your support. I trust the community has my back along the way. Here's to taking the next big step.

Di Franco University: Now Open for Enrollment

Since introducing Di Franco University last February, I have watched the website grow and mature into something I can be proud of. I like to think it represents everything that I have learned over the years as a self-employed content creator, which is why I take great pride in sharing my knowledge with others.

From YouTube tips to product reviews, Di Franco University has always offered a vast array of content — and it will remain this way for the foreseeable future. However, I have reached the point where I feel Di Franco University needs to expand into new territory. The website needs to be more... educational. After all, considering its name, that would make sense.

As of today, I am very excited to roll out the biggest change to Di Franco University since launch. The website, which can also be referred to as a platform, has been completely overhauled. Not only is there a fresh look, but the website in general offers new content from top to bottom. Oh, and you can enroll, too.

Let's back up a bit. Starting from the beginning, what exactly is new?

Completely new look

Perhaps the most obvious change to Di Franco University is its overall design. I wanted to completely rethink how the content is delivered. This meant introducing a new homepage, one that does a better job at presenting what Di Franco University has to offer — especially for newcomers.

Exploring the all-new Di Franco University, you'll immediately notice bold headlines, large banners, and plenty of color. The website in general is now cleaner and easier to navigate, making for a more visually pleasing experience.

Content overload

You thought Di Franco University already offered enough content? Think again, because that was only the beginning. While the weekly articles are not going anywhere, the new website has so much more to see.

One of the largest focuses I wanted to present with this new layout is the ability to take courses. And no, I'm not referring to your typical courses that tend to mentally drain you. Di Franco University's courses are kind of like guides, but with a twist.

At the end of each course is a challenge. This approach quite literally challenges the student (in this case, the reader) to take what they've learned and apply it for real-world results. There are currently two courses available: Becoming a YouTuber 101: Finding Your Fame | Website Building 101: From Build to Launch

Discovering and learning new content is one thing, but what about actually applying it? There have been so many instances where we read something and immediately forget about it moments later. So why even bother reading it in the first place? I'm hoping introducing these courses can change that.

Emphasis on community

How many times have you made something new, only to find out it's not receiving the recognition that you feel it deserves? We've been all there. Believe me, I know the feeling all too well. But that's the Internet for you. It's such a vast place that sometimes it can feel impossible to be noticed.

With the all-new Di Franco University, there is now a dedicated forum for like-minded creatives to share and discuss their work. Of course, it can also be used for asking questions that have the potential to be featured in my YouTube videos.

So, what are you waiting for? Start a discussion. You never know who you will meet or what kinds of ideas will come out of it.

Enrollment is here

Becoming a student at any kind of educational institution requires enrollment, so why should things be any different for Di Franco University? Yep, that's right. You can now enroll (a fancy word for "sign up") to receive exclusive content and updates right in your inbox.

Enrolling is simple. All you need to do is enter your name and email address using any of the enrollment options throughout the website — such as the "Enroll Now" button in the top-right corner. Once you've been enrolled, you will automatically receive emails whenever they're sent out.

And not to worry, enrollment emails will only be delivered when absolutely necessary. In other words, you will never be spammed.

Resources that actually work

Another new addition to Di Franco University is the Resources page. Presented in a clean grid-like fashion, this page contains all the tools and resources that can be used for a variety of projects. Whether you are looking for affordable web hosting or royalty-free music to use in your YouTube videos, this is the page to refer to when working on a project.

And before you ask, yes — these resources are the real deal. Each one was carefully chosen based on my own work experience. If they can work for me, then they can work for you.

And much more...

Needless to say, Di Franco University has undergone some significant changes overnight. There is a lot to take in, which is why I urge you to have a look around and experience everything for yourself. If you find something you're not sure of, you can always get in touch with me using the Contact page.

As always, your support is incredibly appreciated. If it wasn't for the community, Di Franco University wouldn't even be a thing. And for that, I am forever grateful. Here's to the future.

Here's to you.