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.
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.