Do you agree with us when we say; WordPress is the great solution to create an awesome website
Well, you will get 7 steps guidelines for WordPress web design and this complete guide will help you to frame WordPress website design whether you are a beginner or professional.
WordPress is a great solution to create a blog or website. This is because the software is open-source (free), easy to install, customize, maintain and is search friendly. One of the biggest problems site owners have is how to set up their WordPress website. This can be achieved within a few minutes b following the steps below:
How to create a WordPress website in 7 steps:
1. Register your own domain name
Although you can create a WordPress blog at WordPress dot com, I recommend registering your own domain name so you will have more control over it and you can brand your business. Select a domain name that is short, easy to remember and includes your business name or a keyword related to your business.
2. Select a web hosting provider
A web hosting service allows your website to be displayed on the web. Choose a web hosting plan that has sufficient disk space and bandwidth to host your website files. Get at least 50 MB of space and 3 GB of bandwidth and make sure you have the option to upgrade your hosting plan should you need more space and bandwidth. Make sure your Web hosting plans include the installation of WordPress. Check tech support service by calling or e-mailing the company to see how fast they respond and how friendly they are.
3. Install WordPress
Log into your web hosting administration panel (domain.com/cpanel) and look for the Fantastico icon. Click on this icon, and look for the WordPress link. Clicking on this link will install the WordPress software in a folder on the server. It will ask you for the name of our site, where to install it (domain or subdirectory) and provide a password to log in to the admin panel of the website.
4. Select a theme
There are hundreds of free and paid WordPress themes on the net. Google “free WordPress themes” to receive a list of themes to choose from. Choose on that suits your business and download the zipped files to your computer desktop. Unzip the files, then upload the new theme to the themes folder on the server (wp-content-themes) using FTP software (e.g. Filezilla, Smart FTP). Login to the admin panel, click on “appearance” to select your new theme then click “add new.” Refresh your browser to display the new theme.
5. Optimize your website for the search engines
Click on setting – permalinks and check “custom structure.” Insert /%postname%.html and save your changes. This enables your web pages to have search engine friendly addresses. Every time you create a new post or page, insert your keywords in the title and content so the search engines spiders will index your content. An alternative way to optimize your content is to install the all-in-one SEO pack plug-in.
6. Promote your website
Here are 10 methods for promoting your site:
- Write good quality content
- Write and submit articles to article directories
- Offer a newsletter or e-zine
- Encourage interactivity by responding to comments
- Submit RSS feed to RSS directories
- Submit blog to Blog directories
- Add social media icons to make it easy for visitors to share your content with others
- Create videos of your content and submit them to video sharing websites
- Write a press release and submit it to press release websites
- Submit your website to online directories and search engines
7. Track your visitors
Your web hosting plan usually includes site statistics which tell you how many visits your website receives, where they are coming from and the keywords used to find your site. View these statistics regularly to track traffic coming to your website.
Here is a simple checklist for WordPress owners and publishers.
WordPress is one of the most popular website platforms because of it’s ease of use however, it has its problems, and it is because of its popularity that hackers use this platform to attempt to inject their malware and malicious scripts.
WordPress Security has become essential today to protect not only your website but your brand reputation.
Often WordPress owners are unaware that their website has been hacked. Just because your website has been hacked it doesn’t necessarily mean you will see a strange image when you access your website. Hackers often disguise the fact they have hacked your site as they have injected a mailbot and you are spamming from your IP address.
Use our checklist for the foundation of good WordPress Security:
- Clean and remove spyware, malware and viruses from your PC/Mac before entering the backend of your WordPress installation.
- Backup your website before you do anything, this is easily done with the use of Backup Buddy.
- Never use ‘admin’ as a username.
- Always use a strong password.
- Stay Updated – Ensure your WordPress Installation and WordPress plug-ins are always up to date. See latest WP Security updates in the resources section below.
- Limit Login Attempts – Ensure you reduce the login attempts down to around 3 attempts. Don’t make it easy for the hackers.
- Remove unwanted WordPress Themes – When themes are still on your website and they go out of date hackers use these to gain entry. Only have the theme you are using installed and keep that up to date.
- Spring Clean – Your WordPress website may have other folders on the root of your server. Do you really need them or are they development areas. If you don’t need to folders delete them.
- Your Hosting Company – Make sure you are using a hosting company that specializes in WordPress installations. WordPress servers need special attention to protect your website.
- Double layer Authentication – Use an added layer of security.
Whilst the checklist above is not an exhaustive list, it is a foundation level of security. Protection is the start of the process, monitoring your website on a daily basis is important. We realize that many website owners just don’t have time or the knowledge, so we provide 3 services that can be found in the resources section below.
Now you have set up your WordPress website, it’s time to customize it to get most out of it. Log into your dashboard and click on the setting tab. From the drop down menu click on general tab. Once inside the admin area you can customize your site title, tagline, email address, time zone information and save your changes. Whatever, you do, DO NOT change the WordPress URL and site address URL or your website will not work. Then click on the tab reading and choose the option static page. You can choose what you want to be your front page or after your create coupe of pages you can come back and select your main (front) page and save your changes. Next click on the permalinks tab and select custom structure. In the box write this; /%postname% and save changes. If you want to change the look of your website you do that by changing the theme. There are lots of options available online where you can use free themes or for real professional look purchase a theme you like. Click on the appearance tab in your dashboard.
From the drop down menu choose theme option and click install themes. On the bottom of the page click on the option find themes. There are whole bunch of theme you can choose from. If you downloaded a theme on our computer then after selecting install theme click upload the browse where you saved the file and then select install now. Once installed then choose the option activate the theme. Now you have a new look to your website. If you are using a theme that has sidebar and you want to customize how it looks. In you dashboard click on appearance and then choose widget. Once side widget menu you can then drag and drop widgets into your sidebar and customize it.
Finally you can improve the functionality of your website by downloading plugins. Plugins are additional software you integrate into your website that gives your website additional features. There are thousands of plugins online, you just have to Google to find theme. To install them, click on the plugin tab on your dashboard and choose option add new. In the search term type in whatever plugin you are looking for. Once you find your plugin click install now and when it’s installed activate it. If you have downloaded it on your computer choose upload and browse where you saved it on your hard drive and upload it and activate it. Some of the must have plugins are as follows:
Smart YouTube by Vladimir Prelovac. It allows you to display YouTube videos in your post or page. Once you download the plugin and activate it, you have to customize it. From settings tab in your dashboard click on smart youtube, once inside choose the option to display video in your post. If you want you can play around with size of video display and so on. Make sure save your changes. Now all you have to do is copy the url of the video and paste it into your post. Remember if for example your URL is; http://, insert v in the URL for the video to display, so the URL will look like this; httpv://
Google Analytics Visits, follow the installation procedure mention above. This vital tool gives detail analysis of visitors to your website.
Google Sitemaps, is a way to tell Google about pages on your site that they might not otherwise know about.
Many small business owners are at the mercy of website designers and developers. With high hourly rates, small business owners are held hostage when the website need content updates or other minor changes. Why does this happen? Website designers and website developers know that if they create a website for their clients that is difficult to use and understand, the business owner will have to keep coming back to theme for updates and modifications. Add this insult to the already astronomical price applied to having a new website designed and you can be thousands of dollars in the whole before your website reaches the one year mark.
WordPress offers a simpler, more affordable solution to small business websites.
The Benefits of a WordPress Website to Small Business
WordPress is a 100% FREE blogging / content management platform. That’s right; many of you may be surprised to read that it is completely free. Because WordPress is free, it has hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of users. Furthermore, there is an army of web developers all working and contributing to make it more secure and to keep it up to date. As if that all wasn’t enough, there are thousands of free theme themes available to make your website look different from all of the others, and thousands more premium (usually costing under $100) themes available for purchase. Also due to the large number of users there are thousands of free and premium WordPress plugins available which can extend the functionality of WordPress beyond that of just a normal website. And, believe it or not, I haven’t gotten to the best part yet. WordPress has an admin section with a graphic user interface (GUI) which makes it possible for the web layperson to make updates and additions to their own website. I have numerous clients myself that are using the WordPress platform that login to their own websites and make updates and alterations without having to call me for support or spend a time.
How Expensive are WordPress Websites
As mentioned previously, WordPress itself is free. However, there are still costs associated with setting up the WordPress website, Domain Registration, and Hosting for the website. If you’re not very good at learning new software you may want to consider having the person who sets up your WordPress website do some training with you. There are also may be some need to have the WordPress web designer or WordPress web developer that is helping you make some modifications that may be too difficult for you, such as adding your business logo. On average, we are able to get a client’s website online between $400 and $500. Although, we have provided clients with websites for as little as $200.
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