If you are considering WordPress for your website, there are a couple of things you should know. First, there are 2 different kinds of WordPress. There is WordPress.com which is the free blog version. They have upgrades but they will not give you the same control over your website. Then there is WordPress.org. If you want a WordPress website, then you want a WordPress.org site. This is the self-hosted type of website. Here is a little bit on how to create your website on WordPress.Org.
Step 1 – Decide on a name.
Pick a domain name that includes a major keyword that you want people to be searching for. It should be easy to remember. Do a search and see if it’s available. Next go ahead and purchase the domain name using GoDaddy.com or any other site of your choosing. For now, I would recommend you ignore all the other add-ons when purchasing your domain name.
Step 2: Buy your hosting package
To keep things simple, if you bought your domain name from GoDaddy, get your hosting from them as well. They have a decent mid-sized package which is perfect for a start-up. Once again, you can ignore all the add-ons to keep things simple. There is nothing required but the domain name and hosting. If you have another hosting service or didn’t buy your hosting and your domain name from the same company, you will need to switch your name servers. If this is required, I highly recommend you speak with or chat with your hosting provider to get the correct address and they will walk you through how to do that.
Step 3: Install WordPress
If you enter into your hosting section under my accounts from GoDaddy, you will want launch the hosting section. Look for is the area to install apps. WordPress is usually a featured app and it works just like installing an app on your phone. You will need to fill out some information like your site title (Example: Yummy Recipes) and the tagline (Example: Find every yummy recipe here). Remember to pick a username and password you will remember. Write it down. Also, change the admin email to the email you use for business. If you don’t have one, see about setting up a free email account just for this work stuff.
Step 4: WordPress settings
Once you have logged into the admin link with your information, you will see an area for WordPress settings. When you click on the settings area it will give many different options. Go through each section and familiarize yourself with the settings.
Step 5: Plugins
Install the following plugins:
- Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
- Ninja Forms
- Simple Social Icons
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
- WordPress Editorial Calendar WordPress Related Posts
- WordPress SEO by Yoast
- Google Analytics by Yoast
- Share this
- W3 Total Cache
Step 6: Content
You can hire a writer to create the content for you but since you know your business better than anyone else, I would recommend you at least attempt to write your content. In WordPress Express, we have a worksheet that will help you write your content.
- About Page
- Services Page(s)
- Contact Page
Step 7: The Theme
Picking your theme is like picking what colors you will use to decorate your house. There are thousands of free themes available and even more paid themes that have every kind of bell and whistle you could imagine. Once you find the theme that works for you, you can install with a simple click. If you have found a paid theme, there will be instructions but there is an upload theme option as a zip file. Now that your theme is installed, you simply need to configure it. Start with the theme options and customize the theme. That is generally where you will find alllll the settings.
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