The Star Wars of the Website Creators.
Which Website Creator is YOUR Winner?
For anyone wanting an ecommerce website, WordPress is an excellent website creator to launch your new business. WordPress is an open source website building program using PHP. It’s about the easiest ways to create a professional profit-producing web-site, webpage site or blog.
WordPress may have started out as a simple blogging platform but it has evolved into much more. With plugins and widgets the features you can add to your site are endless. There is no cost to use WordPress. You can install it and modify it however you choose and it is fairly easy to learn.
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WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. It is perfectly true to say that WordPress is both free and priceless, all at the same time.
The core software is built upon by hundreds of talented community volunteers, and when you’re thirsting for more there are literally thousands of plugins and themes available to transport your site to almost anyplace you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
Hundreds of different themes provide a wide array of designs you can choose for your website. Some themes are free and some require a fee. Although WP is not all that difficult to use, there are plenty of things a beginner should know to allow the experience to flow more smoothly.
Some WordPress website creator “rules”
1. WordPress Folder – When you create your WP site you do not want to use a WordPress folder so it shows up in your URL. I have seen sites do this to end up with URLs looking like mysite.com/WordPress. Install the WP in your main directory or use a proper subdomain.
2. Plugin Overload – Plugins are a wonderful thing. They have one for everything from changing your font size and color to sharing your posts to your social media accounts. Although they are great tools to use, they can conflict with one another, and even slow down your entire site. So be careful not to use too many.
When I first went to the plugin directory at WordPress.org I was like a child at Christmas. I was downloading Christmas stockings full of them. I have since learned; only use the plugins I actually need and to be sure they all get along sweetly. Sometimes you can get plugins that don’t play nicely together.
If you notice a problem on your site after installing a new plugin, just deactivate the plugin and see if it fixes the problem. And deactivate the plugins you don’t need, in the moment.
4. Backup Your Site – If you have ever experienced the loss of a website, you know it is not a pleasurable experience. To prevent this from happening be sure to backup your WP site regularly. Some hosts will provide a 24 hour backup of your site if anything happens but not all of them offer that extra feature. So, do not forget to backup your website regularly. There are services for this or plugins that do this for you as well. You can search the plugin directory at WordPress.org and find hundreds of options.
5. Use Images – Using quality images in your posts and on your pages can increase your conversion rate dramatically. The brain processes images much better than text so they do much more for your products/services. Be sure you are using images legally and always add an alt text. This will help the search engine spiders “see” the image.
6. Remember Your Footer – Unfortunately many people overlook the footer at the bottom of the page. This is where you want to add your copyright and/or business information or other pertinent information or links. Be sure to keep it up to date as well. Many people will make it a point to check the footer for information and to see if the site is up to date.
7. How to Choose a Theme – Choosing a theme is an important part of building your website so do not take it lightly. The theme provides the design and layout of your site. Determine the purpose of your business and what you need your website to do for your business. Research and systematically explore each theme thoroughly to see if it will provide what you really need.
Be sure to see if the theme provides support. Try the theme and see if it “fits” with your site and content.
Take the time needed to choose the right theme. If you do find out later the theme you chose does not work, don’t fret, they can easily be changed.
8. Customized Permalinks – Permalinks are the urls given to your post by WordPress. The default permalink can be ugly or extremely long depending on your post titles. You can change the structure of the permalink by going into Settings>Permalinks. You can choose one of the options they have or you can customize your links.
9. Automate Social Sharing – Social media must play an integral part of your website. There are many options for social sharing plugins so every time you post, it will be shared with your social media followers. There are also plugins that will allow your visitors to easily share your content on their social pages. Be sure to use these plugins to your advantage.
10. Update WordPress and Plugins – WordPress and the plugins associated with it are constantly being changed and revised. You need to keep up with these updates and always check to see if an update is available. If you are not up to date the chances of your site being hacked could increase. It could also cause problems with interaction between old and new plugins and features. Updating is as simple as a click of the mouse. Check for an Update Available button next to your plugins or at the top of your admin dashboard.
WordPress, to me, is the best thing to come along since chocolate so if you have not yet considered using WP, look into it and see all the possibilities it can provide for your website. There is a ton of information available so take the time you need to research WP and see what it can do for you and your business.
And that’s it for website creator wars, have fun.