WordPress powers a quarter of the entire internet from CNN to Mashable, so if you thought it was just a blogging platform, think again. There are many reasons to set up a blog or a website: maybe you’d like to make some extra money, build up your business empire or simply enjoy writing? If you’re thinking of launching a website but don’t have any idea of the difference between different platforms of making websites or how to make a speed optimization with Google Insight or Chrome, you’re not alone. The good news is that you don’t need any specialized technical expertise, plus it’s a lot easier than you’d think. On top of this, we are here for you to make your life easier and to make a successful online project.
If you intend to start a blog, you first need a blogging platform and there are plenty to choose from: Wix, Weebly and WordPress are just three of them although the latter is one of the most popular worldwide for its functionality and easy to use tools. However, WordPress won’t work on its own; you’ll also need a hosting company to have server space online. Finding the fastest WordPress hosting service can be a pain when you’re new to web hosting but you shouldn’t let that put you off. Once you’ve decided on a hosting provider, you can then choose a domain name and then you’re up and running.
When it comes to designing and building a website you’ll find plenty of templates available which will suit the type and style of a website you’re aiming for. You’ll always have the option of getting someone else to design it for you but you might be surprised how easy it is for a beginner to navigate around WordPress. Plan the content and layout of each page using your chosen template builder and what kind of information and images you want to include on the site. When creating the content, you should also keep in mind who your audience is and the ways in which you’ll attract them to your website.
Up and running
Congratulations! You now have a website that is live for people to visit, buy products or read more about the service you’re offering. However, there’ll still be some work to do and additional items you may want to think about. These can include a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) plan and other analytic tools which you can integrate into your site along with Plugins for social media and ongoing development of your website. Bear in mind that everyone makes mistakes when setting up a website so focus on the key elements before developing it further. You should also seriously consider setting up an email account and designing e-newsletters to further reach more people online.
Over time, your vision of the website will change as will tweaking it until it’s the perfect image you want to portray to your readers, and you’ll also find that your voice will come to shape its direction as it evolves into a successful website.
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