WordPress is the most popular and commonly used content management system (CMS) - around 28 % of Internet bloggers and business owners uses it for creating blogs and websites. It is quite easy to explore and manage it, and the most important that it has free features, plugins and themes. Also WordPress is perfect solution for the total beginners who just have decided to create their own business website or public blog.
But although WordPress is very useful and convenient for first steps of creating websites, it has some disadvantages for professional business websites. For example, it can be easily hacked and it has fewer features than other CMS have. To investigate these questions more we recommend reading our article “Drupal vs WordPress” in which we provide full information and differences between two CMS.
If you have already decided (or you have read our previous article) that WordPress is a perfect platform for your future website – let start your new journey of the creating website in WordPress CMS.
WordPress.com or WordPress.org
For non professional developers it starts to be confusing from the first steps – what is the difference between .com and .org? We will dispel your doubts. WordPress.com is a hosting website or a service. It does not need to be downloaded or installed, it is free for usage, but it does not have plugins. WordPress.org is a content management system. It is set of files with program code and you can download it also for free. To make this code work you need to download it to the hosting website, set up a connection to the database and install it. You can use plugins, themes and edit PHP files. But it requires more technical knowledge, and you need to independently administer your hosting account or it can be done by your hosting provider.
If you are a novice webmaster then it is easier to start with WordPress.com. You do not need to do technical maintenance of your website and you can start publishing in a short time. Also you can link your own domain and continue to use the platform. When you are ready to learn and develop a website, you can start your work with WordPress.org. You will need just to an export file for your website from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
If you are ready to explore professional features of CMS – this article will help you with website development in WordPress.org.
Domain name is a name of your website which users enter and see in the address bar. For example, domain name of our website is https://zexler.com. It is better to register a domain in advance. We recommend buying a domain name if you really want to create professional and excellent website. Domain name should be remembered and reflect the essence of your website.
Hosting is a place on a real remote computer where your website will be stored. Many hosting companies offer a test drive of their services Domain registration and hosting services are provided by specialized hosting companies that can also provide services for placing websites on their servers.
After buying domain name and hosting you can install WordPress.org through the chosen hosting company. You will have to wait 1-2 days in order for processing domain name and hosting.
Now it is time for the most interesting work with your future website. Themes are files or templates that allow you to implement a change in the graphical interface and style of displaying the content of a website. A theme changes the display style without making any changes to the program code. A theme consists of template files, images, cascading style sheets and files with PHP code
Themes provide greater control over the presentation of the material published on the website. WordPress has more than 1500 available free themes! Is not it a miracle? With these diverse options you will have less possibility for your website to look like others. Don’t forget to get a responsive design theme so your future visitors will be able to find you through their smartphones. Also you can customize your chosen theme and modify your website’s title and tagline.
If you got a theme that supports menu customization you can create and organize a group of links so that visitors can quickly find parts of your website. With it you can change the order of the pages in the menu or delete some of them, create nested or drop-down menus, create links to category pages and add links to other websites.
Widgets are functional blocks that can be placed in the sidebar column of the WordPress theme. The number of available sidebars and their location on the page depends on the selected theme. WordPress can provide you these essential widgets: Calendar, Rubrics, Recent comments, Pages, Links, Archive and others. In order to add a new widget you need to install an appropriate plugin.
Plugins will provide additional functionality for your website. You can install plugins directly from the admin panel. WordPress CMS has diversity of valuable plugins: Ajax Event Calendar (a calendar with the possibility to mark upcoming events), WordPress Popular Posts (displays the most popular posts), WP-Filebase (displays files which are available to download), Easy Random Posts (displays random blog posts) and others.
Content, posts and media
After all these technical actions you can be ready to fill your new website with texts, images, infographics, etc. You can write your posts in a visual editor or in a HTML editor. You can start with visual editor, but remember that HTML is more professional tool. Don’t forget about categories which can divide your content in informative blocks. Also it is crucial to provide your readers and visitors media content in your structure. Photos, videos, infographics will bring you more popularity among other blogs and websites!
The last step which we kindly recommend you is Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In order for your website to be visible on the Internet it has to be optimized. You need to include keywords in your content, tags and meta descriptions. You have to generate backlinks to other resource and make link building. For more tips and recommendations read our useful article “How to do SEO”. For professional SEO work it is better to hire SEO firm or expert. It can guarantee you faster results than you will do it individually.
Finally, update and optimize your website every day with the unique and valuable content. Keep going with studying process of WordPress. You will see that it has more hidden features than you have ever expected!