If you need a website created quickly that you can easily edit and update yourself and you don’t want to make it a transactional site then setting up a ‘blog’ with WordPress is a great choice. People assume that installing a blog will mean that they need to constantly add new posts but that isn’t the case. It’s really just another web design template.
WordPress offers a lot of flexibility and can be installed easily if you have cpanel for your backend admin functions. If you don’t, you can still install it by downloading it from wordpress.org. You will need to have access to FTP software (software that allows you to transfer from your files to your website) and set up a database but before your eyes roll back in your head, know that it isn’t difficult. Just google mysql database install or read the install info on the wordpress site. If you’re still unsure then check with the company that hosts your website.
Once WordPress is setup, you can login and create the pages for your site. This is where you would create all the standard pages that you want to have on your website – about us, contact, privacy, services/products etc. The standard default for WordPress is to have posts on the home page but you can change this to pages by going to Settings -> Reading.
It’s easy to change the look of your blog. This is done by adding a ‘Theme’ to your site. There are many to choose from. I use Thesis for this site and I like it because it offers a lot of flexibility and is easy to alter (this site is a blog using Thesis theme!).
Plugins are the other key variable that you need to understand. They allow you to customize your blog further by adding extra functionality. I’ll run through some key plugins to add in a future post. The key thing to remember is that if you want to be able to do something, chances are someone has already thought that too and created a plugin or solution for it. If in doubt, search!
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