Read my detailed post for WordPress first-timers here. The post covers everything from domain names, to finding good hosting to setting up the basics. You can find a summary of all the links below
Visit https://wordpress.org/about/ to find out more about WordPress.
Don’t be daft like these “geniuses”
Many people have heard the name WordPress and associate it (correctly) with a tool for building a blog or website. Without much further research they would start building their site on WordPress.com.
It’s a common mistake.
It is important to understand that
- WordPress.org is an open-source initiative.
- WordPress.com is a commercial company.They are different and separate.
This WordPress.org vs WordPress.com Infographic explains it better than I could.
WP Engine is the best of the best for WordPress hosting. They are a great choice. However, I found them a little expensive for my needs. So I use Dreamhost instead. I have found Dreamhost to be very reliable, and they score high on all the points mentioned above.
So my website is live, now what?
- Pick a theme
Three themes I like:
- Install Google Analytics
- Install a Child Theme
Just install the plugin Child Theme Configurator and follow the instruction videos.
- Install Yoast SEO.
This Search Engine Optimization plugin helps you write your SEO tags, search snippets etc. It also helps you write better, more attractive text.
- Read up on these speed tips
If you closely follow the above steps for hosting and setup, you are well on your way to becoming a professional web developer.
Now for some further inspiration
Review some of my favorite tutorials and Infographics below to get a better understanding of the types of things you can do with WordPress.
Learn about SEO
Search Engine Optimization is important, but good content comes first!
Learn some basic CSS
You don’t need to know much. Just the fundamental building blocks.