Advantages & Benefits Of Using WordPress
Worpress is arguably one of the better ways of building a website in 2017. It is one of today’s most convenient and functional options for building a website. There are many benefits to using WordPress and in this post, we’ll be looking at exactly how you can go about building your first WordPress site. But before we do that, let’s take a look at the benefits of using WordPress as your go to content management system.
The first benefit is its ease of use and the simplicity involved when navigating your way around WordPress. With WordPress, you’ll find that building new posts and pages can’t get any easier, thanks to its amazingly friendly user interface and fuctional design. Another benefit you’ll love about WordPress is that uses a clean and simple code that the search engines tend to love, which means possibly better indexing and rankings for you.
With WordPress, you also have so much in the way of customization options, like being able to install and use your own plugins, while being able to customize other design aspects of your website. Lastly, when you choose WordPress, you have full control of your site, unlike other web builders that require certain kind of ad placements to serve on your site along with other limitations.
When it comes to building a website in 2017, I simply can’t think of a better option then WordPress itself, and I’m sure that the majority of bloggers out there would agree without question. So without further or due, let’s get into the steps of what it takes to building your first (or second) WordPress website!
STEP 1. PURCHASE A DOMAIN
In today’s day and age, we have no almost no limitations as to where we can buy a domain in 2017. Seeing that this is our very first step to building our website, let’s see exactly the kind of choices we have. But before we do that, we should consider the TLD or extension we’ll be using.. TLD in short, stands for Top-Level Domain. These refer to our typical extensions like com, org, net, gov, edu, and more.
Most individuals will want to stick to the .com, unless you have reason to choose any one of the others. The reason why you want a .com is because you’ll be at an advantage in terms of rankings and traffic. Therefore, there’s no need to go with an extension no one’s ever heard of like .club or .trivia, especially since they can put you at a disadvantage when trying to rank content.
Next, choose a domain, not based on keywords, but on the subject of your site. Pick something you see relates to the topic and feels brand-able. Hyphens are okay, but finding one without them is even better. Once you’ve chosen a name you think explains you or your business well, use any one of your favorite services to purchase it with.
Here’s a list of today’s more popular domain selling services, including one of my most favorite options Wealthy Affiliate, allowing you to buy your domain (WhoIS included), host your website, and take courses (included with membership) on how to build your website, create content, and bring traffic to the new site. But any of the following domain services will suffice!
STEP 2. PICK YOUR HOSTING
This is where things can start to get exciting. You’ve bought your domain, but now you need a service to host your website for you. Which 2017 hosting services are best? With so many options out there, knowing where to host your site can feel confusing, but we’ve listed some of the best services for you below.
Ideally, hosting services bought over a longer period of time, results in the most savings. But you can also go month-to-month, if it’s what you prefer. In order to properly host your domain, you’ll also need to change your DNS nameservers from the website or company you bought your domain from.
If you’re using WA, this won’t be necessary, since everything can be done from directly within the system (e.g. purchasing a WA domain and hosting it there). Anyway, here are our top picks for domain hosting in 2017.
Changing your DNS nameservers, once you’ve chosen your hosting will differ with each website. Make sure to look up or contact support if needed to find out how exactly you can change your nameservers. It’s a very simple process for the most part though.
STEP 3. INSTALL WORDPRESS
Now that we have our domain and hosting, we want to install the WordPress content management system, which can be done through your website’s CPanel found at the company hosting your website. We recommend following these easy-to-follow steps in the video down below.
STEP 4. FIND & INSTALL YOUR WORDPRESS THEME
One of my favorite parts for setting up any website is choosing a new theme for my website. I tend to lean towards themes that are more minimal just because it can result in a website that loads up faster and can improve user experience. But each site is different, so make sure you spend some time here sampling various themes to see which works best for you and your site.
There are several ways to choose your theme. One way is by choosing a free theme from within your WordPress panel. To browse through the themes in WordPress, go to the Appearance settings on the left sidebar and choose Themes. Once you’re taken to the page, click on “Add New.”
Here, you’ll be able to search for themes in terms of “Featured,” “Popularity,” “Latest”, and “Favorites.” One of my favorite ways to search for a new WordPress theme is by using the Feature Filter, so you can tell WordPress exactly what kind of settings and options you’re looking for within your theme. You’ll be able to browse by Layout, Features, & Subject of your website (e.g. blog, e-commerce, education, photography, news). Once you’ve found your theme, simply use the one-click install and activate the theme from within the WordPress dashboard.
Need something a bit more advanced? For those who have some experience and/or prefer spending a little bit of time on spicing up their website, a paid theme is preferable. There are several places you can find a new paid theme for your website or blog. Here, I’ve listed some of my favorite places down below. Make sure to always look at the demo of your theme and the included customization options before buying as well as consumer reviews, as they can also be insightful.
- Elegant Themes
- Tesla Themes
- Mojo Themes
- Thrive Themes
- Engine Themes
As you can see, there are thousands and thousands of themes out there to choose from. So if you find one, you’re on the edge about, keep searching. You’re sure to find that perfect one eventually. If you’re unsure of which paid premium theme to use for now, then go with a free one until you have your heart set on one. Otherwise, the sites we listed above provide some of this year’s best and most flexible themes.
Nice.. We’ve got our new WordPress website all setup & ready for 2017. Awesome! Let’s move onto our last step, which deals with adding the relevant pages, posts, and plugins to your site with tips regarding some proper SEO!
STEP 5. ADD RELEVANT PAGES, POSTS, & PLUGINS
With WordPress all setup and ready, now we can get to work with ease and convenience. So the first step is remove all your unnecessary plugins. This step is especially applicable to individuals who purchased a premium theme, which can sometimes come with an endless number of plugins.
If you’re unsure of which ones to remove, simply deactivate them for now and get back to them once you have a better idea of the ones you will and won’t be using. The reason we want to remove unnecessary plugins is to improve the loading time of our site and for better SEO. I’ll show you some of the most basic and necessary plugins needed for your site, including the ones that I use.
a. SEO Yoast Or All In One SEO – This is a plugin I feel is necessary to every WordPress website out there. If you’re looking for a plugin to take care of a lot of your SEO work, choose one of these. One of the first things I recommend doing upon installation is coming up with a Home Page Title & Description and then going through each of the settings for optimizing your sites basic SEO. Here are the All In One SEO settings I prefer using.
b. Akismet – If you’re hosting at WA, this is a plugin you won’t need since they have something similar installed on the back-end of the server. But for most of you, this is something you’ll definitely need in order to avoid spam comments from getting through onto your site.
c. SI Captcha Anti-Spam – This is another plugin I use to avoid spam comments on my site and for improved security. It’s up to you whether you want to install this now or later down the road. But basically it secures your comment form and other login/register forms by adding a captcha every time someone wants to post a new comment or log into an account.
d. Pretty Link – If you plan on using affiliate links, then this plugin is a must-have. Pretty link is a URL shortener, which makes links look nice and pretty. It can also be used to track the number of clicks on any given link posted on your WordPress website.
e. Contact Form – Last plugin I prefer having on my site is a contact form. This way, if anyone needs to reach me concerning anything that relates to my site, they can use this very easy to use form. Many times, you’ll find a contact form plugin associated with your premium WordPress theme, which you can use as well.
Afterwards, it’s time to get going with the content. Other aspects to keep in mind moving forward is your main menu, categories, and type of content you plan on providing. Adding these strategically, and based on the purpose of your website, will result in one of today’s highly-looked upon resources for content in Google’s and other search engine indexes for hopefully, years to come.
Good luck with setting up the rest of your site. Hope this post helped you, and if you ever have any questions or need help, leave a comment or use the contact form on this site to get in touch!