How to Add WordPress to an Existing Website
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used by bloggers and website owners all over the world. It’s probably the tool that you’ve seen most often when you’re browsing blog posts online. Most people use WordPress because it’s simple to use, has a lot of great features, and (most importantly) allows them to create a fully functioning blog with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
If you’ve been blogging for a while now and want to add some more content to your blog, perhaps you’ve considered the option of moving your entire blog to WordPress.com or WordPress.org. But what if you already have a website that you’ve built with some other tool? Can you still use WordPress to enhance your blog posts? Absolutely! In this article, we’ll discuss how to add WordPress to an existing website in five steps.
Step One: Find Out What Theme Is Currently Installed On Your Website
The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out what theme is currently installed on your website. You can do this by looking at the URL of your website (usually shown as the address bar in your browser) and entering it into a Google search. When the results come back, you’ll see a list of your website’s URLs along with the themes installed on each one.
If you’ve installed a WordPress-specific theme (one designed specifically for blogs) on your site, you’ll see a small thumbnail of a woman wearing a headscarf next to the URL in the address bar. This is a signal to you that WordPress is installed and is currently the active theme on the site. You can also look for the little green wreath badge on the website’s header.
If you’ve installed a general-purpose theme on your site (one that doesn’t have a specific blogging layout), you’ll see the name of the theme and a small illustration of a house or tree in the address bar. Your site’s content is probably displayed in the area underneath.
Step Two: Install WordPress To Replace The Theme You Found On Step One
Once you’ve found out what theme is currently used on your site, you can click the Download button on the theme’s home page or the link to download the zip file from WordPress.org or WordPress.com to find the exact latest version of the theme. Once the file has been downloaded to your computer, unzip it to reveal the organized folder structure containing all the files and folders needed to install the theme.
You’ll want to rename the folder containing the extracted files to remove the theme’s original name from the filename (usually this is the Theme Name). For example, say you’ve extracted the contents of the TwentyTen theme to your desktop. You’ll want to rename it to Blog before continuing. This is so you can identify it as the theme you’re going to install on your site instead of the original TwentyTen theme.
Navigate to your blog’s Dashboard and click on the Add New button in the top right corner. You’ll then see a screen to add a new page. Name the page Blog Post and click the Publish button to post the article.
WordPress will then launch its built-in Text Editor. You’ll want to type the blog post you just published and then click the Edit button in the top right corner to save your work.
Step Three: Customize The Appearance Of Your Blog
Now that you’ve got WordPress installed and are happily writing away, you can start to customize the appearance of your blog. You’ll need to do this because WordPress is built on a template known as TwentyTen that comes with stock (standard) settings. If you want to make your blog a little different, you’ll need to change the template’s look and feel.
Click on the Setting tab along the top of your WordPress Dashboard to reveal a number of options. You can change the General settings here to change the appearance of your blog. The most useful of these settings are:
- Links: Change this setting to make your blog’s links appear underlined and clickable (this will also make your existing links active).
- Header: Set the header image for your blog by uploading a file or typing a URL into the text field.
- Footer: You can add a small footer at the bottom of each page by typing text into the text field.
- Skin: This setting controls the overall look and feel of your blog. Choose either Dark or Light from the drop-down menu.
- Display (Blog) Content: Set the content to be displayed on your blog’s front page.
- Showcase: Choose whether or not to display the blog’s best posts on its front page.
After making these changes, you’ll want to click on the SEO tab along the top of your WordPress Dashboard to make any necessary changes to the blog’s SEO properties (Search Engine Optimization). Search engine optimization (SEO) is a process of making a website more likely to show up when someone searches for relevant topics on the internet. You can use tools like Google Analytics to track the results of your changes.
Step Four: Create Your First Blog Post
With your blog’s appearance settled, it’s time to write your first blog post! This is an important step because the quality of your writing will determine the overall success of your blog. Make sure that you write something that will grab the attention of your readers. The key to writing a successful blog post is research. Before you start writing, it’s important to have a clear idea of what works well in terms of SEO (the science of getting traffic from search engines such as Google) and content for blogs.
Start by doing some research about the topic you’ve chosen for your blog. Look at some of the most successful blogs in your niche and see what they’re doing. Learn from their successes and failures.
After you’ve picked your topic, you can move on to the next step.
Step Five: Promote Your Blog
Now that you’ve got some content on your blog, it’s time to start promoting it. There are a variety of ways to do this, but the most effective (and free) way is to participate in online forums related to your niche. Just remember: if you’re a new blog, it can be difficult to gain credibility in these forums. But don’t worry- with time, you’ll be able to build up a solid reputation and network of readers.
Forums are a great way to create connections with other bloggers and website owners in your niche. When you join these communities, you’ll find a lot of helpful people who are also interested in discussing topics related to your blog’s content. You can also use these forums to ask questions about blogging and how to grow your blog. The more you participate within these forums, the more likely you are to gain credibility with other members. When you have credibility, you have power. And with power comes followers. These followers can then become potential customers for your company’s products or services. Now isn’t that worth some effort?
Blogging can be a tricky business, but you’ll learn a lot along the way. Make sure to take your time and do it right. It’s all about following a proven formula- create great content, build a following, and then monetize the blog. With enough hustle, even a small blog can be a profitable venture.