How to Create a Therapist Website in WordPress
WordPress has emerged as the content management system of choice for many professional webmasters because of its open source nature and huge community of support. If you’re curious about creating a WordPress-based therapist website, then read on!
WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) that was first released in 2005. It has since become the world’s #1 content publishing platform and is used by millions of websites across the globe. It is extremely popular with media companies, bloggers, and online stores who all need a content management system to keep their websites updated and fresh.
WordPress is a fantastic choice for any professional webmaster who needs a content management system because of its flexibility and ease of use. You can download WordPress straight from their official website and start building your site within minutes. You don’t need to know any coding languages to create a WordPress site; all you need is a web browser. WordPress is completely free to use and opens up endless possibilities for content publishing and creation.
What Will You Need To Create A WordPress-Based Therapist Website?
If you decide to build a WordPress-based therapist website, then you will need to acquire the following:
- A domain name
- A hosting service
- A blank template
- A place to store your blog posts
- A way to manage your blog posts (e.g., WordPress)
- An email service provider (Esp)
- A website design (if necessary)
Step 1: Domain Name And Web Hosting
The first thing you will need to do is to secure yourself a domain name for your blog. You can find cheap and/or free hosting services from web hosts in case you don’t want to go with a premium service. Keep in mind that shared hosting is very limited in terms of resources so if you plan on using WordPress heavily then consider moving to a premium plan.
Once you have your domain and hosting services, it’s time to configure the former and set up the website. Depending on your hosting service, you will have one URL (uniform resource locator) to access your blog (e.g., http://yoursite.com). To set up the WordPress blog, you will need to follow the instructions in your hosting’s documentation. If you’re new to WordPress, start by installing the “WordPress” plugin for your blog’s dashboard and then following the onscreen instructions. Once you have installed WordPress, create a new post and publish it. Congratulations! You have created your very first blog post. Keep in mind that if you decide to make this blog into a professional website then you will need to find a quality designer to help you create a unique design for your site.
Step 2: Template And Style Sheets
The second step is to select a theme for your site based on the following criteria:
- Themedicine: Is the theme flexible enough to accommodate any number of posts?
- Medical: Are the posts structured in a way that is easy to understand and quick to navigate?
- Blog: Is the theme compatible with the type of content you are trying to put on your site?
- Professional: Is the theme easy to use and does it come with several features that will enhance the usability of your site?
Once you have your theme picked out, it’s time to create the style sheet of your site. A style sheet is a collection of HTML and CSS codes that you can mix and match to tailor the look and feel of your site. For example, you can use a green style sheet to give your site a fresh, vibrant feel. You can create a style sheet for your own personal use or you can create a style sheet to be used by a client. It’s a good idea to create separate style sheets for each project you take on because it will make your work much easier should you have to go back and change something later on. Ensure that all the links, buttons, and other web design elements are linked to the correct stylesheet.
Step 3: Email Provider
The third step is to acquire an email provider. You can choose from a variety of service providers based on your needs. For example, if you want to have a free domain name then you should opt for the free version of GoogleApps. If you need to create and send emails to your customers then you should opt for a premium service such as Mailchimp or Convertkit.
It’s also a good idea to sign up for a service that allows you to automatically send out notifications when you have new content published. For example, you can use email providers such as Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and iContact to gain access to a large pool of potential customers.
You’ll need to provide your customers with sufficient details about your practice. Include your phone number, email address, and a short bio about yourself. If you want to create a more sophisticated website then you can take this opportunity to integrate your social media accounts (e.g., Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook).
Step 4: Content
The fourth step is to populate your blog with content. You can start by writing a couple of posts to get the ball rolling. Once you have some content to work with, start adding more regularly. You don’t want to rush this step because the content you put out now will determine the overall feel and tone of your site. Ensure that you are using quality content that is both relevant and interesting to readers. Try not to use too many sales calls to attract visitors to your site. Instead, focus on providing valuable information that will help your visitors navigate their way around your site with ease.
Step 5: Promotion
The fifth step is to promote your site. You can take this opportunity to run ads on your site or you can manually promote your site. The choice is yours. You can use free tools like Google Adsense to gain access to a massive pool of potential visitors.
If you opt to use Google Ads then it’s a good idea to do some A/B testing. In A/B testing, you will test two different versions of a design or a web page in order to determine which one performs better.
Promoting your site is a good idea for several reasons. First, it shows that you’re trying to grow your practice. Second, it helps build credibility by demonstrating that you’ve been around for a while and have established yourself as an expert in your field. Third, it demonstrates that you’re upstanding citizen who cares about the community and isn’t afraid to put his or her money where their mouth is.
It’s important to note here that you should not use free blog hosting to build your website. You should instead choose a premium service which will give you the ability to fully customize the appearance of your site. For more information on the differences between paid and free blog hosting, check out our post on the topic. You can also find a link to that post at the end of this article.
One Last Step: Back-End Set Up
The sixth and last step is to set up the back-end of your site. The back-end is everything behind the scenes—the parts that you cannot find or see from the outside. Depending on your previous experience, this step may be quite easy or quite difficult. If you’ve built other types of websites then this step will be familiar to you. You’ll just need to follow the instructions in your hosting’s documentation to set up the back-end.
To help newbies get started, WordPress comes with several basic back-end features that you can use to modify the appearance of your site. For example, you can rearrange the sidebar or change the theme’s colors. Additionally, you can use the back-end to configure various notifications for when new content is published or when someone subscribes to your blog.
How Do I Set Up A Blog In 5 Simple Steps?
WordPress makes blogging easy and accessible for everyone. If you’re a person who wants to start a blog but doesn’t have the technical know-how, then WordPress is a great choice. If you want to create a professional looking site then WordPress is also a great choice because it comes with tons of pre-designed templates that you can simply modify. In this section, we will teach you how to set up a WordPress blog in 5 simple steps so that you can get started immediately.