How to Customize Your WordPress Website
Many designers, bloggers, and content creators use WordPress as their platform of choice for various reasons. The flexibility of the system combined with a talented and diverse community make it a useful choice for anyone who wants to create a blog, social media page, or any other type of website.
Although the basic functionality of WordPress is quite simple and straightforward, there are many different ways to enrich the platform with unique features and functions that will make your content stand out.
In this guide, you will discover some of the most useful tips and tricks for customizing your WordPress website (or blog). We will cover the following topics:
Allowing More Than One Comment Per Post
If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you’ll know that you can only leave one comment per post. While there’s nothing wrong with this policy, it can be quite limiting when you’re trying to build a community. You can’t ask questions or give feedback via your blog post because you’re restricted to one comment per post. This tactic doesn’t allow for much interactivity or engagement with the reader, even though you might desire some type of interaction after reading a lengthy blog post. Since comments are such a critical part of any blog’s success, allowing more than one comment per post would undoubtedly increase the odds of attracting and engaging with an audience. Moreover, it will encourage commenters to say something more than just “Nice post!” after reading your blog post.
Adding Twitter Cards To Your Blog
If you’ve been following our blog posts for a while, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Twitter and how it can be an effective tool for both building and engaging with an audience. One of the reasons why we like Twitter so much is because it gives you the option of adding a small snippet of news to your blog posts. With just a few lines of code, you can add a small Twitter Card to the end of each blog post to encourage readers to click through and follow you on Twitter. The small card does a wonderful job of rounding off blog posts while also giving the reader a nudge to follow you on the platform. It’s a quick and easy way to grow your Twitter following, especially if you’ve been meaning to do so for a while.
Personalizing Your Blog’s 404 Error Page
As a visitor to your blog, I’m sure you’ll want to visit several pages before finding the one that you’re looking for. When I visit a website that doesn’t exist, I see a plain and boring 404 error page with little to no personality. While a lot of the content on a website is valuable, it’s the little details like the 404 error page that can make a difference in terms of engaging with the audience. When I see a website that has a customized and personalized 404 error page, I feel as though I’ve entered into a virtual living room with the person who designed it. In many cases, the design of the page is something that will draw me back, especially if the page is nicely done and has details that I find valuable. A good 404 error page can make or break your blog’s conversion rate. You definitely don’t want to have a poor-quality, minimalist 404 page because it will kill your chances of engaging with the audience.
Giving Your Blogs’ Posts an Instant Caption
If you’ve ever been on Instagram, you’ll know that they have a feature where you can add a caption to a photo’s description. It’s one of the small things that makes the platform special and enhances the user experience when you use it. We think that a similar feature should exist for blogs. When someone leaves a comment on your blog post, there’s a small chance that they’ll go unnoticed by the audience unless they have something to say. Having an instant caption for your blog posts can help in these cases. When someone leaves a comment on your blog post, they’ll see an instant notification that a response is needed. You can then use the comment system and engage with the audience via your blog’s content.
Making Your Blog’s Archive Search Engine Optimized (SEO)
Although many people have moved away from manual search engine optimization (SEO), it’s still a viable option for those who want to game the system and beat the bots. The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional SEO expert to get the most out of your blog’s archive search function. With just a few tweaks and some research, you can significantly improve the odds of your blog posts being found when someone searches for content related to your niche. The better your SEO skills are, the more opportunities you’ll have of being found when someone searches for content related to your blog’s niche.
Adding More Video Content
Video content is becoming more and more important to watch online. The attention span of media consumers has decreased because of the 24-hour news cycle and social media’s ability to offer captions and video content on every post. Videos allow for a variety of content, including behind-the-scenes looks at the products that you love, interesting news stories, and more. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about offering video content on your blog, now may be a good time to jump in. The key is to find a way to make money from video content without having to sell your soul to a company or having to beg for donations from viewers. You can do this through affiliate marketing, which earns you a commission when someone clicks a monetized link or buys a product that’s promoted on your blog. You can also use a tool like YouTube’s affiliate program, where you can choose an affiliate product that you want to promote and get a cut of the revenue generated by your audience. Vlogging is another option, where you offer daily videos on your channel. You can use a tool like YouTube’s affiliate program to get paid when someone watches a daily video or clicks a monetized link within one of your videos.
Customizing Your Blog’s Header
Just like a website’s header, a blog’s header is an important part of its design. This is because headers serve as the platform for navigation and link decoration. They can also be used to highlight content, as well as the authorship of the blog post. Customizing your blog’s header can be done through the use of a plugin like WordPress’s Custom Header. This plugin makes it easy for anyone to add a header to their blog. All you need to do is enter the characters of your header, save it, and publish your blog post. WordPress will then pull in the new header every time someone opens a new blog post. You can find a number of free and premium-quality blog headers to add to your WordPress site.
Making Your Blog’s Cover Photo Stand Out
As the name would suggest, a blog’s cover photo is the image that is displayed on the platform when someone lands on your blog’s front page. This is typically a high-quality image of yourself or someone important to you. Ideally, you want to use a cover image that stands out and catches the attention of visitors to your blog. Many bloggers use their Instagram photos for their blog’s cover photo because they have such high-quality images and can use them for free. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about using your Instagram photos for your blog, now may be a good time to jump in. The key is to find a unique, eye-catching image that’ll make your blog stand out. You can start by looking at some of the popular blog photos on your side of the screen and try to emulate their style.
Adding More Infographics To Your Blog For Visual Content
Infographics are one of the most popular forms of content on the Internet today. They combine graphics, data, and photos to tell compelling stories that often get shared far and wide. Much like with video content, infographics allow for a variety of content including data-driven stories, revealing how-to guides, and more. If you’re looking to add more visual content to your blog, consider using an infographic tool like Infogr.am or Visual.ly to create infographics for your blog. You can then insert these images into your posts to attract and engage with your audience via visual storytelling.