How to Create a Real-Life WordPress Website
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world with over 66 million downloads to date. It is the brainchild of Matt Mullenweg and is used widely for websites of all shapes and sizes. Often, people think of WordPress when they hear about creating a website, but beyond the basics, there are a variety of other tools and skills that a digital marketer or designer might need to know how to use effectively in order to create a professional-looking site that will engage the reader.
The Essentials: Choosing a Domain Name and Setting Up Email
Even if you have created a WordPress website with the bare essentials (which we recommend since it is very easy to use), you will probably want to flesh it out a bit more with some additional plugins and themes. Before you start customizing your site with additional plugins and elements, it is important to take care of the essentials. These are, by far, the most important aspects of your site’s design because without them, your site will not function as you intended it to. Before you start building on Google’s platform, it is important to take some time to think of a good domain name and to setup email so that you can begin building your audience.
Choosing a Domain Name
In order to create a professional-looking website, you will need to choose a good domain name that will make your site seem more authoritative. Luckily for you, we have gathered some information on the best domain names based on SEO (search engine optimization) which, in simpler terms, means making your site appear on the first page of Google when someone searches for your topic.
From our research, we have found that.com domains are the most preferred choice among website owners, followed closely by.ca domains. When it comes to choosing a domain name, make sure to keep these tips in mind:
- Pick an easy-to-spell, single-word domain name
- Don’t use hyphens or accented letters in your domain name
- Avoid using generic terms like ‘click here’ or ‘buy now’ in your domain name
- Use your domain name in your email signature
- Consider the extensions that are available
- Secure your domain name with a security certificate (https://www.digitalcertificate.com)
Now that you have chosen a good domain name, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Setting Up Email
Once you have chosen a suitable domain name for your site, it’s time to move on to the next step which is to set up email. As mentioned above, it is very important to have a good domain name because this will affect the way your site is perceived by the reader. Setting up email is very easy to do; just follow these six steps:
- Go to your domain registrar’s website
- Click on the settings tab
- Enter your domain in the textbox
- Click on the blue button next to the textbox
- You will see a pop-up window; enter your email address in this window and then click on the blue button
- You will see a confirmation window; click on the confirmation button
- You will see a success message that your email has been activated
Once you have set up email, you can start using this address to send out automated emails to your subscribers. This is a great way to grow your email list quickly.
Creating a Minimalist Header And Footer
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make your blog or website look more professional, you can use the minimalistic approach to create a header and a footer. For a minimalist header, you will want to use a sans-serif font (such as Arial or Helvetica) in a sans-serif size (such as 40 or 42px).
Similarly, for a footer, you will want to use a sans-serif font in a sans-serif size and, in addition, you will want to use a serif font (such as Georgia or Times New Roman) in a serif size (such as 15px or 16px). Do not use both types of fonts in the same size or, in fact, any font in any size other than the base sixteen point size (1.5 or 1.6)
Once you have laid the groundwork with a basic, non-functioning site, it is time to move on to the next step which is to add content to the site. We will teach you how to use WordPress to add content to your site, whether it is another blog post, a product review, a narrative, or anything else that you can think of that you want to share with your audience. WordPress makes it very easy to add new content to your site.
Adding New Blog Posts
WordPress provides you with a ton of different options when it comes to creating new content. You can use the built-in blog posts to create an easily digestible news site or you can use the Kiosk WordPress product to create a sleek, magazine-like reading experience. We will teach you how to add a blog post to your site, but, first, it is important to understand what a blog post is.
A blog post is simply an article that is published on a blog. It can be either standalone or it can be part of a larger series. A stand-alone blog post is one that appears completely independent from the rest of the content on the site; it might even be considered the flagship post. A series of blog posts is usually associated with a specific topic but it can also be used to promote a single product or service.
Creating Images For The Site
When it comes to creating a professional-looking site, you will want to make sure that the various images on the site have a high quality; whether it is an image of a product, an advertisement, or even a font design, each element should be considered and used very carefully. To assist you in ensuring that your images look the best they can, WordPress provides you with a plugin, aptly named Visual Composer, that automatically adjusts the images on your site to optimize them for the different display devices (such as mobile phones or desktops) that your site’s visitors may be using.
If you are a designer who is looking to create a product review website, you might consider using a service like Canva (Canva) which allows you to create beautiful, mobile-friendly graphics for product reviews. Canva’s drag-and-drop editor is incredibly easy to use and its intuitive design makes creating graphics for your site a breeze.
Additionally, you might want to consider using a service like Gratisography to create infographics for your site. Not only do they allow you to create stylish, high-quality graphics but they also assist you in gathering and formatting the relevant data for your graphic. In our experience, using a service like Gratisography to create infographics has proven to be a really effective way to attract and retain a potential audience.
Adding Product Reviews
If you are looking to create a review website, you can use WooCommerce (WooCommerce) to get started. WooCommerce is a free WordPress plugin that allows for the buying and selling of digital goods (such as e-books, graphic novels, and software) directly from your site.
WooCommerce’s main advantage is that it provides robust e-commerce features out of the box, but it also has a very strong community of contributors who constantly update and expand its capabilities. If you are looking for an open-source e-commerce solution that can be used to power your product review website, consider WooCommerce.
Creating A Product Directory
A product directory is a great way to organize your product reviews and it can be done very easily with WordPress. To create a product directory, install the WP Directory module (WP Directory); this will allow you to create a menu at the top of your site that links to all the products within your directory. Your product directory can be used to organize your product reviews into separate categories such as technology, gaming, etc.