How to Create a WordPress Column Website
You’ve decided to create a blog. Congratulations! You’ve made one of the biggest decisions of your life. Whatever your reasons for wanting a blog, here’s some practical advice on how to make the most of it.
Pick A WordPress Theme
Doing some research on the web can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are lots of themes to choose from, and the choice can seem endless. Don’t get discouraged; take your time and find a theme that speaks to you.
There are several things you need to consider when choosing a wordpress theme. One of the most important considerations is usability. The theme you choose needs to be simple to use and understand. If there are any doubts in your mind about whether or not you’ll be able to get the hang of using it, then it’s probably not the best choice. Another important thing to consider is compatibility with the latest versions of WordPress. The theme you choose needs to be compatible with the latest version of WordPress so it can take advantage of all the new features it has to offer. Thirdly, make sure the theme you choose is mobile-friendly. If your blog is going to be used mostly on mobile devices (like smartphones and tablets), then make sure the theme looks good on the smaller screens. Fourthly, check the documentation thoroughly. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is picking a theme that has no documentation at all. It basically means it’s a dead end; you’ll either have to ask someone for help or find yourself spending a lot of time trying to figure things out. Finally, if you’re planning on monetizing your blog, make sure the theme you choose is monetizable. There are several themes out there that are monetizable, but you need to do some research before you choose one. It would be best to choose a theme that is already monetized so you don’t have to worry about anything. One of the best WordPress themes for monetization is the aptly named WooCommerce. You can learn more about it here: WooCommerce – Everything You Need To Know To Get Started.
Master My Design Tools
You’re probably used to designing everything by hand, but thanks to the modern world, you no longer have to. There are several tools you can use to make designing a blog quick and easy. Some of the most widely used tools are:
- InDesign – Easily one of the most popular desktop publishing tools. Most graphic designers and journalists still use it. It has a large selection of fonts, borders, and background papers you can use to create a polished look for your blog.
- Photoshop – The absolute standard in image editing. It’s used by almost everyone, from amateurs to professionals. All you need is a good camera, the ability to edit photos, and you’re good to go.
- Axure RP – An extremely popular tool for prototyping and wireframing. It’s like a mix between Photoshop and InDesign. A lot of the functions are on the smaller side so it’s easy to use and portable. When you’re using it, you won’t need a large screen either because most of the functions will be displayed on the tiny device in your palm.
- Sketch – One of the most popular visual design apps. The best part is that you don’t need any experience to use it. Simply load up your favorite photos or vector graphics and create something unique. You can also combine multiple sketch layers to create unique designs.
- Quark – A tool developed by Adobe; it’s used to create professional looking flyers, magazines, and invitations. It’s been around for a while now and is still extremely popular. You can take advantage of its sophisticated automation to help you save a lot of time when designing.
- XDesigner – Originally designed for product design, but can be used for web design as well. It has a whole suite of tools you can use to edit and customize the look of your blog. You can use it to edit and apply multiple CSS styles to the same element.
- HTML – The language you use to create web pages. It simply instructs the browser on what to do. There’s no graphics aside from plain text which makes it perfect for those who don’t have any knowledge of design.
- CSS – The styling language that allows you to change the look and format of your web pages. It was designed for web designers and has been around since the mid-90s. If you know what you’re doing, you can use it to dramatically change the look of your blog. You can find a lot of guides on how to use CSS on the web.
- Countless – A free plugin you can use to create unlimited columns of content inside your blog. Simply load the plugin, create the columns, and populate them with content. The plugin generates the column for you so all you need to do is just populate it with content.
Pick A Hosting Provider
While you’re deciding on a name for your blog, you also need to consider hosting. A blog’s hosting is what allows it to exist online. Essentially, when people visit your blog’s URL (that is, the web address like www.yourblog.com), they’ll be able to read what you’ve written. If you’ve ever visited a website and noticed how some blogs display their content better than others, then it’s because some blogs are hosted on a better web server than others. A good hosting provider will make a huge difference in how your blog looks and functions.
There are several different hosting providers out there, so take some time to compare them to find the best one for your needs. It’s important to find a hosting provider that offers a reliable service and has a good rating. The price is also a factor to consider. Most good hosting providers offer good prices for small businesses and bloggers who need a little help with the costs of running a blog. Bigger websites may need to pay more, but it’s still relatively affordable.
Pick A Domain Name
Once you’ve picked a hosting provider, it’s time to choose a domain name for your blog. A domain name is the address of your blog on the internet. The name you choose for your domain needs to be memorable and relevant to your target audience. It should also be available so you don’t have any trouble setting up blogging software like WordPress.
Luckily, the internet makes this process really quick and easy. Just type in the name you want for your blog, and within seconds, you’ll have dozens of different options. It’s important to find a name that’s relevant to your niche. For example, if you’re a travel blogger, then you could create a blog named Travelingmate and use the.com extension. Doing research on the name before you choose it can also help you find any potential conflicts or issues that might arise with the name you’ve chosen.
Create The Outline
An outline is essentially the skeleton of a story or essay. You’ll use it to structure your thoughts and ideas on a particular topic. When you’ve finished putting together your outline, it should be succinct but also very informative. The outline is the first step you need to take in order to start writing your blog. Without it, you simply have random thoughts and ideas that aren’t connected to each other.