How to Create a Realistic WordPress Website in 6 Minutes
If you’re looking for a way to make your website stand out, you’ve probably considered using a content management system (CMS). But if you’re looking for something more, you’ve probably considered a wordpress website. And if you are, then maybe you’ve thought about creating a realistic one. But what exactly does that mean? And how can you make your wordpress website look more realistic?
Let’s jump into this topic and find out. We’ll cover the essentials of creating a realistic wordpress website in just six minutes.
Pick A Theme
One of the first things you’ll want to do is select a theme for your wordpress website. But which one should you pick? That really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re after world-class conversion, for example, then you might want to consider the premium themes from Theme Forest. Alternatively, if you’re an indie developer then you might want to pick a free theme from Themeforest or WordPress itself. But if you’re after a more “industrial” look, then you might want to check out some of the big brand themes from Adobe or Shopify.
Get A Free SSL Certificate
An ssl certificate won’t cost you anything, and it’ll make an important difference in the look and feel of your website. Why? Because when a visitor lands on your site, they’ll see a little green lock icon in the top right-hand corner. When they click on that, they’ll be taken to a site that’s been protected by an ssl certificate. The main advantage of this is that it adds an additional layer of security for your website. So if someone was to hack your site, they’d have to get through both your hosting provider and SSL Certificate to access your content.
Find The Right Hosting
Your wordpress website will need a place to live. And you’ll need a good web hosting provider to do that. When it comes to choosing a web host, you really need to consider what you’ll use the website for. If you don’t have the budget for a dedicated server yet, consider the free hosting from shared hosting providers like HostGator or A2 Hosting. Or if you want to go the extra mile, you might also consider looking at the VPS (Virtual Private Server) option.
Once you’ve picked a theme and installed an SSL certificate for your wordpress website, you can install WordPress. To do this, visit the WordPress website and click the Install Now button. Once the installation is complete, log in to your new WordPress installation and click on the Settings icon to access the dashboard. From there, you can manage all the settings for your website.
Set Up Your Blogging Area
When you first set up your blog, you’ll be taken to a welcoming area where you can read about blogging with WordPress. Once you’re done there, click the button to continue to the dashboard. From the dashboard, you can access all of your blog’s settings and features.
The most important thing to consider when setting up your blog is choosing the right blogging area for it. Your blog’s primary area is where all of your blog posts will be published. Ideally, you want this area to be somewhere else than your Welcome area. If you decide that your Welcome area is the best place for your blog, you can always move the primary area later on once you’ve gotten the hang of things. Another important thing to consider is the name of your blog. If you go by the naming convention of wp-blog, it’ll be easy for others to find your blog should they want to. And last but not least, you should also set up your blog to automatically publish content from social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Set Up Your Site To Automatically Pull Twitter And Facebook Post
One of the things that makes WordPress so useful is that it can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you, so to speak. Especially when it comes to content aggregation. What does this mean? Essentially, WordPress can “auto-push” content from your social media accounts directly into your blog posts. To do this, you’ll need to set up RSS feeds for your social media accounts. RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication” and is used to pull posts from websites and blogs onto a user’s news reader. So if you have an RSS feed for your Twitter account, you can have your new blog posts automatically added to your Twitter feed. And the same goes for Facebook. If you have an RSS feed for your Facebook account, you can have your new blog posts automatically added to your Facebook feed. This way, you’ll always be able to keep your audience up-to-date with the latest news and content on your website.
Set Up Your Site To Allow Commenting
With the ability to comment comes great responsibility. So before you start allowing users to comment on your blog posts, you should probably think about what you’ll do with all of these comments. There are many different types of comments, ranging from spam to “Good job” or “Very interesting point you made” type comments. To keep things simple, you may want to allow only “Good job” comments.
To set up your site to allow commenting, you’ll need to head back to your Dashboard and navigate to Settings → Discussion. From there, you can choose who can leave comments on your blog posts and pages. You can also set the number of comments per post or page. And last but not least, you can choose to moderate all comments before they appear on your site.
Set Up Your Site To Showcase Your Projects
If you’re the kind of person who loves to boast about all of your achievements and talents, you may want to consider creating a showcase page for your own projects. What is a showcase page, you ask? Well, a showcase page is essentially a mini-website within your larger one. It allows you to post a single featured image and description of your project. So if you’ve got something to show off, why not create a little “shop” within your website? There are a couple of great plugins that can help you with this. For example, you may want to check out the WooCommerce plugin.
Make Sure To Optimize Your Blog For The Best Possible Performance
After you’ve set up your website and started writing blog posts, it’s time to start worrying about performance. Up until now, all of your blog posts have been published to a static page. This means that there’s no database connection required to pull your content. However, that doesn’t mean that things will always go smoothly. Especially if you’ve got a lot of content on your site. So once you’ve got some performance issues, it’s time to start thinking about making some changes.
To start with, you may want to consider moving all of your blog posts to a WordPress database. This will help with the performance issues. It’ll also allow you to do more with your blog than simply posting to a plain old static page.
Make Sure To Automatically Format Your Content For The Visitors’ Consumption
While it’s always great to have a writer take care of all the formatting for you, sometimes you may want to have the option to edit the content as it’s being published. Especially if things aren’t working out the way you’d like them to. For example, if you notice that a certain piece of content is proving difficult to comprehend, you may want to consider having the option of editing it as you’re reading it. This is where things like web fonts come into play. It may be difficult for some visitors to read content if it’s been formatted in a way that’s different from what they’re used to. For this reason, it may be a good idea to go through and adjust the fonts on all of your blog posts and pages. This can make a big difference in terms of the overall feel and presentation of your website.
Make Sure To Review Your Website’s Performance Regularly
Like most things in life, nothing stays the same. And that goes for your website too. If you’ve been doing all of this manually, then it may be a good idea to switch things up a bit. Especially with how fast technology is changing. To ensure that you’re always keeping up with the times, it may be a good idea to set up a benchmarking tool for your website. A benchmarking tool will automatically check for performance issues and alert you to any problems before they become major issues.