Site   Web

September 4, 2015

10 Needed Tips for WordPress Beginners

For anyone wanting an ecommerce website, WordPress is an excellent tool with which to launch your new business. WordPress is an open source website building program using PHP. It is one of the easiest ways to produce a professional revenue producing website or blog.

WordPress may have started out as a simple blogging platform but it has evolved into much more. With plugins and widgets the features you can add to your site are endless. There is no cost to use WordPress. You can install it and modify it however you choose and it is fairly easy to learn.

Hundreds of different themes provide a wide array of designs you can choose for your website. Some themes are free and some require a fee. Although WP is not extremely difficult to use there are some things a beginner should know to make the experience flow more smoothly.

1. WordPress Folder – When you create your WP site you do not want to use a WordPress folder so it shows up in your url. I have seen sites that do this and end up with urls like mysite.com/Wordpress. Install the WP in your main directory or use a subdomain.

2. Plugin Overload – Plugins are a wonderful thing. They have one for everything from changing your font size and color to sharing your posts to your social media accounts. Although they are a great tool to use, be careful not to use too many. When I first went to the plugin directory at wordpress.org I was like a kid at Christmas. I was downloading just about all of them.

I have since learned to only use the plugins I actually need and to be sure they all get along. Sometimes you do get plugins that don’t play nice together. If you notice a problem on your site after installing a new plugin, just deactivate the plugin and see if it fixes the problem.

3. Posts and Pages – Pages and posts are different and should be treated as such. A page is static which simply means it is fixed. The page displays the same to each visitor because the information is embedded in the HTML code. A post is dynamic which means visitors can interact with the content and it can consistently change. Your static pages should be like permanent webpages – About Us, Privacy Policy, i.e., any content that you want to remain constant.

4. Backup Your Site – If you have ever experienced the loss of a website, you know it is not a pleasurable experience. To prevent this from happening be sure to backup your WP site regularly. Some hosts will provide a 24 hour backup of your site if anything happens but not all of them offer that extra feature. So, do not forget to backup your website regularly. There are services for this or plugins that do this for you as well. You can search the plugin directory at wordpress.org and find hundreds of options.

5. Use Images – Using quality images in your posts and on your pages can increase your conversion rate dramatically. The brain processes images much better than text so they do much more for your products/services. Be sure you are using images legally and always add an alt text. This will help the search engine spiders “see” the image.

6. Remember Your Footer – Unfortunately many people overlook the footer at the bottom of the page. This is where you want to add your copyright and/or business information or other pertinent information or links. Be sure to keep it up to date as well. Many people will make it a point to check the footer for information and to see if the site is up to date.

7. How to Choose a Theme – Choosing a theme is an important part of building your website so do not take it lightly. The theme provides the design and layout of your site. Determine the purpose of your business and what you need your website to do for your business. Research each theme thoroughly to see if it will provide what you need. Be sure to see if the theme provides support. Try the theme and see if it “fits” with your site and content. Take the time needed to choose the right theme. If you do find out later the theme you chose does not work, don’t fret, they can easily be changed.

8. Customized Permalinks – Permalinks are the urls given to your post by WordPress. The default permalink can be ugly or extremely long depending on your post titles. You can change the structure of the permalink by going into Settings>Permalinks. You can choose one of the options they have or you can customize your links.

9. Automate Social Sharing – Social media must play an integral part of your website. There are many options for social sharing plugins so every time you post, it will be shared with your social media followers. There are also plugins that will allow your visitors to easily share your content on their social pages. Be sure to use these plugins to your advantage.

10. Update WordPress and Plugins – WordPress and the plugins associated with it are constantly being changed and revised. You need to keep up with these updates and always check to see if an update is available. If you are not up to date the chances of your site being hacked could increase. It could also cause problems with interaction between old and new plugins and features. Updating is as simple as a click of the mouse. Check for an Update Available button next to your plugins or at the top of your admin dashboard.

WordPress, to me, is the best thing to come along since chocolate so if you have not yet considered using WP, look into it and see all the possibilities it can provide for your website. There is a ton of information available so take the time you need to research WP and see what it can do for you and your business.


avatar

Terri Seymour has almost 20 years of internet marketing experience and has helped many people start their own business. Now is the time to get started with your own exciting resell ebook business. Visit now to get three free gifts including The Big Book of Social Media Tips. http://www.ebooks.seymourproducts.com

31 Responses to “10 Needed Tips for WordPress Beginners

    avatar arundhathi says:

    Very good article with many interesting highlighted features of WordPress.

    Thank you

    avatar Nick wood says:

    Really nice feature – I wish I had this WordPress info to hand when starting out, thanks

    The latest version of WordPress provides pretty permalinks as a default. When selecting a theme, before installing, work out how your content will map into your selected theme. Keep in mind, you don’t want to choose the theme that has every option known to humankind baked into it. Get the theme you need for the functions you need, nothing more. Also, find and attend a WordPress user’s group in your community. These are great for meeting and learning from others who use WordPress as well as developers who can help with the problems you encounter. To find the WordPress meetup near you, just go to Meetup.com. Also find and attend a WordCamp with a beginner track to get an intensive learning experience. WordPress is more than a CMS, it is a community.

    avatar Afzal says:

    Read the article and found to be interesting and helpful, will adopt all suggestion on my site.

    avatar arnego2 says:

    Nice tricks specially when ending up with a WordPress site. I find it plainly wrong though to suggest you can open a WP site and make money.

    There are over 100 million websites done in CMS (Content Management Systems) and most are done because people have taken that idea. The SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Forums and freelancer sites are full with people looking for help in positioning.

    Suggesting that WP is one of the easiest ways to produce a professional revenue producing website or blog is simply misleading. To create a working WP site you need to know quite a lot about WP configuration.

    I.e For any small site WP is way to blown up to reach a good position.

    Very good advice. I am still learning how to blog. Marilyn at Bits of Clay

    avatar Ritesh Reet says:

    Great Article, Terri Seymour you have mentioned very good points for newbie WordPress bloggers as well as professional bloggers too.

    10 needed wordPress tips for new bloggers is on point and informative …A new wordPress user navigating my way around is easy….Some of your tips especially custom permalink and autonomic social sharing is in the process for me. I can see how everything is coming together. Thanks for sharing.

    WordPress is good for start-ups, but conversions are something else. Our website has hundreds of pages and uses PHP extensively. Conversion of such a site to WordPress would probably require too much work to justify the effort.

    avatar Ravikumar says:

    Very useful info. I am new to blogging. I created a blog, http://www.MyInvestmentsPub.com, in blogger and hosted using GoDaddy. This blog is to educate youngsters on personal finance. Now, I want to migrate this website from Blogger to WordPress. Could you pls assist me or guide me on how to do this migration.
    Thanks
    Ravi N

    Hey Terri
    Thanks a lot for sharing this post with us. I’m a newbie in blogging field and all these tips that you have mentioned really helped me a lot. Thanks again 🙂

    avatar SAK says:

    A must read and recommended for newbies and new WordPress developers Awesome tips shared here in this article by Terri Seymour Thumbs up

    WordPress is a rich platform for website development. There are various free themes as well as wonderful paid themes. We can choose according to our need. It also provides lots of valuable plugins that help us in different ways.

    I’m newbie of WordPress. Thanks for sharing

    avatar Sreekant says:

    Read the article and found to be interesting and helpful, will adopt all suggestion on my site.

    avatar Gaurav says:

    Great points, Especially no 2 and no 10. Plugin overload may slow down our website. so we need to be very careful about installing many plugins to our wordpress site. Better to delete those plugins which we are not using in our site.
    and the second points is, don’t forget to update your wordpress plugins and tools. It will keep your wordpress site updated.
    Thanks for these excellent wordpress advices

    avatar john says:

    Thanks for the awesome post. xD

    avatar Sarah says:

    Hi,

    Enjoyed the read and concur with your view on plugins.

    Users of WP themes often complain and is the biggest issue; that their site is slow and ask how to speed it up as the plugins that have loaded into it, have slowed the loading times considerably?

    Many web designers say that these plugins are just an extension to a WP theme and should have no impact.

    However, whilst difficult to disagree, I have found that if you load up your site with plugins, they do indeed grind your WP site to a crawl.

    The ones I would recommend is ‘WP Fastest Cache’ along with ‘Kracken’. Together, they both improve site loading significantly in terms of site cacheing and image sizes.

    Also, a good idea would be to test your WP site with ‘pingdom.com’ as this tests your site giving result details which you can use o identify loading issues such as images and js.

    In short, use plugins sparingly and only if its an absolute ‘need’ and not a ‘desire’.

    One other point, if your on a ‘shared server’ and your site content is more than just a ‘ blog’; no matter what you do, it will always be slow in terms of loading speed as other uses on the same/your server, to call on the ‘same resources’ thus, your site will indeed be slow to load.

    Bottom line – get a dedicated hosting package.

    And one shameless plug – we accept free url submissions to our site 😉

    HTH

    Thanks Again

    Thank you all so much for your comments and input. It is all very much appreciated! I am glad my article was helpful.

    Warm regards,
    Terri Seymour

    avatar Frank says:

    Updating plug ins can be dodgy as well. Do them one by one or deactivate complex plug ins like Woocommerce while updating others. Conflicts can cause lost functionality or the white screen of death. So test after each update and keep your backup handy. You probably only need to roll back your plug in folder and not the whole site if you hit a snag.
    Ranking a WP site is no different than any other. The Yoast plug in will help you optimize your on page content. But to get found you still need to build authority through social media and outside links.

    Thank you Frank for the additional points made. I appreciate your input.

    Warm regards,
    Terri Seymour

    avatar Epixel says:

    Thanks for share about 10 Needed Tips for WordPress Beginners.

    You are much welcome Epixel and thank you!

    Warm regards,
    Terri Seymour

    Really nice feature – I wish I had this WordPress info to hand when starting out, thanks

    I am looking for a reasonable theme which can give the real impression about me as Content Writer/Blogger. So far I am unable to find one. Can you help me out by suggesting a Good Theme (FREE one of course until I will be able to buy premium) which can reflect my personality instead of just another TEXT BOOK online.

    Hello Aurang, Since I do not know your personality, I don’t think I would be of much help. It does take time to find the right theme so just keep searching. When you find the right one, you will know. Good luck!

    avatar Preet says:

    Nice work Terry..This is really helpful for newbie. Thanks

    You are much welcome Preet and thank you!

    avatar Faizan Asad says:

    Good article but i have a question that i installed about 14 plugins in my WordPress site is it safe? I mean does it affect my site’s SEO or speed? If yes how can I overcome it…

    Hello Faizan,

    Having that many plugins can be safe if you have well-coded plugins from reliable sources. Thank you for your feedback.

    avatar joe says:

    Great article. I Just started with WordPress.
    Thank you very much.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *






Please leave these two fields as-is:

Protected by Invisible Defender. Showed 403 to 6,491,307 bad guys.

css.php