WordPress Blog: Plugins, Widgets, and Themes Unraveled

blogging, blog plugins, themes WordPress Blog: Plugins and Widgets and Themes…Oh My!

Yesterday, we discussed the difference between free blogging platforms and your own, self-hosted blog on your own domain. If you remember, I basically spat all over the idea of going the free route. Way too risky… and unprofessional.

I also tried to drive home the fact that having your own blog-style website is cheaper and easier than ever. An inexpensive hosting account is really all you need… you can actually register your domain through your hosting company…

WordPress Blog! One-stop shopping, baby!

I also asked that you learn how to install WordPress blog on your site. There are a couple different ways to do this. I actually just use the Fantastico DeLuxe app on my hosting account’s cPanel. You can learn how to do this by watching free YouTube videos. It’s a common thing, so there’s tons of info on how to do it.

“Alright, So Now What?”

Cool, so once you’ve got your WordPress blog installed on your site, you’ve got to do some basic configurations.

You’ll first want to go into “Permalinks” and tick the “Post Name” box. This is good for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes, as well as for cleaner, more simplified linking.

You’ll also want to delete the current post and pages.

We’ll talk more about the difference between the two, as well as the types of pages you’ll need to set up, in tomorrow’s email.

But for now, just get rid of all posts and pages.

Now, you’re gonna want to install some new plugins, configure your widgets, and select a nice new theme. This is is pretty easy to do. We’ll briefly cover each one of these items in turn…

WordPress Blog Plugins:

You’re definitely welcome to install any wordpress blog plugins that you see fit. Personally, I’ve got a few go-to options that I install on all my blogs. These are…

*WP Firewall
*All-In-One SEO Pack
*Fast Secure Contact Form
*Google Analyticator
*Google XML Sitemaps

WordPress Blog Plugin Recommended Resource:

How to Install a WordPress Plugin for Beginners (Step by Step Guide)

WordPress Blog Themes:

You can choose between free and paid themes. My suggestion is simply to explore themes right from within your WordPress blog dashboard. There are thousands to choose from. Just have fun with this. You’re bound to find something that fits your niche, as well as the look n’ feel you’re going for.

WordPress Blog Widgets:

Generally, I like to keep my blogs clean and simple. I like a right sidebar (or left and right… three column) with a search box up top, an opt-in form (use the Html widget for this), and a categories widget under that. You can also use the html widget to add banners, images, and anything else of general interest.

Educate Yourself On the Details…

As you can imagine, sharing every single nuance and step you’ll need to take in order to craft the perfect blog for your business is just plain impossible to do in a single email. I’m giving you the gist here, but that’s about the best I can do.

As such, I highly recommend that you pick up some great blogging training. Start small and cheap. Something like Blogging Guru Blueprint will be perfect for getting this going as quickly as possible, without breaking the bank whatsoever.

Hope all this helps. Talk to you soon, in the next article perhaps, maybe sooner. At the coffee shop maybe. Remember that I love a good Chai Tea Latte. The warm ones, not the one with Ice.

Trusted WordPress Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WordPress

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