WordPress is an incredible online blogging software that makes it easier than ever to create your own page. While the software is easy to use, there are a few tips that you may not notice upfront. Here are five of the most important things you need to know about the site to make the most of your time on it.
- WordPress is Flexible
Visit a site like CNN.com and check out how well designed the actual site is. Some highly trained web programmer must have built the back end right? Nope, CNN is a WordPress site that is customized with a template. There are tons of sites all over the web that use WordPress but you’ll never realize it because the software is so open to customized template design that they all look completely unique. If you aren’t savvy on how to build your own template, there are countless sites that will sell you a template for a very reasonable fee.
- There are Two Versions of WordPress
WordPress is software that allows you to create a web page with your own self hosted domain. On the other hand WordPress.com is a site that allows you to build a web page hosted on WordPress’ servers. While the .com version is more user friendly it is also more restrictive in what tools are available. Spend some time researching the two to find out which works best with your skill set and web page needs.
- Posts Matter
What you post on your blog is easily categorized, will be archived for as long as the WordPress functions and can be dynamic. You can go back ten years from now and update and repost something that you post today if it seems relevant. You can create new categories for new content that your site is picking up and you can ensure that it all reads easily and the page has a clear navigation with very little work on your side. The tools that allow you to post are simple to understand, flexible and extremely powerful.
- Themes are Powerful or Bad
As you start to build your site spend a significant amount of time in your theme search. You’ll have to pick a theme unless you are importing a custom one into your own hosting, so make sure that it fits into your style of writing and gives the reader the power to quickly understand your page. There is nothing worse than finding a fantastic page that is too cluttered and confusing to understand and having to move on to something else.
- Customize Your Site
WordPress is full of easy to use and understand tools. Once you have used some of the high end ones that directly benefit your posts, start digging deeper into the tools on offer. You’ll find media tools as well as custom tools that create a sense of unity between all of your posts. Spend as much time on your site as possible and don’t be afraid to mess things up. You can easily undo a mistake and get things running like they were just before the change. WordPress empowers you to build the site that you want to build, not the site they have available for you to write on.