WordPress Site Creation

WordPress Site Creation 

When I first started tinkering with WordPress, there was a huge learning curve. Now it’s like riding a bike, but I still learn something new every day.

If you need a home online for your business and you are impressed with the way I made this site, I can set up a WordPress site that is just right for your business.

Pro tip: Sometimes setting up a site that is just right for your business means steering away from WordPress. WordPress is not a one-size-fits-all. We can also explore our options with Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and other platforms. 

Working with WordPress will open up a whole new world of website development tips and tricks. Once you get the hang of it, it can be a lot of fun to see your creation come to life, but getting started can be overwhelming. These steps will help you get started in the right direction.

Step 1: Start with WordPress.com! 

There is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.com is fully hosted whereas WordPress.org is self-hosted. This means that WordPress.com comes with pre-installed features that help to make your website that much easier. With WordPress.org you are starting from complete scratch. (Which I do not recommend as an entrepreneur just trying to build a good site.) You can read the full breakdown here.

Step 2: Follow the promptings on WordPress.com 

Once you create an account, WordPress.com will ask you a series of questions to help you set up your WordPress.com site. Do not overthink these questions. You can change things later. This will get you started in the right direction.

Step 3: Decide a color palette and staple photos 

This makes choosing a design much easier. Personally, I enjoy the color green (as you can tell by my site). It reminds me of prosperity and good fortune. Picking a color ahead of time will help you make your site feel more personal. Picking a couple of staple photos to feature on your site will help you sort through different templates faster.

Step 4: Decide what you want in the header

This is half the battle. The header will inform your user what type of information will be on the site. Avoid making your header look cluttered, but there should be a clear information hierarchy on your site.

Step 5: Play with templates

There are many templates available on WordPress to help make your site feel more personable. Start experimenting with different ones and see which one feels right for what you are trying to accomplish.

Step by Step guide to making a WordPress.com site
Building the Header for your Site

These five steps will help you get started in the right direction, but this is just the beginning. You still need to write copy for your site and buy your domain. This process takes time and I have faith that you can work through this. If you need help troubleshooting you can look up questions on WordPress directly or check out this awesome site for WordPress beginners!

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