Here’s what you need (to know):

Web hosting and a domain

I prefer buying a whole package: getting a service which offers both, the domain and the hosting.

For example GoDaddy (make sure you choose your country). 

Choose your domain carefully: simplify it. After you  have set up the hosting and a domain, which is usually a pretty automated process with a lot of guidance from the hosting provider, next step is installing Wordpress.

WordPress

WordPress is the most popular CMS -> content management system. CMS is that “app” behind the website you don’t see – an editing software which allows you to manage the website’s content, everything from text to images.

There is a difference between wordpress.com – offer blogging for free with a word “wordpress” in your domain – and wordpress.org. The latter is what your need. Good hosting service will have it in their admin panel so all you will have to do will be click “install” and fill out the Site Title and Tag Line (they will appear at the top of the tab, and in the google search results). 

This is it; your website, and Wordpres, are on(line) and the backend of the site should look something like below.

WordPress allow you to fully customise the website. First thing to do is to choose a template.

WordPress template

I like templates with a lot of options so I usually buy it on Theme Forest. You can also choose the ones WP offers for free, but they come with limited options.

Take your time to choose a good template with a great rating. Read the feedback before buying one.

I like templates with:
responsive design: it means they scale into a mobile view. You can try that in a preview mode. 
– Visual composer: a tool for designing the web’s content.
– Design options for price tables, contact form, minimalist galleries, full width headers, etc.
– Spam plugins (spam comments have sparked up lately). 

It usually pays off to invest a bit more and get a good template.

Installing the template

Install the template via:

Once you have uploaded the template, the fun begins. With a pre-prepared plan on what pages, texts and images your site will have, start managing the content:

  • Keep your website minimalistic and clean: less is better.
  • Do you have a logo to put on top of the site?
  • Design the outlook with a help of the panels in the template (appearance, theme options…)
  • Create pages
  • Keep your texts short and clean; people should know right away what’s your service
  • Gallery: visual presentation, whether it is a video or photos, creates the strongest impression
  • Contact: don’t hide it, make it clear and visible

Pages are “about us, contact, servie, etc…” – the items you find the menu. Posts are articles your find on the website’s blog.

Social media

Beside putting links into the icons on the homepage, install the Yoast SEO plugin so you can customise each for Facebook sharing. For Facebook, I use the images in a size of 1200x628px. If you don’t have the plugin, don’t forget to upload the featured image.

To see how the post will appear on Facebook, test it in the Facebook debugger:

A post should have an image, title and description.

WordPress allows you to literally play with the design. How much – it usually depends on the template you choose. If you don’t want to bother with that and your wish is a simple, presentation website, contact me.


My latest website projects:

www.goape.si

 

www.jktriathlete.si

Title image from:
Freepik