WordPress has basic settings that you need to become familiar with. Here’s a quick tutorial on where you can find them and what to do when you are editing them.
It’s easier than you think …
No need to fear making blog posts! They are as easy as sending off a quick email to a friend. Your blog is an extension of yourself and your thoughts. You know things that others would like to know – and this is the place to share those items.
If you are a small business, posting blogs online builds trust and great customer relationships with the people you provide services to.
If you are an author, people get to read and relate to you in real time when they subscribe to your writings. Posting blogs is a fantastic way to build anticipation and excitement for the book that is about to roll off the press (and allows you an opportunity for pre-pub sales) or for that book you have in mind that you’d like to write. Fans love being “in-the-know” and will share with others in regards to your next book as well as cheer you on in your journey.
You can make your posts as short as you like or as long as you like. However, a word to the wise … blog posts are best used as sound bites – and your longer posts will be received better if you post them in a PAGE and list them as an article.
You can add a video to your blog, images and mention other blogs for variety. Pasting a quote into your blog with the quote tool will add visual variety when you don’t have an image or video to share.
The more you post on your blog, the faster your site will be found by search engines and seen as a viable resource for information in your area of expertise.
Go ahead – dive in and start writing!
When you are first starting out with WordPress its easy to get something that is beautiful as well as functional for your website appearance. So many talented people create themes on a daily basis and still, others will try them and then report back to the developers, any bugs that usage of the theme may reveal.
The synergy of many people creating and utilizing themes through WordPress makes the possibilities endless. Whether you are writing a personal blog, selling books or opening an online store, WordPress is for you. Even big corporate companies are implementing blogging as a viable means to communicate and build relationships with their customers – and WordPress is there to make that happen.
Just because a theme is free, doesn’t mean that it is without value. Thanks to the massive amount of plugins, any theme can be tweaked to take on a life of its own. The question arises that if someone labors to build something free, such as a WordPress theme or a plugin, and others profit from it, what is in it for the developers of these tools?
Just as an artist such as myself will provide free artwork, it helps to spread the word in a viral manner, what the author, artist or developer is capable of creating. Once a customer finds the theme that they like, they have a tendency to then become an advocate and a loyal customer because trust is built with consistent usage.
Not only can you access free themes from within the Dashboard of your WordPress installation, but you can also search Google to find free themes and those who develop and review them such as these sites:
There are thousands more and new ones every day. If you have a favorite theme please share with me which one it is, include the link to it and why you like it so much. Others will want to know – and the developer deserves the kudos for his or her efforts.