WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. Some experts estimate that over 30% of the world’s websites are built on the WordPress platform, which should give you some indication of how easy it is to use, how good its features are and how beginner friendly it is.
*Note that this article will focus on WordPress.org, NOT WordPress.com.
Although WordPress is very beginner friendly, it’s still hard to create your own website from scratch if you’ve never done it before. Sure, you don’t need to have any coding or web design experience, and pretty much anyone can build an attractive, functional website in the modern world, but it certainly helps if you have some idea to expect before you start.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our top tips for building a new WordPress website. They include:
Create a ‘learning’ site first:
Sure, WordPress is easy to use. However, you still need to learn how to use it. One of the best ways to do this is to create a simple website that you can play around with and edit without restrictions. Explore the many functions of the WordPress dashboard, and try and learn about the different tools and plugins that are available to you. Doing this will help you build your actual website properly from the start.
Make sure you have a consistent design:
Branding is one of the most important components of creating a successful website and online business. It’s important to make sure that your brand stays consistent throughout your website and any other online presences that you have. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that you use a consistent design throughout your website, especially with respect to font selection, colour schemes and website logos.
Make your logo stand out:
Your logo is one of the most important parts of your entire website. Although you might see your logo as nothing more than an icon which identifies your website, it’s really much more than that. In fact, many web designers would argue that your logo is effectively the face of your company. Often, it’s the first thing that people see when they visit your website, and it’s important to have a great logo so that you make a good first impression.
Play with themes:
WordPress offers a huge selection of different themes, which means that you will be almost sure to find one which suits you and your needs. Make sure that you experiment with different themes when you’re building your website so that you get one which is compatible with your content and the purpose of your site.
As the most popular content management system in the world, WordPress is one of the best platforms to use to build your first website. However, it’s important to do some reading and to take some time to find out how to make best use of the WordPress platform before you start. If you don’t, then you might find that you miss out on some extremely useful features!