Hey there awesome fella, Congratulations if you are reading this then I think you have created your own web identity i.e. your website now.
Isn’t it beautiful. This wonderful creation which is visible to everyone in this world. It is like an external projector connected to your mind where you can project anything which is coming to your mind. I am really happy that you have set up your OWN WordPress website .
Now let’s make your website more happening. Let’s continue this post about the basic necessary items to improve your website for day to day operation. We will start from where we left in our earlier post i.e. an ultimate guide to create your website from scratch part -1/3
Step 4 :- Choosing a theme | Choosing the color and design of the shop you just purchased
What :- you got a shop, say A home décor shop, but you have to paint it to make it more appealing to a customer and make him/her interested in the things you want to sell. Similarly it is what a theme is for a WordPress website. The look and feel of your website.
Why : – The theme actually shows the mood of your website. Your website is all about emo or Heavy metal music , a dark color theme should be preferred. Also it should be responsive to the device people are using. Means it will auto adjust accordingly in phone,in tablet and on your computer . Various other metrics are as follows
- Responsive – it should be one
- One column or two column or three columns- columns are generally divided into left side menu, main post, and right side menu.
- Color– the color should be soothing to customer and at the same time related to your website mood. ( I wanted this website theme color to be white because I wanted user to feel at peace)
- Slider – a header slider has become so conventional these days because it shows a glimpse of your website at once. Few images, post excerpt and your website can be understood by the viewer
- Speed– Theme operations should be fast . It should not lag or break down.
- Uniformity – Color uniformity, font uniformity etc everything matters. Any misalignment and it can divert attention for a user from your website merits to demerits
How :- first of all decide what is your website about.Whether it is related to food ,travel, technology , DIY etc. Depending on the genre like food or photography look for a theme which has a gallery option. Same goes for even DIY too. Once you have decided what you want, hit to google with top 15 theme of 2020 for food blog, for photography, for DIY . Note down each theme, search here in “add new” section . Take a preview before installing and if you find good well then you are good to go. As you can see, I am using Ashe theme by WP Royal. It has a photography portfolio (gallery) for me, a slider, responsive and uniformity all over the blog.
Step 5 :- Minimum “at the start” Maintenance |Doing the Necessary chores for the shop
What :- you chose a theme keeping in mind that how your store would look like but, now there are some basic things which you have to do like, getting a billing register and all. That’s how opening a blog also works. You need to set up something straight like enabling search option, position different items like tags, most recent post, comments box over your site.
Why :- Well it is necessary to give your website things like which people expect in every site. They need some familiarity like it happens in every store . There should be a trial room , a changing room , drinking water.
How :- that’s the beautiful part. How to do the minimum at the start maintenance after setting up a theme. First things first / I’ma say all the words inside my head / I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh-ooh…. Sorry I went into Believers-imagine dragons track. Let me start again
First things first
- Dashboard- Themes- Customize – here try to customize your website with a more friendly appearance with live view. Setup an interesting Silder, social media buttons, setup menu pages and just visualize how you can make it better
2. Go to dashboard-> settings and do the setup of like site language,admin mail,site title, tagline ,homepage display style ,how many post should come in a feed etc. These are all one time settings .
Step 6: Choosing some plugins –the useful chores | Interior designing of your store
What :- you have the necessary items for your shop, right? However what about the good to have items like a wind chime or a water fountain by the door. Plugins are like those small software who will work like glitter in your website.
Why:- Plugins will sort out your work. They will make it easy. Taking a backup, install the plugin and get a dump. They are going to reduce your time and increase the user experience. They are going to help you improve your website visual appearance and performance both.
How :- Well , here are the few chosen one. Install them one by one , activate them and perform the necessary settings. All the WordPress plugins are mostly user friendly as WordPress is an opensource so its user community is huge. Google about setting up or drop me a comment, I will help you guys.
|S.no.||Plugin||Function||Why do you Should use|
|1||All-in-One WP Migration||Migration tool for all your blog data. Import or Export your blog content with a single click.||to Backup|
|2||Easy Photography Portfolio||Add a photography portfolio to any WordPress theme. Designed for Photographers, yet made with theme developers in mind.||to Showcase your pictures|
|3||Google XML Sitemaps||This plugin improves SEO using sitemaps for best indexation by search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.||for SEO|
|4||LiteSpeed Cache||High-performance page caching and site optimization from LiteSpeed||for fast loading of your website|
|5||Post Views Counter||Post Views Counter allows you to display how many times a post, page or custom post type had been viewed in a simple, fast and reliable way.||to let viewers know how many have read your psot|
|6||Really Simple SSL||Lightweight plugin without any setup to make your site SSL proof||for going from http:// to https://|
|7||Simple Links||Links Manager with many features. Makes managing links simple and robust.||to link other good people’s website to your site and vice versa|
|8||Site Kit by Google||Site Kit is a one-stop solution for WordPress users to use everything Google has to offer to make them successful on the web.||for SEO|
|9||Wordfence Security||Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan||for security|
|10||WP-Optimize – Clean, Compress, Cache||WP-Optimize makes your site fast and efficient. It cleans the database, compresses images and caches pages. Fast sites attract more traffic and users.||for compressing images and taking care of your database|
Drop me a comment or contact me through the social media icons if you find any issue with any content above. I would love to help you guys
This post is part 2nd of three posts which I am going to post in this series.
last post will be about optimizing your website with the plugins we just installed and enjoying the traffic.