Tools for WordPress Webmasters
There are many tools and techniques that can help to improve a website, some paid and some free. I have listed here the resources that I personally use and can recommend. I have provided a brief introduction to each one, but for full details of what the product or service can provide I urge you to visit their website and find out for yourself.
WordPress Web Hosting
The latest news is that SiteGround are now one of the few hosting companies that WordPress.org now actually recommend to their users. That’s a good enough reason for you to use them as your host!
What is important is that you get started and choose a hosting company that offers automatic installation of WordPress on your chosen domain. Once you have WordPress installed then that’s it: you can then build your website from your own computer (or tablet!) and the hosting company just sits in the background serving up your website to you and your visitors.
SiteGround offers a WordPress hosting package which includes automatic installation of the software. These guys know what they’re doing and I can fully recommend them.
Click here to see more: www.sitehost.online
In addition to the default theme of Twenty Sixteen, WordPress users can choose from hundreds and hundreds of free themes in a wide variety of colors and formats. But if you want a more exclusive look to your website you can use a premium theme from one of the many companies specializing in WordPress designs.
One of the best-known companies is Elegant Themesor WordPress. For a small annual fee you get access to their whole portfolio of premium themes, including new ones which are released during the year. They have many happy customers and an awesome reputation for high quality designs.
The powerful Thesis Theme for WordPress by DIYThemes is the mother and daddy of all premium themes. It is actually a framework designed to enable you to customise each element of your theme and make your WordPress website unique. It requires no coding knowledge and delivers precision results via its revolutionary layout generator.
And, if you want to design your WordPress theme yourself, you can use Artisteer, a point and click theme generator that lets you design totally unique themes that look and behave like professionally designed themes. You don’t need any particular technical or artistic skills to use it. I have used Artisteer to design unique websites for many of my clients and I can report that it is easy (and fun!) to design your own WordPress theme.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SEO is all about presenting your website to the search engines (Google in particular) so that your indexed site will attract your target audience. There is no point in having a whizz-bang website with every latest dingle-dangle if no-one every visits it. And, even if you do have thousands of visitors a day, it is a waste of everyone’s time and resources if they are not the right sort of visitors.
SEO begins with keyword research. You need to know what phrase or question your ideal visitor would type into Google Search when they are looking for a website like yours. And you need to know what your competition is. How many websites are there already in existence that Google will list in preference to your website and what keywords are they optimized for?
As I say in my book, this is a huge topic and there are many self-appointed ‘experts’ out there who will tell you that they have the insider info on Google and that you need to spend megabucks to get their advice. Well, trust me, it just ain’t so.
Google supplies all you need to know for free. You can download their SEO Starter Guide here.
When your website is ready, download and read this guide and work your way through it. That’s all you need.
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