WordPress Makes Web/Blog Design Easy!

WordPress makes designing your website or blog easy and is quickly becoming the dominant content manager on the internet. It’s used by companies like large news publishers and as a result, there is a lot of third party support supplying plugins.

WordPress On A Self Hosted Site

WordPress is easy to install and easy to use!

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Although you can find places to have a “free” website or blog, I recommend self hosting using the WordPress Content Management System (CMS). This way you truly control all content. For example, when you have a site with another provider, you are subject to their terms of use and they can arbitrarily remove or block content. Always read their terms!!! By self hosting, you set the terms. Keep in mind, this doesn’t exclude you from common sense, legal requirements and liabilities.

For a self hosted site, you will need a domain and a web host. Pureleverage and Global Virtual Opportunities (GVO) make it really easy! Pureleverage has the basic site set up for you and you can modify. With a GVO hosting account, you can have multiple domains and WordPress installations to keep your different businesses or hobbies separate. You might even want a combination of Pureleverage and GVO depending on your business needs! Just as an aside, they both have business opportunities.

Using GVO hosting, a self hosted WordPress site is really easy to install and not really that difficult to set up. There are many templates and plugins included and they are easily activated within the WordPress dashboard.

WordPress Installation

First you need to log into your control panel. With GVO, it would be Cpanel. Once you log in, go to the Softaculous section and look for the WordPress icon.

Softaculous

This is where you click to start the installation. Once you are on the installation page, it’s pretty much intuitive. Fill in the blanks. Some things to think about before you start the installation are:

  • whether it will be the primary site or secondary,
  • what will you call it,
  • will it be multi site (visit Exclusive Vogue Networking for an example),
  • what do you want it to look like (I recommend Graphene. Visit barryclermont.com for a sample)

WordPress Installation

The reason I recommend Graphene is its simple clean design and responsiveness. It automatically adjusts to present well whether you are using a computer, tablet or smart phone.

WordPress Plugins

Now that you have installed WordPress, you need to decide what plugins to add. Plugins are add-ons that provide further functionality to your site. Here is my list of preferred plugins.

  • BulletProof Security
  • Social Media Feather
  • Tiny MCE Advanced
  • WP Super Cache
  • Yoast SEO

BulletProof Security provides some spam protection, helps block hackers and includes a backup option. Social Media Feather give you those icons people can click to go to your social media sites or automate their posting your blog to their own social media sites. Tiny MCE Advanced provides extra editing functionality when you are creating your blogs. WP Super Cache helps speed up loading your site pages and Yoast SEO helps make sure your posts and pages are found.

WordPress Makes Blogging and Web Design Easy!

WordPressDon’t let the thought of putting your business online scare you. If you can create a document using a word processor, you can create a website and/or blog using WordPress. There are numerous YouTube videos and web sites that can walk you through the process.

Alternatively, there are many service providers out there that can look after it for you. Just make sure they are willing to take a little time to show you the basics so you can make changes afterward.

 

Make it a great Day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for WordPress, GVO and the Internet! What are you thankful for today?

Why should I host my WordPress blog on my own domain?

You should host your WordPress blog on your own domain for enhanced capability, security and control reasons.

 

WHY WORDPRESS?

man-announce-01sI consider myself an average user/blogger.  The reason I chose WordPress is ease of use.

 

Most people these days have used Microsoft Word or a similar word processing software.  Creating a blog in WordPress is not a lot different.  I have to admit to a bias because the hosting company I use also includes training based on WordPress every Tuesday at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.  Come watch.  It’s open to the public!

 

With the hundreds of themes available through WordPress, you can apply a theme and modify it easily.  Changing the look of your site takes seconds!  This often requires having your own domain.  Most “pre-packaged” sites have restrictions that will limit what you can do.

 

WordPress also has the easiest to find and use plugins to help enhance the themes and make the site your own.

 

  • Do you want advertising on the side bar?  There’s a widget for that.
  • Embed video into your site easily.
  • Insert a photo into your blog and link to your business.
  • Security and antivirus tools and so on…

The domain hosting package I purchased includes access to multiple programs including other software for site creation and management.  I just found the learning curve for the other programs to be too steep and the training wasn’t as easy to find, as WordPress, without further cost.

 

ENHANCED SECURITY

There are some great widgets to secure your site and:

  • Protect from hackers.
  • Protect from viruses.
  • Block spam.
  • Back up your site.

Because of the popularity of WordPress, it becomes a target for hackers and spammers who do it “because they can” and also for nefarious purposes.  Hosting your own domain allows you to apply further layers of protection for you and your clients.  For example:  I would suggest password protecting your wp-admin folder.  This effectively creates a double log in and will make it more difficult than it’s worth for bad people to spend time trying to get into.

 

Find a service provider that brings all of this into one easy to access and use place.

 

HOW DO I CHOOSE MY DOMAIN HOSTING PACKAGE?

hosting-300x250-2You need to make a decision on where to start.  Are you a business that just needs a site and marketing tools?  Will you be leading a team that may need limited hosting to redirect to their affiliate sites?  With GVO, you can always upgrade as your needs increase.

 

My package includes server management tools as well as the marketing suite.  In my case, I chose the Titanium reseller account so that I can host for my business partners in other businesses as well as create sites for family and so on.

 

ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE

It’s my belief that you should host your WordPress blog on your own domain for security and control.   We all have different needs and preferences.  Only you can decide what you are willing to do and what you can afford.

 

Make it a great day!

 

Barry

 

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for options.  I’m thankful for choice.  I’m thankful for #WordPress !

 

What are you thankful for today?