We have several Content Management Systems (CMS) available today, namely WordPress (which we are interested in), Joomla, Drupal, and many others cropping up. Getting the best CMS is not an easy task, and most people will always feel contented with what they have. You will find Joomla users praising and explaining how it's the best, whereas Drupal guys will also stand firm to support theirs. To my knowledge, WordPress is the best and the most convenient CMS currently available for making a blog post in both Melbourne and Australia. But the question is - how can we build a charming and stunning WordPress blog?
With many WordPress blogs available, you must stand out conspicuously above the rest, for you to get many blog visits. Therefore, you have to create a breathtaking blog post that will attract people. However, you can use seo services to rank up your blog in search engines. Here is a stepwise explanation on how to come up with a very stunning and appealing WordPress blog.
Select a Domain
Choose a domain name. To make it stunning, create an attractive domain name that will draw people’s attention. For example, facebook.com is a domain. Create a domain name that relates to the contents of your blog post. The domain name should be precise, clear, and easy to remember. Most importantly, it has to be unique.
Carefully Select a Hosting Package
A stunning website needs a stable and reliable hosting package. Choose appropriately and take the best host. You will be risking your blog if you select an unsecured and unstable host. Check the following before deciding a particular host. Does the host support WordPress? Does it support multiple domains? Look at the bandwidth and storage allocation. Are they sufficient? Check on the up-time percentage guaranteed.
Also, check for the duration the hosting company has stayed in the business. The longer, the better, for you will be assured of security and other crucial issues. Get ideas from friends and colleagues who already have WordPress blogs in Melbourne. Listen to their advice, and ask them the best hosting company in Melbourne. There are WordPress hosting companies that will not only host your blog but will also offer support to ensure a beautiful and a secured blog.
Configure the Nameservers
Configuring Nameservers entails connecting the domain to the server. You are not required to complete this step if your domain comes together with your hosting package.
Download the current version of WordPress, and then upload to the hosting account by using file transfer protocol (FTP). If properly connected to your server via FTP, you will get a list of folders. Search the one with your domain name, and upload WordPress to it. You can choose to upload WordPress directly in the folder, or create a sub-folder first before uploading. Most people prefer installing in a subfolder, which proves to be more convenient.
Create a Database
The database is where all the information is stored. Each time a page is loaded, queries are sent to the database to retrieve all the required information. Use the host control panel to come up with a database, username and a password, and then connect with WordPress. Wordpress serves to send queries to your database, so you can efficiently retrieve the intended information. After setting database, username and password, use an FTP client to make changes on up-config-sample.PHP. Remove “sample” and let appear like WP-config.PHP. After that, open the file and replace the placeholders in the lines with your credentials. Save your corrected file to the server.
During the installation, just head to your domain. Fill in some basic information requested by WordPress and your account is fully created. Remember to put a username that 's hard to guess. We have unscrupulous individuals around yearning to hack your system. If your username can be guessed quickly, your account is obviously in danger, and can be hacked.
Choose a Theme
To put emphasis on beauty, this is what you need to consider most. It is the foundation of your website. There are loads of themes available for WordPress, some of them are given freely, while others are paid versions. Most of the paid for templates prove to be appealing and most outstanding. Apart from that, you can also decide to customise your own, in your preferred way. Though customising is expensive, it is worth it. A stunning theme must have the following minimum requirements:
- Should have an excellent design
- HTML and CSS must be valid
- Should have a strong readability
- Must be compatible with the current WordPress version
- Should show compatibility with most plugins
A point to note: your website should be geared towards fulfilling the demands of your clients, and not your demands. People tend to be swayed by their personal preferences. If it is a personal site, then it is well and good, but if it is a business site, let your clients’ preferences be your priority.
Make Some Basic Configurations
After you have successfully installed WordPress and selected a beautiful theme, you have to make the necessary settings for it to look elegant. First, you need to activate Akismet. It is the tool used in detecting spam comments on your posts. Activating this has been made easier since it is WordPress inbuilt. If you don’t need comments on your posts, go to Settings, and then Discussion. From there, uncheck the place written, “Allow people to post comments on new articles”. You can do this with every post. Even though it's nice to get comments and opinions from your clients, making these settings will prevent you from receiving discouraging comments. Then, consider adding a gravatar. Luckily, gravatar is only added once.
Secure Your WordPress
Wordpress is always secure. However, it is not possible to make every site 100% secured. Therefore, the little weaknesses on WordPress can be sealed, to make it tough for hackers to exploit. To secure your WordPress, do the following:
Use the updated version at all times
Prevent hacker from knowing your WordPress version, by removing it from the website’s header.
- Use a unique username. Prevent hacking by using a name that 's hard to guess. Most of us tend to use “admin” as a username. Change and replace with a name hackers cannot figure out quickly.
Create Essential Pages
Make a user-friendly home page, which allows your clients to navigate easily and get what they want, with less difficulty. On your homepage, you will need a static page that explains your business, and dynamic pages that keep updating with new posts. To create a static page, go to settings and then select “reading and enable the static page.” Also, have an “about page”, where all the information about your business are explained succinctly and informatively. Apart from that, include a “contact page” where the visitors can reach and have a conversation with you. Since you are not creating this site for fun, you should include a product page, where clients can see and access what you are offering. If you are providing services, then consider adding a “hire me” page.