In the first part of the article, you found how to continue with your website once that you install WordPress. Now we are going to go deep in the installation process. You have ready the basic options: anti-SPAM measure, SEO and a Sitemap.
Now is time to personalize more your website with plugins.
Installs essential plugins
One of the most valuable assets of WordPress is his flexibility, you can install all kinds of plugins that enhance the performance of the platform in all aspects such as design, marketing, social media, security, function, and more. A primary step is to install essential plugins, no matter what your niche or topic is.
To learn more about the most important plugins, you can find a lot of help on the WordPress plugins site or on the websites of plugins' creators.
Design with templates
With a huge universe of templates and design possibilities, I doubt that you want to use the theme that comes by default with the WordPress installation. The first step to finding the ideal template for your site is to be clear about your goal.
What kind of page do you create? Are you looking to attack young people? Children? People for other countries?
It can be a personal blog, a business blog, a corporate site, a virtual store, a sales letter, a photo gallery or other.
After knowing what you need, start looking at Google free themes or better yet, invest in a professional staff of designers to have many more possibilities.
The most recommend to buy templates and themes are StudioPress, Woothemes and Thesis. There are also plenty of options in themeforest.net.
It is well worth investing a few dollars in a good theme and have the PRO options available, as well as technical support.
Since you've chosen a suitable topic you can start using Widgets.
The next step is going to Widget section and add your team to the website! If someone else is going to contribute to your site or need access to WordPress, go to Users section and click Add New. In WordPress, there are different user roles. Here are a little definition of what does each one and the limits that they have on the website:
- Super Admin – The person with access to a complete management feature network of blogs.
- Administrator – The person with access to all the management features of a particular site.
- Editor – The user that can publish and edit posts, written by itself and/or other users.
- Author – The user that can publish and edit their own post.
- Contributor – The person that can write and edit their own posts but not publish them.
- Subscriber – The user that can only edit his profile.
Creating the essential pages
No matter what you go to do with your site or blog, it is most likely that you will need to create the following pages:
- Contact: email, online form, phone, addresses.
- About: also often called "About Me", "About Us, “Who Am I” or "About Us”
- Privacy policies
- FAQ (if necessary)
- Another necessary page that is specific to your topic
All these pages can be part of your Main Menu to have fast and easy access.
If you are creating a blog, why not start writing articles? One of the best options you have with WordPress is the ability to schedule posts. That is, you can write 10 articles and schedule them for publication as often as you want (it can be one day, one week, 3 weeks, etc).
If you are not going to create a blog, add all the necessary information in the section page.
Completing all the tasks I suggest in the two-parts-article, your website will be more than ready to start receiving visits and accomplish your goals!
Maybe not everything has to be done, much will depend on what you need, what you like and use, but still, at the end, you will have taken a big step.