Why I Love WordPress and Why You Will Too

Why I Love WordPress and Why You Will Too

Website in a Day - The WordPress Way

Why I Love WordPress and Why You Will Too

For those of you that have not yet been introduced to WordPress let me tell you a bit about it.
WordPress is a free to use web based software program, which can be used by anyone on the internet to build and maintain their website.  WordPress.com is a very powerful tool that can be used to run a full-sized, social media-rich business website and at the same time is also a great way to start simple blogs related to your hobby or interests.
There is wordpress.com and wordpress.org – to understand the difference please refer to this article I have written previously.
These are some of the reasons I love WordPress:

I have complete control over it

If I want to add or change something on my site I can quickly and easily go in and do that. I don’t need to email my web person, wait for them to do it, have a look at it, see it is not exactly how I wanted it, email them again and then wait again and hope that it will be what I had asked for. I can go in, make a change, save it, and it is instantly visible on my website.

I don’t need a web guy (or gal) or graphic designer – 99% of the time

The 1% when you do need one is if there is something that you want your site to do or look like that you are not able to do yourself. I, personally, do not know code or any of that wonderful stuff that makes a website look like and function like it does. So, if there is something I want done on my site I can hire someone for an hour or two to have that done.
I can create a basic header (the part that runs across the top of your website with the title of the site) myself but I am by no means a wiz in photoshop. So, I paid someone to create my header and then just uploaded it to my site myself.

Easy to learn

WordPress is very easy to learn. I can hear people saying – ‘Oh yeah, you say that. It is easy for you to learn, not me, I barely know how to use a computer, let alone build a website’. You may be very surprised to know that it is actually quite simple. After a few hours of training you would be able to add a page or a blog post, use plugins (which right now you may not even know what they are – I will be explaining them further down), link to you facebook or twitter page, if you have one, and pretty much be self sufficient on your own website.

Cost effective

All you need to pay for is a domain name and hosting – which costs approximately $70 a year. If you would like more information on choosing a domain name and buying hosting I have a few articles and a video you can watch (it is all free) just click here.There are literally thousands of free plugins out there that you can use and there are a few that you might have to pay for. You do not need any of the one you need to pay for but as you progress there may be one or two that you would like to get.

Plugins

So, what are these plugins that I keep mentioning. For me, a plugin to WordPress is what an app is to your phone. It increases the functionality, look and feel of the site. For example – I use a plug in to back up my site, I have plugins that create forms for me, plugins for people to share my content, the range of uses is infinite.
There is practically a limitless number of plugins that you can choose from.

Themes

The theme is what has your website look like it does. There are also thousands and thousands of themes to choose from. You can get free ones and there are also premium ones (ones that you pay for). You can get a pre designed theme for practically any industry you are in.

These are the main reasons I love WordPress.

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Choosing a Domain Name

Choosing a Domain Name

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Choosing a Domain Name

A domain name is a unique address that is used on the Internet. It is what you see in the address bar after the “www.” in your web browser, and what comes after the ‘@ ‘sign in an email address. It is one of the first things you would need to decide on before planning to launch your website. The name should be such that it reflects your site or business.

Some of the key points to remember while choosing domain names are:

Easy to Spell/Remember: Your name should be easy to spell and remember, even if someone just hears it once in a conversation.

Avoid using existing popular names: You want to be able to dominate the search engine results page for your name, so it is best to avoid names which are already very popular.

Long names are equally good: Your name need not necessarily be short, easy to memorize longer names are equally good.

Avoid hyphens: It is best to avoid domain names with hyphens as people tend to forget to include the hyphen.  As a result, they might get directed to a different website.

Keep It Simple: Keep your domain name as uncomplicated as possible in order to make it easy for people to type it in their address bar.

Reflects the context/content:  It is very important to have a domain name that reflects your site or business.  In the modern world of Internet, your website is the first place people turn to for information.

Don’t Copy: Do not copy someone else’s domain name just because it is successful. It might lead to copyright violations. Instead come up with your own unique ideas.

There are also many tools available online which can help you save time when it comes to choosing a domain name and/or to identify the available domain names. Some of these popular tools include,

•    Dot-o-mator: is a web tool that suggests site names based on prefixes and suffixes that you’ve entered.
•    Domize: is a search engine that you can use to rapidly check the availability of domains.
•    BustAName: is a robust and feature-packed domain finder that uses linguistic data to help you search domains.

A domain name is by which people will start knowing and recognizing your business online and so having a clear, memorable and trustworthy business name is essential because when people think of your website, they'll think of it by name.

What are your tips on choosing a domain name? Please write them below.