Using WordPress for your web projectIn Web Project Creation Process
First Website on WordPress
Most reputable hosting services such as Bluehost, will be using the cPanel admin backend which allows you register dozens of popular software packages and CMS systems for free. The installation process takes less than a few minutes and is fully automated. You will only have to choose under which domain name you want to register your WordPress installation and note the login details into your excel sheet. Done. You can then immediately login. This process takes less than 4 Minutes from start to first blog entry.
Setting up WordPress
There are hundreds if not thousands of blogs dealing with WordPress tips and tricks, guides and tutorials so I will not further elaborate on this.
Themes: Free vs Premium
One important part of your website is of course its design, and this is where you can fully utilize the power of WordPress. Its modular system allow you to switch design like changing shirts. There are hundreds of free themes out there however, I usually like to spend somewhere between USD 30 – 60 for premium themes simply because the offer a premium design and because they offer many option in the admin backend that allow me to same lots of time. Such premium themes also tend to have much less bugs and some sort of support whereas with free themes you are on your own.
Theme Market Places
If you are looking into some premium themes a few places you want to look at are the following:
WordPress Plugins is the second most important advantage besides using themes. A plugin will allow you add functionalities to your WordPress installation. However, there are a few basic plugins you need to take a look at that do not necessarily expand the functionalities but do a great job at improving your site in terms of SEO or usability.
Here are a few plugins I use to improve my WordPress Site.
SEO Plugin, XML Sitemap, Keyword to URL
There are plenty of premium plugins worth looking at. Even though they come at a price and are recommended for intermediate to advanced users you may want to have advanced functionality to help market your website content and really expand its use.