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How to begin using WordPress?

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Sometimes it feels not easy to make the first step towards creating your own website. But when you make this step, you realize – it’s totally worth it!

So go ahead and pass all the stages with us!

Step 1: Installing WordPress

When you have chosen WordPress as the CMS it’s time to begin installing!

Being a newbie you might meet some problems or unexpected questions – but stay calm and use our guidance for Windows and Mac.

To describe the process in general: you download the WordPress installation package, upload the WordPress files to your localhost, create a MySQL Database and finally install the WordPress on your computer.
That’s where magic begins!

Step 2: Choosing a theme

Congratulations, your page is ready! Now you want to add your website URL to all the social media, to your email signature and of course – on your business card! But wait!

First you should customize the looks of your page to make it more attractive to visitors. WordPress proposes a huge variety of themes depending on your needs. They can be free or premium.

Here are the examples of our Free WordPress themes:

anaglyph theme light

Anaglyph Lite Theme. Download here

fruitful theme free

Fruitful Theme. Download here
zoner theme light

Zoner Light Theme. Download here

You may also like Premium WordPress Themes by Fruitful Code:

movement theme wordpress

Movement – Personal Blog WordPress Theme. Download here

anaglyph theme wordpress

ANAGLYPH – One page / Multi Page WordPress Theme. Download here

endless theme wordpress

ENDLESS – One page / Multi Page WordPress Theme. Download here

spotter theme wordpress

Spotter – Universal Directory Listing WordPress Theme. Download here

 

Step 3: Adding Plugins

Having decided on the visual appearance of your website you may need to add some extra functionality to it. So you have to install plugins.

WordPress plugin – is an extension that offers custom functions and features to website. It’s possible to download free plugins from WordPress.org or buy them on specialized resources such as Envato Market.

We recommend to use maintenance mode to hide your page from visitors when you are still in process of filling the content and tuning everything. When using this plugin your visitors will see beautiful “coming soon page” instead of “404 error Page not found”.

maintenance plugin

Step 4: Creating Content

After the work on visualization and functionality is done – time to write your first post!

Remember – content is the KING of your website! Use images of high quality, describe everything in understandable and interesting manner. Let your content be non-trivial,creative and attractive to your visitors. If you don’t have enough time or competence, hire a content manager to fill your page.

Mix useful and product content. Add photos and videos, gifs and animations. The latest trend in digital world is the domination of video-content. Users, nowadays, are eagerly interacting with such type of information so it’s your chance to take the advantage of it.

content typewriter

Be bright so people will remember you and come back to your page again and again!

Don’t forget to organize the information in the blog post to make it user-friendly – Fruitful Shortcodes Plugin may help you.

Step 5: SEO

search engine optimization

Next important part of running a website is SEO . You ask why? Because it helps users to reach your page and even become your clients!

SEO is a free way to attract visitors and help your target audience find the needed information. Free – means that it’s not the direct advertising – it’s optimization of your website for Google and other search engines.

There are two possible ways of optimization – learn how to do it by yourself or contact specialist that will help you in a shorter time. If you chose the second variant – note that  SEO services are already included in our WordPress Support Packages.

Conclusion:

Starting a WordPress website is not that difficult as it may seem. But the maintenance of your page and mastering WordPress in general is a fascinating journey!

We hope that our blog post inspired you to begin using WordPress!
Don’t hesitate to ask for help if needed and visit our support page.

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Ilya Pavlov

Ilya Pavlov

Creative director, web designer, developer and founder of Fruitful Code.