I’m sure by now you have probably heard of WordPress and have an idea of what it is, if you haven’t then at least I’m sure you have heard someone mention it.
In case you haven’t, then I’ll quickly recap on what it is – WordPress is a content management system (primarily for blogging but it’s extremely effective for using as a framework for any sort of website). You can use WordPress.com which is hosted by WordPress themselves or you can use the self hosted version from WordPress.org and set it up on your hosting account with your own domain.
The great thing here is that you don’t need to know any programming so getting setup and creating your website is really easy, what makes this even better is once setup upkeep is easy and so is adding new content. People from all over the world that have no experience in designing websites are doing this to create ecommerce sites, business websites, blogs/weblogs and a variety of other types of websites because it’s an amazingly easy system with lots of functionality.
Once you’ve got your website or blog setup, where do you go from there? You could just leave your site as it is or you could delve into the world of WordPress plugins – believe me when I say this, there are an amazing amount of WordPress plugins available to use, both free and paid so you can really do something amazing here.
Here are a few quick examples of what WordPress plugins can allow you to do – add statistics, change fonts, enable your site to load on mobile phones such as the iPhone, backup your WordPress database, review ratings, comment subscribe options, widgets, social share buttons, enhance search options, enhance navigation, stop spam comments, integrate with various services such as Facebook, Twitter or Feedburner, add forums or community options.
These are just some quick examples of plugin options that you have when you are setting up and enhancing your website – you will find a lot more I am sure.
After you have started to get to grips with using WordPress, you will develop your own personal list of stock plugins that you will install on every website, below are a few plugins that you should consider installing on your own site and incorporating into your own list of stock plugins.
WP Super Cache – This plugin will help you speed up your websites load time by serving cached pages along with some other brilliant features. This is especially important because high load times can impact your rankings in Google and also cause visitors to leave your website resulting in higher bounce rate and even lower rankings in Google.
Hide my wp admin – This is a gem of a plugin, you should have this on every website because it’s the ultimate solution to securing your website. A huge number of webmasters are having their websites hacked on a daily basis, and its horrible when you have put all that work into your website to have it ripped away. This plugin tightens security at the click of a button and makes blocking bad neighbourhood IP addresses and user agents so easy that anyone can do it.