Unlock the power of WordPress: A beginner’s guide to creating a stunning website

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Get ready to start your new website. From choosing the right theme and adding your personal touch to it, to optimizing your site for search engines and enhancing user experience.

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Understanding the WordPress dashboard

The WordPress dashboard is central control place for managing your whole website.  Here you can add your theme, manage your plugins and check for updates. On the left is the main sidebar with quick links to the different areas in your dashboard. 

Clicking in the left sidebar you can view your posts(blog) or pages (static pages) or you can view the media library where all your images are located. You can also go to the users section and invite team members to come and assist with your website.

Themes and plugins get updated in the dashboard and WordPress will show you a notice when there is a new update available.

Choosing a WordPress theme

Pick a theme that is right for your target audience. There are a lot pre made themes for almost every possible niche you can think of or you can get a general one.  What type of website you are building? Is it a blog? an e-commerce store? Make sure to test the responsiveness. Load the themes demo on your phone and test a few different pages first before you try it.

Choose  a theme that’s come with lots of customization options, this way you can get it looking the way you want. Test the performance and speed. Make sure the theme loads fast out of the box in Google lighthouse testing. Read user reviews and testimonials and make sure they offer support. You may get stuck and need some help later.

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Customizing your website with plugins

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Optimizing your WordPress website for SEO

Once your site is ready it a good idea to optimise it for search. Your website’s hosting provider plays a significant role in its overall performance and SEO. Ensure you choose a reliable and reputable hosting company that offers a fast and secure server. A slow-loading website can negatively impact user experience and search engine rankings. 

Optimize the content of your website pages with relevant keywords, ensuring they are naturally integrated throughout the text. Submit your website’s XML sitemap to Google Search Console to notify search engines about your website’s pages and content. This helps ensure your website is crawled and indexed correctly. To prevent spammy or irrelevant comments from affecting your website’s ranking, manually approve comments before they appear publicly.

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Securing your WordPress website

Just like your home, your WordPress website needs a strong security system to keep it safe and protect the valuable information it holds. Cyber threats mean it’s more important than ever to protect your website from pesky hackers.

First and foremost, choose a robust password for your WordPress admin account. Steer clear of common or easily guessable combinations and opt for a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Next, keep your WordPress core, themes, and plugins updated regularly. Sign up for your developers’ newsletters so you know when there is a security update. Unpatched software can create loopholes that hackers can exploit to gain access to your website.

To add another layer of security, consider installing a reputable security plugin like Wordfence or Sucuri. These plugins provide a range of protective features, including malware scanning, firewall protection, and enhanced login security. They actively scan for malware, those pesky intruders that lurk in the digital shadows, seeking to infiltrate your website and wreak havoc. They can scan and identify these threats before they can cause any damage.

Try to use a plugin like BackupBuddy to keep regular backups. This will be your lifesaver in case of any security breaches or data loss. If you have a backup means you can quickly restore your website, safeguarding your important content.

WordPress maintenance and updates

Uninstall unused themes and plugins as they can slow down your website and increase the risk of security vulnerabilities. Regularly review your installed themes and plugins and remove any that you no longer use. Optimise all your large images and regulaly update you content as this can significantly impact your website’s loading speed, which can negatively affect user experience and SEO rankings. Remove broken links that can frustrate users and hurt your SEO. Use a plugin like Broken Link Checker or Check My Links to identify and fix any broken links on your website. Test your contact forms and other important forms to make sure they are functioning correctly.