For many people who are immersed in the world of technology, web design and social media, it probably really is an easy task to build a website. However, for some, it can be a daunting task, like learning a second language. You want it to be catchy and modern while at the same time functional and effective in conveying your message.
Here are a few points that I think will make it easier for someone setting up a website using WordPress:
- Start with a simple template and put in place holders for the pages you have in mind (you can come back and add or delete pages later. In WordPress, you can also change your template later. WordPress has many templates. Some are free, some come with a cost. All are customizable. Look for one that fits with the theme of your website. You can always change it if you’re not happy with the way it feels.
- Don’t worry about the content until you have your pages in place. This is like the outline of a paper. Putting the pages in place is analogous to the main topic headings in an outline. Go back and fill in the details later.
- Pictures! People love pictures. They draw you in, tell a story and are a great way to communicate to your audience. Whether you include a scene of the ideal healthy situation, an image of a virus, or a healthy recipe, include a picture.
- Proof Read. How many times have you clicked on a website and mocked the organization or company because there was a typo. Don’t be that organization. Check your references, check your spelling, check your links.
- After you’ve added content, proof read, added pictures. IT IS TIME TO HIT “PUBLISH!” Do it. It feels great!
I had a lot of fun creating my webpage, adding pictures, linking to other sites, adding widgets and customizing a generic template until it felt as though it was made for me.