Nowadays everyone can create a website. It's actually pretty simple. The method I will show you now is the method I use when I create websites. I do it in less than an hour, and that includes everything from register a domain to making last minute tweaks. Well… creating content is not included of course, that's another blog post.
You have probably already heard about WordPress. It's a CMS(Content Management System) that pretty much dominates the market.
Your first step is to find a host that have WordPress pre-installed. Don't worry, use the same as I do and it saves you a lot of time. I can promise you – this host I'm about to introduce you to has everything you ever would consider using, and more.
The good news is that if you use the link in this post, you will get some great discount on ALL plans.
The Startup Plan – If you have one website and you are new to this, this is the plan for you.
The GrowBig Plan – If you have or plan to have multiple websites. This plan also includes the SuperCacher to improve the site speed.
The GoGeek Plan – Large sites and awesome staging feature. This is the plan I currently use. The staging feature is phenomenal; beeing able to work with your site in a secret area and when you're done you push your site live.
Transfer your domain
If you already have a domain, choose the I already have a Domain -option. SiteGround is kind to give you the transfer for free. You save $30.00.
If you do not have a domain, select the Register a New Domain -option and follow the steps.
Now review and complete the order. Select period and you will see your discount below the drop-down menu. Discount applies to all periods.
Let the fun begin – Finding a Photography WordPress Theme
You're getting closer to start building your site, but before you can do so you have to pick a WordPress theme that's built for photography purpose.
I have a very important thing I want to tell you.
No matter what theme you end up using. When it comes to modifying the theme settings, there is no end to how much time you can spend on this.
Do not overwork the design and get stuck with doing all those small tweaks. You know what!? Those small tweaks – almost none of your visitors will notice them!
I say this because I've made this mistake a lot of times in the past.
Since selecting a theme is very much matter of taste, I will give you a couple of options. Some of these are themes I've bought to use myself.
A framework, just like the name reveals. It's a solid foundation, Search engine optimized and secure. When you buy the Genesis Framework you get access to the Genesis Child Theme.This theme alone is pretty nice. It's simple but quick and stable. For a simple blog, this is the best choice.
On the StudioPress website, you can browse themes made with photography in mind. Just select Photography in the Category drop-down.
The price for these themes are around $100, but then the Genesis Framework($59.95) is included.
Imagely WordPress Photography Themes
Didn't find your theme on StudioPress?
Imagely has a bunch of themes created with photography in mind. They are built as child themes for the Genesis Framework.
You get a package with all the Imagely themes for $49, but you will need to purchase the Genesis Framework for $59.95 aswell.
You may also want to choose the $99 package since that includes an awesome plugin to make photo galleries and a Lightroom plugin to upload photos to your site(that's awesome!).
Installing a theme
When you download a theme either from StudioPress or from Imagely you will receive a zip-file. Do not unpack this, you will upload it in the WordPress admin interface.
Go to yourwebsite.com/wp-admin and log in. Go to Appearance -> Themes.
Click the Add New button, and then click Upload Theme.
First, upload the Genesis Framework and then the theme. Make sure you hit Activate on the theme when installed.
Finally, you should go through the theme settings.
Open the Appearance menu and click Customize. This will bring you the customize screen. This is where you change the theme settings.
It's hard to be too specific here, since the settings may differ depending on the theme, but they all should be pretty much straight forward.
By now you have an awesome solid foundation to start building your content on.
I have to leave this step completely to you since it's hard to say what your content should be like, but we are not done yet. Below are a couple of very important aspects that are crucial for a successful website.Folks! I've almost finished my new website. Adding content now! #brb Click To Tweet
Prepare for tracking your visitors with Google Analytics
If you haven't signed up for a Google Analytics account yet, do it now! It's crucial to monitor your visitors and to see what pages are popular.
Google Analytics does not make much sense at first when you don't have any data, but it's important to get the tracking code on your site so it starts tracking.
It's really simple. First, sign up for an account.
Next step is to create a new property. The procedure is quite straightforward and you will be guided along the say.
When the property is in place you need to get your Tracking ID. You will enter it in the All in One SEO -settings in the next step.
The very important aspect of SEO(Search Engine Optimization)
It doesn't matter how much time you put into building your website, or how nice it is if you do not get any visitors.
To rank high in Googles search result you have to think about the SEO aspect when you build the site.
I always install the All in One SEO plugin. That's a good start for better SEO.
To install the plugin, go to Plugins -> Add New and enter “All in One SEO” in the search box. The plugin should show up first in the list. Install and activate the plugin.
When installed, go to All in One SEO -> General Settings and make sure Use Keywords is enabled.
This is also where you put in your Google Analytics ID.
Adding SEO friendly content
As I mentioned earlier you have to think about the SEO aspect when writing your content, and one of the most important things are the headlines.
You should not write headlines saying “My Latest Blog Post”. Instead, write something like “My Amazing Blog Post That Will Blow Your Mind”. Just keep the length under 70 characters, since anything above 70 characters will be truncated by most search engines.
Check out Sharethrough Headline Analyzer to get some help.
You have a lot to do, so I will leave you alone now.
Please use the comments below if you have any thoughts or questions about anything mentioned here. I love to communicate with you guys. Feel free to share this article with the world. See you!