How to Add Plugins in WordPress

You will need a few plugins for your website for various reasons and with this tutorial you’ll learn how to add plugins in WordPress. Always make sure to do a backup before adding any plugins. In this short video you will see how to go about adding a plugin. Below the video you will find a list of the plugins we recommend.

Wordpress_SEO_by_YoastWordPress SEO by Yoast – If you already have the All In One SEO plugin, here is a guide on migrating to Yoast. This plugin helps you take care of all the technical optimization, but it first and foremost helps you write better content. WordPress SEO forces you to choose a focus keyword when you’re writing your articles, and then makes sure you use that focus keyword everywhere.

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Choosing a WordPress Theme

making a choiceChoosing a WordPress theme is one of the things people get stuck on, don’t worry, we’re here to help!

The first stage in building your website is choosing a theme. A website theme is the look of your site and there are thousands to choose, both free and paid.

It’s important to make a good first impression to your site visitor, but the structure of your site is also important in SEO and plays a big role in search engines.

Some people will say don’t worry too much about it, something plain and simple will do fine. The same people will also say it’s a waste of time looking through lots of different themes.

I can tell you, if you don’t like the look of your site you’ll feel less inclined to work on it and it’ll become a chore rather than a pleasure. Choosing a theme you like and that suits your niche/industry is an important part of building your online business.

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Setting up Menus in WordPress

navigation compassSetting up Menus in WordPress is simple to do once you learn the steps! For visitors to be able to navigate around your website you need to set up your menus to make it easy for them to find the information they’re looking for.

We’ll give the first steps followed by a video to help you set up your first menu.

Blog Roll/Static Home Page

Firstly you need to decide whether to have a static home page or a blog roll. This website has a static homepage where we explain what the site is about. A blog roll displays all your latest posts in date order.

If you’re having a static home page then you need to create a new page, call it “blog” or any suitable name. You don’t need to add any content to this page, it acts like a holder for all your posts.

To specify what you want on your Home page go to Appearance – Customize and you’ll see “Static Front Page”. This will look a bit different depending on what theme you’re using.

static front page setting in wordpress

As you can see, we have checked “static post” and chosen “Home” from the drop down menu. You can do the same if you choose “Your latest posts”.

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Get Your Site Seen by Google

search engineWhy do you need to get your site seen by Google? Well, what do you do when you’re looking for information on the Intenet? You “Google it”! It makes sense to ensure your site is seen by Google and here, we’ll walk you through the steps.

There are a number of steps to go through to get your site “verified” with the search engine, Google Verifying your site means that Google can “see” your site  and index it so people can find it.

This is also the stage to set up Google Analytics, which provides data to analyze the visitors to your site. This is important as you progress and it helps you to see what is working, what is attracting visitors.

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Your First Website Pages

Now we get to the more exciting bits, setting up your first website pages! Firstly I want to explain the difference between pages and posts to avoid any confusion.

A page is used more for information purposes, like your About and Privacy Policy pages. They are the basic structure of your site and you don’t need many.

A post is used for writing all your articles, the majority of your work, like the one you’re reading now.

You can add a post to a category but not a page.

Your First Pages

book PagesThere are a few pages you should be setting up before you start writing articles.

  • About
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Affiliate Disclaimer
  • Home Page (if you’re having a static home page and not a blog roll)

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