Step by Step Guide for Making a Website with WordPress.

There are a list of platforms you can opt for designing a website including Webs, Joomla, Weebly, Blogger and so on. And the one I and my friends use for making a website are always WordPress. Free with lots of themes and plugins, easy to build a site and powerful features to make the site what you want.
Today, I’d like to show you the step by step guide for building a website with WordPress easily.

1. Sign Up
Once you decide to make the website with WordPress, you need to get an account for you. Go to WordPress.com and sign-up with a few basic details like username, password and e-mail address. Then you can use your account to sign in your wordpress site.

2.Get To Grips With the Admin Panel
When you’re logged into the administrative part of your WordPress site, you’re presented with the dashboard that shows you key statistics and features of your site.

3. Select a Theme
As I mentioned above, there are lots of themes you can choose for your website. WordPress Themes allow you to quickly overhaul the design of your site and ensures that you can have a professional and attractive looking site without any knowledge of HTML or CSS. It is a necessary thing for your site. There are two kinds of themes: free ones and premium ones.

4. Install plugins you need
There are rich variety of the 26,000 available plugins allow you to extend the functionality and customize your site to your specifications. Some allow you to integrate with social media, while others are for navigation and “widgets” that give you new content and features.  And in the post “Free WordPress Plugins You Must-Have for Your WordPress Site” could help you to decide which plugins would be perfect for your site.

5.Create Pages
Pages allow you to create separate sections with different content about your site. You should consider the following as a minimum:
Homepage: A landing page which clearly states who you are, what services you offer, and where you are located
Contact Details: Make sure visitors is able to contact with you while there’s any misunderstanding things
Blog: A blog allows you to write original content about your specialty and cover stories relevant to existing and potential clients and peers
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about yourself, your business, and the area you operate in

6.Navigation
Once you’ve got all your needed pages sorted, you need to put a simple navigational system in place that can help your audience to access information in an intuitive manner.
The “menus” part of the appearance section is the way to control this, so consider what positioning and content you are going to link to and how. Make sure there are no broken links and that you can navigate to every page from every page. There should also be a quick way to return home.

7. Go Mobile
Whichever theme you pick, try to make sure that your site will render correctly on smartphones and tablets. In many cases, this will be taken care of, but if not, there are a number of plugins that you can install to make your site mobile-friendly. It is essential to make sure your site is responsive for all devices.

Okay, that’s the steps for how to build a website with WordPress, if you want to get a comprehensive guide for making a website, you can takea  look with this post for 7 Steps to build a website with ease.

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Best E-Commerce WordPress Themes for September, 2013

It is simple to design a Website with a right WordPress Theme to meet your requirement. Once you want to build an E-Commerce WordPress site, you need to opt for a suitable E-Commerce WordPress theme. There are a lot of E-Commerce WordPress themes on the internet, it is hard to decide which to choose, this post today would going to show the best E-commerce WordPress Themes this month, Hope there’s at least one you desire.

1. Echo:
Echo is an electronic E-Commerce website that covers brands which deals with electronic stuff. Echo has a simple design which will be handy for customizing.

2. eStore:
eStore is by Elegant themes. It has got an awesome background with splendid foreground. Your best products can be featured like hangings on the wall. It was one of the best themes from Elegant Themes.

3. Refined Style:
Refined style refines the best of products available on the site and publicize on the front page. You can have a one time glance at Featured products, Latest news, Reviews and what not?! All in a single page.

4.Replete:
Replete E-Commerce site has got everything installed in it. With the posh look on it’s side and popping out of the products when moved closer can make this site feel nothing less than awesome.

5. Kauri Theme:
Kauri Theme attracts the users with their slide show images just like the other E-Commerce websites. Kauri is having a fresh look on its home page which must be dealing with Cosmetic stuff.

6. Magee:
Magee Theme is clean, easy to use, and highly customizable WordPress built with HTML5+CSS3. The theme comes with tons of advanced features (drop-down page builder, premium slider, 600+ Google fonts, unlimited colors, etc. ) and can be used for corporate, business, portfolio and so on.
Magee Screenshot

7 Steps to build a website with ease.

Many people want to build their own website.  Today, I’d love to talk about how to build a website, what you need for building a website. It can be divided in 7 steps.
Okay, let’s begin with the first one — Hosting.
What is hosting? hosting is a place where you can put your website.
Then there are several types of Web hosting options you can choose from:
Free Web hosts
Standard Web hosting
Dedicated, Virtual, and Shared Hosting
Colocation
 
Secondly: Domain Name
A domain name provides extra branding for your site and makes it easier for people to remember the URL. Just like http://www.google.com, http://www.youtube.com. They could help users to find the site easily and simply.
 
Thirdly: Plan Your Website
After you’ve got a hosting and demain name, you can start planning your site. You need to decide the following tips:
Type of site – what’s your point for your website?
Navigation – The navigation affects the information architecture of your site.
Content – Content is the actual pages you’ll be building.
 
Fourth: Build Your Website Pages
There are some knowledge you need to know:
Design Basics – The elements of good design and and how to use it on websites.
Learning HTML – HTML is the building block of a Web page. While it’s not absolutely required, you’ll do better if you learn HTML than if you don’t.
Learning CSS – CSS is the building block of how pages look. And learning CSS will make it easier for you to change your site’s look when you need to.
Web Page Editors – Finding the perfect editor for your needs will help you learn design, HTML, and CSS.
 
Fifth: Publish Your Website
Publishing your website is a matter of getting the pages you created in step 4 up to the hosting provider you set up in step 1. You can do this with either the tools that come with your hosting service or with FTP clients. Knowing which you can use depends upon your hosting provider. Contact them if you are not sure.
How to Upload
Best FTP Clients for Windows
Best FTP Clients for Macintosh
 
Sixth: Promote Your Website
The easiest way to promote your website is through search engine optimization or SEO. You build your Web content so that it ranks well in search engines. This can be very difficult, but it is inexpensive and can result in good results if you work at it.
Other ways to promote your site include: word of mouth, email, and advertising. You should include your URL on all professional correspondence and whenever it makes sense in personal messages. I put my URL in my email signature along with my email address.
 
Seventh: Maintain Your Website
Maintenance can be the most boring part of website design, but in order to keep your site going well and looking good, you need to do it. Testing your site as you’re building it and then after it’s been live for a while is important. And you should also work on content development on a regular basis.

Why you’d better choose a responsive WordPress Theme for website design?

Recently, more and more people like to view websites on the devices rather than on a computer in front of a desk.  Then the question comes: What can we do for our sites to make users feels better? The answer is given by many designers: Build a responsive sites. This post today, I’d like to talk about it in detail why we need to build a responsive website with a responsive WordPress theme.

What is a Responsive site?
In the simple-understanding explanation, responsive design means that your site looks great on all devices including desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone, the design is set up to deliver the information in a friendly, easy-to-read format.
Technically speaking, this means that the content and information on your pages is all the same. There are just additional styles set up in the code to make the page display differently in the different situations. So you would still maintain everything in one place.

Why you need to make a Responsive website? (original on http://e-m-marketing.com)
Recommended By Google
As all we know, Google is the master for the search engine market. Google states that responsive web design is its recommended mobile configuration, and even goes so far as to refer to responsive web design as the industry best practice.
The reason is responsive design sites have one URL and the same HTML, regardless of device, which makes it easier and more efficient for Google to crawl, index, and organize content.
Additionally, Google prefers responsive web design because content that lives on one website and one URL is much easier for users to share, interact with, and link to than content that lives on a separate mobile site.

One Website, Many Devices
One of the most appealing aspects of responsive web design is that a responsive website can provide a great user-experience across many devices and screen sizes. This is an important characteristic, since it is impossible to anticipate all the devices and screen sizes searchers will use to access your site. A site that works well regardless of these variables will provide a better and more consistent user-experience than a separate mobile site that is designed for a specific device and screen size.

Easier to Manage
Having a separate desktop and mobile site requires having separate SEO campaigns. Managing one site and one SEO campaign is far easier than managing two sites and two SEO campaigns. This is a key advantage a responsive website has over a separate mobile site.
That being said, there are benefits to having a mobile-specific SEO strategy, such as optimizing for keywords that are more likely to be searched when someone is on their smartphone.

Top 10 Tips to Make a Better Website.

When you want to make a website and do not know where to start, or think your website is not good enough as you need?  The post today is going to talk about how to make a better website with tips to check for.

Keys-to-A-New-Website

1. Condense your menu
Do you have twelve items under one heading on your navigation bar? If so, you might want to look at tidying up. A cleaner navigation makes things easier to find. When things are easier to find, it creates a better experience for your site’s visitors. Plus, they’ll be less likely to hit the back button because they won’t be frustrated trying to find what they need.

2. Have a call to action on every page
Every page on your website should be making your visitor act on something. Maybe it’s to get them to purchase your ebook, view your credentials, or watch a demo video. Whatever it is, make it known to the user. Remember, they don’t want to think when they’re browsing your site. Whether it’s a button or a hyperlink, but something on every page that leads them to the action you ultimately want them to take.

3. Add an about us page
Who are you? Do you work with a big team? When a business person – or consumer – selects a company to do business with, they often like to know who they’ll be working with. Add pictures of your team with real bios. Sure, professional experience is awesome, but list your hobbies, family life, and things you like to do for fun. Bottom line: show you’re a real human being.

4. Use big, bold images
This seems to be a pretty big trend in web design, but it’s because images speak louder than words. Capture your visitors with beautiful imagery. Take pictures of your team in action, shots of the local area, or recent projects you’ve worked on.

5. Add a directions widget
For those without a GPS, directions are convenient for just about anybody. Google has a free map widget you can add to your site. Just enter your address and you’ve got directions right to your front door. It shows prospective customers you care about the whole experience.

6. Make your site mobile-friendly
Mobile is huge right now. With over 50% of Americans owning a smartphone, your new customers are likely to come from mobile browsing. But, it’s tough to navigate a site not optimized for a tiny screen. There are plenty of inexpensive tools to create a mobile website from your current site. Explore those or get a designer to make your site mobile-friendly.

7. Get social with your customers
Haven’t hopped on social media yet? These days, it seems like the entire world is on social media in some way. We’re social people who like to interact with friends, family members, and even strangers. Plus, we listen to their recommendations. You want in on this community building. Get started with a Facebook page or Twitter account and focus on mastering one of them. Then move to the next network.

8. Figure out your site’s main goal
Why do you have a website? What do you want your site to do? After you figure out these two questions, make sure your website accomplishes the goal: add or delete pages, restructure your site, make a new landing page, etc. Make your goal a top priority. And let your team know what that goal is so they can help out too.

9. Start from scratch
While this isn’t recommended because it takes a lot of time, money, and resources, it may be worth it. If you’ve got an old website, starting over with brand-new technology would be smart, rather than trying to patch what you already have. Start with a pencil sketch of what you want and assemble the best team to make it happen.

10. Add business hours
Similar to the phone number above, when is your business open? Can I call you at 6am? What if I’m bringing my parents to your restaurant and it’s 10pm – will we be able to eat? These questions are inside the head of your customers more than you think. Making your hours known solves this, so put them up for all to see.

Original Post on: http://webdesignledger.com

Top 5 Free Responsive WordPress Themes for You.

WordPress is the first choice for designers to build a website with powerful features in simple steps.

And it is a trending to make a responsive sites for people to view sites in any devices except computer or laptop. In this post I’d love to recommend you some free responsive WordPress Themes  you can use to decorate your websites. Here we go.

01. Zenith

Zenith is a responsive theme with a rich, magazine-style layout that features space for large images. The theme has built-in support for Gravity Forms, and ships with multiple layout options, as well as support for custom templates and menus .

02.  Sensitive

Sensitive is a fully responsive theme built using Twitter’s Bootstrap framework with Metro Styled Accent. It ships with three different page templates, support for custom backgrounds and menus. It’s a great option if you’re looking for clean and modern, without a lot of fussy code.

03. Strap Slider Lite

Slider Lite is a clean, modern and responsive theme that showcases a large, full-width sliding panel at the top of the page. Each post featured within the slider supports an image and caption, as well as the content itself. As with some of the other themes featured here, Twitter’s Bootstrap is used to provide the functionality within the theme, making it easily extensible.

04.  Noteworthy

Noteworthy is a bold theme that, according to its author, is modelled on the USA Today website. The colour scheme is modern and clean, while bordering on brash, but the stand-out feature of this theme is the showcase area for the most recent post.

05. Origin

Origin is a premium, fully responsive WordPress blog theme with a minimal, clean design that allows visitors to focus on content. Origin lite is the only free version of this theme, which features a fixed two-column layout, responsive gallery and custom widgets for categories and social media networks.

Pros and Cons for Free WordPress Themes.

WordPress Theme is a wonderful helper for users to design a website without knowing knowledge for codes. But you know nothing is perfect.  Today, let’s take a look at the pros and cons for Free WordPress Themes.

Sillver WordPress Theme

Pros:
1. Save Money
The most attractive things for free WordPress themes is Free. Nobady hate free things. Free to download, free to install and free for all, while they can provide all the basic features for creating a simple website. And some free WordPress templates like Sillver are also packed with the latest features like responsive design, etc.
2. Easy to Use
Though free themes comes with less features, they are easier and quicker to customize. No matter you a beginner without any web design and programming code knowledge or a advanced user familiar with web design, you can easily make your own website in a simple and fast way.
3. Multiple Choices 
There are already numerous free WordPress templates in the market for your choice, along with many new free ones coming out every month. With so many templates to be chosen from, you can always find a right WordPress theme to satisfy your requirements, especially if you just want to create a simple website.

Cons:
1. Less Features
Compared with paid WordPress themes, free templates comes with less features. They might not compromise on the features and functionality that you need if you want to create a website with every element the way you want. But if you just want to a simple website for blogging, photography or others, a free WordPress theme will be enough.
2. Less Secure
Security is another disadvantage. Free themes are developed for fun and they generally do not come with any warranty or assurance of working and security. It’s possible for you to get a free template with malware and spam.
3. No Support
Many free WordPress themes don’t come with full support. Besides, free templates often lacks frequent update to keep up with the latest web design trends and WordPress features.
No matter a paid WordPress theme or a free one, just choose the most suitable one for you.

 

Post Original From: Magic Theme.