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Wordpress basics Why Wordpress (v Blogger) How to install a Wordpress blog Wordpress templates Best free template resources Bestpaid-for template resources Wordpress plugins basics Wordpress plugins how to install Wordpress plugins best free resources Wordpress plugins best paid for resources Conclusion
So why choose Wordpress? You might have heard rumors about Wordpress websites, like for example you may have heard that Google gives priority to these websites. Itis fairly certain that search engines give priority to certain websites and blogs, so now that blogging and pinging phase might be losing at least part of it’s effectiveness, now is the time for something new.
There’s strong evidence that Wordpress blogs get better search rankings than other sites. We will explore that in more detail later, but fornow just know that there are some search engine advantages to using Wordpress tools. In some ways this tool is only good for those who understand the importance and advantages of blogging. Blogging is a form of website promotion and information sharing that can have very strong business implications.
What is the so special about Wordpress? Wordpress is your simple and easyway to set up a blog with minimal programming requirements. Wordpress gives you a plethora of themes, theme resources, and the ability to use images, and various blog designs and layouts. I can elaborate all day about the basic features and benefits of Wordpress, but I have to admit that most of us use Wordpress for one simple reason. We use Wordpress to make money. Here's a quick example of howWordpress can change the way you blog forever:
You have a few websites and already are earning some decent money from them so you have a full time programmer on retainer. You've heard about Wordpress and how it would allow you to set up your blogs with little or no effort. You like the idea but don't want to pay the programmer so you
decide totackle it yourself. It's easy to downloaded the pages and open an FTP connection to your website. You then uploaded the documents and set up the database connection. Within minutes, you are working with a Wordpress setup on your website. It was that easy.
You can now set up all the theme, feeds, and template tags you need. All done within an hour. After this, you would simply copy this setup toother websites and change the header information to the match requirements at your other websites. You accomplish all this in less than 30 minutes.
Best of all you didn’t need to take up your programmer’s valuable time.
You can then go on to embed Google Adsense ads and other advertising in the blogs. A few strategically placed links on pages that are already indexed and your blogs are up andrunning!
Wordpress and high-end blogging tools like it can simplify the arduous process of setting up a blog or blogging system. Wordpress is VERY easy. Below is a Wordpress blog I set up in 30 minutes:
30 minutes includes download, code extraction, upload, database set up and installation. While I did not do heavy customization, it would have beenvery simple to do through the interfaces that are available through the Wordpress administration tool. The basic steps to uploading the Wordpress tools are:
1) Instructions (Read them!)
2) Download the package. You should download the Wordpress tools and extract them from the website package. 3) Create a website to upload the Wordpress tools to....