This is the ultimate step-by-step guide to making your first WordPress blog in 2017. The real beauty of blogging is that anyone can do it. There are no rules, except the ones you create yourself. For many people, the only barrier is actually
Small Business Tutorials
Starting a small business is hard, hard, hard. Like, Indiana Jones trying to get into the temple of the golden idol hard. It's a path that's filled with monsters waiting to chew you up, swallow your masticated flesh, and spit out your bones.
What you need, then, is an expert guide who knows where all the pitfalls are, and how to find the treasure. That's what Digital.com is. And this part of the Digital.com blog provides you with tutorials to get you going. They're heavily researched, A/B tested, tried and tried again strategies for online business success.
You've probably heard that using WordPress is easy. Just install it and start publishing. Guess what? It's not that easy.
Yes, using WordPress is a whole lot easier than using other systems — much less creating a website from scratch. But it takes knowledge to use WordPress.
And luckily, we have you covered. We have great WordPress tutorials on everything from starting a blog to picking themes to running a full-blown ecommerce site. And they really do make using WordPress easy.
Start a Blog with WordPress
Whatever anyone tells you, working with WordPress is not self-explanatory. There are a zillion little steps to set up a site, then customize, then manage it. Do you know all the ins and outs? No fear! We've got an article that's got you covered.
Make a Website with WordPress
What's the difference between a website and a blog? Did you know there are different ways to do each one with WordPress? We happen to have an article on that as well.
Your Perfect WordPress Theme
If you've never picked a WordPress theme for your small business, it's a bear.
What sounds like a ten-minute job can quickly turn into a week's worth of second-guessing and backtracking. Have we got a tutorial for that? Yes. Of course we do.
WordPress themes can be something like a set of Lincoln Logs or a strand of Christmas tree lights: "One light goes out, they all go out!"
Save on frustration by installing a WordPress framework. Save time by knowing which framework to use. Not sure which one to pick? Don't fret! We've got a tutorial that makes it easy.
Mobile Friendly WordPress Sites
If your site isn't mobile friendly, Google can throw you to the back of search engine results despite all your best SEO efforts. We've got an article that shares the top tools for testing, plus tips for optimizing for mobile that the pros know (and you should too).
Web development is a minefield. There are piles of interlocking programs and plug-ins, and you've got to get them all to play nice together. Can you do it on your own?
The good news is, you won't have to. We've got the tools to speed you on your way without a foot placed wrong.
Before You Design that Site
If your site's design falls short, customers will turn and flee before they get to look around. To avoid that problem, you'll need to address spiky details like typography, the use of color, illustration, layout, contrast, and simplicity. It just so happens we've got a tutorial for that.
HTML Made Easy
Three-quarters of your development hours can fall straight into the black hole of googling different HTML tags and solutions. All you'll need is a cheat sheet with cut-and-paste code for everything from lists to divs to video tags. You probably won't be shocked to learn that, yeah, we've got just suck a cheat sheet for that.
Genesis Framework Child Themes
What's the best WordPress theme? Hint: It's probably a child theme on a framework.
If that sounds like Greek to you, don't sweat it. A framework is really just an uber-theme that runs a lot of little themes. The Genesis Framework is one of the most popular. In fact, we've got a data-driven list that shows the 30+ best child themes for it.
Running a Website
Once you've got your website set up and working, you've got about five seconds before you run into your next enemy: running it. Thankfully, we're here to guide you to success here too.
Creating Great Content
If you can't create content ten times better than the competition, you won't make it as a blogger. You want your content to be so good future challengers take one look at it and die of fright. Maybe a tutorial that shows you how will help. We can do that.
Custom Email Addresses
Question: how professional does your business look with the word "Yahoo" right next to your name?
Answer: not very!
You need to set up your own custom, site-domain-linked email address to run with the big dogs. (Yes, of course we have a tutorial for that!)
Hosting Your WordPress Ecommerce Site
You can't use the best, most popular WordPress ecommerce platform if you don't know where to host it. WooCommerce powers 40% of all ecommerce sites in the universe. It's inexpensive, powerful, and can handle an unlimited number of products. Unfortunately, where you host it matters.Our tutorial on that topic clears the fog.
Don't leave the backdoor open to let in the unscrupulous. You could wake up tomorrow to find your site hijacked, your data down the pipes. Good news! We've got an article about that too.
If you're like most small business owners, fiddling with SSL certificates sounds as fun as home dentistry.Learn to protect your sensitive info by following the walk-through in our tutorial. You'll learn to set up your certificate right, so customers don't get the dreaded "This site's SSL certificate can't be verified!" message.
The Best Online Business Tutorials
Digital.com is here to make it easy to run your business online. And it's always growing. The internet may get more complex every day, but our store of tutorials grows with it.
If you've read every one of our tutorials, you're well on your way to online success. You've learned dozens of great tips to avoid sticking your fingers in metaphorical light sockets. You've avoided the pit-traps and you know where the gold is. Next, check out our most popular reviews below for more inside info!
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