Share tips to help your site on its way Share some resources/ tools to help give your site a leg up Inspire you to think outside the box with WordPress
For those not so new to WordPress imaginingwhat it use to be might be a bit strange todigest. WordPress USE to be a blog platform,with no ability to create pages…. Only posts.You had to make your own static pages andimplement a theme.
In May 2004, WordPress 1.5 Strayhorn happened, allowingusers to finally create and manage pages.Believe me, moving 150 static pages over to WordPress wastedious at the time, BUT… in the long run, it has been thebest move my own site has made. Finally WordPress moved out of the “just a blog platform”and into the full content management system it is today.
Easy to use Updated regularly Great community support Easy to develop sites with Easy to teach clients Of course, the SEO aspects are nice Build own community and connect with others Make money
Use your imagination when creating your site! WordPress can do it!
Being memorable is important. Be active in the design of your site and make sure that while you want your site to be accessible, you want to like your site and be proud to show it off. Do research in your niche and outside to get ideas of what you want Brainstorm how you want to organize your site, especially for attracting and converting visitors.
Make it clean and easy to navigate Do put in conversion elements (content sliders, featurette areas, subscribe forms) Be aware of web accessibility & validate your code (validator.w3.org)
Write good content (I keep saying this at every WordCamp) Good clean and organized code code WordPress SEO by Joost de Valk Webmaster Tools (Google, Bing, etc…) Be concise on what you want to optimize
Most major search engines are gearing moretoward the social aspects rather than just theold algorithm rules. (You know, those “so andso likes” or “so and so recommends” thisfeature you see in the search results)So… guess what, you will need to considerengaging and encouraging yourvisitors/clients/whomever to share your site
Contact form 7 or Gravity Forms (premium) Subscribe2, MailChimp, Aweber Commentluv (reward your visitors that leave comments) Share tools (Digg Digg, Sociable, or manually coding in social network and social bookmarking icons)
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