This post is called professional tips on using WordPress, but it is actually a short excerpt from my e-book, which you can get for free by signing up to the newsletter in the sidebar.
Look in plugins, and get the All in one SEO pack. Go into the settings, and add your
home page title and description, and change the first three permalink settings to
Then go into the settings- permalink part, and add a custom permalink:
For more detail on this, and videos of the process, you can check out where I saw it
on 1 Hour Jobs.
This is about all you have to do to have good SEO on your URLs, although there is
some debate that it’s better to have the category name as well as the postname, and
that would look like /%category%/%postname%/ or something like that.
I’m not an expert in those things, so I’d listen to the guy in 1 hour jobs. Now, you just
need to find a good WordPress template.
There are many sites like Template Monster, and dozens of website designers who
can build you a custom theme, but I’ve heard you can just use the default twenty
eleven theme, and it gives you options to add your own photos, or customise the
design in many ways.
You can always use Thesis, like that guy suggested, which has a lot of customisable
options to make many different sites. I like Canvas if you’re going to buy one.
So you have a good theme, you have good URLs, you might want to set a page
instead of a post as the home page on your site.
To do that, go to settings-reading, after making a page that will be your new home
page, and a page to move your blog page to.
You can use Filezilla, or a similar FTP client to upload html files directly to the net,
which means you can make pages on your computer, like I use Open Office
sometimes. Here’s a You Tube video of how that works: How to Publish Using
It is possible to “rip” other templates, and edit them in an html or text editor, and then
upload them directly to your server using these methods, but that is also illegal, and
don’t ask me how it works. It might be alright for very simple pages.
Professional Tips on Using WordPress has been an excerpt from my e-book A Beginner’s Guide to Succeeding Online, which you can get for free by signing up to the newsletter.