More Than the Basics

Once you have started using WordPress, you will begin to realize that there are many more things you can do with your site. One of the benefits of using WordPress is that you can do all of these yourself!

You may want to deal with spam more effectively and to improve your site’s performance in other ways by using plugins like:

  • Akismet (a must for dealing with spam)
  • All-In-One SEO (which will help your blog rank higher with search engines)
  • Google Sitemap (which will help get your blog pages indexed quickly on Google)
  • W3 Total Cache (which will make your blog load a lot faster and handle more traffic)
  • PC Robots.txt

You may want to change the appearance by:

  • Adding a different image in the header
  • Changing the background colour
  • Changing the theme

You may want to add widgets like:

  • a Search box
  • a Contact Form
  • a Sign-Up Form
  • an RSS Feed

You may want to add features like:

  • A sidebar image, text, or link (like your picture, favourite websites, etc.)
  • Show Top Commentators (which encourages readers to comment on your blog)
  • Twitter feed (which shows your most recent tweets as a newsfeed)

You may think these actions require more time, courage, and talent than you possess. That’s OK. I can set them up for you, or show you how to do them yourself (and reduce the frustrations of your learning curve).