This post aims to help WordPress newbies who may be initially daunted by all the information present on the dashboard. To start off with WordPress, you need to carefully study the dashboard that can be viewed by users, editors and the admin.
A user may not need to bother about internal WordPress issues, but the admin has to understand the power of a WordPress blog. If you are a new admin and have recently started a blog, here are three important features that you ought to understand and research on. These very three basic features will take your blog to a professional level, provided you handle them with the right tabs.
WordPress themes are not merely there for making the blog look appealing, rather, hidden inside the themes are codes that could enhance the very functionality of your blog. The theme you set up will determine customer satisfaction when they visit the site.
You could create your own theme if you’re a programming expert; however, WordPress has its own set of themes that can be used. But be aware that WordPress themes are also sometimes copied by developers and there may be unseen bugs that would pop up only when the theme is put in use.
To avoid all such situations, you can purchase a professionally built theme, this blog runs on the Thesis Theme, an SEO friendly theme designed for WordPress bloggers or you can have the current theme checked for proper coding through the Markup Validation Service tool that is released by the WWW international standards grading system called the W3C or the World Wide Web Consortium. Enter your site URL there and have them detect the coding of your theme. To make this simple get the Thesis Theme, it’s a smart investment.
Once the theme is set, widgets are optional tools that add some extra functionality to the site. It is a small bit of code that is integrated with the theme. Therefore if you want Google Adsense, you use the Adsense widget along with the set up theme.
Advertising Widgets are very important if you aim to earn money through the blog. Other widgets that could make the blog efficient include an RSS FeedBurner widget, Tag Clouds, Facebook like, Twitter Tweets etc. Though these are small tools, they play an important role in promoting the blog as well as enabling it to earn profit.
Plugins are handy tools that are used to enhance the functionality of your blog. Without plugins, it would be difficult to control spam, view site statistics, or even get search engines to index the blog. There may be thousands of plugins for installation and if you are an expert, you can even create your own plugins through special plugin creator software.
There are default plugins available in WordPress. All you have to do is put in a particular plugin name and install in instantly. Use important plugins such as Aksimet (spam guard), Google Analytics (site views) and XML sitemap (for search engines to index site) for enhancing blog functionality. Check out some of the top plugins for wordpress blogs.
Once you have a strong command on these three important features, you are all set to earn profits through blogging and efficient SEO practices.
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