WordPress Web Design Tips

Learning WordPress is essential for anybody running a WP website.  In this post we will discuss WordPress web design and how it can be accomplished by the beginner and the pro.  The importance of website design, is important for making a functional and good looking website that will work well and attract website visitors to want to return and use your website.  If you take heed to the tips and suggestions below it will help you to design a website.

First, we want to discuss the web design in the context of WordPress.  If you are new to WordPress, check out our post: What is WordPress?  When you start to think about setting up a website, you will need to think about the functionality that you want to have for your website.  Do you want to put up content that is categorized and organized based on your settings?  Content will be similar to what you see on this website.   Where we have a number of categories, one is Blog Software, which describes technology such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.   I would suggest reading the features of wordpress at their websites:  https://wordpress.org/about/features/

Once you have determined that you are using the right software…let’s get to the website design tips.

Let’s talk Bluehost.com

This is a professional web hosting company that you can choose to host a WordPress website.  The have a great team that can help your site get deployed and setup the right way.  Beyond that, we suggest that you view some our page on How to  Start a Bluehost WordPress Website.  Good Luck!!!

Tip #1:  Always start with a design template or theme for your site:  Starting with a theme for your site will save you a lot of time and money in the design portion.  For true beginners, the design portion is a mainly about the look and feel of the website.   In this section you will decide what colors, layout, features you want for the website.  This is essential in this phase because you don’t want to get started then find out that you’ve missed and left out a major component that is needed for your site.  But, just and FYI, most software can be added too, and revised to add on just about anything.  But, with this said, getting the right software and right theme can save you a lot of headache from the start.  I recently created a WordPress website that was multiple languages and picking a theme that had support for this saved me huge in the long run.

Tip #2:  You’ll make design mistakes…keep moving forward:  As I stated in Tip#1 above, just about anything can be added to your website.  What you don’t want to do is to start out with a software that doesn’t handle the major parts of your requirements.  So, please check out the link to see the WordPress Features before you keep going with WordPress.  But once you get started and in the design and development phase you will hit bumps in the road that question what you are doing.  Just remember that this is normal, and to keep moving forward.  Think of this process as building a house.  If you only start with 2 bedrooms and 2 bath…can you add on?  The answer to this add on question is often yes, that you can add another 3rd bedroom and 3rd bathroom if absolutely necessary.  In the design phase, you want to think about growth, and the features you need now and the ones you may want to add in the future.  If you buy a plot of land that has absolutely no ability to add another bedroom, the smart person will think about this in advance..and you should too with the design of your WordPress website.

Tip #3 If you’re new to this…hire a website design professional:  If you are new to designing websites check out ways that you can hire a professional graphic artist, programmer, or designer to get you started.  You can find great resources at:

  1. www.craigslist.com
  2. www.fiverr.com
  3. www.upwork.com

Tip #4 It is a work in progress, don’t fret the design process:  Any professional web designer will tell you, that their work is never really done.  What this means…is that there is always more work that can be done, or improvements that can be implemented.  I know in some of my past projects, the concept of scope creep with the client would have gone on forever and ever.  And with some of our clients it did, they were just projects that went on each and every month with new additions changes, and updates.  This is what you’ll find hopefully with your project once it gets off the ground.  So, don’t worry or hold things up if they aren’t perfect.  Just get started and you’ll figure it out along the way.

Tip#5 Never cheat the system…or use BlackHat techniques:  Some people, well all of us, are looking for quick hits or ways that we can get farther faster.  Web design is not one of these places where you want to employ tricky techniques that may trick the search engines…or BlackHat techniques.  If you do employ these types of things, you’ll probably slip up, get caught by Google search bots, and blacklisted in their index for many years.  Trust me…I’ve seen this happen and it’s not pretty.  The time that I saw this happen it was a complete accident, and it still didn’t matter to Google as their systems are black and white, or programmed to react a certain way to the millions of sites they interact with.  SO!!! don’t do it.

Tip #6 Know your budget & limitations:  If you want to build a Google like search engine…guess what…you can’t do it.  I’ll tell you even Bill Gates couldn’t make that happen.  So, this tip is pretty simple.  You’ll have some great ideas that you want to make happen, but it’s going to be hard to accomplish everything you can think of.  Take it from someone who has spent decades building and designing websites.  First you’ll want to have a basic budget in mind, and you’ll need to next make sure that you have a basic requirements document, and finally you’ll need to submit this to a designer to get a quote.

These are some basic tips that you can use to get started into getting a website designed for your project.  My main tip…is to keep it simple, keep it moving forward, and keep it a work in progress.  These tips will help you to get more done faster, and to get your project off the ground faster.

As always, comment down below with any tips or suggestions for adding content to this website, or this page and we’ll get working on it for you.  Good luck designing your WordPress web site!

 

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an software that allows the site owner to blog, or write a series of short articles and pages that are easily categorizedWikipedia defines as a blog as.  A number of blogging software applications are designed and developed by open source programmers or developers that allow you to easily and seamlessly create content for the blog.  A blogging software is a tool that will allow you to point and click to add an article, upload a picture, and do it all within a secured and private section of your website.  Sounds great?  Is this what you’ve been looking for?

We recommend a hosting company called www.BlueHost.com to setup a hosting account and start your blog.  Check out our post on starting a blog to learn more about the specifics of how starting a blog works.  But back to the topic at hand…

1.)  Is WordPress Free?  Yes, WordPress can be totally free for the site owner.   The only cost that most people pay is for the hosting company to provide hosting, or a server space for the files, pictures, content, database, etc.

2.)  Is WordPress Easy to Learn?  As far as technology goes, yes it is easy to learn and setup.   Within WP, there are posts/articles and pages.  They are similar features that allow you to create written article or content that you desire.  If you are a total beginner, you can think of this as working on a post similar to writing an email in Gmail, or a document in Microsoft Word.

3.)  Is it easy to customize WordPress?  The customization of the site can be challenging for the novice and so we recommend installing a template to get off the ground and going.  With a template you’ll get a ton of features and also a framework or look for your site that you approved.  Also great with WordPress, is that there are thousands of premade templates that are relatively cheap…or under a $100/US , and even under $10/US.  WOW..huh?  Who ever knew that running your own blog can be so cheap.

4.)  Can it be totally free to run WordPress?  Yes, you can run WordPress without paying a hosting fee, and I’ll include a link right here to get you started.  You can run totally free WordPress at WordPress.com.  It is through their corporate site, and there are restrictions and limitations, and you can pay extra to unlock certain features.  With this said, I don’t recommend that you do any of this because to get the most out of Google and other search engines, you’ll want to have your own hosting on your own domain.  We will go into this further in other posts, but for now just keep this in mind.

5.)  What if you need help with building your website?  You can pay a designer or developer a nominal fee to help you make tweaks to your WP software.  They can get a lot done for you in a short amount of time, and get it done right.  I suggest using sites like www.Craigslist.com, www.Fiverr.com, www.UpWork.com to locate a designer/programmer/developer.

Remember to check our post on getting started with Bluehost and WordPress.  Comment down below if you have any questions about running a WordPress blog, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Negotiate with your boss to get what you want

A lot of employees have the wrong impression about the employer/employee relationship.  This relationship, which definitely defined, and the employer definitely has some advantages, it’s not completely one sided toward your boss.   By this I mean, that while your boss is definitely in charge, they don’t completely control the situation.  And in any two way relationship, each party is in complete control of their destiny…they can each walk away at any time.

So, in the employer/employee relationship it is not true that the Boss holds all the cards in the negotiation.  As the employee let’s not forget that at any time we can find other employment.  You never want to walk away on the spot, but if you feel so inclined, you can start the job search at any moment in the day, and hopefully land a better job that suits your situation.  So, the main point here, is that in any negotiation each party has the ultimate power to walk away.  The boss can fire the employee, and the employee can say “I’m outta here”.   Right?

This is a basic tenet of the power of negotiation, it is the power to walk away.  And any great negotiator will use this power as a bargaining chip to hopefully tilt the negotiation in their favor.  So with this new found information, it must be used cautiously and with great discretion.  Because let’s not forget who has the upper hand…your boss does.  And so, we need to approach our negotiation very carefully and do it in a kind/gentle/sincere way.  Here are a few tips:

1.)  Let your boss know that you care:  Let them know that you love and care about the organization.  This is essential to letting them know that you are both really on the same side.

2.)  Let them know how valuable you are:  You don’t want to come off as disgruntled or a PITA( google it if you don’t know the meaning 🙂 ), but instead that you are setting a win/win situation for both you and the company.

3.)  Let them know that you have certain value:  Tell them gently what have you been up to.   You want to make it known that you are really in this company for the long haul, and that you are on their side.  This will make them feel that you are here to help, and that they need to keep you around to make this company a better place.

4.)  Discuss a road map for your personal growth:  How can you grow at the firm?  Ask them directly what can you do to get your career growth into blast off mode.  You want to work towards much higher things at the company, and you are asking for their guidance to make this happen.

5.)  Let them know your goals:  “I want to be a supervisor”, “I want to take on a new role”, etc.  Don’t be bashful, but instead be direct and assertive, in a kind and non-disgruntled way.  After you’ve setup the conversation using the previous tips, they will not be at all surprised with your let them know your goals.  This will probably be impressed that you are Alpha, or ‘A’ player.

All of life is a negotiation, and use this website and our personal growth postings, to help you improve on your ability to get more from your company.  Let’s face it you add tremendous value to your company, and ultimately you want to be compensated for this dedication and commitment.