Education is my job. E-learning is my hobby. Sharing knowledge is my passion. Honestly, I practically write course material every day. Therefore, I want to share how I made this website/blog. Sharing is caring. First things first: I choose to use WordPress because to my opinion it’s the most advanced blog. It’s possible to change its layout, to expand with plugins and even import content from other blogs. Let’s take a look how to install and start with WordPress.
1/ Install WordPress
There are two options:
- create an account at https://signup.wordpress.com/signup
- download wordpress at http://wordpress.org/ and publish it at your own webspace (eg siteground.com, versio.be, etc).
I choose the second option. More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgu-Z4psiBA
2/ Choose and install a theme
You need to choose a (free) theme. Please search for a responsive template, which makes sure your site looks also ok on mobile devices. Eg: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/search.php?q=responsive
3/ Plugins you can’t miss
Expand your site with 7 great plugins:
- Contact form 7
Add a contact form: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/contact-form-7
- Yoast SEO
This plugin optimizes your site to Google and other search engines: http://yoast.com/wordpress/seo
You really don’t want to receive spam in your mailbox. This plugin enables a (re-) captcha:
- W3 Total cache
Who likes slow sites? This plugin speeds up your website: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache
- Share this
Ever heard of Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn? This plugin integrates some buttons of the common social media: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/share-this/
- WP Touch
Nowadays people search more and more people browse webpages using smartphones and tablets. This plugins enables a mobile version of your site. A must have! http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch
- Yoast Google Analytics
Curious about your visitors? This plugin makes a connection to your Google Analytics account, which enables tracking visitors. Big brother is watching you… http://yoast.com/wordpress/google-analytics
Need to show video in your posts? This plugin enables videos (HTML5 with Flash fallback). http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/videojs-html5-video-player-for-wordpress
4/ Do your settings
Make some adjustments in the chosen template, set the plugins right, etc.
5/ Start writing: add new posts (homepage) and pages
Oh… one more thing! You want to switch from Blogger or Tumblr to WordPress? That’s possible by going to your Dashboard and clicking on Tools > Import.