Must-Read Online Resources to Help You When Creating a WordPress Blog
You’ve made the decision – it’s time to start your blog.
You’ve spent months (or years) reading others’ blogs, dreaming of what you would share if you had a blog of your own, and strategizing about ways you can monetize your blog. Now it’s your time.
But what do you need to do to actually create your blog?
Do you need to pay for special training?
While you may need to pay for specialized training if there are out-of-the-ordinary things you want to be able to do with your blog or have your blog do for you, there are dozens of free or low-cost resources available to you that will help you in setting up your WordPress blog.
This post shares 7 of the best WordPress resources available.
One of the keys to growing your blog, getting more traffic, and getting raving fans is to grow your email list. The best way to grow your list quickly is to offer freebies (or optins) that your audience will want.
OptinMonster helps you set up pop ups, add floating bars to your site, and use A/B testing to figure out what converts best with your audience.
If you’re looking for a tool to help you grow your subscribers, OptinMonster is a good option. Their blog also offers great resources about email marketing and some of the different email service providers, tips for creating landing pages, tutorials on SEO, and much more.
WPBeginner is one of the most comprehensive WordPress training sites. Posts that cover all the steps from starting a WordPress blog to what you need to do to restore your blog from a backup are found there.
WP Beginner covers a wide variety of topics and answers questions of both beginners and more experienced bloggers. WPBeginner also offers a free Ultimate WordPress Toolkit that enables you to have all the products and resources you need for your WordPress blog at your fingertips.
Is It WordPress? This is another great tool for blogging beginners.
If you have questions about your hosting options, check out their analysis of some of the most popular hosting sites. They also offer their lists of top WordPress plugins and top WordPress themes, and if you sign up for their email list, you will receive their Ultimate WordPress Launch Checklist. If you’re looking for a resource to help you make sure you’ve covered your bases when you set up your site, Is It WordPress is the resource for you!
They also offer their lists of top WordPress plugins and top WordPress themes, and if you sign up for their email list, you will receive their Ultimate WordPress Launch Checklist. If you’re looking for a resource to help you make sure you’ve covered your bases when you set up your site, Is It WordPress is the resource for you!
Not only have the video tutorials offered by WP101 helped more than a million-people set up their WordPress blogs, but WP101 also offers a forum where you can post questions for the WP101 experts to answer. WP101 offers tutorials on a multitude of topics including Jetpack, Beaver Builder, Woo Commerce, Yoast SEO, and more.
What WordPress Theme Is That?
If you find a website whose layout and theme you really like, go to What WP Theme Is That and put in the URL of the website that you like.
What WP Theme Is That not only tells you what theme is used on that site but also gives you the version of the theme and the link to purchase and/or download the theme you are looking at.
This site is helpful for those who are designing their own site and want to get inspiration from others whose sites they admire.
Yoast is one of the most popular WordPress plugins for search engine optimization (SEO). This simple-to-use plugin gives you guidance about making your posts more readable and more likely to show up on the first few pages of Google. Yoast offers keyword guidance and helps you with the meta descriptions for your site. The blog on Yoast covers topics like WordPress, SEO, social media, and more.
If you want to create a form on your WordPress site, very few plugins are simpler to use than the ones offered on WPForms. Touting itself as “The Most Beginner Friendly WordPress Contact Form Plugin in the Market,” WP Forms allows you, the user, to create forms by dragging and dropping, they are also extremely easy to embed onto your site.
With all these resources available to you, it can become easy to get overwhelmed with the overload of information and you may not know where to start, but they key is to just get started. You will always be able to make changes to your site, but no one will be able to follow you, learn from you, and give you feedback if you don’t at least get your site up and online. Don’t waste your time and a lot of money signing up for expensive training until you have gone through the free and low-cost resources that are available to you to answer your questions.
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