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Building Your Website – Picking a Theme

The next step in building your website is to pick a theme, which controls the look of your site.  And in WordPress, there are 1,000s of themes available for free, and some premium themes that don't cost an arm and a leg.

Next up… The Right Plugins for Your Site:

  1. Register your domain and set up hosting – done!
  2. Set up your WordPress installation – done!
  3. Pick a theme and apply it – done!
  4. The right plugins for your website
  5. Getting a Google account
  6. Settings, settings, and more settings
  7. Creating a graphical header
  8. Setting up an email subscription system
  9. Organizing  your site – writing pages
  10. Writing posts and adding images
  11. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  12. Wrapping it all up
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Quilting Websites

Building Your Website – WordPress Dashboard

After creating yesteday's video, I realized it would be a good idea to include a quick tour of the WordPress Dashboard in order to familiarize you with what you're going to see when you log into the backend.  So, I created this quick video tour:

Next up… Selecting a theme:

  1. Register your domain and set up hosting – done!
  2. Set up your WordPress installation – done!
  3. Pick a theme and apply it
  4. The right plugins for your website
  5. Getting a Google account
  6. Settings, settings, and more settings
  7. Creating a graphical header
  8. Setting up an email subscription system
  9. Organizing  your site – writing pages
  10. Writing posts and adding images
  11. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  12. Wrapping it all up
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Quilting Websites

Building Your Website – Step 2

The quilting website tutorial was derailed for a bit, but I'm getting it back on track right now!  Here's Step 2 – Setting Up WordPress.

From this point on, I'm going to be using a sample site called www.QuiltingBlog.com.  You'll be able to go and check it out as the site progresses.  At some point, I will post all the videos on that site as another reference.

PLEASE NOTE: The first minute or so of the video has a blank white screen with some activity going on at the top.  Don't worry… the video is working, it is just the part where I'm logging into the control panel!

Here's the link to the video:

And here's the updated list of tutorials:

  1. Register your domain and set up hosting – done!
  2. Set up your WordPress installation – done!
  3. Pick a theme and apply it
  4. The right plugins for your website
  5. Getting a Google account
  6. Settings, settings, and more settings
  7. Creating a graphical header
  8. Setting up an email subscription system
  9. Organizing  your site – writing pages
  10. Writing posts and adding images
  11. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  12. Wrapping it all up
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Quilting Websites

Watch Me Build a Website

www.inagoodway.orgA lot of you helped out Teddi with In A Good Way, the charity that works with Native Americans looking to get their lives back on track.

Teddi has been working on getting a website developed for the charity, and now I've decided to help out and work with Teddi to build the www.InAGoodWay.org website.  And, you get to watch the entire process!

Since Teddi has already registered the domain – www.inagoodway.org – with www.GoDaddy.com, I don't need to do that.  In addition, Teddi is hosting his website with GoDaddy, so that's taken care of as well.  But, there's a lot left to do and you get to watch the process over my shoulder.

So, over the next couple of weeks, here's what you're going to see:

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Quilting Websites

Using WordPress for a Quilting Website

Quilting BusinessOne of the top questions I received recently was about starting a quilting website, or improving an existing website.  I've been developing websites for well over 15 years, and have spent a lot of time evaluating the best ways to get things done.  I've coded sites by hand, used Front Page and Dreamweaver, and have also looked at various software platforms for websites.

Recently, on www.LifeIsLocal.com, my website focused on helping local businesses get the most out of their online and offline marketing, I posted about why I use WordPress for all of my websites.  You can find the article, “Why I Use WordPress for Small Business Websites,” on the blog, but here are the key points:

  • WordPress is FREE. You don't spend a thing on the software.
  • WordPress is extensible. Lots of people are adding new functionality to it every day.
  • WordPress is easy-to-use. Once it's set up, you can easily add new content.
  • WordPress is interactive. Just like Quilting Business, you can solicit comments from your community.