WordPress: A Fantastic Online Software For Your Business
This is Suzanne Rosales of GlobalSwan.com, writing in again as a guest blogger today for all Fauxology readers. Today, I’m going to be talking about websites and blogs, as well as spreading the word on some great freebies that I’ve found along the way.
Blogs AND Websites: WordPress!
My favorite web software is WordPress because you can do so much with it as well as being super user-friendly. It can be a simple blog, a gorgeous website, or best of all, both. Keep in mind that the WordPress I’m referring to is Wordpess.org; there is also a WordPress.com which will host and manage the WordPress software of your site, but you will be restricted in what you can do with your site. With WordPress.org, you have a lot of flexibility with your site but you need to install the software on your own server or with a 3rd party provider. Click the link to read more about the pros and cons of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org. There are tons of plugins, which are “tools to extend the functionality of WordPress”, that are available for your WordPress site to help make it functional and easier to use after installation. If you know your way around web code, you can highly modify WordPress with some tutorials and research to make it your own.
If you are looking for a user-friendly site that you can maintain, I definitely recommend finding a web designer who is familiar with WordPress. For the DIYers who would like to modify the content on their site and update it as often as they’d like, consider working up a training program with your web designer so that they can teach you how to use your new WordPress site. It could save you lots of money at the end of the day. I know my sister, Regina, did that and it’s worked very well for her with the Fauxology blog.
If you don’t know a designer, you can contact me to help get you on your way. I also build custom websites, online galleries, blogs and e-commerce sites. The possibilities are endless. To see examples of my work, check out My Gallery.
Here are a couple of helpful tips to remember when contracting work with a web designer:
1. Maintain Ownership Of Your Site.
Make sure the contract states that once you are fully paid up on web design services, you own your site, files, databases, artwork and all login credentials are handed over to you.
2. Purchase Your Domains
Buy website domains with your own account; meaning take a minute to sign up for the account with your own credentials.
I recommend using www.name.com — they are inexpensive and easy to use.
3. Sign Up For Your Web Hosting
Make sure website domains are hosted with your own account and contact information.
Remember domain hosting, the companies who run Internet servers that allow you to serve content to the Internet, is an additional service you must subscribe to in order to get your site up and running. Most hosts will offer monthly or yearly subscriptions – the longer you subscribe, the more savings you will receive. I like using www.247-host.com for hosting websites or you can use these other recommended hosts.
4. Ask For Your Credentials
Make sure your webmaster gives you all login credentials.
Whether you or your web designer purchase domains, or sign you up with a host provider under your accounts — make sure you get all your login credentials. Important logins to remember: domains, host provider, e-mail accounts, ftp accounts, WordPress or blog logins, any third party subscriptions for your site.
5. Keep It Safe
Keep all your login credentials in an encrypted file.
Create a word or excel spreadsheet with your sites, usernames and passwords. Research how to encrypt files for your Operating System (PC or Mac).
6. Read Your Contract
If you decide to move your site from one designer to another, always review your website contract. Once the move is complete, I’d recommend changing your logins (if applicable) and passwords. This will ensure your site remains intact and fully functional. **Don’t forget to update your encrypted login file!**
Please do keep the above in mind whether you’re rebuilding your site or starting from scratch — whichever route my clients have needed to take, I’ve helped them achieve peace of mind in knowing that their websites will be fully functional, beautiful and they will own it! Once you ensure with your chosen company the parameters of your contract, you can move forward with confidence and help design the perfect site for you. With that in mind…
FREEBIES - On my search for web design elements I’ve found some awesome artwork by www.dezinerfolio.com — check out the preview below and click the link to download this awesome icon set. You must click this link if you’d like to take a look at some of the free WordPress themes. Themes is just a fancy word for what your website and blog can look like — as artists, you’ll have a lot of fun picking one that fits your personality.