It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since this website building / blogging tool came online.
There’s a reason that it’s now used on over 60 million websites and by some of the biggest companies in the world. We’re not going to talk about HTML sites right now, if you’re reading this chances are you’re going to prefer WordPress.
So as we talked about on the Websites page, WordPress comes ready to install with most hosting accounts.
There are 1000’s of tutorials on using/setting up WordPress. Which means that if you have a problem with it, it’s easy to find an answer fast.
Once you get it installed you’ll make the common mistake of agonizing over theme design. This is how many people get paralyzed and frustrated.
Before you worry about themes get your content live on the site. Just use the default WP theme until you do. Setup your pages (about, faq, privacy, contact), and make a few posts (this is my new site, 5 ways to use my product, etc)
Create a menu and think about how you want to get people to navigate your site.
After you have this content up, I’d still recommend you not get distracted by picking a theme.
You’ve probably noticed how almost all major news sites have generic and plain designs. There’s a reason for this. Visitors like it, search engines like it and that means you’ll get more traffic and shares. And as mobile traffic continues to rise, all those fancy elements will only hurt you.
That’s one of the reasons my Socrates Theme is so popular.
I’m also a fan of GeneratePress. It’s free and easy to set up and get going. (IMCodex is built on it)
Then if you want to spend $39.95 later for their Premium upgrade (unlimited license), you can add a bunch of bells and whistles to it.
Another great value in themes is MyThemeShop.com.