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7 Best Essential WordPress Tips For Beginners

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WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems, or CMS available today. Originally, WordPress was a more blogging platform, but this application has evolved into a powerful and versatile CMS in its own right. Not only is it free to download, but it is also easy to install. Because of this, many web owners choose WordPress for a blog and as a website. In order to make the site unique and more efficient, this is 7 Best Essential WordPress Tips For Beginners:

1.    Choose a SEO-friendly WordPress theme

WordPress consists of two halves: content and packaging. You’ll need to write great content to optimize your site, but it also has to be packaged neatly for viewers to enjoy your site — and for search engines to understand all that great content. That’s where your theme comes in.

The theme contains all the HTML and CSS code your site uses, so if the code in your theme is messy, every page and post of your site will suffer. Search engines like minimal, W3C-valid code.

Thesis and Genesis are great themes for SEO, but they’re not free. If you’re going low-budget or no-budget, try Elements of SEO.

There are plenty of other SEO-friendly themes out there — too many to list. If you know anything about HTML and CSS, just check to make sure that whatever you are considering is W3C-valid and that the code isn’t full of extra garbage, like 10 nested divs when 2 would suffice.

2.     Schedule Blog Posts for the Future

The majority of bloggers try to follow a publishing schedule. They post once a month, once a week or once a day. In WordPress, you can schedule posts to go live at a particular time and date, so you don’t need to be at your computer (or even awake) when the post goes live. Here’s how.

In the WordPress backend, go to the Edit screen for the post you wish to schedule.
•    In the top-right of the page, look for a box titled “Publish,” where you’ll find an option that reads “Publish immediately.”
•  Click the blue “Edit” text next to “Publish immediately” and choose the month, date, year and time you want your post to be published. Remember to use military time (3:00 p.m. would be 15:00).
•    Click the gray “OK” button.
•    The “Publish immediately” text should now change to “Schedule for,” with whatever date and time you have chosen.
•    If you’re ready to go, click the blue “Schedule” button (formerly “Publish”). Your post is set to go.

3.     Always preview your posts

Beginning and experienced bloggers alike need to be reminded to do this from time to time. Before you publish anything, you should always preview your post.
More can be wrong than usual errors like typos and misspellings. Occasionally content you may have cut and paste can look a little funky. Other times your edits may have made some HTML anomaly that made your format end up a little off. An image may be smaller or larger than you envisioned it, causing an unusual disruption in the text. These are just a few of the reasons why you should always take a moment to see what your post (that is going to be sent out to all of your subscribers’ RSS feeds) looks like before opting to publish.

4.    Use Images in Your Posts

Using images serves multiple purposes:
•    You get to use keyword-rich “alt” attributes, “title” attributes, and filenames for the images themselves.
•    Your site will also start to show up in image search engines.
•    Helps break up the text on the page making it more visually appealing leading to a higher probability that users will actually read all of your content

5.     Customize Your Sidebar and Keep it Consistent

The sidebar in WordPress is a dead “giveaway” when a user visits your site. The sidebar will have default titles like “Blogroll”, “Categories” and “Archives”. You can easily change the text of these titles, and which sections are displayed, by editing the sidebar.php file in the theme directory. Also, WordPress displays a different sidebar depending on what page of the site you’re on, which can also be changed. I personally prefer to display virtually the same sidebar on all pages, to keep the site consistent.

Even if you’re not familiar with PHP, WordPress code is very developer-friendly, and easy to work with. A simple knowledge of how functions are called and how to open and close if statements is often more than enough to help you customize some of the sidebar code.

Also, you can easily duplicate and customize certain sidebar sections. Look at the sidebar here on Impressive Webs: You’ll notice there’s a list for “Articles” and “Tutorials”. This is done by duplicating the “categories” section and controlling what categories are displayed using parameters inside the function call for that particular section.

6.     Cache ALL the Things!

“Caching” is basically when the internet makes a copy of your web pages, and shows those to visitors instead of loading your page fresh every single time. Once you’re done designing your website and making major changes, it’s an extremely helpful process. The best plugin for caching that works well with Headway Themes is W3 Total Cache.

7.     Meta data & Meta description

You need to make it sure that you use the Meta data efficiently. Meta descriptions and the Meat data are important for search engines to fish out significant amount of info about all the pages of your site.

Being careful at the time of creating Meta descriptions and the Meat data you are going to help your site rank high on search engines and give internet users a good reason to pay a visit to your site..

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