DO YOU NEED A WEBSITE?
Maybe you’ve got a blog website, or a new product or service you want to bring to market, maybe you want to branch into eCommerce or create a unique place for your business.
You’d think that building a website would be the easiest part of the project, right? You’ll have tons of options for getting a site built, from WordPress themes to different plugins and functionality to choose from.
But all these options mean you have to make decisions…a lot of them!
Let’s consider web hosting…which should you choose? Shared hosting? VPS hosting? WordPress Managed hosting? Cloud hosting? Which one is right? And how do you know?
Which size plan will you need? How many emails do you want? How much should you spend on your plan? Does it come with any support? Should I get an SSL certificate? What is an SSL certificate anyway?
The result? Decision paralysis! That’s where I come in!
The choice between hosting options isn’t your only decision. Which theme is best? Which plugins will share your posts? How will customers contact you? Will you add eCommerce? Have you got a payment processor set-up? And on it goes.
The truth is, as easy as WordPress is, there are still a lot of decisions you’ll have to make. And let’s be honest, these are decisions that people who know nothing about WordPress have a seriously hard time making.
I’ll take the pain out of creating your website. With my knowledge and experience I’ve “been there and done that” I am the ideal person to implement your requirements.
Do we need to have a face to face meeting to do this project?
For the majority of projects, a meeting in person isn’t necessary. Everything can be accomplished over the phone and the internet.
I like to communicate by text message and email or by phone. And when we need to share a computer screen so we can all see the same screen while we have the meeting I like to use Google Hangouts, Skype or Join.me
Your project will be available on my development server, or your web server while I am developing it. This way you can see what’s going on the whole time and provide your final approval when we’re done.
Can I have my money back if I'm unhappy with results?
If we get finished building the website and you are unhappy with it for any reason, I’ll fix it or give you your money back. Just text me or send me an email and I’ll take care of it: 405-570-5476 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I update my website myself when its finished?
The admin area of WordPress is sometimes referred to the back end of your website and it’s where you can configure the settings of WordPress, install themes and plugins, publish content, and more.
What you will see when you login to your website’s admin area will vary depending on a number of factors. Your user role will play a large part in what elements are available to you, although if you are the owner of the website, you will likely be using the administrator role and have access to all of the capabilities of WordPress.
Any WordPress plugins or add-ons that are active on your website will also more than likely leave their mark on the admin area. This usually takes place in the form of additional top level menu items that are added to the left-hand sidebar menu, or new items that are added to the sub menus. Some themes can also modify the WordPress admin area in the same way, as well as adding custom controls or panels to the dashboard.
As each WordPress installation will grow and evolve in its own way, for the sake of clarity, this guide to the admin area of your website will be working from a fresh installation of WordPress.
The Admin Toolbar
The admin toolbar is a relatively new addition to WordPress, but it’s one that can make your life a lot easier. In case you hadn’t noticed it before, the admin toolbar is the floating bar at the top of the screen that is on display whenever you are logged into your website. For extra convenience, the toolbar is visible from both the front and back ends of your website whenever you are logged in.
The floating admin toolbar (outlined in red above) contains the following items:
- A link to the WordPress.org homepage
- The title of your website, which is also a link to the frontend homepage of your website
- The number of comments from your readers that are awaiting moderation
- A quick links dropdown menu, including a link to the new post screen
- Notifications of any updates for WordPress software, themes or plugins you have installed
- Your username and a link to your user profile with a dropdown menu of useful links
As this toolbar is always on display while you are logged in, the dropdown menu makes it very easy to quickly jump to the new post page so you can quickly begin creating content without delay.
The WordPress Dashboard
The dashboard is the homepage of your website’s admin area and where you will typically be directed to after logging into your site.From the dashboard screen you can get a quick overview of your website, including the number of posts and pages published, recent activity on your site from logged in users, and some links to help you find the most used features of WordPress. You can also view the latest developments from the WordPress community through the WordPress News panel.
The dashboard area can also be customized. The Screen Options button allows you to control which panels or boxes are displayed. Many pages within the WordPress admin area include this screen options panel, allowing you to hide and show panels as necessary. If you can’t find a particular panel or box, remember to check the screen options settings to adjust what is and isn’t visible.
The panels or boxes on the dashboard, and other pages of the admin area can often be dragged and dropped into place. They can also be minimised or maximised by clicking on the appropriate icon. This gives you another option for controlling the appearance and layouts of the WordPress admin screens.
The Sidebar Menu
The sidebar menu contains links to all the features and settings pages of your WordPress website. The menu can be several levels deep, with fly-out menus used to display further items. As you add more functionality to your website, usually via plugins, themes, and custom developments, the menu will start to grow and grow, in both length and depth.
Some popular actions you can perform and features you can access from the sidebar menu include:
- Posts: create new blog posts and manage categories and tags
- Media: upload images and other media files and access the media library
- Pages: manage and add new pages
- Comments: manage blog post comments left by readers
- Appearance: install, manage, and customize themes, control widgets, and create menus
- Plugins: install and manage WordPress plugins
- Users: manage your website’s users and configure your user profile
- Tools: view available tools and import and export content to and from your site
- Settings: configure your WordPress website, including setting the website title, time zone, and more
It’s worth remembering that the sidebar menu can be collapsed and expanded as needed. Collapsing the menu partially hides it, with just the menu icons on display. This can be handy when working on smaller screened devices, when screen real estate is at a premium. If you ever login to your WordPress admin area and can’t see the full menu, try clicking on the expand and collapse icon at the foot of the menu.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the WordPress admin area and logging into the back of your website won’t be such a daunting experience. Despite first impressions, WordPress can become very easy to use, especially when you consider all the features and power at your disposal, not to mention all the great third party plugins and themes available for the software.
How long is this going to take?
When everything goes right, it takes about a week to get the website finished. This assumes that all the content and images are available to me for use right away.
If we’re talking about an eCommerce website with lot’s of products to be added to a shopping cart or a real estate website with a large number of properties to add to the database. it could take a little longer. Each project is a little different and and present its own set of circumstances that dictate the timeline.