Once everything is up and running, WordPress is the simplest CMS platform on earth. What’s even better is that it remains simple to use while still allowing a huge amount of flexibility and customizability. We love getting our clients going with WordPress so they can have a beautiful site that they can maintain and populate themselves!
Here are just a few of the things we can to to make your WordPress dreams come true.
We can help you find the best domain to use for your business, register it and get set up with a hosting service. We love Bluehost — the most WordPress-friendly host out there.
Once we’ve got the domain all ready to go, we’ll interact with your host and get WordPress up and running.
Genesis theme and child theme installation
Genesis, by StudioPress, is our favorite WordPress theme and we love the huge variety of child themes that are available for a distinctive look. All of them have a clean, easy-to-read interface and allow for lots of customization. We’ll get your child theme of choice up and running and looking like the demo.
Though all of the Genesis child themes look great fresh out of the box, we love to apply custom colors, layouts, icons and menus. Just talk to us about your customization needs and we’ll make it happen.
Creation of sitemap and sample page wireframe
Having us create a sitemap and wireframe ahead of time can be a huge time-saver. We’ll help you think through the navigation of your site and begin to envision the pages, posts and categories you will include on the site. Coming up with all of this ahead of time means that none of your time (or ours) will be wasted creating pages that end up not fitting into the overall organization of the page.
Coming up with a navigation plan in advance is a step a lot of beginners overlook and the result is a whole lot of wasted time and energy.
Create sample pages, including contact form
Once we’ve developed a plan, we’ll happily sit down and create a few sample pages to get things going. We’ll create the overall structure, putting together a series of empty pages that you and your team can then populate, using the sample pages we’ve created as a guide. WordPress is simple enough that going through this process will be quick and easy, and it’ll give you a chance to explore and become familiar with the WordPress interface.
Installation and set-up of recommended plug-ins
While WordPress itself is a fantastic tool, you’re really just skimming over the surface of usability until you explore all of the plug-ins that are out there. We have a few favorites that we’ll install and get running on your site. Some of these are premium plug-ins that our license allows us to pass on to our clients. Some of our favorite plug-ins are:
- Gravity Forms — for creating contact and other feedback forms
- Simple Social Icons — allows your readers to connect with you on social media
- Simple Share Buttons — allows your readers to share your content on their social media locations
- Google Analytics — tracks and gathers data on your readership, allowing your to ensure that your content is relevant for your current visitors
- Jetpack — a whole suite of plug-ins that include a multitude of features that all work together beautifully. Our favorite is the one that integrates your social media platforms so that anything you post is automatically shared on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or whichever site you choose.
These are our favorites for basic set-up. We can also implement plug-ins that will allow you to have slideshows, post podcasts, conveniently manage comments, and implement unique Google fonts.
Once we have everything set-up, we’ll train your team to populate and manage your site. We can create written tutorials so everyone in your office can learn and have a reference to consult along the way. We’ve got years of experience in helping people learn complex new tasks and we can bring it to your group in a way that is fun, clear and engaging.
Once your site is up and running, we won’t leave you out in the cold. Anytime you encounter some difficulty with your site, we’ll help you fix it. Change your mind about the look of your site? We’ll work with you to revise and make it everything you imagined.