With wordpress as a blogging platform you have lot of themes to choose from, choosing a theme is a tough job with thousands of themes around. Here are some tipsto help you choose a theme for your blog.
Decide a colour scheme for your blog. Colours speak a lot of emotions so choose them with care. If you already have a logo for your blog choose a theme that fits your logo. Don’t choose dark colours unless your niche or logo demands it, make it pleasing for your readers eyes. Black/dark grey on white is ideal for reading.
Check the top blogs in your niche and make a list of features that you would like to have on your blog, make sure that the theme you choose provides all the features, if it doesnt provide all the features see if you need see if you can add them yourself.
Before testing a theme on your blog, write at least 3 posts,
One including a list.
One with an image.
Comment on one post and leave one post uncommented.
In general, websites feature some standard layouts. Which layout you choose is based upon your needs, imagination, and potential inclusion of additional features like feeds and advertising in additional columns. Themes with widgetised footer are becoming popular these days, advantage with these themes is you get some extra place on your blog. If a person is scrolling till the end of the fotter, then he is genuinely intersted in your blog and you. So its a ideal place for wrting a short about me and placing links to your other blogs.
Fluid width versus Fixed width
I prefer fixed width over fluid width, with fixed width you have control over how your blog looks to users with different resolutions. Another disadvantage with fluid width is the long lines, if the user has high resolution. Its hard to read long lines compared to short lines of text.
Do not choose themes with heavy graphics, they take lot of time to load and your users may not be patient enough to wait till it loads.
Keep the blog design simple and usable.
Will you be able to grow with the same theme? As your blog grows you may want new features or room to add new things. Some themes won’t offer much flexibility or room for growth. Be sure that your theme isn’t going to limit you.
This post is written targeting the budding bloggers participants, all the points except 1,3 are applicable to any general blog.
Save your ftp login details carefully.
Backup the wp-config file in the blog directory.
Create a administrator account for your self from the temporary administrator account we provide, and delete the temporary administrator account.
Update the title and tag line of your blog, to update goto settings->general
WordPress is installed in the directory /blog to keep your root directory clean. So your blog will be having url of this form by default http://buddingbloggers.com/blog/?p=11 . This makes your url unnecessarily lengthy,also this is not a good SEO practice. To give your blog url of the form http://buddingbloggers.com/?p=11
Go to the settings -> General panel.
In the box for WordPress address (URL): change the address to the new location of your main WordPress core files. Example: http://buddingbloggers.com/blog
In the box for Blog address (URL): change the address to the root directory’s URL. Example: http://buddingbloggers.com
Click Update Options. (Do not worry about the error message and do not try to see your blog at this point! You will probably get a message about file not found.)
Copy the index.php and .htaccess files from the blog directory into the root directory of your site (Blog address). If .htaccess file is not already present, create one yourself and upload it. Change its permissions to “666”
Open your root directory’s index.php file in a text editor
Change the following and save the file. Change the line that says: require('./wp-blog-header.php');
to the following, using your directory name for the WordPress core files: require('./blog/wp-blog-header.php');
Your wordpress administration url will be http://buddingbloggers.com/blog/wp-admin/ and your blog url will be http://buddingbloggers.com
The default looks like
This is called ugly link structure and not good a good SEO practice. To give your blog a URL structure that pleases search engines
In the Settings ? Permalinks panel, you can choose one of the “common” structures or enter your own in the “Custom structure” field using the structure tags.This is the one I commonly use on all my blogs /%year%/%monthnum%/%category%/%postname%/ you can also try
/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/ (Third one in wordpress admin panel )
Using date in the url makes it easy for your readers to find out how old the post is
/%postname%/ (Only post name)
The year of the post, four digits, for example 2004
Month of the year, for example 05
Day of the month, for example 28
Hour of the day, for example 15
Minute of the hour, for example 43
Second of the minute, for example 33
A sanitized version of the title of the post (post slug field on Edit Post/Page panel). So “This Is A Great Post!” becomesthis-is-a-great-post in the URI (see Using only %postname%)
The unique ID # of the post, for example 423
A sanitized version of the category name (category slug field on New/Edit Category panel). Nested sub-categories appear as nested directories in the URI.
A sanitized version of the tag name (tag slug field on New/Edit Tag panel).
A sanitized version of the author name.
Delete the hello world post or update it with your blog intro.
The most addictive thing for bloggers are stats, the daily raise in your stats gives you the motivation to deliver your best. The best stats plugin available for wordpres is WordPress.Com stats http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/stats/ .
Install the akisment spam plugin, both akisment and wordpress.com stats plugin require the api key, I will explain how to get a api key in mynext post.