How to build your Website – Part 1: Basic website framework for WordPress

How to build your Website – Part 1: Basic website framework for WordPress

Hopefully you’ve been reading all my other posts and signed up to get your free website here. If not, you better get moving and check out this quick video on how easy it is to set up a website.

What I want to run through in this article is how to set up your basic frame work for building your website so after that you can concentrate on making content. As much as I love to mess around with aesthetics of my sites and other cool widgets or plugins, content is what is going to drive traffic to your pages.


Difference between Posts and Pages

HOW TO BUILD A WEBSITEBefore I continue, I thought I better explain the difference between posts and pages. Once you’ve built your site, in the menu dashboard of your site, you’ll notice ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’. These are both webpages in which you can add content but with some differences.

Posts are typically made for a blogging format. This mean post can be ‘categorised’ for easier searching and display.

The second thing about posts is that they are designed for you audience to add comments at the bottom of your article. This is very important if we want to grow traffic to your website.

Pages don’t typically have a comments sections and can’t be categorised. This is good for some main pages where you wouldn’t want anyone to comment like Privacy policies or disclaimer pages.

Pages can be set in hierarchy under parent pages which makes it easier to set them under menus in your website.

You will learn to use both posts and pages for your site but you will mainly use posts for your content. Let’s get started to build your frame work.


Some Basic Setting first

Once you’re in the Dashboard of your website, go to the Settings tab of the menu and select the General tab in settings.

Add a site Title and Tagline if this has not been done. Tagline is optional and can be added at a later date if you can’t think of one straight away.

Next go to the Discussion Tab of the Setting menu and ensure ‘Comment must be manually approved’ is ticked. This is important for the reducing spam or unwanted comments in your first few months of blogging.

Lastly, go to the Permalinks tab in the Setting menu and ensure ‘Custom Structure’ setting is selected with available tag of /%postname% selected. This will ensure that the web address of each web page is the same as the page or post heading. Very important for SEO.

best WordPress Setting for blogging

 

About You Page

Should I have a picture of me on my website?When people come to read your great articles, they are going to want to know more about you. I prefer to do this is as a page, not a post as I’d like this to always appear in my menu and I don’t want many to comment.

Depending on the angle of your website, it should be a bit personal as you want to show some authenticity to your audience.

I would start the page with a greeting and introduction to your website. The people want to know why you have built this great site. The purpose of your site adds to your authenticity.

A background story always helps and the more personal it is the more connection you’re likely going to have with your reader. Don’t get to personal but make it relatable to your audience and your niche.

Lastly add a good picture of yourself so readers feel more connected to you and can put a face to lovely content you’re going to create.

Now I get these questions a lot, “Do I need to put my name or picture?” Or “Can I use an Avatar?”. This is completely up to you but, authenticity is extremely important to have a trusting audience.  If your building a brand, the brand is going to show true colours on your sites and social media.


Privacy Policy and Disclaimers

These important documents should be added as pages. These pages are for legal reasons but also to make your site more trusted.privacy policy template

A Privacy Policy is a statement that discloses all the ways a party gathers, uses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfils a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy.

You can see my Privacy policy for an example and there a heaps of Privacy Policy templates available on the web.

A website Disclaimer is used to state the limitations of your liabilities to other that use your website. These are normally general purpose but can be more directive especially in place of affiliate marketing.  There are also heaps of free disclaimer templates available on the web to utilize.

Both these pages shouldn’t be displayed on the main menu. If you do, have under a parent page in the menu so the only display when the reader mouse hovers over the parent menu item.

If you put this in a parent menu, make the About you page the parent. If you’re like me and don’t like to put these in the main menus, move it to a side bar menu or a footer menu.

One last thing with these pages, if you have All in One SEO plugin, set these pages to not get indexed by search engines.

If you got stuck on these tasks, see this video to help.


Brilliant! Your framework is complete. Now what?

If you still have a Sample Page and the default Hello World post, delete them straight away. Next you can add more pages if you have anything that should appear in your main menu. This could be an intro page on how to best use the website or a get started here page.

After this, starting writing posts. You need to write like crazy and get all those thoughts captured on to posts to share with the world. Share and get feedback from your community.

>>>>>Go to Part 2  – How to Create Content.

Don’t worry about menu structures, side bars, footers and other aesthetics like logos. We’ll cover this later in parts 3 and 4.

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22 thoughts on “How to build your Website – Part 1: Basic website framework for WordPress

  1. Hey Vin,

    Can’t wait for part 2. Thank you for clarifying differences between posts and pages. This sometimes gets a little confusing for some people. I didn’t realize that pages don’t allow for comments.

    Do you have a place you recommend for people to go if they need more details on setting up a WP site?

  2. Thank you Vince for this advice. I have been following many of your posts and I found myself stopping in the article and opening my web page to make sure all of the things you mentioned were done.

    You said to write like crazy and don’t worry about the menus and sidebars, etc. How long would you leave the menus along before stopping creating content to make sure your website looks decent, but not perfect yet?

    • I reckon you should have about 10 posts up before you really worry about appearance. Appearance is important to look professional but content is what your audience will come back for.
      What stage is your site up to?

      • I have 29 posts and 7 pages.

        What do you think is the top one or two things to focus on with the website first, as far as it looking pleasing to visitors or more importantly, has nothing that turns them away?

        • Ensure menus structures work properly and are presentable, If you have a sidebar, also make it functional and remove any unwanted items. Lastley, a nice logo makes the site look professional.
          I’ve just browsed your site Rick, it’s looking really good. I think you should be concentrating on more content.

  3. Hi Vin,
    Some great content here and good information about setting up your basic framework in word press. I have been building websites for a while but i never stop learning and I even picked up a couple of tips I don’t currently use that i will be incorporating into my own basic frameworks as well. Keep up the great work.

  4. Building a website may sound like a simple task. However, if you do not set it up right as this article suggest. You will have an uphill battle from the start. If one implements the process offered in this post and uses the affiliate program mention, you will have the foundation you need.

    • Thanks for your comment Maurice. It so true that a good foundation sets of for a sturdy build. Start off right and you’ll have success.

  5. Good day Vince. What a helpful post this is. I went to my WordPress admin area and checked my basic settings as you mentioned. The “About You Page” part helped me a lot as I wondered about this. What exactly is a website disclaimer and is it a must for every website?

  6. Hi Vince
    A great article for the person getting started with word press. They definitely will get benefited by knowing the difference between Page and Post. About me, page is an important step in building an online business. The visitors would like to know about your before having any business relationship.
    I would like to read more about a framework.
    Please add me to your email list and keep me informed.

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