I recently decided to reorganise my website and I also visited the home pages of some different types blogs for reference and came up a few conclusions.
Appearance and Presentation
WordPress offers a lot of amazing website development features even in free mode. The presentation, appearance and organisation of your website totally depends upon you.
Here, I am not taking about the content of your blog posts, I am talking about the outlook of your site and surprisingly, you do not require a paid version or the business plan to create an attractive one!
Below are the images of the home page of my own website ‘justwritrist.wordpress.com‘ that I recently customized and would like to display as sample-
Well, How was it? Did you like it?
And Guess what? I did not pay a single penny to develope this much! Cool isn’t it?
(Also, There are a lot of amazing websites that are far better than this one but I can’t display them due to copy right claims.)
Why does ‘presentation’ matter?
Although, the content of your posts that you offer, matters the most to your followers but what about the people who are not on wordpress and randomly stumbled upon your website? For those people, the orientation and appearance would matter.
Is this really necessary?
To be honest, I have seen a lot of bloggers who deliver amazing content, even have over 1k wordpress followers and do not bother to edit different pages of their websites or pay attention to it. (but they also post consistently, i.e. at least once in two days)
Some people would even call it as ‘unnecessary decoration’ but by the end it’s completely your choice of how you want to present your work.
I personally think organising is essential, and it would help to improve the reach of the website. Although it might not give results instantly, but in long run it will prove to be beneficial.
What are the features that WordPress offers for free?
- There are hundreds of themes you can choose from,
- You can create categories to organise your posts,
- Add various types of widgets,
- Apply tags and,
- Create pages and add them to your menu.
All these features can be accessed from the appearance section of your website.
Right now, I won’t go in deatails about how to access those features. If you want I could write separate, step by step posts for that.
- If you are planning to earn or become a full time blogger, I would recommend you to use the paid version, but before that do understand the basic features offered in free version also.
- I use WordPress.com and NOT WordPress.org
- I’ll try to share all the lesser know features offered to a user even in free mode.