What do I need to create a WP site?

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Hi,

I've been in the IM business for a few years now, and have always created my site the 'old-fashioned' way, creating pages with classic asp, and not using blogs.
However, the impression I've gotten is that it's much faster and more effective to setup a wordpress site, and just post your articles there, and let your plugins handle internal linking, menus, etc. (of course I will still need external link building).

If I want to start a wordpress blog (on godaddy), what should I be aware of, which plugins do I need to optimize the site SEO-wise, etc.?
Also, I've heard about static pages. What's that, and do I need to do anything here?

Also, how about categorizing, should I create a category for each keyword, or how?

Thanks alot, guys.

Best regards,
Thomas
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasTe
    Also, do WP handle meta tags, etc. for me?
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    • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
      Google "How to create a wp blog" and you will find free step-by-step instructions. Be sure to look for the wordpress.org, not the wordpress.com.

      You need a domain name, which you probably have on Go Daddy, and a hosting site, which could be GoDaddy, though that is not recommended because Go Daddy apparently has a history of completely shutting you down if you violate any TOS.

      So, you may want to direct your domain name servers to something like hostgator and have your WP blog hosted there.

      Static pages are pages that are 'stickied' to show every time you log-in versus seeing the most recent post on home page when you log in. Whichever one you do is perhaps a matter of preference and a decision based on the purpose of your blog.

      The answers to your questions are lengthy with a lot of "It depends" responses. The best place I know of that really gives you step-by-step detailed instructions is http://www.2createawebsite.com/

      I would recommend you start there.

      Good luck and have fun!
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  • Profile picture of the author BarryWheeler
    Wordpress is very adaptable and comes with all the plug-ins and tools required to post content, add your Adsense code if you like and be up and running in no time.

    Great platform to use.

    Joomla as well - but from a content perspective, WP wins out.
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    • Profile picture of the author TracyZ
      We first went to WP sites so we could handle the builds in-house without hiring programmers.

      We register domains through GoDaddy but also use Hostgator for the hosting. (Have also used BlueHost and Hosticann but Hostgator is simple, reliable, and a good price).

      You can use the free themes but we prefer some of the Premium theme options.

      As far as plugins there are many options. Here are a few I use:
      • All-In-One SEO (although in the process of testing and replacing with the the WP SEO Plugin by Yoast)
      • Google XML Sitemaps
      • GoCodes
      • Aweber Integration
      • Add to Any (Share/Bookmark/Email Buttons)
      I'm a big Wordpress Fan for content heavy sites with organic search traffic benefits!
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      • Profile picture of the author Go Daddy
        You will need a domain name and hosting account. We offer WordPress preinstalled to our shared servers to make it easy for you to get up and running. We definitely recommend that you install a caching plug-in, such as WP-Super Cache. Our community page also has a few get started guides to help get you going as well. ^Colby Go Daddy Social Media Team
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      • Profile picture of the author ThomasTe
        Thanks for the input, guys.

        Would you expand a bit on the stories about sites getting shut down by GoDaddy? Perhaps godaddy has a view on this too...?

        Thanks.

        Best regards,
        Thomas
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        • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
          Hi Thomas,

          To expand on the Go Daddy issue, according to the creators of the $100K Blueprint, Go Daddy has been known to freeze and lock domains after receiving complaints about the website.

          That is the extent of my knowledge re: Go Daddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author dee4d
    Go on and try the WP site, they have numerous pluggins that just make your day. As long as you have a suitable theme that will work well with the pluggins, the website will have good features, especially when posting articles often enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasTe
    Great, thanks, guys.
    @Sterling, thanks for the heads up. I have different sites hosted with godaddy today and it works pretty well, but do you think hostgator is a better option?

    Thanks.

    Best regards,
    Thomas
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    • Profile picture of the author smwordsmith
      Thomas, A lot of IM'ers I know use Hostgator. Some use Bluehost. I use both. I am most familiar with Hostgator and like it because you can easily install a WP blog with the Fantastico feature. And that is what I created my first website with. So, of course, we tend to go with what we are familiar with.

      I do have some article directories on Bluehost. Bluehost has a 'easy' WP installation feature but I am just learning my way around that.

      So, short answer, I would start off with Hostgator for ease of use and also, it has great support and pretty good tutorials.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasTe
    Thanks, Sterling.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tim Francis
      Hey Thomas,

      Another great place to get tutorials on how to use Wordpress and many of it's available plugins is actually YouTube.

      Many times I've found it to be quicker and easier to watch a tutorial on YouTube than any kind of text tutorial... seeing it being demonstrated on-screen is easier for me.

      Simply go to YouTube and search your query in the search field. For example:

      "How to create a new page", or "How to create a new post in Wordpress", and you'll have more tutorials than you can handle.

      Enjoy!

      Tim
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  • Profile picture of the author summerfranken
    originally posted by Tracy
    • All-In-One SEO (although in the process of testing and replacing with the the WP SEO Plugin by Yoast)
    • Google XML Sitemaps
    • GoCodes
    • Aweber Integration
    • Add to Any (Share/Bookmark/Email Buttons)
    These all are the final requirements.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    Hi Thomas,

    All the comments above are helpful. I wanted to add in that for seo purposes it's good to read about the permalinks setting as that is a way you can have the keyword phrase be in the url. It is not hard to set up. I prefer to put a few links manually within each post to other parts of my blog rather than to use a plug-in for that, but there are related posts plug-ins. Fantastico comes with many hosting companies and is a 1-click way to install wordpress. For me it is easier to use wordpress but others prefer xsitepro or other builders using html pages.

    Debbie
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  • Profile picture of the author weborithm
    You can find a ton of information on wordpress.org about getting set up.

    If you want to get started with learning how to use WordPress, then register on WordPress.com to see how the platform works and getting used to it.

    Once you're ready build up your own site, using your preferred hosting provider, and you'll be on your way.

    Plugins is where it can get complicated but you'll find the ones mentioned above to be the best to get started with.

    Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomasTe
    Thanks guys, really appreciate it! Great stuff.

    Thanks.

    Best regards,
    Thomas
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