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I specialise in helping individuals and small businesses to setup their website using  the powerful and flexible WordPress platform. I also provide assistance with anything related to building an online presence such as setting up Facebook, Twitter, etc. I can also teach you how to use social media and anything you need to know about your business online.

Why WordPress?

Because it is powerful, flexible, widely used and allows you to easily update your website without the help of a professional. You can also add new features at any time. Depending on your budget you can have a custom design theme or chose from the 1000s of available themes – free or paid ones. WordPress also allows you to build powerful ecommerce websites (online shops).

WordPress is free to install on your hosting account and you can find themes and plugins all over the Internet.

 

So why hire a professional to setup your WordPress site?

WordPress has a high learning curve before it gets easy.  Uploading WordPress to your hosting account is straightforward – if you know FTP – or you can do a direct install from your cpanel – if you are comfortable with a cpanel…  Then you have to find a theme.Not all themes are created equal. They are all built differently, some have features that the others does not have, and they serve different purpose. A magazine style theme is more appropriate for blogging. If you are a photograph you might want a portfolio orientated theme, you have themes build especially for bands or events… It can get quite overwhelming. And will you know what plugin to use?

There are loads of tutorials available Online but they are more orientated for the working core of WordPress.  Themes have evolved and the setup can be totally different so creating tutorials for each theme would be impossible. Themes usually come with documentation but let me tell you, most of the time it is useless.

Basically this is where I come in: to save you from the hassles of finding the fight theme for your business, installing the basic plugins needed to run the site smoothly, finding and installing the extra plugins you might need for extra features. And I will spend some time with you to explain how to do it all yourself once set up.

What you need

Buy a domain name from a registrar such as crazydomains or GoDaddy. Prices vary from about $10/year. First year is usually always offered at a discounted price. The one up-sell you might want to consider is a “private registration” if you don’t have a PO Box and don’t want people to know where you live.
This is where you website “resides”. Prices and types of hosting plans vary. Unless you have a big budget, start with a cheap but reliable host for one year until your online presence takes off and is rewarding (meaning it brings lots of $$$). Refer to this post for more details.
Nowadays web designers use Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Ghost, Joomla, Drupal… It allows you to edit/update your website without the need for a professional. I specialise in setting up website with the most popular website design platform in the world that is WordPress.

WordPress is popular because it makes updating and growing your website a breeze as it is 100% customisable and 100% scalable.You can easily add new functionality and more pages at any time and it is the most SEO-friendly website design platform.

SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. Once you have a website, it needs to be found but it will not happen on its own. Having an optimized website is only one small step for being found on search engines such as Google or Bing.
SSL is short for Secure socket Layer. Or simply, when you see a padlock and https, you know the site has a SSL certificate.

Do I need a SSL certificate

All financial institutions and shops will have one and there are different types of SSL. If your website does not have a SSL certificate, Chrome will show an exclamation mark next to your domain name.

Do I need SSL?

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