I am sure as a new comer to WordPress, you have landed here with all sorts of ideas of what you want to do but quite often no idea how to set about achieving them. I know the first time I saw WordPress I threw up my hands in horror. I was very much an old fashioned person who knew how to use Dreamweaver and load my pages on to a website and the idea of plug-ins was totally foreign. Here we have hundreds of people taking one tiny patch of grass and manicuring it with nail clippers.
The joy of that is that an item is looked at from all sides. More often than not more than one person has the same idea and two or more different answers come up. This results in us having more than one option to look at to achieve the result we want. There are a few items that really need to go on to the must have list though and when you are new you might not find them easily unless you are pointed in the right direction.
1. I suggest you check out the step by step guide to installing a plug-in. Unless you have done it before you might be like me and hold up your hands in horror.
2. Activate your Akismet Plug-in on WordPress. There is no need to install anything as it is already part of the platform. All you need to do it activate it. This will prevent your blog from being spammed. You will need to go to the site and get your activation key. It is free for personal use and a small charge for businesses.
3. The next is a plug-in which you will need to download and install as per the guide above. This is All in One SEO. This comes in both a free and a pro pack. This optimizes your blog for search engines and is very important. The difference is that there are no adverts with the Pro and it costs $39. It is well worth the cash for the pro version as SEO is one of the most important aspects of any website. If you wish for on going support the costs range for the amounts of months you purchase. For example if you buy a months support you pay $10 but if you buy a years support you pay $49. This is a saving of $71.
4. If you want to keep in contact with people visiting your blog you will require some means of contacting you. For this you will need a contact form. A simple and easy one to use is Contact Form7. This is a free plug-in and has been translated into multiple languages. It uses the Akismet anti spamming method. You can apply your own needs to the form and place it where you wish on your website blog. I would suggest you use the above the fold method which all marketers on line recommend. This is one of the hot spots on your page and will get more sign ups. The layout of your page is important as to where viewers’ eyes fall. This is an interesting feature which several websites research.