WordPress is a website building software used by over 75 million websites on the internet today. Upon learning that I would be using this tool to build a site for The Newmarket Church of the Nazarene, I was extremely excited for the challenge. Over the course of the month of creation I learned a few tips and tricks to facilitate the experience with the software in addition to ways to make a website the most informative, visually appealing and convenient version of itself for the sake of the viewer and company receiving it.
Introduction to WordPress
Once you create an account for yourself, you’re all set. Upon opening WordPress with your chosen website on Coming Soon Mode, a dashboard with tools and categories such as pages, users, appearance, plugins and more is open for use. To create a new page, simply click the pages button on the dashboard, and click “Add New”. This allows you to insert a new page into the main menu and choose from a pre-made layout or a possibility to create one yourself. A useful theme builder that proved to be quite convenient was the Divi Theme Builder, which allowed the user to choose from pre-made layouts and divide pages into easily editable blocks. Each block has a settings button, which allows the user to change the fonts, backgrounds, linked buttons, filters, shadows and more similar features of that desired section. The builder has an extremely convenient feature that gives the editor a possibility to view the website from the perspective of a smartphone. Due to most website viewers using a smartphone rather than a desktop, the builder allows the individual to alter their layout to fit that mode. In addition to the technical tools, Divi has style features such as gradient, filter, blur and more. They create a more unique feeling in the website and give the user a chance to give the pages more personality. Every WordPress feature is built to make the users experience quick, enjoyable and hassle free, with appealing results.
Website Building 101
All the components of a website, ranging from as small as the captions or as significant as the images work together to create a finished product. Upon selecting a captivating and fitting colour scheme for the overall site, you’re ready to move forward. A key point to remember when designing pages is to not overcrowd with unnecessary information and visual filler. The viewer reached this website to be informed and to hopefully have an enjoyable experience while they’re there. The writing style should preferably be clear and concise, with vocabulary that suits the company’s image and accurately reflects their purpose. When selecting the images used, the creator should keep the colour scheme as well as the placement of the image in mind. If the page is about golf, the most fitting images would naturally be of that sport and preferably matching the colours of the other components of the page. When creating the menu as well as the pages and categories that will be displayed, it is important to ponder on what the business is trying to highlight most. For example, a website for a church will place a “New Members” page in the menu in order to attract a new crowd for their establishment. The home page is most important, since it is the first thing the viewer sees upon clicking that link. It should be visually appealing, with relevant images as well as a clear and brief description of who the company is, providing an evident image from the beginning. Important information should be kept in separate boxes or written in bold, since it is what should be standing out most. Lastly, a balance and variety of content will be sure to give your site more personality and flair. Videos, images, interviews, descriptions, captions and all other similar features are all wonderful ways to maintain an appealing site that is guaranteed to grasp the attention of your audience.
Let’s Talk Challenges
Over the course of the process, I had some mishaps and challenges. The beginning was naturally the most difficult due to inexperience and trial and error in regards to using WordPress. In addition, small technical mistakes and details were unavoidable and natural, which made it extremely important to check over in the final steps. The mobile version of the website proved to be difficult and did not fully align with the layout from the desktop, which resulted in manual editing. Over the process of the creation of a website, the builder is not the only team member. Many individuals are hoping to have input and the company for which the website is being created has its own guidelines, content and preferences. Sometimes the visuals in the website that you have created will not necessarily be what the rest of the team had envisioned, making it essential to alter them to their wants and needs and move forward.
Website building is an exciting, time consuming and tedious task. The long process of content collection, image selection and final building all proves to be worthwhile upon seeing the finished product as well as the satisfaction of the client. With the use of guidance from the team around you, your own intuition and a quality building software, it will surely be a great product.