Building Your Website, Part 3

WordPress Plugins To Consider:


1. Theme Customization: (free) or StudioPress (paid)

2. SEO Optimization: All In One SEO

The WordPress SEO plug-in allows you to automatically optimize your website for the major search engines. This free tool includes:

a. Support for customized posts

b. Google Analytics integration into your website

c. The use of canonical URLs

d. Automatic customization of titles allowing your target audience to easily find your site

e. Automatic generation of meta tags

3. Shopping Cart

WP e-Commerce: this is a free and versatile WordPress plug-in that allows you to set up an e-store where you can sell products and services. The plug-in is compatible with any theme and can function properly with other WordPress plug-ins. Additionally it generates meta descriptions as well as RSS feeds for product offerings. Premium upgrades for extra features are available.

ShopperPress: this paid plug-in enables you to create customized product attributes including sizes and colors. The tool is optimized to allow your ecommerce site or website store to have higher rankings at the major search engines. Once you install the ShopperPress shopping cart widget you can easily manage it from the admin section without the need for programming knowledge.

4. Membership Software

WishListMember: this tool enables you to customize your WordPress website into a complete membership site. All you need is to upload the widget and your website will have the functions of a membership-based site that features password protected areas and content that is only viewable by members. Other features include easy management of members, integrated system for payment, a shopping cart widget and integration into WordPress.

MemberWing: this is a tool that that allows you to create dynamic and search engine optimized membership sites and to add an online storefront from where you can sell information products. You may also integrate your website with other tools such as Aweber that enable you to build an email list or you may also create opt-in lists and offer trial access to premium products for those who do not want to immediately subscribe as members.

5. Mobile Friendly Plugin

WP Mobile Detector: is a plug-in that notices when a visitor is accessing your site from a mobile phone. This plug-in automatically configures your website so that it is easily accessible from a mobile phone. The plug-in also allows images to be resized within the mobile platform, and content formatting to allow site visitors to have a pleasant experience when using a mobile to navigate your site.

You can use numerous html Wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) editors to create your website; some are free while others are commercial. Each of the web-authoring programs has its own technical requirements for you to create a website.

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