How to Use WordPress For Standard Websites
Building WordPress Websites
Although Wordpress was actually built as a blogging platform, it is also a great starting point on which to build a website. The whole functionality is already in place and you can customise the look and feel to quite a large extent. Once you install WordPress it is all there waiting for you and you don't have to build pages or code HTML (if you don't want to).
There are a large number of themes available, both free and paid for, in fact thousands of them so that you can pick one that matches with your website theme and you can subsequently customise it further to suit your needs. The theme effectively sits on the WordPress platform and determines what it looks like in terms of design. One example of this is a website I set up about Cranberry Juice - I found a great theme but it referenced strawberries so I just changed it about a bit.
So the point is that Wordpress websites are a great way to build a simple (or pretty complex) website. You can just click a button and you already have most of your website waiting for you, you pretty much just have to add your content. You can have as many pages to the site as you wish, you can have a blog type page that you can use for current news and information and you can have users leave comments on the site. Basically you can just build it like a normal website but without having to build it from scratch.
The other useful thing about Wordpress websites is that you can get hold of plug-ins to add functionality to the site - so you can get an SEO plugin to have sure that your site is optimised for SEO, you can get a YouTube plugin to show video, and there is pretty much a plugin for anything you can think of. You can optimise your site for earnings by adding Google adsense ads as well as adding Amazon links and products.
Cheap Websites Using WordPress
So, if you are looking to earn some extra money from setting up some websites, then setting up WordPress sites in my mind is one of the quickest ways to do this (and one of the simplest). I currently own approximately 15 WordPress websites - some public information sites and some product optimised, that are currently (along with HubPages) earning me in excess of $150 a month with a target of $500 a month by the end of this year. If you get the right hosting then you can also have a lot of sites for very little in terms of cost.
One way to make more money is to keep your costs as low as possible and the way that I am doing this is to keep all of my WordPress hosting in one place and at one cost - so I can have as much unlimited WordPress hosting as I like for one monthly fee.
I did start off with individual WordPress hosting when I first started out, but at $3.99 a month I realised this could get expensive if I wanted to expand the number of websites I had. So I eventually found unlimited WordPress hosting at Hostgator. If you buy a baby croc plan at $9.99 a month (less discount - see below) then you can host as many as you like under that plan. I will show you exactly how you do it below too.
To make it even better value you can get a discount of 25% off Hostgator hosting packages if you enter in the code AZURE25OFF when ordering. Check out www.hostgator.com for more info on their packages.
WordPress Unlimited - How To Set It Up
When you are setting up your first site with Hostgator, you will be asked for the URL of that site. Now my advice, having done this myself, is to choose a generic URL for your first site, if you have one available. For example, I might choose www.azure11.com. The reason for this is that all of the other sites you have are essentially set up as add-ons to this site so you might hit problems if you subsequently want to move or do something else with this first site.
So, let's say you have set that site up and you now have access to your control panel (cpanel) which will look like this:
If you want to you can set up your main site with WordPress but for the benefit of this article I am going to ignore this main site ( you can still set it up as per the instructions below) and concentrate on showing you how to set up unlimited WordPress sites on your account.
So, let's say you have another domain that you want to set up a wordpress site for, then you need to go to 'Add-on Domains' which is further down the page on the Control Panel (see right). Click on this and you can add your next domain in.
Once you have this domain set up you may need to make sure that the name servers are pointing towards Hostgator if they are registered elsewhere. The Hostgator nameservers are ns2511.hostgator.com and ns2512.hostgator.com.
So once you have your new domain name set up, you need to install WordPress. This used to be very obvious on the Hostgator control panel but now you have to dig a bit - go to the QuickInstall icon (shown on the right in the Software section) and click on that. You will then be taken to an area where you can choose from a wide variety of products to install on your new website.
So, you don't have to limit yourself to Wordpress Hosting but you can also choose other software to install on any of your sites.
Default WordPress Install
The default WordPress install uses the Twenty Eleven theme which is fine but you have thousands of themes to choose from if you browse through. Just choose a new one and install that but make sure you do the install of the new theme before making any major changes as you may need to update any customisations that you have made (for example you will need to add back in your Google Analytics code if you have used it).
Hostgator Discount Voucher
So, if you want to set up unlimited WordPress sites (or any other sites) then don't forget that you can get 25% off by using discount code AZURE25OFF - this voucher does not expire so you can use it at any time.
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