I recommend using WordPress.org to any artist who is looking to create their own site and be in control of their internet presence. I call this your online headquarters. And since I recommend WordPress I thought it would be a good idea to offer regular tips and advice for getting the most out of WP.
Welcome to WordPress For Artists!
This series is just getting off the ground so I thought I would start with some of the basics by answering the most common questions I get about WP.
Who do you recommend for a host of my WordPress site? I use and recommend Site5 for any of your hosting needs. Because I work with artists developing their sites I have experience with a broad selection of internet host providers and I have found Site5 to be the most reliable and offer the highest level of customer service. Site5 offers “one click” install of WP which is the easiest way to get started.
What theme do you recommend? A theme is the foundation of your WP site. It defines not only the look of your site but also the function of your site. As well as helping or hurting your chance to be found by search engines. I have experience with countless themes because of all the sites I have built over the years. It is important to pick a theme that suits your unique needs and one that you are comfortable working with. But I have landed on Headway as a theme that I have been using on almost every site I’ve built recently. It is a “premium” theme so it will set you back $87 but it can easily be customized without knowing any code and also has great support from the developer, so you’ll get the money you spend back in the time you save.
But there are thousands of themes out there. You can either search for one directly through your WP dashboard, on the WordPress site, or by doing a Google search. There is usually a bit of trial and error when picking themes so be ready to invest some time in the process. But once you have your theme set it will most likely last you a long time.
What are some good places to look for information on WordPress? Art Palaver of course. But I realize the WordPress information on this site is just getting started so I need to point out some other good sources. When you are new to blogging and WordPress the best place to go is Lorelle on WordPress. Or if you want to cut right to source The WordPress Codex is also good. Feeling stuck and need to ask someone a question? Head over to the WordPress support forums. Chances are someone already asked your question and someone else already answered, so do a search for you problem. Finally if you really want to tap into the vein of all things WordPress subscribe to the WordPress developers blog.
I have found that WordPress has an amazing community of people who are willing to help and share information when you need it. One of the best ways to find answers is to enter your WP question in a Google search. 9 out of 10 times you’ll find what you are looking for.