This post gives the technologically challenged 4 stress-free ways to create a beautiful blog fast.
If you are like me, you start biting your nails when you think about technology and coding. Here are 4 services and tools to use which will require no technical ability and will get your WordPress.org blog site up and looking professional in no time.
While I do not regret anything I learned learning to put a blog site up, I do regret that I did not get help earlier and use easier ways that would have made more time available for a balanced life while learning to blog.
1. Get Technological Support When You Need it from Grayson Bell and Imark Interactive:
Grayson Bell at Imark Interactive has a free introductory course on WordPress. For a total newbie, it really takes you from ground 0 to at least a functional level of understanding of how to set up your WordPress.org blog.
There is also a free Facebook group you can join as part of the course, where Grayson and his team are available to help you with problems and questions that arise.
The course is called “Understanding WordPress“, just click on the title of the course and the link will take you there.
A few days ago, I spent 8 hours trying to figure out why a coding thing would not work on my site. I was frustrated and crying.
It finally dawned on me Imark Interactive does quick fixes too for a reasonable price too. I emailed them, and in a few minutes, the fix was done! If you need tech help with your WordPress site I can honestly say you can depend on Grayson and his team at Imark Interactive.
His Facebook group will tell you important tech updates as well. Earlier this year, Social Warfare plug-in (it manages social media accounts on your site) had an update that was crashing websites. He warned the group not to update it and suggested alternatives for managing social media accounts on your site.
Save yourself hours of needless stress-take the intro course and ask for tech help when needed. I am not an affiliate of this company, I am just hyping this company because they really are awesome for the technologically challenged of us in the WordPress.org blogging world!
2. Don’t Spend Months Trying to Figure Out How to Design a Theme, Use Services that Sell Templates and Customization at the Same Time:
I bought the Genesis Framework by StudioPress with an accompanying blog theme called “Lifestyle Pro” since it has many ready-to-roll features. It is already mobile responsive. I like minimalism, and the design is clean and simple. You can see on my site design I like minimalistic style.
Genesis also has a free plugin called “Simple Edits Hooks” which if you (God forbid) ever need to add code to your blog for Google Adsense or Google Analytics it makes it easier to do this. However, please don’t laugh, despite all the beauty of the Genesis Lifestyle Pro theme, I still had some technical challenges.
I found out AFTER setting up my site that Restored 316 will help you to pick a theme, customize it for you, and set up many features for a very reasonable price. If I had it to do over again, I would have started with that right away!!!
I would have been two months ahead on the progress of the blog!
When I start earning more money on this blog, I plan to have this blog overhauled by Restored 316 with one of their beautiful themes.
If you want to save two months of time learning the hard way how to customize a WordPress.org blog, try Restored 316. Their blog designs are pretty, polished and feminine.
I have heard nothing but positive reviews from several women who used her services. These are all ladies in the Facebook group of the blogging course I am doing. In fact, all of the sites for these newbie bloggers by Restored 316 look professionally designed.
In the past, the market was dominated by BlueHost. There have been many reports in the last year of changes to that organization’s service level. They became part of a large company that owns many hosting companies. The reported result is increased downtime of sites on Blue Host compared to what they were in the past.
There are some people who have no problem with BlueHost. However, if you are a technological newbie like me, you want the greatest advantage on your side with a web hoster that is responsive, secure and with little headaches. That would be SiteGround.
SiteGround provides a free SSL certificate with every site it sells to make sure it is secure. If you don’t have an SSL certificate for your site, Google will penalize you and your site will show a message as unsafe. Not every web hoster provides this free but SiteGround does.
They provide a free backup service. I also received a free security plugin to keep my site safe from attacks.
Their customer service is impeccable and they have helped me with many things very easily and quickly.
My suggestion is to do yourself a favor and go with SiteGround as your web-hoster.
4. When You Have to Hide Your Pin Images Take Some Free Advice from the Bloguettes
I’m going to give a little shout out to this website “Bloguettes” for the best and easiest to interpret post on how to hide pin images for Pinterest on your post page. See their blog post, “How to Hide a Pinnable Image in Blog Posts“.
When you get to the point of using Pinterest to promote your posts, you may need to hide the long pin images in your posts to avoid an unsightly appearance in the post. The recommended strategy for pinning is to have multiple long images to pin. Hiding them avoids cluttering the post page.
The way these young ladies clearly describe to do it is the easiest thing in the world. I was able to hide my pins in less than 2 minutes per post using their technique. There are paid apps that do basically the same thing, but the technique Bloguettes describes is free and works the same as the paid app.
Question for You?
Are there other tips you have come across that can help a technologically challenged new blogger get a beautiful site up fast? If so, please leave me a comment below to let me know. Thanks!
Key Take Aways–
You love the writing and the business side of blogging. Technology makes you sick to your stomach. If that’s you then you don’t have to wither away in pain trying to figure out the technology side of blogging. This article summarizes four ways you can get your blog up fast while sidestepping the usual delays of learning the technology. This way you are free to get out there and start helping the world by writing some awesome content!
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