In previous posts I’ve talked about the importance of getting hosting from a reliable source, like Bluehost.  We’ve also discussed the importance of having your own domain name that is relevant to what your site is about.  One of the next things you need to do is to decide what kind of site you want to have.  Or rather, how you want to set your site up.

There are many different choices these days.  One choice you have is to use a standard HTML template, like what you can find at OSWD.org.  Many different people submit these templates for your use, and there are some really great ones to choose from.  Of course, it helps to have at least a basic understanding of HTML design.  It’s not as hard as it sounds, though there is a learning curve.  I suggest downloading a free HTML editor that has “What You See is What You Get” functionality, such as Kompozer .  You can learn HTML at W3Schools.

Another great option is to use WordPress.  This blog is created using WordPress, but you can also set it up so that it looks like any other website.  You can see my Early Childhood Career site to see what it looks like when setting it up to lose its “bloggy” features.  It’s very functional.

If you’re new to WordPress, there is also a learning curve.  The plus is that you can do things a lot faster, and make changes more easily than with HTML.  It can also be more SEO (search engine optimization) friendly than HTML sites, largely because of the plugins you can install.

I highly recommend and use Firepow to help you get your WordPress sites up and running (and profitable).  Just to give you a hint, I can set a WP site up using Firepow in about 5 minutes (not including original content, but including article directory content 😉 ), whereas without the software it can take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Definitely check out my Firepow Review for more information (it only took me days to make back my investment in the software.)

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