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Posted on 5 Nov 2014 at 11:27

Built a WordPress site? Thinking about creating a new one? Here, we select five simple tips to help you get the most out of your website

Whether you’re choosing a domain name, tracking website traffic or delivering ads, there’s a lot to consider when not only building a website but also enhancing it as time goes on. To help you get more from your WordPress 4.0 website, here are five helpful tips and tutorials to help squeeze more out of WordPress using 11.

Domain names

1. Choose a great domain name

The most important choice you’ll have to make is your domain name. At first sight it may seem tougher than ever to grab a compelling address, but you might be surprised: think laterally, use some of the tools we suggest in our guide, and you might be surprised by just what you can still register.

Plus, things are changing. The various bodies that oversee the web – and the names we use to navigate it – have, over the past 12 months, been rolling out a series of new top level domains. There are some restrictions to be aware of , but there’s plenty of potential too. Read more

Website users

2. Drive more readers to your WordPress blog

Build it and they’ll come. It’s a common misquote, and an equally common misconception if you’re talking about the web. Building your site can be the most straightforward part: drumming up visitors (and business if you hope to sell to them) is what takes real effort.

So, what are the best and easiest ways to attract a healthy and sustained flow of visitors? First, create a sitemap: it’s essential you tell Google exactly what’s on your site and where it is. Then make it easy to share content and learn as much about your readers as possible. Read more

Wordpress plugins

3. Add the best free WordPress plugins

You can add some great features to WordPress that won’t cost you a penny.

WordPress is fully featured and ready to go right away. You can take it further, though, with plugins – small add-ons that extend its core features. There are thousands to choose from, but we two in particular stand out as essential installs for any quality blog: Jetpack for social network integration and Akismet to block spam.

If you use 11 to host your WordPress site, note that it offers its own unique plugins to help make your site more successful – including a ‘Safe Mode’ that means your site is always kept up to date. Read more

Tracking traffic

4. Track your website traffic

It’s always good to know how many people are finding your site. If you’re writing a personal blog, a spike in visitors can spur you to carry on posting. Perhaps it could inspire you to think about making money through your blog.

If you’re producing a business site, that data can be even more valuable, as it will tell you what kind of posts attract the most hits, and the time of day when your additions prove to be most effective. Read more


5. Add some ads on your WordPress site

If you’re looking to make some money from your WordPress site, the easiest way is to include advertising.

If you want to do so, it’s important that you approach it with a realistic frame of mind. You’re competing with millions of other sites, and billions of pages. If they all tried to pay their way by selling ads the money would be spread so thin that few could afford to stay online.

There are many things to consider, from the size of the ads to in-text advertising. Go too far, though, and you could end up alienating your audience… Read more

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