Choosing a Domain Name

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Choosing a good domain name for your site is one of the most important tasks to do when setting up a new website. It’s the “address” that people will use to find your website on the internet, so the easier it is for them remember and access your site, the better.

Things to consider:

Your main goal is to pick a name that describes what the site is about and that’s easy to remember, and incorporates keywords that might be used to find the site in a search engine. For example, tonibdesign.com, is short, easy to spell and because it contains the word design, it’s likely to come up when people are searching Google for “web design”.

Pick a name that’s not too long. The longer the name is, the more chance for someone to misspell it and not be able to get to your site, which brings me to my next point —

Try to avoid names where you’re going to have to explain how it’s spelled. Remember, www.yourwebsiteone.com and www.yourwebsite1.com are two different sites. Also try to avoid punctuation, and “0”, which is often confused with “O”. I often run into people that aren’t always familiar with the names of punctuation marks and if they’re in a hurry may mistake a hyphen (-) and an underscore (_) for example. You’ll want to be prepared with an quick, concise way to explain how to get to your site.

Stick to .com, .org, or .net. There are many other domain endings, but a lot of people are more suspicious of domains that end in .biz, .tv, etc. because those domain names are often associated with spam, phishing scams and viruses. Plus, these days most people assume that a website ends in .com anyway.

How to Write a WordPress Blog Post

One of the essential skills of managing your WordPress site is knowing how to upload your content. The procedure is pretty much the same whether you’re adding a blog post or a new page.

Go to the Dashboard, locate the “Add New” button under the “Posts” controls section (outlined in red) on the upper left side and enter a title for your post. Select either the Visual or HTML tab on the grey bar just above the content box. The Visual view operates like any word processor, and you will see a row of buttons on the grey bar that control the formatting of your work. Hover your mouse over each button to get a brief description of what it does. The HTML view shows the coding that affects the look of your post. This is the view you would use if you want to embed a video on your site, change the size of text and headings, or other things not covered by the standard formatting buttons. Now go ahead and start writing your post.

Posts box on the dashboard

You may also want to categorize your post and add some tags so that your readers will be able to search your site for articles that interest them. An article about the difference between categories and tags is coming soon!

When you’re done, save a draft by clicking on the Save Draft button in the upper right corner and then take a look at your work by clicking on either of the Preview buttons outlined in red in the picture below.

Preview buttons outlined

When you’re finished, you can save the draft for later by clicking the Save Draft button, or if you’re ready to post it, click the blue Publish button. This will upload your post for all to see.