The use of customer management systems (CMS) such as WordPress.org, Tumblr or Posterous in creating websites is preferable as you can easily edit and manage the codes on these platforms. Both Tumblr and Posterous for example are very easy platforms to use to create a website. However, WordPress.org is the most commonly used CMS. The difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com is that with WordPress.com you can’t change the PHP code or upload plugins and your site is hosted for free on their platform. With WordPress.org you need to buy your own web-hosting and domain. So I suggest going with WordPress.org and install the WordPress software. And you can configure your WordPress.org content management system to create a website instead of a simple blog.

Here are the steps to take in creating a website on WordPress.org:

Step 1: Use an Internet browser to log into the WordPress.org platform. Then, click on the ‘New Post’ option at the right hand side of the interface. Then, select to create a ‘New Page’.

Step 2: Use the WordPress.org editor to create content for the first webpage of your site. You will notice that this editor has similarity to the ordinary word processor with additions such as links, images and rich media.

Step 3: Save the page by clicking the ‘Publish’ button. Select the ‘Settings’ options from the left menu and then choose the ‘Reading’ option from the drop down menu.

Step 4: Select the ‘A Static Page’ option to choose the name of this first page. Then click on the ‘Save Changes’ tab to allow the page that you have selected to appear as a static main page that site visitors see when they find your website. You may continue to create more webpages by clicking on the ‘New Page’ button at the top of the interface.

Step 5: You may add widgets by going to the ‘Appearance’ tab on the menu on the left. Then, click on the ‘Widgets’ option from the drop down menu.

Step 6: Choose the area that you would like the widget to appear. Select the name of the widget and then drag it to the chosen area allowing it to be added to your website.

Step 7: Edit the widget settings by clicking on the widget name. Then, select ‘Save’ to save these settings.

Step 8: Select the name of your website on the top left side of the interface to preview the changes that you have made on your site. You may go back to the dashboard to add more webpages or to edit the existing ones.

 

WordPress Plugins To Consider:

1. Theme Customization: WordPress.org (free) or StudioPress (paid)

2. SEO Optimization: All In One SEO

 

The WordPress SEO plug-in allows you to automatically optimize your website for the major search engines. This free tool includes:

a. Support for customized posts

b. Google Analytics integration into your website

c. The use of canonical URLs

d. Automatic customization of titles allowing your target audience to easily find your site

e. Automatic generation of meta tags

 

3. Shopping Cart

WP e-Commerce: this is a free and versatile WordPress plug-in that allows you to set up an e-store where you can sell products and services. The plug-in is compatible with any WordPress.org theme and can function properly with other WordPress plug-ins. Additionally it generates meta descriptions as well as RSS feeds for product offerings. Premium upgrades for extra features are available.

ShopperPress: this paid plug-in enables you to create customized product attributes including sizes and colors. The tool is optimized to allow your ecommerce site or website store to have higher rankings at the major search engines. Once you install the ShopperPress shopping cart widget you can easily manage it from the admin section without the need for programming knowledge.

 

4. Membership Software

WishListMember: this tool enables you to customize your WordPress website into a complete membership site. All you need is to upload the widget and your website will have the functions of a membership-based site that features password protected areas and content that is only viewable by members. Other features include easy management of members, integrated system for payment, a shopping cart widget and integration into WordPress.

MemberWing: this is a tool that that allows you to create dynamic and search engine optimized membership sites and to add an online storefront from where you can sell information products. You may also integrate your website with other tools such as Aweber that enable you to build an email list or you may also create opt-in lists and offer trial access to premium products for those who do not want to immediately subscribe as members.

5. Mobile Friendly Plugin

WP Mobile Detector: is a plug-in that notices when a visitor is accessing your site from a mobile phone. This plug-in automatically configures your website so that it is easily accessible from a mobile phone. The plug-in also allows images to be resized within the mobile platform, and content formatting to allow site visitors to have a pleasant experience when using a mobile to navigate your site.

You can use numerous html Wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) editors to create your website; some are free while others are commercial. Each of the web-authoring programs has its own technical requirements for you to create a website.