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How to Save Time and Money by using WordPress to set up a Website {Part 1}

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Website DIY, Wordpress Tips | 0 comments

How to Save Time and Money by using WordPress to set up a Website {Part 1}

Wordpress.com and WordPress.org working together to save you time and money

Last week I talked about WordPresswhat it is and how it can benefit you as an idea maker and implementer. This week, I’m going to show you how to use both versions (WordPress.com and WordPress.org) to initially get a head start on launching your ideas, and, set you up for moving to a more official website when you have more time and resources. Your to-do list for bringing your business or idea to life can sometimes seem daunting. For your website, it really doesn’t have to be. Setting up a simple website to get your idea out there – while the spark is still fresh and motivation is high – isn’t as time-consuming, or expensive, as you may think.

How can WordPress.com and WordPress.org work together?

So how can the two types of WordPress work together to save time and money? First I’ll ask, what do you feel will be the most laborious task with setting up your website? For me, it’s writing the content. The beauty of both WordPress.com and WordPress.org (aka: self-hosted WordPress) is that they are very similar when it comes to organizing content. The dashboards (editing areas) are almost exactly the same. The most important content – from Pages and blog Posts – can easily be moved between the two.

Save time and money by starting with WordPress.com

If you’re not ready to hire a web designer to create a custom website for you (or purchase web hosting and a domain to do it yourself), start out with WordPress.COM. Go to WordPress.com and sign up for a free account. Then set up your blog and just start writing and publishing! Don’t wait when your creativity is eager for an outlet. Get that idea out of your head and into the world. The site is very easy to use, and if you get stuck on something there is ample Support available.

Additional money saver – Avoid the upgrade options. You can get the additional Premium features WordPress offers (like a custom URL and storage space) much cheaper elsewhere.

Your blog/website design will look quite simple at first (remember, it’s free), so be sure to take advantage of the customization options that are available. Also remember that this is temporary – a place to quickly and affordably get your ideas and your voice out there. There is a bigger goal in sight! Here is what I did with a mock WordPress.com blog to give you an idea about what you can do with the look…

Before:

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After:

Wordpress.com Example Design You’ll be surprised to see what you can do with a nice banner and some color to spruce up a simple layout! If you don’t have Photoshop to make a banner, try GIMP.

In Part 2 I show you how to easily download your WordPress posts and pages so you can move into the big leagues with a custom website – and – how you’re still going to being saving money even though you’re moving away from WordPress.com.

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