Yep that’s right, one. Some might say three is the magic number, but I definitely think in this case it’s one. Take this blog for example, all it took was one click to install WordPress on this domain! Want to know how we got this party started and which themes and plugins were used to get this blog looking lovely? Well, read on!
First off, jumping into my Domainmonster.com Members Area and Web Hosting Control Panel, I navigated to the One-Click Apps area particular to blog.domainmonster.com:
Next I had to select the One-Click App that I wanted to install. There’s loads of choice from Joomla to Magento, but as you’ve most probably already guessed, the One-Click App I wanted was the ever-wonderful WordPress:
When installing WordPress, with a lot of web hosts you’d have to go through the hassle of configuring databases or get in a spin with scripts, all of which would no doubt eat into time that could be spent designing a lovely site. Luckily with the type of wizardry that would make even Harry Potter jealous, I didn’t have to worry about any of that. Nope, all I had to do was click once:
Bam! Bingo, bango, bongo. WordPress was installed! See, I told you one was the magic number.
Right, ready to roll! After filling in a few details such as the site title and Username on the next screen, I had to decide on a theme for the blog. One of the great things about WordPress is that there are themes to suit every taste. I wanted something clean and minimal, and there were a few close contenders, but in the end I plumped for Yoko from Elma Studio. With lots of custom theme options, post formats and a responsive layout that made it ideal for mobile devices as well as desktops, it seemed like a good choice to go for.
I also wanted to make the blog a bit SEO friendly. Not a problem with WordPress, I simply used the WordPress SEO plugin from Yoast and tweaked the settings as required. If you’ve got a Google Analytics account, you can also set this up on your WordPress website. In this instance I’ve used Google Analytics for WordPress, also from Yoast. Community and commenting are also big aspects to consider with blogs, so the WP Socializer plugin, Disqus Comment System and cbnet Twitter Widget were duly added. With a multi-user blog it was also wise to consider utilising some sort of management plugin like User Role Editor.
There are over 18,000 WordPress plugins out there, so there’s more choice than you can shake a stick at, if you do indeed like shaking sticks. More importantly, you can pick the plugins that work best with your theme.
Once all set up, I spent a bit of time styling the blog how I wanted, before releasing this blog baby into the world for you to enjoy!
So if you’re thinking about setting up a WordPress blog or site, why not give our One-Click Apps and web hosting a spin? It’s quick and easy, and with customer experience always top of our agenda at Domainmonster.com, you can always be sure that you’ll always be our number one. It is, after all, the magic number.