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How to create a WordPress blog (step by step + videos)

Written by Alex Denning on in Tutorials 0 comments

Learning how to create a WordPress blog is an ideal way to get your online journey started. At WPZOOM we’ve been making WordPress themes for the last decade, and we’re often people’s first point of contact with WordPress.

The steps to create a WordPress blog are relatively straightforward, but some parts are slightly unintuitive, and a guide will make the whole process much easier for you.

This step-by-step guide, with accompanying videos, will make sure whether you’re new to WordPress – or want a website but don’t know where to start – you’re in good hands.

We’re going to cover all the steps needed to create a WordPress blog: from choosing a website name, to getting hosting, installing WordPress, adding a quality design (theme), and then getting your site up and running. Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Most from a WordPress Magazine Theme

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We’ve been making magazine WordPress themes since 2008.

When Yamidoo Magazine was released (it’s still available but has been completely revamped and received twenty four updates since release) it was one of the first magazine-style WordPress themes.

We’ve been able to watch the magazine theme niche grow in popularity over the years, see (and influence) a wave of easy-to-use themes and see how customers’ demands have evolved.

Our experience – and feedback from customers – means we’re very well placed to help you get the most from your WordPress magazine theme. Continue Reading

The ultimate guide to making your WordPress site load faster (image optimization, plugin bloat + Google PageSpeed)

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It’s absolutely essential to have a fast site. Nearly half of web users expect a site to load within two seconds – and they’ll abandon a site that isn’t loaded within three seconds (source, see also this detailed study).

This sounds like brutal behaviour, but it’s the reality; users aren’t sat whilst your site loads with a stopwatch, ready to stop and do something else, but if your site isn’t loading promptly, they are ready to tab over to another site or head back to Google and load up a competitor. Continue Reading

How to Start a Food Blog from Scratch

Written by Stelian Subotin on in Tutorials 3 comments

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In the last decade, blogging has been rising unlike any other web-trend. WordPress, both as a hosted and self-hosted version, has been the CMS of choice for 48% of Technorati’s Top 100 Blogs (statistics). Blogging varies from topic to topic and covers generic topics like fashion and design to very specific niches and topics that people are passionate about.

While there are infinite topics to write about and many ways of starting a blog, in this article we’ll cover the process of starting a food inspired blog. Continue Reading

How to move your WordPress.com blog to self-hosted WordPress

Written by Alex Denning on in Tutorials 2 comments

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The commercial relationship between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is subtle and confuses many people. They’re actually two separate entities:

  • WordPress.com offers a hosted (or “managed”) version of WordPress with a limited amount of control and themes. It’s free with paid-for addons.
  • WordPress.org lets you install your own version of WordPress on your own hosting. From now on we’ll just call it “self hosted WordPress”. This requires having your own hosting and domain name (we’ll cover these later).

There are many advantages to using WordPress.org. The additional flexibility gives you full control over your website – including being able to install any WordPress theme. Crucially, that includes all of WPZOOM’s WordPress themes.
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