How to create a new page in WordPress

Creating a new page in WordPress is easy with the built in editor.  If you are familiar with word processors you will find it easy to create and edit new pages in your wordpress website.  This short video will show you how.

How to create a new page in wordpress

9 Step Process to Building a Website

Almost every web designer has a process that they follow and I thought it important to lay mine out. This will help both designer and client to know what is expected, where we are in the process, and what the next step is.

Please also see: Building a Website is like Building a House
  1. Analysis
    1. Purpose of website9 Steps to Building a Website
    2. What do you want the website to do for you?
    3. What experience do you want to create for the visitor?
  2. Specifications
    1. What specific features do you want?
    2. SEO requirements
  3. Design Parameters
    1. How many pages
    2. What “look & feel” do you want
    3. Basic hierarchy of content and menu structure
  4. Design & Development
    1. The 40% build
    2. Review, modify, define colors etc..
  5. Finalizing content (concurrently with step 4.2)
    1. Text and media (pictures, sound, videos etc...)
    2. Key word rich
  6. Coding and Design Completion
    1. Polishing and finishing
    2. Final client approval
  7. Text & Launch
    1. Text all links, functions, and addons
    2. Deploy to live server
  8. Promote
    1. Social media
    2. SEO
  9. Maintain
    1. Updating / adding content
    2. Back ups
    3. Updating addons, ensuring integration compatibility, and core program updates

Not all steps are necessary in every project it depends on the size and complexity of the website.  There are also clients who want to add, update and modify content themselves so we might add a training and/or "how to videos" component to the process.

Questions or comments?  Don't hesitate to contact us.

Building a Website is like Building a House

Step by Step

Experience has shown that when building a custom website for a client, it is best to do it in steps. And to let the client know what those steps are and what responsibilities they have along the way. It is important that the client know what they can expect from me and they know what is needed from them to move the process along.

Like Building a House

web building cloudBuilding a website is a bit like building a house. A builder friend of mine told me that it takes approximately 40% of the time and resources to lay the foundation, put up the frame, and 2x4s to divide up the interior to separate rooms and such. Its not pretty at that point and none of the finishing work is done, but the buyer can walk through and get a feel for the space, the window placement, the hall widths, the doors and cabinet layout. Changes at this point are relatively easy; ie, move a door down 3 feet, make a window larger. Once the drywall is up, the windows framed, the molding and painting done, changes can involve major expense and project delays.

The 40% Build

The same is true in building a custom website. Therefor, I will send a link to the client and they can follow along as I build the website. In the beginning the colors won't be exactly what the clients wants, a few corners may be rounded and the client would like them square, pictures may be generic low quality fillers and text may be nonsense, just to see what it looks like. What this does do though, is give the client a chance to get a feel for the website and browse through some of the ideas we had talked about and see how it looks on the actual website.

We may want to try different colors, picture sizes,/placement and module configurations. All easy to do at the “40%” stage. We can even bring in other people at this stage to get more eyes on it. When we are satisfied then I'll work on making it smooth and elegant, with quality images and colors that work together.

For more see the 9 Step Process to building a website

WordPress Statistics

It is not by accident that WordPress is one of the  most used platforms for creating websites.

What can you do with a WordPress website?

  • Simple blog site
  • Scalable webdesign  - start small and build as your business builds
  • Social media integration
  • Advanced SEO  -  Get found on the web
  • Tables                 >>>more

Lacrosse Team Replacing Names with Twitter Handles

The Philly Wings, a professional lacrosse team will be sporting their twitter handles on their jerseys Feb. 12 during their games against the Buffalo Banditts.

Sign of the times or a marketing ploy?>>>more

New York Times Sent to all by mistake

Ever hit the "send to all" when you only wanted to sent to a small group? If even the New York Times can do that...  don't be so hard on yourself.

Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

You've heard how easy it is to make your own website. Perhaps you know people who have made their own website.

Can you do it yourself? Absolutely!

Should you do it yourself? That depends...

The old saying “Time is Money” is very valid for those who would build their own websites.


WordPress 3.3 released to the world

The next significant upgrade to word press - WordPress 3.3 - was released today. Code named “Sonny” in honor of the great jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt ( my grandfather would enthusiastically approve) WordPress 3.3 is available for immediate download.

What does this mean to you?

If your site is hosted with Elegant Eagle Web Design your site will be updated automatically at no cost to you, you don't need to do anything..... yeah!

If you manage your own site you will have to be sure that your theme is compatible with wordpress 3.3. In most cases there should be no problem, though I highly recommend, stress, and implore you to backup your site before upgrading. However unlikely, if there should be any glitch in the updating and your site becomes “broken” all your hours of development could be lost.

Before upgrading to wordpress 3.3 check with your theme developer to be sure your theme is compatible. Even if you need to wait a few day before updating to give your theme and plugin developers a chance to complete their upgrades, you will be rewarded with a smoother upgrade process.

Once updated, you should go through each page and be sure it is displayed correctly on the three major browsers, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox. You should then check that all your plugins are functioning correctly and be sure to understand the new admin area and any changes that might effect you.

(shameless plug for Elegant Eagle Web Design below)

Once again, if your site is hosted with Elegant Eagle Web Design all this will be done for you as part of your hosting package. If you are not hosted with is never to late to contract with Elegant Eagle Web Design and save time so you can concentrate on what makes you successful and not be stuck on the computer doing what we could be doing for you.