How to Create a WordPress Website

As promised in my previous post on How to Start an Online Business, here is my WordPress Tutorial for all non-technical people who want to create a free website all by themselves. WordPress is a dynamic and powerful website creation tool which allows even people who have no coding knowledge to create a website all by themselves. What makes WordPress indispensable are the great features like WYSIWYG Editor which allows content input to the website without coding or technicalities, flexibility of media manager, a huge collection of plugins and a very convenient installation process.

Creating a website in WordPress is an incredibly easy fare, so let’s take a look at some basic steps for creating a WordPress Website:

1.    Understand and Plan:

Creating a WordPress WebsiteIt is tempting to jump right into the exciting endeavor of creating a website and go with the flow of upcoming challenges but I advise you to familiarize with the system and devise a plan first. Spend some time understanding how WordPress works and how it can be used best of your business. Make a crystal clear SEO and content writing plan before venturing into website creation. Book a domain from and select a hosting provider.

2.    Install WordPress:

WordPress installation requires a web-hosting account through which you can install WordPress. It seems very technical but it is actually a very simple procedure. All you need is to choose a good hosting provider like, or and login on your cPanel to install WordPress . Most of these good hosting service providers provide one click installation which is really helpful for non-techies.

3.    Set up Website and layout:

After successful installation, now is the time to set up your website and layout. WordPress provides lots of pre-designed themes with graphics, colors and text styles to choose from, with lots of customization options. If you want a more distinctive look, you can buy a professionally designed WordPress theme. Administration panel, settings, appearances, profile and many other options are also provided in your WordPress account to set up and get the website working in matters of minutes.

4.    Add content:

Content in WordPress website is added as posts and pages. Posts are displayed on the blog page while static pages like “About Us” or “Product Page” can also be additionally added. Each post or page provides media managers for adding graphic, audio and video media.

5.    Add Plugins and Widgets:

WordPress provides a wide range of plugins and widgets to extend the functionality of your website according to your requirements. Standard Plugins include contact forms, image galleries, image sliders etc while domain specific plugins include currency calculators or body mass index calculators etc. Some of the must-have plugins for making your website more productive are Feedburner, Google Analytics, Akismet, SEO plugin, Sitemap and Contact Form plugins.

6.    Monetize your website:

Advertising is the quickest way to start making money on your website. Apart from banner and advertisement plugins, you can make use of Google Adsense program to monetize your website.

7.    Drive traffic through Social Media:

The best way to drive traffic to your website is by social media integration which can be simply done by adding Facebook , Twitter and other Social Media buttons on your website.

8.    Maintain and administer your website:

It is important to keep a check on spam comments, unused plugins and data backup. If you think the task is overwhelming for you, you can also create users (and hire people) to maintain your website and perform administrative tasks.

Follow these simple steps and voila! You have created a new functional website all by yourself.  Let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the steps.

Top 5 Online Work at Home Ideas

Working from the comforts of home is a new facet of this globalized world.  The idea of working from home in your pajamas at hours that suit you sure seems appealing. There is an exciting world out there which can be reached from a single click. I am sure many of you would have Googled work from home jobs and 99% of the results invariably are some sort of scams where they ask you to join a program for a small fee and promise you unbelievable sums of money. But that’s what they are –scams. Due to these scammers, many people think that working from home online is not feasible. But in reality there are many online home based jobs available.

work at home ideasWorking online from home is in many ways similar to working in the real world. You have to put in effort and you get paid for your skills and output. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. But the beauty of working from home is that you have the flexibility and freedom to choose your working hours, your projects and your price as well as leave for that vacation when you fancy. Even if you are not a tech expert, you can earn a good living working online. All you need is right attitude and the willingness to put in time and effort.

First requirement for a successful online work is to find out what skills you have and how you can utilize them online. Here I have enlisted top 5 successful online work at home ideas that work and that cover a variety of skills sets. I am sure you will find something that matches your skill sets too.

1.      Copywriting:

If you have the talent to play with words, you can get a host of online writing jobs. The world of words needs your skills in advertisement writing, website copy writing, brochures, blog posts, press releases, SEO articles, newspaper articles, eBooks and a lot more. The beauty of this task is that it doesn’t require any technical skills other than your command over the language you are writing and a good writing style. A computer and internet connection are all you need for earning money from any corner of the world!

2.      Virtual Assistant:

If multi-tasking and attention to detail is your thing, you are totally apt for virtual assistant jobs. Be it big companies or small businesses, there is a dire need of virtual assistants who can provide administrative and support skills to the endless to-do-list of the contractor. The tasks performed by these virtual assistants commonly include customer service, internet research, data entry, social media maintenance and this list is endless. You only need a working internet connection and viola! You are off to become a star virtual assistant.

3.      Graphic Designer:

Graphic designers are needed for all types of websites, advertisements and blogs. If you know Illustrator and Photoshop well enough and your aesthetic sense is unmatched, you should gear up for some serious graphic designing. It only requires designing skills, a PC, your design software and an internet connection to become a successful highly paid graphic designer.

4.      Book Keeping:

Are you the record keeper of your family? If so, why not take this skill to the next level. Book keepers are a need of every entrepreneur to keep their cash flow well in check. Excel or simple spreadsheets will do the task while you just keep the count of profits, spending and cash flow.

5.      Sell products:

You can sell your products right through the web by means of a website, a blog or simply by opening accounts on eBay. Market yourself through social media and if your products are worth it, you will get a flock of buyers from corners of the world! Sell you products and make it big!

Choose a field best suited to your skills and temperament and get set to achieve the dream of earning right from the comfort of your own home!