Critical Steps to Setting up Your Website

If you blog, you need to know this…

Prior to investing time in setting up your website…the difference between a website, page, and category.

Once I had the website shell set up with my website domain, business name, logo, and description, it was time to add pages, categories, blog posts, and additional information about the site. For me, adding the pages, categories, and blog posts was the most difficult to figure out. I spent a week or so researching other websites and continually changing things on my site.

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Web Hosting Company

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Adding a Blog Page

I kept trying to add a second blog page. It took me a while to realize that a blog website is meant to only have one blog page. However, that blog page can have multiple category tags. Believe me, it took hours of searching the Internet, Pinterest, and watching You Tube videos just to come to this realization.

Creating a Site Map

Through research and a lot of reading, I found out that a site map helps the Internet world find information on your website. Therefore, figuring out what pages and categories you will have on your site is important if you want your site to be found.

Figuring it out

Once I started to get the site layout figured out in my mind, I started to play with the theme, format, colors, columns, page titles, and categories. Here is a picture of my website header section and hero section. The header section shows the site name and tag line. Then below that are the page names (notice I actually just call the blog a blog). I know, how unique. The part where you see “We’re glad you joined us!” Is the hero area on my site.

home page picture
home page picture

This picture is hard to see, my website is not black and white, but I changed it to black and white to make it show up a bit better.

A word about changing page names

I did not completely understand the difference and the impact I was making on my website with potential broken links. Therefore, keep the changes on page names and blog post titles to a minimum. Make sure that you have a method of checking for broken links and rerouting them or fixing them. I use

In the hero area, feel free to change that as often as you need to until you get it right. Remember, that is where I have “We’re Glad You Joined us!”. Believe me, I have changed the wording in that area a few times. I still think I need to change it to be more engaging. Sometimes, it is harder to say what you want in fewer words and this is the case here. For me anyway.

What is a page?

I think I would describe a page almost like a permanent file folder that does not really change that often. On the snippet of my website you see above, my pages are; home, blog, crochet patterns, recipes, sewing and quilting, starting a DIY blog, this and that, savings center, about us, and the $0,00 Items is something that was put at that level to show visitors their shopping cart. Reminder: a blog can only have one blog page where you post all of your blogs to. You can have various categories for your blog posts.

Screen Shot of Categories under About Us Page
Screen Shot of Categories under About Us Page

Categories

In the picture above, the cursor is hovering over the about us page. The categories are like subpages of the main page: copyright, disclosure, newsletter, and privacy policy.

Screen Shot of Categories in Recipes
Screen Shot of Categories in Recipes

Another example, is the recipe page. There are many subcategories: appetizer, breakfast, candy, cookie, dessert, main dish, salad, and salad dressing. This allows any visitor to come to your site and not only see the main Page for each subject, but break it down into smaller categories. This helps visitors to your website quickly narrow down the information they were looking for.

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Site Appearance

Using pages and categories like this can give the site a clean and neat look to it. When I was setting up my site, I started with maybe three pages including the blog page. I was so new at this that I wanted to start small and build the site as the content evolved.

View from the inside

This is a snippet of my dashboard. I use WordPress. To get to this view in WordPress, go to appearance, then menus. If you are interested in using WordPress for your website, I would encourage you to watch this quick video on the benefits of using WordPress.

dashboard pages and categories
dashboard pages and categories

Pages and Categories from the Dashboard

Notice the pages and categories? I am able to create new pages and categories. Add or remove pages and categories to the menu and drag and drop the items in the order and level that makes the most sense. Additionally, there are a variety of other options shown that can be added to the menu section. Notice that posts, downloads, recipes, products, and custom links show up? Any one of those could be added to the menu. Take time to think about what would make most sense for visitors to move about your site. I would keep things simple and clear to help people utilize your site. If people find your site cumbersome, they have many other options on the Internet and will move on to another site for their information.

Advertising on your Site

While advertising is a must in my opinion if you want to monetize your site, I would advise against overloading with too much advertising and little content. So, I started small with both. I continue to learn new things every day on what works and what does not. Sounds like a future post topic. If you are looking for Pay Per View and Pay Per Click companies to work with, here are two that I have been accepted to.
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These next resources that I have listed are more for educational purposes. If you are going to spend time starting a blog and building a website, then you might as well take some lessons too. I am continually educating myself on this entire process. Please take a moment to learn some step-by-step things that can help you start off successful, or if you are already a success, it might not hurt to learn a few additional nuggets.

Send Owl

This is a site that will help you connect with advertisers and publishers. They will also pay you to advertise their site. Here is the link for more information.

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