Creating websites with exclusive themes in WordPress

When a business faces threats of fierce competition, what should it do? You would probably look for some alternative and find an advanced way of running the business? If you haven’t created a website for your business then you are way behind success. Creating a website is one of the advanced ways of doing business as you can expand your exposure and reach out a large number of people. Open source technologies like Joomla, Drupal and WordPress are very much useful in developing websites.  Ever since the year 2003 WordPress content management system has turned out to be very much popular among all the developers as well as users. Making a WordPress website is not difficult. Lately, a number of websites are being developed in this content management system.

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Why WordPress?

Many people wonder why WordPress development has become so much popular. The major reason for the popularity of this CMS is the availability of a number of themes. If you have decided to choose WordPress for building your website then you must make sure you choose the right theme. It is obvious that you would want the target audience to fall for your website. For that you will have to make sure that you choose the theme carefully.  There are lots of free WordPress themes available but the problem is that the theme that you choose might already be taken by some other website. This will be a compromise on the uniqueness of your website. You must hence select such a theme that reflects the purpose of your site well. Find the most unique theme that is attention grabbing at the same time.

Designing a website in WordPress

The WordPress themes are available in different categories such as video, travel, business, real estate, magazine, restaurant theme etc. You can even subscribe to the premium membership forgetting exclusive WordPress themes.  The theme must be synchronized with the idea of your site. Suppose that you are running a website about leather goods. The theme of the website should hence have the leather products.  The website must be simple.  People don’t like visiting such websites that are complex to navigate. Even if your website is attractive and it has got the best theme, if there is no ease of navigation then no customer will like to visit it ever again.  The WordPress websites are mostly user friendly.

The WordPress blogs

WordPress development is very much helpful in creating blogs.  We all know how much money blogs can let you earn. You can create your very own website by using the WordPress templates. Usually the tools required for the development of WordPress website include a local server, browser, dummy content, text editor, and similar other tools. Creating an e-commerce website through WordPress is much easier than creating one in languages like PHP.  WordPress websites are quite cost effective.

Making your dream website through WordPress will not be a big deal at all. You won’t also need any kind of special training for developing your very own website. That’s why most of the developers are comfortable in working with WordPress more than any other CMS.

Top 4 Reasons To Choose WordPress

WordPress comes with lots of features don’t it? Tools, plugins, themes and plenty of other widgets make it the first choice of most of the developers out there. Today, there are a number of open source platforms available that are equally good as WordPress but why is still WordPress being preferred all over the world? Take a look at the top 4 reasons why WordPress development is being chosen these days:

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1.       Graphical flexibility

WordPress is an open source blogging that comes with a number of attractive themes. These themes are easy to use and they can be customized easily too. Tons of packaged themes are available. The graphical flexibility of the WordPress development means you can hire a template designer to make the most of the out this CMS. He can update the static look of your site through the CSS files and HTML coding. The designer can also make a customized theme for your website by merging different template files.  The theme structure will add flexibility to the design of the website.

2.       Structure flexibility

You can add a number of pages to your WordPress website and have them arranged in a hierarchy.  The multi-language support and domains can make this CMS development much more favorable.  You can easily add custom content too but for that you will need to use add-ons.

3.       User roles 

The most useful feature of WordPress is that it allows you to define user roles for your website. 3 administrative roles are being currently supported by WordPress. The users who can draft content are not allowed to publish. There are users who can draft and publish their content as well as that of other people. Lastly, there are users who can draft and publish their own content only. You can define more roles through add-ons.

4.       Web 2.0

WordPress is not just a dynamic content management system, it is also being widely used as a blogging tool. This web 2.0 functionally is used by most of the bloggers out there. It can let the visitors post comments and the visitors can even create their personal blogs using WordPress. You can also use it as social networking platform by using the add-on modules letting your visitors create their own groups and make friends. Users can also publish RSS feeds for their content.

There are more benefits of using WordPress too. The community support and SEO friendliness of the website makes it much more prominent among the other content management systems. If you wish to add some advance features to your site, you might be able to understand what to do because for this the knowledge of core structure is required. But no problem, you can readily find the WordPress developers. You will have to make sure you hire a WordPress developer from a reputed PHP development firm if you wish to get the best results.

On the whole, everyone will find WordPress a lot useful. It will make simple and attractive websites that will be loved by the visitors. That’s all what any business might need.

 

WordPress in your language

By default, WordPress is available in English Language [US] when it is used by millions of webmasters the world over for the sake of their websites.

This is the man language that is used to upload content onto websites that employ WordPress for their content generation.

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However, it is true that since WordPress is used across the globe, across different cultures, many people may not be comfortable with using English as a medium of conversation, especially people from nations such as Iran and China etc. who do not approve of any culture more than their own and their leaders speak their own language wherever they go!

WordPress in your local language

Therefore, for all those people who think this way, WordPress has introduced WordPress in your languagesuch that WordPress is made available in many different languages, which means that content can be uploaded in the mother tongues of different cultures and communities the world over.

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This naturally has a very positive effect, especially for websites such as those dedicated to poetry etc. where content loses its impact if it is not uploaded in the tongue it is written in but uploaded in English Language instead.

This is therefore a thoughtful addition on the part of the WordPress team and it has stuck a chord with all those people who wish to see their workings in their own language.

For instance Iran

For instance, the official website of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, www.president.ir, is in Persian, amongst other languages that are supported, all thanks to WordPress development team.

Multilingual support

Moreover, another very useful feature of WordPress themes is that they can support MORE THAN ONE language at one and the same time which practically means that they are translation ready.

Therefore, should you feel more comfortable in one language as compared to the other, you can simply shift to that language and review content posted on a website in your language of choice.

Therefore, multilingual websites can be very convenient in such a way that the locals can read content in their own language and feel comfy.

While people logging in form outside their country can review what they are communicating to the world almost equally comfortable using the multilingual option, so both parties are satisfied that way.

 

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A small point to note here is that when WordPress is available in your language of choice, then, everything converts to that language, the tabs that you need to press to upload content, all the icons, everything translates from US English to your chosen language

So, when you want to press the “back” button….it won’t say back, it would say the translated term in your language…

Country codes for WP language pack

Also, it is very easy to install what is known as the WordPress Language Pack to support multilingual content on your website, you do not need to go through a lot of trouble to accomplish that feat.

Just select the country codes for your country to convey to WordPress which format of a language you want since there can be many formats for a singular language. For instance, English [UK] or English [US].

Therefore, once you are done with selecting the country codes, you are all set to mount Multilanguages over you webpages. That’s it, you are done! Bravo!

WordPress or HTML- Which one is better?

With time, WordPress is becoming popular and it is replacing the static HTML websites.  If a comparison of WordPress and the traditional HTML website is made, then it’s obvious that the former one will prove to be far better.  Each day, more and more businesses are gaining an online presence.  These businesses need an effective system on which they can create simple websites and manage them according to their requirements. They need an effective platform on which they can manage their innovations.

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If you are about to develop a website for your business, here are a few guidelines that might help you in determining which CMS to choose:

WordPress is easier to use

Everyone by now must be aware of how to use WordPress for blogging. It is best for blogging. A number of plug-ins are available that can enable you to customize your blog or website both according to your needs.

WordPress is easier to manage than any other content management system. No HTML coding is required to mold the design of the website. You can even manage minor content updates easily. This is a lot tougher in a static HTML websites. Before you start building the website, you have to master HTML coding. That’s the only way you can actually make changes in the website. Even if they are minor changes, still coding will be required. This is not something which a common user can be familiar with.

On the other hand, a WordPress website can enable you to add pages within a few seconds.  No coding or professional assistance will be required.  Whenever you add new content on a WordPress website, the site map will immediately ping on Google, Bing and Yahoo automatically. This feature is not present in HTML.  All the content that you upload on your WordPress site will be stored in a database.  This saved content can be reused if you wish to make changes in your website again.  If you want to make such changes in your HTML website, you will have to start everything from scratch. It will be like building the website altogether.

On the go feature of WordPress

Do you know that you can make changes in your WordPress website even if you are on the go? The WordPress technology can also be used on your Blackberry, Android and IPhone.  There is no such feature available in the HTML website.

Are there any cons of WordPress?

We have just focused on the positive points of WordPress. Before choosing anything, you have to look at both the good and bad side in order to make everything the right choice. There are some problems with WordPress too. It cannot be as effective as HTML website for the e-commerce needs. Furthermore, if you have to produce content on your website frequently, then again WordPress will not be a good option. The traditional HTML website here will be safer to use. WordPress websites are also vulnerable to security. They are under the target of most of the hackers. HTML websites on the other hand are safer.

Setting Up A Blog Right From Scratch

People the world over have varying interests and hobbies and courtesy of the World Wide Web, they are interested in sharing them with those who have the same or nearly the same but are separated by physical distance, etc.

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Creating a WordPress blog is the first step in that direction and therefore that explains why every other person is interested in setting-up a WordPress blog that is dedicated to what they want to share with the rest of the world, all through the spider web of internet that spawn borders and continents.

Let us quickly take a look at what is required if you want your blog to be up and running very well, just as you envisioned it to be.

Looks Vis-a-Vis The Theme

I am sure that when you would have thought of creating a WordPress blog, you would have had pictured into your mind a very simplified version of how it would look like, the colors that it would beam with and attract audiences and the number of times it would mention your name! Yes?

Well, those looks and those “feels” of a blog are known as the theme in technical language and that is the display part of your blog; that is what “shows”.

These themes are all created by coders who know computer languages but if you do not know them, don’t worry, since you can purchase a theme over the web for your blog.

Content

Uploading interesting content would be the next step but there are a couple of things that you need to take very good care of, as far as content is concerned.

  • Ø Plagiarism

If you are going to update your blog with articles, you must ENSURE that all of them are original, that NONE of them have been copied from another website or blog and posted onto your blog!

Your blog will lose its respect amongst audiences if they get to know that you are recycling content and posting it for them to read and appreciate. That’s intellectual pollution you know and they will NOT appreciate that!

  • Ø Copyrights

This is a related issue and pertains to infringement of copyrights vis-à-vis pictures and videos, if you upload any of them to your blog.

The bottom-line is that you have to have the express permission of the owner of a picture or video before you can publish it.

This is because otherwise, you may be liable to stringent penalties in this regard, and may be fined heavily or your site put down in case of non-compliance with such guidelines.

Necessary Info About Your Blog

The blog that you create should have relevant information about anumber of aspects.

For instance, it should have an About Us page that tells incoming users about youand your blog.

Then, there must be a page for contacting the owners of the blog either via giving out an email address or via filling out a form to contact the administrators (you).

Also, there can be different pages for the different categories that you cover in your blog, a tab for each made available so that uses can jump onto the page they are most interested in right-away, by skipping all else.

All-in-all, the blog needs to be disciplined so that users do NOT have problems finding the information they are seeking and so there is what is known as a “low bounce rate” from your blog, which is a measure of the number of users leaving your blog after they log into it but do not find what they are looking for and hence leave.

A Couple Of Tips On Creating A Blog

There are many strategies that you can undertake to create a blog, but rest assured that only the solid ones, the ones that are based on deep thinking, well-founded suggestions and most notably good intentions, are going to succeed!

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Assuming that you want to be amongst the successful ones, here are a few tips that we have for you to take benefit of, should you have a couple of minutes to go through them.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is such a success story with blogs and websites because it has a very user-friendly interface. This means that an average user who is starting up a WordPress blog from scratch, who has no idea how it runs, which tab to press to perform a certain task, can easily manage his blog using WordPress, thanks to the WordPress development team that realized the strength of simplicity and user-friendliness; no wonder it is paying off for WordPress!

In addition to that, WordPress is all for free, you do NOT have to pay WordPress to be able to use all the features that it offers you because like so many others things that are offered free of charge to users, WordPress fortunately is part of that list. Bingo!

DOMAIN

  • Domain Choice

Surely if you are thinking of running a blog, you need a name for it, yes? Well, that is precisely one of the first things that you need to do to get started; choose a name for your blog.

The important thing to know is that your domain name should be catchy and it should clearly display in a word or a combination of words, what your blog is all about.

The name should attract audiences to log into your blog and see what you can offer them because the first impression that they get of your blog is going to be the name of your blog, called the domain name or simply domain and so there is every reason for it to be able to interest them.

  • Domain Type

Intertwined with choosing the domain name is the decision you need to make about the type of domain that you seek, and by that it implies the category that you would like to create your blog into.

For instance, you have to choose whether you are going to create a [.com] blog or a [.org] blog which is an acronym for commercial and organization respectively.

You will have to decide this when setting up your domain name since the chosen extension [.com] or [.org] will show EVERYTIME with your domain name.

Also, people will get to know of your intent of coming up with the blog of your choice; whether it is for commercial purposes or whether the blog is about an organization [.org] or even for education [.edu].

There is a consolidated list for the extensions to domain names and so you should go through it before deciding.

  • Domain Availability & Payments

Second, you have to make sure that the domain name that you choose is available for purchase over hosting services that are going to host your website over their servers.

The most popular hosting service that sells domains has its own website by the domain name of [godaddy.com]; you will have to search their database for availability of the name that you have come up yourself for your own website, along with the selected extension.

It is possible that your domain name is available for sale but not in your selected extension and so you will have to decide accordingly.

In addition, you will have to pay hosting services such as godaddy.com regularly on a monthly basis for storing ALL the info that you upload onto your website.

Getting Started With A Blog Over the Internet

Are you weighing your resolve to get started with a blog over the World Wide Web? If so, then we can offer you some tips that would make your effort disciplined by letting you benefit from the hit and trials of others who have been through the process already.

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Basics

The first and foremost thing that you need to get down to is to cleanse, yes “cleanse” your mind of the worries of setting up one such blog, a WordPress blog; the unknown fears that tell you that a lot of technical glitches are involved and that it is only the “highly talented individuals” who can come up to it….either you let go of such thoughts right-away or else you will have to let go of your intention to create a blog of your choice….so choose wisely!

Brainstorming

Next, coming down to the actual things that you need to do would be to brainstorm and decide on your niche.

There are millions of blogs active over the internet, and each of them targets a specific niche, such as technology, sports, design, SEO, retail, et cetera.

This is the first thing that you need to decide on and that decision itself would be based on your intention to come up with the blog.

For instance, if you love technology, then, you would choose a niche where you would be writing articles and creating videosand then uploading them to your blog on a daily-basis.

If you are interested in making money however by offering SEO services, you would go for a SEO related blog.

If you love sports such as cricket or baseball, you would choose accordingly.

Can You Hold It Long Enough?

Make sure you choose something that you can manage, something that you can continue in good times and bad, a niche that arouses sufficient interest in you to motivate you to keep taking it forward.

Experiencedprofessionals who have had their blogs running successfullyand audiences following them in great numbers, are of the opinion that newbies should create a blog only if they have a hobby that they want to display in a blog.

So, you have to think it over with a clear mind as to what interests you the most and what is it that you would not get bored with or lose track of once it is fully underway.

Greed Is A Bottomless Pit

They explain that newcomers should not be creating a blog for the sake of earning money or for getting famous overnight, irrationally counting on the power of the World Wide Web to take them placesall around the globe! That is certainly NOT what they suggest.

Instead, they make a point by saying that it is good if you want to make money out of your blog but understand that you should have a knack, a GENUINE interest, a solid liking for what you are doing because at the end of the day that is what is going to keep you going.

Nothing wrong with expecting financial rewardsina complete package that includes a lot of things, but everything wrong with making financial gains your topmost priority for creating a blog! Cheers!

HELP- NGO WordPress Theme

In today’s vast growing world of NGO’s, H.E.L.P is particularly designed for business organizations and NGO’s. This WordPress Theme is with the ease of modification. Fast skinning is allowed due to the inclusion of customized PSD files. The design is Responsive, with events, news and blog that is best suited for NGO’s.

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The Unique, On Demand Characteristics

NGO’s are all about events, so events, news and blog management is the key feature

The base of NGO’s is supported by funds and donations so donation widget is included.

HTML5 is valid, strict and with CSS.

PSD files are customized.

Custom graphics make it easy to change color skin and background to give alternate look.

Skin files are fast for quick design customization.

Detailed clean documentation is there.

Multi level Dropdown menu that is further improved with JQuery.

It offers compatibility with all new browsers i.e. Firefox, Chrome & Opera etc.

It has Quality source Code that is nicely formatted and commented for making editing swift.

For Help, Support or Queries

Although the documentation is clearly formatted so that you may not have any difficulty working with this item, yet help and support is always needed. So, for any help, kindly send us an email using the contact form available on our user account page. Don’t forget to mention the theme name, website URL and your queries in detailed form.

Help is usually provided within 24hours on weekdays, depending on the number of requests in queue. visits us at www.eurekaworld.com.pk

What Are The Things To Do After WordPress Installation?

After the swift 5minute installation, there are some 5+ things for you to do.

You can follow the instructions to get familiar with WordPress.

Configure the Permalinks

It is a very important step to do because configuring your permalinks option converts your unreadable url in a readable page url.

To do this, go to “Settings” > “Permalinks”

To choose how your url should look like, visit “Common Settings”, choose an option and click the “save changes button”

Install Some Essential Plugins

After installing WordPress there are some important WordPress plugins that you have to install. These essential plugins may include, Askimet, All in One SEO Pack, Gooogle Analyticator, Google XML Sitemaps, PageMash, W3 Total Cache, WordPress Database Backup.

Choose Your Desired Theme and Activate It

Just after installing WordPress, the standard theme appears. This theme may look weary or you may don’t like it. No problem! As there are many theming options for a lot of elegant themes.

Either you can buy a commercial theme, or utilize software to create your own innovative themes or simply download and activate a free theme from WordPress themes.

Exactly, the easiest is to install a free theme.

Go to “Appearance” > “Themes” (in the left menu). Click on the “Install themes” tab on the top of the page. Search for a theme (click on the “Search” button). Select a theme from the search result list, click the “install” link.  Activate this new theme.

Add your Categories

After installing only one category appears. For more you can create as much as you desire.

Go to “Posts” > “Categories”. Add a new category by filling in the fields. Click the “Add new category” button.

New category will appear.

If you want to change the default category, go to “Settings” > “Writing”.  Select another category next to “Default post category”. Click the “Save changes” button.

Add You RSS Feed To Google Feedburner

The great thing is that WordPress can create RSS feeds. But we will take benefit from Feedburner as it has a lot more features. Just visit you Google account and add your feed to Google Feedburner plainly in 3 easy steps.

Go to http://feedburner.google.com, Sign in. Add your feed, this feeds starts with “http://”, followed by your domain name, and followed by “feed/” (for example, http://www.wordpressninja.com/feed/)

Congrats! You have a Feedburner RSS Feed.

Claim you blog at Technorati.com

Technorati is among the most important blog directories and it’s important to add your bog in their directory. To do this, just sign up and claim your blog

DONE!

Thanks to WordPress for enabling the successful blog creation with easy installation and even easier processing. Enjoy!

Step By Step Process to deal with WordPress

After completing the swift 5 minutes Installation of WordPress or one click install from your web host, the question that arises in mind is “what’s next?”

Next level is to get informed about how the various functions and features work and how to make your new site your own. For that let’s take an informational step by step excursion to get acquainted with it. During the first few steps of this tutorial please do not change anything. After that, soon you will be able to change everything.

Log In

The first step is to log into the “administration area” or back end of your website. After placing “wp-admin” after your domain name (e.g. http://example.com/wp-admin), visit your site log in page. Now by using your password and user name, log into WordPress.

Start at the Top

Main Administration Screen called the Dashboard appears after logging in that is actually the brain behind your website, the desirable place where you can express your innovative ideas like writing enchanting prose thus making your website as appealing as possible.

The area “toolbar” appears at the top of the screen. After clicking on the link that is your site name, your new WordPress site will appear with its unique look. This is the place where your most of the time will be spent.

Test Drive your WordPress Site

Test drive enables you to catch an overall view that how it all works as its essential to see how WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme is laid out.

Right now, the layout you are looking at is called WordPress Theme that is the appearance, styling of your site. The WordPress TT Theme offers a “header” at the top with title and tag line for your site. Below will appear the menu and along the side some titles and links. This consists Widgets and the middle of the page contains body, the content area and footer appears at the bottom.

Come look at the post, there is title, below is the date the post was written, then the essence, the content of post and eventually some data about the post. This is called post meta data, containing the category of the post etc. Scrolling down the page will bring you to the footer which says “Proudly Powered by WordPress.

Different sections with information will appear at the back of side bar, including some Recent Posts, Comments, Archives, Categories, Links to Administration section, RSS feed and Log Out.

Some Minor Details

Minor details about the layout and design of the page are good to consider as you will need to make some modification to escape from monotony. Move your mouse over the title of post, look how it changes color. It is called a hover.

A Quick Trip Around

For this time you have only one post residing within a page that is laid out as your home page. Clicking on the title of the post will bring to the actual page of the post.

Posta are usually stored in Categories or Tags so you can keep related posts together. Some designers give alternate, different design to each post page. Changes are made from only few files called template files. To learn more about, Stepping into Templates can help.

Test Drive the WordPress Administration Screens

To be familiar with the backend of your web site lets test drive the WordPress Administration. In this regard, Dashboard at the very first page contains a collection of details and information about the activities and actions on your site.

Main navigation menu on the left side of the screen includes details about those administrative functions that you can perform. Moving your mouse down the list will bring sun-menus and choosing “parent” navigation section will open all the options included in it. The various menu items will include, Dashboards, Posts, Media, Links, Comments, Appearance, Plug-in, User, Tools & Setting. Clicking on these will bring you to different articles to help you out and getting informed.

Next to minor features come the gigantic features of the WordPress Admin which are as follow:

Quick Changing the Look

The appearance theme screen allows you to change the look of your site swiftly. Hundreds of appealing themes are available for you that are designed by expert WordPress designers and users as well. WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme can help in this respect. Simply click on the Activate button under a theme and blinking of the eye will bring you to another world with changed perspective.

Writing and Managing Posts

In the Administration screen, take a glimpse of the Posts Screens. For managing and writing the posts, tabs under the post menu can be used. Let’s experiment your test post in Add New tab.

The Codex code on writing post will take you step by step in writing the post if you are hesitant to continue by your own. Read through the article and post your first entry, then, return to this article and we are here to take you to other step.

Begin with a catchy title, then, move onto the message and after writing, click Publish button that is on right side of the post entry window. You can view your post by clicking your site name in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

Feeling exhilarating to view your post being published? That’s cool!

Let’s move onto some bigger objectives.

Planning Session

Planning is what personifies the aim. For a successful and vibrant, solid website, solid planning plays a vital role. So, from leisure let’s move to copy and pen, do some manual work, use the mind, use the senses and define the real purpose working behind your web site.

Question it, “What are you going to do with it?”

It will give you a clear Sharpe direction to continue with.

Using the Information

As the audience usually involves young generation so information should be used in the way as to attract the attention with lively, fashionable, funky graphics. Give your purpose statement in clear terms defining your aim or goal.

Then, jot down your topics that are called categories. If the date of posting may cause threat to the success of page then having links to your posts referenced by date is important. Or if the information is such strong, without the restrictions of time and space then having your posts referenced by category is preferable.

What Information Do You Want to Share?

Consider the information the reader might need to know. A WordPress feature Pages makes it easy. Some common information includes, About Us, Contact Us, Sign up for Our Mailing list.

Comments

The dynamic interchange between you and the viewer is created by comments. Do you want comments on your post? Definitely, as it’s the best way to know how much compatible and creative you are. You can give your feedback too.

Put Posts in Categories

From the post>category screen, click on the tab for All Posts. The test post you entered will appear. Under the title of post, move your mouse, Edit, Quick Edit, Trash View links will appear. Click on Edit to edit your post. Now on the right side you will see Categories. Choose any of the category by clicking in the box next to it, hence your post is categorized.

Customizing Your WordPress Site

This informational guide tour must have made habitual to it. Now you are in position to customize your site. You can now find a favorable wordpress Theme, customize the look & enhance your website with plug-ins.

If you want to expand your website design or development skills, the Codex can help you a lot in terms of WordPress Theme Directory, Using Themes, Theme Development, Stepping into Templates & Files, Blog Design & Layout, CSS Overview, Techniques & Resources, FAQ, and CSS Fixing Browser Bugs.

If you are familiar with HTML, PHP you can easily customize WordPress the way you want.