52 Links to Help You Build Your WordPress Website

WordPress logoIs a portable career part of your plan for an untethered expat life? If it includes a WordPress blog or website, here are 52 links to help you get started. I’ve tried to arrange them in roughly the order you’ll need them. (And yes, some of them are affiliate links.)

    Domain Name Registration and Hosting

  1. Domain Name registration with Namecheap. During the Olympics, get a discount with the coupoon code OLYMPICSUMMER.
  2. WordPress hosting with Dreamhost
  3. WordPress hosting with Bluehost
  4. WordPress hosting with Hostgator
  5. Downloading and Installing WordPress

  6. Download the latest version of WordPress
  7. Filezilla, a free FTP program
  8. WordPress Themes

  9. Why you should never, ever download free themes from Google
  10. Studio Press, creators of the highly rated Genesis Framework and a wide variety of child themes
  11. Elegant Themes, creators of “amazingly beautiful” themes for WordPress. For a modest annual fee you can use all of their themes.
  12. Woo Themes, based on a solid framework with lots of designs and features
  13. Standard Theme for WordPress, a top choice for professional publishers
  14. Atahualpa Theme (free). I recommend this free theme — in fact I originally built Future Expats using Atahualpa. It’s robust, extremely versatile, and fairly easy to customize. It’s a good starting point for anyone who isn’t ready for a premium theme but wants a premium theme-like experience.
  15. WordPress Plugins

  16. Secure WordPress to improve your website’s safety and security. You can never make it completely hacker proof, but installing this plugin is one of the things you can do to avoid those opportunistic hacks
  17. Bad Behavior, another security plugin
  18. Exploit Scanner, because you can’t over-secure your website
  19. Database Manager, to help you with backing up your site
  20. Google Analytics for WordPress so you know where you stand
  21. To dress up your home page (depending on your theme), you might want to add the Dynamic Content Gallery. That’s what provides the slide show on the front page of this site.
  22. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin to display a list of posts your readers might want to see after reading the article in front of them
  23. Or you might want to try Link Within, which does the same thing but with images (that’s what I’m using now on this site)
  24. Make it easy for visitors to share your best stuff with Sexy Bookmarks
  25. If you’re going to be selling anything on your site, you’ll need top-quality landing pages. The best plugin for that is Premise by Studio Press, which now includes membership functions as well
  26. Another system for landing pages and more is Optimize Press
  27. For a dedicated membership site plugin check out Wishlist Member
  28. Need help with SEO and keywords? Scribe from Copyblogger Media is your answer.
  29. WordPress Books and Tutorials

  30. Blogging for Expats Tutorial Series
  31. How to Become a Successful Freelance Blogger
  32. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog
  33. BlogWise: How to Do More with Less
  34. Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers
  35. ProBlogger’s Guide to Blogging for Your Business
  36. ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging
  37. The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing
  38. Programs

  39. Site Setup Kit
  40. Wealthy Web Writer
  41. Third Tribe
  42. A-List Blogging Bootcamp
  43. Blog Marketing Academy
  44. Demolish the Technical Confusion: Live training workshops starting on August 7. Basic, step-by-step training on starting and running a WordPress website
  45. Blog Topics, includes writing advice and prompts, tips, tricks and more to help you with your blog’s content
  46. Blog Topics Master Class, a 16-week program
  47. Websites Specializing in Information for Building and Marketing Your WordPress-Based Business

    This is not a definitive list — I’m not sure there is such a thing — but these will all help you get off to a good start.

  48. WordPress
  49. Copyblogger
  50. ProBlogger
  51. David Risley
  52. Jon Morrow’s Boost Blog Traffic
  53. Make a Living Writing
  54. Authority Blogger Chris Garrett
  55. Sonia Simone’s Remarkable Communication
  56. Smart Passive Income
  57. Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity
  58. Kikolani

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