I'm in the process of designing my new web-site which is going to be put together in WP by someone else as I don't have a clue how to.
I'm wanting to move to WP as I really like how easy it is to add content and alter stuff from the admin panel as my old Flash site was a pig to do.
Anyhow. I understand about the basic pages to include like any site but as I look at a lot of other WP sites they seem to have lots of other content like links to Twitter and so on.
Just a quick question to see what you consider a must or at least desirable things to have in there.
I just don't want to get it all done and have one of those "DOH!" moments.
I consider a WP site just like any other site. What did you consider important to have on your old website? Is it important to you for people to reach you through social media (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc)?
For me WP can be adapted like other sites. You have widgets etc, which are cool, but when it comes down to it SEO is king. My site is WP except for the index/splash page, but I make sure I have SEO pumped in to the site as much as I can without it going buggy on Google. So behind the scenes- not so much on the site- I use a plug-in for SEO (SEO-All-In-One). Then I make sure my content is driven to attract visitors. Make sure the nav is easy to get to. That I'm hitting my primary targets with the function of my site.
Plug-ins *can* come later since that's back end stuff that has to do with you publishing posts. But my suggestion is you should ask yourself these question for any website, no matter how it's put together:
1. What's its function?
2. Are you achieving that function?
3. How can people access you?
They're my personal top three. And I'm always working and changing my site to try and get these clear in my head, it's always fluctuating and transforming!
::What did you consider important to have on your old website?::
Something to engage the viewer, get what I do across and encourage them to take a look around.
::Is it important to you for people to reach you through social media (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn etc)?::
Not at the moment but this is something I understand is becoming more important and I feel I should be heading this way.
I've been falling back on my behance profile to show new work as it's so bloody easy compared with my old site.
I've decided to have a kind of splash page/landing page (I'm thinking it's called that:) with a different, random graphic to enter the site and the site itself is going to be a pretty standard portfolio site.
Quite simple and similar to many that you see with a header, a slideshow and some recent work below.
Then the usual pages like about/info, portfolio, contact, news/blog and so on so not re-inventing the wheel or anything.
I'm keeping it fairly minimal but the things I've really specified is that I can change the headers and footers easily as I do have a short attention span and I'm not that tech savvy.
Also I'm wanting a random footer to load on each page visit.
The guy that's doing it for me is really hot when it comes to WP so I'm under no doubt he can deliver anything I want.
It's just that I need to tell him what I want.
I've done a skill trade with him and the site he's putting together is full on and tricked up with parallax effect and everything so he knows his stuff.
Mine on the other hand could be grabbed from a template and as someone pointed out to me when I showed them the layout "could be knocked out in an hour".
I'll deffo ask about the SEO and check out that plug-in you suggested.
Also good to know that I can add as I go along.
Don't worry about using a plugin for SEO, nowadays they're pretty pointless, plus add bloat and can sometimes cause issues with some themes/frameworks. If the website is built well then it's all about the content, which is where good copywriting comes in, not a plugin. Make sure whoever is building the site gives you the ability to write your own page meta descriptions via a custom field (advanced custom fields best solution), and everything else is on page content plus off page SEO, which no SEO plugin can do for you.
And the rest is as they say above, work out how best to reach your audience and add those features to your site. I'd also focus on something that delivered your content with as few "clicks" as possible.
Be wary, not all themes are created equal. Some (many) are horrendously built and take almost as much work to customise as it would to build one from scratch. If a potential client comes to me and starts off with "I've got this theme I bought that I'd like you to use...", I usually run the other way.