Vision Writing: Themes and Plug-ins: Creating A Blog or Website Series #3

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In my previous article, Hosting: Creating A Blog or Website Series #2, I mentioned the Blue Host Inc. hosting service and a few pre-purchasing details. What happens after though? Here are some personal recommendations, experiences and tips;

So, you’ve purchased a hosting service. That’s great, but did you write everything down? One suggestion is to make a spreadsheet. Nothing fancy, just a place to write phone numbers, domains, sub domains, passwords, etc. In fact, a simple notepad or word processing program works too. The point is to write down the information and save it for future use.

As a beginner myself, a free theme is a really good idea. After installing WordPress software onto the new hosting service, the initial theme that is provided with it is free, but also plain and boring. There are hundreds of free themes to replace the standard default theme. There are also premium themes that cost between $20 and $50 or more. Stick with the free themes for a little bit. Why? You will get a much better idea of where to purchase well designed and reliable themes, how they operate, what themes are available and a much better idea of the features that you require or want from a premium theme.

• Themes are merely not only add-ons to the WordPress software, but they are cosmetic layouts that modify the look and feel of blogs or websites. Simply install the theme right over the present theme.
• Plug-ins are also add-ons to the WordPress software, but they are not just cosmetic. Plug-ins add software functionality to the way WordPress software operates.

The same suggestion also applies to plug-ins and premium plug-ins. Although plug-ins are much less expensive than premium themes, free plug-ins are a good choice.

As I tried different free themes, Catch Themes provided several free theme options and free support. Once I found out that Catch Themes had a really nice set of premium themes and a great premium support system, I naturally opted to use them as my premium theme provider.

The Vision Writing Blog Website uses the Catch Evolution Pro theme. Although there is a free version, I felt comfortable enough to just purchase the premium version right away… I whole heartedly recommend using their free themes for a while. If the time comes for you to buy a premium theme, then, you pretty much have the decision made.

A plug-in that I recommend is Users Ultra Plugin. The Users Ultra Plug-in interface is not only slick and beautiful to look at, but the plug-in also covers login pages, registration pages, user’s directory, front-end upload system for posts and articles and much more. The creators offer excellent support and work diligently to develop UU into a premium plug-in. If the plug-in does develop into a premium version… it’s worth every penny.

The above is just a review or insight into using WordPress. More complex and extensive information is available elsewhere. There are hundreds or plug-ins and themes available. Maybe you could mention your preference and the reasons why in the comments section?

If you have not done so already, why not register at www.visionwriting.marklvolz.com today? You could leave comments, questions, suggestions or even write you own articles.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this website pages, posts and advertising images are considered "affiliate links." This means if you click any such link and make a purchase of any products or services within a certain time frame (eg. 24 hour), I will receive an affiliate commission. In reality, these are purchases that you could make whether or not the advertising images or links are located on my blog website. The commission that I receive goes to support the website. Understand that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to site visitors and members. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

About Mark Volz

Vision Writing's very own site creator, administrator, and site author was recently published in "50 Haikus" (Haiku poetry publication) and is now undertaking content writing and word-press blog website design. As an upstate New York native, besides writing, he enjoys computer gaming and, software manipulation, low-level programming, hardware configuration, internet surfing and research and the warm weather beauty of central New York. He also continues to enhance his education through SUNY-IT CPE Online Courses regarding technology and writing (www.linkedin.com/in/volzmark/).