If you are making your first-ever website on WordPress in South Africa, make sure you get this beginner checklist right.

WordPress in Brief

WordPress is a completely free and open-source content management platform. It is a popular content management system popular for its simplicity and flexibility. In fact, there are more than 265,000 WordPress websites functional in South Africa alone.

A CMS (content management system) requires a set of skills such as web designing and development to pour personality and identity into your website. However, WordPress is very beginner-friendly as well. If you are making your first-ever website, WordPress has many beginner-friendly tools to help you build one. And the good side? You do not necessarily require any technical background to make one.

So, let’s see what the checklist a beginner WordPress website builder should follow in South Africa.

The Beginner WordPress Website Checklist in South Africa

1. Purchasing a domain

And we are starting off with an optional, yet the most important checklist item. If you are just making your first-ever website for ‘fun and experimentation’, you basically do not need a domain. You can still publish that WordPress website with the ‘yourwebsite.wordpress.com’ domain. That is the default free domain WordPress provides.

On the other hand, if you are a serious business making a website, this is an important checklist for you. There are many affordable options available in South Africa, such as Xneelo, Afrihost, and Cybersmart.

Related: Website Hosting in South Africa

2. Selecting a Layout and Theme

As a beginner making a free website on WordPress, your selection of themes will be relatively limited. However, there will be still plenty of options to choose from. The basic layout includes header, footer, and body content. How you would want to arrange them is up to you. However, for inspiration, you can also choose a WordPress template to work on. The templates will have in-built themes as well.

3. Writing Content

Next, you would want to fill your website spaces with content. The content is why a visitor would want to stay on your website. In South Africa, small businesses can get creative to attract the potential target audience to their website. Make sure the content is sophistically placed and that you follow the ‘white space’ rule. Vennage has a great article about white spaces.

If you are interested in some advanced workarounds with white spaces, here’s a neat article by NameHero.

4. Optimising Content

When we talk about content optimisation, we are really talking about Search Engine Optimisation. Search Engine Optimisation allows your website to be discoverable on Google and other search engines.

The simple gist behind SEO is that you choose certain keywords or keyphrases, and build your content around that. Of course, there’s more to that. But if you have no experience with SEO at all, you can take the help of WordPress plugins such as Yoast SEO to improve your SEO score.

5. Plugins!

WordPress plugins will make your life easy, trust us. Optimise your website with a set of useful WordPress plugins such as XML Sitemaps, Yoast SEO, and Akismet Spam Protection. The main role of these plugins is to assist you in maintaining your website, improving functionality and optimisation, and securing the website.

For more information, we do have a detailed article on WordPress plugins here.

One important thing. You should not overdo or overload your website with plugins. Always make sure to use what you exactly need, remove unnecessary plugins, and keep your website clear of outdated plugins. This way, your website stays optimised and secured.

Final Words

These are the five most important items for a WordPress website checklist in South Africa. Follow this checklist and watch your (free) website grow to a certain extent. Of course, websites with free domains naturally tend to do poorly on search engine results and you would need advanced assistance to fully kick-start your website.

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