If you don't know what Wordpress is, it's a content management system (CMS) that lets you build and manage websites quickly. If you want to install it on your website, simply log in to your cPanel, go to Fantastico and click on Wordpress and make a new installation.
The thing about Wordpress is that -and this is what most website owners complain about - while it's convenient to use, its design is not as flexible as designing your own website through HTML.
However, all is not hopeless because you can actually make web design customizations to your Wordpress websites. How? By knowing the different parts of a Wordpress website that you can customize. These are the following:
Whether they are simple or complex, almost all Wordpress themes allows you to customize the header. If you're not a designer, having a customized header can be way out of your league, however, you can have a header designed for only $5 on Fiverr.com.
The header is a major component in a website design. It's the first thing that your website visitors will notice when they visit your website. So, you should make sure that the header tells something about your brand.
2. Side bars
You can use left-hand sidebars and right-hand side bars on your Wordpress websites. You can also use both side bars, but this really depends on the Wordpress theme you are using.
3. Color scheme
Again, depending on your theme, you can change the general color scheme of your website to match your niche. There are certain colors associated with different niches: Red for the dating niche and green and blue for the health niche.
Widgets are also another way that you can add design elements to your Wordpress installation. Simply add text or html code to insert an element design. Widgets are very useful for inserting banners and other types of images.
5. Background image
Background images are also another way to you change the look and feel of your website. Your Wordpress theme could come with a cache of different background images, however, if it doesn't, you can always buy background images through stock image websites.
You may think that Wordpress is very limited in design but you can actually make changes and add design elements at the parts mentioned above.
About Wordpress Themes
Not all Wordpress themes are not created alike and while there are themes that are very simple (like that default theme when you first install Wordpress), there are also themes like Flexsqueeze that let you make a lot of changes to the design, from color scheme, header to background image.
Depending on the purpose of your website, using a simple theme could be better than a fancy theme. If your purpose is to capture email addresses, use a simple theme where visitors are practically “forced” into giving up their email. On the other hand, if you want to build an authority site or a shopping site, using a fancier theme is definitely better.
Are you trying to make money online as an Internet marketer? If so, have you found many successful niches that producing income for you? Many marketers have discovered they do best with niches that they know something about. Even better, if you have a real passion for some hobby, you can often turn that passion into cash by developing it into a money making niche.
It makes sense that when you feel passionate about a hobby you will want to share it with others --- especially people who share your passion. Let's just say that collecting antique bottles is your hobby. You have hundreds of bottles in your collection and you understand a thing or two about appraising them and what makes them valuable. Could that be something you could promote online?
Why not start with a blog about collecting antique bottles. Perhaps you could include individual blog posts about your more valuable bottles. You might include photos of each bottle and maybe tell a story about where you found them. You might explain the steps you follow to determine the value of a bottle. People that share your passion will find this information very interesting.
Whenever you are writing a blog, try to keep the human element at the forefront. For instance, it is not enough to just show photos of bottles with prices under them. Tell funny stories about your searches; talk about the places you have traveled to to find bottles. Explain mistakes you have made in the process. Include photos of yourself and your family members on one of your road trips. Keep your posts interesting and your readers will keep coming back for more.
Now, how can you monetize your blog? Obviously you might put some of your bottles up for sale. If you do, set them aside in a section of the blog set up just for sales. You can refer to these sales pages in your blog posts, but do not overtly try to sell any of your products in your actual posts.
Another way to make some money may be to write a book or do a video series about how to collect antique bottles. You may explain in the book how you first got interested and then give helpful instruction for someone new to the hobby.
There may be affiliate links to other companies that sell antique bottles, or you may use Amazon links to sell books on the subject. Adsense may be another way to create income with your blog.
Creating an email list is a good way to keep in touch with your readers and let them know when you post a new page to your blog. People who are as interested as you are in your hobby will want to know when you post more information - especially if they find it entertaining.
As you can see, Internet marketing is a great way to make money with your hobby. If you have something you are passionate about, why not consider it as a money making niche - and start your very own blog on the subject?