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How to Make a WordPress Website

If you’re part of a small church staff, the job of creating and maintaining a website might fall on your plate. Where to start? If that’s you, and if you’re using WordPress this Youtube video that’s had more than six million views can help you fill in the blanks.

Tyler Moore put the video tutorial together and takes you on a step by step journey to create a website.

The video shows you how to pick themes, use headlines, sub-headline, calls to action, full-size images, logos, navigation, social media buttons and even videos.

The video also gives you the steps you’ll need before creating your website, such as finding a web hosting service and securing a domain name.  There are even suggestions to help you get started.

This is not a short video so plan some time for viewing but there’s a wealth of information here that will reward your investment of time.

Here are some suggestions on optimizing your site for mobile viewing from smartphones.

These days, more than half of customers browse from their smartphones instead of computers. [As a] small business owner, FitSmallBusiness.com says that’s why it’s imperative to have a mobile-friendly website.

The good news is most of the top web-builders automatically create mobile-optimized websites for you. Known as “responsive” themes, these websites can detect the type of device you’re browsing from and automatically shift the content to give you the optimal experience. WordPress also has multiple responsive themes available.

That said, even if your website is responsive, it’s usually a good idea to make some additional adjustments for your mobile site. In general, you want to remove any excessive details. Your mobile website should focus entirely on your call-to-action – whether that’s getting users to call your business, fill out a contact form, join a mailing list, or make an online order.

Click-to-call buttons are especially helpful if you want mobile visitors to dial your business. This is a button that – when clicked from a mobile phone – automatically populates your business’ phone number into the visitor’s dialpad. An embedded Google Maps widget is also key for customers who are browsing on-the-go, as they can quickly bring up navigation to your church.

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Bob Ditmer has worked in Christian media for more than 20 years including positions with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Focus on the Family.