The Architect’s WordPress Website Launch Guide

Step Three – Customize Your Website

Good job, now your site is live! Here is where you will use the username you wrote down from above. To access your new site, go to [username].wpengine.com . This is what your clients will see when they visit your site.

What you see here is the default WordPress “look”. Now we need to customize your site; here’s how:

Open a new browser window and put it on the right of your new web page, like this:

New WordPress Site

Your New WordPress Site

Direct the new browser window on the right to http://[username].wpengine.com/wp-admin. Login using your username that you wrote down from above and the password you chose.

This will take you to the WordPress “Dashboard”. On the left-hand menu, hover over “Settings” -> “General”:

Wordpress Dashboard

WordPress Dashboard

For “Site Title”, enter the name of your firm [ex. Best Architects]. For “Tag Line”, enter a brief description of your site [ex. The Best Architects on the Planet].

Go back to the left browser window and reload the page to see the changes. Looking good. And that’s it!

Congratulations! Your new WordPress web page is now live!

And now the fun part begins – making your website truly yours. When you are ready for this, click here to begin.

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Enoch Sears
 

I am a licensed California architect who loves researching and sharing about running a great architecture business. I founded Business of Architecture to help solo architects and small firms run a better business so they can have the peace of mind to focus on creating great architecture.

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James Reid - July 22, 2013

Rather than using WordPress, I’ve looked into using SquareSpace.com. They are able to integrate with Google Apps and the domain I registered when I set up my Google Apps account. SquareSpace have detailed instructions and videos detailing the steps to set up a custom domain name.
The templates on SquareSpace are all highly flexible and they are also offering more detailed developer options with their SquareSpace6 beta. Prices vary, but I’m looking at $16/month billed annually with the ‘gimme10′ offer code for a small discount.

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    Enoch Sears - July 28, 2013

    Hi James and thanks for adding to the conversation! Yes, SquareSpace is a great option for an architect’s website, though not my personal first choice.

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christian fekete - June 19, 2013

I have recently started using Zoho. I have found that this contact management online system works ok, it has different modules , client, contact, tasks, projects etc… and you can customise it rather easily. I find it frustrating for the lack of communication between the different modules. It is also one of the cheapest CRM around and hosted online so, available from iphones, laptops etc….
My original goal was to create a universal tool for keeping contacts and manage them efficiently. It has tons of apps although not all free. and a pay as you need system
Has anybody used it and what is the feeling overall?

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Brian Boatright - April 15, 2013

Something has changed. Google Apps does not appear to have the free version, unless you’re talking about the trial version that uses you@yourcompany.mygbiz.com.

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    Enoch Sears - April 15, 2013

    Brian, you are correct! I need to update this Website for Architects guide! About 4 months ago, Google did away with the free version that they had offered for years. Users that had the free version were able to keep it (I have an account) but future users need to go with the paid version. My current recommendation is to use the paid version of Google Apps or the Microsoft 365 cloud service that has a similar and competitive pricing structure. Microsoft Office 365 Premium is $12.50 US per user and includes the popular Microsoft Office Software suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc). Here is the link: Microsoft Office 365 Premium. The Google App version is $5.00 US per user can be found here. Thanks for catching this, I’ll update the post soon!

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