The 5 Steps In Setting Up A WordPress Website
In this article, I'm going to fill you in on 5 steps in setting up a WordPress website, and break them down with a little bit of detail.
Here are the 5 main steps:
- Step 1 : Decide on which company you're going to use for your domain name and website hosting.
- Step 2 : Buy your domain name and website hosting.
- Step 3 : Install WordPress to your web hosting account.
- Step 4 : Install and setup WordPress plugins, and get the WordPress settings, set up properly.
- Step 5 : Choose which WordPress theme you're going to use, and install it.
Step 1 .
The reason I have step 1 set as " Decide on which company you're going to use for your domain name and website hosting", is that this is an important step.
Does which web host provider use make a difference?
Yes, it actually makes a huge difference. Website speed, and more importantly the stability of a web hosting company can make all the difference between search engines sending free traffic your way, or having it sit there like a derelict ghost ship that no one ever sees.
Step 2 .
After you decide on which company to go with, you make the purchase, and how this is done can save people a lot of money.
Website hosting can run from $ 5 / month, up to and over $ 200. Even purchasing your domain name can be from near zero, up to more than $ 20.
As in life, there is a right way and a wrong way to do things.
Step 3 .
There are different ways to install WordPress to your hosting account. Each webmaster learns his or her certain way of doing things, and once something is learned, if it works, why look for alternatives, right?
I have found the best way is to go in through your cPanel, aka "control panel". Depending on which company you are with, there could be different types of software installed that will upload WordPress for you.
A couple of the most common software platforms for uploading WordPress are Softaculous, and Fantastico Deluxe!
Step 4 .
How your website acts and responds, how it looks, how safe it is from hackers, and many other things depend on which WordPress plugins you use on your website.
How you set your plugins up, and even how WordPress settings themselves are set, makes big differences in many things.
Step 5 .
As with your plugins and settings, which WordPress theme you use not only controls how your website will look, but also how it "acts" and how many website visitors will come to it from search engines!
As of April 21st of this year, (2015), Google is rolling out a new algorithm that states if a website is not "mobile friendly", meaning it must work well on cell phones, tablets, and other things, it will not get a ranking in the search engines no matter how great the content is.
Your WordPress theme has a lot to do with your website being mobile friendly so we must choose wisely!
Final Thoughts On The 5 Steps In Setting Up A WordPress Website
It's true that one could look at the above as a lot more than only 5 steps in setting up a WordPress website, but this article was written to cover the basic overview and give a few tips.
There are a lot of great WordPress tutorials out there, and if you look around you may even find one that offers training on how to add content to your website, and add it properly.
If you follow the 5 basic steps above, and add content to it on a regular basis, you should have a website that will last a lifetime!