WordPress. It’s a free Content Management System (CMS) that takes everything from your favorite anime fan site Rolling stone Online presence of the magazine. In fact, WordPress.org, a website that houses the open-source software, states that WordPress powers 43 percent of sites on the World Wide Web. That’s a lot of people and businesses running WordPress-powered websites.
WordPress is a remarkably flexible CMS with tons of themes and plug-ins (more on this in a bit) to enhance front-end and back-end experiences. No coding is required unless you really want customized website feature or layout. As a result, building a WordPress-powered website is not particularly difficult. Still, those who are not familiar with the process may need guidance. Let us be your guide in your content-creation journey, breaking down everything you need to know about WordPress. You will have a site up and running in less time.
WordPress.Org vs WordPress.Com
Let’s start with some background. WordPress.org is the place to download the CMS, as well as themes and plugins. WordPress.org urges you to self-host the WordPress installation by pointing you to a third-party host, as it does not supply a web hosting package. If you decide to go this self-hosted route, please note that there are many excellent, third-party web hosting services that offer robust, flexible plans for less than $10 per month. Some of these services also boast dedicated WordPress hosting plans. Some PCMag’s Editors’ Choice winners to consider are A2, Bluehost, and WP Engine. A self-hosted WordPress installation gives you the freedom to install almost any theme or plug-in you want.
It’s important to highlight that in addition to WordPress.org, there is also WordPress.com—and that the two are not the same thing. The latter is a blogging platform owned by Automattic co-founded by Matt Mullenweg, a prominent WordPress developer. WordPress.com differs from WordPress.org in that it offers free and paid hosting services. However, it has some limitations. For example, none of WordPress.com’s offerings allow you to use Secure Shell (SSH) to access your servers or File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to tamper with code. You can do this with WordPress.org, as it requires you to use it with a third-party host. And, only WordPress.com’s top-tier Business plan lets you install third-party plug-ins. Getting started with WordPress.com is probably a little easier, but if you go the self-hosted route, you have more control over your site, and that’s what we recommend.
What Happens in a Domain Name?
If you’ve been entertaining the idea of building a website, you likely already have a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), or domain name, in your mind. It could be the name of your business, your weekend band, or just a vanity play. This is an extremely important choice, as your domain name is an important branding element, so do your research, choose something memorable, easy to type, and punchy—and be prepared to find out that your first few choices have already taken over. went.
If you want to look presentable to guests, especially those you want to pay for, you should choose a custom domain name that ends in .com, .net, or other relevant extensions. You don’t want a non-custom URL that includes the name of the webhost, like joescoolshop.blogspot.com.
Also note that domain name prices can range from extremely cheap to extremely expensive, depending on whether or not domain squatters want to flip a valuable piece of online real estate. Check out How to Register a Domain Name for Your Website to see what it takes to grab a URL. How to get a free domain name for your website is another strong starting point.
Choose a WordPress Theme
What is a subject? In short, it is a template for a website design, which includes everything from the layout to the fonts to the types of modules available. Your website needs a face that is attractive, welcoming, highly functional and non-threatening.
You can give your WordPress site a great look by using a quality theme, and adhering to the latest web standards and conventions. If you want to post on a simple blog, a free theme may suffice. But, if you have any professional aspirations, you will have to shell out some money for a premium WordPress theme. Plan on paying a one-time fee somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 for a high-quality, single-use commercial theme. You can expect to pay more than $1,000 for an extended license that provides you, or a customer, a theme that you can sell to others.
Premium themes usually have more functionality and zero branding from the company that created the theme. Check out themes from designers who update their work frequently. WordPress gets updated frequently, and you want to make sure your site stays up to date. You don’t want it to break as a result of the update, nor do you want to be deprived of the benefits of the latest developments and features.
Luckily, we have already put together a guide that will help you find the best WordPress theme for your blog. After all, a good theme is one that meets your needs. For example, photographers should not install a text-focused theme; They should roll with one that highlights galleries and slideshows. Therefore, carefully consider the needs of your site and the eyes of your clients before you open your wallet to purchase a WordPress theme.
Choose your WordPress plug-in
WordPress’s rich plug-in library is another reason why a CMS is attractive to so many individuals and businesses. It has many website-enhancing tools, including search engine optimization, or improving SEO, creating user forums, and managing comments. If you can think of functionality you’d like to add to your WordPress setup, there’s almost certainly a plug-in for it. Plug-ins we would recommend as part of the “Plug-in Starter Pack” include:
- Protect WP Admin. Each WordPress installation uses the same admin panel URL extension, making a hacker attack relatively simple. This plug-in lets you customize the default admin URL to help thwart nefarious hacking conspiracies. If they can’t find the /login URL, the trolls are likely to go on a hunt for the low-hanging fruit.
- All in One SEO Pack. If you want people to find your site through Bing, Google or Yahoo search engines, then install this plug-in. It offers site-enhancing sitemaps, title customization, and other Groovy features.
- Akismet Anti-Spam. Consider this a plug-in wall that prevents your blog from being infested with comment-section ads for foreign wives and masculinity pills. Speaking of comments, you should also install…
- Discus commenting system. It replaces the default WordPress commenting system, and gives you several administrative tools to help keep things civil in the snake pit known as Internet public forums.
Those are just four useful plug-ins that can improve your WordPress experience. There’s more, so we encourage you to explore the WordPress.org plug-in library to find others. At the time of writing there are about 60,000 plug-ins to read.
Optimized and Managed WordPress Hosting
Many web hosts offer some form of WordPress hosting in a customized or managed environment. Both types of feature platforms are designed specifically for WordPress. In each, the CMS comes preinstalled, so you don’t need to download and set up a WordPress installation as you would when using a traditional web hosting environment.
Depending on the web host, you may enjoy a variety of site-friendly features, including automatic data backup, page caching, and automatic CMS updates. Please note that some web hosts restrict select plug-ins, as they may mimic features already built into customized or managed setups, or they may negatively affect your site’s performance.
Managed WordPress builds on optimized WordPress hosting in a few key areas. Your website will be assigned a customer support squad that is not only super-knowledgeable about all things WordPress, but also ensures that you don’t have to go into the backend of your site to do anything other than create content. No need to worry. Managed WordPress hosts, such as Media Temple and WP Engine, typically offer site-staging for posts and pages so you can test them out before they go live. They often also include automated malware detection and removal, and advanced protection.
Keep in mind that the dividing line between optimized WordPress and managed WordPress is quite thin at times, depending on the host you use. Be proactive and contact a web host’s customer support team to learn the specifics of their WordPress hosting.
contact customer service
Consider this a tip we hope you’ll never need again. If a problem occurs with your WordPress installation, you may need to call or live chat with customer service. If you have installed WordPress on the servers of a third-party host, you will need to contact said host, such as GoDaddy, for example.
Conversely, if you roll over with WordPress.com, the customer service experience will vary. With WordPress.com’s most basic (free) plan, any questions you may have regarding your installation are handled by the community. If you want professional support from WordPress.com’s customer support team, you’ll need to sign up for one of the premium plans.
get started with wordpress
If you’re ready to get started with WordPress, take a look at our top picks for WordPress hosting services specifically aimed at small businesses. And our How to Create a Website Primer has lots of useful information that can apply to your WordPress site as well.