How to Host Your WordPress Site
Many of us have heard of WordPress, the world’s #1 content management system (CMS), but not many of us know exactly how to go about hosting our very own WordPress site. What’s even more surprising is that more and more businesses are moving to the platform every single day. According to HubSpot Blogs research, 59% of businesses have used or are planning to use WordPress in their marketing strategy.
WordPress can be used for anything from creating a simple personal blog to a more complex corporate website with hundreds of pages. It’s a flexible tool that can be used to build almost any kind of website you could think of. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about hosting your own WordPress site and giving it the best possible shot at being successful.
Choose A Hosting Provider That Is Suitable For Your Needs
The first and most important step to effectively hosting your WordPress site is finding a reputable, high-quality hosting provider. This is someone who understands WordPress and can give you excellent support if you ever encounter any issues.
There are many different factors that you need to consider when choosing a web host for your website. First and foremost, you want to look for a company that is secure, has a good reputation, and supports all the plugins and other add-ons that you might want to use.
The best web hosts for WordPress actively promote themselves as having a great support team and easy to use control panels. They also ensure that your website is completely virus free and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Typically, the higher the rating that a web host company has on the widely-used ranking site, Google Reviews, the better.
Choose A Domain Name That Is Suitable For Your Site
Once you’ve found a reputable host, it’s time to pick a suitable domain name for your site.
To ensure that you make the right choice, you must consider several factors. First, you want to pick a keyword-rich domain name that’s also memorable. If you’re having trouble coming up with a unique and memorable domain name, there are many tools like Google Domains that can help you find the perfect fitting name for your new website. One great thing about these tools is that they’ll even generate complete SEO-friendly URL’s for you to use.
Another important consideration is the tld (top-level domain) that you choose. As mentioned by Google, “tlds are the strings at the end of a domain name that indicate its meaning. For example,.com is the “common” domain, while.gov is the “government” domain.” This is important because not all browsers display all domains the same. For example, Chrome doesn’t support the.gov TLD, so the entire domain isn’t recognized when viewed from within the browser. You can choose a.com domain for your site and avoid any issues with support and security when using Chrome.
To further ensure the safety and security of your site, look for hosts that are located in high-security data centers that are also certified by reputable security companies like McAfee or Norton.
Purchase Your Domain Name And Set Up Your Web Hosting Account
After choosing a host and domain name, it’s time to purchase the former from a reputable provider. To get started, you’ll need to visit the network provider’s website and click on the Get Started button to be directed to their shared hosting plans.
From here, you can choose the amount of storage that you want for your domain (1GB to 12GB), along with the number of CPU cores and the amount of RAM that you want for the website (1GB to 12GB). Finally, you can choose the plan that you want from the shared hosting menu. We recommend the basic plan as it’s highly affordable and comes with all the features you need to get started.
When choosing the domain name and web host, make sure that you pick a name that you’ll be able to maintain. In other words, you don’t want to choose a name that’s already taken or is reserved by another user. Before purchasing the domain name and hosting, check to see if there’s any existing websites with the keyword(s) that you’re planning to use. This will help you avoid any potential issues with keyword spam.
Once you’ve created an account with your selected host, it’s time to set up your WordPress site with a clean, professional-looking default theme. To do this, visit the WordPress dashboard and click on the Appearance link in the navigation menu. From here, click on the Install button under the Activate button to download and install the WordPress theme that you choose.
Inspecting Your WordPress Site
After installing the WordPress theme, it’s a good idea to take some time to look over your site’s design. The best way to do this is to visit the dashboard normally and then click on the Theme Tour link located at the top of the page. This will take you to a new page where you can see an example of the theme along with its demo content.
From here, you can navigate to any section of the site to see how it looks.
The best way to see how any theme works is to look at how the built-in demos work. When viewing these demos, make sure that you’re in the Theme Tour section to see all the available themes. You can click on any of the demos to see how it works.
Inspecting Your WordPress Site From Head To Toe
After setting up your site with the default theme, it’s a good idea to take some time to look over the whole website from top to bottom. To do this, follow these steps:
- From the WordPress dashboard, click on the Appearance link in the navigation menu.
- Under the Theme section, click on the Theme Tour link.
- You should now see the example content along with the full-color, clickable buttons.
- To preview the site with another theme, click on the Preview button under the Activate button.
- Once the theme is installed, click the Customize button.
- From the Theme Options section, you can either switch to the default theme or create a truly unique and engaging website experience. You can’t do this from the Appearance menu, however.
Get Familiar With The WordPress Admin Panel
The WordPress dashboard is where you can access all the tools and features that you need to manage your site. To get started, click on the Dashboard link in the navigation menu and then click on the Welcome to the Dashboard button.
From here, you can click on the Posts button to see a list of all the content that was published on your site since you installed WordPress. To add new posts, simply click on the Add New button under the Posts section.
The next step is to click on the Settings button to see the numerous options that you have when it comes to the look and feel of your site.
Under the Settings menu, you can change the color scheme, the layout, and all the text styles for the entire site. To add further customization options, click on the Appearance menu and then click on the Theme Selector button.
Here, you can browse through all the available themes to choose from. When previewing a theme, click on the Use Live Preview button to see how it looks in action.
What’s great about themes is that they’re extremely easy to install. Simply click on the Install button under the Activate button and wait for the theme to install. Once it’s done, you can click on the Activate button to use the theme. To remove the theme, find the plugin that’s associated with it and click on the Deactivate button. To remove it completely, find the theme’s source code and delete it. You can then download a fresh copy from the WordPress repository.
For beginners, it’s recommended that they use the bundled WordPress themes to get started. These themes are completely free and come with all the necessary features needed to create a basic blog or website. After using these themes for a while, moving to a premium theme can be considered.
Installing Plugins To Give Your Site A Kick
WordPress is an open-source project that’s freely available for anyone to use. This means that there are thousands of plugins that can be downloaded and used to add additional features to your site. Some of these plugins are free, some are costs money. This is why it’s important to choose a host that supports all the necessary plugins that you might want to use.