How to Map Your Website to WordPress
Many website owners consider WordPress to be the “gold standard” when it comes to content management systems. And, for good reason!
First off, WordPress is incredibly flexible. It can be used to create a blog or a fully-fledged website. It can also be used to create a completely custom site, with no limitations whatsoever. And, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can install the WordPress Multisite Network to create a network of websites, all running on the same platform.
Even better, installing WordPress is actually quite easy. You’ll only need to know how to copy and paste a few pieces of text to configure the software. After that, you’ll be able to jump right into launching and editing your website. Before you know it, you’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of a rock-solid content management system.
In this guide, we’ll discuss how to map your website to WordPress. We’ll cover everything from Step 1 (ensuring your domain is secured) to creating your database and configuring WordPress so it can be accessed from any device.
Step 1: Secure Your Domain
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you already have a website. Now is the time to start thinking about securing your domain. Luckily for you, we’ve got some good news. We’re going to teach you how to secure your domain so hackers can’t hijack your website. And, before we begin, let’s remember: this is going to be a long process, so it’s important to take your time and do it right.
Before you begin this process, you need to do some research about what are the most common ways hackers infiltrate websites. In most cases, it’s through a process called “hijacking”. When a hacker finds a way to hijack a website, they often try to use that website to spread more spam, launch cyberattacks, or simply to rob people of their personal information. And, if they’re successful, the damage inflicted by a hacker can be severe. Hence the reason why you need to take the time and do this right.
To prevent your site from being hacked, you need to take a few different measures. First, you need to make sure that your website is hosted on a secure website platform. This will help prevent hackers from accessing your site’s content. AHTTPS hosting is a good choice when it comes to keeping your site secure. It encrypts your data during transport, preventing eavesdropping and tampering. Other secure web hosting platforms, such as Dreamhost or Bluehost, also provide you with an extra layer of security, as they use encryption at the server level to protect your data.
As a security measure, you should also look to implement a two-step authentication system to prevent unauthorized access to your account. This could be as easy as asking users to enter a password every time they log in, or using a login module, such as the Bump API, to verify their identity. As you’d expect, this is not an easy feat to implement, but it’s an essential one if you want to keep your site secure. Without it, all the hard work you put into creating a beautiful blog could be for nothing.
Step 2: Install WordPress
Now that you have your domain secured, it’s time to install WordPress and begin laying the groundwork for your blog. First, you’ll need to download and install WordPress to your server. Once the software is installed, you can begin accessing the Dashboard, which will provide you with a blank slate to build your blog.
You’ll see the Dashboard is split into different tabs. The first one is “Settings”, where you can change a variety of settings, such as the WordPress theme you’d like to use on your site or the language in which you’d like content to be presented.
The second tab, “Media”, is where you’ll want to spend the bulk of your time. Here, you can upload and manage images and videos that can be used on your site. When it comes to video, you’ll want to make sure you have enough disk space to store all the files. Another thing you might want to consider is changing the settings for the videos you upload, so they can be played back more quickly.
As you’d expect, the “Discussion” tab allows you to start a discussion about any topic you’d like to talk about. And, last but not least, the “Links” tab will give you access to all the important links you need to know about, such as plugins, themes, and more.
When you’re done setting up your WordPress website, it’s time to log out and continue setting up your Shopify store. This is going to be a multi-step process, and depending on how advanced you want your store to be, it might take a while.
Step 3: Configure Your WordPress Database
Once you’re back on the Shopify platform, you can begin configuring your WordPress database. As the name suggests, the WordPress database is where all your posts and other content are stored. To create one, simply click on the “Databases” option in the left navbar, then click on the “Create New Database” button. You’ll be taken to a blank database page. Give the database a memorable name, such as “my_awesome_blog”, and click on the “Create” button.
From the dashboard, you can see that your new database has been successfully created. Now, inside the WordPress database, you need to perform a few basic tasks, such as setting up a password for the administrator and installing the WP-DB-Adapter plugin. This plugin will make connecting your WordPress and Shopify databases a breeze.
Once that’s done, you can return to the dashboard and click on the “WP-DB-Adapter” icon. This will install the plugin into your WordPress site. Now, when you visit your blog’s URL in a browser, you’ll see a small message, thanking you for installing the WP-DB-Adapter plugin. To finish the configuration process, click on the “OK” button to save your changes.
At this point, you should be able to navigate to your website with no problems.
Step 4: Configure WordPress to Accept Blogger and Email Sign-ups
As we mentioned before, WordPress is an incredibly flexible content management system, which means you can use it to build pretty much any type of website you can think of. One of the things you might want to do is allow outside content, such as Blogger users, to sign up for your email list.
To do this, go back to the “Settings” page and under the “General” heading, click on the “Site Admin” button. Here, you’ll see a variety of options, including whether or not you want to allow blogspot users to sign up for your email list. Another option is to have posts published to your site automatically tweeted to your social accounts. To do this, click on the “Twitter” icon and set the number of tweets you’d like to receive, then click on the “Save Changes” button.
Step 5: Set Up Email Accounts On Your Blogger Blog
Now that you have a custom website running on WordPress, it’s time to set up email accounts for the domain. To do this, go back to the “Settings” page and click on the “General” tab. Once there, you can select the email templates you’d like to use from a drop-down menu, then click on the “Save Changes” button.
Once that’s done, you can begin creating email accounts for the domain. Simply click on the “Administration” button under the “Site settings” heading and click on the “Create Email Accounts” button. You’ll be presented with a form, where you can enter the name of the email account, the username and the password. Take your time creating these email accounts and make sure you choose a username that will not be used by any other websites. Once you’ve entered the details for the first email account, click on the “Create Account” button to create the remaining email accounts.
Step 6: Install the WP-CLI
The last step of this tutorial is going to walk you through installing the WP-CLI. The WP-CLI, as you’d expect, is the command-line interface for WordPress, which allows you to perform a variety of functions with the software, from installing themes to setting up blogs and creating databases.