Creating a website has become passion and fashion for new generation around the globe but only a few know the methods to creating a website. I have already written 500+ tutorials on blogging and online marketing. There are tones of services provide those allow to create website on complying their terms and conditions. My today’s article tries to the core factors to creating website via most popular blogging software WordPress.
English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Maximum internet savvy users have said that WordPress is the most popular Content Management system (CMS). I am sure, countless CMS’ are available online, ranging from open-source to paid version and you’ll hear evangelists on all sides swearing that their choice is the best for newbie to internet savvy. More interestingly, Drupal, Joomla or any other CMS doesn’t hold a candle to WordPress for its ease of use, security and reliability for users. Here is the full check out list of 15+ Steps to Creating Perfect Website with WordPress Instantly.
15+ Steps To Creating Perfect Website With WordPress
1. Select and buy a Domain:-
Domain is the indication mark pattern of any website or blog as without a domain, no body will find your website. So, you have to register a domain from any registrant. Normally TLD (top level domain such .com, .org, .net, .info etc) is better for any business or target orientation. There are other domains are country level (.in, .co.in, .ca, .my .us etc). Normally domains are worked either naked [umain30.com] or with WWW [www.umain30.com] but both version are valid. There are four key elements to a domain: top-level domain, root domain, subdomain and subfolder.
2. Select and Buy Hosting Package:-
It is needed to buy a hosting package from reliable hosting company which will store your files and data on their server. Hosting service expert says that you might be bought hosting service from trust worthy provider because hosting service may empower your creativity via speedy loading and other factors. In the procedure of buying hosting servic , keep in mind that Does the host support WordPress, How many domains can you host, How much bandwidth and storage are you allocated, What up-time percentage are you guaranteed, How long has the company been in business, Does it have positive reviews by users, What kind of support does it offer, How much is the package you need, Are upgrades available if required, Are there any additional costs , Is there a trial period and a few more conditions. If you get reply of these queries yes then obviously you can buy their hosting service. Hostgator, Bluehost,ipage are a few trust worthy name from the industry.
3. Configure Name servers (DNS):-
After purchasing hosting package you have to add the domain name and they will provide name server for your website. But the domain is come with your hosting package, and then this step is not required. Name server will look like ns1.hosting.com and ns2.hosting.com, now login your registrant account and go to manage domain button and click on change DNS. Now you have to put the name server previously got from hosting provider. If you failed to locate where to change the name servers, then do not hesitate to contact your domain registrar via ticket system or phone system. They will surely help you in this matter.
4. Instant WordPress Upload:-
Maximum hosting service provider offers instant WordPress upload option, so you have to no worry to upload WordPress from your Control Panel. Simply check Software button and follow with WordPress installation step by step. If there is no such option to upload WordPress then simply download WordPress from WordPress.Org and unzip the latest version of WordPress, and then upload it to your hosting account using FTP. To upload files using FTP, you must first download and install an FTP client program, such as FileZilla (the one I use). FileZilla will ask for your FTP credentials (host name, user name and password).
Logotype of FileZilla, the free FTP solution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Your host will already have given you these with welcome message. Once you have connected to your server via FTP, you will be presented with a list of folders. Search for one named public_html or the name of your domain.
5. Creating Perfect Database:-
Database is the markup codes where all your WordPress data is stored along with content and customization. Each time a page loads, WordPress queries the database for all of the required information, such as title, content, categories, tags and published date. Using your host’s control panel, create a database and a database user name and password for WordPress to connect with your website. However, if you fail to do so then must contact your hosting provider and they will assist in the process.
6. Customize wp-config-sample.php
After completing setup the data base with its user name and password, it’s time to use the FTP client to edit the wp-config-sample.php file.
First, rename the file to wp-config.php (i.e. remove sample). Then, using a text editor, open the file.
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
/** MySQL database username */
/** MySQL database password */
Find these lines, and replace the placeholders with your credentials. Then save your edited file to the server.
7. Installation of WordPress:-
When you tries to install WordPress in your database then WordPress will request some basic information to complete the installation and create your account. The process is short and self-explanatory. Once you have submitted this information, you will be able to log into the admin panel at yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You will also receive a confirmation email in your registered mail inbox.
8. Select Perfect Theme or Skin:-
WordPress theme or skin is the design foundation for your website. There are thousands of free and paid themes are available in Word Wide Web but you can create custom theme via yourself or outsource some one for this customization. Keep in mind some factors in theme selection process such as Great design, Valid HTML and CSS, Rock-solid code, Strong readability, Compatibility with the latest version of WordPress, Compatibility with the most popular plugins, Extensive support and documentation. So with the space being so competitive, all reputable theme providers will offer these features as standard.
9. Customize Basics With Plugins:-
After the installation of updated version of WordPress, it needs to poickup some essential customization on theme which can give more professional look of your website. A few major customizations on theme and basic of WordPress are Activate Akismet with generated API key. If you don’t plan to allow comments on your articles, this step isn’t required. If you don’t want to allow comments, navigate to Settings → Discussion, and uncheck “Allow people to post comments on new articles, configure permalinks (Settings → Permalinks), Add Gravatar, add a few needed plugins and etc.
10. Secure WordPress
WordPress is relatively more secure than any other software but honestly no website is 100% secure as long as it is online. So, simply keep your WordPress updated and install trusted security plugin from Admin panel. Many WordPress users leave the database table’s prefix as the default, wp_, allowing malicious hackers to search for that specifically in their exploits. By changing the prefix to something unique, you make the database less vulnerable.The WP Security Scan plugin does some of these things automatically and can assist you with completing the others. It is better, don’t allow any user to enter your Admin Panel.
11. Create needed Pages:-
12. Search Engine Optimization (SEO):-
The SEO (Search engine optimization) is essential to ensuring that your copy draws as much targeted traffic as possible. Some WordPress themes have in-built seo functionality if there no such functionality then you can install a plugin called WordPress SEO by Yoast which is labeled as best in the industry. Main things in seo you have to do are Generation of XML site map, Site-wide and post-level control of meta data, Control of noindex and nofollow, verification of Webmaster Tools such Google, Bing and Alexa.
13. Setup Monitoring Analytics:-
Monitoring your website via analytics will give insight data of visitors and track them. It will help to get information on the factors such as how they landed on your website, how long they stayed, how many pages they viewed and which pages they viewed. There are lots of such tools available online but Google Analytics may be the best. Simply signup Google Analytics account and verify your site by putting meta data providing by Google
14. Keep Updated Back Up:-
Backing up is undoubtedly the most important thing have to do for website owner. Your contents and other data will be missed handled or crashed for any reason, so it needs to take backup for your data. There are a lot of free and paid services available for backup such as Google Drive, MNS skydrive, VaultPress, BackupBuddy, WP-DB-Backup and many more. Just choose any one of them and take backup of your site.
15. Set Up Caching Tactic:-
When browser site request comes then every time a page is loaded by a user, WordPress processes that page on your server which is so long process and covers large amount of space, so you can cache your data via plugin such as W3 Total Cache plugin like many more but keep in mind you can use only one cache at a time.
This is the basic points to setup a WordPress website. I think, it has been listed all major factors related to WordPress website, even I hav missed some thing then must comment bellow for future updates. If you get any problem in setup process then contact me via Contact Us page.