How to Build a WordPress Website

How to build a Wordpress website

If you are looking for a cheap web hosting, then WordPress web hosting is the answer. After choosing your hosting service, it’s time to build your WordPress website.

WordPress is considered the best content management system for your website due to its excellent security measures, reliability and ease of use. A perfect WordPress website can be created through a series of easy to follow steps.

Choose a domain.

The first step on how to build a WordPress website is to choose a domain. It is important to have a domain since users can easily find or share your website to other social media or network such as Facebook.com. The are available articles that can guide you in choosing a domain. A domain can be bought from GoDaddy, Sedo and iWantMyName.

Choose the right hosting package.

You also have to choose a hosting package which is considered significant since the wrong choice of a hosting package will result to issues in your website. Selecting a web host must be based on limitations such as the number of bandwidth and storage that can be allocated, hosting company profile and experience, and the price. You must consider if the host provides for a trial period to assess its competitiveness as well as know about additional costs so as not spend a lot in building a WordPress website. Recommendations from friends who have availed of hosting services are very important to ensure appropriate selection.

Upload your WordPress.

To upload your WordPress, you need to download and unzip the latest version of WordPress prior to uploading it to your hosting account using file transfer protocol or FTP. Creating a database where all WordPress data is stored is done by using the host control panel. When installing WordPress, some basic information are needed to complete the installation and the creation of your account. You can now log into the admin panel once the information have been submitted.

Choose your theme.

Choosing a WordPress theme which is the design for your website should be based on all your requirements and its ability to be customized. WordPress themes can be bought from ThemeForest, StudioPress and WooThemes. After installing WordPress and after selecting themes, you will make some basic configurations like activating a tool for detecting spam, configuring permalinks, adding Gravatar.

Update your website.

WordPress should also be secured to make it hard for anyone to exploit your website by keeping WordPress up to date, not using wp_ as database table prefix, and removing admin user name. Plug-ins are also ready to install.

Essential pages such as home page, about page, contact page and products/services are created so that a person who visits your blog can find what they need immediately.

Search engines should be optimized so as to draw as much targeted traffic as possible. You can then set up analytics and set-up a backup for both database and files so as not to lose all online assets using either VaultPress, BackupBuddy or WP-DB-Backup.

Shared Web Hosting

Shared Web Hosting

Should you choose shared web hosting or dedicated web hosting? This article will help you decide if shared hosting is enough for your website.

If you are a website owner, first think of how much traffic you expect from your website. Your estimates should be based on how old and how popular your website is. Historical data can be useful in drawing accurate estimates.

Good for medium and low traffic sites

If your website has medium or low traffic (meaning under 1000 unique visitors a day), then a shared web hosting server should be enough.┬áBut if your site has a huge traffic, meaning above 1000 unique visitors per day, then you should think to buy a dedicated server. It’s more expensive, but if you intend to develop your online business and generate exponential traffic, then a dedicated server would be a better option for you.

Excellent for dynamic and static websites

Now, if we think of the great mold of medium and low traffic websites, online shops, presentation sites, real estate websites, where traffic estimates do not exceed a thousand per day, then a shared web hosting is just perfect. So shared hosting is for both dynamic websites and static websites. Dynamic websites – like eCommerce sites or real estate portals – are database driven websites, using PHP, ASP or other web programming languages. Static websites are usually basic presentation sites that use XHTML/CSS scripts.

Free support and installation script

All these types of websites can easily be hosted on a shared web hosting server, and with a minimum effort from your side. This means that the web hosting company provides you with free support and installation script if needed. You have your own cPanel (administration panel) for your hosting with an easy to use GUI, having the ability to update and add other domains or subdomains on the same server.

Reasonable cost

In addition to good technical support, “minimum effort” means you can host your website or websites at reasonable rates, somewhere below $20/month. This does not happen for dedicated servers, which are more costly, the monthly fee being somewhere above $100/month for the lowest package. So do not take into account to buy a dedicated server if you do not have a huge traffic on your website.

A shared web hosting server is a very good solution for a website with medium traffic.

How to Choose the Best Hosting Plan

How to Choose the Best Hosting Plan

After you have gone through all the steps we described for choosing the suitable operating system of your server to choosing a good web hosting company, the next step is to select a hosting packing or hosting plan that your chosen web host offers.

Here are a few questions that you can yourself to help you decide which web hosting plan to sign up for.

How much space do I need?

Usually, if you site is a basic one, having no more than 50 MB to 100 MB, there is no point to buy a package with high disk storage. So a small (or basic) hosting package of 500 MB or 1 GB, depending on company offer, is enough.

Do I need PHP, MySQL, or Perl?

Also take into account that if your site uses PHP, MySQL or Perl, make sure that in your hosting package includes that. PHP and MySQL are very popular and are typically included in most web hosting plans. If you don’t see them listed in the hosting plan specifications, ask your chosen web host before signing up, just to be sure.

How many email addresses do I need?

Number of email addresses is also important. So revise exactly how many email address you can use for that specific service. Also, if you would like to only host your site and keep the email on Google (read about Google Apps), would that be possible using that hosting package? Do they configure this for you, for free or for a charge?

How many add-on domains and/or subdomains do I need?

If you need to host multiple domains and/or subdomains, you should also find out if that package includes this feature.

Do I need a dedicated IP address and SSL certificate?

If you are setting up an eCommerce website or online store, you will also need a dedicated IP address and SSL. So be aware they can offer you a dedicated IP and SSL.

There is no need to say that you must have a Cpanel (administration panel) and FTP account to manage your email addresses, databases and files for your specific domain(s) hosted on that server.