WordPress is one of the most preferred content management systems available today. For those unfamiliar with web development and website platforms, WordPress provides a limitless platform that is easy to build on and unmatched by other content management systems.
For those who are new to the CMS, there are a few things to consider before you can successfully launch a WordPress website and why you may want to consider hiring a professional like Thrive Engine.
Choose a Domain Name
Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet. It’s what people will type in to visit your site and it’s essential to starting a WordPress site. Try to choose something short, memorable, and easy to spell. Once you have chosen a domain name, you will need to purchase it from a domain registrar such as GoDaddy or Namecheap.
While other content management systems may assist you in choosing a domain name, you’ll likely run into some limitations. WordPress allows you to host any domain name you want.
You’ll Need Web Hosting
Because WordPress is a self-hosted platform, you will need to choose a hosting provider for the site. There are many hosting companies out there, each with their own plans, features, positives and negatives. Do plenty of research and decide which one is best for you and your budget.
Web hosting can be a bit intricate when it comes to storage, security and updating DNS records. If you’re new to hosting a website, you’ll want to work with a professional web developer who can make adjustments for you and ensure the site is free from any issues.
Install the Latest Version of WordPress
Now that you have a domain name and hosting, you are ready to install WordPress. Fortunately, most hosting providers make this process very easy. They usually have a one-click installer that will walk you through the process. If your hosting provider does not have a one-click installer, don’t worry. Installing WordPress is still relatively easy.
If you’re having a website built by a professional web developer like Thrive Engine, we can install the latest version of WordPress for you.
Choose a Theme and / or Front-End Editor
Now that WordPress is installed, it’s time to choose a theme for your website. A theme is a collection of files that determine the design and functionality of your site. There are thousands of both free and premium themes available. Once you have found a theme you like, install it by going to the Appearance > Themes section of your WordPress dashboard and clicking the “Add New” button.
To maintain a professional appearance, we recommend a premium theme that can be developed by a professional.
Front-End Website Editors
If you want more control over the design of your website or if you need specific functionality that cannot be achieved with a theme, you can use a front-end builder. At Thrive Engine, we prefer working with Elementor as it offers flexibility and customizations to tailor to your business’s needs.
Install Plugins for Additional Functionality
Plugins are small pieces of software that add functionality to your website. There are plugins for just about everything imaginable. To install a plugin, go to the Plugins > Add New section of your WordPress dashboard and click the “Add New” button.
We recommend installing a security plugin such as Sucuri or Wordfence, a contact form plugin like WPForms or Gravity Forms, and a backup plugin like UpdraftPlus. When you choose to work with Thrive Engine, we’ll provide all the necessary plugins to fit your needs.
Work with a Professional
If getting started with WordPress seems overwhelming to you, we’re here to help. When you choose Thrive Engine has your web development company, we walk through each of the steps above and work with you to achieve the website you want. We’re also a full-service agency that can help with logo design, web hosting, maintenance, website migration and more.
Contact us today to get started with a quote for your next project.