Getting Started With Your WordPress Website

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Getting Started With Your WordPress Website

Currently, over a quarter of the world’s active and popular websites are using a simple platform called WordPress. Originally built for blogging, most people have heard of this tool, and have some idea of what they might be able to do with it. But, unfortunately, there’s a big job you have to do before you can get started; the installation. To help you out with this, this post will be going through each stage of this process, along with the tools you can use to help along the way.

The Install: Assuming you already have a hosting package in place, the first job you will have to do will be installing WordPress onto your server. Nowadays, most companies use Cpanel for their shared options, and this makes this part of the job nice and easy. If you plan to use SSL on your site, you will have to install it at this stage. Otherwise, you will have to reinstall the site at a later date, causing a lot of work which you don’t need to do. At this stage, setting up some Cpanel backups could be very helpful, too. There are loads of guides on the Internet to help you with this part of your journey.

The Setup: With WordPress installed, you’ll be ready to get started on the website itself. Before you can build, though, you’ll need to think about the plugins, tools, and settings you’re going to need for your website. There are loads of free options of your favourite plugins floating around, making it nice and cheap to get started. You have a great chance to start working on your SEO at this stage, too. In a lot of cases, this sort of work will be left until the end of the job. But, to make things faster, you can do a lot of it at the very beginning.

The Build: The building process required to produce a good site is long and often challenging. As one part of the site changes, you will notice things and want to change them in others. Over time, this will result in a lot of work being done, taking a huge amount of your time. To help you with this, a professional developer will be able to make a real difference in the time it takes to get your site running. If you decide to do this part of the job yourself, it is important to use the right tools to help you. Options like the SiteOrigin page builder are great for this, enabling you to build a website without touching any code at all. If you do decide to program some elements of your site, it’s usually best to stick to PHP and JavaScript.

Hopefully, this post will give you everything you need to get started on a WordPress site of your very own. This platform has been designed with accessibility in mind, making it perfect for those looking to get their name out there for first time.

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