Tips on How to Build A Successful WordPress Website
For some people, WordPress is the first and last word when it comes to content management systems for your website. There are various other content management systems, or CMS’ available on the intent, from those that you pay for, to open-source models, and the chances are you are going to hear advertisements everywhere insisting that their option is the best one for you, but most of the time, the other options simply can’t compete with WordPress when it comes to reliability, security and simplicity. Up to this point, web developers from around the world have constructed over fifty million website on the basis of WordPress’ sturdy foundation, and many designers would never dream of using anything else.
Choosing Your Domain
The very first thing you will need to do on your WordPress journey is to select the ideal domain. Without a domain, people all over the web would not be able to find and share your website. For those of you who aren’t sure, www.google.com is a well-known domain, as is Twitter, and the www. Or http:// prefixes are typically optional, so it’s the rest that you need to worry about when it comes to choosing a domain. There are four main elements to consider in this process:
- The top level domain. The TLD or top level domain of a website, is the end of the domain, and the one you will probably be most familiar with is ‘.com’. Usually, because this is the first TLD to come to mind for many people, you will often find that it is highly sought after, meaning many .com domains will already be owned.
- The root domain. The root domain is the bit in the middle, between www. And .com. This is the part you will have the most freedom over, and the only two restrictions you will come across is that the domain must be unique, meaning it can’t already be owned by someone else, and that it must only consist of numbers, hyphens, and letters.
- Sub-domains. Sub-domains are the bit that can appear before the root domain and after www. Such as subdomain.example.com. Once you own the initial root domain, you should be able to create these sub-domains at no cost.
- Sub-folders. Sub folders are the part that is listed after the .com part of your website, such as website.com/sub-folder.
Picking the Right Hosting Package
The next stop will be selecting the right hosting package for you. Remember that the host you choose should be beneficial to your website, and the key elements you should look for include whether the host you select supports WordPress, how much storage you will be allocated, what up-time percentage you can get and how many domains you can host. When it comes to selecting a company, the best way to ensure that you’re getting good quality hosting is to find out as much as you can about that specific company. For example, try to learn how long the company has been in business for, and what kind of support it is capable of offering. If there is the opportunity to check reviews, then make sure they are positive, and if you can’t find any reviews, consider why this might be.
Usually, the best recommendations when it comes to hosting packages will come from colleagues, friends, and relatives that have used a particular service before, as they will be able to give you information based on their first-hand experience. When you are making your selection, you will have to take pricing into account, so make sure to check:
- If you can purchase upgrades
- Whether you have any additional costs to pay, such as for software
- Whether there is a trial period option
- How much the package you need will cost