As we all know WordPress is a free and open-source CMS that is written in PHP (paired with MariaDB and MySQL). It provides you a free hosting, your own domain, and an outstanding support team. From a personal blog to a fully functional eCommerce store, you can build almost anything you want with WordPress.
When WordPress was launched it was highly appreciated by non-technical people as it provides them a simplified interface to develop and manage their online portals. Its core features are a template system and a plugin architecture, collaboratively referred to as Themes within WordPress. Until and unless you don’t need any complex functionality or feature in your site, you don’t need an expert WordPress development services provider for your project.
However, it is important to keep a note of some major considerations (specifically for beginners) to build a successful website with WordPress. In this post, I shall be discussing the same below:-
Major considerations for WordPress beginners
Undoubtedly, WordPress is the most popular CMS amongst beginners. But there are multiple instances when it is defeated in Drupal vs WordPress battel. Although Drupal is not easy to use and beginner-friendly as WordPress, there are multiple instances where Drupal overpowers the latter.
Coming back to our topic, let’s have a look at some major considerations for beginners while creating a website with WordPress.
- Use Cases
The foremost thing that a beginner should know about WordPress is its real-time implementation. With WordPress, you can create eCommerce sites, business websites, blogs, portfolios, forums, resumes, membership sites, affiliate websites, community hubs, social networks, and almost anything that you can imagine.
- Hosting Plan
Once you have installed WordPress, you need to select a hosting plan to get access to a web server for saving your data and files. Purchasing a hosting plan for your website is a crucial step. There are multiple hosting plans available, serving different needs of businesses. Here, you should not go for a cheap hosting plan. Go for quality hosting over the cheap one available.
You can also opt for shared hosting initially (available at around $2.59 per month). As you are a beginner and might not possess a large business at the moment, so choosing shared hosting is a convenient option for you. In the future, there is always an option to upgrade your hosting plan with the growing need of your website.
- Domain Registration
The domain of your website is the address where your website is hosted. It should always be unique and appealing. It is noteworthy that the domain needs to be easy to remember as well. You can think of a name on your own, however, there is always a need to check its availability from the web hosting company or a domain registrar. If available, you can purchase the domain and get started.
- Build and Customize Your Website
Once you’ve performed the aforementioned steps, it is time to start building and customizing your WordPress website in your own way. Simply log in to your WordPress dashboard. At this step, you will get assistance from a WP website builder’s wizard, i.e., ‘getting started’. This wizard will assist you to need to do from building to publishing your WP website for end-users.
- Create Website Content
By default, WordPress leverages you two kind of content, i.e., pages and posts. However, you can add more options with the help of some themes and plugins. Both pages and posts offer you an easy-to-use editor that is quite beginner-friendly. So, you can create content in no time. Don’t forget to create a Home Page, About Us, and a Contact Page, because there are the important pillars of any successful website.
All the five steps mentioned in this post are quite powerful for beginners when it comes to creating a WordPress website systematically. Apart from that you also need to keep in mind search engine optimization, as it allows you to reach the potential audience. Without SEO or search engine optimization no online portal can succeed in bringing visitors and business eventually. In case you need more assistance, feel free to contact us.