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WordPress Development

While it may seem like an easy task, setting up a WordPress site and getting it up and running is not as simple as it looks. Sure, it is not as severe as to write the whole site’s code and manually optimizing SEO and stuff, but still, It can get a little frustrating.

So here is a newbie guide to WordPress website development which will surely help you to get your WP site up in less than ~60 minutes. No need to worry this guide covers most of the basic stuff and that too in easy and straightforward steps; let’s get started.

Now before setting a site, you need an identity for you your website/blog. Each website on the internet has a unique address which is called a domain name. Along with a domain, you also need a hosting account to host your site on.

Getting a domain name and setting up hosting

Domain Name

To get your self a domain name, you will need to visit any domain registrar site (e.g. GoDaddy https://www.godaddy.com). From there you need to choose a name for your website. Make sure to select one which represents your website best because it will be permanent and become a medium for people to reach your site.

Hosting

After getting a domain, the next thing to understand is a Hosting plan. Hosting can be bought for cheap (as low as $20/year). Expensive plans are also available, but for the starting of the site, we will recommend that you go with a cheaper one. You can always upgrade your plan to a higher tier one along the way.

Know More Information Related to Hosting

Setting up your domain on hosting

First login to your hosting site & get access to your control panel. The next that you want to do is point your domain name to your hosting. The process will be a little different for each hosting provider, but they always have a guide for you to read.

Here is the link (https://www.name.com/support/articles/205190618-Adding-domains-to-your-hosting-plan) to a simple guide to join your domain name with hosting.

One other thing you can do to minimize your effort is to buy hosting and domain from a single provider. It will make your job much more manageable.

But if you are getting good deals for domains and hosting on two separate sites, you should go for it without any second thoughts.

Installing WordPress

Here comes the fun part, now you finally get to install WordPress on your site. You can either choose to install it manually or else use an automated tool to do so. These types of tools (or plugins) comes per-installed with almost every hosting’s panel. They include computerized backups and more security features. The other way is to manually upload the WordPress zip file to your hosting and extract it there to access manual installation page.

No matter which method you decide to choose, keep these things in mind:

Set a password which is not easy to guess.

Set allow to ‘Auto install for Critical Updates.’

Turn-on Scheduled backups.

NEVER share your password.

Installing Plugins

They can boost your WordPress sites development as they add additional functions to your site as per your needs. There are a lot of plugins available for WordPress; you can search for one according to your needs. We also use WP plugins but only the ones which we need to keep our site snappier and quick to load.

The essential plugins that you must have on your site are following:

SEO plugins (All-in-one SEO/Yoast)

Performance improvement/monitoring plugins (Jetpack for WP)

A Contact form plugin (Contact Form 7)

Anti-Spam plugin (Akismet)

Along with them, you can add a couple of more depending on what your site is about and how you want it to be. One thing to keep in mind is that too much use of plugins and heavy themes can slow your site down, so choose wisely.

Setting a contact and an about page

A contact page plays a significant role in your website. It is the medium by which the people can reach you for feedback, marketing, and offers. Setting it up is a substantial step in the development of a WordPress site.

It is effortless to set up and only takes a couple of minutes. You need to install a form plugin and add your email and form preferences there. After that add the form code to your contact page and Voila! You are done.

Next is the about page, it helps your viewers to get proper information about your website and its history. So make sure to set it up in a re-presentable way for people to see. Add details about your site like, what it is about, when it first started and who runs it.

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Set a theme & start posting content

Wordpress allows you to use custom themes on your website so why not use them. A good theme can help you stand out from the crowd and be more unique. Don’t get me wrong the default themes for WP are good and all but they look too bland and are too minimalist in my opinion.

You can either use free themes or get the paid ones. Both work fine; the only difference is of support and personalized features. It is recommended to stick with a single theme for same of simplicity, but you can do change your theme along the line if you feel the need.

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Conclusion

So there you have it, these are the things which are base for any WordPress website Development. We have tried to make this post in such a way that it becomes easier for even a newbie to follow.

While these things should be enough to get you starting on WordPress, they are not the only ones. As you progress, you will learn more things which will help with your site’s development. We hope you liked this post, do leave your feedback below. DO share this article with your friends who want to get started on WP site development.