Published on April 27th, 2019 | by Sumit Bhowal0
What to Know Before Starting a WordPress Website
There few things as crucial to modern businesses as successfully creating and running a website. In the world where the first thing that most people will likely do after hearing about your company is turning to Google for answers, having a well-designed and maintained website is vital for maximum exposure, retention of new customers and long-term success. There are many platforms you can use to help you create your website but the one we are going to focus on today is WordPress. So, to help you do the best job possible, let’s take a look at what to know before starting a WordPress website.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an open-source content management system that allows you to easily create and run your own website. It is, in fact, one of the most popular platforms out there with more than a hundred thousand WordPress based websites in Australia alone. The best part is that it can easily be modified for the needs of your business. You can use it to run a blog, an eCommerce store or both! On top of this, you have the ability to make your website into whatever you want, with built-in themes and countless plugins you can use.
How much will it cost you?
On its own, WordPress is completely free. You can download it right now and start creating your website. However, while creating a website is free, the only way other people will be able to see it is if you find a place to host it and register a domain name for it, which will cost you some money.
Purchasing a domain name can be relatively tricky. Not because of its costs but because your domain name should reflect your business as a whole and at the same time be unique and memorable. So, when deciding what your domain name is going to be, make sure you are satisfied with it as it can be tricky to change it later.
On the other hand, when deciding who will host your website and where, it’s important to make a decision based on your requirements and budget possibilities as well as a few other factors. There is a variety of hosting options you can choose from, including shared hosting, cloud-based web hosting and many others. On top of this, many providers offer a variety of tools like cPanel to help you better manage your website, which can be especially useful if you have no prior experience. However, while we do live in an ever more globalized world, specific countries can still have different rules and regulations when it comes to the internet. So, in order to save you from any legal troubles as well as to provide the best possible experience for your users, it can be wise to have your hosting done locally. For example, if you are an Australian based business, having your cPanel hosting in Australia will quite likely give you the best results, even if it comes at a somewhat higher price.
Growth and maintenance
As your website starts attracting more viewers you will have to figure out a reliable way to grow and perform regular maintenance on it.
Another great part about WordPress is that learning how to effectively maintain your website isn’t that difficult at all. With that being said, it can still take some time for you to really get into it, which is why finding someone to do it for you may be the better option, as it will free you to do other things.
When it comes to growing your website, making sure that you have a proper web hosting plan is the essential part as it will determine its capacity and performance.
At the end of the day, achieving success without a website is almost impossible in today’s world. The more professional and well-designed your website is, the more advantages you will be able to gain. WordPress will give you all of the tools you need to do just that and still maintain complete control over your website. With that in mind, the best way to start your journey towards success is by creating your website right now!