WordPress is one of the most flexible and easy to use blog platforms in CMS. After choosing a platform for your blog, the next step is to create your blog. In this post, I would like to provide how to launch a self hosted WordPress website. If you are interested in self hosted WordPress blog, read my previous post “Why to Choose Self Hosted WordPress.”
Self hosted WordPress website is very powerful but it requires a little work to build a website from acquiring your own domain to adding plugins. Here’re 6 steps to launch a self hosted WordPress website.
How to Launch a Self Hosted WordPress Website
1. Get Your Own Domain
The first step is to get your own domain for your website. Choose a domain that is unique, short and easy to remember and type. To correctly be typed the domain name and surely reached to your website, you need to select a domain carefully. Be sure to get a dot.com available domain not to drive traffic to your competitors who have the same domain name.
2. Select a Web Hosting
Web hosting is the service that provides a space on its server of web property. When you select a host, there are several things you need to be careful to use your website comfortably. Each web hosting services has different conditions like space, bandwidth and reliability. Depends on the critical points you think important, choose your suitable hosting.
3. Get an SSL certificate
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol that encrypts information to protect all the communication through website. If you don’t have an SSL certificate, the information of your website publicly travel on the web and hacker would be able to steal your information easier. Make sure to force through SSL at least the pages where you handle private information such as admin pages.
4. Install WordPress
Installing WordPress requires very simple steps. Most of the hosting have a one-click WordPress install tool, so that you will just need to follow the instructions like setting up your admin username and password.
5. Customize the Appearance with Coding (or Theme)
Having a good look of your website is very important to make it stand out and increase conversions. Whether deciding to design and code your website by yourself or customize the appearance via themes. WordPress theme is a set of files that creates your website appearance and gives features like social integrations. It allows you to control the visibility of your website and update it by modifying the codes and adding plugins.
6. Add the Functionality via Plugins
Like WordPress theme, WordPress plugins are easy to upload from admin page. Now that there are a variety of WordPress plugins available and most of them are free, it is possible to easily add the capability and functionality to a website with plugins. For example, it increases your SEO performance, improve social media engagements, filters spam… But add only the plugins you need, otherwise it affects your loading time.
With these 6 steps, you are ready to start blogging! I hope you found this post useful and you can successfully launch a self hosted WordPress website.
Do you need help to build a self hosted WordPress website? For further help and assistants, please contact my company Evinex.