Did you know that the WordPress celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the first WordPress release on 27th May 2018? In 15 years, this free and open source content management system(CMS) has grown leaps and bounds. In a recent market report by W3Techs it was observed that 31% of all websites use WordPress, that is a CMS market share of 59.9%
The above statistics prove that there are a lot of people that are using WordPress to establish their online presence. But many people are yet to get online, let alone use WordPress. If you’re one of them and are looking to start your online journey, then WordPress is the perfect platform for you.
While you may have a lot of questions about how to use WordPress, the most important one will be – What does it take to build an ideal WordPress website? In this article, we break down and share the most essential parts that make up a good WordPress website.
Domain: First, you will need to register a domain name which becomes the address of your website. The domain name is what your visitors will type on their search bar to find your site (example, www.hostgator.in). You can choose from some of the popular domain extensions like .COM, .NET and .IN and register your domain name. If the desired name is taken, then you can choose from a plethora of other domain extensions. Do check out the below video tutorial on how to register your domain name.
Hosting: WordPress is a free software; however, you need web hosting space for storing the files. So when you search for the domain name on the search bar, it is actually pointing to the hosting space where all your files are stored. Although there are free web hosting services available, they come with a lot of limitations, hidden costs, and regular downtimes. Before you invest time in learning how to host a website, it is crucial that you understand what kind of hosting services are available and what suits your site the best. You have the option to chat with us right now, and we can help you identify the ideal solution for your WordPress website.
Depending on your requirements, we provide a variety of hosting solutions that will work well with your WordPress websites. Out of all these products our WordPress hosting solution is built specifically for WordPress websites. Starting at just Rs. 349/- month you can now easily manage your WordPress site through an intuitive dashboard. If you’re starting your online journey using WordPress, then we recommend that you use the WordPress hosting product. Do check out the below video tutorial on how to buy web hosting
Design: Once you have installed your WordPress site, you will now need to focus on the design of the website. Out of the thousands of free and premium WordPress themes, we’ve shortlisted a few WordPress themes that can be used for your website. Most themes support basic customization without the need for an actual code change. Also, to add functionality, you can install from the thousands of free plugins available at the WordPress site. These 7 WordPress plugins are a must after you’ve installed WordPress.
However, if you need heavy customization, it is recommended that you connect with a web developer. They can charge anywhere between Rs. 5000/- to Rs. 1,00,000/- depending on their experience and quality of work.
SSL Certificate: SSL certificates reduce your risk by encrypting sensitive data on your website so that it’s safe from hackers, and can only be accessed by those who are authorized. Having an HTTPS in your address bar builds customer confidence in your websites and also help you boost Google rankings. Installing an SSL certificate has multiple steps; however, this is simplified in the WordPress Hosting solution because of its unique dashboard.
Security and Backup: Since WordPress is popular, sites using the system are prone to attacks. While many plugins can solve the issue of security, they can’t be entirely relied upon. Some of the plugins themselves become the cause of a security breach. We have in the past shared five easy ways to protect your WordPress website without any plugin. However, we recommend securing your WordPress website with a more comprehensive security solution like SiteLock. It provides complete security to your site from viruses and hackers. The SiteLock Basic plan will set you back by approximately Rs. 129/- per month, but the peace of mind that you get is priceless.
Similarly, for backup, we recommend Codeguard that will help you backup, monitor and restore your website from any point. Codeguard Basic plan will cost you Rs. 69/- per month and will provide you with 1GB Disk Space and back up of up to 5 websites. This plan should be ideal if you’re just getting started with your website.
If you add up all the components, then you will be spending not more than Rs. 900 per month for a complete WordPress website that includes the best security and backup solutions. We believe that this is a very good investment towards your online journey. Once you are online there are so many ways that you can earn with your website and recover the cost of building your website.
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