Step 1 – Get A Domain Name
Pick a domain name where people will find you online. Do a quick online search and try to pick a domain name that will be unique. Search a domain registrar, like Google® Domains2, to see if your chosen name is available. Choose privacy protection if the feature is available. A privacy protection feature keeps your contact information is publicly accessible available through a domain registration.
Step 2 – Get Managed Cloud Hosting
Create a managed cloud hosting account with Cloudways®3
Select the cloud platform you would like and the desired size of the server. If in doubt, choose a server with 1 Gb of RAM and a shared processor, you can always upgrade the power of your server later. Once the server is initiated, add an application to the server, through a one-click-install. You should see a one-click-install specifically for WordPress.
Step 3 – Log Into Your Website
After completing step 2, you should receive credentials to use to log into your website.
Step 4 – Install a Web Application Firewall
Web application firewalls (WAF), like Wordfence®5, help block automated and targeted security attacks. They also scan your site for malicious files and provide options that further enhance the security of a WordPress website. I highly recommend a paid WAF version, as you receive a higher level of protection against security vulnerabilities.
Step 5 – Install a Web Page & Theme Builder
Install the Elementor®4 Pro page builder.
The Elementor is a website builder designed specifically for WordPress. The builder provides an easy to use drag and drop interface that allows you to create the site intuitively. See how the page will look while you are building it. Use their theme and template builder to easily create site-wide elements (header, footer, etc…) that can be managed in one place.
Step 6 – Install and Configure a Theme
Use the “Hello” theme built by Elementor for flexible control over the look and feel of your site. This theme is built to be fully compatible with Elementor and lightweight, allowing you to define the look and feel of the site through Elementor’s theme builder template elements.
Step 7 – Create
Start creating your home page. If you are designing a 1-page website, this will be your only page. If you are planning on having other pages (areas) within your website, you should put most of your effort and plan on the home page, it is often the first impression you make on your visitors. Your homepage should describe your mission, what you do or offer, and provide links to other areas of your site (if applicable). If you do plan on having more than just 1 page within your site, be sure to create at least 3 pages first: home, about us, contact us. The about us page should tell people about you or your organization. Answer questions like Who are you, What do you do, Why do you do those things, Where are you located, How did you start, and What is your mission, to name a few. Your contact us page should list your physical and mailing address, your phone number, and a contact form or email address. If you would like to reduce the chance or magnitude of incoming spam messages, provide a contact form instead of an email address. Contact forms have anti-spam features like reCAPTCHA, a honey-pot field, or a challenge question.
Step 9 – Add Live Chat
Adding a live chat feature to your website helps increase user engagement and provides a better overall experience for your users. User’s questions can be answered quickly and you can learn more about those using your site, their needs, and how you can improve. Consider using Tawk.to®7.
Tawk.to is a messaging app to help turn interactions into lasting relationships. Tawk.to is the most widely used live chat app on the planet and allows you to be there when your customer needs you most by monitoring your visits and engaging with your customers up to 24/7. And, if you can’t be there, tawk.to provides support with their team of experienced Hired Agents for as little as $1 per hour. They also offer dedicated Virtual Assistants to assist you with those repetitive, mundane tasks, allowing you to focus your energy on your business, rather than in your business; saving you time and money.
Step 10 – Need to Sell Something (E-Commerce)?
When it comes to an E-Commerce solution for websites powered by WordPress, WooCommerce is a great place to start. WooCommerce provides flexible means of setting up a store and checkout area on your website. They have many optional add-ins that can handle many use cases and needs: from shipping to subscriptions, to events and appointment bookings, and more.
We hope this guide helps you get started with a full-featured website built with WordPress. We actively use or have used in the past each of the elements and tools described in the above steps. If you have a question about any of the steps above, please feel free to contact us and we can provide an or point you in the right direction.
Written by Evan Gress, CIO & CTO of Kovir LLC, Founder of Virtual Senior Center Solutions, Co-Creator of the Supervision Exchange.
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