WordPress Website Start
The WordPress website start (or the birth of WordPress website) is an important event, especially knowing that it is not difficult to do, when effectively using WordPress to set it up.
Once you’ve purchased your domain name and set up your hosting, you’re well on your way. Now it’s time to get your website up and operating. The first thing you’ll require to do is install WordPress to your domain. Also, to choose a WP theme and install it. There are thousands of awesome free and paid, professionally designed themes you can choose from and customize for your own website.
If you first encounter with the WordPress website start, it is desirable to pre-read the Website Setup Guide to get some step-by-step instructions for WP. It is a high-quality and concise guide.
Also for the successful management of your website, you will need to have some knowledge on the use of cPanel (a versatile and reliable hosting management tool). The cPanel is a web based control panel tool which will help you manage your web hosting account through a web interface instead of a console. With cPanel you are able to accomplish your tasks faster and even non-professionals can easily set their websites via cPanel.
So, here we discuss:
- Downloading WordPress (WP) Quickly
- Choosing Responsive WP Theme
- Studying cPanel
- Conclusion and Notes
1. Downloading WordPress (WP) Quickly
If you are for the first time faced with the need to install WordPress on the server, then you have three alternatives to do this:
- (a) Automatic WP Installation
- (b) Manual WP Installation
- (c) Custom WP Installation
a) Automatic WP Installation
To perform the WordPress automatic installation is very simple:
- Login to your hosting services account (the Login Data is in the letter, that you received after hosting services are paid)
- Go to cPanel
- Select “CMS Settings” option
- Click on WordPtess icon
After a few minutes you will receive a letter, that will indicate the execution time of your order (usually it takes 15-20 minutes). Also, after WordPress installation, you’ll get another letter with the login data to WordPress.
b) Manual WP Installation
To install WordPress manually you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Download the WordPress installation package
- Upload the WordPress files to your server
- Create a MySQL Database for WordPress to use
- Go through the installation process
The detailed step by step instructions for WordPress downloading and installation on your server can be found at WordPress Installation Guide.
In other cases, you can simply write a letter to hosting service company and request help on WordPress installation for you.
c) Custom WP Installation
Well, but if the hosting services company does not provide the service for WordPress installation and you don’t have the desire or time to do it yourself, then you can use Fiverr (it’ll cost you $5.00).
2. Choosing Responsive WP Theme
The WordPress is used to build all kind of websites. That’s why each WP theme accommodates to a different market niche. So, your WP theme should supplement the content of your website. For example, if you are creating a website on social issues, then you would want a theme that elevates readability. Also, many WP themes come with plenty of colors, complex layouts, flashy animated graphics, etc. Occasionally you may need those items, but in most cases you don’t really need all that.
Look for a WP theme that has a design layout that assists you support your main objective. It needs to look good but without limiting on functionality and simplicity.
Make sure that the theme’s display style is not very complicated. The purpose of web design is to guide users obtain information they need and to help website owners accomplish their goals at the same time.
If a WP theme looks excellent but does not help you get new business or customers, then it is not a great WP theme for you. It is also not a good WP theme when your users can’t really find their way close to your website.
a) Responsive WP Theme
Responsive is not optional anymore, as a significant number of web traffic is generated from mobile devices. Depending on your website’s subjects, this number could go even higher than 50% of your traffic.
Google displays mobile friendly websites on the top in their mobile search results. No matter of your website’s topics and demographics, all websites require to be responsive and fully mobile all set.
Most WP themes are currently responsive by default. But there are still suppliers who are promoting fixed width layouts that are not mobile friendly at all. Make sure that the theme you are selecting for your website is mobile friendly.
b) Testing a Theme for Mobile Readiness
The simplest way to test whether a WP theme is responsive or not is by resizing your browser screen. As you resize your browser screen, you will notice that the theme’s layout will adjust itself to the screen width.
For more thorough testing you can copy the URL of theme’s demo page and paste it in Google’s Mobile Friendly Test page.
c) Free WP Themes
On the Internet you can find many free WP themes, however, many of them do not come with guaranteed support and updates. Therefore, it is better to use a WP theme from a vendor that offers it as a free option and provides updates.
Check out these sources for free WP themes:
d) Paid WP Themes
Most premium WordPress themes offer 1 year of support and updates. Here are some of the theme shops that we highly recommend:
3. Studying cPanel
So, after paying the host service, you’ll get all the information needed to log to the host server and to create your website.
At this point it is very important to study cPanel options, as in the future it’ll be useful for your website better management aff=(cPanel Tutorial).
What we advise you to pay special attention at cPanel study and making settings: To study and know well – How to have a copy of your entire website on your computer!
Nobody wants to lose the website (as a result of a failure, host replace, etc.), So, you should always have on your computer the latest copy of your website.
How to do it?
Step 1. Go to the Files Section in cPanel
The section includes the following tools – Backups, Backup Wizard, Legacy File Manager, File Manager, FTP accounts, FTP Session Control, FTP Tutorials, Backup restore, Anonymous FTP.
Step 2. Click on Backups
This functionality allows you to download to your local computer an archive copy of either your entire site (your home directory, databases, email forwarders configuration, email filters configuration) or each one of the previously mentioned parts of your site separately.
NB: If your account exceeds 500 MB, the backup functionality can’t be used. Creating a full cPanel backup of an account over 500Mb requires a lot of system resources and endangers the overall performance of the shared server. The integrity of such backups cannot be guaranteed. In such a case you can follow our comprehensive manual backup instructions.
How to backup/restore your files?
In order to back up your files, you should download all the files from your public_html folder to your computer using your favorite FTP client (download FileZilla). After that you can easily upload back the files to your hosting account and your website will be restored.
How to backup/restore your database?
Once having all the files on your computer, you should make a dump of your MySQL database. Click here to learn how to backup/restore your MySQL database.
You may also request an affordable backup creation of your whole account by posting a ticket from the Exclusive Professional Services tab inside your Help Desk area.
Also, to obtain a copy of your website you can use a free WP Plugin: WordPress Database Backup
This tool will help you to do it with easy. Here I would like to note that a copy of your data will be sent by email (backup email), and so, the size of the send file it is very important. Make sure that the allowed memory size at your hosting services provider is set no lower than 128MB.
4. Conclusion and Notes
The WordPress website start begins by downloading WordPress on your server and by choosing, downloading and setting WP Theme. The WP theme can be changed according to your desire of the conditions of your website.
So, the WordPress website creation is easy, the more difficult is to fill it with interesting content!
Get here some notes on the topic:
If you are new to WordPress, first read the Guide.