In today’s digital landscape, a website is no longer a luxury but a necessity for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, having an online presence is crucial for reaching new customers, establishing brand credibility, and achieving your business goals.
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS), powering over 60% of all websites. Its user-friendly interface, extensive plugin ecosystem, and vast community of developers make it an ideal platform for creating and managing websites, even for those with no prior coding experience. Choose between WordPress.com (hosted) and WordPress.org that is open source (self hosted). We use only the open source one for maximum flexibility, this is a very good option if you are a bit tech savvy.
Getting Started: Domain Name and Web Hosting
Before diving into the website creation process, you’ll need to secure a domain name and web hosting. Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet, while web hosting provides the server space to store your website’s files. Often named a web hotel is referred to as shared hosting (like renting only one room from a hotel with 200 rooms), you just need space for one website. Most web agencies can also help out with this. What you would need is a database (256mb minimum), web-hosting (1gb minimum) and it’s always good to have FTP access (raw file access). This is very useful to take backup or to do manual CMS updates and other technical work.
Choosing a WordPress Theme
A WordPress theme is a pre-designed template that controls the look and feel of your website. Themes come in a variety of styles and functionalities, catering to different industries and business needs. Explore WordPress’s vast theme library or opt for a premium theme from a trusted provider. We for example use the Divi theme on all of our projects, that is a great theme for webdesign, SEO and with good security. We have very good experience with Divi in the long run and to create a good performing websites (at least for us).
Building Your Website: Pages and Posts
WordPress websites are primarily composed of pages and posts. Pages are static content, such as your About Us or Contact Us sections, while posts are typically blog entries or news updates. To track analytics you can implement Google Analytics or Matomo Analytics (the GDPR and privacy friendly alternative).
Enhancing Your Website with Plugins
WordPress plugins are extensions that add new features and functionalities to your website. Plugins can help with tasks like SEO optimization, social media integration, and contact form management. Be aware of plugins that is low rated or have bad reviews, some of them can affect the security of the website if you are using the self hosted WordPress. Sometimes websites can be exploited and this is often by an exploited plugin on a website. We only recommend to use safe and as few plugins as possible! In this way the website will no be “bloated” with extra code running on the website, that could slow down the performance of a website. Again that would also affect the SEO performance.
Optimizing for Search Engines (SEO)
SEO is the art of making your website appear higher in search engine results pages (SERPs). Implement SEO best practices, such as keyword research, content optimization, and backlink building, to drive organic traffic to your website. Also we do recommend to create a Google Business Profile, for some extra SEM (Search Engine Marketing).
Help from a WordPress Agency
If you’re short on time or lack technical expertise, consider enlisting the help of a WordPress agency. Experienced WordPress professionals can handle everything from website design and development to SEO and ongoing maintenance, ensuring your website is optimized for success. We have so far helped more than 80 clients, offer web hosting and have service agreements for businesses clients that want’s safe and updates solutions. We have been operating for over five years and are experts in WordPress Open Source. With professional and affordable help from us, you can almost say that you would save 10x time and have a 10x better design and setup with us. Compared to starting out and doing it yourself, for the first or the third time. Also to get professional help with a top modern webdesign, is most likely very practical when the time is of the essence. You can check out our website here.
Good questions to ask a Web Agency (like us), would be; 1. Hourly price, 2. Project delivery time, 3. Customer service and maintenance plan and 4. Portfolio clients.
Creating a WordPress website is an empowering step towards establishing your online presence and achieving your business goals. By following these guidelines and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can build a website that effectively represents your brand and drives results. If you want a free consultation for your business, feel free to contact us for a price offer based on your business needs. We hope that this article was helpful for you, and good luck in your mission.