There is no doubt that WordPress has taken over the internet when it comes to choosing a platform for building a custom eCommerce website for selling products and services online, it accounts 23 % of the websites on the internet. Though there are number of CMS are available paid and open source, WordPress has become the most popular content management system (CMS) online being highly reliable, secure and easy to use.
So to help you with the task of finding the things you need for building a perfect WordPress website, let’s explore these 15 steps –
Choosing a Domain
Without a domain, users wouldn’t be able to see your website. In case you don’t know what a domain is -Twitter.com is a domain, as is www.twitter.com or http://www.google.com. The www and the http:// are optional. You can buy a domain from these sites - iWantMyName , GoDaddy , Sedo.There are 4 main elements to a domain-
• Top level domain
• Root domain
• Sub domain
• Sub folder
Choose a Hosting Package
This is the most important part for any website, you must look for the host who support WordPress and also inquire into the company’s background, pricing, how much bandwidth and storage they provide and so on. Some reputed WordPress specific hosting providers are - WP Engine, Page.ly , ZippyKid, outstandingSETUP.
Configure the Nameservers
Now if you have registered for domain and hosting account, it’s time to connect the domain name to the server, and your hosting provider will send you the names like ns1.nameserver.com and ns2.nameserver.com.However you can change it later.
Now download the latest version of WordPress and then upload it to your hosting account using FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
Create a Database
Create a database where your WordPress data is stored including content (i.e. posts, pages and comments).
Complete the installation step by creating your account. Now you will be able to log into the admin panel at yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
Choose a Theme
Choose an appropriate theme whether it’s free or premium which can be tailored to your needs.
Configure the Basics
You should make these basic configurations to improve your website performance- Activate Akismet , Disable comments, Configure permalinks, Add Gravatar.
Keep it up to date and remove the version from website’s header, remove admin user-name.
Create Essential Pages – home page, about us, contact page, product and services page.
Optimize For Search Engines
Create a site map, add Meta title and description, Control of noindex and nofollow.
Set Up Analytics
Back Up - Back up both the database and your files.
Set Up Caching - W3 Total Cache
Hopefully the above article will guide you to develop a high quality WordPress website and run your business in a short time. Of course you can also hire an experience WordPress developer who offers such solutions.
iMedia Designs is an Ecommerce Web development and Online Marketing agency for B2B and B2C clients in the luxury, fashion, lifestyle and retail industries.