WordPress is a powerful website-building tool that many use for their online presence. Its easy-to-use editing system makes it ideal for business owners and personal users alike, as well as anyone who doesn’t want to do personal coding. At the same time, WordPress’s integration of CSS capabilities makes it easy for coders to customize and fine-tune every aspect of their site. WordPress hosting options are a great way to merge the power and design of WordPress with the security and assistance of professional hosting. Here’s how to get started with your WordPress website.
Make an Account on WordPress
Before you can host your WordPress website, you first need a WordPress account. WordPress makes it easy to sign up with an email or online profile, and you’ll be ready to go in a matter of minutes. One WordPress account can hold multiple different websites and domains, so there’s no need to create another account if you already have one. You can simply add a new website to that account, and you’ll be ready to host.
Sign Up for WordPress Hosting
Once you have your WordPress account set up, you’ll need to choose a WordPress hosting plan and connect your accounts. Plans range from personal, starting at CA$7 a month, to dedicated, starting at CA$60 a month. The flexibility of using a WordPress site through a hosting provider allows you to scale and customize your plan whenever and however you need to.
Personal plans are great for smaller businesses and brands that only have one website. For larger businesses that may run several websites at a time, corporate or dedicated plans allow for greater resources so you can host more options. All plans come with SSL encryption and monitoring for WordPress updates, so your data and personal information will always be safe.
Choose a Domain
Now that your accounts are set up, you can begin customizing your WordPress site. To start, you have to choose a domain name. Your domain name is an important aspect of your website and your business or brand. With the proper domain, you can greatly increase your user count and web presence.
Your domain name should be related to the services you offer or the kind of content your website generates. If your domain name isn’t related, not only will you confuse users, but you’ll also confuse search engines, which might not show your website during a user’s search. For example, if you sell women’s clothing, having a domain name like www.bestnydentist.com isn’t going to benefit your website. Choosing the right domain is essential to helping your WordPress site thrive.
Select a Theme
WordPress makes designing a site easy, especially with its built-in themes. Themes are predesigned pages that allow you to edit the text and images while maintaining a professional design. Themes are a great way to get the look you want from your website without having to code it yourself or hire a professional website designer to do it for you.
There are hundreds of themes available in WordPress for both free and paid accounts. Professional designers are also creating more themes every day. A simple search for WordPress themes will give you a list of available website designs. You’ll want to pick one out that matches the style of your business or brand. With most themes, you can adjust the colors and the fonts, so you’re looking more for layout design and overall style.
With all the design aspects of your website up and running, it’s time to think about the content you want on your site. The main landing page is a must for any website. The landing page should tell users what your company is about and contain links to important pages and social media accounts. Blogs are also a great way to provide additional content for your website while boosting your SEO (search engine optimization) score.
Other pages and content you may want to create include:
- About us section
- Gallery page
- Product/service descriptions
- Contact us section
Having the right SEO-rich content is vital in ensuring that your WordPress site works well for you.
WordPress themes are the main selling point for WordPress hosting, and widgets are the other. With WordPress, you can install and utilize thousands of different widgets that improve both user experience and your own organization. You can use widgets that help you manage social media exposure, display calendars and events, check your blogs and pages for SEO scoring, and just about anything else you can imagine. Widgets are a great way to add more to your website without needing to code or pay for coding features. And with a managed WordPress site, your widgets will always be up-to-date and operational.
WordPress Hosting with Cirrus Hosting
At Cirrus Hosting, we’re dedicated to providing the best hosting experience to businesses, both big and small. Our WordPress hosting options fit any budget and any need, and they are fully customizable and scalable, so you can adjust as needed. When you merge the power of our hosting with the design and ease of use of WordPress, you get a website that is both beautiful and functional. Our additional security features also keep your data and information safe from cyberthreats. To get started with your WordPress website, explore our hosting options online or give us a call at 1-877-624-7787 for more information or help with your account.