It's no more a hidden fact. WordPress is all fun. So what if you're not a tech geek, running a WordPress website doesn't require mastery in the trade. And I believe, this is the reason why 24% of websites on the internet are WordPress powered. I am in this trade since 2009 and I have spent several sessions telling my clients how WordPress could help them in realizing their business goals.
I may be biased on occasions, but when my clients ask me, I suggest them WordPress over Drupal and Joomla. And I have valid points to put for this preference, period. There are millions of WordPress website running successfully over the internet and the numbers are growing each hour. (Ask a best web hosting company where every third domain booked is hosted on the WordPress.)
Website Launch Checkklist
If you're ready to float your online website / blog, here is how you can get started. I am considering you a newbie to everything, say domain, web hosting and of course, WordPress. After reading the article, you would be able to successfully launch your website.
1. Focus on Business Goals
While planning web development, it is quite important to take serious considerations om the organizational needs, budget and other constraints. Organizations should think whether they want to hire external resources, outsource the project or go for the in-house resources. Authorities also decide the hosting and other aspects of web development services as well. One key issue during the process is to decide to choose a CMS. This revolutionary aspect involves the creation, editing, and updating the content available in the form of text, images, audio, and video elements on the website.
2. Identify The Resources
There are two ways to develop a web presence on the web. Either you can use in-house resources where your team of web development experts will take care of the project or you can hire an agency outside to execute your plan. Either of two has their own business advantages. There might a situation where your in-house team doesn't find compatibility with in-house work. In the situation, a web development specialist or team may be a great help.
3. Finalize Design and Layout
Once you have done with the priority setting and resource planning, decide the design and the layout of your project. During the process, you need to decide whether or not you need a custom or semi custom design for your website. There is a basic difference between a custom website and semi-custom website development.
A custom website is fully made as per your design specification pertaining to aesthetic, navigation, and functional requirements and in contrary, semi-custom website is based on a per-defined web template. It only accommodates a few segments of your website such as a logo, color scheme and navigation. Needn't to say that the custom web development approach tenders more flexibility and quite expensive in nature as well.
4. Choose a Right CMS
Managing your website content is another major aspect when you go for development. Most of the websites need a perfect balance of text, graphics and images. A predictive content management system enables webmasters to create, review, edit, approve, and post content on the website using a compatible content management system.
5. Decide on Various Integrations
A particular web application contains more than one module or components together. Irrespective of the coding language or configuration, these components should be integrated and blended together precisely. Otherwise, in the implementation phase, it could cause ambiguity in the functions at later stages.
A precise web development helps to automate the entire in-house process, thus you must decide how to proceed with it. Hiring a Web Development service provider or a web development company is always a great idea indeed to accomplish the motive.
6. Pick a Right Web Host
I have already posted so many articles on this topic, so, I am recalling some key points only. Choosing a right web hosting is key to successful WordPress website. Once you set up your website, there would be things which require quick and efficient resolution. For example, backing up of data and add-on installation. A web host claims to have a plan that gives your website all the power it needs, but you need to be extra cautious before acting on a deal. You're paying an amount to your web host, so, be ready with a checklist of questions.
- Do your web host offer support for plug-ins?
- What type of backup support do they offer?
- What is the volume of bandwidth?
- Which operating system are they using?
- How efficient their sabotage handling is?
7. Choose A SEO Friendly Theme
If you're out to see a theme for your website, I'll suggest you to go for a paid one. Here is a catch. Most of us stop searching themes when find a theme that looks pretty and stunning. Besides having feelings for the addictive themes, we should also look into if the theme is designed around best SEO practices or not. Finding a beautiful yet SEO friendly theme is always a deal, but once you find one, you will see awesome results in future. Typically, an SEO optimized theme brings following advantages:
- They have clean and fast code that helps decrease the load of time on pages and increase the crawlability to your pages.
- They offer a simple design will make it easy for users to navigate.
- They are responsive. Means, compatible to every device.
- They support schema markups to tell search engines where the most relevant content is on your theme.
8. Create An XML Sitemap :
For SEO perspective, XML sitemap is a necessary evil. Yoast itself offers a way to generate an XML file file. Technically, a sitemap contains all your posts and pages in a list that search engine can easily read and understand.
9. Create Robots.txt File:
By creating a Robots.txt file, you tell search engine crawlers what to look and what not to look at on your site. There are several website elements that you'd not like to see crawled and reflected in the search results. The file helps to block those elements. This method saves you a lot of time and money.
10. Have Regular Backup:
Catastrophes may kill your website alongwith the information stored in it. Data back up is the only method to save this information and restore later. You have spent huge time and efforts in raising your website, don't loose that all so easily. Keep in place a proper backup mechanism to backup your site – daily, weekly or monthly.
Things to Consider Before Developing a Website
Having an online presence has a bunch of advantages if you own a business and want to launch it online. In the technical terminology, this is called automation and the entire process is termed Web development. Every organization is almost agreed to be online using Web Development Techniques but they are clueless about how to get it.
A creative and measurable web developer needs a process that integrates a number of modules together. This article is a comprehensive illustration of the major steps that a process undertakes.