For each website that we create at Flux Digital, there are technical aspects that we need from our client before we can kick off the project.
Our DIY Website Courses go into detail about how to set up each of these elements as well as how to set up a website from scratch.
For the purposes of this blog, I wanted to just highlight the technical things you will need to consider first, so you know where to start when creating a website.
If you are getting someone else to revamp your existing website, they will need your WordPress Website login and the below details to get cracking.
– Domain registration login
– Hosting login (cPanel)
– Gmail for Google Analytics, Google Search Console
– Cloud storage for backup program (we use Dropbox)
– Social media profile links
If you are creating a website yourself, then you will need to start with the hosting and domain setup.
When looking for a good hosting company, you should consider the following:
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Domains – if you plan on having more than 1 website hosted on the plan
We recommend HostGator for our clients hosting needs and this costs approx $8.95 USD a month for a Baby Plan (based on a 12 month upfront payment), and it also allows multiple domains. They are US based and offer great live chat support which I find easy to use as you can then sort out any issues or ask questions via live chat any time of the day or night. Do NOT purchase the WordPress Specific hosting plan as it does not come with a ‘cPanel’ and I find this a dealbreaker, so just go with the normal web hosting plans.
And yes, we are affiliated with HostGator so we do get a little kick-back if you decide to sign up with them, but there is no extra cost to you. Just think of it as fuelling our Flux chocolate addiction!
We have written a blog with a tutorial video on How to set up hosting with Hostgator, so CLICK HERE to read the full instructions.
We have also used WP Engine for larger sites that need more grunt under the bonnet.
Ultimately it is your call who you use for hosting, we can only make recommendations on what works for us and cannot guarantee your experience with any particular company.
I am more than happy to discuss this with you over the phone if you need a more in-depth explanation to help you make a decision.
With your domain, the first decision you need to make is if you want a ‘.com.au’ extension or a ‘.com’ or any of the other variations out there at the moment.
Personally, we went with a ‘.co’ as it was different and the ‘.com’ was not available.
Then once you decide what domain you want and check that it is available, you can check and see if your hosting company offers a domain registration as well. This will cut out the step of having to link the domain and hosting together if you buy them both from the same company.
For example, Hostgator will register a .com but not a .com.au so you can only use them to register your domain if you do not want the .com.au.
We recommend Crazy Domains for registering your domain name and if you are after anything other than a .com, this is the place we suggest you go. If you are looking for the non-traditional domains, just click on the ‘Global’ section after you search for your domain name.
There is a blog dedicated to how to register a domain name with a video tutorial, so CLICK HERE to read the full instructions
Once you have got the domain and hosting out of the way, then you can start to install WordPress and get your website setup. However, there are a couple of extra ‘tech’ things we recommend you get sorted before you kick off the WordPress installation, so you have these logins at hand during the process.
We recommend you set yourself up with a Gmail dedicated to your business as you will need it to set up your Google Analytics account and to submit your sitemap to Google Search Console. If you have a personal Gmail, think about if you want to have the business emails mixed up with that and if you think you may ever sell your business, it will be easier to hand over a dedicated business Gmail rather than use your personal one.
You will need to make sure your website is regularly backed up somewhere. Your hosting company usually offers a daily backup for an additional fee which you can take advantage of. However, we tend to go with a free option which is to set up a dropbox and use the WordPress plugin UpdraftPlus to send your website backup to the cloud on a regular basis.
We hope this information has helped to get you started on your Website journey.
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