Planning Your WordPress Website.
Before you begin working on your WordPress website there are some things you need to consider. One of the first things you need to consider is your business goal. If you already have a business you probably already know what your goal is. If you are starting a new on-line business, what are the goals of the business?
You also need to find out who you are customers are. What are their needs? These need to be considered before developing your WordPress website.
You will need a domain name (your street address on the Internet) that reflects your business. You don’t want a domain name that is too long. A domain name that is easy to remember is also a good idea. You will want to do a keyword search for words that reflect the business you are developing. A good place to determine whether or not a domain name is available is GoDaddy. You can type in a domain name that you like and GoDaddy will tell you whether or not the domain name is available or not. If it is not available, GoDaddy will make suggestions based on your search.
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Once you find and register your domain name, you will need to find a Web Host. I have used HostGator very successfully for several years. Another option is BlueHost. Both of these sites support WordPress and have CPanel (interface for changing or adding options to your website). There are other options, but these two are highly recommended. You do not want to use a windows based hosting service if you are going to use WordPress. They just don’t get along very well. The web hosts will also allow you to register your domain name with them, but if you ever want to move your website to another web host, moving it can be difficult.
When you register your domain with GoDaddy and then sign up to host your website, you have to go back into GoDaddy’s interface and point your domain name to your web host. GoDaddy has instructions on-line to do this.