WordPress Website Basics - Domains, Hosting & Why WordPress

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Building a WordPress website doesn't have to be hard, the more planning you do the easier it is. Before creating a WordPress website you should at least register a domain, find hosting and ensure WordPress is for you.

This presentation walks through domain best practices, hosting information and why WordPress might be a good fit for your website.

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WordPress Website Basics - Domains, Hosting & Why WordPress

  1. 1. First... Why WordPress? The Platform We Will Be Using By Ross Johnson @3PointRossThursday, April 5, 12
  2. 2. First, You Tell Me... Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  3. 3. Have you ever... Maintained, Managed or Modified a Website? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  4. 4. Have you ever... Worked with HTML or CSS? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  5. 5. Have you ever... Used WordPress on WordPress.com? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  6. 6. Have you ever... Used Self Hosted WordPress? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  7. 7. Have you ever... Used Adobe Dreamweaver or Contribute? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  8. 8. Have you ever... Used FrontPage? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  9. 9. Have you ever... Programmed in Pascal, Fortran or Assembly? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  10. 10. Why WordPress? Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  11. 11. Lots of options Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  12. 12. Drupal Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  13. 13. Joomla Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  14. 14. .NET Nuke Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  15. 15. SilverStripe Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  16. 16. Expression Engine Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  17. 17. They all have their pro’s and con’s. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  18. 18. WordPress’ Strongest Attributes are... Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  19. 19. Ease of Use Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  20. 20. Versatility / Capability Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  21. 21. WordPress Can Be Used to Create Many Different Types of Sites, Including: E-Commerce Sites Job Boards Online Businesses Blogs Cat Websites Company Websites Online Forums Online Portfolios Membership Websites Digital Sales Websites Social Networks News Websites Classified Websites Websites About Cheese Online Directories Twitter Clone Wiki’s Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  22. 22. Huge Community! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  23. 23. Very Active Forum Most questions are answered in minutes. 369,247 million posts in the support forum. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  24. 24. Lots of Enthusiasts Almost 90,000 Blogs Discussing WordPress Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  25. 25. Lots of Options Almost 20,000 free plugins! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  26. 26. Lots of Designs Thousands of templates! (paid and free) Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  27. 27. The Most Popular Platform... PERIOD 72,568,703 WordPress Run Websites WordPress Powers 14.7% of the top 1,000,000 sites 1 in every 5 domains created in the US run WordPress Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  28. 28. Trusted by Big Brands Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  29. 29. It’s Free!!! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  30. 30. Not All Sunshine and Rainbows Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  31. 31. Any Open Source Project Will Have Security Issues Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  32. 32. So you need to update your plugins and WordPress Installation Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  33. 33. Using WordPress is easy... Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  34. 34. But complicated functionality isn’t. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  35. 35. So you may have to hire a WordPress Expert. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  36. 36. Second... What Domain should I obtain? By Ross Johnson @3PointRossThursday, April 5, 12
  37. 37. What is a Domain? Also called a “web address” or URL Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  38. 38. Picking the Right Domain is Critical It’s your online phone number & digital address Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  39. 39. Things to consider Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  40. 40. The best domains are long taken. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  41. 41. You will have to make compromises. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  42. 42. With that in mind, make sure your domain is: Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  43. 43. Short & Memorable! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  44. 44. RossJohnsonSmellsMichiganCheeses.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  45. 45. or RossLovesCheese.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  46. 46. Get a .COM if possible! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  47. 47. If you’re building a brand... Consider getting the .net and .org Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  48. 48. Or you could get a .co Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  49. 49. Double-click to edit Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  50. 50. To find a good name, be creative! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  51. 51. Try using a dash (only one) Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  52. 52. drmayonnaise.com or dr-mayonnaise.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  53. 53. It doesn’t have to be the name of your company. Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  54. 54. A memorable phrase! Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  55. 55. SearchWithSam.com for Search Ad Marketing Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  56. 56. Or Keywords! (keywords in your domain are good for SEO) Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  57. 57. Martin’s Recycled Shoes could be UsedShoes4u.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  58. 58. Google Keyword Tool Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  59. 59. Add your location! MeadowFeteMichigan.com IngenexDetroit.com 37DesignsAnnArbor.com AnnArborDogcare.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  60. 60. Change Your Order 37designs.com could be designsby37.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  61. 61. Small Modifiers My37designs.com The37designs.com 37designsinc.com 37designsllc.com Hi37designs.com Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  62. 62. Register for 10 years (It’s good for SEO) Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  63. 63. Do You Need Privacy? Probably not... Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  64. 64. Where to Register? BlueHost - Free domain with hosting! Hover.com - Easy, beautiful, $15 on avg GoDaddy.com - Easy, not good for hosting. $9.99+ Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  65. 65. Questions? Follow me on the Twitters @3PointRoss Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12
  66. 66. Picking The Right Hosting Your Website’s NeighborhoodThursday, April 5, 12
  67. 67. What is a Website Host?Thursday, April 5, 12
  68. 68. Think of it this way... Your Domain is Your Phone Number. People dial it when they want to reach you.Thursday, April 5, 12
  69. 69. Your Website Host is your Address This is where you actually are when people call.Thursday, April 5, 12
  70. 70. Your Website Is Stored on a Computer That is connected to the internet. When people type in your domain, it dials up that computer.Thursday, April 5, 12
  71. 71. Companies Charge You to “House” Your Website. These companies are Website Hosting Companies.Thursday, April 5, 12
  72. 72. WordPress is so popular most hosts support it just fine.Thursday, April 5, 12
  73. 73. When Selecting, Consider...Thursday, April 5, 12
  74. 74. No Windows Hosting! Select Unix or Linux instead.Thursday, April 5, 12
  75. 75. Also look at: •Technical support. 24/7? Phone? •Space availability, get at least 1 gigabyte •Bandwidth, find something with unlimited •Freebies? (one click installs, e-mail, domains)Thursday, April 5, 12
  76. 76. Technical Requirements •PHP 5.0 •MySQL Or Look For WordPress Optimized Hosting.Thursday, April 5, 12
  77. 77. Our Recommendations: 1. BlueHost 2. HostGator 3. DreamHost 4. MediaTemple 5. Laughing Squid http://wordpress.org/hosting/Thursday, April 5, 12
  78. 78. Lyndsay’s ExperienceThursday, April 5, 12
  79. 79. Things to save: FTP INFORMATION ftp server: ftp.yourdomain.com ftp login: supersite ftp password: ch33seisgood CONTROL PANEL INFO Access Address: www.bighost.com/clients Login: supersite Password: ch33seisgoodThursday, April 5, 12
  80. 80. DNS Servers ns1.bighost.com ns2.bighost.comThursday, April 5, 12
  81. 81. Questions? Follow me on the Twitters @3PointRoss Why WordPress and Picking DomainsThursday, April 5, 12

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