A Comprehensive Checklist To Creating The Perfect WordPress Website

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There is no doubt that WordPress is the best content management system (CMS) for your website. Sure, countless CMS’ are available, ranging from open-source to paid, and you’ll hear evangelists on all sides swearing that their choice is the best. But Drupal, Joomla or any other CMS doesn’t hold a candle to WordPress for its ease of use, security and reliability.

It’s no wonder that Web developers have built over 50 million websites on its sturdy back, or that so many designers would never dream of using anything else. For the sake of this article, let’s agree that WordPress is the way to go, no looking back. With that established, let’s lay out a 15-step checklist to help you create the perfect WordPress website.

Choose A Domain

Without a domain, users wouldn’t be able to find or share your website. In case you’re unsure, facebook.com is a domain, as is http://www.google.com. The http:// and www. are optional. Websites will work whether or not you type in the prefix. We’re referring to the rest when discussing domain selection.

There are four key elements to a domain: top-level domain, root domain, subdomain and subfolder:

Top-Level Domain

The top-level domain, or TLD, is the end of the domain. The most ubiquitous TLD and the one you will be most familiar with is .com. Because .com is the first TLD that comes to mind, it is sought after the most by far, which is why most great .com domains are already owned.

There are many different TLDs, some created exclusively for organizations (.gov, .edu), some specific to countries (.co.uk, .us, .es) and some used most often as an alternative to .com (.net, .org .info).

Root Domain

Unlike the TLD, you have full control over your root domain; example.com is a root domain. We have tremendous freedom in choosing root domains. The only two restrictions when registering a domain are that it be unique (i.e. it isn’t currently registered) and that it consist only of letters, numbers and hyphens.

Purchasing domains that have already been registered is also possible, but they usually command much higher prices. A good domain should be concise, memorable, unique, easy to spell and easy to pronounce.

Subdomains

A subdomain is the domain that appears before the root domain; sub.example.com, for example. Once you own a root domain, you can create subdomains at no additional cost.

Subfolders

Subfolders are listed after the TLD; for example, domain.com/subfolder. SEOmoz has an in-depth article on the intricacies of domains1 relative to search engine optimization.

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Where to buy a domain:

Choose A Hosting Package

Choosing the right host and package is extremely important. Get it wrong and your website will suffer. A host should empower you, never limit you. For example, some hosting packages allow only a single domain, so if you plan on having multiple websites (which many people do), these wouldn’t work.

When choosing a host, look for three key elements:

Limitations:

  • Does the host support WordPress?
  • How many domains can you host?
  • How much bandwidth and storage are you allocated?
  • What up-time percentage are you guaranteed?

Company:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • Does it have positive reviews by users?
  • What kind of support does it offer?

Pricing:

  • How much is the package you need?
  • Are upgrades available if required?
  • Are there any additional costs (IP addresses, software, etc.)?
  • Is there a trial period?

The best hosting recommendations will come from friends and colleagues, because they will have first-hand experience to share. Here are some reputable hosting providers, in case you don’t know anyone with experience:

There are also high-quality WordPress-specific hosting companies that can take care of everything for you. Rather than simply host your website, they install and configure WordPress and support you every step of the way.

WordPress-specific hosting providers:

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Configure The Nameservers

nameservers

(If your domain came with your hosting package, this step is not required.)

Once you have both a domain and hosting account, you will need to point the domain to your host’s nameservers, to connect the domain name to the server. When you signed up, your hosting provider should have sent you the names of the nameservers. They look something like ns1.nameserver.com and ns2.nameserver.com.

Navigate to your domain’s control panel, and search for something along the lines of “change nameservers.” This is where you will enter the nameservers. Once this step is completed, you will have to wait up to 24 hours for the change to propagate. You will know that it’s working if your domain shows your host’s landing page when you enter the URL in a browser.

If you can’t locate where to change the nameservers, do not hesitate to contact your domain registrar. It would be happy to point you in the right direction.

Upload WordPress

Download and unzip the latest version of WordPress15, and then upload it to your hosting account using FTP. FTP stands for “file transfer protocol”; it is a method of transferring files between a computer and hosting server.

To upload files using FTP, you must first download and install an FTP client program, such as FileZilla16 (the one I use). FileZilla will ask for your FTP credentials (host name, user name and password). Your host will already have given you these; if not, request them.

Once you have connected to your server via FTP, you will be presented with a list of folders. Search for one named public_html or the name of your domain. This is where you will upload WordPress.

If you want your website to be on the root domain, upload it directly. If you want to install WordPress in a subfolder, you must first create the folder and then upload the files there. Many people install WordPress in a subfolder (such as example.com/blog), but this is not required.

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Create A Database

A database is where all your WordPress data is stored, including your content (i.e. posts, pages and comments), configurations and user data. Each time a page loads, WordPress queries the database for all of the required information, such as title, content, categories, tags and published date.

Using your host’s control panel, create a database and a database user name and password for WordPress to connect with. If you are unsure how to complete this step, your host will be able to assist you.

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Modify wp-config-sample.php

wp-config

Once you have set up the database and its user name and password, it’s time to use the FTP client to edit the wp-config-sample.php file.

First, rename the file to wp-config.php (i.e. remove sample). Then, using a text editor, open the file.

/** The name of the database for WordPress */

define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');

/** MySQL database username */

define('DB_USER', 'username_here');

/** MySQL database password */

define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');

Find these lines, and replace the placeholders with your credentials. Then save your edited file to the server.

Install WordPress

Head to your domain. WordPress will request some basic information to complete the installation and create your account. The process is short and self-explanatory.

Security tip: Do not use the user name admin because it is too easily guessed by hackers.

Once you have submitted this information, you will be able to log into the admin panel at yourdomain.com/wp-admin. You will also receive a confirmation email.

Choose A Theme

Your WordPress theme is the design foundation for your website. Literally thousands of free and premium themes are available, or you could have one custom designed, although this option is substantially more expensive.

Whether your website is about design19, food20, real estate21 or pretty much anything else, you’ll find themes tailored to your needs. But finding the perfect one can feel like a never-ending quest.

Here are the absolute minimum requirements for the perfect theme:

  • Great design,
  • Valid HTML and CSS,
  • Rock-solid code,
  • Strong readability,
  • Compatibility with the latest version of WordPress,
  • Compatibility with the most popular plugins,
  • Extensive support and documentation.

With the space being so competitive, all reputable theme providers will offer these features as standard.

With your foundation in place, ask yourself a few questions to ensure the theme is ideal:

  • Does this theme meet all of my requirements?
  • Can it be customized?
  • How quickly will I outgrow this theme?
  • Do any of its color schemes match my brand?

A website should focus more on what your customers like and what they will respond to than on your personal preference. People get lost in their own personal style all too often. If your blog is personal, that’s fine. But if it’s for business, then you must put customers first.

Places to buy WordPress themes:

25Articles about WordPress themes

Configure The Basics

Once you have installed WordPress and picked out a few potential themes, you should make a few basic configurations that will dramatically improve the website.

  • Activate Akismet
    Akismet is the number one tool for detecting spam comments. Fortunately, it comes built into WordPress. You will need to activate it and generate an API key28. If you don’t plan to allow comments on your articles, this step isn’t required.
  • Disable comments
    If you don’t want to allow comments, navigate to Settings → Discussion, and uncheck “Allow people to post comments on new articles.” This setting can be overridden in each post.
  • Configure permalinks
    By default, WordPress URLs look like example.com?p=232. By enabling the custom permalink structure (Settings → Permalinks) and pasting in %postname%, your URLs will be much friendlier to search engines and RSS readers. For example, for a page titled “WordPress checklist,” the URL would be example.com/wordpress-checklist. You can customize the URL of each post even after having customized the permalink structure.
  • Add Gravatar
    A Gravatar is an image associated with and linked to your email address. Comments are a perfect example of Gravatars in use. Some themes also have author boxes that feature Gravatars. The great thing about a Gravatar is that you need to set it up only once29, and then your image will load wherever your email address appears in a Gravatar-enabled location.

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Secure WordPress

WordPress is relatively secure out of the box, and its few weaknesses can be ironed out with little effort. Note, however, that no website is 100% secure. Your aim is simply to make it as hard as possible for someone to exploit the website.

No matter how much you invest in security, as long as your website is live, there is a chance it will be exploited, which is just one reason why backing up is so important. Also, the points we’ll cover here relate only to WordPress security, whereas hackers can attack from all angles; there have been cases of hosting providers being exploited, leaving their customers vulnerable.

  • Keep WordPress up to date.
    Many WordPress updates contain functional upgrades as well as security fixes. Do not leave yourself exposed to old exploits.
  • Do not use wp_ as the database table’s prefix.
    Many WordPress users leave the database table’s prefix as the default, wp_, allowing malicious hackers to search for that specifically in their exploits. By changing the prefix to something unique, you make the database less vulnerable.
  • Remove the WordPress version from the website’s header.
    By telling malicious users which version of WordPress you are running, you might be inadvertently telling them how to exploit your website, especially if the version is outdated.
  • Remove admin user name.
    Malicious users know that a large percentage of users will have the user name admin. This means that they need to discover only a single piece of data: your password. By using a unique user name, they would have to guess twice as much data.

The above tweaks need not be done manually. The WP Security Scan31 plugin does some of these things automatically and can assist you with completing the others.

One final recommendation is to make your file permissions as strict as possible without preventing you from performing essential tasks such as uploading media from within the admin area. In my experience, setting all directories as 755 and all files as 644 is best, although you might need to set wp-content/uploads to 777 in order to allow uploads from within the admin area.

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Create Essential Pages

When someone stumbles on your blog, you want them to be able to find everything they need as quickly as possible. You want to make it easy. That means having a few basic pages that will help you help them quickly.

  • Home page
    The is the landing page for your website. It can be either a static page that explains a little about you or your business, or a dynamic page that updates with each new blog post. By default, WordPress displays a list of your latest blog posts. If you would like a static page to be shown instead, first create that page, and then navigate to Settings → Reading and enable the static page.
  • About page
    If you’re not using the home page as a static landing page, then the “About” page is an ideal place to discuss you and your company. Present yourself in the best possible light by saying who are you, where you come from and why that should matter to visitors. Make the copy on this page informative and, if possible, a bit intriguing.
  • Contact page
    Visitors to your website might want to reach you and would expect to be able to do so with the ease of a click, which is the exact purpose of the contact page. Whether you use a form plugin or simply display an email address, the contact page makes it dead simple for people to connect with you.
  • Products, services or “hire me” page
    You probably aren’t building the website for fun. Whether you’re selling a service or have a full-blown e-commerce website with merchandise ready to ship, the product page is essential to your revenue. Make it easy to see your offerings and as simple and quick as possible for users to find exactly what they’re looking for.

Optimize For Search Engines

Search engine optimization (SEO) is essential to ensuring that your copy draws as much targeted traffic as possible. Some themes come with built-in SEO features, and while this is great, I prefer to use a plugin so that my settings are uniform across all of my websites, regardless of the theme. The best SEO plugin available at the moment is WordPress SEO by Yoast34.

Here are its most important features:

  • Generation of XML site map
    A site map is a search engine-friendly map of all of your pages. No theme has this functionality built in, and most SEO plugins don’t include it either.
  • Site-wide and post-level control of meta data
    Being able to control the title and meta description of each page is essential to optimizing for search engines, because they are shown in the results when someone performs a search on Google.
  • Control of noindex and nofollow
    Being able to control which pages search engines index helps to avoid problems with duplicate content, and it also keeps the wrong pages from showing up in results.

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Set Up Analytics

analytics

Analytics enables you to track visitors, with a ton of useful data on their browsing, such as:

  • How they landed on your website,
  • How long they stayed,
  • How many pages they viewed,
  • Which pages they viewed.

The most popular analytics software is Google Analytics37, because it has pretty much everything you’ll need and is entirely free to use, no matter how big or small the website. Installing it is also extremely simple. All you have to do is create a Google Analytics account, and then place the JavaScript code you are given just before the </body> tag in your theme’s footer file (usually footer.php).

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Back Up

Backing up is undoubtedly the most important item on this list. If something goes wrong and you haven’t set up a back-up system, you could lose all of your online assets. Fortunately, there are multiple fantastic solutions. The most vital thing is to back up both the database and your files, not just one or the other.

  • VaultPress39
    Owned by Automattic (the creator of WordPress), VaultPress is certainly the most reputable back-up solution. Plans start at $15 per month.
  • BackupBuddy40
    This back-up solution has been around longer than VaultPress and allows you to back up content to your server, Amazon S3 or an email address. It also has a one-time cost, starting at $75 for two websites.
  • WP-DB-Backup41
    This plugin backs up only your database and then emails it to you. The problem with backing up only the database is that while your content will be saved, you will lose your themes, plugins and modifications. WP-DB-Backup is free.

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Set Up Caching

Every time a page is loaded by a user, WordPress processes that page on your server. This involves retrieving the title and content from the database and executing other processes. But if multiple people are viewing the exact same page, why not display a static version rather than process the page for every instance?

That is exactly what the W3 Total Cache43 plugin does.

The plugin also offers features such as minification, which strips all white space from your HTML, CSS and JavaScript files. Minification also combines CSS and JavaScript files; so, instead of making many calls, the browser makes just one for CSS and another for JavaScript. In short, minification makes your files smaller and, therefore, faster to load.

Simply by activating W3 Total Cache and leaving the default configuration, you could double or triple your blog’s speed while reducing server load.

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Summary

In helping you choose a domain and hosting provider, install WordPress, select a theme, optimize the website for search engines, and install analytics to monitor traffic, this 15-point checklist is your bulletproof guide to building a quality website without wasting time.

It gives you everything you need to get a high-quality WordPress website up and running in very little time. Of course, if you want someone else to take care of everything for you, there are companies that offer high-quality and affordable solutions.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page in case you need it later. And best of luck with your new WordPress website!

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.seomoz.org/blog/understanding-root-domains-subdomains-vs-subfolders-microsites
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/02/the-effective-strategy-for-choosing-right-domain-names/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/06/28/domain-tools-and-articles-about-domain-names/
  4. 4 http://iwantmyname.com/
  5. 5 http://www.godaddy.com/
  6. 6 http://sedo.co.uk/
  7. 7 http://mediatemple.net
  8. 8 http://firehost.com
  9. 9 http://vps.net
  10. 10 http://page.ly/
  11. 11 http://wpengine.com/
  12. 12 http://zippykid.com/
  13. 13 http://outstandingsetup.com/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/29/9-steps-to-a-happy-relationship-with-your-hosting-provider/
  15. 15 http://wordpress.org/
  16. 16 http://filezilla-project.org/
  17. 17 http://codex.wordpress.org/Uploading_WordPress_to_a_remote_host
  18. 18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfM0xNwkAMA
  19. 19 http://themes.allur.co/prolific/
  20. 20 http://foodpress.wpmaniac.com/
  21. 21 http://www.informatik.com/themeforest/openhouse2/
  22. 22 http://themeforest.net
  23. 23 http://www.woothemes.com/
  24. 24 http://www.studiopress.com/
  25. 25 http://www.studiopress.com/
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/11/premium-wordpress-themes-are-they-here-to-stay/
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/06/15/a-review-of-customer-service-and-support-models-of-premium-wordpress-shops/
  28. 28 http://akismet.com/
  29. 29 http://en.gravatar.com/
  30. 30 http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/01/15/wordpress-the-complete-post-install-checklist/
  31. 31 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-security-scan/
  32. 32 http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/10-steps-to-securing-your-wordpress-installation/
  33. 33 http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress
  34. 34 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/
  35. 35 http://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-seo/
  36. 36 http://www.viperchill.com/wordpress-seo/
  37. 37 http://www.google.com/analytics/
  38. 38 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/16/a-guide-to-google-analytics-and-useful-tools/
  39. 39 http://vaultpress.com
  40. 40 http://pluginbuddy.com/purchase/backupbuddy/
  41. 41 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-db-backup/
  42. 42 http://www.techiemania.com/5-great-backup-plugins-for-wordpress.html
  43. 43 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/w3-total-cache/
  44. 44 http://www.tutorial9.net/tutorials/web-tutorials/wordpress-caching-whats-the-best-caching-plugin/

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Danny Cooper is the founder of outstandingSETUP, an all inclusive WordPress solution.

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  1. 1

    It’s a good article, but I wouldn’t say it’s comprehensive.

    You can save a lot of time and hassle by picking a host with a one-click install of WordPress – all good ones have it. This saves 5 sections of your article.

    In your SEO section, you don’t mention changing permalinks which is imperative. You should also change the post dates to a numerical format to avoid Google seeing them as keywords for your website.

    I would also suggest removing any default ‘Meta’ links (especially the one to the WordPress admin panel) and installing more security plugins than the one you mention.

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      Thanks for the comment Jenni,

      “You can save a lot of time and hassle by picking a host with a one-click install of WordPress – all good ones have it. This saves 5 sections of your article.”

      I did list the solutions that will allow you to save time, however I still believe it’s beneficial to be educated on the full process.

      “In your SEO section, you don’t mention changing permalinks which is imperative. You should also change the post dates to a numerical format to avoid Google seeing them as keywords for your website.”

      The SEO plugin I recommended guides you through the process of changing permalinks

      “I would also suggest removing any default ‘Meta’ links (especially the one to the WordPress admin panel) and installing more security plugins than the one you mention.”

      Again the plugin I mentioned covers a lot of the bases, however in security there is always more you could do.

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        Thanks for your reply, your comments are slightly conflicting though. I would argue it’s more important to understand the changes you’re making for SEO than understand installing WordPress manually (which doesn’t really have any benefits in the long term). Highlighting the important SEO changes to be made and why would be more useful as many people have the ‘install plugin, activate it and leave it’ mentality. I’m not a fan of Yoast’s plugin myself so I wasn’t aware that stuff was included :)

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  2. 4

    Thanks for such a thorough post, Danny. I wish I’d found this when I was starting out — would have saved me months, if not a year, of heartache as I learned the ropes. Tons of great tips in here and useful links. And thanks for always being so helpful when I’ve run into issues or had questions!

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    • 5

      Danny,

      Great one.

      Details step by step guide. This is what i looking for

      Thanks and this going to help me a lots to build my new site.

      Philip

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  3. 6

    No one will ever need another checklist ever again. WOW. Great Job, Danny!

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  4. 7

    Great article!

    And I can say that because Danny has helped me set up my WordPress site from the ground up and covered all the bases he talks about here.

    Coming from a WP.com background, I wasn’t sure why a self-hosted site would be better, but it is. BY FAR. Yes, there is a learning curve (but when is there not?) and it’s totally worth it.

    WordPress is THE way to go.

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  5. 9

    Danny, this is a great resource for anyone looking to get started. And just like the David above, I wish I’d found this when I started out, it would have saved me a lot of pain.

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    Hi Danny! I’m so glad you sent me the link to this article – it’s going to save me a ton of time when folks ask me “how do I set up a website?”

    I do have one question, am I talking out of my behind when I tell people that WordPress sites have an SEO advantage over those “website in a box” templates or kits?

    Thanks for the awesome resource!

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      Hey Tracy,

      By default WordPress is at least equal to or better than all the “website in a box” solutions I’ve seen SEO-wise. However where it really excels is if you use it in conjunction with a plugin that offers you an unmatched level of SEO-control such as Yoast SEO.

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        Would you say that the Yoast SEO is better than all-in-one-seo-pack for WP? And if so what makes it better? Please be specific.
        Thank you!

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    Checklist for newbie :)

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  8. 14

    Wow Danny, this post is AMAZING – I will bookmark and PRINT as a guide for sure. Thanks so much!!!

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  9. 15

    Everything I NEED to know about creating the perfect WordPress website in one article. Brilliant! Thanks!!

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  10. 16

    Hi. I just emailed this link to my group as a starting point before we start to learn basics of WP. Thanks! I just need to modify it a little bit, mainly the hosting because we are located in Finland.

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  11. 17

    I needed this when I started using wordpress. I do most of these things now, but this would have saved me a lot of time then.

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  12. 18

    Thank you for this thorough article. Although I have been developing WordPress websites for several years now, I still enjoyed your piece.

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  13. 19

    You should think about wordpress and domain security. There are so many wordpress sites are hacked by hackers.

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    Konstantin Kovshenin

    December 27, 2011 11:59 pm

    Cool, but GoDaddy is not the best place to buy a domain ;)

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  15. 21

    Great list, Danny. Thanks!

    One important addition I would make under “WordPress Security” is:

    Installing your site in your root directory, or in one called “wp” or “wordpress” essentially screams “wordpress!! hack me!!”. Instead, set up a subfolder within your domain with some innocuous name (e.g. “blue_foxes”) and use that for your WordPress install.

    You don’t even have to do anything in your host services’ File Manager or FTP. During the one-click WP install which is available on most reputable web hosts, simply choose a folder that doesn’t yet exist when WP asks where you want to do the install. It will create it for you.

    Cheers!

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      Excellent idea Karen, I didn’t think of that.

      Although another indicator of WordPress is the wp-content & wp-admin subdirectories which I’m not sure can be avoided.

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      Hi, quick question…
      This step u are talking about any idea if it can be done after an installation has been made on the root folder without having to unistall and reinstall n a dif folder and then having to build everything again.. Can the current folder be moved to a different folder?

      Thanks ur input will be much appreciated

      Nikhil

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  16. 24

    Wow – now that’s a cracking article Danny, thanks for taking the time to share all of this with us. To add to your point about places to buy WordPress Themes, I recently prepared The Ultimate WordPress Theme Marketplace Guide which is a comprehensive list of places to buy and sell themes (also includes some free sources too) -
    Regards
    Drew

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  17. 25

    Very nice and informative. Thank you so much for a nice tutorial.

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    Clarissa Mansour

    March 22, 2012 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the article!
    Very helpful!!

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    Anders Vinther

    June 3, 2012 5:35 am

    This is a great list of things to do to install and secure your WordPress site…

    I recently had some security problems with my WordPress sites, and ended up doing a lot of research into securing WordPress sites…

    I have now written up my experiences in a comprehensive WordPress Security Checklist which can be downloaded for free on http://www.wpsecuritychecklist.com.

    My checklist has a few more items and detailed steps for how to get the job done.

    Hopefully the checklist can help other people securing their WordPress sites…

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  20. 28

    I’m brand new to creating a website in WordPress for our PTA. Much gratitude for this information. As others have stated, there is more realistic, factual, spot-on information – info that I would have never thought of or known about. Thank you, thank you.

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    May I just say what a comfort to find somebody who really understands what they’re discussing on the web. You definitely realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people should look at this and understand this side of the story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular given that you certainly have the gift.

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  22. 30

    This is the best article- hands down. Nothing even comes close! I had clients who had WordPress sites that I updated but now I am building them from the ground up. After having my own site for over 5 years- I am ready. YouTube is great for watching a tutorial, however I guarantee this stuff is not in those videos. Thanks you on behalf of all the business owners that your information comes across.

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    Hi,

    I’m new to WordPress, but I’m using HTML for quiet few years now and comfortable with. I would like to know if I can have hybrid solution where I can have my main site with plain HTML and keep a news section managed through WordPress? Say for example my site will be example.com and my news page will be example.com/news. This way I can get used to WordPress and over a period of time will migrate the site completely to WordPress when I feel comfortable.

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  24. 32

    Danny,
    Your post was on point! Your instructions were very clear and to the point. I only wish I had found you days ago it would have prevented me from losing so many man hours reading garbage!

    Thanks, and go well!
    Lionel– Bahamas

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  25. 33

    Hi,

    When I’m seeking a website generation process with WordPress from the beginning, I can find your article about the same thing. This helps me a lot. Thanks for your helpful writing.

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  26. 34

    I find this article very, VERY informative and helpful! Specially for those who are just starting or planning to make their own WordPress website. I came across this article when I was watching this video on youtube, it’s somehow the same. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAPGp61XY6c

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  27. 35

    Hi Danny

    Nice article! In my opinion WordPress is one of the best CMS choice for web development and easy to upload or modify content. WordPress is the easiest Open Source Content compare to Joomla or Dupral

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  28. 36

    Wow Danny what a detailed check list to getting started with WordPress. Great job!

    I have put together a step by step Video tutorial using a fantastic specific wordpress hosting company @snappyrack which is not in your list!

    They do all the hard work for you and they also provide step by step video tutorials for my website clients!

    My step by step of How to build a WordPress website can be found here:

    http://www.poundpig.com/how-to-build-a-wordpress-website-step-by-step-tutorial/

    If anybody as any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!
    Kind regards
    Matt

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    check out this one you can create a profesional wordpress website for just $0.8/month
    http://www.wordmypress.com

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    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me lunch simply because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your website.

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    Hi Danny – thanks for taking the time to build such an informative page – I have bookmarked this as I am a total newcomer to the world of website building (first one ever). Could I just ask you if you can recommend a secure file transfer programme for my clients to upload secure audio to (my site is about offering a service for transcription ie – typing up the spoken word into a word document). I am offering the service to solicitors, students, publishers etc so really need a secure upload page but have got no idea how to go about it and there are so many articles to look at that I am now terribly confused! Honestly, any help at all would be so very much appreciated.

    Warm regards.

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    Hi Danny,
    I am a newbie and this article has helped me alot. I was hell confused regarding domain, hosting, etc. Now I feel much relaxed. I have a small doubt. I am planning to take hosting from godaddy. They provide domain name for free with their annual plans. So I m planning to buy a .com domain from there. At the same time, I have selected a wordpress theme too. It’s a free theme. So is it fine, if I purchase and host domain from godaddy and later use that wordpress theme?
    Do I need to pay wordpress for this? Do I need to buy domain from wordpress?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Danny,

    This article is great! Thanks for taking the time to put it together. I am starting to configure a site this weekend and have one major concern! You posted this information in 2011 and its now 2013. Do you have any updates, there has been so much going on in the www over the past 2 years and I don’t want to start my website behind the curve!

    Thanks ahead of time!

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    Real deatiled infromation about wordpress website setup and what to do and what things not to do. Every wordpress developer should keep above points in mind while creating the wordpress site..

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    One of the best resource, thanks :)

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    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m definitely happy I came across it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back regularly!

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    Very useful checklist guide – I was creating my own internal process and used this guide to ensure I did not miss anything. Thanks!

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    Thnx Danny

    For this nice tutorial google analytics thnx u so much…..

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    brilliant post! this is going to be my only checklist for creating my new site! oh, and my name is also danny! ;)

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    Salem Kosemani

    May 28, 2014 3:33 pm

    Absolutely great a checklist, what about doing some custom programming on a WordPress website, how does that boil them, maybe you have an article on this, please kindly share with me.

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    Great article. If you don’t mind I’d like to translate your article in my language with links and anything else to yours just to let people, in my country, know what and how to do.
    Thanks for such a great article.

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    Great post Danny, Doing a quick install is a great way to
    setup a word press website. Most hosing companies gives you access to a cpanel
    where you can do a quick install.
    Webbose the happening hosting
    company.

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