The Ultimate Guide to WordPress for hosting
Posted by Sam Thomas on 05 January 2017 05:47 PM
The Ultimate Guide to WordPress for hosting
Used by over 60 million people worldwide, WordPress has become the most popular blogging platform available on the market. Its sophisticated interface and vast array of features have propelled its popularity into the stratosphere in recent years. From installation to utilisation, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to WordPress.
A couple of clicks with Softaculous
It’s up to you how difficult the WordPress installation has to be. You could, for example, install the software manually, or you could use Softaculous to auto-install the software – a feature that comes as standard on all PAC Web Hosting plans.
Manual installation of WordPress involves downloading the software and unzipping it. After this, you are required to upload the unzipped files and create a database before finally configuring the files to connect to the database. Working through this laborious process, and can be particularly difficult if you do not have prior experience using databases.
Another, much simpler process, is using the Softaculous auto installer. Specifically designed for the control panel available on all our hosting packages, Softaculous auto install eliminates the tedious process of manually installing apps. Simply submit your details and create a username and password, and you can then enjoy a fresh installation of WordPress on your website. The entire process takes just a couple of clicks and allows you to install the software in multiple directories and with themes and plugins preinstalled for added convenience.
Using Softaculous means that you’ll spend no time on database creation or file unzipping. Softaculous simultaneously allows you to dedicate more energy towards vital tasks such as content creation and layout design. In the long run, it could prove a very useful aid for your website or blog by allowing you to concentrate your efforts towards improving content or other aspects of your online presence – particularly if you are planning to install WordPress on multiple websites or root directories.
Compatible even with scripts that were not installed by Softaculous, the versatility of this software is staggering. Alongside blogging scripts such as WordPress, social networking scripts Dolphin and Wikis like MediaWiki are also readily available for optimisation on your website. Combine this with numerous e-commerce solutions and forums, and Softaculous gives you a tremendous number of scripts to choose from.
Softaculous comes included on all of our standard web hosting packages, but for those using a VPS or dedicated server, two license packages are available. Free, which offers 55 scripts at your disposal, and Premium, which offers an impressive 413 scripts alongside WordPress. The Premium version is available to purchase through a number of flexible monthly or yearly pricing plans. WordPress auto-install is only available in the Premium Auto Installer, however, a free one-month trial license can be used to give you a taster of the precious time that you can save installing apps and scripts using Softaculous to help build your website in the future.
If a single license is not enough for your business needs, you can consider the Softaculous NOC Partner Program, which available for those who require more than five licenses. This particular program is ideal for Datacentres, Large Web Hosts, VPS Providers and Dedicated Server Providers. The benefits of this program include discounted pricing, immediate licence reviews and purchases, along with consolidated invoices.
The Softaculous auto installer is an important tool for web hosting, and here at PAC Web Hosting, we believe it is essential for optimising operations when building blogs and websites.
Why exactly WordPress?
Simply put, WordPress is one of the most sophisticated web content management applications available on the market today. Powering over 23 percent of all websites worldwide, according to recent statistics from Business2Business community, WordPress enjoys a stellar reputation in the online blogging and business community. They have some illustrious users too, including NBC Sports, CNN and TIME, to name drop but a few listed on the official WordPress website. Having some of the most trusted and regularly visited news outlets in the world as advocates of their software is a huge boost to the validity of WordPress as a web content management system.
When browsing their respective websites, the sleekness of the pages is quite striking, with colour schemes and page features that differentiate them from competitor news websites with content that, obviously, will be the relatively similar. That’s part of the beauty of WordPress, as it offers the tools to create a wonderfully individual website that can set you apart from the crowd. When looking at some of the 350 theme examples WordPress have displayed on their official website, it's easy to see that there's an almost infinite amount of design possibilities available. What's more, with dedicated platforms such as ThemeForest and ElegantThemes set up to offer premium WordPress themes, finding a solution that works for your business doesn't have to be difficult - and it's more cost-effective than relying on a web designer to create something bespoke.
Importantly, apart from the website aesthetics that using WordPress is capable of achieving, the features available are equally as impressive. This content management system can be customised to your exacting requirements, giving you the tools you need to create a truly bespoke website. Categories, blogs, forums, pages and contact forms are just a few of the features available from the off, and plugins and themes can be installed to offer even greater customisation and flexibility over both design and functionality of your website.
On all our web hosting plans at PAC Web Hosting, WordPress is already pre-loaded and its performance optimised by the latest web hosting technologies we have at our disposal. This includes Free SSL certificates, a LiteSpeed Web Server to attain incredibly fast performance of your website, and the latest HTTP/2 Web Protocol to offer speed and compatibility.
Get started with WordPress
Getting started with WordPress’ simple user interface is a breeze. Choose from one of 350 themes to begin with, or use a third party website to buy a bespoke theme that’s just for you. Don’t worry; no specific design skills are needed here, and you don’t need to be an expert in web design to create a website using WordPress. Templates are available, but the ability to build your design from scratch is also present. Uniqueness is key when it comes to building a website, and because of the sheer amount of customisation features on offer, you can ensure your website stands out from the crowd. Background, colours and layout can all be changed to best suit your needs, and you can add sliders, images, unique content and widgets to give your pages more flexibility.
Editing your website can be done from anywhere via mobile and desktop apps for iOS, Android, Mac, Windows and Linux. Updating when on the go, therefore, is a capability. Also, support is always on hand with web hosting, both from ourselves at PAC Web Hosting via our 24/7 support service, and from the WordPress community You can, therefore, be sure that if any problems occur, support is on hand.
Widgets and built-in social sharing options are also available to increase interaction with your followers and visitors. You can interact automatically with Facebook and Twitter, auto-posting new content and giving your users the option to share articles, photos or videos from your website. You can also rely on plugins like Jetpack and Yoast SEO to add markup for Twitter and Facebook cards.
Statistics and security
This leads to the SEO benefits that can be reaped when using WordPress. Search engine optimisation is already built-in on a WordPress-created website, and you can rely on SEO tools and plugins to provide an even greater boost. Immediately, your site becomes more visible to Google, Bing and other search engines which increase the scope of possible hits.
Keeping track of those visitors on your website is easy. In-depth statistics are on hand, and it's easy to integrate tools like Google Analytics into your WordPress theme. The standard Wordpress Statistics feature included as part of its Jetpack plugin provides data in a simple, non-technical manner, so that you can see where they are from, what content they looked at and what particularly attracted them to your website. This amounts to invaluable information when it comes to altering your content to drive traffic to your website along with attracting and retaining visitors.
Security is paramount to your website’s success, and WordPress offers features such as anti-spam protection and automatic backups to ensure that your content is always protected.
There you have it – our ultimate guide to using WordPress. If you’re still considering whether or not the content management system is right for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the PAC Web Hosting team today.
With years of experience in web hosting and WordPress management, we’re best placed to offer impartial advice that will transform your website. Whether you’re looking to build a single website using the CMS or you’d like to start your own network of websites, we can provide cost-effective, managed WordPress web hosting solutions to give you the tools and flexibility you need to thrive.