WordPress 12 Step Guide by LairdPage

From Start to Finish Let's Complete Your Website

Pre-Website Development - Stage 1

Step 1

Purchase the domain name for your website

This is the name that identifies your website. People will type this into the browser URL bar to visit your website. We always recommend keep it as short as possible and easy to remember!

Who we recommend?

We have been using Godaddy for all our domain names and highly recommend them.

Step 2

Purchase a professional hosting package

You now need to find a web host to store your files (website). We recommend using a hosting provider that uses SSD servers, good security and professional support.

Siteground WordPress Hosting

Simply the best hosting provider around which we use on ALL our websites!

Step 3

Change the Name-Servers to point to your host

Login to your domain account, and look for DNS management. Your hosting provider would have given you the DNS records. Delete the current name-servers and replace them with the new ones.

We can do this for you.

If you provide us with your domain login details we can make the changes on your behalf. You can always change the password after!

Step 4

Send your Host Login details to Lairdpage

To start your website send us the login details from your hosting provider. This enables us to create your new WordPress website by installing all the necessary files including theme and plugins.

Start Building your website

You could install the WordPress demo website yourself from the cpanel but we're always happy to do this for you. We could even set up your email address while there!

Website Development Process - Stage 2

Step 5

Install and set up a wordpress theme

We only use the lightest themes that look good without compromising on appearance and usability. All themes set up by LairdPage are responsive with professional support with guaranteed updates.

Which Theme do we use?

Our preference goes to the Elementor 'Hello' or Astra theme due to the simplicity and ultra clean coding for fast loading.

Step 6

Install and set up Elementor Page Builder

With 100% clean code Elementor can create just about any website you can visualise and we use them for all our sites. Websites also load faster with editing that can be done on the front-end.

The best WordPress design Platform

A page builder that delivers high-end page designs with advanced capabilities.

Step 7

Create and Add the Relevant Pages to a Menu

Add pages such as about us, services, testimonials, frequently asked questions and a contact form connected to your email address including a menu for visitor navigation.

The most important pages

These pages provide the necessary information to your visitor and recommended on every site. Once you provide us the information we will add this for you.

Step 8

Set up the Categories and Posts Including Featured Images

Build a site structure by adding categories to sort your content into relevant topics/posts. This gives you the flexibility to showcase the posts you want within any page or in the menu.

Tell us your categories

Once we know the categories we can add the posts and build a structure for your website. This helps visitors navigate and find the relevant topics.

Step 9

Add an SEO Plugin to Optimise it for Search Engines

Add an SEO - search engine optimise plugin to create titles, descriptions and XML sitemap enabling your website to be indexed in search engines the way you want it to based on your keywords.

We use the SEO Framework

In our opinion The SEO Framework is light years ahead of any other SEO plugin we have used in the past.
SEO Framework

Step 10

Add and Set Up a Cache Plugin for Page load Speed

Enhance the speed and performance to make your website faster and reduce the load on your web server. A faster loading website is also favourable in getting a better page rank in Google etc.

Increase Load Speed

If you follow our recommendation, SiteGround hosting has a very powerful cache plugin, which comes free with all their plans.

Step 11

Connect your website to social media platforms

Connecting websites to your social media platforms will help it to grow more followers and promote your online brand. We can create the buttons to link to your social media pages.

Simply send us your Social Media Pages

All the popular social media platforms such as FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc can all easily be connected to your site.

Step 12

Hand the Website over to you for ownership

After all the hard work, we will hand over your website and create an administrator role under your name and email address. Don't forget, we're always there for technical support.

This is the best part

In most cases the design and build will take place on our local server and once it's on your host, we hand it over. But it's not the end. We're always around to support you!

Why Our Web Services

Create a website to stay ahead of your competitors

Websites that bring results

Build a website to drive high quality traffic and an online reputation to showcase your services.

Custom Designed Websites

Ensure the visual design of your website is in perfect alignment to reach the goals you want to achieve.

Professional Tech. Support

Provide support to help you grow, and to share our knowledge and expertise as your site develops.

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