WordPress Installation and Set Up Guide

Our 12 Step Process to Complete Your Website

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. Keep it as short as possible so its easy to remember!

Who we recommend?

We use Godaddy for all our domain names and highly recommend them.

Step 2 – Purchase a Professional Hosting Package

You need to find a web host to store your files (website). We recommend and use Cloudways: Blazingly Fast, SSD servers, good security and professional support.

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 change them for you. You can always change the login details 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 a theme and plugins.

Start Building your website

You could install the WordPress demo website yourself from the cpanel but we can also do this for you. We could even set up your email address while there! Read our article on ‘Why WordPress is the Best CMS for any Website’.

Step 5 – Install and Set Up a WordPress Theme

We only use themes that look good without compromising on appearance and usability. All themes are fully responsive with professional support and guaranteed updates.

Which Theme do we use?

We highly recommend the default Gutenberg & KadenceWP – due to their simplicity and ultra clean code for fast loading. Not forgetting how easy it is to change the website colour scheme – with just a few clicks!

Step 6 – Install and set up Kadence Page Builder

With 100% clean code Kadence can create just about any website you visualise. We use them on most of our sites. Websites load fast and you can edit on the front-end.

Step 7 – Add the Pages to Your WordPress Menu

Add your pages – about us, services, testimonials, frequently asked questions and a contact form. Connect the contact form to your email address and include a menu for visitor navigation.

The most important pages

The above pages provide the necessary information to your visitor and we recommend them on every site. Once you provide us the information, we can do this for you.

Step 8 – Set up the Categories, Posts and Featured Images

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

Tell us your categories

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

Step 9 – Add an SEO Plugin – Optimize WordPress for Search Engines

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

Step 10 – 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.

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!

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 of your WordPress Set Up

In most cases the design and build will take place on our local server and once it’s completed, we hand it over. But it’s not the end. We’re always around to support you! Still not sure. Read our Website Design for Beginners to get a better understand of web development.