what do you need to set up a website?

Anyone who wants to have a website today, regardless of whether it is a blog or a static web presence, can no longer avoid the CMS WordPress. Of course there are alternatives, but it is not for nothing that WordPress dominates the market. The already legendary 3-minute installation, the many free designs (themes) and extensions (plugins) and last but not least the large community make it easier for beginners to set up their own website.

But of course there are some conditions that have to be met.

Interest and technical understanding

Next First of all, you should be aware that if you want to install, set up and operate your website yourself, you should have a little understanding of the subject. You don’t have to have studied computer science, be a server administrator or be able to program, but dealing with an FTP program shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you to name a specific skill.

Otherwise, you should bring curiosity, the will to learn something new and a sense of adventure – sometimes unforeseen things happen and strong nerves, lots of coffee and a backup help!

For example, the manual for administrators and webmasters or the instructions for authors and editors are suitable for familiarizing yourself with the topic.

Web space/server requirements

First of all, you need a domain and web space. You can get both from different providers. We have explained in detail on the following subpage what you have to pay attention to and which providers are recommended.

WordPress web hosting

plugins

After installing WordPress, two plugins, i.e. extensions, are already installed. One is Hello Dolly. An extension that has always been there and that shows randomly selected song lines in the admin area.

The second plugin that comes with a standard WordPress installation is Akismet. A plugin that fights comment spam. And a plugin that does exactly this is definitely necessary, but we now use Antispam Bee, which I would like to highly recommend.

To increase the security of the WordPress installation, the Login LockDown plugin is also recommended. It blocks unauthorized access and thus protects against brute force attacks.

You can find even more tips for increasing the security of a WordPress installation in Vladimir’s article Sensible security measures for WordPress.

If the basic stuff is on the website, I would also recommend the following plugins:

theme

The current standard installation of WorPress 4.6 also provides the standard themes Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Fifteen and Twenty Sixteen. They are definitely suitable for trying out and testing and actually for more – it always depends on what you want.

So if you are looking for a theme, you can first have a look at the range of themes that WordPress itself offers. Here you will find several thousand themes!

If you are looking for a premium theme, you can look around at German-speaking or international providers.

You can find more information about free and premium themes here: Pros and cons of premium and free WordPress themes.

What do you need not for a WordPress website?

What I really want to advise against are plugins and themes that offer so-called “page builders”. They advertise that it is easier to design a website with it, even beginners can use it to set up highly complex designs.

Practice shows that this not the case is. The builders actually make creating pages and posts more complicated. The use often leads to a design salad, where in the end nobody can understand where which content comes from. They are also real resource hogs and do little for the performance of a page. 🙁

In addition, they are quite often problematic when it comes to having to update the installation, plugins or the theme yourself: it can happen that the content is no longer visible.

So you shouldn’t be blinded by the many colorful buttons, but rather use WordPress’ own editors, which you can definitely upgrade with plugins if it should be necessary.

In most cases, I find the NextGEN Gallery plugin similarly overrated. The WordPress gallery is usually sufficient for home use fully out of. And this can also be “pimped up” with simple means or plugins and adapted to your own needs. For designated photo websites, I would always recommend using an appropriate theme.

Our support

If you get stuck with your project or need any other help, then you can hire us and we will take care of the problem.

Related Posts:

Dipl.-Geogr. Thordis Bonfranchi-Simović has been working with WordPress since January 2004.