Cheap WordPress Hosting
The most popular application for quickly and easily publishing blogs is WordPress. WordPress is not confined to publishing blogs, although making blogging easy was a key motivation for the WordPress development community. In fact, the application can be used for building any kind of website, including complicated ecommerce sites.
Because WordPress is an open source software application, you do not have to pay any license fee to use it. That makes it an obvious choice for people with limited budgets. In addition, you can find cheap WordPress hosting services, just like ours here at Webdevel.com.
One of the best things about combining the power of WordPress with cheap WordPress hosting services is that you can get your website built and published in minutes without having to pay a lot of money for a professional website development service. You do not need any technical knowledge to do this. Just follow the instructions you see online, as we take you step by step through the process.
If you are not familiar with WordPress, you may think that opting for an application that is free, and availing of cheap WordPress hosting, probably means you are going to get something that looks low grade and amateurish. While this is often the case with free software, WordPress is different. With WordPress, you select from a huge range of designs, run the install, and within minutes you have a sleek and professional looking website.
WordPress has been developed as a community project. Thousands of top-level programmers gave, and continue to give, their time free of charge to add to or upgrade features. This is possible because the application has been built using an object-oriented philosophy. You do not need to understand the technology. In a nutshell, using object oriented programming (OOP) techniques makes it possible to build sophisticated applications using small, independent chunks. That means no individual developer has to commit huge amounts of time to working on WordPress.
If you are a complete beginner, your best option is to sign up for our cheap WordPress hosting package. We provide a managed service for you, so you do not have to concern yourself about things like implementing security and managing backups. Furthermore, all you have to do is follow the on-screen prompts to create your website.
You also have the option of installing WordPress yourself. Here’s how:
1. You download the WordPress package on to your own computer, and install it there.
2. Next, you need to set up a MySQL database on our host server, or use an existing one if you have it. If you choose to use an existing one, you must add a unique prefix in your WordPress configuration file (wp-config.php) to ensure you do not accidentally overwrite tables in your existing MySQL database.
3. You need to create a user account with all privileges for accessing the MySQL database, or have the login details of an existing user with all privileges. You can do all this from our cPanel interface.
4. When you download and install WordPress locally, it comes with a file called wp-config-sample.php. This is a copy of the most common configuration settings. Rename this file to wp-config.php. You now need to edit wp-config.php, inserting the name of your MySQL database, and the user login details.
5. The final step is to FTP your local WordPress installation on to our host server. When the WordPress files have all been uploaded, navigate to the site by typing the address in your browser. If your blog website is called myblog.com and you have installed WordPress in your root folder, just type myblog.com. If you have copied to a sub-folder, include that in the address, e.g. myblog.com/mywordpress. WordPress will then automatically complete the installation process.
Why would you opt to do your own WordPress installation?
While we offer cheap WordPress hosting with management features, you may want to do your own install to give you total control. However, it must be said that if you are a total beginner, you are going to have to do some homework to do your own installation.
Learning a bit about WordPress is probably a good idea anyway. It is a very sophisticated application with tons of features, and you will only be able to leverage it to the fullest if you take the time to know how to manipulate it.
In the installation instructions above, note that you create a user with all privileges. Having all privileges gives you the power to delete critical tables or data, and that can destroy your website’s functionality. Clearly, when this happens it is usually unintentional, but it may be impossible to rectify any errors.
That is why having a local copy of your website can be very useful. Instead of trying out new techniques or deploying new options on your live site, you can first make sure that they are not going to harm your website by trying them locally.
Add-ons and Plug-ins
Because WordPress is an OOP application, it is easy for other software developers to create applications that work with it. You can plug many different types of electrical equipment into a socket, because all these diverse devices share a common interface, this being the plug.
OOP applications work the same way. The only thing developers have to do is ensure their applications share the same interface.
The result is that there are thousands of add-ons or plug-ins (both these terms mean the same thing) available to make WordPress even more powerful.
Add-ons can be designed to streamline tasks, or to add features to your WordPress installation. Need a shopping cart? Just look for ecommerce add-ons.
It is best to test add-ons on your local copy before deploying them on your main site. Theoretically, add-ons should not interfere in any way with existing features of your website, but this is not guaranteed. It is always best to experiment locally first.
Apart from being careful about experimenting with your live website, there are other aspects you need to keep in mind. Using third-party web hosting WordPress options to build your website is the easiest way to get up and running quickly, but you need to look into the future as well.
If you are hoping to generate revenue from your website, you need to focus on building traffic and marketing your website. Therefore, every minute you spend on administrative functions is potentially costing you lost traffic and revenue. It is, therefore, important to offload as much administration as possible. By using our managed hosting service you take a lot of the administrative burden off yourself.
If your marketing is successful and your traffic volumes start to grow, you need to be confident that your hosting resources can grow too. With us, you will be able to upgrade seamlessly to cope with increased traffic.
You can build professional looking websites easily using WordPress. If you are new to this technology, then opting for our managed WordPress hosting is your best bet. If you have a higher level of expertise, we offer the best web hosting for WordPress at competitive prices. If you are unsure about what to do, please do not hesitate to call our support people. We will be glad to help you in any way we can.