Things to do before Hosting your WordPress Website

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Is your WordPress Site ready to go live? Everyday thousands of websites is hosted on the web. So, it is necessary to be sure that your site stands out from the crowd and be unique in its own way. Once your site is ready in terms of theme set-up, relevant content and everything looks good to go, the next step is to check these few points before hosting it.

Start with selecting right Web Hosting Plan

To host your site, it is important to select the right web hosting plan as per the need of your project. While most of the site owners are happy with basic WordPress Hosting, but in some cases you may need a Managed WordPress Hosting.

Be aware about the advantages and disadvantages of both the WordPress Hosting plans and then take best decision for the sake of your project as it is the most basic step for the success of your site.

 

Now, if you are reading this article then it means you have already installed WordPress and your site is ready to be launched. Then check the following checklist one by one before pressing the LAUNCH button.

1. Check for WordPress backup Solution

Take some time to think about the Backup Measures for your WordPress site. Backups are like the Insurance Policy for your site, which you can redeem in case anything goes wrong with your site. So, always be ready for any crisis and solution to recover from it.

WordPress provides numbers of free as well as paid Backup Plugins that you can use. These Plugins are installed and setup within minutes. These Plugins are automatically triggered and the backups are stored in the cloud storage like Dropbox, Amazon S3 or Google Drives. The only thing you have to do is schedule it. The most popular Backup plugin is BackupBuddy, as it is quick and easy to setup. It also has option to store backup on multiple storage.

 

2. Check for Security of WordPress Admin Area

Powering 25% of all websites, WordPress is claimed as the most powerful and popular Content Management System ( CMS ), consequently becoming the No. 1 target of Hackers. Many WordPress sites have never seen or faced these threats and have been running their sites successfully for years but it is always best to be prepared.

See our Article Security Tips for your WordPress Website

 

The most preferred and popular tool for security is Sucuri Firewall. This makes your site secure and prevents from any hacks or attacks. Using Sucuri is like having Private Security System for your site which guards your physical business location.

3. Check Your Site for Errors

Before hosting your site on the web make sure that all your webpages are loading properly and if there are any missing or broken links. First impression of your site leaves a prominent mark at your user. Having these Server Errors may leave a bad impression of your site among the users.

 

If you have already added your site to Google Webmaster Tools, then you can find pages giving 404 not found error in your crawl report.

But for a new user or a new website, it is likely that you may have not added your site to Google Search Console or Webmaster tools. In this case, it is suggested to manually browse your site and make sure each webpage is working as expected. If you have a lot of webpages, then you can go through your most important pages first like about, contact, registration or login pages, etc.

Check-out our article if you experience 500 Internal Server Post-hosting of your WordPress site :

How to fix 500 Internal Server Error in WordPress?

4. Setup Email & Newsletter for Your WordPress Site

Check for options of exchanging important mails like signup, subscription, blog-post notification mails or even offer  notification mails among your subscribers. For this there are number of plugins that are free available which you can use to collect email like Email Subscribers or Mailbag or you can use more prominent one like Mailchimp or Optinmonster.

Test whether your mails are reaching your intended audience and if not check for problem and its solution. 

5. Check Social Integrations

Today’s era is an era of Social Media. So, make sure you don’t miss out on that. Social Media plays a vital role for the successful launch of any project.

Make sure that your users can find ways to connect with your website on social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.

Add Social Sharing Plugin and make sure that it works properly.

6. Install Tracking/Analytics

Having a track and record of your website’s statistics helps you to grow traffic on your site.  The best and free option to do this is to signup for Google Analytics, once signed up you can paste the JavaScript code they give you into your theme’s footer.php file or you can use a plugin to handle this for you.

 

Google Analytics is the easiest way to track how your readers interact with your website. It tells you where your visitors are coming from, what they see on your site, when they leave and how well your site is doing. So any of the Analytics measure to track the report of your site popularity.

7. Check for SEO settings

Search engines are amongst the top source way of increasing consistent free traffic for most websites. Optimizing your website for search engines can help you grow your traffic steadily after the its hosting.

The two most popular and powerful plugin for SEO are- Yoast’s WordPress SEO Plugin and the All in One SEO Pack. You can use anyone you you prefer but make sure to use one.

8. Check for Images, Videos, Sliders

Images and Videos add more interactive experience for your user and also make your site’s content less boring. So, check that all the sliders and images are loading properly and also must take less time for it. You can also try compressing the images and then use it. As, compressing will result in decreasing the size of the images.

Avoid adding videos by directly uploading it as it will result in increasing the load time of your site. Make sure your videos are coming from an external site like YouTube. This will result in enhancing speed of your site’s content delivery.

So, by covering these points will result in better performance and increased traffic after the hosting of your site.