Building and Hosting your Website

When it comes to creating your own website, there are two major things to consider before you start, who is going to help you create your website, and who is going to host it?  When it comes to creating the website, you have a fair few options, but in all honesty, there is one website creator that sticks out as a great option for many reasons, and that is WordPress.

King of Website Creation

For those of you using WordPress, there is one particular number that probably helped shaped your decision when you were looking at which website builder to use.  Wordpress already powers about 74.6 million (!) websites on the internet right now, which when you think about it, is pretty staggering.  

Cast your mind back a couple of years, and a few rivals started emerging such as Wix and Squarespace, and while they have managed to carve out a niche for themselves, the fact they are more expensive and less customizable has meant that the crown for website creation dominance isn’t changing hands anytime soon.  Those of you familiar with WordPress will no doubt be acquainted with the features that have helped this particular website creation tool become so popular, but did you ever consider that your current host may not be giving you the best performance possible?  Hosting is quite often overlooked by consumer’s looking to build their online presence, but in the real world, where speed is everything, it really shouldn’t be.

Where to Host?

While creating your website is obviously at the forefront of your mind when starting a new online venture, ‘hosting’ should definitely be next in line for consideration.  Without a good host, you can end up losing web traffic when your customers leave your slow loading website early.

You also risk ‘downtime’ when a flaky hosting service decides to have a bad day, and equally as important, badly hosted websites receive bad SEO.  For those of you who don’t know about SEO, or search engine optimisation, this basically refers to where your website is listed on the Google rankings, so if someone was to search for ‘kitten pictures’, you would like to think that your ‘Adorable Young Cats’ website would feature prominently in the listings, and preferably on the front page.  

Good SEO will help with this, and in turn, a good host will help with SEO. To profit from the high demand for WordPress sites, hosting companies now issue a tailor-made WordPress hosting package, that specialises in providing a seamless, platform-specific service that should give you all the help you need when creating a WordPress website, and in all honesty this will be the simplest and most effective way of creating a WordPress site from from scratch.

Example of a WP hosting package on LCN.com
Example of a WP hosting package on LCN.com

With creation and hosting all under one roof, you can relax in the knowledge that your site will reap the rewards from using this optimized experience, which should leave you with more time to concentrate on the all important content!  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn up on how to make the most of your WordPress site, and there are plenty of blogs and reference material online that can aid you with this, but at least if your site is hosted by a company who have optimized packages especially made for WordPress, you should find it easier to achieve the results you want without having to become a WordPress guru overnight.

In Conclusion

When building your WordPress site, finding hosting that is created specifically to enhance your experience is a no brainer. It is also worth noting that if you do go for a package like this, you also have the ability to question your host about any little nuances that you might find confusing, or need clarification on.  If you separate your WordPress creation and hosting, then you are on your own when it comes to optimizing your site, and let’s face it, having an expert on hand to help guide you is always a bonus when starting a new online venture. Once you have your website and hosting sorted, the hard work really starts, as your site is nothing without good content.  With a good website creation tool and host, you will have given yourself the head start needed to concentrate on just that.

 

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