How to Build WordPress on a Solid Foundation

I’ve been building WordPress websites for over 6 years now and I’ve seen just about anything you can image. Huge sites that you would never guess use a platform like WordPress (but you thought needed an entire team of developers to run) like Legion Athletics¬†all the way down to the tiniest of blogs. Websites come in all shapes and sizes and one of the amazing things about WordPress is that it can meet the needs of both the simple blogger and the multi-million dollar company. However, the #1 struggle I come across on WordPress websites is not being built upon a solid foundation. Building a website is a lot like building a house. If you use cheap materials and you don’t get professional plans drawn up, chances are you’ll end up with an unstable structure that will crumble under any real pressure. The same principle applies to WordPress website. If you build your WordPress website on bad hosting, cheap or free themes, and sketchy plugins, you are going to be left with an unstable website.

  1. Don’t let look deceive you. Tons of themes bought from all sorts of market places promise to look “cool” and seem great when you are checking out the demos. However, there is a lot more to a theme than the way it looks. Ensure you choose a theme that is well coded and supported. Choose one that is alive. I would suggest one of the three following themes of frameworks. GeneratePress, StudioPress (Genesis Framework), or Divi. All three of these themes are built well.
  2. Plugins, plugins, and some more plugins. It’s tempting to just install dozens of plugins trying to achieve what you want on your website. Be careful! Plugins are the number one cause of security breaches and websites breaking on WordPress. “KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Great advice. Hurts my feelings every time.” -Dwight Schrute
  3. Host with a good hosting provider. WPEngine, Kinsta, and Flywheel are all good managed WordPress hosting options. That being said there are plenty of really good options out there that don’t specialize in WordPress. I suggest DigitalOcean. You’ll avoid the high price of “WordPress” hosting and get modern servers.

This is pretty straight forward obvious advice but man, it’s amazing how many poor WordPress websites there are in existence! If you need help fixing your website or building a new one from scratch just head to the contact page. We also specialize in transferring to new hosting.

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