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Choose A Hosting Company

Step One

The number of hosting options is overwhelming! But bottom line, you need to use a hosting company that was built to handle the demands of WordPress.

Make sure your hosting company has at least these things:

  • 27/7 Support
  • Offers WordPress Hosting
  • Built-in Caching Support/Plugin
  • Affordable

We recommend SiteGround for hosting because not only does it check all the boxes of great hosting, but they offer so much more to help your WordPress site perform at it’s best. The StartUp plan is good… doesn’t come with caching support. We recommend the GrowBig package.

Choose A Theme

Step Two

When picking out a theme for your website, just remember this:
You get what you pay for.

Free or cheap themes often suffer from bugs, no support (or bad support), and only allow beyond difficult customizations. There is nothing more frustrating in building a website than working with a theme that is riddled with issues and lack of user experience design.

Make sure your theme has at least these things:

  • Product Support
  • Routine Updates
  • A Lifetime license option
  • A Community (for support, customizations, and resources)

We love the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. Hands down, you will not find a better theme that is as feature rich, has a great looking backend, and above all – It’s incredibly easy to use!

Install Plugins

Step Three

Plugins are a blessing, and a curse, to every WordPress website. What makes WordPress so wonderful is that is open source. Which makes finding a plugin for just about anything possible. Or to have your own custom code or child themes on your site.

However, managing a website with all these various methods of customizations makes it a bit precarious. Inevitably issues will arise as a result of code conflict.

Below is our list of recommended core plugins for your WordPress site that work well with the Divi theme and WooCommerce.

Guidelines for installing WordPress plugins:

  • Avoid Feature Redundancy – Avoid installing multiple plugins that attempt to do the same thing. This creates conflict. Find an all-in-one solution if possible.
  • Install As Many Plugins As You Want – There is no limit on the number of plugins you can have. Just remember that some plugins are more of a resource hog and cause your site to slow down.
  • Free vs Premium Plugins – There are a lot of free plugins that get the job done beautifully. However, we recommend that if a plugin is handling a major feature of your website, we consider that you buy a premium version so that you have access to plugin updates and support.
  • Don’t Install Abandoned Plugins – Check to make sure the plugin want to update has been updated recently. At least within 3-6 months. Plugins are considered abandoned after 2 years of no updates. With core WordPress files changing, installing old plugins will only create problems for you. 

 

Recommended Core Plugins

These ones are free to use. Most offer premium upgrades.
Yoast SEO
We love YoastSEO because of how they analyize content to ensure we are following as many SEO practices as possible. They offer a premium version of this plugin if you’re looking to squeeze more SEO juice out of your website.

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Google Analytics by Monster Insights
Trusted by over 2 million+ website owners to easily integrate your Google Analytics profile into your website. Get all the right settings in all the right places so that you are getting accurate information about your website traffic.

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Contact Form 7
A lot of themes have contact forms built in, but none rival the standard options you get out of the box with this plugin. Create custom forms to meet any need with the option to add on premium options.

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Contact Form 7 Database Addon
There’s nothing worse than not receiving customer emails. This plugin stores all the messages that are sent to you after a custom fills out your forms

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WP Smush
Let’s face it. Sometimes we just aren’t great at compressing our images before we upload them. This plugin helps compress images as you upload them. They do offer a premium version, but if you’re optimizing your images beforehand, this is just great.

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