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You have made the right choice! The account we launched in previous stepgives you incomparably more than classic hosting accounts. As you will soon see, launching a website is nothing particularly complicated. However, its subsequent maintenance, management of its software and security, or the extremely important SEO optimisation, which is the key to gaining organic traffic from search engines such as Google, are elements which without the appropriate tools are extremely difficult to implement for someone who does not deal with this professionally. You'll appreciate all this in time. For now, I know that this is probably black magic to you, and my arguments don't tell you much. However, you will soon get to know and understand the power behind this account. Use it to the best of your ability and I will try to help you.
Have you received the emails with your access details yet? If so, log into your hosting account management panel and start launching your site. After logging in you will see such a cockpit of your management centre, not necessarily a crisis one. I've immediately highlighted with a box the element we're most interested in, which is the WordPress install button.
But before we click on it, let me briefly discuss the main menu available in the left column. I'm not going to describe all the functionalities, because you will find it in other tutorials, but I would like you to know what the main sections of the panel are used for.
Mail - The name itself speaks for itself. Here you can create email accounts on your own domain. If you run a company it is worth setting up at least one general account such as office@.... Such addresses work much better than free ones in terms of image.
Files - is the file manager for your hosting account. This is where you will have access to your website files. You can upload them to and delete them from the server, as well as edit them directly on the server if required.
Databases - The site we are about to create will use a database server. Here you can manage existing databases and create new ones.
Statistics - is data on the use of basic hosting resources such as disk space and data transfer, as well as other statistics that may be useful.
Users - If necessary, you can create a separate account for an additional user, such as the webmaster of your site if you decide to hand over its management and development to someone else.
Account - basic information about your hosting account
WordPress - The management centre for WordPress installations. This is the place you will visit most often. Here you will find all the amazing tools to help you manage your site from a technical perspective.
SEO toolkit - probably does not require any special translation. You will find here all the important data related to the analytics of your website for its positioning. It is also a place you will probably visit very often.
We start the installation
Let's go back to our screen above. Click on the "Install" button marked with a red box. A window will appear with the basic installation details. It will look roughly like this:
I would like to draw your attention to two elements.
Set of plugins / themes - are ready-made sets of useful plugins and skins. By default, the installation will run "bare" WordPress as is the case when you install it in a standard or even automated way, but on regular hosting. However, by expanding the list you will see the available kits, the selection of which, depending on the purpose of the site, will save you a lot of time searching for the right add-ons for your site. Here you have ready-made, proven solutions to help you run and secure your website.
Automatic update settings - By expanding this option you can activate automatic updates for WordPress, its plugins and themes. Activate at your discretion. Even if you do not activate this option and forget about your site and updating its components, this will be done at some point by the server administrators. Updates are an extremely important factor affecting the security of you and your site, as well as other internet users including your clients.
You can leave the other parameters unchanged. The WordPress password doesn't matter either, because you can change it from your hosting account panel, or even log in automatically from there without typing the password. Fewer passwords to remember 🙂 .
The moment you click on the install button, the short process of building the foundation for your future website begins. As you can see in the screenshot below, the system downloads the latest version of WordPress and extracts the files in your account. It then creates and configures the database, makes the final settings and finally implements security. This is another element that sets your hosting account apart from other standard WP installers. With you, the system immediately analyzes and implements important security features so that your WordPress is safe from the start. On the other hand, other, less critical safeguards will remain at your disposal. You will be able to decide what to do with them, but we will get to that later.
When the automatic update process has been successfully completed, you will receive this message and an invitation to install the plugins. You can either go straight to the add-ons installer from here, or thank you and close the window.
Did you know that WordPress is already installed and you can basically start playing around with the look and functionality of your site? That's exactly right, but before you get to work directly in the WordPress dashboard I'll show you a few more elements that are worth using.
Below is a view of your future site instance in the dashboard of your managed WordPress hosting account. I marked with arrows the elements I want to write about now. We installed WordPress in such a way that it should use the https protocol, which means that it should work with the SSL certificate and encrypt the communication between the web browser and the server. This is not only an important security factor, but also an element affecting the ranking of your website in search engines. I will elaborate on this in a moment.
The "Search Engine Indexing" option. By default it is active, which means that if Google now hits your site it will index its content, and we rather not want that, after all the site is not yet ready. So just turn this option off to prohibit the search engine from placing it in the search results when the site is not ready for it. Just remember to restore the original settings of this parameter after finishing work on your website. Otherwise you will be waiting indefinitely for your website to be visible in Google 🙂 .
I've also highlighted the link by which you automatically log in to your site's main content management panel, but don't do that for now.
Let's look at two more important tabs. The first of these is "Plugins". Here you can check the installed add-ons of your site and manage them. In the screenshot below we have two plugins and both are disabled. To activate them just change their status (I marked them with an arrow), and when you want to remove them just click on the bin icon next to the selected extension. From this level you can also install new plugins. The "Install" button is used for this.
After clicking on the install button, a window will appear allowing you to browse the vast repository of add-ons for your website. You can narrow down the list of plugins by typing in a name, and you can also limit the list to the best rated and those that have been updated in the last 6 months for example. These are extremely important features of this interface as they allow you to filtering out poor quality, outdated additives saving you time and nerves. Use these filters when searching through WordPress resources. When you find the plugin you want to install simply click on the "Install" button and you're done.
Of course, you can also install plugins from within the panel of WordPress itself. You can find instructions on this in the article "How to install the plug-in“.
So let us move on to the next tab. "Motives". The default WordPress installation uses several native themes of its own. You can build on these of course, but I'll give you my hand that you'll want to look for something more attractive. As with plugins, you can enable a theme and delete inactive ones. I strongly recommend removing all themes and leaving only the one the site uses. Basic rule. Don't clutter your site with unnecessary stuff and it will be faster and more secure.
Installing a theme? OK. So we click on the "Install" button.
We have a similar situation as in the case of plugins. A list of themes with the possibility to filter them by popularity and number of installations. Additionally, each theme can be previewed. If you hover your mouse over the thumbnail of a theme you will be able to preview it. Do you like the theme? Click the "Install" button and then enable it by changing the status as shown above.
Now it would be good to look at how the site looks, but we still need to do one small thing.
Back to the topic of the SSL certificate. If we tried to access the site at this point we would get an error message about an untrusted certificate. If you do not receive such a message and the page does not open, it is probably that your domain has not yet spread in the network. Sometimes it needs several hours, sometimes even 24 hours. In such a situation you have to wait and only then we can go further. On the other hand, if you see a message about a problem with a certificate, it means that it is good, and in a while it will be even better 🙂 - you should wait and see.
Go in the hosting account management panel to the "Website and domains". Find the icon Let's Encrypt and click on it. As you may have noticed in the screenshot below, there is another icon "SSL/TLS certificates". This is the place you use if you want to install a commercial certificate. However as we do not need a commercial certificate and you probably do not need a free one either, we use Let's Encrypt icon.
Check both options shown in the screenshot below and click on the "Install" button. You will have to wait for a while, maybe about a minute. During this time a request will be sent to the SSL certificate publisher to sign and issue a certificate for your domain. The publisher's system will try to connect to your domain and if it succeeds, the certificate will be automatically installed and configured. If not, it may mean that the domain is still not fully propagated, so you need to wait and try again in a few hours.
OK if everything went well let's stay with the security issue for a moment. As you may remember I mentioned that during the installation of WordPress the system immediately introduced some important security features that you wouldn't have in case of a classic installation. The system monitors the state of your site and also suggests other security features that may not be critical, but implementing them will undoubtedly make your security level increase significantly. To see what else can be improved in this area click on the security status link. For your convenience I have marked this spot on the screenshot below.
Here we have information that the security status is basically OK, but this form of presentation suggests that it could be better. Clicking on the view link will launch a window, where we will find information on what is worth additional security. In our installation, as you can see, there are about ten elements about which we can apply additional security measures. Most of them can be disabled if necessary, if it turned out that they will have a negative impact on the operation of an extension, but at the beginning I suggest to select all the elements with an exclamation mark and click on the "Secure" button. At this point, the hosting account mechanisms make the appropriate modifications to the WordPress settings and its file system to eliminate elements that someone might one day want to use in an inappropriate way hacking the site, loading, etc...
This is what the list of security measures will look like after this operation.
And this is how the security status on the main WordPress instance tab will change. As you can see from the previous "OK" the status has changed to "secure". And keep it that way 🙂
What remains for us now? Well, I guess the only thing left is to enter the Content Control Panel of our website and play with building it. The screenshot below was meant to be used earlier so don't be taken in by the "OK" security status again 🙂 On this screenshot I just want to show you once again the place that will allow you to log in to the administration panel of the website. Click on the "Login" link.
And now you have reached the point where you can say that you have installed and pre-bundled with add-ons, a theme and properly secured WordPress, which you will now use to create a great and, above all, effective website. This is what the control panel cockpit will look like when you log into it.
It only remains for me to congratulate you! See, we seem to have done very little, but how much has already been done thanks to this. Without any experience or knowledge of the WordPress environment, would you be able to secure it yourself to the level you have done here with a single click of the mouse? You know the answer.
I hope you're starting to understand what the difference is between this WordPress-oriented hosting account and a classic multi-purpose one for different systems. We have those too, but for WordPress we strongly recommend managed WordPress hosting because it will benefit you more than you think.
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I seem to have mentioned something about a successful website. I meant a website, or maybe an online shop, because you can easily start one, which will bring you concrete profits. You may even be approaching the subject with such hope, hoping that after launching your website or shop you will suddenly chase away customers. A great vision, but to tell you the bitter truth? That's not going to happen unless you're from under a lucky star. In 98% cases, unfortunately this is not the case. If it were otherwise, we'd probably all be lying on white sand under palm trees somewhere right now. The reality is, however, more complicated, and the competition is huge and getting bigger every day. Sometimes it's almost impossible to break through with a product or service. Therefore, once you have launched your website, you must make an effort to promote it in order to gain traffic and new customers. Without traffic, your website will not bring you any benefits, only disappointment. "It could have been so beautiful".
Fortunately the hosting you have gives you support in this field as wellBecause if you are successful, you will also see the sense in maintaining and developing your website, which means that you will stay with us longer, which is what I wish for myself and for you 🙂 But what is this support? You will find out on the next subpage.
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