What To Check Before You Launch Your WordPress Site
What To Check Before You Launch Your WordPress Site

There is so much excitement when an idea becomes reality. When you turn mere concepts into a tangible product you can't wait to share it with the world, but hold on a more minute. Before you launch that new shiny website, take the time to double check a few things first.

From the hosting and security to SEO, these are some areas of importance that need to be on point prior to a site launch. Below we've sourced a very solid list of a few areas you should review on your newly created website. Below we highlight 3 of those 10 items for you.

 

The Host

You should take a comprehensive look at your available resources and plans, and see if the hosting provider has plans to accommodate your growing business. Managed Hosting will take care of all your back-end needs, including backup, security, and more, while a more conventional option is to ‘rent’ server space on shared hosting providers (great for single-person blogs and freelancers) for dirt-cheap prices, but you have to take care of your own security and backup. Virtual Private servers are the best bet for fledgling enterprises starting to grow. WordPress.com is a Managed solution. Bluehost and Siteground are shared hosting providers.

The Backup Plugins

Every single professional you meet will give you this advice, so make sure you do it: install a backup plugin, create a strict schedule, and no matter what happens stick to it. Anytime you mess up or get locked out or even hacked a backup will be your one point of rescue. There are free and paid plugins out there, with clouds and storage options so you don’t even have to worry about server space your backups take up. Think UpDraft Plus, VaultPress, BackupBuddy, BackWPup, etc. Make sure your schedule makes backups at least as frequently as you will update/maintain your website, and check that the plugin creates backup for both website and database.

The Security

It is critically important to secure your WordPress website, and there are some plugins and a few tricks that you can use to make the security as airtight as possible. Even if you are nervous at the thought of delving into scripts and codes to hide as much potentially information from hackers as possible, you can still install plugins (like WordFence) that simply do it for you. First off, install a hardcore security solution like WordFence, Sucuri, Codeguard etc. to check routinely for malicious activities. Next, secure admin login by never using default admin username and password and installing plugins like Two-Factor Authentication.

The Performance Test

No one has the time to wait around for your site to load up. So even after all the compressing and minifying, you need to test just where you rank on Google PageSpeed Insights or Pingdom. These tools will test your page’s “request to above the fold rendering load time” and “request to full page load time”, TTFB (Time to First Byte) etc. Score well and you’re good to go. Score less than average and you probably need to put in some solid work on back-end and front-end performance optimization. Use Caching plugins (WP Super Cache, WP Total Cache, etc.) and if you can manage it, a CDN. Minify all JavaScript and CSS code. -Source

These are just some of the elements that go into a well running website so make sure you visit the full list. If you are at the beginning of the website creation process or know someone that is, feel free to reach out to Bezoar Software via info@bezoarsoftware.com or 844-4-BEZOAR (844-423-9627) for details on the web design and development services that we offer.