WordPress Project Setup

For a comprehensive WordPress website project that involves everything from hosting setup to creating a custom theme and plugin, we at 24degrees break down the project into four main stages:

  1. Setup
  2. Development
  3. Launch
  4. Post Launch

This approach allows for organized progress tracking and ensures that each critical aspect of the site’s development is addressed systematically.

Stage 1: Setup

Prepare the environment and lay out the foundation for the Custom WordPress site

1. Hosting configuration

  • Create a cloud-environment and take in account important parameters like speed, scalability and security.
  • Purchase (if needed) and configure the domain name.
  • Configure server settings, including PHP, Apache and MySQL.
  • Setup SSL/TLS and make sure the website is only accessible through HTTPS.
  • EXTRA: connect mailservices if necessary

2. Install WordPress

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For a comprehensive WordPress website project that involves everything from hosting setup to creating a custom theme and plugin, it’s beneficial to break down the project into three main stages: Setup, Development, and Launch & Post-Launch. This approach allows for organized progress tracking and ensures that each critical aspect of the site’s development is addressed systematically.

Stage 1: Setup

Objective: Prepare the environment and lay the foundation for the WordPress site.

  1. Hosting Configuration:
    • Choose a reliable web hosting provider that supports WordPress, considering factors like speed, support, scalability, and security.
    • Purchase and set up the domain name.
    • Configure server settings, including PHP, Apache/Nginx, and MySQL according to WordPress requirements.
    • Set up SSL/TLS to ensure the website is accessed securely via HTTPS.
    • Configure email hosting if necessary.
  2. Install WordPress:
    • Download and install the latest version of WordPress from the official site.
    • Set up the WordPress database on the host.
    • Configure wp-config.php with database connection details and secure authentication keys.
  3. Basic Security Measures:
    • Implement security plugins such as Wordfence or Sucuri for enhanced security.
    • Set strong usernames and passwords.
    • Configure directory permissions for safety.
  4. Setup Backups:
    • Install and configure backup plugins like UpdraftPlus or BackupBuddy.
    • Set automatic backup schedules and ensure backups are stored in a remote location like Google Drive or Dropbox.
  5. Install Essential Plugins:
    • Install SEO plugins (e.g., Yoast SEO).
    • Install caching plugins (e.g., W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache).
    • Install analytics plugins (e.g., Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights).

Stage 2: Development

Objective: Build the site’s structure, aesthetics, and functional components.

  1. Theme Development:
    • Design a wireframe or mockup of the site’s layout based on client requirements.
    • Convert the design into a custom WordPress theme using HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript.
    • Ensure the theme is responsive and compatible with all major browsers and devices.
    • Optimize the theme for performance and SEO.
  2. Plugin Development:
    • Identify functionality that needs custom plugins and outline specifications.
    • Develop custom plugins using PHP and the WordPress API.
    • Test plugins thoroughly to ensure compatibility with the WordPress core, other plugins, and themes.
  3. Content and Pages:
    • Create and organize the website’s pages and navigation structure.
    • Add and format content provided by the client, including images, videos, and text.
    • Optimize on-page elements for SEO, like meta tags, headings, and keywords.
  4. Final Testing:
    • Perform comprehensive testing (functional, performance, security, and user acceptance testing).
    • Ensure mobile responsiveness and cross-browser compatibility.
    • Validate code and check for accessibility compliance.

Stage 3: Launch & Post-Launch

Objective: Make the website live and ensure its smooth operation.

  1. Pre-Launch Checks:
    • Conduct a final pre-launch review and testing.
    • Ensure all functionalities work as expected and content is error-free.
    • Check that all links and buttons work properly and lead to the correct pages or actions.
  2. Launch:
    • Point the domain to the live server.
    • Perform a soft launch if possible to gather initial user feedback.
  3. Post-Launch Activities:
    • Monitor the site for issues.
    • Set up a system for ongoing maintenance and updates.
    • Analyze website traffic and user behavior to identify areas for improvement.
    • Provide training and documentation to the client for managing the website.

Each stage is integral to the project’s success, ensuring that you not only create a functional and appealing website but also maintain a secure and efficient online presence.