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Startup Company Series #2: Building The Actual Website

This is the second episode of Building my Startup Company Series where I document and share my process of building an online business. This is it! The day has finally come.

I can’t wait to get my hands dirty on the job. My very first actually task is to rebuild the existing pampangadirectory.net website. For your information, the site already exists but I decided to rebuild it because I felt like it needed to be modernized.

Setting up the Site

Actually, the site is presently hosted in my old web host provider. My first action is to migrate it to Hostgator.com so that all of my sites will be in one place.

I have been using Host Gator’s service for more than a year now and I can testify that their hosting service is really remarkable. I honestly haven’t experience any downtime on my websites.

1. Install WordPress Software

After the migration, the next step I need to do is to install a WordPress CMS. WordPress is a free Content Management System that can be downloaded at WordPress.org.

By the way, I am offering a free WordPress installation service to anyone who is in need of technical assistance. If you’re interested, click here.

Once that’s done, I’m on to the next step.

2. Install WordPress Theme

The WordPress theme that I decide to install is called Business Finder by AitThemes.com. It’s a $63 investment from ThemForest.Net.

I picked this theme because it fits the magazine format I want the site should look like. And a bonus to that, it’s a full responsive and retina ready design.

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Click the image above to preview a demo.

3. Install Plugins

I won’t be giving a detailed procedure on how to install plugins for WordPress in this article. But if you need a support, feel free to contact me, leave a message at the comments section, or send me a Facebook message.

What I’m going to share with you are the plugins that I will install. In alphabetical order –

  • Akismet – This plugin is used to protect your site from spammy comments.
  • All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets  – “Search engines are using on-page markup in a variety of ways—for example, Google uses it to create rich snippets in search results. Not every type of information in schema.org will be surfaced in search results but over time you can expect that more data will be used in more ways. In addition, since the markup is publicly accessible from your web pages, other organizations may find interesting new ways to make use of it as well.” – support.google.com
  • Broken Link Checker – this is a powerful tool that searches your blog for broken links and missing images. Once they are found, it will send the details to your email or posts an alert on your dashboard.
  • Code Insert Manager (Q2W3 Inc Manager) – This plugin allows you to insert html, css, javascript and PHP code to public wordpress pages.
  • Contact Form 7 – A not so complicated contact form plugin but has all the items you need for a contact form coding.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin creates an XML sitemap that helps search engines better index a blog
  • ManyContacts Bar – Free Contact Form – A Free Top Bar for your website to get many contacts. This application is used to build list.
  • Mashshare Share Buttons – Mashshare is a Share functionality inspired by the the great website Mashable for Facebook and Twitter.
  • Redirection – Manage all your 301 redirects and monitor 404 errors. I use this to hide affiliate links or shorten long URLs
  • Related Post Inside – Related Post Inside plugin allows you to insert related posts inside of Posts. Related Post Inside plugin will make your website more SEO friendly, increase post views dramatically. Makes your blogging career more useful and very fast blogging.
  • Scroll Triggered Box – This plugin shows up at the side of the webpage when user reaches the near bottom of the page when scrolled down.
  • SEO Facebook Comments – This plugin insert a Facebook Comment Form with Open Graph Tags and ALSO update you all your Facebook Comments into your WordPress Comment Database for better SEO.
  • Shortcodes Ultimate – Supercharge your WordPress theme with mega pack of shortcodes.
  • W3 Total Cache – Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
  • WordPress SEO – This plugin takes care of the SEO component of each article.
  • WP125 – Easily manage 125×125 ads within your WordPress Dashboard.

How Much I’ve Spent so Far?

It terms of dollar value:

  • Web Host: Free – Since I have unlimited hosting under my account.
  • Domain Name: Free – The domain is still registered until next year.
  • WordPress Theme: $63.00
  • Plugins: All free.

Total cost = $63.00

In terms of time spent, an approximate total of 4 hours spend for this day.

Thanks for your time and encouragements. I appreciate all your support.

To our success, Louie.

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4 Comments

Andrea

Hi Louie,

Simply you can use Sepid.
http://www.sepid.co

It has all SEO features, hosting, email marketing and so on.
They offers free plan too.

Louie Sison

Hey Andrea,

Thanks for visiting my site. I shall look into your suggestion.

Andrea

No problem.

Jim

Hi,

I suggest to use also wordfence and wangguard plug-ins, these helps your wordpress site to tighten security against spam, sploggers and sql injections, which are the most common problems/threats for wordpress powered sites.


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