I first started using WordPress in 2010 and gained a further in depth knowledge of the platform whilst studying my university degree in Digital Design and Internet Communications. Since then I have done an extensive amount of courses and research on the platform which has led me to be considered an expert in the field and have a real passion for the platform.
Domains, Hosting & SSL
You will need to purchase a hosting plan for your own website as well as getting your clients to purchase one for theirs.
There are many different hosting providers such as GoDaddy, Crazy Domains, BlueHost, Dreamhost etc. however my top recommendation is Siteground.
You can find out more about why Siteground is my top pick below.
This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL certificates encrypt sensitive information, protect you from cyber certificates, and build trust with your brand.
If your site does not have a SSL certificate installed it will not have the padlock icon present next to your URL and Google will mark your website flag your website as unsafe.
*All SiteGround hosting plans come with SSL certificates included.
Here are some of the key reasons that Siteground is my top recommendation when choosing a hosting company:
SiteGround uses Google’s SSD storage. This means that there servers are very seldom down and if they are they can be fixed very quickly. Google is also known for maintaining on eof the fastest and most powerful networks which means using their service results in a high speed for their clients websites.
The Google SSD storage SiteGround uses matches 100% the energy consumed by their global operations with renewable energy and maintains a commitment to carbon neutrality. Google has been a leader in energy efficiency with their achievements in reducing the compute emissions by improving higher efficiency of data serving and storage and diverting waste.
Elementor allows you to create flawless websites with custom positions, padding, margins, and global settings for colours & typographies.
Whilst Elementor has a free version of the plugin, you will need the Pro version of this plugin in order to follow along with this course.
The PRO version gives you access to over 90+ widgets – allowing you to achieve your design goals with a widget for every need along with full customisation freedom.