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May 10, 2022 Three Bird Creative

12 Tips for Developing a New WordPress Website

Website Development Tips for Businesses

12 Tips for Developing a New WordPress Website

Do you want to design a new WordPress website? Review our twelve must-see tips before getting started to maximize your investment.  

Developing a new WordPress website or redesigning an existing site can be a big project for a business to undertake. Preparation is key to saving you time and money. Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind before getting started:

  1. Have a budget: Know your budget range from high to low and get bids from multiple vendors before you hire a developer.
  2. Establish a timeline: The average time to develop a new site is between 60 and 90 days.
  3. Understand your warranty: Review your service agreement with the vendor to understand your responsibilities so you don’t risk voiding the workmanship warranty. 
  4. Own your web hosting: Purchase high-quality hosting services that are made for WordPress, and make sure you own the account vs. a third-party vendor that has control over your files.
  5. Responsive design: Design the site for multiple browser types (Safari is the most popular) and operating systems and make it mobile-friendly. More than half of web traffic is from mobile devices, with 98% of Gen Z’ers owning smartphones. 
  6. Install minimal plugins: Install minimal plug-ins that are vetted and updated frequently to prevent performance and security issues, like hacks. Avoid do-it-all plugins. 
  7. Optimize content for the web: 36% of visors will leave your site if it does not load within 3 seconds. Scale images and video for file type, size, and resolution. Enhance the speed and performance of your site post-launch using code optimization strategies. 
  8. ADA compliance: An ADA-compliant website makes your content accessible to all and can protect your business from lawsuits and fines. 
  9. Perform monthly maintenance: This includes daily backups to your site along with updating WordPress, website theme, and plugins monthly to ensure your site performs optimally without security issues. 
  10. Including metadata to enhance SEO: Include metadata on main landing pages with industry-specific keywords in the page title, meta description, and image ALT tags for every page you want to be crawled by search engines.
  11. Track your website performance: Install Google and Bing Analytics and Webmaster Tools on your site with automatic reporting to track performance.
  12. Choose the right developer: Hire a website developer with multiple in-house divisions to avoid outsourcing your project, and request customer reviews and a portfolio of sites built in the past 12 months.
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