The Architect’s WordPress Website Launch Guide

2. Activate Hosting

Now that you have your domain, you need to host your website. Hosting your website is necessary to make it “visible” on the web. Your host is the behind-the-scenes computer that runs your website and makes it available for everyone on the internet to find.

After in depth research on the available options, the host I recommend is WPEngine.com. The reason is simple: WP Engine is a managed host, meaning the folks at WP Engine will install and keep your website’s software up to date automatically for you, allowing you the peace of mind to be an architect without any surprises from your website (like getting hacked).

Additionally, WP Engine is also the only WordPress host offering to fix your website for free should it ever be hacked. I’ve had my site hacked before; it wasn’t cheap to get it fixed and it wasted a lot of time. The last thing you want is for your website to be black-listed by Google and end up with a notice that says “This site may harm your computer” like the following famous architect:

Rafael Vinoly's Website 'May Be Harmful' by Google

Rafael Vinoly’s Website ‘May Be Harmful’ by Google

Many of the lower-priced web hosts have questionable security because they rely on you, the user, to keep your web software up to date. The guys and gals at WP Engine on the other hand will keep your site updated for you. This is the main reason why I personally recommend WP Engine for an architecture firm’s website. I know you want to focus on building your architecture business, not worrying about the integrity of your site.

If you already have your site hosted elsewhere, the folks at WP Engine will help you move your existing WordPress site to WP Engine.

WP Engine is currently offering a risk free 60-day money back guarantee. Here is the link.

When you sign up, write down the password and username (needed for the following step):

WP Engine sign up screen

WP Engine sign up screen

As for data center, choose the one closest to your location. After you finish this step your new WordPress site will be up and running. Give yourself a good pat on the back!

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Enoch Sears
 

I am a licensed California architect who loves researching and sharing about running a great architecture business. I founded Business of Architecture to help solo architects and small firms run a better business so they can have the peace of mind to focus on creating great architecture.

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James Reid - July 22, 2013

Rather than using WordPress, I’ve looked into using SquareSpace.com. They are able to integrate with Google Apps and the domain I registered when I set up my Google Apps account. SquareSpace have detailed instructions and videos detailing the steps to set up a custom domain name.
The templates on SquareSpace are all highly flexible and they are also offering more detailed developer options with their SquareSpace6 beta. Prices vary, but I’m looking at $16/month billed annually with the ‘gimme10′ offer code for a small discount.

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    Enoch Sears - July 28, 2013

    Hi James and thanks for adding to the conversation! Yes, SquareSpace is a great option for an architect’s website, though not my personal first choice.

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christian fekete - June 19, 2013

I have recently started using Zoho. I have found that this contact management online system works ok, it has different modules , client, contact, tasks, projects etc… and you can customise it rather easily. I find it frustrating for the lack of communication between the different modules. It is also one of the cheapest CRM around and hosted online so, available from iphones, laptops etc….
My original goal was to create a universal tool for keeping contacts and manage them efficiently. It has tons of apps although not all free. and a pay as you need system
Has anybody used it and what is the feeling overall?

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Brian Boatright - April 15, 2013

Something has changed. Google Apps does not appear to have the free version, unless you’re talking about the trial version that uses you@yourcompany.mygbiz.com.

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    Enoch Sears - April 15, 2013

    Brian, you are correct! I need to update this Website for Architects guide! About 4 months ago, Google did away with the free version that they had offered for years. Users that had the free version were able to keep it (I have an account) but future users need to go with the paid version. My current recommendation is to use the paid version of Google Apps or the Microsoft 365 cloud service that has a similar and competitive pricing structure. Microsoft Office 365 Premium is $12.50 US per user and includes the popular Microsoft Office Software suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc). Here is the link: Microsoft Office 365 Premium. The Google App version is $5.00 US per user can be found here. Thanks for catching this, I’ll update the post soon!

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