The Architect’s WordPress Website Launch Guide

1. Buy a Domain (& Power it with Google Apps)

Go to Step 2 if you already own your domain (web address, for example:

Otherwise, use Google Apps (5$ per user per month) to register & run your domain by clicking here.

Although there are many places to buy a domain, I recommend using Google Apps because it comes bundled with some awesome tools. Google Apps gives you:

  1. Access to hundreds of free to low-cost services that normally cost companies hundreds of dollars a month (project management apps, accounting apps, productivity apps).
  2. Up to 10 free email custom email accounts ( powered by Gmail.
  3. Peace of mind: your email will never go down.
  4. A domain powered by one of the biggest and most reliable names in the industry: Google. Let’s just say they will be around a while and won’t be going out of business anytime soon.
  5. Integration with your Android, iPhone, or Blackberry smartphone (sync contacs and email, etc.).

Google Apps offers all this and more – an exceptional value for the small architecture firm. I use Google Apps to run this domain, Once again, here is the link to set up an account: Google Apps (Standard Addition).

Click the next section to go to step 2.


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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 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.

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?

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

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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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