How to Make a Professional WordPress Website with WPEngine – A Complete No-Steps-Skipped Guide!
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How to Make a Professional WordPress Website with WPEngine – A Complete No-Steps-Skipped Guide!


Managed WordPress hosting is aimed at taking the hassle out of managing the technical details of
your WordPress installation with features like automatic backups, enhanced security, automatic updates, daily monitoring, and free restoration should you ever be hacked. It also provides highly
optimized server configurations, with features like built-in cache and the promise of infinite scalability at an added cost. WP Engine is the oldest
and one of the best in the business. They pride themselves on
providing superfast servers, not only making users happier, but also improving your site’s SEO. They have excellent uptime and
outstanding customer support. On top of that, they also offer a 60-day
money back guarantee and claim to be the most secure WordPress hosting service available. In short, WP Engine is
currently about the best in the WordPress hosting business. In this video, we’re going to look at how to set up a website on WP Engine
with no steps skipped. Let’s get started. If you visit
winningwp.com/best-wordpress-hosting you’ll be brought to the How to Choose the Best
WordPress Hosting Guide, updated for this year. This guide is broken up into four sections for each type of hosting, including managed hosting. And if you click on the Recommended Managed WordPress Hosting Services, the first one you’ll see is WP Engine. You can then click on the
Choose WP Engine button to be brought to their website. If you sign up for
hosting through this link, WinningWP will get a small commission, but at no extra cost to you. These commissions help us create
new content just like this. Once you’re brought to the WP Engine website, you’re presented with a few options, including a button to Get Started. If we click that, we’ll be able to Pick A Plan. WP Engine offers several different plans, including a completely custom one for large businesses and
mission-critical sites. We’re going to be signing
up for the Startup plan. This includes all the basics
for starting a small website or blog. It gives you access to one website with three environments for that site, which means that you can
create a staging server and a development server, all within that website. This makes it very easy
to test new features without affecting your live site. You’re also given a CDN and free SSL, or a secure domain, to make your website even
more secure for your users. These plans start at $35 a month and, once again, you can sign up risk-free for 60 days. When you click on Get Started, you’ll be brought to a form where you can sign up for your account. You can choose an Annual
subscription of $350, which gives you two months free. Or, you can choose the Monthly subscription and pay $35 per month. You can also choose to
add additional sites at $20 per month. There are also a couple of upsells here, like gaining insight
into content performance, geotargeting for location-based personalized content, and the ability to run
WordPress multisites from a single install. If you don’t need any of that, you can skip right over it and fill out the information below. Once you fill out all the information and check off that you read and agreed to the terms and service, you can click Create My Site. Once your account is created, you’re given some information
about the account, including the site URL
and domain information, where you can log in, and more. You will also be emailed this information to be accessed once your site is built. One of the first things you’ll notice, is that you’re given two
sets of login information. You’re given information
for the WP Engine Portal, and for your WordPress site. In both instances, you’re
provided the username, but you’ll need to reset the password. Let’s do that for our portal first. Go ahead and click on my.wpengine.com, and make note of the username, which is most likely the
email address you used to sign up. When you’re brought to the login screen, click Password Help and then put in your email address. You’ll be emailed password
reset instructions. In the email, you’ll be given a link that will allow you to
reset your password. Make note of the requirements
for your password on the right-hand side. Once you put in a password
that meets the requirements, click Reset My Password. Now you’re ready to log in. You’ll notice a few useful
things right on the home screen. You can explore the WP
Engine Solutions Center, gain insight from their blog, and you’ll also see your plan usage, which documents bandwidth and storage that you’re using. If you click on Sites, you’ll be brought to the area that displays the websites
that you have installed. Since we’re on the Startup plan, we only have one site and that’s a production
version of winningwpdemo. If we click on that, we’ll be brought to an area where we can manage our site. We’ll dismiss the Migrate
Your Site to WP Engine and you can see that, again, we have some Environment stats here. One thing that you might notice is that the domain is not set. Instead, we have a test domain, which we can use to
access our WordPress site. Unlike many other hosts, WP Engine doesn’t sell
domain names directly, so you’re going to need
to go to a domain registrar like namecheap.com, and buy the domain. Let’s do that now. In other videos, we document
how to register a domain, as well as how to pick a good domain name. So, we’re not going to
go through the full steps of that here, but we are going to search
for and register a domain. We’re going to search for wpedemo.com to see if that domain is available. It looks like it’s not. And while Namecheap offers
several different options for suggested domains, we’re going to try something different. It looks like wwpdemo.com is available, so that’s the one we’ll grab. We clicked on Add To Cart and then we can go to View Cart and now we’ll go through
the purchase process. One note here is that Namecheap offers a one-year subscription
to WhoisGuard for free, which means that your information will not be publicly made available once you purchase the domain. You can also look at
the rest of the options, but you don’t need any of
them to buy your domain. So, we’ll go ahead and
click Confirm Order and then we’re brought to
an area where we can Log In or Create An Account. You do need an account in
order to purchase the domain. Once you’re logged in or
an account is created, you can go ahead and put
your payment information and purchase the domain. You can also choose to
automatically renew the domain, if you want, which is strongly recommended so you don’t lose the domain after a year. Once your purchase is made, you can now manage your domain. Here is where we will point
our domain to WP Engine. If we go back to our WP Engine account and click Enter Domain, we’ll be given instructions on how to point our domain to WP Engine. So, the first thing that
we’ll do is click Add Domain, under Domains and Redirects, and we’ll put in the domain
that we just registered. The domain has been added, so now it’s time to update our DNS, or Domain Name Servers, to point them to WP Engine. WP Engine recommends
using the CNAME record whenever possible, just in case the A record, which is an IP address, changes. So, we’ll go ahead and
copy the CNAME record and go back over to Namecheap and under the domain we just purchased, wwpdemo.com, we’ll click Manage and then we’ll go to Advanced DNS. You can see we already
have a couple of entries in this table. So, what we’re going to do is click on the CNAME
record that’s already there, change the host to the @ symbol (which means the top level domain or it’s just a wildcard for
the domain we’ve registered) and then we’re going to change the value to the one provided to us by WP Engine. We’re also going to change the TTL, which means Time To Live, down to one minute. While not all servers respect this TTL, or Time To Live, having the lowest possible one ensures that our domain will propagate as fast as it can. We’ll click Save Changes and then we will delete
the URL Redirect Record. There’s one more thing we need to do here and that’s add a record for the WWW. Right now, only the domain
wwpdemo.com would work and www.wwpdemo.com
would result in an error. So, we’re going to Add a New Record. It’s going to be a CNAME Record, the host is going WWW, and the value is going
to be the same value that we have above. We’re then going to Save All Changes and now our DNS is properly updated. And with our DNS set, we’re going to click Schedule a Refresh when we hover over the question mark, so that we’re going to tell WP Engine to check the DNS status again. Once that fully propagates, we’ll be able to set
the domain as Primary. We’re also going to add www.wwpdemo.com in WP Engine, so that our DNS and our WP Engine account are reflecting the same things. So, we’ll go ahead and click Add Domain and we’ll add the domain www.wwpdemo.com. We’ll click Add the Domain. WP Engine will also do
a status check for this. Depending on how long ago
you registered your domain, you may see a question mark here, but that’s okay. Much like our original domain, WP Engine will keep checking until we see that green check mark. The last thing that
we’re going to do here is add a redirect from www.wwpdemo.com to wwpdemo.com. This will ensure that we’re not managing two completely separate domains, that they’re both
pointing to the same site, and that, later, when we
add our SSL Certificate, we don’t run into any security
or authentication issues. So to do that, we’re going to click Add Redirect and we’re going to make sure
our domain name is correct. It is — we’ve got the WWW — and we’re going to redirect
it to our primary domain, wwpdemo.com. We’ll click Save Changes and now our domains are
properly configured. You probably guessed from the
purchase confirmation screen that WordPress has already
been installed for us. We don’t have to take any steps to go ahead and install WordPress. We do, however, need to reset
the administrator password. We can access the
WordPress Admin by clicking on WordPress Admin on the left-hand side. We’ll then click Lost Your Password and put in the Username or Email Address. The username was provided to
us on the confirmation screen and via email. The email address is the same
one we used to sign up with. Once we do that, we can click the link
that’s sent to us via email to reset our password. And once our password is reset, we can go ahead and Log In. You’ll notice that this looks like a pretty run-of-the-mill
WordPress Dashboard, except for the WP Engine
entry on the left-hand side. If we click that, we’ll see some information
about our WP Engine install. We’ll give some information
about DNS best practices, and then we have some
important controls here. First, we’ve got Dynamic Page
and Database Cache Control. WP Engine aggressively caches everything. Which means that if you are
actively developing something or there’s a change that you
believe should have happened, you can purge all of the caches here in order to double check that. This is going to be most useful if you add a new plugin that
should add functionality or if you are developing
on a staging site and move to the production site, but don’t see the changes. Clicking Purge All Caches
will purge everything: the page cache, the CDN
cache, and the object cache. The other button that you have here is Reset File Permissions. If you’re using SFTP to upload files to your WP Engine server, you’re going to need
to click this in order to make sure that everything is working on the WordPress Admin. If you have a domain
configured for the CDN, you can also control that here. Under the Staging Settings, you can Copy Your Live Site to Staging and you’ll be able to do vice-versa on your staging site. A staging site is a great place to test changes without
affecting your live site. So, if you’re adding major
pieces of functionality, you’re definitely going to
want to create that staging. It’s a great feature of WP Engine and other manage WordPress
hosting platforms. There are also links
back to the User Portal and the support system. One more thing we’ll do before we go, is enable SSL on our account. WP Engine offers free SSL Certificates with all of their hosting accounts. So, from the Overview page,
on the left-hand side, if we click SSL, we can go ahead and Add a Certificate. The free certificate is
through Let’s Encrypt, so we’ll click Get Free Certificates and we will add it for wwpdemo.com We’ll accept the terms and conditions, and Request SSL. Our SSL certificate is
then going to be set up. We can return to the portal and we will get an email when it’s ready. WP Engine offers a lot of great features that you don’t see on regular
shared hosting platforms. As a managed WordPress host, they have really optimized their service to give you the best WordPress experience. While WP Engine is more expensive than some hosting platforms and most shared hosting platforms, you really get your money’s worth because you’re saving a lot of time by not having to configure
other services separately. Thanks so much for watching this video. If you liked it, be sure to click the Thumbs Up, and subscribe to the
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