How to Create a WordPress Website with WP Engine (Step by Step Tutorial)

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Are you a writer?

Do you want to know how to start a WordPress website quickly?

There are several website sites available out of which WordPress is most popular. It is easy to use, powerful and can be handled by anyone with a basic knowledge of the internet. Unlike other blogging platforms, it offers unlimited customization options and lets you use thousands of beautiful themes and plugins to do everything with the site. Any type of website can be developed on WordPress including websites, e-commerce, business directories, online communities, and many others. I think these points are enough to choose WordPress as your Content Management System. 

Once you decided to create a website on WordPress, the next question will arise.

Where to host?

We can point out several WordPress hosting companies that are active in the field. Choosing a hosting provider is equally important as choosing your niche and website name. If your selection fails, nothing will come in your way including SEO, traffic as they are mutually related.

A good hosting company should provide a fast and secure environment for the users. So your pages will rank higher in search results and safe from the latest security vulnerabilities or hacking attempts. In short, a hosting service acts as a  guardian of your online business or website.

What is WP Engine?

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WP Engine is the most reputed name in WordPress hosting. Founded in 2010, it hosts websites on high-speed servers to deliver content faster and helps you to maximize performance using built-in optimization tools and a free CDN integrated with all plans. 

It protects your website with enterprise-level security and consistently monitors the system to detect possible threats and block them efficiently from the base step. So you can concentrate on developing business rather than spending time on security and optimization. 

Being a WP Engine customer, you will get the popular Genesis Framework and more than 35 StudioPress child themes for free. They are highly customizable, SEO-friendly, and best for any kind of website. Create a business website or eCommerce portal or a blog using them with full control over settings and customization. Due to ease of use, you don’t need to hire a developer to build websites with Genesis and child themes.

WP Engine provides 24/7 fast customer support in all hosting plans to address your queries and solve complaints as early as possible. 

WP Engine Pricing

Visit WP Engine first and choose your plans.

WP Engine plans

Their Startup plan is useful for creating a small website or website. It is available for $28/mo and you will get 4 months free with annual plans. The plan contains a single website hosting, CDN, SSL, and a bunch of tools to make your web management easier.

Another main advantage of WP Engine subscription is that it provides the Genesis framework and more than 35 child themes absolutely free to all customers. It will save your $2000 in the theme selection. Genesis framework is a great product to avail unlimited customizations, flexibility, and full control over the website design. It is used by thousands of websites in any niche.  So it’s a great deal for you to experience two world-class services in a single subscription.

All plans of WP Engine offers a risk-free period of 60 days. If you are not satisfied with their service, cancel the subscription within 60 days and you will get the full amount back.

Click the Get Started button of the corresponding plan you choose. I opted for the Startup plan as I am going to host a single domain at this moment.

Now you will get a form to set up your account.

WP Engine

Change your plan or add additional sites if needed. Any changes made will reflect in your billing information. WP Engine allows you to settle bills either monthly or annually. The annual plan is better as you will get 4 months of free hosting there that will save you another $100.

Add additional services such as Content Performance, GeoTarget, and WordPress multisite to empower your business website. Scroll down to fill up your contact information, account name, and data center. If you are going to target the US audience on the website, choose the data center in the United States. Otherwise, choose the relevant location that’s closest to the majority of your visitors.

Enter your card details, agree to the terms of service, and click the Create my site button. Wait for a few moments and when the payment is approved, you will see a confirmation receipt on the screen.

Setting up WordPress on WP Engine

WP Engine will send a login password to your email address. You can use it to access my.wpengine.com to install and manage the websites.

WP Engine

Enter your credentials and log in. Click the Install tab on the top to configure your website site.

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Install name is the CNAME record of your site. you can enter the domain name without extension there. Create Install button will bring you to the domain overview section where you can add a domain for the website.

WordPress is successfully installed on your account and WP Engine will send website login credentials to your email address shortly.

WP Engine doesn’t have the option to register domains. You need to buy it separately from a domain registrar.

Click the ‘Enter domain’ option on the top of your Install stats to begin the setup process. Now it will show you the CNAME record, A record, and primary domain for the account.

Scroll down and click the Add Domain button to connect. Enter your domain name in the popup box like this, yourwebsitename.com.

Go to your domain registrar account and update your DNS records with them.

DNS

Open the DNS settings of the domain to connect it to WP Engine.

DNS management

If your DNS entries show ‘@’ in the name/host field, that record is for your root domain. Change its value to the IP address displayed on the WP Engine’s domain overview.

Next, look for the www entry in your DNS records. It indicates a www version of your website. Check its corresponding value. If it shows @, you need not make any changes. Otherwise, change it to @ or IP address or CNAME record on your WP Engine account.

Update your TTL (Time To Live) to the minimum which is the time for changes come into effect. Go back to your WP Engine account and locate yourwebsitename.com under the Domains and Redirects section. Set it as your primary domain.

That’s it.

Wait for some time. It may take up to 24 hours to update the records. After that, you can log in to the WordPress website using the credentials provided in the last email and starts posting.

Read How to Get Genesis Framework and 35+ Child Themes for Free

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