Want to create a beautiful real estate website in WordPress?
I’ll show you how to do it the right way using Astra’s Ready Websites. These are pre-built websites you can import in 1-click using the Astra Starter Sites plugin. In other words, everything is already there; you just need to customize it. This is by far the easiest, most efficient way to build a real estate website in WordPress. They have multiple Real Estate themes to choose from; some are free, some are premium themes. I’ll also show you how to integrate IDX/MLS, showcase and manage properties, and even tips for ranking in Google. Because after all, how you build your real estate website also affects your Google rankings.
Your real estate website will be mobile responsive, SEO-friendly, fast loading, incorporate SSL, and format nicely when shared on Facebook. My goal is to make sure you build it the right way.
For hosting, we’ll be using SiteGround since they were rated #1 in most Facebook polls and are worlds better than Bluehost or any hosting company owned by EIG. For even faster hosting, DigitalOcean on Cloudways is usually the 2nd most popular in WordPress Facebook Groups.
Here’s what to do:
1. Get Domain & Hosting
SiteGround is a great place to get domain and hosting for real estate websites.
They were rated the #1 host in multiple Facebook polls and are much better (and faster) than EIG brands including Bluehost, HostGator, and even GoDaddy. People who moved to SiteGround usually see improved speeds, so it’s best to start with a solid host from the start.
Pick A Hosting Plan – the 3 SiteGround plans are StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek. The main difference is GrowBig and GoGeek can host multiples websites and come with more storage, server resources (makes your site faster), and staging. If you have the budget, I would do GrowBig or GoGeek since they are faster, otherwise StartUp will be fine is you’re just starting.
Sign Up And Choose A Domain Name – be sure to sign up through the WordPress hosting page which makes it easier to install WordPress in step #2. If you don’t have a domain name, you can register one here. You generally don’t need the add-ons (eg. domain privacy, site scanner, SEO packages) since they provide little benefit at an additional cost (they’re upsells).
2. Install WordPress
Check your email for a link to the launch wizard.
This article was written by Tom Dupuis and originally published on Tom Dupuis.