How to Make a Hotel Website with Wordpress
By Brandon Dennis VP of Marketing, Cloudbeds.com | January 03, 2016
Wordpress is a content management system for experts and novices alike. Publishing your own website with Wordpress gives you absolute control over its technology and content. It also makes you responsible for its security and performance. You'll have greater freedom, and you'll be able to get the exact look and function that you want. But you'll also have to spend time updating plugins, improving website load speed, and updating your website over time as new technology appears. Before you begin, you must understand that you're getting yourself into a fun and rewarding project that will take up some of your time.
With this 7-step guide, I will show you how to make a basic but fully functional hotel website with Wordpress. If you don't want to get your hands dirty, then I suggest purchasing a website subscription. But, if you like to fiddle with things and learn as you go, keep reading.
Step One: Choose a Host
A website hosting provider is a company that lends you a computer (or a "cloud" of connected computers) where your website is installed. You need to choose a hosting provider before you begin. This is the home of your website. The host is responsible for keeping your website online 24/7, so it is important to choose a reliable host.
There are many options out there. For Wordpress, there are two that I recommend:
1. Bluehost - Bluehost is an affordable web host with great customer service. They give you a server (which is the computer where your website will live), and you do nearly anything you want with it. Their 24/7 customer service is excellent, and has helped me out of many jams in the past. Bluehost is what I use for my websites.