Starting your project can be as simple as going over to WordPress.com and clicking “Start.” But if you wanted to build out a full website on the self-hosted version of WordPress.org you’ll need a few essentials. These include a domain name like www.askkori.com and hosting which is the server space that holds all of your files online. Kori suggests using Liquid Web for premium WordPress hosting. Other essentials would be adding an SSL for additional security, and a solutions for backups. This can be handled at server level as well, meaning directly through your hosting provider. Or you can add in one of Kori’s favorite plugins called UpDraft Plus.