Sakura Internet is a web hosting provider that has been operating for almost 30 years. It is one of the oldest providers in the Japanese market. Its hosting service was launched as a sub-service back in 1998. The company is based in Japan and the official website sakura.ne.jp is written in Japanese. The company offers support for the Japanese-specific characters and alphabet and guarantees 99.99% uptime.
Starting a WordPress site for the Japanese market is a straight and convenient process with Sakura web hosting. Even their Standard plan offers a descriptive customization of a WordPress site. That makes Sakura a popular choice among beginners and users who do not want to waste time installing the platform. The company has one cheaper plan (Light) that goes without WordPress, so it will be better for you if you choose some of the others.
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Sakura Web Host Plans
Sakura’s servers are based in Tokyo and their prices are listed in Japanese Yen. There are a lot of different solutions you can choose from – shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and cloud packages. Each of these categories contains a number of individual choices. So you can be sure that you will get precisely what you need. Furthermore, the company offers a 2 weeks free trial for all their plans – Light, Standard, Premium, Business, Business Professional, Managed Server.
As found on Sakura’s official website all their plans support:
- Free phone and email support
Unlimited email addresses
Original SSL [SNI SSL (name base)]
Shared SSL (data encryption)
Module version PHP
Multiple use of MySQL
Some of the additional services that can be used with the Sakura host plans are an easy-to-remember domain, including the most popular options with .com and .jp extensions as well as different SSL options for a more secure website.
Those of you who are considering the usage of an SSL for their website should first set the certificate from the Domain/SSL Settings which are displayed in the panel. Only then you can process with the creation of your WP site on Sakura hosting.
How to Install a WordPress Site on Sakura Hosting
Once you choose your plan and type of hosting, you will gain access to the Sakura control panel. Then you need to navigate to the “Quick Install” option in the menu and click the “Add New” button which stands next to WordPress.
The next step is to create a new database if you don’t have one. Click “Create database” and fill in the required details in the fields.
The image is taken from Sakura’s official website that’s why the text depicted on it is in Japanese.
After this step, you have two options – to install your WordPress site under one specific domain or create a specified folder and install it there. When you choose to install the WordPress website under a folder you can create various subfolders, respectively site addresses, afterward. All the new subfolders will be related to the main domain, hence, be using its authority. For example, example.com can have a new general address named example.com/install-wordpress/
What is following is the configuration of the installed WordPress. Enter all setting items in the fields and click “Install WordPress”. Installation is complete when the setting completion screen appears. Click “Login” to display the WP login screen.
Enter your credentials and.. voila you have successfully completed the main part of the creation process of your site for the Japanese market.
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When Creating a WordPress Site in Japan, Don’t Forget the Design Specifics
A Japanese website has a few main characteristics that may determinе its success. The list includes:
- A lot of text.
- A busy layout.
- Smaller graphics.
- Cute characters.
- Contrasting and clashing colors.
- Flash animations.
The heavy use of text is the one you should not forget to implement. The main reason why Japanese websites use at least 150% greater amount of text compared to English websites is the Japanese consumer behavior. Japanese consumers require an extensive amount of details and convincing before they buy an item.
Buyers cannot be easily convinced by merely a catchy headline or an attractive image. This, in turn, means that once you set up your WP site on Sekura hosting, you have to consider the utilization of larger amounts of text in the design. Good luck!