WordPress is by far the best blogging platform available, powering over 35% of all websites on the net today. When you start a WordPress blog, you will be joining a community of bloggers who post a staggering 4.4 million blog posts a day. So it goes without saying that you want to configure your WordPress blog correctly to get you off on the right foot. To make sure your posts aren’t lost in a sea of almost five million other daily blog posts. It makes sense to learn how to start a WordPress blog.
Blogging Mistake Number 1 – Using a Free Blogging Platform
Choosing WordPress over a free blogging service such as Blogger is the first step to having a successful blog. You need an easy to use, full-featured page layout interface such as WordPress Gutenberg, which delivers in spades. And the best thing is that Gutenberg keeps getting better and better all the time. Gutenberg allows you to effortlessly divide your content up into blocks. The blocks are easy to set up on the fly and offer almost infinite design possibilities.
The first step in starting a successful WordPress blog is deciding on what your domain name will be. The domain name is your address on the internet, for example, www.example.com, with ‘example.com’ being the domain name.
Choose Any Domain Name Seller You Like
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to get your domain name from one domain name provider or another. All website domain names of the same TLD (Top Level Domain) such as .com once purchased are registered on the same domain name registry. So, no domain reseller can claim to offer you a better quality domain. And seeing as all domain name resellers search the same registry before selling you a domain name, no one domain name reseller has a better selection of names than another. The playing field is completely level. Go where you feel comfortable.
New To Blogging – Keep It Simple
For a new blogger who wishes to avoid complexity and doesn’t wish to fiddle around setting up name servers with the domain name reseller. This is necessary as the Nameservers need to be redirected to point to the web hosting service provider and specific server, that your blog will reside on. For simplicity’s sake, it’s far easier to register your domain name with the hosting company that you will host your blog with.
In this case, the pointing and configuration of name servers will be seamless and done on the back end. Not to worry if you ever decide to leave one hosting company for another. You own the domain you can port it to any host you choose.
My Hosting Recommendation For Any New Blogger
For any new blogger wishing to use WordPress, I highly suggest that you use Bluehost. Bluehost is one of three hosts actually recommended by the team that writes the WordPress core. BlueHost hosting is cheap and provides you more than enough headroom to grow your blog. They also throw in a few important freebies like a free domain name when you signup. A free SSL (Secure Security Layer) certificate to digitally sign your website which will pass secure encrypted traffic between your user’s browsers and your blog’s server. Plus free 24/7 ticket-based support.
An added BlueHost benefit is that they offer a simple one-click WordPress Setup. That means you do not need to go manually set up WordPress. Then set-up the database that will hold your content and then tie the two together. The all-important wp-config.php file will be correctly set-up for your server configuration in the background.
Once you have signed up for WordPress, you simply enter your blog name and push the ‘Create New WordPress Site’ button on your Bluehost control panel and wait about five minutes while your new server builds your initial WordPress setup.
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For step-by-step guidance on how to sign up for Bluehost, including how to obtain a free domain name for your blog, see my article on How to Start a Blog.
Part One Initial WordPress Setup
Once you have signed up for hosting and hit the button to build your WordPress site. It’s now time to go about doing the all-important job of configuring the background settings, adding or choosing a theme, and loading all the plugins that are necessary to add functions to your WordPress site.
Basic WordPress Settings
The following 7 step guide will show you how to correctly configure your WordPress Site.
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There are seven menu pages that you need to visit to configure your WordPress Blog. The steps below show you what entries to make on each of the menu pages.
Congratulations you have just configured your first WordPress blog. Feel free to start playing with WordPress. WordPress is incredibly intuitive have a try. Remember ‘Pages’ are part of the permanent structure and appearance of your blog.
‘Posts’ are your blog posts. As you publish blog posts they will appear on your blog page.
Right now the next step for you is to go and create a ‘Home Page’ and a ‘Blog Page’. For the ‘Blog’ page, all you’ll need to do is create the page and save it. Once you have created these pages remember to go back to ‘Settings’ -> Reading settings.
If you skimmed through until this point and now you have a rough understanding of how to start a WordPress blog. The time has come to sign up for web hosting and start blogging.
If all of this looks just a little too intimidating. Which it really is not. I am offering a free fully configured WordPress sites for my followers.
Look out for my guide on writing using Gutenberg blocks coming out later this week.
I hope this short ‘Learn How To Start a WordPress Blog’ was useful. If you have any comments or would like to ask a question on setting up your WordPress blog, please feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll respond as soon as I can.
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