Are you tired of the 9-5 plus 2-3 hours of commuting back and forth to work? Or maybe you have an idea or lifestyle habits that you want to share with others. Whatever your motivation is, the starting point is always the same. Here is a detailed list of items you need to accomplish in order to start a blog of your own. Follow my Step by Step WordPress Setup
Step One: Create a Blog Name
Before you can go further in your quest to start a website, you will need to come up with a unique name. You will need to select a name that conveys what you are all about. A name can be two words melted into one for a new unique business name, or more direct and to the point of what your site is about. When deciding on a name, there are a couple of things you need to remember:
- Check the name on a domain buying site like Namecheap first to make sure it is available. You do not want to start creating business cards, Instagram pages and Pinterest posts with a name that you can’t get as a domain.
- The more memorable the name, the easier it will be for followers to remember you.
- Using your website’s keywords in the name makes you look great on google searches. i.e. Lisa’s Photography or Troy’s Marketing Mastermind
Step Two: Purchase a domain name
Once you have found a name and it is available, you will need to purchase the name. The name will have to be renewed on a yearly basis depending on which plan you purchase. There are usually other options that go along with purchasing a domain such as adding privacy, auto-renewing and email account options. If you need help purchasing a domain name please contact us. We would love to help.
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Step 3: Purchase a Hosting Package
You are now off to a great start. Finding the perfect name can be tricky but you have done it. Now it is time to find a place to host your website. Hosting packages vary from host to host as well as pricing. Most first-time website owners start off with shared hosting. It is cheaper than having your own dedicated server and a great way to start out. Here are some of our top recommended hosting companies:
- Premium Quality Web Hosting with Hostinger
- Midphase Web Hosting (I have been hosting with this company for over 10 years)
Step 4: Set Your Domain Name Servers to Host
If you purchased your domain through a different company than your website hosting package, you will have to point your name servers to the host. What this does is it provides the domain an address on the net to locate the hosting company where the website or blog is stored. If you do not know the host’s name servers, you can contact their customer service department to find out.
Step 5: Install WordPress
Once your host is set up and your nameservers for your domain are configured, the next step will be to install a website app of your choice. If your host came with a CPanel (a backend control panel for your hosting service), you may have a program on there called Softaculus. This is an app that has the option to install many different programs onto your server from WordPress blogging platforms to forums or complete e-commerce web solutions. This is the easiest way to install WordPress on your hosting server.
Step 6: Configure Your WordPress Site
After WordPress has installed, you will need to install a theme for your new site. You can to the sidebar to Apperance> Themes and use the ADD button near the top. There are many free themes you can choose from and there should be one to fit your style.
The next step will be to customize the theme options by adding in your blog name, logo & tagline. Some themes also offer custom color choices and other options.
Step 7: Install Plugins
Now that you have your site up and running, you can customize it further by adding various plugins. There are plugins for setting up e-commerce stores, SEO optimizers, speed tools…. pretty much anything you can think of for your site it is available. One thing to remember when installing plugins: they are made by random companies across the world and they are not all created equal. Some plugins can crash your site while others can speed up the loading time. Check the reviews and comments on a plugin to get a good idea of what you are getting before you hit the install button.
Step 8: Post your content
At this point, your blog should be up and running. Go ahead and post away, create content, use longtail keywords in your posts, and use clear images.
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