WordPress Blog Setup Made Easy
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WordPress Blog Setup Made Easy
Step One: Choosing a Domain
& Buying It
Your domain name is going to be one of the most central keys to your online business success.
Your domain name can either be keyword-based or buzz-based. Make sure your domain name is:
1. Short enough to be catchy (no more than three words together)
2. Easy to remember
3. Unique but niche-specific
There are two key components of making your domain a reality:
1. Domain registration
2. Setting up web hosting (the place where your new blog is going to live)
You have a choice: register your domain
with your host or register them separately.
It’s easier to register your domain
with your host but it can be more
expensive if you plan on creating
more than one website or blog.
Step Two: Buying Hosting
There are many different types
of web hosting companies suited
to different uses. Some are better
for blogging than others. Compare
hosting companies by:
Should you choose to register your
domain with one company and host
it with another, you'll need to
set up the nameservers after you
choose your hosting company.
Step Three: Setting Up Your
This is a simple step. You'll
set up your email in your cPanel.
The instructions vary depending
on your email client. Then you'll
open your email client and set
it up to receive your new email
account. This will be pop, imap
or smtp. If you use Gmail then
it is as easy as adding an email
account to your settings.
Step Four: Installing WordPress
and Choosing Your Theme
Once WordPress is installed, and
the process will vary depending
on your host and user interface,
then you'll want to choose your
theme. This is important as it
will facilitate navigation and
help set the tone for your blog.
There are a number of paid and
free themes to choose from. Consider
the following when making your
It should be easy to customize
It should be plug-in friendly
It should be well designed and
match the design elements you're
looking for. For example, three
columns versus two columns and
Suitable to the most recent version
Cross browser compatible - meaning
it can be viewed on Firefox, Internet
Explorer and so on.
Step Five: Installing Your Theme
and Adjusting Your Settings
It’s important to customize your blog settings. You're simply going to get into your WordPress "Settings" and make adjustments that best fit your needs. Consider the following settings for your blog:
General Settings can include:, Site title, Tagline, WordPress URL, Site URL
Writing settings can include:, Update Services. For example Pingomatic
Reading settings can include:, Blog pages to show at the most, Full text or summary in a feed
Discussion settings can include:, Comments display, Notifications including trackbacks
and pingbacks, Comment moderation settings.
Permalinks settings. Choose how
you want your links to look to
Step Six: Plug-ins and Posting
Plug-ins are handy little programs
that help you customize your blog
to fit your needs and those of
your audience. Here are some popular
and useful plug-ins to consider:
All in One SEO Pack
Google XML Sitemaps
Posting your first blog post and
creating pages are your final step.
This is where you'll spend the
majority of your time once your
blog is up and ready to go. Your
posts can be:
Saved as drafts
Graphics and/or video
And of course published as soon
as they're written.
Pages are different from posts
in that they're static. They're
not organized chronologically.
Your pages might include:
About Me/Us Page
Advertise with us info
Widgets are another way to customize
your blog. They're essentially
sidebars that appear in your blog.
They change your appearance and
can add features. For example,
you can add a Weatherbug widget
to show your visitors what the
weather is like outside.