Starting a blog doesn’t have to be intimidating or confusing. If you don’t know what’s involved or where to begin, LearnWP is here to help. We know you can do this.
There are free blogging platforms available but, we recommend that right from the start you choose a self-hosted wordpress.org install. If you’re already on wordpress.com or need to understand the difference read this post: Moving WordPress from .com to .org. With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you pay for the hosting. It is similar to the difference between staying at a free hostel versus buying your own home.
Choosing a self-hosted WordPress platform will give you the most control over your blog and will ensure that keep the rights to the content you create. If you are really serious about blogging, you won’t regret this decision.
Ready to start a blog? Let’s go!
Step 1: Register a Domain Name we recommend that you keep your domain name and hosting separated. If you want an email address, you’ll set that up here with domain name registrar.
Step 2: Sign up for WordPress Managed Hosting – WordPress will be installed for you (wasn’t that easy?)
Step 3: Point the Domain Name to the Host You need to link the domain name and the hosting account together, to tell the domain address where the website files are housed.
Step 4: Login to the WordPress Dashboard then change the Theme (Appearance → Themes) or just start blogging with the default theme
Step 5: Publish your first Blog Post. You’ll notice that WordPress has already published a post for you called “Hello World.” You can send that one to trash.
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You’ve made a great start but these simple steps will only get you so far.
Now you need to
- Adjust your general settings (Under Settings in the left-hand menu in the Dashboard)
- Set WordPress permalinks (choose Post name)
- Customize your blog’s appearance (with Customize under Appearance) and
- Create menus for navigation (Appearance → Menus)
Next, figure out widgets, and plugins, and shortcodes, and SEO and, and, and … There’s so much you can learn and do with a self-hosted WordPress blog.
More tips in our WordPress for Beginners series
We hope that you’ve found these WordPress for Beginners tips helpful.
If you want to learn more about WordPress, attend one of our WordPress Intensive Workshops in Toronto.