I’ve been blogging for six years properly. But even before then I had basic knowledge of how to start a blog on WordPress because I’d done favours for friends who couldn’t get their heads around it. So, to help you along here is the first article in a guide to help you start your blogging journey.
Use WordPress. Blogger is ok, but if you want to have full control of your site, you need to use the WordPress platform. Now there are a few ways that you can do this. I’ll show you my way through which gives you total control and you are not beholden to anyone.
First, think of a domain name. You ideally want a name that either says what the site is about or uses your name. Branding is also excellent which is why a lot of people go for domains using their names. Like Katie Price for instance. Once you’ve found a site name, make a note of it.
Now we have an idea of domain name we need to buy it. Lyrical Hosting is a one-stop shop for everything WordPress. Because she’s been in the business a long time, Co-founder Jenni is the wealth of information and Joseph on the support is by far a WordPress genius. You can buy a .com for £11.49 or a .co.uk for £7.67 (all depending on exchange rate). You can then host 3 WordPress sites with Lyrical Hosting for just £15.99 ($19.99) a month with their Mighty package.
A tip from me: If you get stuck at any point while buying a name or hosting with Lyrical Hosting, fire off an email to Joseph at support. What he doesn’t know about WordPress isn’t worth remembering. I accidentally deleted my website at 10 p.m. Within 15 minutes it was back up and running because he restored a backup for me. I defy anyone to do it quicker. He will always help you. For that 121 help alone it’s worth the monthly fee. Someone you can rely on for all your WordPress problems, at the drop of a hat. They are that amazing.
Once you have purchased your domain name and hosting, log in to the control panel (you will receive this in an email when you join). Click the WordPress icon at the top. A screen will appear for you to fill in details like Site Name (you can change this once you have installed WordPress). Then fill in the username (never use “admin” or anything like that, always use something mixed up because bots will use brute force with random words if they can to hack in). Fill in the password (again make it fairly complicated). Add your email, but do not under any circumstance untick the checkbox stating “Allow my site to appear in search engines like Google and Technorati” because if you do, they won’t find your site. Hit install WordPress.
Only do the above with a brand new account. For subsequent WordPress installs, email Joseph. I tried to add a new site to my hosting and wrote over my other site. Don’t do the same.
You are now the proud owner of a brand new WordPress site. Congratulations. I’ll carry on with this series in a few days, and walk you through installing a theme and plugins.
Enjoyed that? For Part Two click: How To Publish Your First WordPress Post
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