We are starting to get to the fun stuff in this How To Start A Blog Series! Now you are probably wondering how to set up WordPress. While there are a number of steps in this part, they are much easier than you would think. The first thing you have to do is go into your cPanel and actually install it onto your domain.
Here is a great video showing you how to do it through Hostgator:
Here’s a great video for WordPress Beginners – it walks you through the WordPress dashboard and explains what everything is:
Next this video shows you how to change your site’s title, tagline, as well as other settings and configurations:
It’s also very important to set up your URL format/permalinks properly. This video shows you how to set it up properly and explains why:
The YouTube Channel for most of the above videos is WordPress Informer. He does a great job of detailing everything you need to do to set up your blog and there are even more videos showing you how to use widgets, plugins, the media library, how to put links in posts, and more. Be sure to check out his videos.
The next step is to pick a theme. This is the design of your blog. You can use free or premium themes. This video is fantastic and explains what they are, how they work, how to install them and more:
I know that’s a lot of videos to watch, but I feel these tutorials are the easiest way to learn about setting up your blog.
I bet you didn’t know so much was going to go into it before you even wrote your first post!
The good news is, now all the set up and design is done and you can start writing and sharing your thoughts with the world! Go ahead and get started by clicking “Posts” in the sidebar of your Admin dashboard. Click “Add New” and you can start writing. When you are done, hit “Publish” on the top right, and now when you visit your blog, you’ll see your first post!
Congratulations, you are a blogger!
Stay tuned for the next post which will list my favorite and must have plugins, that will make blogging easier and even more fun.
If you enjoyed this post check out the rest of the posts in my How To Start A Blog Series.