This is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a WordPress blog. If you haven’t already checked out my list of things to think about before starting a blog, I suggest doing that first! This guide is for a blogger who is starting from scratch. I started my blog on Blogger and had to transfer my blog posts over to WordPress. If you’re a current blogger wondering about the transfer process, you can read all about that here.
How to set up a WordPress blog
The first part of this guide is specific to installing WordPress on Bluehost. This is a great hosting provider for a beginning blogger. If you’re using a different host, read on to find out what to do after you’ve installed it!
Step 1 – Register Your Domain
It’s usually easiest to register your domain through your hosting company (like Bluehost). If you’ve already purchased a domain, you can transfer it over to make things easier.
Step 2 – Choose your Plan and Options
You’ll get the best deal on hosting if you sign up for 3 years. Domain Privacy Protection is essential if you don’t want your contact info out there for the world to see. The other options aren’t as vital. You can always add these later.
Step 3 – Install WordPress
Once you have set up your account with Bluehost, you’ll need to install WordPress. WordPress installation is done from the C-Panel, which can be accessed from your Bluehost account.
Step 4 – Log In For the First Time
Go to www.yournewblogsdomainname.com/wp-admin
Only substitute your actual blog name there. 🙂
Step 5 – Choose a Theme and Design Your Blog
There are many free theme options out there. There is also premium (paid) options starting at around $50. I’m here to tell you that a free theme will probably be just fine for you. In fact, I’m using a free theme on my blog right now! The theme installed on my blog is called ProBlogg (with a few techie tweaks!). You can select your theme under Appearance on the WordPress menu. Feel free to download a few and play around with what works best. I tried out several before choosing one! I suggest finding one with built-in social media icons.
You also want to create a logo. You can do this yourself if you know what you’re doing. If not, you can find someone to do it for you on Fiverr starting at just $5.50.
Step 6 – Install Plugins
I use and recommend the following plugins from wordpress.org:
Akismet (stops spam)
Related Posts by Zemanta (shows posts from your archives)
Shareaholic (gives you social share buttons)
Yoast SEO (This one helps you with on-page Search Engine Optimization)
One or both of the following (for detailed site stats)
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP
Jetpack by WordPress.com
You’re Ready to Write
That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how to set up a WordPress blog. You’ve still got a lot more to learn, but the basics are all in place. I’m constantly making changes to my blog, and I’m sure you will too! I can’t wait to read your first post! Feel free to share it in the comments below and I’ll come to check it out!