How To Set-up A Blog on WordPress - Step-by-Step Guide + Video

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Are you interested in starting your own blog? This post is your A-Z guide on how start a blog from the very first steps to getting set-up using the exact same methods and tools that I did. What's awesome is that I've laid this out in a step-by-step format including short and to the point videos to make it easy to follow and save you the time, dollars and frustration of having to figure it out yourself through trial and error. By the time you finish reading this, you will know the exact steps to:

     
  • Choose your blogging platform
  • Choose a suitable hosting plan for your needs
  • Choose a domain name
  • Connect your Domain name to your hosting plan
  • Connect your hosting plan to your blogging platform
  • Choose and install your chosen Blog Theme ready for customization

 

Choose A Blogging Platform

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When choosing a platform to start a blog from you'll have the following options available to you: freemium hosting or self-hosted platforms. I recommend a self-hosted platform and personally use WordPress. I chose to use WordPress to start my blog because it's easy to use and there’s always a tonne of free WordPress Plugins being developed every day which make customizing, functionality and automation a breeze!

 

Get Web Hosting

If you’re completely new to blogging it’s worth noting that once you’ve chosen and purchased a website or blog theme you’ll need to have it hosted in order to go live. Most hosting companies also offer domain name registration services. I recommend keeping it all under the same roof for easier management and maintenance. There are essentially two kinds of hosting; shared hosting or cloud VPS hosting.   

 

Shared Hosting - recommended for new bloggers

By far the most affordable option and the one I recommended for new bloggers until you've started making money from your blog is shared hosting. HostPapa offers competitive rates for shared hosting. If you choose to use this option I've included the two short video's below to help you purchase a hosting plan. 

Once you've purchased your hosting plan you'll need to register your domain name with HostPapa too if you don't already have one (see video 1 below). The next step is to connect your Domain Name with your WordPress account (see video 2 below).  

How to Register a Domain Name (1 Min Video)

How To Connect Your Domain to WordPress (1 Min Video)

 

Cloud VPS Hosting - recommended for high traffic sites or ecommerce websites

Of the two kinds of hosting cloud VPS is a more reliable premium level hosting. It can handle large amounts of traffic to your site without slowing it down or crashing it all together. If you plan on doing paid advertising campaigns or are expecting large amounts of traffic I recommend cloud hosting. I personally use Digital Business Lounge (DBL) What I love about DBL is their easy domain purchase process and one-click WordPress Installation to get your WordPress site up and running in a matter of seconds! No demo videos required. But if you're just starting out you'll want to stick with HostPapa for now.  

 

Pick Blog Theme

Once Wordpress is installed, the first thing your blog needs is a theme. The look and feel of your blog is easily changed with the Theme you decide to install. WordPress will give you a default blog theme that comes pre-installed called Twenty Sixteen. But you will want to choose a theme that is unique to your personal brand.
 

 

Action steps

  1. Read the Theme Specifications. Most themes come with a short description on of features and functionality. By reading it, you should have a rough idea if the theme matches your needs and how customizable it is.
  2. Click Preview. Preview the theme to get an idea of the overall look and layout.
  3. Check for responsiveness. You want a responsive design that works on desktop browsers and mobile devices.

Finding Your Perfect Theme

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Ok so we've arrived at the fun part of starting your blog. What kind of blog theme should you choose? This really depends on your niche, I always start a blog by heading across to ThemeForest. They have more than 11,500 mobile responsive WordPress website themes and almost 4000 mobile responsive WordPress Blog themes to choose from… who doesn’t like choice?  

 

THEMEFOREST BONUS; if you’re just not tech savvy at all you can pay the developer a small fee to have them install the demo theme on WordPress for you too! Keep in mind you will still need to customize your theme once they have set up the demo theme on your live WordPress site.
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I've also used had clients who rave about Athemes mobile responsive blog themes so why not check out what they have to offer? What I love about Athemes is you can opt to pay $99 and have full access to ALL their premium blog templates... If you don't like the idea of being locked into just one theme while you're finding your blogging sea legs this offer is tough to beat!

 

Keen To Get Up & Running ASAP?


Let's get the boring techy setup done for you fast and affordable so you can start the fun part... customizing the look and feel of your website or blog to suit you! Checkout my blog set-up package called JUST THE BASICS which does everything we just covered off in this blog post!

Find out what's included HERE

Just The Basics BLOGGING PACKAGE

 

Not Confident Customizing?


Let me help you achieve the brand look and feel that you have in mind. In this package we work together to customize your chosen blog or website theme.

Find out what's included HERE   

CUSTOM BLOG THEME PACKAGE

Boom!! Now You Have Your Very Own Blog!

  Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I will only make recommendations on products and services  I personally believe to be of value. 

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