The easiest way to platform in today’s world is to start a blog. While you can do this with free hosted options like WordPress.com, TypePad.com, and Blogger.com, you will get the most control by using self-hosted WordPress. This is what most serious bloggers use, and it is what I use here at MarkLovettDesign.com.
I love creating awesome customized wordpress websites and blogs for small businesses and individuals and will be happy do take care of all of it for you so you can spend your time doing what you do best.
If you would like to understand more about what is involved in setting up a basic wordpress website or blog, below is some helpful information. For more current helpful web hosting info, check out Web Hosting.
How To Set Up A WordPress Website
- Gather your resources. To set up a self-hosted WordPress blog, you will need:
- A domain name
- A credit card
It’s easier and less expensive if you haven’t already registered your domain. However, if you have already registered your domain, that’s fine too.
- Set up a hosting account. This is where your blog will “live.” This is a server in the cloud (i.e., a remote computer), where you will rent space to install the WordPress software and manage your blog. There are a hundreds of hosting services available—perhaps thousands. However, based on my experience and research, I recommend Siteground. I believe it is the best option for most people for the following reasons:
- Support Siteground has great 24–7 support via phone, e-mail, or chat. I have personally used it many times and found the support staff to be courteous, professional, and helpful. Tech support quickly responds to the call unlike most other competing web hosts.
- Reliability Siteground is super reliable. It boasts an uptime average of 99.9%. That’s about as good as it gets.
- Ease of Use Siteground is super easy-to-use . They have worked hard to make it simple for non-geeks.
- Siteground ranks #1 Check out the online reviews. Siteground ranks #1.
- No Limits Siteground offers unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains (i.e., you can host multiple blogs or sites on one account), and unlimited e-mail accounts.
- Price Siteground pricing is affordable—depending on which plan you select. The longer you are willing to commit, the less it cost.
Now if you allow me to build your website, you won’t have to worry about the following details.
In the cPanel :
- Install WordPress. The process used to be complicated, and you had to be a semi-geek to pull it off.
- Log into WordPress. While you’re still on your blog’s home page, scroll down to the Login link in the lower right-hand side of the sidebar. Click on the link.You should now be looking at your WordPress login page.Now enter your username and password. You will soon see a welcome screen. For now, click Dismiss.You are now looking at the WordPress “Dashboard.” Sometimes, bloggers refer to this as the WordPress back-end. The front-end is what your readers see—your normal blog site. The back-end is what you see—how you control whatappears on the front-end.
- Write your first post. Click on the Posts | Add New option in the left-hand side menu. You should now see the New Post screen.Enter the title of your post, perhaps something like, “Welcome to My Blog.” Now write your first post in the field directly below the title. Perhaps you could explain why you are starting your blog, the topics you plan to write about, and how often you intend to post.Now click the Publish button. This literally publishes your post for the world to see. You can click on the Preview Changes button to see it.Congratulations! You have just published your first post on your very own self-hosted WordPress blog.
If you have followed the instructions above, you now have your very own self-hosted WordPress blog.
The next step is to install a theme. There are literally thousands of free ones available. However, I like the below premium themes as well as some other free themes. I can also customize any of these themes for you to make them your own.
- Avada Theme
- Salient Theme
- Beaver Builder Plugin and Theme
If you want to learn more about WordPress, I recommend visiting wordpress.org.
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Question: What questions do you have about the process of setting up your blog?