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Start Your Own WordPress Blog For Newbies

So you want to create a blog with WordPress? It’s free and simple and i am going to show you the simplest way in this post.

Every new website I build these days, I build with WordPress. i exploit WordPress for several reasons. Chiefly as a result of it’s 100 percent free and it’s the simplest platform for anyone to find out.

What’s more, WordPress is as “plug and play” as you get and with  thousands of themes and plugins on the market,you can update the look and even your monetizing strategy fast.

Plus, Google loves WordPress because of the method it organizes content. and you will find it irresistible for the way how it makes everything from adding content to creating changes.

It should be noted that once I mention WordPress, i am not talking regarding wherever you get a username and host a blog there. i am talking regarding the hosted version of a WordPress web site.
The main distinction is that you’re going to take some additional extra steps like obtaining a site name(domain Name), a web host then putting in WordPress at your website.

After I show you ways to put in it, i am going to assist you realize your way around within your WordPress dashboard.You’ll see how to get things like a theme and permalinks set up properly as well as how to start adding plugins, posts and pages.

WordPress Installation
To start the website setup process, sign up with a low cost, reliable web host that offers the cPanel interface. I use HostGator for most of my WordPress sites including this one.
After you’ve got a web host, find the e-mail that your new host sent you, which has your cPanel login username and password. Then log into your web hosting cPanel interface and install WordPress by clicking either QuickInstall, Fantastico or Softalicious,depending on your host.
Here’s a simple video from HostGator that walks you through the way to make out on their website.

Once you’ve got completed the steps in that video, you have got a website.

Admittedly, there’s not much at your new website yethowever it’s a real web site and you can go visit it.

Type your url into your browser (e.g. and you’ll see a simple website with a tiny low entry titled “Hello World!”

This is the standard (default) WordPress theme. you can simply replace this with one of thousands of free WordPress themes or maybe a paid premium theme. a brand new theme will fully transform the look and feel of your web site and we’ll see a way to try this in a minute.

First, however, we’ll simply log in and be familiar with the WordPress interface itself.

After you put in your WordPress website you’ll have to log in to the admin space. The address where you log in can or – either should work.

Whenever you would like to edit your web site you may need to log into the admin space with the login username and password you selected throughout installation.

Now, before you go too much further i like to recommend you’re taking a bit time to PLAY with your new software. Click around and get familiar with your “dashboard”, which is the main page you see when logging into the admin area. There are numerous things you can do I will not state all right now as i do not want to overwhelm you.

But – I also don’t desire to underwhelm you! i need you to grasp how powerful and fantastic the program you simply installed is!  To assist you on, let’s do a fast summary of the various sections of WordPress:

On the left aspect of each page within your WordPress dashboard you will see fast links to navigate to completely different area of the admin space. If you click on any of these choices you will get a menu with additional choices.

Let’s check what every link does.

Dashboard – Click this to go to the main page of your WordPress admin space. At the main page you’ll see numerous things regarding your WordPress website. it’ll offer you a outline of your posts and pages, comments, etc. you’ll also see recent comments, incoming links, etc. you can customize this page as i will show you within the next video below.

Posts – If you are going to set up a blog on your website this is where you create, view and edit your posts.

Media – you’ll use the media section to upload pictures, videos and documents.

Links – If you would like to use the links ‘widget’ so you can link out to people this is where you’d fill in the links.

Pages – this is where you create, read and edit your pages.

Comments – Here you can read all the comments you have received, check your spam comments, edit or delete comments.

Appearance – this is where you upload a brand new theme, you customize your widgets and you can conjointly set up a custom menu. you’ll also add the css and php files if you have got some advanced to set information.

Plugins – We’ve yet to talk plugins however here is wherever you’ll upload and activate them.

Users – enables you to set users and alternative administrators to your website or update current users.

Tools – Import or export WordPress files.

Settings – you can set choices regarding how individuals read your blog, how many posts they see, how the permalinks are set, etc. Any plugins you install can usually show over here too.

Choosing and installing Your Theme…

A theme is what sets the layout of your web site. WordPress comes with a default theme pre-installed but there are actually thousands of themes to decide on from right here if you want:

But before you take ANY time searching for a theme, here’s what I recommend you do:

First, decide what you wish the theme for…

Get an honest plan in your mind what you would like from a theme and your search are going to be much, much easier! you wish to own an idea of what you would like and wish from a theme.

Will your web site be primarily a blog?

Or do you desire a more ancient web site layout?

Perhaps you would like both?

Maybe your site’s main focus are going to be a sales letter?

A membership site?

The most vital question to answer at this time, is plan to does one commit to monetize the site?

Once you decide how you wish to monetize your web property, it’s easier to select a theme. Here are a couple of examples:

Now let’s say you intend to suggest some affiliate links. Then a free theme would work just fine. you’ll then use a plugin to manage the affiliate product links you suggest. If you were primarily going to promote Amazon product, you’ll use a theme like this one….

If you intend to eventually add a product of your own. you’ll need a sales letter page and a squeeze page to direct affiliate and JV partner traffic. For these tasks, I feel that a paid theme like one of these Thrive Themes is best. it isn’t free, however it offers you a quick and simple way to have a professional website including polished sales presentations, squeeze pages, download pages and more.

Anyway, once you’ve got an idea of what you wish to try and do at your website, you are able to search around for your theme.

Free Themes:

WordPress – you can search a large database of free themes here:

Paid Themes:

WordPress – you’ll be able to search a large database of commercial themes here:

Thrive Themes for polished sales presentations, squeeze pages, download pages and additional.

StudioPress – Brian Gardner is well known for his nice themes. Beginner to Advanced

Associate Goliath – THE theme for marketing Amazon merchandise as an associate.

OK, that will get you started. simply make sure you do not take weeks selecting a theme! you’ll be able to always switch later,the main thing for now could be to get moving.

Once you have chosen your theme you’ll have to install it. to do this you click the ”Appearance’ tab on the left sidebar of your WordPress admin area. Then click ‘Themes’ and ‘Add New.’

From there you can prefer to search the database for free themes otherwise you can upload your chosen theme (in zip format) from your pc and install it…

Finally, you’ll click on “Install Now” then click “activate” to make the theme live. The theme installation process takes seconds.

There you’ve got it! That is all you need to do to install WordPress and add a brand new theme.

I can’t tell you what a simple method this is compared to the ‘olden days’ of web site style. I built my initial web site with Microsoft FrontPage and i can tell you it had been a tedious method to get the simplest of websites going. currently you’ll have a super-powerful strong web site platform set up in a very matter of minutes.

If you run into a snag or a problem, and it happens, the primary factor to try and do is see if your internet host will help, most times they will. the next factor to try and do is search Google and see if anyone else has had identical downside. that may sometimes do the trick.

Once you’ve got your theme installed your website should begin taking shape. the next factor to try and do is install and activate a few Plugins and set your permalinks.

The first plugin I recommend you install is termed WordFence. It protects your blog from hackers and can email you whenever you’ve got a plugin that must be updated.

Log into your WordPress blog’s admin space, click Plugins then Add New.

You’ll then see a page with lots of plugins to choose from, as well as a search bar to seek out new plugins.

You simply enter the name of a plugin, in this case WordFence then click install and activate it.

(To see how to best utilize any plugin, simply click to the included documentation or search YouTube for the plugin name + tips.)

Next you should set your Permalinks…

Changing your permalink structure only takes a few minutes, and is crucial for good search engine results. Please make certain you are doing this step anytime you set up a new web site or blog!

What it does is change your web site page and post links from a bit of meaningless code to actual WORDS. If this does not make sense right now simply follow the steps anyway, you will thank ME for this tip later!

This video shows you the way to set permalinks for best SEO practices…
Now that you simply know how to install WordPress, add a theme, add plugins and set Permalinks, you’ll begin adding content to your blog.
I’ll close today’s WordPress setup post with a video showing you the way to start out adding pages, posts, categories and menus…
And bear in mind, if all this can be a little too much for you, do not let it stop you from having your own income generating blog.


About the author

Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark here. I am an Online Marketer and Mentor, helping others navigate their way around the Internet marketing World. I have been in this business for several years no and have seen a lot of businesses come and go. I suffered from 'Shiny Object Syndrome' when I first got started. Now I help others to not to fall into that trap. One step at a time.

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