Getting Started and Setup a WordPress Blog Like a Pro
Getting started and Setup a Blog Like A Pro
If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you have an interest in starting your own blog. Maybe you’ve seen some friends talking about how they write and share their ideas online, and you’ve been thinking of doing the same. Maybe you’ve read some articles recently that have sparked a thought in your head—you want to share these thoughts with others as well. Whatever your reasons may be, chances are that sooner rather than later, you will need a place to share your ideas and experiences with readers.
But where do you start? There are a lot of things that need to be considered before getting started with blogging. Like other forms of content creation, the initial set-up process can seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. Let us take a look at what needs to be done before starting content production on a blog like a pro:
What is Domain and hosting
Domain and hosting are two things that are typically mentioned in the title of this blog entry. But what are they, exactly?
Domain is the website’s address. It is essentially where your readers will find you; it is the foundation for your website and blog.
Hosting is where your website will live and the server that operates on the internet.
The provider you choose to host with will set up and maintain your site while you focus on other aspects of your business or personal life. The first thing to consider when starting a blog like a pro is where to host it. Because there are many different hosting providers out there, this decision can seem difficult at first—especially if you’re not sure which one would be best for your needs.
For example, if you want to write about family life and keep things light-hearted, a Blogger-Hosted blog could be perfect for you, as it’s free to use and suits the purposes of casual, hobbyist blogging.
However, if what you want to write about has more serious tones and requires a high level of technical expertise (like an entrepreneur looking to start a business), then WordPress might be the best option for you as there are more features for you to use with the aim of monetization. This post is catered towards this type of blogger, but the principles still apply for even casual bloggers.
How to Choose Your domain Name
When it comes to selecting a domain name for your blog, it is important to choose a name that will represent your blog well. One of the reasons some people have so much success with their blogs is because they have picked a name that will make the reader want to read more. Some examples of great blog names include:
Choosing hosting & Understanding Technical Terms
The first step in starting a blog like a pro is choosing the right hosting. It is important to understand what you need from your hosting provider and how that translates into technical terms. The following questions will help you determine if your hosting plan meets your needs: How many GB’s of storage space would be sufficient for my blog? What types of content management tools are offered? What are the monthly cost of hosting? What kind of databases do they offer?
Setup WordPress on your website
The first thing to do with your blog is to get it set up on a website. Choose an appropriate domain name and purchase hosting space for your content. For this, you can either use a free WordPress installation or choose a premium one like WPEngine. Once that is done and the blog is up and running, you will need to create an editorial calendar for your blog’s content. This means that you will need to decide when the posts are going to be posted and which days of the week they will be published during the course of the year. This is important as it allows people to plan things around when they are most likely to see your new posts. If you have any questions about whether or not you should go with WordPress, I would recommend checking out this article
Designing a Professional Blog with Themes & Plugins
First, you need to find a company that will help your website design. If you don’t have any experience with web design or know anyone who does, it may be best for you to outsource this process. A proper website design should include the following: -A blog theme -A blog layout -A theme for your social media sites (if applicable) -Images for your site -Main navigation and footer -Integration with other accounts like Facebook or Twitter Next, it is time to choose a blogging platform that suits your needs. There are many platforms available online; some popular choices are WordPress, Blogger, and Squarespace. You can also use the “built in” functionality of the platform you decide on; however, if you want professional resources and better content creation tools, then a paid platform may be more beneficial. Finally, once you have chosen your blogging platform and designed a website design, it is important that you set up social media accounts. If possible, add these accounts as secondary pages in order to increase exposure for your blog. Next comes the fun part—writing content! The best way to begin writing is to get an idea from somewhere else and expand on it by looking at different topics of interest. From there, develop an outline and start writing!
Best Plugins all Pro Marketers Use
- Social Media:
- Keyword Research:
- Content Creation:
- Migrating Blog to a New Platform
- Setting up a WordPress Account
What Needs to be Done Before Starting a Blog Before you get started with content production:
- Think about what your blog will be focused on. You should have an idea of what type of content you want to create before getting into the process of actually writing it.
- You also need to make sure that your blog is accessible for other people
- Decide on the Blogging platform that works for you and your objectives of the blog (eg: Squarespace, Wix, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc)