How To Set Up A Word Press Blog


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A short presentation setting out how to install and configure a WordPress blog, with links to detailed steps

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How To Set Up A Word Press Blog

  1. 1. How to Set Up a WordPress Blog on Your Own Domain Martin Malden Abledragon Marketing & Creating an Awesome Home Business
  2. 2. Choose a Domain Name Your domain name is your address on the web The shorter the name the better – but make sure it’s memorable and relevant to your business Do some keyword research to see what people are typing in when searching for what you provide Choose a name that contains your primary keyword(s) The best TLD is .com, but .net is also good
  3. 3. Choose a Hosting Provider Don’t go for free hosting..! It’s just not worth it. Look for providers that offer 1-click script installations Look for providers that offer lots of space – particularly if you plan to use images or video See if they have a service-level commitment: up-time and response- time levels Make sure the services they offer for each of their packages are clearly defined. Check the WordPress minimum requirements and make sure your provider meets them Expect to pay between US$5 – US$15 per month.
  4. 4. How to Install WordPress - Summary Download the latest version of WordPress Set up the MySQL data base on your server Extract the WordPress files from the .zip folder you downloaded Look for config.php and add your new data base name and password. Upload the ‘wordpress’ folder to your server Go to the link provided by WordPress to initiate the installation. Detailed WordPress Installation Instructions
  5. 5. Tricking Out WordPress - Plugins Plugins extend the functionality of WordPress There are more than 4,000 plugins available! With the right plugins you can add any functionality you like But… Plugins add overhead, & can slow down site load times Plugins can create security risks Plugins can clash with each other or with themes Here’s a list of suggested WordPress plugins
  6. 6. Tricking Out WordPress - Themes Thousands of themes available – free and paid Many good free themes, but lots of poorly coded ones Some free themes known to have contained spam links Poorly coded themes can lead to clashes with plugins and problems when WordPress is upgraded A good premium theme is definitely worth paying for: – Good coding reduces problems with WordPress upgrades and avoids clashes with plugins – Good design results in faster loading and better SEO – Regular updates keep pace with WordPress developments Lots of WordPress theme sites here – free and paid
  7. 7. Tricking Out WordPress - Widgets Widgets are pre-programmed modules that display useful or relevant information in the sidebars The text widget is the only one that’s free form – you can add HTML, scripts or forms to this Some plugins will make use of widgets & add them to the list Widgets can slow down load times, particularly where they reference other sites How to install and manage widgets
  8. 8. How to Make Your Blog Successful Choose a subject you know or love Publish articles on a regular schedule – it doesn’t matter how often, as long as it’s regular Quality is more important than quantity: 2 good articles a week is better than 7 bad ones Engage with your readers – respond to comments, invite discussion, be open and friendly Engage with other bloggers in your niche Participate in forums but don’t push people to your blog – just answer questions and offer help It takes time and effort – like anything worth doing!
  9. 9. And finally… Enjoy your blogging! A free, 50-page manual covering all these points in more detail, including diagrams and screenshots, is available here: How to install, setup, configure and promote your WordPress blog Thank you!
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