How To Set Up A WordPress Blog In Six Easy Steps

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6 steps of setting up your own WordPress blog

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  • 1. How To Set Up A WordPress Blog In Six Easy Steps
  • 2. MMSpark.com Resources…. Freebies & Guides 12 Top Social Media Tips Mmspark.com/mmfreebie Information packed webinars http://mmspark.com/webinars/
  • 3. Many people promote products and services without a website, through:      Facebook fan pages Free blogs Squidoo lens Hubpages or in many other ways
  • 4. But by far the easiest way to get started online is with your own WordPress website
  • 5. Your website doesn’t need to be a graphic masterpiece or anything special, but the fact that you have your own website will make a difference in the eyes of your visitors
  • 6. Today it’s possible to have a professional looking website for free, thanks to WordPress and their free blog platform
  • 7. Here is an example blog (actually, my dog Holly’s blog!)
  • 8. Keep watching on for how to set up a WordPress site (or blog)…..
  • 9. Here are 6 steps to setting up your own WordPress blog
  • 10. Step 1: Register a Domain Name
  • 11. The first step towards having your own website is to register your own domain name
  • 12. Your domain name is your website address or “url” and begins http://
  • 13. It’s the unique address of your website on the Internet For example, http://womenswaytowealth.com is my domain name for Women’s Way To Wealth
  • 14. Domain names contain two parts  the actual name of your website (or keyword you are going for) +  extension (.com, .net, .org and so on)
  • 15. For example, google.com is a domain name This domain name consist of actual name (Google) and extension (.com)
  • 16. Now, you can find domain names like google.fr, google.co.uk and so on which are country specific but I would only use those if your site is country specific
  • 17. For example, I have a property/real estate site which is only for UK investors so that’s a “.co.uk” domain Otherwise stick with “.com” which is a global domain
  • 18. To find and register domain names I recommend GoDaddy (BTW, they have a 30% off sale at the moment) http://x.co/wwtw
  • 19. Step 2: Get A Web Hosting Package
  • 20. Web hosting is a service that stores the files for your website and makes them available on the Internet
  • 21. In general, when you are purchasing a web hosting service, you are actually purchasing a place on web server where your website’s files will be hosted
  • 22. Those web servers are constantly connected to the Internet, differently than how our computers are connected, and that allows them to make your website visible to any visitor at any time
  • 23. Without a web hosting, your website wouldn’t be available on the Internet
  • 24. My preferred web hosting service is Hostgator It’s cost-effective (from $4.95 per month) and they have amazing customer service
  • 25. Step 3: Install WordPress
  • 26. In this step you will see how easy and quick it is to get your new website online
  • 27. The only thing you need to do is to install WordPress, which can be done pretty quickly through the cPanel of your web hosting account using the Fantastico smiley face icon
  • 28. Install WordPress to the root of your website, since that’s the most common choice
  • 29. That means your WordPress based website will be available when someone visits your main website address – for example, www.your-website.com
  • 30. The only thing that you need to do is to enter all other information, like:  Admin email  Blog title (name of your website)  your First and Last name just for the purpose of creating your user account in your new WordPress installation
  • 31. When you are done click “Install Now” and in less than 5 seconds WordPress will be installed and your new website will be live and available on the Internet
  • 32. Step 4: Install WordPress Plugins
  • 33. Plugins are used to extend functionality, capabilities and the look of your WordPress based website
  • 34. They are the apps for WordPress
  • 35. There are thousands of plugins you can install and use on your website
  • 36. Literally there is a plugin for anything than can come to your mind, or for anything you can possibly need to add to your website
  • 37. You can find plugins for:      search engine optimization (SEO) back-linking adding images ratings  adding additional features to  your website    navigation organization schedule subscriptions and much more…
  • 38. Also, keep in mind that there are free and paid plugins
  • 39. Some additions to websites are “exclusive”, or some premium plugins can do more job done than free plugins, which is the main reason why they are paid plugins
  • 40. Step 5: Add Content To Your Website
  • 41. When you want to add content to your website, simply go to  “Posts” -> “Add new” to add new blog post, or to  “Pages” -> “Add new” to add a new page
  • 42. Pages appear on the navigation bar and are static (such as “About”, “Contact”, “Training”)
  • 43. Posts are usually blog posts and appear in chronological order as you blog
  • 44. Step 6: Ping Your New Website
  • 45. Pinging is one good way to inform search engines about changes, updates and additions on your website
  • 46. By sending a ping you are actually sending an invitation to search engines to visit your website and index all the changes you have made
  • 47. Therefore, you should send pings to pinging services each time you make some changes on your website
  • 48. I recommend using Pingomatic
  • 49. So, are you ready to set up your website and start blogging?
  • 50. If you’ve found this helpful but would like a comprehensive “watch over my shoulder” guide to setting up a profitable WordPress site, visit the new WordPress-Fast-Start training program Wordpress-fast-start.com
  • 51. Please leave a comment and let me know your blogging is going
  • 52. MMSpark.com Resources…. Freebies & Guides 12 Top Social Media Tips Mmspark.com/mmfreebie Information packed webinars http://mmspark.com/webinars/