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  1. 1. How to Build a BlogStep by step guide to build afully functional Wordpress blog! By Solomon Cheah www.BuildaBlogGuide.com BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
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  3. 3. Legal NoticeWhile all attempts have been made to verify the information provided in thispublication, the Author assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions, orcontrary interpretation of the subject matter herein. They disclaim any warranties(express or implied), merchantability or fitness for any purpose.The Author wants to stress that the information contained herein may be subjectto varying state and/or local laws or regulations. All users are advised to retaincompetent counsel to determine what state and/or local laws or regulations mayapply to the users particular business.The Reader of this publication assumes responsibility for the use of thesematerials and information. The Author do not warrant the performance oreffectiveness of any sites stated in this book. All links are for informational andeducational purposes only and are not warranted for content, accuracy or anyother implied or explicit purpose. Adherence to all applicable laws andregulations, federal, state, and local, governing professional licensing, businesspractices, advertising, and all other aspects of doing business in the UnitedStates or any other jurisdiction is the sole responsibility of the Purchaser orReader. The Author assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on the behalfof any Reader of these materials. Any perceived slights of specific people ororganizations are unintentional. All Rights ReservedNo part of this eBook may be reproduced or transmitted in any form whatsoever,electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by anyinformational storage or retrieval without express written, dated and signedpermission from the author. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  4. 4. INTRODUCTION TO BUILD A BLOG GUIDEThis guide is for people who doesn’t a have a clue above blogging or howto build a blog.This detailed guide will show you how to build a WordPress blog startingfrom getting a domain name right up to post blog installation.The contents of this guide is an excerpt from my PowerBlogSecrets.comebook which teaches you how to maximise the power of Wordpress andbring traffic to your site via SEO and other tactics plus monetizing yourblog.To use this step by step Build a Blog Gude, you do not need to knowanything about computers or web designing to set up your blog.In case you do not have the time to create the blog yourself, I canbuild one for you for free – please click here.This is what is required to build a blog:1. You would need to register a domain name (not more than $10 peryear) which is your web address where people can find your blog2. Sign up for an account with a hosting company to host your blog(s)which should not cost more than $10 per month.3. Get a premium WordPress theme (highly recommended)Lets get started.Things you Should Know About BloggingBefore going straight into how to set up a fully functional Wordpress blog,there are certain things that you should know about blogging. This willgive you an idea on what you have to consider when deciding what youare going to blog about. and the appropriate blogging approach that canhelp you to make money. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  5. 5. What is a Blog?A blog is actually a website, which allows you to write and post your stufffor people to read. Your latest post entries will be displayed at the top ofthe page. One distinguishing feature (as compared with a non-bloggingwebsite) is that it has a section for blog visitors to comment on your posts.Reasons for Starting a BlogBelow are some of the reasons which you may want to start a blog:1. Sharing things - you can share your hobbies, interest, ideas, experiences and opinions (political or non-political) etc;2. Report on the latest news especially when you have insider knowledge in a particular area of expertise;3. Helping others - you offer tutorials and tips which you are an expert in. This is the most common reason for people to start a blog;4. Review products and services;5. Market your products and service.Whatever reasons you have for starting a blog, your main goal is togenerate lots of traffic which you can monetize by selling advertisingspace, promote products as an affiliate, sell your own products or evensell the blog itself!Choosing a Blog TopicWhen choosing a blog topic, you must ensure that the topic is broadenough for you to have enough topics to write for the longer period. Theintention here is to grow your blog to attract a big readership which willtake time and of course good quality contents.If your reasons for starting a blog is just to make quick money as anaffiliate or through advertisements (Google Adsense, Chitika etc.), thenyou should focus on a particular narrow niche. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  6. 6. A niche is where you focus on a specific sub-section of a general andpopular topic. For example, photography is a general topic wherelandscape photography or still life photography is a niche. For nichetopics, your scope of blog contents is narrow with in-depth coverage.The way to choose a niche is to firstly identify a broad and popular topicwhich you are interested in and then zero in on a particular sub-section ofthe topic. You may want to use Wikipedia as this resource is one of thebest ways to come up with a niche. Just type in your broad topic in theirsearch box and the site will display all the sub-sections related to thetopic.The niche you have in mind must already have an audience which iswhere you would expect to get traffic from search engines. You may wantto use the Google Keyword Tool to see whether there are searches beingdone on the keywords related to your intended niche.Wordpress Blogging PlatformIn the next section, you will be looking at how to set up a self-hostedWordpress (Wordpress.org) blog.The Wordpress platform is the most popular blogging platform in the worldsimply because it has lots of plugins that can add a lot of functionality andfeatures to your blog whereby you can practically do anything with yourblog.Compared with free blogging platforms (Blogger.com or Wordpress.com),a self-hosted blog will give you full control over your blog in terms of thedesign and customization aspect, using your own domain name which isyour brand. The blog is your property and you may decide to sell it later.This is not possible if you host your blog with a free blog host.There are costs involved in running your own self-hosted blog i.e. domainname registration (yearly fee), monthly hosting fee and a premiumWordpress theme (preferable) for your blog which we will look at in thenext section. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  7. 7. SETTING UP YOUR WORDPRESS BLOGSteps to Set Up Your Wordpress BlogThe following steps will guide you on how to set up your blog using theWordpress.org platform.Step 1: Choosing a domain nameStep 2: Getting a domain nameStep 3: Getting a hosting accountStep 4: Setting up your domain name serverStep 5: Installing WordpressStep 6: Installing your Wordpress themeStep 7: Installing your Wordpress pluginsStep 8: Post installation housekeepingStep 1: Choosing a Domain NameChoosing a domain is one of the most important decisions when starting ablog or website. Once your site is up and running, it would be quitetroublesome to change your domain name. Besides overcoming thetechnical side of changing your domain name, the domain change mayaffect your sites search engine rankings and traffic.Let’s look at the two approaches that you can take when choosing adomain name for your blog.SEO (Search Engine Optimization) vs. BrandingYou can either choose a domain name which can help your blog toachieve a higher search engine ranking or you may want to go for adomain name which you can brand.Approach 1: Choose a domain name for SEO purposes:If you want to rank high on search engines, your domain name shouldcontain keyword(s) that is or are related to what your blog is all about andwhat web users will be searching for. For example, if your site is about dogtraining, your domain name should have keyword(s) that are related todog training AND such keyword(s) must be commonly searched for byweb users. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  8. 8. This is important as search engines will rank a site high if the domainname (URL) matches the keyword(s) that are typed in by web users.Steps to find your “SEO rich” domain name:1. Go to Google Keyword Tool and type in the keywords that are related to what your blog is all about. Look for the search volume and the competition and write them out on a piece of paper.2. Go to NameCheap.com to find out whether the domain names based on your set of keywords are available. Always go for a dot com (.com) domain name as people tend to view such domains as the original site. If however, your intention is only to build mini-sites for a quick profit, then a .net, org, .info or .biz will do. If your blog or website solely caters for your local community or within your own country, go for a domain name with a local extension e.g. .us or .au as such domain name would generally rank higher for searches done by web users from such locality. Do not be surprised that .com domain names with highly searched keywords are usually not available. In cases where the domain names of your preferred keyword(s) are not available, you may want to consider domain names that have an extra word to your preferred keywords(s). In our dog training keyword example, you can consider using dog training today or best dog training etc. Before you start to narrow down your domain name, it is important that you determine the topics that you intend to blog about and have a rough idea on how your blog is going to evolve into, say 3 - 5 years down the road. This will help you to check whether the domain name that you have in mind is too narrow to cater for future topics. Lastly, Google generally give a higher ranking to your blog or website with a domain name that is registered for a longer period, say 5 years. To help you come up with the available domain names using the keywords that you have identified, you can use this site: http://impossibility.org/ BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  9. 9. Approach 2: Choose a domain names for branding purposes:Proper names are best for branding purposes. Unlike common nouns(cars, advertising, ringtones, songs etc.), proper nouns generally arewords that do not convey a particular meaning e.g. Coca Cola, Amazon,Mercedes, Intel or Google etc. It must be noted that the best knownbrands are all proper names and not common names.Domain names with a proper name sounding tend to gain a loyal followingamong web visitors.Below are the guidelines to come up with your brandable domain name:1. Must be short (the shorter, the better) and simple. A domain name is simple when it has just a few letters where one or two of its letters repeat itself e.g. deepi or fefo etc.2. Should be memorable, catchy or easy to remember especially when it is unique (boing boing) or shocking (halflife).3. Easy to spell e.g. sbuz.com and not rhqk.com4. Easy to pronounce when there are vowels in the name e.g. suba, somba or tiki (2 vowels)5. Use alliterative e.g. bunnybear, marilyn mitchell or bigbong etc.6. Use the nicknames of famous personalities7. Use individual surname/name or name of places as they are all proper names.Note: Domain names with dashes (e.g. my-site.com) or numerals shouldnot be used as such domain names are difficult to brand. Furthermore,never use letters with numerals as it is difficult to remember or pronounce.If you cant think of any proper names to use, you can use the followingtechniques to turn a common name into a proper name:1. Use abbreviations2. Combine two common name words (e.g. villagechief) and using it out of context where your blog can be about anything e.g. photography or car tips etc. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  10. 10. 3. Insert either an e or i at the beginning of a common name e.g. ivillage or etoad and using it out of context.4. Condensing 2 words into one e.g. computer network to cnet, federal express to fedex or national logistic company to naloco etc.5. Reversing the words order when condensing them e.g. computer network into netc or photoblog into bphoto6. Take out a letter from a word e.g. flicker into flickr or volcano into volcan7. Change a letter inside a word e.g. music into muzik or picture into pixture etc.8. Use a portion of a word e.g. advantage into advanBy now, you would have noticed that brandable domain names by itself donot give any hint as to the type of business they are involved in. Brandabledomain names, according to language usage does not have any meaningattached to it e.g. ipod.com. It is only through constant branding that suchnames eventually get associated with a particular type of business orproduct.The following site can help you to come up with some good brandabledomain names:http://domaintyper.com (Web 2.0 Domain Name Generator)Step 2: Getting a Domain NameTo get your chosen domain name, go to NameCheap.com to checkwhether the same is available. Namecheap.com is highly regarded bymany internet marketers (including me) and their response time to emailqueries and their service are excellent.Step 3: Getting a Hosting AccountYou require a web hosting company to host your blog. The question to askis which hosting company should you use or in other words, which hostingcompany is reliable? BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  11. 11. Never go for a cheap hosting plan as the service may not be reliable andwebsite download speed may not be satisfactory. Basically, you get whatyou pay for.When choosing a web hosting company, the most important area to lookfor is the web hosting support. From experience, every webmaster woulddefinitely faced problems with their site (e.g. wrongly deleted files, cannotaccess site etc.) and having a hosting company that can quickly fix yourproblems would minimise your nightmare. I would recommend HostGatoras they are one of the world’s top 10 largest web hosting companies(hosting >5 million websites) and they are very reliable with excellentround the clock customer support.I have been hosting with them for several years and their response to myemail SOS (due to my fault) have been extremely quick (10 minutes to halfan hour). Ask any webmaster and he’ll tell you that quick customersupport is the most critical factor in choosing a web hosting company.Secondly, their hosting servers are compatible with many software scripts(e.g. site backup, membership etc.).Click this link (my affiliate link) to sign up.Signing up instructions:When you are at their site, click their “VIEW WEB HOSTING PLANS”button and order the “Baby Plan”In the Step 1: Choose a Domain screen (see below), enter:1. Your preferred domain name to register for a new domain name; and2. Enter my special coupon code “sunshineday” (override the “SPRING”code) into the Coupon Code box to get 25% OFF your hosting package.Click the “CONTINUE TO STEP 2″ button. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  12. 12. In the Step 2: Billing Information screen, complete the relevantinformation and follow the payment instructions.Once you have successfully signed up for the hosting account, Hostgatorwill email you your account information:1. Name of hosting plan2. Link to access your control panel (the place where you will manageyour hosting account i.e creating your databases, setting up emailaddresses, adding new domains/folders, checking your blog statistics andmany other admin functions.Note: Besides using the link provided to access your control panel (usingthe username & password emailed to you), you can also type into yourbrowser: http://yourdomainname/cpanel to access the same.3. Your username4. Your domain name5. Your password6. Two (2) hosting domain name servers. You will need to input the 2domain name servers into your domain name registrar account screenshould you decided to purchase a new domain name .The above account information emailed to you by Hostgator is importantand you are advised to keep the information as you would use the same toaccess to your hosting control panel or change your domain name server(DNS) when you register a new domain name in order to activate yoursite. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  13. 13. Step 4: Installing WordpressBelow are the steps to install your WordPress blog:Step 1: Go to your browser address box and type in e.g.http://www.yoursite.com/cpanel and login to your hosting cPanel with youruser id and password;Step 2: In your control panel (cPanel), look for the Fantastico logo (smilingface) and click on the icon;Step 3: Click the “WordPress” button and then the ‘New Installation link asshown below.Step 4: Enter the relevant information in the box provided and click InstallWordPress. Follow the instructions to complete the WordPress installation. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  14. 14. Note: The ‘Install in directory” box is only to be used when you want toinstall your Wordpress blog in a sub-directory of your site e.g.http://yoursite.com/blogStep 5: Copy down your user name and password as you would needthese to log into your Wordpress admin area. I would suggest that youenter your email address in the box provided so that the details of theinstallation are emailed to you for your record. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  15. 15. Congratulations, you have just installed Wordpress on your hosting server!The next step is to install your Wordpress theme to your newly installedWordpress blog.Step 6: How to Install WordPress ThemeOnce you have completed your WordPress installation, go to your browseraddress box and type in your site’s URL e.g. “http://www. yoursite.com/wp-admin” and enter your login details (user name & password) to accessyour WordPress admin area. This is the place where you will manage yourblog e.g. making your posts, selecting the theme that you are going touse, installing and activating your plugins or customize your blogappearance etc BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  16. 16. To take a look at your current default theme, go to Appearance / Theme.To see how your default theme will look like on your browser, click the VisitSite link (at the top of the screen) or type in your URL (e.g.http://yoursite.com) into your browser’s address bar.If you are serious in blogging, I would advise you to get a premium theme.I do not recommended that you use free themes as the theme ownersnormally do not provide support in installing your theme and some maynot even provide updates to cater for the Wordpress version upgrades.From experience, some free theme do not display correctly and or witherror message etc.Some free themes may contain malicious codes which you can spot byopening up the functions.php file (Appearance / Editor) where you maysee encrypted codes.The following are the recommended premium themes: 1. StudioPress 2. Theme Junkie 3. Flexi Theme 4. WPZoomImportant Note: Seriously consider getting a child theme as it will notaffect your theme modifications when you later upgrade your parent themeto a newer version – see section 18.6 on the Power of Child ThemesBelow are the steps to install your WordPress theme:Step 1: Download your theme from the theme vendor.Step 2: Go to your Dashboard / Appearance / Themes and click the InstallThemes button. Click the Upload link. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  17. 17. In the displayed screen, click the Browse button. Locate and double clickthe downloaded theme file (zip format) and click the Install Now button.In the displayed screen, click the Activate link. Your Wordpress theme isnow active and you can view your new theme by typing your site’s URLaddress e.g. http://www.yoursite.com into your browser’s address bar.. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  18. 18. Step 7: Installing Your Wordpress PluginsPlugins are basically tools that add additional features or functionality to aWordpress blog. For example, you can use certain plugins to add featuresto your comment section e.g. to display a thank you page or email them athank you note when blog commentators click the Submit Commentbutton.Plugins are very powerful tools to add power to your Wordpress blog and Ishall be showing you some plugins to do just this.Before you learn how to install your Wordpress plugins, you must knowthat plugins is one of the common ways to gain access to your site. Youshould therefore be careful in choosing the plugins to use. As a safeguard,you should only use the popular ones as they are likely to have timelyupdates (to patch up security holes). Secondly, you should only get theplugins from Wordpress.org or the original site. This is to ensure that theplugins that you installed on your blog do not contain hidden maliciouscodes.The easiest way to install plugins is to go to your Admin Dashboard andclick Plugins / Add New link. In the displayed screen (see below), type inthe plugin name (e.g. CommentLuv) and click the Search Plugins button. Itwill bring you to Wordpress.org which will list the plugin you are searchingfor together with other related plugins.Click the “Install” link and proceed to activate your plugin. Once yourplugin is activated, you would normally see an additional link on the leftsidebar of your Admin Dashboard which is where you click to enter to setup the plugin settings. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  19. 19. Step 8: Post Installation HousekeepingThere are a lot of things to do after you have installed Wordpress on yourhosting server. Let’s look at the tasks that need to be done before youstart to create your first post:Task 1: Set up your Blog Title & Tagline (Optional)Navigation: Settings / GeneralIf you are using a logo on your blog header, you should leave the blog titleand tagline box blank since the logo itself would display your blog titleand/or tagline. Completing the box will display your blog title and taglineon top of your logo image.If you do not use any logo, insert your Site Title and Tagline in the boxprovided as this will be displayed on your blog header. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  20. 20. Task 2: Set up your Post Box Size (Optional)Navigation: Settings / WritingThis is the place to set up the size of your post writing area. The defaultsize (vertical) is 20 lines (number of rows) of text. If your posts arenormally around 50 lines, you may want to set it to 50 lines or else you willhave to scroll up and down when writing your posts.Task 3: Set up your Reading SettingsNavigation: Settings / ReadingWordpress allows you to set your Homepage (FrontPage) to display eithera series of posts displayed on a single page or a static post or page. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  21. 21. There is a difference between a post and a page. Posts are date-drivencontent where the latest posts are always added to the top part of the bloghomepage. When a newer post is published, the earlier post will movedown below the latest post. Secondly, posts (unlike pages) are shown inthe archives, category links and recent posts. Thirdly, posts are included insyndication feeds where your post subscribers can read your latest posts.Pages are not time-driven and they do not (unless you specifically set it)appear in your blog homepage. They are on its own, just like a normalweb page. However, a page can be linked to a post and vice versa. Agood example would be the “About” page. When you add a page, a linkwill appear, depending on the theme, in your navigation menu.Task 4: Set Your Discussion SettingsNavigation: Settings / DiscussionSet up your discussion and comments settings.Even if you allow comments, you can still disable the comments sectionfor a particular post or page. Click the Screen Options button (top righthand corner of your post working page) to display the additional screenoptions. Check the Discussion box to display the Comments option andyou can disable the comments for the particular post or page.Task 5: Set Media Image SizesNavigation: Settings / MediaYou can set the default maximum sizes of the thumbnail, medium andlarge images that are to be uploaded to your posts or pages. For example,when you upload images to your posts or pages, you will be asked toselect the thumbnail size, medium size, large size or actual size of theimage size options. Wordpress will then automatically follow the sizes that BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  22. 22. you set in this media screen irrespective of the actual size of the imageuploaded.Secondly, when you upload images via the post working screen,Wordpress will upload images to the folder as set in the media settings:“wp-content/uploads” (see below).Here is the full path to the folder: “http://yoursite.com/wp-content/uploads”.You can change the default folder for images to be uploaded to by creatinga new folder on your server and changing the target upload folder inyour media settings.Note: In case your Wordpress upload feature (in the post working screen)is not functioning, you can use your FTP program to upload your imagesto your hosting server.Task 6: Choose Your Permalinks FormatNavigation: Settings / PermalinksPermalinks are how your posts’ URL will show up in the browsers addressbar. Wordpress default setting uses page IDs e.g.“http://www.yoursite.com/?pageid=123” which is not search enginefriendly. A more search engine friendly permalink should be based on your BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  23. 23. post title: http://yoursitename/post-title or category/post title:http://yoursitename/listbuilding/post-title. The reason behind this is thatsearch engine will match your “keyword-rich” post title to those keywordssearched for by web users.To set a search engine friendly permalink, click the ‘Custom” button andinsert your permalink options as follows:Post title: /%postname%/Category / Post Title: /%category%/%postname%/Once you have indicated your permalink options, try not to change thesame as search engine would have difficulty finding your blog posts sincethey have already indexed your posts under the old permalink structure.In cases where you really need to change your permalink structure forwhatever reasons, you can use:Dean Lee’s Permalinks Migration Plugin for WordPress which lets youmigrate from your old to the new permalink structure as it creates 301redirects without losing your SEO rankings.Task 7: Change Your Default Post CategoryNavigation: Settings / WritingThe default category is ‘Uncategorized’ and any posts that you publishedwithout you indicating your post category will fall under the default BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  24. 24. category i.e. “Uncategorized”. To change your default category, justchange the Default Post category to another category.Task 8: Delete the Default First Post/PageThe installed Wordpress comes with a pre-written “Hello world” post and“About” page for the purpose of illustrating to the new user how yourWordpress blog would look like.As you would not like to show to your blog visitors the “Hello world” post,you should delete it. To do this, go to the Dashboard left side bar and clickPosts / All Posts. Place your cursor over the “Hello world” post and click“Trash”As for the “About” page, you may want to edit the page to reflect theprofile of your blog. Otherwise, you can delete the same.Task 9: Delete the README.txt FileWhen you install your theme via the Wordpress’s Install Themes upload,all the files in the theme’s zip folder will be uploaded into your hostingserver along with the README.txt file which is not required for thefunction of your blog.To delete the file, use your FTP program and go to your theme folder e.g.http://yoursite.com/wp-content/themes/yourthemefolder. Right-mouse clickthe README.txt file and click delete. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  25. 25. Task10: Update your ProfileNavigation: Users / Your ProfileComplete the information box provided. You may need to fill up theBiographical Info box as some themes require this information in order todisplay your bio box on your blog.Task 11: Add Additional Ping ServicesNavigation: Settings / WritingBy default, Wordpress only list one ping service i.e.http://rpc.pingomatic.com/ in your Update Services box. To get more trafficto your site, you should add more ping services to this box. You can seethe list of other ping services by clicking the “Update Services” (see redarrow) and copying them into your Update Services box.Task 12: Create a Site MapA site map is useful to your blog visitors to navigate through all yourposts/pages. To create a site map, you can use the Clean ArchivesReloaded plugin. Once you have installed and activated the plugin, youneed to create a page using the “archive page” template (you can name itSite Map) and paste a short code “[cleanarchivesreloaded]’ into the pageand you are ready to go.Most premium theme should have an archive page template. To create anarchive page, click the Template down arrow and select Archives. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  26. 26. Task 13: Limit Your Number of Post RevisionsBy default, whenever you update your posts or pages, Wordpress willsave a copy of the previous posts/pages versions. As there are no limitsas to the number of revision copies that are saved, it canl balloon yourdatabase size over a period of time.You can however stop or minimize the number of auto saving of post/pagerevisions by adding the following code to your wp-config.php file.Code: Do not keep post revisions:define(WP_POST_REVISIONS, false);Code: Keep the three latest post revisions:define(WP_POST_REVISIONS, 3);Note: The wp-config.php file is found at the root of your site directory.You need to download the wp-config.php file from your hosting server toyour computer and upload the same back to your hosting server once youhave made the changes.You need a FTP (File Transfer Program) program to upload or down filesto and from your hosting server. I use FileZilla and you can download ithere. BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  27. 27. Once you have installed FileZilla, just open the application and you shouldsee the following screen:To access your web server, enter your domain name e.g. “yoursite.com”,user ID, Password and click the “Quickconnect” button. Note: Your User IDand Password is the same as your cPanel login.Once you have successfully connected to your hosting server, you will seethe server files being displayed on the right side. Double click the publichtml folder to access all your domains. Thereafter, double click the nameof your site folder e.g. “yoursite.com” and you should see the wp-config.php file.To download your wp-config.php file, click on the folder on the left side ofthe screen (to mark the folder you want the file to be downloaded to) andthereafter, right-mouse click the wp-config.php file and select Download.After downloading the file, remember to backup a copy before you makechanges to the file. Once the backup is done, open the file with theMicrosoft Notepad application and add either one of the above mentionedcodes.Save the file and FTP (upload) the same back to your site’s root directoryto replace the previous version. To upload the file, click FileZilla’s refreshbutton: BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  28. 28. Now, locate the wp-config.php file on your computer (left side of thescreen) and click drag the file to the root folder directory (right side of thescreen and then confirm replacing the existing file.Note: If you want to delete the existing post revisions, you may want to trythe Delete Posts Revision plugin by Donal McArthur.Task 14: Secure Your Wp-includes Folder From Prying EyesDo you know that anyone can see your wp-includes files by just typing thefollowing into their browser’s address bar e.g.http://yoursite.com/wp-includes? Try it out.To hide the files, open your Notepad application and save the blank fileunder the file name “index.php”. Use your FTP program to upload the fileto the wp-includes folder. When you now caccess the wp-includes folder(http://yoursite.com/wp-includes).with your browser, you will only see ablank page.Task 15: Create a Contact Me Page (Optional)It is important for blog visitors to know that you are accessible and this willconvey the message that you are a friendly and approachable person. Ihighly recommend the Contact Form 7 plugin for your site visitors tocontact you.Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you need to indicateyour settings and create a page for you to paste in your text and thecontact form code (in red below):<p>If you need to contact me, please fill up the form below and Ill getback<br />to you as soon as I can.</p><p>[contact-form 1 "Contact form 1"]</p> BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  29. 29. Conclusion:I hope this Guide is useful for you to set up Wordpress on your domain.If you want to make your blog fully functional i.e. create your emailaccounts, set up your RSS feeds, secure or backup your blog and more(also covered in PowerBlogSecrets.com), you should visit:http://buildablogguide.com.As mentioned earlier, the contents of this guide is an excerpt from myPowerBlogSecrets.com ebook which also teaches you how to maximisethe power of Wordpress and bring traffic to your site via SEO and othertactics plus monetizing your blog.To your success,Solomon CheahRESOURCESDomain name checker:http://impossibility.org/http://domaintyper.comDomain name registration:NameCheap.comRecommended hosting:HostGator (coupon code: “sunshineday” to get 25% OFF for all hostingpackages).Wordpress premium themes:Theme JunkieFlexi ThemeStudioPressWPZoomFile transfer program:FilaZillaAutoresponder:Aweber BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012
  30. 30. Subscribers’ optin plugins:WP Subscribers PluginPremium List MagnetEverything Google:Google keyword TooliGoogle (Get your Google homepage)Google Webmaster CentralGoogle AdsenseGoogle AnalyticsPremium Wordpress backup plugins:BackupBuddyVaultPressBlogVaultImage optimizer:Dynamicdrive.com image optimizerMW SnapTwitter tools:TweetadderTweetscanTwolloSocialOomphPosts submission tool:OnlyWire.comFireFox Adds-on:NoDoFollowSEOQuakeSearchStatusPRChecker.info BuildaBlogGuide.com Copyright©2012

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