How To Create A WordPress Blog
It seems everyone has their own blog online these days. Some choose free platforms while others prefer to host their sites themselves. Either way has it’s advantages and disadvantages, but there are a few things to keep in mind with both. Here are a few of the things to do and not to do when creating a WordPress blog.
The first thing is to decide if this is going to be hosted by the company itself or if it’s going to be a self-hosted site. WordPress offers a free platform, but will have their name in the site’s web address. Also, with this avenue, they have the right to post their ads on the site in question. It’s a good way to get started blogging, but not a great option for someone looking to create their own blogging brand. With a self-hosted blog, the owner will need to purchase a domain name for their site and find somewhere to host the blog. Most hosting companies offer decent rates for individuals, and in most cases will allow the user to host more than one blog for the same rate.
Once hosting needs are met, it’s time to set up the WordPress blog itself. Some hosting companies make it easy to upload the software, while others will require the help of an FTP client. Either way, there will be directions on how to do this correctly. Once the software is in place, it’s time to create a look. The best option when starting this part is in going with a design that will accentuate the domain name. If this is going to be a niche site, then choosing a professional or specific styled design is essential. If this is meant to be more of a personal blog, then the design can be more toward the owner’s personal taste.
There are a lot of options when choosing the design of the site. For someone who’s trying to start a business or to create a personal brand, there are some incredible premium themes available. These can run from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars, depending on all the amenities that come with the theme. However, for someone just getting started, there are a lot of sites that offer free WordPress blog themes. Choose from different colors, niche ideas, and even the number of columns.
Once everything is set up and the theme is in place, there is still some things to add. The back end of any WordPress blog had a dashboard. This is where the blog owner updates the site and keeps things running smoothly. In the “Appearance” section, there are places to add widgets and plug-ins. Widgets are the areas in the sidebars of a blog where the owner can add things such as advertising space, links to other sites, or graphics for various things. Plug-ins are pieces of code that allow the readers to interact with the blog. These might include the ability to share a post on a social media outlet or to have the readers latest post from their blog visible with their comment on this blog. Widgets usually come with the blog software, while most plug-ins need to be downloaded from the WordPress directory.
Once this has all been completed, it’s a matter of creating and uploading the content to the site. Be sure to have a way of announcing the new site to the world so it can be found, as that won’t come with the blog. From here on, it’s only a matter of keeping the site updated and the rest will take care of itself.