Setting Up a Blog Using WordPress
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller (deaf/blind author)
Setting up a blog using WordPress doesn’t have to be challenging even if you don’t know the first thing about blogging. With just a few simple steps to follow you’ll be blogging away in no time.
Why Use WordPress?
It’s free. More than 25% of all websites and blogs on the Internet use this program. You don’t need to know a thing about coding. Did I mention it’s free?
How to Find WordPress?
Go to “cPanel” on your host server’s website. The fastest way to install WordPress software is to use Fantastico. Fantastico is software included with most hosting companies that allows you to install applications like WordPress on your site easily. If you’re not sure if your hosting company supports Fantastico (most do), then contact their customer support. They may have a similar program available to do the installation.
- Click on the “Fantastico Icon”
If you see a Fantastico icon when you log into your hosting account, click on it. You’ll be taken to a page with many options. Look on the left side and you’ll see WordPress. Click the link and you’ll be brought to the “install page.” On this page, you will find options to click.
Arrgg! More Options!
Don’t sweat it. These are easy options to fill out.
- Choose the correct domain name that you want to install WordPress.
- Don’t worry about installing it in a directory.
Leave that icon blank and it’ll post the blog on the home page of your site. If you prefer, put the word blog there and it will install on yourdomain.com/blog instead.
- Devise a Unique Administrator Name for Your Site:
Come up with an administrator name. Don’t use something like “admin.” It makes your site an easy prey to hackers. Choose a name unique to you such as “Fairlane B=Willy.”
- Critical Step: Choose Your Password Wisely:
Choose your password. While you may want to use an easy password, hackers love to crack the code to enter your website’s back room and wreak havoc with your blog. Let WordPress generate a password for you to ensure a secure code.
- Write down your administrator name and your password in a secure place.
- Set Up Your Blog’s Nickname:
Enter your admin nickname. This will be your display name and can be changed later if you don’t like it. You can use your name, your company name, or your initials. Enter the admin email.
- Set Up Your email:
This should be a working email address to which you have access. Be sure to double-check it to prevent errors. Next, choose your site name. Your site name can also be changed later in the administration settings.
- Create a Descriptive Slogan for Your Blog:
Enter the description of your website. This is your tagline or slogan. For example: HomeBizForRetireees.com: Make Money From Home, Even If You Are Retired!
- Now is the Time to Click Install:
Once you’ve done that, click “install WordPress.” A page will come up prompting you to review your choices. If they’re correct, click “finish.” If not, hit the back button and correct any errors.
How Long Will It Take to Install?
Once you install WordPress, it will take a few seconds to a few hours depending on your site and system before the site is set up and you can begin customizing it. You can log into your WordPress website upon completion by going to www.yoursite.com/wp-login.php. Enter the administrator username and password you chose earlier.
- Settings: More Choices to Tweak Your Site:
On the left side, look for a box that says “Settings.” In that box, there will be multiple settings you can tweak including your site name, slogan, your local time, your email address and more.
You Are Done. It is Time to Celebrate!
If you have questions about these settings, consult with your customer support or read the WordPress Codex, which contains a WordPress for Beginners section that answers the most common questions from new users.
Announcement: A New Series of Videos Just for You
I will be developing a series of short videos to show you how to install your blog. It is much easier to show you how to do it in “bite sized” bits of information. I discovered in my research that most videos are long and often overlook essential steps the author took for granted their audience would know. Hence, I would spend hours trying to figure out how to do that “missing step.”
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