So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

Congratulations! You now own your own website!

Ok kool, so now all you need to do is install WordPress! Btw, it’s free, so don’t panic.

Using the email you provided, check your inbox and go to the welcome email that they just sent you. They are going to send you to your cPanel (control panel). So you use your username and the password in the email and log in .

If you ever want to get into your cPanel without going through your email, type this website into the browser and bookmark it.

http://www.MyDomainName.com/cpanel

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

Scroll down to software and choose quick install.

 

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

Afterwards click on (install )WordPress.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

 

Enter your domain name and click next

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 4: How to install WordPress

Fill out the fields…

 

…and then BAM you’re done! You are now the proud parent of a website. Congrats!

Well your done with all the boring stuff, now we need to move onto the more exciting things like.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 2: What is WordPress?

Ok people, so now we’re onto hosting!

Web hosting= where websites are placed and HostGator is the hosting service I use. Click here to get to their homepage.

Step 1: Head on over to the Hostgator home page here.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

Step 2: Choose the plan you would like to start off with.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

If you don’t have any page views, following, or readers you can start out with the Hatchling Plan. The lowest and most affordable plan. If you have more than one blog you should think about getting the Baby Plan! Don’t fret if you don’t know which one you want now, because you can always go back and upgrade or downgrade whenever needed.

Step 3: What’s a domain name?

After choosing your hosting plan, you now must choose your domain name! YAY! This made me feel so OFFICIAL… well, kinda sorta anyway. A domain name is just the name that you give your website.
So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain nameAnyways, when choose your name and make sure it’s not taken already. once registered, just know that you’ll have to register it again annually.

Step 4: Now you choose your hosting plan.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

Step 5: Enter billing information

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

 

Step 6: Extras!

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

Step 7: The final step before you own your site!

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 3: Choosing a hosting site/domain name

Don’t be frightened by the price. If you go back to step 4 inside this post, you will see something called “billing cycle” You can change around the length of time to make the price lower if need be!

And WALLA!

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 2: What is WordPress?

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Hello people! I’m going to talk about how to start a blog using the WordPress platform. If you don’t know what that is ill be explaining that in detail. Please make sure you read my previous post here.

So What IS WordPress.org?

The answer is…. a platform type thingy? I know all my techy people out there, must be blowing steam out of their ears.

I’m going to try to explain this is layman’s terms for people who are new to blogging OR they don’t really care ” about the minutia of the plan”. They just want the meat and potatoes!

So basically, WordPress is just the means for you to create your site. You cannot paint without having a canvas to paint on, so think of it as your piece of paper.

WP is an open source Content Management System. A content management system allows you, or multiple people (if you have a team) to control what content/ information (aka posts, pages etc.) goes on your website. What’s an open source? An open source just means that there a many people all over the world working on it at the same time. Word Press has a section in their Dashboard where you can see all the code that makes up the site. And you have the right to giveth or taketh away from the code. This is what I mean when I say it’s completely customizable.

Easy, right? Now on to the next elephant in the room.

Who is WordPress for?

WordPress isn’t just for bloggers, they’re for business’s and many other types of institutions! WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. From small business’s to fortune 500 companies.

WordPress.com

There is a BIG difference between the two. If you plan on just doing this s a hobby, you could just signup for WordPress.com, but I suggest you don’t. The only reason why I say this is because on WordPress.com, you don’t own your website. It’s owned by a private company.

Also, there’s no plug-ins, or custom themes. It’s basic! But sometimes that’s what people want I suppose. But anyways, I highly suggest you start off with WordPress.org.

Why do I use WP.org you ask?

The only reason why, is because I want to have control over what my website looks like! I’m an extremely detail-oriented person, and I like what I like. I don’t want a static site that I don’t have control over, I want to be able to customize it and make it to my liking. I love being able to add and take away as I please, making my site a replica of what I see in my head. No limitations.

So you wanna start a blog huh? Part 1: What’s your why?

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A little birdie told me you wanted to start your own blog! Well I’m glad you came to the party. I’m going to go in detail about how to start a blog using the WordPress platform. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll be explaining that to you in detail in the next post.

What’s your niche?

So, before you start a blog, I think it’s safe to say you need to figure out what you’re going to blog about, right? Well maybe yes and maybe no. I’m a new blogger myself and I’m also trying to figure out what my niche is! Well then, I’m going to blog about everything I love until I figure it out. Serial blogger on the loose!

If you have done your research online, the most successful bloggers tell you to figure out your niche and not to blog all over the place (like I plan to)! And you should take their advice if you already know exactly what you’re going to blog about.

I don’t know how many of you guys are new to the blogging world, but you will see the word niche a lot. And guess what? I found a perfect definition of niche (marketing)

here.

Concentrating all marketing efforts on a small but specific and well defined segment of the population. Niches do not ‘exist‘ but are ‘created‘ by identifying needs, wants, and requirements that are being addressed poorly or not at all by other firms, and developing and delivering goods or services to satisfy them. As a strategy, niche marketing is aimed at being a big fish in a small pond instead of being a small fish in a big pond.

Like I said before, I’m still fumbling around to find my niche but I know I’ll get there! And you will too. Here are some ideas to get the wheels turning!

Cooking

Home Decor

Parenting

Photography

Fashion

Nails

Teaching

Faith

Now, just so you don’t misunderstand, these are not niches, these are just ideas to get you in the right direction toward finding a niche. For example, if you chose cooking, your niche could be cooking for people with diabetes. Do you kinda get the picture?

Anyhow, once you find your why, you’re ready to start your journey!