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.
Scroll down to software and choose quick install.
Afterwards click on (install )WordPress.
Enter your domain name and click next
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.
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.
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.
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 notto blog all over the place (like I plan to)! And you should take their advice ifyou 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)
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!
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!
A little background story on my title; when I was younger and I learned a lesson “the hard way”, my mom would call them lessons for life. It would drive me insane every time she said it, but as I got older, it grew on me. So whenever I learn a lesson the “hard way”, I tell myself, ” lessons for life Jojo”. So I thought this would be the perfect title for this series. And episode 1 deals with my first YouTube video tutorial topped with an epic fail.
When you assume…
This morning, I spent 3 and a half hours trying to take a video of my friend’s nails, for my new YouTube channel and my blog. I watched a ton of videos and assumed I would get it right away.
When I started, I struggled with positioning my DSLR camera on the tripod, and when I finally got that right, I struggled with the lighting. I ended up opening the blinds, and drawing back the curtains, because in all the YouTube videos I watched, they said that lighting is the most important part of your video and natural light is the best light to use, and hey, it’s free, right? Well I couldn’t get the right amount of light to video my friends nails, and after struggling for awhile longer, I closed the blinds and pulled the curtains back to its original position (-sigh-). Then I continued to struggle some more, but eventually I finally got the lighting just right. I began taking pictures of the step-by-step process of doing her nails, while alternating with recording.
Below is the picture of the camera and lens I use to make my videos/ take my pictures. The picture below is actually an affiliate link. Please read my full affiliate disclosure here.
Me vs. Nicky D
A quick detour from my story; I have a Nikon D3200 aka Niky D, and it doesn’t have an LCD monitor that I can flip around to see what I’m doing, while I’m doing it. Basically, I had to keep getting up to make sure everything was positioned perfectly. Naturally, in doing so, my hand was blocking what I was doing to her nails the whole video (unbeknownst to me).
I was a little discouraged when I went back to start editing and merging everything together, thinking all my work was is vain. Or was it?One of my biggest downfalls is perfectionism. I want to be perfect at whatever I set my mind to. The perfect example is my career! Nails are my passion, and I want to do it perfectly. I always expect my clients to leave my chair happy and excited about their nails (even though that’s not always the case). I literally drive myself stark raving mad, when I see a client is not happy with their nails, and I usually end up blaming myself.
This simply IS NOT healthy in any way shape or form. Striving for perfection can be a good thing, providing you don’t let disappointment send your emotions on a downhill roller coaster ride. Sometimes in trying to be perfect you forget that its ok to make mistakes.
The idea I had in my head was, I was going to film my first tutorial, and it was supposed to be perfect on the first try. But it didn’t work out that way.
It’s imperative to learn to accept these things when it happens, and move forward, looking at the bumps in the road as “lessons for life”as my bestie always says. I don’t like it when she’s right, but she usually is.
When I start to feel like this, the serenity prayer comes to mind. If you’ve never heard of it before here it is.
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Before I end my post, I wanted to share some of the pictures from my photo shoot fail. Below are some of the pictures I took. For all my photographers out there, I need your help. By looking at my pictures, where did I go wrong? I’m open to advice.