I love WordPress, it has so many amazing tools that make my blog easy to optimise both from an aesthetic point of view as well as a back end point of view. When you first step into the world of WordPress it can seem very daunting, especially if you’ve been blogging on sites such as blogger.com as they are so different. I have come up with 5 things to help you get started on WordPress, all of which are things that I wish I’d known when I started using it.
One of the most important things you need to know about WordPress is that you will need to choose a host. If you’ve previously used a free platform such as blogger.com you will be new to this, however, just think of the host as a home to your blog and everything you add to it. Hosting companies will offer various packages so spend some time researching into which package best suits your needs, I went with SiteGround as I had read lot’s of recommendations and the packages were reasonably priced.
If you’ve got a blog it’s well worth buying a domain name, they’re super cheap and they give your blog a sense of ownership. I purchased mine from GoDaddy simply because it was priced well and it was a very simple process, I decided to go with my name because I felt it gave my blog a face and it’s easily remembered.
Installation & Login
One mistake that many of us make when moving to WordPress is that they think you access it through your hosting. Your hosting will be the home of your blog, however, you cannot access your blog here to make edits or write posts. If you use SiteGround like me, installing WordPress is super easy and can be done in a matter of clicks. Simply login to your account, click on your cPanel (control panel) and go to ‘autoinstallers’. Here you will find a button for WordPress which you will click and then navigate to a page to personalise your info from site name to login details. Keep a note of your login details as this is what you’ll need to access your blog, to do so, simply type in the name of your blog and add ‘/wp-admin’ to the end of it.
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A theme as you probably know is the way your blog looks, it is essentially the coding that makes your blog look the way it does. When I started blogging I would install a free theme and customise it using coding, however, I find it much easier to purchase one. There are some really beautifully designed themes on Etsy which are where the majority of the ones I have purchased were from. A theme developer that I particularly love is pipdig, who have some lovely themes for both WordPress and Blogger. The theme I purchased from pipdig is so easy to use and customise, I love it!
One of the benefits of WordPress is that you can take advantage of some amazing (and free) plugins. From SEO and analytics to useful tools such as a ‘nofollow’ tag option when adding links (click here to find out more about nofollow links), using plugins can really enhance your blog and make everything so much easier. There is a plugin for everything so spending some time looking into the most recommended can be really worthwhile, it’s a great way to add more functions and tools to your blog.
I hoped this post has helped you get started on WordPress, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I am currently writing lot’s of WordPress themed posts full of tips and tutorials, to read more, click here.
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