Creating a WordPress blog takes some time and experience. If you are trying to decide which blogging platform you should use, check out my post: Blogger vs WordPress.
WordPress offers two versions of their platform. The first is a free shared version that is available over at www.wordpress.com. This version does not require your own domain name or hosting account, however it is quite limited in customization features because you have no access to your own FTP account. You also cannot include advertising on a WordPress.com blog if you were planning on making money online. If you would like to see what WordPress has to offer, you can always set up a free account and poke around the backend area.
The self-hosted version of WordPress is the version I specifically write about on this website. To get started, you will need your own domain name and hosting account. There is no cost for WordPress itself, but you will need to pay a monthly or yearly fee for your domain name and hosting.
Many web hosts offer WordPress as one of their easily installable software items. Some web hosts, like BlueHost, offer a one click setup to make the process even quicker.
Step 1: Domains and Hosting
To set up a WordPress blog, you will need your own domain name and hosting. Click here to read all about those.
Step 2: Installing WordPress
Once you have your domain name and hosting account set up and ready to go, you will need to install WordPress. You can use the instructions provided by your web host to complete a 1 click install, or read these detailed instructions.
Step 3: Try Out The Features
If you’ve successfully installed WordPress, you can now login to your administration area (details were provided during installation) and start playing around with your content. You will notice that you’ve been given a default WordPress theme and I will cover theme customization shortly. First, navigate your way around the backend area. Under the Settings tab you can choose how you want your post URLs formatted, how you want to handle comments, and much more.
All of your blog posts will be created in the Posts section. You can test this out by creating a new post and publishing it to your blog.
All of your pages will be kept under the Pages section. Pages are static pages as opposed to blog posts which are archived articles that can belong to different categories.
I will cover other WordPress topics in the articles below.
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