Those days are gone when you would need a Pro to start a site/blog. Starting a blog is EASIER than you think. WordPress makes it insanely easy. You can create a blog without writing a single line of code. All you need to do is follow some simple steps. If you are going to use WordPress platform, you are in the right place. I’ve compiled “WordPress Guide for Beginners” to help you get started with WordPress. In this guide, I am going to give you all step by step tutorials for creating and managing a WordPress blog. I’d like to assure that you’ll be able to run a WordPress Blog successfully if you follow this guide properly.
You'll learn :
- How to Get your Own Domain Name and Web Hosting Space
- How to Install WordPress on Web Hosting
- Things to Do After Installing WordPress
- How to Get a Beautiful Design by using WordPress Theme
- How to Extend Your Blog by Using WordPress Plugins (And a list of essential plugins)
- How to Secure Your WordPress Blog
- And WordPress SEO
Disclosure: All of the tutorials are for Self Hosted WordPress Blog (WordPress.org)
(If you’re very net-savvy, you may find some tutorials quite basic. Feel free to skim. I will be updating this guide regularly, so you can bookmark this post for later use )
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that allows you to create and maintain any website or blog and customize it according to your needs. You can call it a “Software.” It is also a blogging tool that helps you to manage your blog. Using WordPress is extremely easy. You don’t need to be a Pro to use it.
When you are going to create a WordPress blog, you may get confused by two types of WordPress (WordPress.org & WordPress.com) and cost of starting a WordPress blog. While you can create a free blog on WordPress.com, I’d recommend you to start a self-hosted WordPress blog. Here are two posts that will help you to choose better option and to start a WordPress blog.
WordPress Domain Name & Hosting
Domain name is the name of your blog. Web hosting is the place where your site’s files will be stored. For example, RoadToBlogging.Com is my domain name. Whenever you enter this domain name on your browser, you’ll find my site. I have registered this domain name so that no one can use this name. And I’ve bought some web hosting spaces from HostGator to store my site contents so that people can access my site via World Wide Web (WWW). If you are a newbie, then these terms may seem difficult to you. However, here are some detailed posts about Web Hosting and Domain name.
Once you’ve domain name and web hosting, next thing to do is install WordPress on your hosting cPanel. Most of the popular Web Hosting companies offer One Click WordPress Install. With one click install, you will get your WordPress blog within few minutes.
Things to Do After Installing WordPress
Once you’ve started a WordPress blog, you need to configure some settings to make your WordPress blog more SEO & Readers friendly. Here is a list of few things that you have to do after installing WordPress.
WordPress has a biggest community around it. Thousands of developers work for it. WordPress is no more a blogging tool only, it is also used by Business owners. WordPress Themes make it happen. Everyday we get latest themes and update of old themes. These themes are made for Auto, Blogging, Company, Fashoin, Hosting, Magzine, Medical, Music, Newspaper, Portfolio, Photography, Real Estate, Restaurant, Sport etc.
One of the amazing things about WordPress is that you can do almost everything with WordPress plugins. You needn’t to be a coder to extend your WordPress blog. All you need to do is, install and configure the plugins. You’ll find a lot of plugins in WordPress Plugin Directory. You can also buy premium WordPress plugins from different sites like CodeCanyon.
Here is a list of some essential plugins for your blog. You needn’t to install all of the following plugins. Just install that you need.
1. Speed & Security
- Akismet (Get a Free API Key)
- Sucuri Security
- WordPress Backup to Dropbox
- W3 Total Cache
3. List Building
4. Social Media
- Click to Tweet
- Easy Social Share Buttons for WordPress
- Social Locker
5. Affiliate Marketing
- Thirsty Affiliate
- Thrive Clever Widgets
- Q2W3 Fixed Widget
- Table of Contents Plus
- Thrive Visual Editor
- Jetpack by WordPress.com
- Contact Form 7
- Editorial Calendar
There are always some crazy people out there who try to down others sites. Though WordPress has a dedicated security team who continuously work for security issues, but I always believe that user should also aware about security issues. When it comes to WordPress Security, my best advice is to take regular backup of your blog. However, here are some tips to secure your WordPress blog.
WordPress is already good platform for SEO. Having WordPress blog for SEO is only half the battle. The other half depends on how you optimize your blog for SEO. But don’t worry, SEO is not hard. All you need to do is proper SEO. Here are some posts about WordPress SEO. Always remember, Doing Good is the best SEO.
- How to Setup WordPress Yoast SEO Plugin (A Photo Tutorial)
- How to Edit & Optimize WordPress Robots.txt File for SEO
- Updated WordPress Ping List 2016 – Get Quick Index!
- How to add Meta Title & Description in WordPress Blog Post
- How To Optimize Blog Post Titles for Your Readers and SEO
- How to Write a Good Meta Description That Increases CTR
- How to Optimize WordPress Images For SEO and Traffic
- WordPress Blog Post SEO Checklist Before You Publish the Post
- 5 Tips to Making Your Search Listing Attractive
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