First, a few assumptions about you…
…let’s assume you’re fired up about starting a blog. You’ve found your passion, created a niche idea on which you can expand for months to come, and you’re motivated by the right reasons:
- an interest in writing
- a desire to share your passion with your readers
- a yearning to help or instruct readers
Now let’s assume you’ve made the wise decision to run a self-hosted blog, and that self-hosted blog is WordPress.
Because free blog hosts will spray your blog with their ads and you’ll have virtually no control over your own blog insofar as styling, development and monetization go…that’s because when you set up a free blog on someone else’s website (Blogger, for example) you don’t own your own blog. It can be removed at any moment should the real owner decide you posted something they don’t approve of.
WordPress: The Gift To Bloggers Everywhere
Why WordPress? Simple because it’s the biggest and the best. WordPress offers tons of amazingly beautiful themes for styling your blog, hundreds of what they call plug-ins to customize your blog, and it works…really really well. It’s hard to believe it’s free, but it is.
WordPress is also available for installation right through your hosting account where you’re hosting your domain. If all this means nothing to you, a simple tutorial on starting a blog is easy to find online…once you’re chosen and bought your domain and found hosting, come back to this article and you’ll be set to go in about 20 minutes.
Eight Steps to Installing Your WordPress Blog
- Log into your cpanel. This is usually access by adding “/cpanel” to your domain like this: www.mydomain.com/cpanel
- Find the area of cpanel which offers quick installation of popular software like WordPress. Sometimes it’s called Softaculous or Fantastico or Website Builders. Click on WordPress to begin installing.
- Choose New Installation on the screen that pops up.
- Choose your domain from the drop-down box next to Install on Domain.
- Now you’re choosing where to install WordPress. If you want the blog on a sub-page, type the name of the folder in which you’d like it to be installed. For example, if you choose “writing”, your blog’s address will actually be www.mywebsite.com/writing. If you want your blog to be the main page, however, simply leave the box empty where it’s asking you to Install in Directory.
- Admin Access Data. This is where you’ll be choosing your login info for your blog’s admin panel.
- Base Configuration. Here the most important part is entering your email address. The rest can be changed from within your blog’s admin panel once you’ve begun.
- Click Install WordPress. Then on the next screen hit Finish Installation. Voila…you’re done.
Log in using the info you just entered and get started on your new blog today. Use www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin as the address for your login, if you chose to install your blog at the “root”, rather than in a sub-folder. It simply couldn’t be any easier to get started blogging.
Good luck. - NRCSNG Community