Beginner Guide To Creating Your WordPress Site/Blog

WordPress is the most powerful, famous and free content management tool on the web. It is simple to get start with your own WordPress blog or website, on your own domain. Here is the beginner's guide that takes you through the step-by-step process.

1. Choose a domain name :
  • Find one that's easy to say and spell. Use
  • Make sure it reflects your business name. Use
  • Stay away from hyphens and numbers.

2. Register your domain name
  • Use a reliable domain registrar. Like Godaddy and Namecheap
  • Consider registering alternates (.org, .net, .info).
  • Protect your private information with who-is guard protection.

3. Get web hosting
  • Your web host displays your pages on the web.
  • For true performance, security, and expertise, make sure you sign up with a dedicated managed WordPress host. Affordable and popular web hosts: DreamHost, Bluehost, HostGator.

4. Connect your domain name and web host
  • Ask your web host for the name-servers, or DNS, for your site.
  • Plug this DNS info into your domain name registrar account.

5. Install WordPress
  • If you use a good dedicated managed WordPress host, WordPress will be pre-installed for you.
  • If not, many hosts offer two-minute WordPress software installation using Fantastico.

6. Choose your theme
  • Your WordPress theme gives your site a colorful style and templet.
  • Changing your theme won't affect your content, just the way it's displayed.
  • There's a StudioPress theme for every need :-).

7. Set up the basics
  • Will your home page be a blog, or a landing page? Change this in Settings > Reading.
  • In Settings > Permalinks, use /%postname%/ so page URLs are easy to read.

8. The fun part: Add content
  • Go get`em, tiger! Get to work filling your pages with great content.
  • Read Copyblogger, Problogger and DailyBlogTips to learn how to attract visitors and keep them engaged.

The good news :

You only have to do step 1-7 on time after your site is set up, you can focus on creating content, attracting visitors and monetizing your site.

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