Simple Step by Step Guide:
How to Get Your Website + Blog Started In A Few Easy Steps.
This article will provide step by step details on how to setup your WordPress website and blog; including but not limited to purchasing your website address, setting up a hosting account, must have plug-ins, how to design your website and how to write your first blog post.
You will also learn the basics of how to use affiliate links, how to promote your website using social media, how to offer digital downloads and a list of free resources for your website and blog.
A great place to start would be the overall look and feel of your website blog, aka your branding. To read a little bit more about branding, you can check out my post about “How to Jump Start Your Network Marketing Business“. This particular post isn’t going to get into much detail on branding as branding is an entire topic on it’s own. However, I will offer a few basics to get you started. You will find it easier if you address a few basic branding items before you start building your website. You will want to answer the following questions as each of these items are important and should be on your home page.
I suggest getting a blank piece of paper or opening a blank text document; review the following list and ensure you have these items nailed down. It is okay to write several different variations until you find the perfect way to say it.
Do I have a logo? A logo is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol used to aid and promote public recognition of your brand? A logo could be a simple as typing your name or business name in a font you like. Keep in mind, it is important to create a mark that clearly communicates what you do. You don’t necessarily want your logo to be a sparkly unicorn just because you like unicorns. You want to communicate to your desired audience. You can create a simple logo to get started or consult with a Graphic Designer to get off to a professional start with your branding.
You should come up with one sentence that excites while communicating the benefit of the products or services you offer.
Describe Who You Are:
Write down one to two brief sentences to describe who you are, think more of a “title” sense.
“I am an Entrepreneur who specializes in…”
“I am a Mother of two, Photographer and Lifestyle Blogger…”
“I am a designer with a flair for photography…”
Describe Who You Help:
This should be a brief description of who will most benefit from your products or services.
Specify the Problem You Solve:
One to two sentences, focusing on the solution you will provide.
Benefit Received While Working with You:
A short sentence or phrase of how your customer will benefit from working with you. Explain briefly what makes you are different than your competition.
Call to Action:
What would you like your visitor to do? Sign up for an email list? Click to order a free sample of your product or service? Your call to action can change depending on what you are trying to accomplish. Think about what you’ll want your initial call-to-action to be on the home page of your website. It could be as simple as;
“follow me on Pinterest”
”follow me on Facebook”
“Sign up for my email list so you don’t miss a thing”.
Opt-In email offer:
Think about what you could offer of value to your visitors. Give this offer for free in exchange for an email address. Collecting email addresses is a sure-fire way to keep useful content in front of those whom you help solve a problem. The best part about sign-up forms is that your visitors that choose to opt-in and sign-up means they want to receive more from you. (I’m not sure what else could be more exciting and motivating than that!)
As Social Media channels continue to alter their algorithms (and throttle your reach unless you pay to place ads or promote posts), email addresses seem to be sticking around. Most anything you sign up for these days require an email address…whether you order a product online or sign-up for a member rewards card at a brick and mortar store, your email address is typically required. This tells me that email addresses will be sticking around for a while.
Domain Name + Hosting:
BlueHost is a popular, extremely reasonably priced and user-friendly website hosting service provider. Use the search widget below to type in the domain name(aka website address)you’d like to use, then click “check availability”.
If you find a domain name that is available, BlueHost will give it to you for free when you sign up for hosting service.
WordPress Hosting Account:
There are many Web Hosting companies out there. Just to name a few; GoDaddy, HostGator, DreamHost, BlueHost and more. Read up on each to see which is the best fit for your website.
Why do I choose BlueHost? BlueHost designs and builds their servers to run WordPress seamlessly. Their exclusive technology gives you the performance, reliability, and functionality you need. They offer around the clock WordPress Support and 1-click WordPress Installation. BlueHost makes it super easy to get WordPress setup so you can start building your website or blog immediately. It is always great to know when a company offers a Money-Back Guarantee! That is right, if you try BlueHost and don’t love them, you can cancel and request a refund within 30 days of signing up. When dealing with BlueHost, I always feel my satisfaction is their top priority. That is why I can comfortable recommend their products and services.
Most of all, I benefit from using BlueHost because they bundle the basic necessary products needed to host a website, which saves me money! For as low as $3.95 per month, you can get 1 domain name, an SSL certificate and the 1-click installation of WordPress. When I started my first website, I purchased the domain name, hosting service and SSL certificate through another vendor… I paid well over $300 just to get started because the domain name and SSL Certificate had to be purchased separately. I’ve learned my lesson and stick with BlueHost. You can get started with the basic of all basic hosting plans well under $100, and that is for a full year or longer.
Once you enter the domain name and click “search availability”, the next screen you see will depend on whether the domain is available or not.
If the domain you entered into the search is unavailable, you’ll see this screen. There will also be suggested website addresses similar to your search that are available listed for your review.
If the domain you entered into the search is available, Hooray! You will see the following screens. The first one will read, “Create Your Account”.
You will see the following screens as you move forward and choose a hosting package. Any one of these packages is a great start. You can always upgrade as your website / blog grows.
Congratulations! Now that you have created a hosting account and a domain name with BlueHost, you are able to sign in and immediately start designing your website + blog. The dashboard will look like the screenshots below. BlueHost makes using WordPress so easy for people that aren’t designers or web developers.
How to Sign In to WordPress:
In your web browser address bar, type in your “website name”, then “/wp-admin”.
For example, www.mylittleblog.com/wp-admin
When installing WordPress, you created a username and password. That is the username and password you”ll want to enter in this screen below.
Exploring the WordPress Dashboard:
The main admin navigation bar is on the left-hand side of the screen. Within this navigation bar, you will be able to create new post, create new pages, view and moderate your comments, access and manage your plug-ins, access and manage your media (photos and videos), customize the appearance of your site and more.
Set Your Homepage + Blog Settings:
In the left navigation sidebar, click on “appearance”, then “customize”. Within that menu, there should be a row that is for “homepage settings”, click on that. You should see a window similar to the image below. Within the dropdown menu is where you will choose your “home page” and “blog page”. You can set your homepage as your blog roll, or you can set your home page as a static page.
Exploring FREE and paidWordPress Themes:
You can access your themes by clicking on the “appearance” menu, then “Themes”. Once you see a theme you are interested in, you can click on install. This will only install the theme, it won’t activate it just yet. You will need to click on “activate” in order to active and put the theme design in place.
Most Popular WordPress Themes:
Create Pages + Navigation Menu:
Create New Pages: Before you can create your navigation menu, you need to create pages, click on “Pages” in the left hand navigation bar. Then, “Add New”. Create a Title for your Page, then click “Save Draft” in the right hand side.
You will want to create a few pages in order to set your “home page” and “blog” page and create your navigation menu. To start with, you can create the following pages;
- Home Page– this will be the page you set as your “landing page”.
- About Page– a great idea to have a little bio or snippet about yourself or what you’re offering at your site.
- Blog Page– this will be the page you set as your blog roll page.
- Contact Page– this is a page where you can put a contact form.
Create a Navigation Menu: Now that you’ve created a few pages, you can create your navigation menu. Click on “appearance” in the left hand navigation bar, then click “menu”.
You should see something similar to the screen below. You should see the pages you just created in the left hand sidebar. Click in the box to the left of each page name. Then click, “add to menu”. You should then see the pages added to the right side of the screen. Don’ t forget to click “save menu” in the upper right hand corner or lower right hand corner.
I hope you found this step by step guide on how to start your wordpress website helpful. More to follow on Plug-Ins and Widgets; What They Are and Why We Use Them.