So you want to set up a blog or a basic website for your business, well you are in the right place. In this post, i’m going to talk you through how to set up WordPress in 3 easy steps. Plus I’ll talk you through the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org, and all of the different options you need to consider before you even think about choosing a template! By the end of this step by step guide to setting up a blog, you will have your blog up and running ready to write and publish your first post!
What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
To put it simply if you are blogging with no real ambition to ever make any money from your blog and you don’t mind not having access to advance features and plugins go with wordpress.com. If you use a wordpress.com address it will be completely free to set up but it is limiting. If you think that you might at any point want to get serious about your blog and monetize it do not use wordpress.com. It is very difficult to migrate a site over to WordPress.org.
Is much more flexible and it’s a software you can use to create a self-hosted website. This means you will have to find your own hosting and then install WordPress software on your site.
Confused? Don’t worry I’m going to walk you through setting up a wordpress.org blog in just a few clicks.
Step 1 Choosing your hosting account
I have got this wrong so many times. I have been with ipage, blue host and go daddy and I can say with complete confidence to avoid all of them! They are slow, have terrible customer service and technical support. The only hosting I recommend is InMotion. I had a lot of issues with website speed and after a lot of research and speaking to different web developers, this was the company that came out on top. You get a free domain name and you can host up to 2 websites! Trust me you can’t go wrong with InMotion. Their technical support has been so patient and supportive whenever I have had an issue.
Go to the InMotion website and from the drop down menu choose wordpress hosting. If you are just starting out then I would choose the Launch option, and you have an option to pay for 12 or 24 months. You can also do a 6 month plan but you will need to contact their live support for this option as it’s not on the website.
Once you have chosen your hosting plan with InMotion you will need to choose your domain name. This is completely FREE with Inmotion on any of their hosting plans. It will give you an option to enter a domain you already own if you have bought one from somewhere else.
Nb. If you have a domain name with someone else remember you are going to need to do a few extra things to ensure your DNS records point to InMotion, this can also effect your email so do follow the InMotion guides to make sure the transfer is smooth.
You will be asked if you want to buy domain privacy, I didn’t, but after being plagued by emails for 24 hours with offers to build my website I contacted InMotion and paid the extra few dollars. Totally your choice but I think it’s worth it.
When you click continue it will ask you if you want to install WordPress. Make sure you click this. This is a FREE service and they will not charge you any money for this service.
You will then need to go through adding all of your details and setting up your account before making payment.
Step 2 – Setting up your WordPress your account
The next step is setting up your WordPress account, You will need to choose:
- a Site Name i.e. Claire’s Itchy Feet
- A site description i.e. Solo Female Adventure Traveler
- Your Admin Username ie clairesitchyfeet
- Admin Password
- Admin Email use your personal email for this not your blog email because if you do have domain name issues this could cause big problems.
- You will then need to choose your language
Hit install and that’s it! WordPress will be installed. The next page will give you your website admin panel address. Make sure you add this to your favorites for easy reference. Sometimes this can be really quick, sometimes it will take a few hours.
Step 3 – Log into the Admin Panel
Once the installation is complete you need to follow the link and log in to your admin panel.
From here you can choose and install a theme of your choice and start experimenting with the design and look of your blog. You can also now write your first post!
Not sure which plugins to get? Take a read of this post to find out my favorite plugins.
I’m no WordPress expert but after building 10+ sites I know my way around. So if you do have any questions leave me a comment below or send me an email and I will do my best to help 🙂