Are you looking to start blogging about cooking or crafts? Now it is so much easier than ever before to do. With a Blogging WordPress theme you can be up and running in no time - in around a couple of hours.
I have created this guide specifically for those people looking to start blogging online using WordPress whether you're just starting out or have been blogging for a while and wanting to move to a different theme *or* moving from WordPress.com to a WordPress.org self-hosted solution. I'll be taking you through each step and show you how simple it is to go from no domain name to your blog online.
You'll find many tutorials across the internet showing you how to build a website from scratch but you're likely to need skills in HTML and CSS as well as an understanding of PHP. You may be a journalist, writer or marketer who doesn't have those skill sets but wants an easy way to start blogging online. With our WordPress blogging themes you don't need to have a background in any coding to enable you to get your blog online. It might sound daunting to get everything ready, your domain name bought, your hosting package purchased and your WordPress site installed but I'll be taking you step-by-step and you might even learn a few things along the way.
Choosing and Purchasing Your Domain
Choosing the right domain name runs inline with the brand name you want to be known for, this might be your own name or something catchy associated with your chosen subject. You want to pick something memorable and on point with your content, your style or just something close to your heart.
The domain name you choose should be unique as getting your brand or name confused with someone else could be disastrous. When picking a domain name, try and pick one which isn't a plural or misspelled and definitely try and stay away from those which are hyphenated domain names.
Keywords in Your Domain
When pulling ideas together for your domain name, it can help to have phrases and terms in mind which are synonymous with the domain name which you're looking to purchase. Create a list and once they're collated you can begin to put them together to create some good domain names.
Some other tips when choosing the right domain name for yourself are;
- Choose a .com domain name unless your site is strategically targeted towards the country you're in. However, it's always a good idea to get the .com domain name anyway just to protect your 'brand'.
- Try to keep your domain name short as they're much easier to remember and also easier to place on social networking sites or in tweets etc.
- Brand yourself. Think of something memorable to establish you amongst the many other great professionals out there and pick a name which resonates with your domain name.
Purchase and Choose Your Hosting
Now you have chosen your domain name, you will now need some WordPress web hosting. There are numerous web hosts to choose from and we have created a list of some recommended hosts for you to choose from. We've made sure that the hosting companies we've recommended enable you to get your WordPress site up and running as fast as possible and as simply as possible. They're all very cost effective and competitive.
We currently recommend Bluehost. They are reliable and trustworthy, knowledgeable and helpful as well as innovative and stable.
Most of all though Bluehost works perfectly with our WordPress blogging themes.
Installing WordPress on Your Web Hosting
Some of the hosts which we've recommended have an automatic WordPress installation within their control panels, if you look for a button named 'Fantastico' then click the WordPress option on the left hand side. Fill in the details of your website, including the preferred login details and you're all done.
For those hosts which don't have an automatic install, WordPress isn't as complicated as you may be led to believe. It's famous for its quick installation and the WordPress.org website offers a comprehensive 'How To' on installing WordPress for you to follow.
Choosing your WordPress Blogging Theme
We have a wide range of WordPress blogging themes for you to choose from here at Obox. Our blogging themes are designed for a wide-ranging amount of bloggers from all different types writing background.
A customizable WordPress blogging theme tailored for writers, journalists and bloggers. One of the cleanest and minimal themes in our collection, it promotes your content with its homely feel.
Handmade Two is one of our most popular themes at Obox, it has a very unique design which is tailored towards craftspeople or food/cooking bloggers.
Principles is a responsive (mobile friendly) WordPress blogging theme featuring a minimal design which promotes your writing, just what you need to get your writing notices and read by the masses.
mag.Press is one of our most robust themes. It is 'the' WordPress magazine theme for bloggers, no matter what background you are from.
Add Your ContentNow you have your WordPress blogging theme, it's time to add your content! You can take the time to populate your new theme with your content by navigating to www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php. There are two main different types of content in a WordPress website, pages and posts. Think of pages as your About and Contact pages. Posts on the other hand are your individual items. These posts can be put in to categories. When using an Obox theme be sure to check the documentation and setup notes so that you can get your new site populated quickly and easily.
Overall, when adding your content, don't forget to add a bit of your personality to it. This is now your online 'home' and it does come across to people reading it. People want to get to know you as well as your work.
And that's it, you're all setup with your domain name, web hosting and blogging theme. You've even populated it with content. Now it's up to you to keep up with populating your site with your writing. The more you write and the more you show the more traffic you will get. Along with content you'll hopefully be able to monetize your website.
Is there anything you would like added or clarified in this post? Let me know in the comments and if you've used one of our blogging themes be sure to let us know and show it off to us we love seeing people using our themes.