A Simple WordPress Guide 2017 For Beginners
Welcome to this exclusive article that will teach you how to create your first WordPress blog. This article is written specially for those who are new to blogging and don’t have much information and knowledge about how and where to start. For the professional bloggers, I have already written a lot of important articles on with tips and tricks and issues and solutions. Please check the “Category” links at the sidebar.
How to start blogging ?
Blogging now a days is becoming the major part of the life that effects directly or indirectly to our daily life routine. Millions of people use blogs for getting information about any relevant topic that they want to know and millions of people use blogging to provide information of a relevant topic to the people who search on the internet. blogging is a money generating source as well that provides small or large scale of earning through different direct and indirect sources.
So today I’m going to teach you how to start a blog from scratch and how to grow blog and make it a money making machine.
The Step by Step instructions for Blogging:
Part 1: Basic knowledge about Blogging
Part 2: Installing WordPress & configuring database on Cpanel
Part 3: Theme Customization
Part 4: Essential Plugins Installation
Part 5: Optimizing Blog for Search Engine (SEO)
Part 6: Submitting Blog in Google
Part 7: Marketing of Blog using Social Media
Let’s Start Blogging:
Part 1: Basic knowledge about Blogging
Step 1: Before diving into the “blogging”, You must know about the three major parts of blogging and without these parts you can’t do blogging so just like a car without wheels is nothing, the blog is nothing without these three things. Now coming to the point, let me clear these different things that does confuse the people when they come to create a blog.
- Domain Name or Your website name (typically called URL)
- Website / Blog
- Hosting (You can buy hosting with some free features)
1. What is Domain name: A domain name is the website name or address typically called “URL” that a visitor types in the web browser and the browser then displays the website page in return. Remember that i am talking about only website name or website address like www.yourwebsite.com or http://yourwebsite.com
The domain name is very important factor when it comes to creating a blog or website. A keyword rich domain that explains any word, meaning, phrase, thing, product and human is easy to use & sell instead of a domain name that doesn’t make any sense.
There are hundreds of domains extensions available to register these days but few old domain name extensions are very much popular. Let’s have a look at the extensions and there meanings.
.COM: (Commercial) – This is the most popular domain extension used globally and everybody knows about this extension. The minimum characters .com domain names are very expensive and being sold for over 5 figures. Also the search engines like Google, yahoo, Bing and others prefer .com extension to show at the top of the search results.
.Net: (Network) – This refers to the “Network” and very popular after a .com extension. The Big Companies, Firms, Institutions most likely use .Net extension to show their presence at the internet.
.Org: (Organization) – Highly recommended extension for Multinationals firms, Organizations, NGOs, Institutional organizations, etc.
.Info: (Information) – This used for the website that provides information about any particular subject so this is also a very popular form of extension.
2. What is a Website: Website is a set of file(s) and directories that contain the website page(s) in an organized fashion and all the pages linked to the home page and/or each other. The website files can be found in html, css, php, xml, xhtml and several other extensions. Now the thing is, you need to have a domain name linked with these websites when you go to see them on the internet so here comes a domain name or website address that displays these particular web page files in the browser.
3. What is Hosting: The third important thing is “Hosting”. The hosting is basically an account that is created on an online server computer by registering your domain name and allocating a piece of hard drive space for a set monthly or yearly price. This is important to keep your website files on that server computer’s allocated space because those server computers or “hosts” designed to provide the particular services and never shutdown so that your website is accessible 24 hours from anywhere in the world.
You will have to buy a hosting account prior creating a blog so that you can keep the blog up and running 24 hours and safe from being theft or lost.
Types of hosting accounts:
There are number of hosting types but I am telling you the three simple hosting accounts.
1. Individual hosting account
2. Reseller Hosting account
Individual hosting account is the account created for an individual who want to host one website or more than one websites on a single account. There are different packages to buy according to the scale of the business needs and websites size. One can buy the hosting either to host only one website. This is recommended for the individual who are not professional seller or developer and has the only website for their personal profile, business or portfolio.
Reseller hosting account is used to make money by selling the individual hosting accounts from a particular hosting provider. For more information about Reseller hosting, Read “Become a Host“
Step 2: After being knowledgeable about the most important things above, Now you are ready to understand the blogging platform just like you operate your computer or mobile with an operating system such as “Microsoft Windows” in computer and Android or iOS in Mobile, there are different blogging operating system / platform. WordPress platform is globally recognized so today I’m going to teach how to use WordPress for your Blog
So first thing first, I would like to tell you about the platform that we will be using for our first blog. The WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world and according to the global survey, 25% websites in the world use WordPress as it is super easy to learn, just like a play in WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) style.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is most popular blogging platform that offers two types of resources that you can use according to your preferences.
WordPress.com: WordPress.com is WordPress official website where you can create a free WordPress blogs using their free Hosting service and a free sub domain e.g www.you (You will read about sub domain later in this article) so if you don’t want to spend money on independent hosting and personal domain, You can use WordPress.com
WordPress.org provides a downloadable WordPress application that you can use at your own Hosting with your own personal domain name (e.g www.yourdomainname.com). It is called self-hosted WordPress application that requires you to have your own hosting and domain name. All you need to do is, go to wordpress.org site and download WordPress latest version to your computer.
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Part 1 ended here. In part 2, Learn how to install WordPress on Live Hosting account using Cpanel. Also how to install WordPress on a local Computer using XAMPP server as well as on your .