WordPress Made Easy
It’s funny how everyone thinks he has something important to say that the world should know about. And with the invention of the internet, it’s gotten even easier to do that.
Suddenly, everyone and anyone with a pc and access to the web are recording their thoughts and ideas. The weapon of choice: blogs.
And the most popular blog service this side of the galaxy is none other than WordPress. Now getting your random ramblings out into the open is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (or actually 1 to 4. But it’s all done in minutes, anyway, so who’s counting?)
1. Get started.
You can’t have a WordPress blog site without going to the actual WordPress site, can you? So, yeah. Go visit the site. And then click the get started button. It’s on the left side of the page.
That’s free so don’t worry about shelling out any cash to sign up.
Just fill out all the required fields and then click on “create blog.”
You’ll need a valid email. You’d also need to create a WordPress username. This is also a good time to remind you to read the Terms and Conditions of Service. (I somehow suspect you won’t do it anyway and will just tick the “I Agree” box. But hey, at least I tried.)
Here’s another reminder: the address (url) for your blog cannot be changed once you create it. So if you’re undecided with the name, you might want to put off the process until you’re more definite.
Also, if you don’t fancy the WordPress url appearing in your tags, there’s an option to remove it. It’s not free, though so if it’s not a big deal to you anyway, then just leave it.
Some people actual have their own domains and prefer to have WordPress hosted there. If you didn’t understand that last sentence at all, then don’t bother with it right now. It’s probably just going to confuse you more.
Done with the whole sign up? Then mosey on to your email address and find the activation email.
Activating the blog is as simple as clicking on the “activate blog” button. Once that’s done, you’ll have access to another window that says “dashboard”.
3. The Dashboard
Your WordPress dashboard is where you generally do all site- and content-related stuff.
The “settings” tab will allow you to give your blog a title and a tagline. It would also allow you to edit your email address and make any and all adjustments to the privacy settings.
The “appearance” tab, meanwhile, allows you to set a color scheme and layout to the page. There are a number of these themes you can choose from. And these can be changed at any time.
And then you have the “posts” tab. Clicking on “add new” will let you create blog posts.
Your blog site won’t have to be a long continuous page. WordPress actually allows you to add pages. It’s one good way to get the content into neat, little categories.
On the dropdown menu, just click on “new” and then “page”. You can then proceed to writing the content on that page.
Hey, look! You’ve got your own blog site. High five!
Okay, party’s over. Listen up now.
WordPress hosts load and loads of blogs. A good percentage of them use the generic themes that are available.
So if you’d like for your blog to stand out, you might want to consider going the extra mile.
- Plug-ins – these are variations to the generic themes and cost a little extra to use
- Widgets – these are shown on the right side of your blog’s home page. You can add or remove them as needed. Want a search bar? Add it in. Want to give your readers the option to “like” in Facebook? Drag the widget and it’s there. Nothing to archive just yet? Then just remove it.
- Promote – you want people to take notice? They won’t if you’ll just sit there and do nothing but write content. Remember, blogs are everywhere. People won’t pay attention without you grabbing it. So utilize social media and promote your blog!
Creating a blog is easy. And with WordPress, the whole process is even easier. Now we can only wish that WordPress has an additional “you’re writing nonsense” indicator, then it would be perfect.