Starting a blog is not easy if you’re not geeky but that doesn’t mean you have to be terrified. You can start a blog without any technical knowledge, and you’ll see how right here.
Installing WordPress is easy and straightforward, and the process usually lasts under five minutes, but the fun really starts after that.
The Beginners Guide to Setting up a WordPress Blog Quickly
Creating your custom username with admin privileges is incredibly important, and that’s the first thing you need to do. Do not use the default ‘’admin’’ user to write your posts, and delete it if you want after setting up your new username. By doing so, you’ll make your blog more secure. If you plan on having guest authors on your blog add them to the list of users too.
The next important thing is configuring your permalinks to look lovely. Go to Settings>Permalinks and change the WordPress’ permalink to something that suits your needs. For example, WordPress’ permalinks usually look like http://myblog.com/?p=123 , and you can change it to http://myblog.com/2017/6/hello-world.
Configuring how you want comments to work on your blog is also important if you want to prevent comments like ‘’Buy Viagra pills here’’. The easiest way to do this is to check off ‘’Users must be registered and logged in to comment’’.
If you think that this option will discourage your readers from leaving a comment then consider adding a spam killer plugin for WordPress.
What the plugin?
Most folks are afraid of using plugins simply because they’re not sure how they work. The truth is, plugins are just simple ways to extend the functionality of your blog, and you should make them work for you.
The easiest way to explain a plugin is by comparing it to a broach or a bowtie. Imagine you’re wearing a dress or a suit. You look good in it, but there’s just something missing to make your look complete. That’s when you put on a broach or a bowtie, and you instantly look cool. Plugins are just like that. They make your site look fresh and sleek, they make you feel more secure, and they make your blog stand out among millions of others.
Some important plugins are:
- WordPress Database Backup
- Akismet (Comments Spam killer)
- FD Feedburner
- Search Meter
Pick a theme
Choosing a WordPress theme is never easy. There are many free and eye-catching themes out there so finding the perfect one for your site might be tough. While picking the right theme might be hard, installing it is a piece of cake.
Download the .zip file, put it in your WordPress theme folder and use it! You’ll also see that WordPress offers a theme editor which you can use to customize the theme you’ve downloaded.
Do not edit the theme if you don’t have a backup! Hitting the wrong button at the right time might bring you more problems than you can expect.
Setting up a server on your local computer is a good idea if you don’t want your readers to watch the changes you’ve made in real time on your blog. Set up WordPress on your computer, play with it, hack it and make any changes you want. Upload the changes to your blog only when you’re completely satisfied with them or learn how others can help you with that at wpperk.com.
WordPress is free, and it’s incredibly customizable. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it and feel free to ask questions on the forums. Ask around about new themes, widgets, plugins, and many other things and make your blog shine like a star!