Blogging is the new “having friends”, or at least that’s what I tell my mother. So! Let’s learn how to set up a WordPress blog so that
I we won’t be lonely, hmm?
- Get a domain name and a webhost. Purchase your domain name at a separate place than your webhost. Trust me, it’ll bite you in the ass later on if you register your domain name at the same place you have hosting. I recommend GoDaddy or eNom for domain names, and anything other than GoDaddy for webhosting :) Specifically, Dreamhost (VPS specifically), BlueHost and HostGator are good.
- Point your domain “DNS” to your new webhosting account. Your webhost usually gives you instructions for this – it’s generally a pretty simple process. Step 1, log into GoDaddy (or wherever you bought your domain). Step 2, go to the DNS manager area of their control panel. Step 3, change the nameservers to somthing like ns1.yourhost.com and ns2.yourhost.com. For Dreamhost and Bluehost you literally insert “dreamhost” or “bluehost” in the middle there.
- Set up WordPress. This is insanely simple on a host that has “one-click” installation of WordPress. Just find the “Applications” or “Fantastico” or “Goodies” section of your control panel at your webhost, find the entry for WordPress, and run through the wizard. Easy. Peasy.
- Log into WordPress. Your login page will be something like http://yourdomain.com/wp-login.php ! Find a theme under the Appearance area of WordPress (left-hand menu) and install that bad boy. Now you’re rocking in style!
- Post something. Wait for the adoring fans. When that doesn’t happen right away, obsessively read other blogs about how to get people to read your blog. Then come back here & commiserate with us!