How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 5 Easy Steps

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
It seriously is easy, but if you have any trouble you could always post a comment here, I might be able to help you out! Usually tech support at the hosts listed above are helpful & friendly, too.
About MommyGeek

Caitlin, a.k.a MommyGeek, is a member of the iGeneration. This means she’s super into technology, and when the robots take over the world, will either be one of the first killed (she knows too much) or recruited to help enslave you (she knows too much – and sympathizes with the robots). She runs Rent a Geek Mom web design, and writes documentation, tutorials and works as Support at Headway Themes.

Comments

  1. Angelo says:

    It really is that easy.

  2. JW Moxie says:

    What’s the rationale for having your domain name and hosting purchased from two different places? That’s a tip I’ve never heard before, and HostGator has both my name and my hosting. I like my ass and would like to avoid having it bitten.

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    • mommygeek says:

      Often they offer you a deal when you buy both, and sometimes when you discontinue hosting with that company, they either a) make you pay $100~ for the domain name or b) don’t bother to tell you that you need to pay for it and shit stops working eventually because they take it, and you can’t get it back. Fun. True story, happened to me.

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