Once there were many blogging platforms – from BlogSpot to TypePad to evolution2 to WordPress to what not. WordPress is just one among them, but with time WordPress became the de facto standard for blogging, and everything else was reduced to “me too” blogging platforms. In this article, I will talk about ways in which you can create a self-hosted blog using WordPress. When I say self hosted, I mean blog on your domain.
Setting up a WordPress blog
Step 1: Find your niche
This is the very first thing you need to do. Go out and look for the need gaps that you can fulfill with your current level of understanding.
Step 2: Do Keyword Research
Once you have determined the niche, it is time now to find set of keywords that you can use to get into the niche.
Step 3: Get a domain and hosting
Choose a handful of keywords from the list and see if there is any domain available on them or not. Add modifiers to the name, if there is no exact match domain name available. You can use Gossimer’s domain tool to find a domain name of your liking.
First try to go either for .Com, .Net, or .Org domains. If they are unavailable, you can look for other domain extensions as well. Afterward, get a web hosting account that suits your purpose.
Step 4: Install WordPress
You do not need to manually install your WordPress in your blog. If you went with Linux hosting, you will get cPanel control planel with Fantastico software installer to help you do it in click of a button, and in windows hosting, you will get web application installer to do this job.
Click on the Gossimer Web Hosting Plans to see demos of both types of control panel, and to buy either of the hosting account.
Step 5: Install Theme
There are thousands of free WordPress themes available online, but you should not go to any site and download one. Chances are they will have some malicious code into it. You should only search from WordPress.org for the themes. You can do this search from the dashboard of your newly installed blog as well.
Step 6: Install Plugins
Plugins are small applications that are installed on top of a platform to enhance functionality. There are scores of free WordPress plugins that you can install to your WordPress. Install the ones you need.
Your basic WordPress Installation is complete. In the next article, I will tell you about some customization that you can do to make your WordPress blog look professional.