Blogging Basics 101 – Day 4

sky-290130_640BLOG IMGWelcome to day four of my small blogging series! We last discussed choosing a domain name and finding hosting. If you missed the first three days they are here:

http://roseschwarz.com/blogging-basics-101-day-1/

 http://roseschwarz.com/blogging-basics-101-day-2/

 http://roseschwarz.com/blogging-basics-101-day-3/

Day 4

Setting up Your Blog

Once you have chosen a domain name, and a hosting account, it is time to set up the blog, and associate it with your domain name. You should receive information from your hosting service with passwords to get into the CPanel. This is a control panel with tools and automation that simplifies the web hosting process. Information and tutorials that you need for uploading and controlling your website is in here. There are also tutorials on Google and other search engines on setting up blogs. It is possible to upload a WordPress blog directly from the hosting account, although some people prefer to use separate FTP (File, Transfer, Protocol) software. This is a separate connection between the client and the server.

Install the Theme

Previously, I likened hosting to owning a piece of land, and a domain to your mailing address. A theme is like the style of your house. This gives your blog a specific layout style, and functionality with different colours, column styles and graphics.

Themes have three parts (other than the actual posts):

  • Header – This is the top part or heading of the blog that houses the blog’s name, and perhaps a special logo and design or picture. Some blogs have tabs to different pages at the bottom of the header.
  • Footer – This is the space at the bottom of the blog. Different bloggers use it for a variety of uses. It might display ads, favorite links or legal information.
  • Sidebar – This is a column on one or two sides of the blog. It can be used for displaying ads, the blogger’s picture, lists of other blogs – whatever you think would be useful for your readers!

Here are some points to consider when choosing a theme for your blog:

  • Cost – WordPress offers a selection of free themes that are totally functional. Several people may be using the same theme, however your header could be personalized. Themes that are sold may have higher functionality, and features that you may want to use in the future. There are directories available with lists of different themes (paid for and free). A customized header can be included on whatever theme you choose if that is your preference.
  • User-friendly and Functional – Is it the right set-up for what you need? Think about the different parts of the theme and how you’ll use them. Do you want tabs at the bottom of the header for different pages? Do you want a sidebar for certain purposes? Do you just want one column, or a magazine style?

Have a look at other blogs to help you picture what style of them would work for your blog. Consider style and functionality. Check for reviews on themes that you like and make sure there is support available for the one you choose.

Plugins and Settings

Once you have chosen and installed your theme, it is time install any plugins you may want. Plugins have various functions that enhance the blog, such as enabling readers to share information on social mediums, enabling a commenter to link back to their site, or automatically backing up your site. There are many free plugins, and the information on them is in the “plugins” section of the dashboard.

The “settings” section of the dashboard has various settings for the operation of your blog – such as date, time, and how the comment section will work.

Pages

The pages on the blog are the next item to work on. The “home” page would have the most recent blog posts on it.  Write an “About Me’ page (be yourself!) so your readers can learn a little more about you. Those that “connect” with who you are will become your audience. It is also important to have some necessary legal pages and disclosures  – have a look at mine. Check the rules for your country.

The good news is that setting up blogs becomes easier with experience, and once it’s done the maintenance is not as time consuming.

Now, you can write your first post! We’ll discuss that in my next post.

I would love your comments or questions in regard to setting up a blog.

 

 

 

8 Comments

  • Swapnadip Chakraborty

    Reply Reply August 13, 2014

    I have just gone through your post. It seems to be a good tutorials for those who want to come to this blogging field. You have covered all the points nicely.

    Keep posting.

    Thanks,
    Swapnadip

    • rosem53

      Reply Reply August 22, 2014

      Thank you Swapnadip!

  • Rose

    Reply Reply August 28, 2014

    Thanks for this information. Blogging has opened up the world in a wonderful way – we now have a chance to write our stories.

  • rosem53

    Reply Reply August 29, 2014

    Thanks Rose. Not only can we write our stories, but with Web 2 we can discuss them!

  • Tasleem Khan

    Reply Reply January 23, 2015

    hi,

    A great mini series with a a lot of depth. It was great reading, please keep posting more. 🙂

    • rosem53

      Reply Reply July 2, 2015

      Thank you Tasleem. I apologize for deserting my blog for awhile. I am back and plan on posting much more.

      Sincerely, Rose

  • James Hughes

    Reply Reply January 27, 2015

    Hey Rose,
    Blogging is very important for online marketers, and doing it right is even more important! Thanks for the great post giving guidelines on how to set up a blog. Great informative post!
    Regards.

    • rosem53

      Reply Reply July 2, 2015

      Thanks for reading James. Unfortunately I have been offline for a while, but fully intend to keep more content coming.

      Sincerely, Rose

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