Wordpress Tutorials for Beginners: From a Fresh WordPress Setup to Publishing Your First Post

 WordPress Setup to Publishing Your First Post

While the thought of creating your own blog, website, or online portfolio can be daunting, with the right resources and a little guidance, you could be publishing your first few posts in no time. This article will walk you through a few steps from getting started to setting up your own WordPress site.

1. Steps to starting a WordPress blog

The first thing you need to do is go to Wordpress.com and create a free account. Then you’ll want to choose a name for your blog domain and a username. Make sure to choose something that’s easy to remember so you don’t have to keep track of it. Once you choose your username, you'll be taken to a login page. Sign in using your username and password — you’ll also need a couple of pieces of information to get going: your name, email address, and Twitter handle.

Your place, home, blog.

With your website yet to be created, let’s take a moment to think about what we want to do. You may be tempted to create a WordPress website and be done with it. But there are so many benefits to creating your own site. As you build your online presence, you can attract customers and build your personal brand. But before we get to that, we need to go over some of the extra steps that the WordPress framework requires.

How the wordpress.org website works is by joining pages together with the help of tags. Since we’re going to be creating our own site, we have to add tags to our titles and article titles.

Before getting started, let’s understand what a module includes. A module is made up of several blog posts or similar pages that are all connected with one another with one URL. Suppose we have an article titled “Build a Personalized Online Resume” that has other article pages like “Create a Personalized Resume” and “Make More Money With the Freelancer Work Experience” in it.

In our example project, we have a module named “Resume” in the root directory that contains three articles: an article named “Build a Personalized Online Resume”, an article titled “Create a Personalized Resume”, and a short video explaining how to create an online resume. With all this in mind, we create a basic module in our root directory called “Resume” and add all three articles to it.

2. Setting up your blog

Blogging is a powerful way to build a community and to connect with people. It’s also the best way to build a following for yourself if you want to become a thought leader or authority in your industry. To get started, you’ll need to set up your blog.

If you have an existing blog that you’d love to use as your online home, sign up for WordPress. It’s easy and free to use, so don’t worry, it’s not required to start a blog.

If you don’t have any experience with blogging and you’re not comfortable going through the process of creating your own WordPress site (or if you are uncomfortable with the technical requirements), don’t worry. Here are several other options to consider.

Upon signing up for WordPress, you’ll be greeted with several options of what kind of blog to start. Under the “Options” menu, you have the option to start a blog, blog site, website, or personal website. Obviously, you can choose one of the three options at a time, and I always recommend starting your blog first.

Before you begin setting up your new blog, you’ll want to research the various requirements you’ll need from your blog. Here are a few things you’ll want to know about blogging:

For your blog to be of any use, it needs to be SEO-friendly. All of the major blogging platforms (WordPress.org, etc.) have SEO built into their software, so this will be a top priority once you’ve decided to start a blog.

In other words, you don’t want to create a blog and hope to get thousands of views and no one gets notified. SEO is better suited for blogs specific to specific industries or niches. The online world is constantly changing, and in the 1990s, online blogging platforms were not as prevalent as they are today. If you are new to blogging and have no idea where to begin, then consider creating a Twitter or Instagram account or focusing on a niche blog niche.

3. Set up your blog's design

The point of a blog is to be read. Your readers should not have to struggle to read the content. Make sure your posts are easy to read.

It’s very hard to do right if you don’t understand the mechanics of making content that sits in front of a reader. For this reason, you will want to select a platform that most people use. First, choose the blogging platform that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.

Once you are done, be sure to add these platforms to a To-Do list!

You can include social media platforms but that is extremely last minute. At this point, I would suggest checking out some tools and functions that you can leverage to help you build your website.

Let’s get to it!

Upload your Wix site. It’s a simple process if you follow these easy steps.

Choose a theme for your website. If you are a freelancer, I would suggest going with the Business/Startup theme. It’s very robust, has plenty of options, and makes it easy to move around within the theme function. For writers, I would suggest going with Good Writing Theme, as it’s a very popular option and will help create clarity in your blog. On our site, we will be using the Blogging platform WordPress.

You may choose to use a different platform. Out of the two mentioned above, I will go with Zoho CMS since it is completely integrated with WordPress. This makes it very simple and I was able to complete it within the first couple of days since I was only starting out.

You may also choose a template. Otherwise, unless you have a specific requirement from the WordPress Support team, I would recommend going with the default WordPress theme.

Once you select your Wix site, head over to Settings > General, and Security.

4. Adding content to your website

Adding content to your website is a great way to help people who are visiting your website find exactly what they’re looking for. It’s also a good way to make sure that people stick around and check out other content on your site. A good blog is an important piece of that puzzle. As I mentioned, setting up a WordPress blog is relatively easy. It is specifically designed to help bloggers easily create, manage and publish their blogs. Every other content management platform is built to serve as a blogging platform, so your only options are to work with that platform, or go the entirely DIY route.

Perhaps the biggest reason to go the DIY route with your blog is that you are free to modify a platform that works for you to suit your needs. WordPress provided by Blogger does have limitations that you will have to accept if you want to create your own blog.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that the default layout is not optimal if you have a long-form post. There are plugins available that allow you to upload your images and create thumbnails directly from within your WordPress dashboard. There are thousands of themes for you to choose from, as well as plugins that allow you to control the layout of the site. All in all, it’s a pretty appealing platform if you’re willing to work within the limitations.

If you’re interested in reading more about going DIY with your blog, I’ve written another article about developing content that sells.

I began my journey into blogging in 2016 after going through two long and frustrating years at my previous job. Since my job no longer needed me, I had more free time, and with some new tools from my home lab, I started creating online content.

I became incredibly frustrated with the amount of work it took to produce quality content. I had even considered giving up on blogging completely, but after reading many online success stories and podcasts, I decided to give it another go.

5. Publishing your first post

If you want to get the most out of blogging, publishing your first post is imperative. The first post is the first impression your audience will have of you, so it’s important that you do it right. When you publish your first post, you set the stage for everything else you do on your blog. There are four steps to publishing your first online blog post and each step will answer a different question. Let’s take a closer look at each step.

Inspiration: You probably know the person who posted the viral article you are reading right now. This is how you’ve gone viral before, isn’t it? So what type of article is it?

Here are some tips on how to come up with an article that catches the attention of readers:

3. What does the topic of your blog post want attention from the masses?

4. What is the topic of your blog post?

When you’re creating your topic, choose a topic natural to the topic you are writing about. For instance, if you are writing an article about losing weight, you would identify the role diet plays in that journey, and what diet works for you.

For example, let’s say you are an online personal trainer and you work with clients looking to bulk up or tone down. You have a blank canvas with certain services you perform in your practices and you have the freedom to write an article about them. After settling on a general topic, ask yourself a few questions about your topic suggests it’s a niche you could write in.

Example: “What topic relates to personal fitness which has potential for growth in the niche we are currently writing about?”

These are some questions you can use to write a niche article. There are general topics that are always trending, such as lifestyle and health, and there are specific topics related to your niches such as creativity and marketing.


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