Have your blog up and running within an hour.
Choose your Web Host–
InMotion Hosting I chose however due to it’s price vs package at the time as well as on par reviews.
Both I find to be very good though InMotion Hosting seems be a little more fantastic though on the support side.
Be sure to check the price and package that best suits your needs.
SiteGround is also a very popular and highly regarded hosting company that is recommended and worth looking into.
Note: Always enable privacy (hiding email and personal info) as part of any package no matter the host to avoid getting spammed.
Choose domain name–
For me this was probably the longest part outside of messing with the themes.
Don’t worry about what niche you want to do yet if you haven’t figured it out already.
While it is possible to change the domain name in the future by creating a new domain and transferring it may be wise to think on it for a bit.
If you are using BlueHost the process will be a one button install.
If a different host is chosen the install method will most likely be within the cPanel which can be accessed once the previous steps have been completed.
Choose a theme–
Welcome to the website. You should now have access to your WordPress dashboard as seen in the picture above.
Under appearance on the left hand side you can choose and download a theme.
The current theme I am using is called Hestia. Choose whichever best suits your needs just make sure it’s fast and generally easy to use.
Note: Paid versions of the themes usually carry better support.
Optimize theme how you see fit–
Play around with the look and feel for awhile to get used to the settings and how things work.
Below I will add some of the most recommended plugins no matter the theme as well as a couple of other good to knows that came in handy for me and hopefully you.
Popular Useful Plugins:
1. Mailchimp (Good for collecting emails until you become more popular.)
2. Yoast SEO (On-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.)
3. W3 Total Cache (Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.)
4. Page Builder By SiteOrigin (A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website.)
5. Akismet Anti-Spam (Spam blocker)
6. Smush (Image Optimizer)
7. Simple Custom CSS and JS (Easily add Custom CSS or JS to your website)
8. WP-Optimize (Database optimizations and more)
Check out the Handy Dandy Toolbox for helpful tools and tips to get you started!
– To remove the WordPress logo footer and your theme is not allowing you to easily do so. You may have to edit the footer.php code.
From the Appearance/ Editor option choose from the right hand side “footer.php” under theme files.
Once navigated to the footer code search for such terms as “powered by” and delete the following line.
-To easily create sub categories go to Appearance/Menus.
From here instead of creating a category create a “custom link” and use # as the url and the navigation link will be the menu name in which the sub-menus will stem from.