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How to Start Blogging with WordPress

One question I get asked often is how to start a blog. While there are many platforms to choose from, I always suggest that if your purpose for blogging is anything related to branding, business, or making money online, then you want to go with WordPress on your own domain. While WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr, and other platforms are great, there is nothing like having full control of the design and functionality – something you will only get if you are running WordPress from your own domain.

Sure, there are other blogging platforms and content management systems you can use on your own domain, but none are quite as popular or powerful as WordPress. The traffic trends for each platform’s site speak for themselves.

WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal vs Movable Type

The following are resources for starting your own blog on WordPress including choosing a domain name, purchasing your domain, hosting, WordPress installation, themes, plugins, settings, essential pages, backups, updates, and more!

Choosing a Domain Name

Your first step to staring a blog on your own domain is choosing a domain name. There are many ways you can go with this, from using your own name, business name, keywords, or a quirky but brandable word. Some great resources to help you out in this choice include the following.

Google AdWords Keyword Tool

Considering a keyword based domain, but not sure where to start? Try out Google’s AdWords Keyword Tool. It will give you additional keyword ideas plus their estimated monthly searches. If you use the option to sign in with your AdWords account, you can increase the number of results plus see CPC cost data for each keyword.

DomainsBot

This site will let you search a specific domain you are interested in (domain.com) or search for a keyword. If the main domain / keyword you search is not available, it will show you if alternatives such as the .net, .org, .co, and .me are available. You can use the checkbox at the top to toggle whether results should show premium domains for sale that are related to your search or only show domains that are available at average domain registration prices.

You can also use the options in the left sidebar to refine the results based on your needs.

KnowEm

Before you register that domain, be sure that it is available on social media! Knowem lets you search names / keywords to see if they are taken on over 500 social networks. This is also a great place to find social networks by niche including business, design, entertainment, health, music, photo, tech, and travel. Hover over each network’s name to learn a little more about it.

Purchasing a Domain Name

Once you have settled on a strong domain name, you are probably ready to go out and buy it. The following is my choice for domain registration plus the top two others I have heard used by other bloggers.

  • GoDaddy – This is the registrar I use. Be sure to search godaddy coupon code plus the month and year to get the best deal. New .COMs prices starting at $11.99.
  • NameCheap - New .COMs prices stating at $8.99.
  • Network Solutions – Domains are cheap (or even free) but only if you get a one year annual hosting agreement along with them.

Hosting Your Domain

How to Choose a WordPress Hosting Company

Once you’ve purchased your domain, the next thing you will need is hosting. The above companies also offer hosting plans, but I’d like to focus on ones that have easy WordPress installations. Be sure to look at which hosting companies:

  • Offer plans that allow you to have multiple domains, unlimited storage, and unlimited bandwidth.
  • Have the best customer support options (do you prefer text chat, 24 hour phone support, or forums).
  • Have better deals based on paying for several months at once vs. paying on a month to month basis.
  • Do or don’t require annual contracts or agreements.

The following are hosts I have used, people I know have used successfully, or are recommended by WordPress.

  • WP Engine – WP ENgine is a WordPress hosting solution used by major brands like Foursquare, HTC, Williams-Sonoma, and others. Unlike other hosting companies, you can try them risk free for 60 days. While their prices are higher than some providers, their service is 100% focused on WordPress which means you will be getting better service for your site.
  • GoDaddy – Again, this is the main hosting company I use for this blog and my most important sites. There’s nothing like having your hosting and domains on the same site that way you don’t have to worry about redirecting DNS servers and other mess. Plus it’s only one place to call if anything goes wrong! Plans starting at $5.99 per month.
  • HostGator – Although I have had some issues with this company, I still use them for some of my smaller websites. Most of the bloggers I know swear by this company, and I seem to be one of the only few people who have actually had any issues. Plans starting at $3.96 per month for a single domain or $6.36 for unlimited domains.
  • Network Solutions – This links specifically to their WordPress hosting packages. Plans staring at $4.95 per month with annual agreement.
  • Bluehost – They offer 1-click installation of WordPress and are at the top of the recommended by WordPress.org hosting list. Only shows you $6.95 per month plan before signing up – not sure if there are other options.
  • DreamHost – Also recommended by WordPress.org and has easy WordPress installation. Plans starting at $6.95 per month.
  • Media Temple – Offers more high-end hosting options starting at $20 per month with 1-click WordPress install. Also recommended by WordPress.org.

If you need a little more than just a host, then you might want to check out outstandingSETUP (affiliate link). They not only offer WordPress friendly hosting, but they also will help you with set up, design, domain, and WordPress install. After your website is running, they will also have continued support, backup, and security. Learn more about why they believe WordPress is the best solution for you in their free eBook on 9 Website Building Mistakes.

Importing Your Content

If you have blog content on other platforms including WordPress.com, Blogger, Drupal, Joomla, or other blogging platforms, then you might want to consider importing it into your new WordPress site. WordPress.org has a Importing Content guide that includes information on how to import content from almost 50 different sources (or, in some cases, if it is even possible).

Installing WordPress

How to Install WordPress

Depending on which hosting company you choose or are already hosted with, there are various ways you can install WordPress. If you have to go with manual installation because your hosting company does not have any simple installation process already in place for WordPress, then you will need to download the latest version of WordPress and follow the instructions on installing WordPress.

Here are some guides provided by the above mentioned hosts on how to install WordPress on their websites.

You can always try searching Google for site:yourhost.com wordpress installation to see if you can find easy instructions on how to install WordPress with your host. Or just do a general search for your host wordpress installation to find guides written by others.

Choosing a Great WordPress Theme

How to Choose a Great WordPress Theme

Next on your list of priorities, once WordPress is installed, is the design. There are many, many free WordPress themes to choose from and over the course of three years, I have tried a lot of them. In the end, I have ended up only using premium themes for a few simple reasons.

  • Better support if you can’t get things working or want a specific customization (because you paid for it).
  • Less likelihood of malicious coding embedded with the theme (yes, I’ve seen it happen).
  • Overall better designs, better administration panels, and better usage.

That said, the following are themes that I have used or am currently using on my own websites or client websites. Yes these are affiliate links because I have had my hands on all of them and recommend them.

  • StudioPress – StudioPress is the premium theme collection I recommend the most. It has hands down the best built-in SEO options, lots of great designs that look awesome right out of the box, and easy to follow installation & customization instructions within the support forums. You can buy designs individually (ranging in price from $79.95 to $99.95) or get the entire collecion in the Pro Plus package which gives you access to every theme StudioPress makes and the ability to use them on your own sites and sites you design for clients.
  • Thesis – Thesis is the premium theme I use here at Kikolani. It is a great them for SEO, but requires a good bit of customizations if you want the design to go beyond minimalism. The personal license for use of the theme on one website is $87, and the developer’s option for use on unlimited sites that you own is $164. There’s an additional cost of $40 per client site usage. If you’re stuck between this and StudioPress, check out my post on Thesis vs. StudioPress to see the difference between the two.
  • Elegant Themes – This theme collection is just that – elegantly designed themes. You get lots of them too – currently there are 72 designs available! It is $39 per year for a personal license to use any of the themes on your own websites or $89 per year for a developer’s license if you need Photoshop files and the ability to use the themes on client sites.
  • Press75 – Press75 has a collection of beautiful themes (currently 27). Pricing is done in packages. For $100, you get 2 months access to all themes, updates, and support. For $200, you get 6 months access to all themes, updates, and support. For $400, you get lifetime access to all themes, updates, and support.
  • Headway – Headway markets itself as the drag and drop theme, best for new WordPress users. I can tell you that while it is a great theme, it is not as easy as drag and drop because I have worked with a new WordPress user that was very, very confused by the system. Nonetheless, it is a great theme and, like any WordPress theme, has a bit of a learning curve. They are currently working on different out of the box designs that work with their base system (similar to the way StudioPress does things). For $68, you get the base theme with unlimited installations and one year of support. For $174, you get the above plus 3 of the new Headway designs. For $378, you get access to all new Headway designs for one year.

Basic WordPress Settings to Check

After design, but before you start posting, there are a few settings you need to configure in your base WordPress installation. The following pages will help you understand what each of them mean.

  • Settings → General – This includes your site title, tagline, site address, registration options, timezone, and date / time formats.
  • Settings → Writing – This includes basic settings for writing your posts including size of the post box, default categories, whether you can post by email, remote posting options, and updating services (sites that WordPress will let know you have published a new post).
  • Settings → Reading – This includes what your homepage will display (posts or a static page), how many blog posts to show on your homepage and in your RSS feed, and what will be displayed in the RSS feed (full posts or a summary – I always go with full).
  • Settings → Discussion – This is primarily about your commenting settings. I always check the option for “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” and uncheck “An administrator must always approve the comment.” Also, if you plan to have guest bloggers, keep the E-mail me whenever setting “Anyone posts a comment” checked so guest authors will get an email when their posts get comments.
  • Settings → Media – This controls the settings for images in your posts / pages and the folder on your server where your images will be stored. I always leave these settings as default unless a theme gives me instructions to change them.
  • Settings → Privacy – You have two options here. More than likely you will want to allow your site to be visible to everyone so it can be indexed and discovered.
  • Settings → Permalinks – Here you will determine how your URLs will be displayed. I usually go with Custom Struction /%postname%/ that will make my URLs look like http://domain.com/this-is-the-post-title/. Whatever you choose, make sure you include /%postname%/ somewhere so the keywords from your post title will be in your URL for SEO value. Learn more about Permalink formats on the Using Permalinks page.

Aside from the main settings, you will also want to go to Users → Your Profile and fill in your information accordingly. Be sure that your Display name publicly as shows your name as you want it to be displayed throughout the site, and that you fill in the website and biographical info fields. Also, if it isn’t already, make sure that your email address is linked to a Gravatar. This is the service that puts a picture next to your comments on any WordPress site.

Favorite WordPress Plugins

Best WordPress Plugins

WordPress plugins can help enhance the functionality and design of your WordPress site in a multitude of ways. Chances are, if you want your WordPress site to do something, there is a plugin out there that will help it along its way. Here are the essential ones I use on my sites. To install any free plugin, simply go to your Plugins → Add New, search for it, and install it directly from your dashboard. Make sure it matches the referenced pages linked below as some plugins have similar names.

  • Akismet – This plugin helps moderate likely spam comments coming to your blog into a spam folder. You will need to get an API key from Akismet which ranges in price from free to $50 per month for multi-site enterprise access.
  • All in One SEO Pack – This plugin adds additional fields to your dashboard so you can optimize your homepage, posts, and pages for SEO. You don’t need it if you use StudioPress or Thesis as they come with those options built in. If you need actual suggestions on how to optimize for search engines, you can also go with the premium plugin Scribe SEO which will actually help you with SEO.
  • CommentLuv – This plugin lets commenters leave the link to their last post with their comment. It’s a great way to get to know your commenters better as you will see their latest post with thier comment.
  • Contact Form 7 – This is a simple little contact form that will ask for a name, email, subject, and message. If you need something more robust, you can go with the premium plugin Gravity Forms which allows for more customization of fields and additional add-ons to integrate with Paypal, Aweber, MailChimp, and more.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin creates a simple sitemap for your website and keeps it updated, notifying search engines of additions and changes to your posts and pages. Be sure to visit the settings for it after installing to create your sitemap for the first time and it will do the rest!
  • G.A.S.P – This plugin adds a simple checkbox to your comment form to ensure that the commenter is a real person and not an automated spambot. Works great alone or in combination with Akismet.
  • Redirection – This plugin allows you to create permanent redirects from one page on your website to another URL in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Subscribe to Comments – This plugin adds a checkbox to your comment form allowing commenters to subscribe and receive email notifications for new comments on a post. You can also view the subscribers in your admin dashboard.
  • WP Super Cache – This plugin helps your site deal with a huge influx of traffic so your site doesn’t crash just because there were too many visitors at once.
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin – This plugin adds related posts to each one of your posts which can help visitors stay on your site longer.

There are also specific ones for specific purposes. For example, if you want an archives page like mine, you’ll need the following.

And there are ones that are essential if you’re using a particular premium theme such as the following.

Once you have installed a new plugin, be sure to look for its settings. Settings links for plugins can appear in various places in the admin dashboard including under Appearance, Plugins, Tools, and Settings. Many plugins will require a one-time setup and confirmation of customized settings.

Essential Pages

No matter what the purpose of your website, there are some essential pages you will want to create. Here are the ones I use on my site.

  • About – This page will tell visitors to your site what your site is about and a little about the person or persons behind it.
  • Contact – This page can have a simple contact form (using the above mentioned plugins) so that visitors can get in touch with you.
  • Hire Me – If your site is a primarily a blog, but you also happen to offer services, a Hire Me page will help you share those services with your visitors.
  • Guest Post Guidelines – If your site is a blog, you will eventually start receiving offers from people wanting to guest post on your site or, alternatively, you will want to start reaching out to others to guest post. Include full details of exactly what you want in a guest post on this page.
  • Advertise – If your site accepts banner advertising, make sure you have a page that tells people why they would want to advertise on your website and how much it will cost them.
  • Archives – If your site is a blog, you will want to give visitors a place where they can go and find just about everything. This is that page!

Essential Sidebar Widgets

Your sidebar, especially on a blog, is a great place to put important information you want every visitor to see no matter what landing page they get to on your website. Some essential things to have in your sidebar include the following.

  • About This Site – This is just a short blurb that tells people the point to your website and who is behind it. It can end with a link to your about page for more details.
  • Subscription Options – This is where you put your RSS link, top social media profiles, and mailing list opt-in if you have one.
  • Categories – I list mine in my main navigation bar at the top, but if you don’t, be sure to list your main categories in your sidebar so people know what topics your site covers.
  • Search Box – If you have a ton of content on your site and you know people will want to search it, be sure to include a search box.

Analytics

I am a huge, huge fan of analytics. I don’t think you should get sucked into the trap of checking your analytics ten times a day when you should be engaging with your audience or creating new content, but I do think you should have it available to you when you are ready to dig into it.

There are two types of analytics that are essential for bloggers – general analytics for the entire website and analytics for the RSS feed.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analytics will take care of your entire website’s stats and installation is as easy as signing up for an account, setting up a website profile, and copying your analytics code. You then paste the code into your theme’s admin panel (many include an option for analytics code, tracking scripts, or scripts/code to be placed in your header) or within your theme’s header.php file itself IF there is no option in the theme’s admin panel.

FeedBurner

Feedburner RSS Feed Statistics

FeedBurner will handle the stats for your RSS feed like the number of subscribers as well as allow you to create an email subscription option. The best set of directions on how to set this up are here.

Additional Considerations

This goes into the more advanced side of WordPress usage, but there are two things you must stay on top of.

Backups

WordPress Backups with VaultPress

Backups are a priority when owning any website. What would you do if your website were gone tomorrow and you had to start all over?

There are many different ways you can back up your website, from manual database backups (as described on WordPress) to using backup plugins. Sometimes the latter will now work so well if you have a huge database.

There is also a service called VaultPress that will do the job for you for $15 per month, per site. My suggestion is to get this for your priority sites (like your business), that way if there were to be a major disaster, you would have someone to connect with for support.

For smaller, less priority sites, you can stick with the manual backups or backup plugins. Also, don’t forget that backing up the database doesn’t backup any custom theme modifications you’ve made, plugins, or files you’ve uploaded. Those would need to be downloaded manually via FTP. I use FileZilla for transferring files.

Updates

WordPress Updates

Occasionally, you will see a friendly link at the top of our WordPress dashboard letting you know that there is an update available. Updates to WordPress are very important as they patch security vulnerabilities and help the functionality of your site.

Of course, as with any update, an update to WordPress could break something like your theme or one of your plugins. Most of the time, nothing will happen. But you might want to do a little reading about them first – simply Google WordPress #.# Update. Chances are, someone has written about it and noted any issues they ran into.

There are also updates to look for with your plugins. You will see a circled number next to the Plugins menu in your dashboard if your plugins need an update. Normally these go smoothly using the automatic update option, but be sure to check your site after any update to make sure things are going smoothly. If a plugin update seems to disrupt your site, just deactivate it.

WordPress Support

WordPress Support Forums

There are lots of different places to go to for WordPress support. The first thing I always do when I get a particular error message is simply Google it – you’re likely to find someone who has run into it before and knows the solution.

After that, you can try the WordPress support forums. You can use the search to see if your issue has already been discussed or add your issue to one of the forum categories. Note that sometimes geeks are cranky, so don’t be hurt if you get a somewhat irritated sounding answer.

The next would be the support forum for the specific product if it’s a product related issue. StudioPress and DIYthemes (for Thesis) both have great support forums for users of their themes. Some premium plugins also have great support forums. In general, if you paid for something and it’s not working accordingly, make sure to try their site and contact them directly if there isn’t a community forum.

Past this point, you can always try querying your audience on Twitter or Facebook, especially if you have lots of connections. I have had several friendly Twitter helpers direct me to solutions to my WordPress issues.

Further Reading for Learning WordPress & How to Blog

Books About Blogging

If this hasn’t covered everything you need to know about WordPress (which I’m sure it doesn’t because WordPress is almost impossible to fully cover in one post), then be sure to check out the Getting Started with WordPress page that covers most of what was mentioned above and more.

If you are just starting out in the world of blogging, you can also check out WordPress’ Introduction to Blogging which goes from “what is a blog” to “6 basic blogging tips, or the handy WordPress site WPMU, which has lots of resources about working with WordPress.

Next, if you’re ready to start learning about content development and really honing in on the blogging process, I recommend the following guides.

  • Guide to Your First Week of Blogging – This guide helps you put together your content action plan. I have a full review of this eBook here.
  • 31 Days to Build a Better Blog – This eBook includes a daily task to complete for 31 days. At the end of the 31 days, you will have published a variety of different types & styles of posts, learned how to come up with new post ideas, promoted your blog, deepened reader engagement, reached out to other bloggers, developed an editorial calendar, and designed a plan for your next month of blogging.
  • Guide to Blogging for Your Business – If your main objective is business blogging, then this eBook is for you. It covers setting up a WordPress blog (just in case you need more info), conducting keyword research, understanding your online competition, building a strong social media presence, and setting up a successful business blogging strategy.
  • Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers – This eBook covers everything to do with one blog post, from what to do before you start writing to checking for SEO optimization & grammatical mistakes. I have a full review of this eBook here, although it doesn’t include the latest updates since it was first published.

Once you have developed a strong community and you are ready to promote your posts like a rockstar, I have written the Ultimate Guide to Blog Post Promotion. My eBook focuses on one goal – to promote one single piece of content, whether it is a post on your blog or a post on someone else’s. It is for those posts you want to to be extra successful with reader engagement!

And last but not least, here is a collection of my 50 favorite tools for blogging and freelance writing for marketing, promotion, branding, productivity, and managing finances.

If you have any questions about anything in this guide, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to help you out!

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  1. says

    Wow Kristi!

    What an awesome tutorial-guide post! I guess we don’t have to go anywhere if we want to know anything about WordPress and how to start a blog on it :) You covered everything there is to it- right from the start to the end!!

    I recently shifted my blog to WordPress and there are still somethings that I just learnt from this post that still need to be done- I better get down to doing them. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful and detailed information with such awesome links.

    Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year :)
    Harleena Singh just posted Why Should Charity Begin at Home

    • says

      Thanks Harleena! There’s still a lot of things missing, but this gets you started at least. Glad to know there were helpful tidbits for even those already on WordPress! Hope you have a Merry Christmas too! :)

    • says

      Thanks Angela! I had to add that disclosure because I hear so many people talking about it like it’s the simplest thing to do. It still takes time to figure out, no matter how long you’ve been working with WordPress. :)

  2. says

    Wow, you have a ton of great resources here. Thanks for sharing them all. Google Adwords Keyword Tool is one of my favorite resources for finding low competition keywords that I can include in my blog to help promote myself. I never thought about using it to find a domain name. That’s a great suggestion. And I love KnowEm. I’d never used it before, but what a great tool!
    Jon Anscher just posted Social Impact of Technology: Humans vs. the Machine

    • says

      I get asked a LOT about this topic Wes and end up having to compile a lot of these links every time I send an email. Now I can just point them here so (in the future) it’ll save some time. :)

  3. says

    Kristi,

    Thanks for this detailed guide for WordPress! I recently learned how to assign a “user role” to guest bloggers -which I wrote a post about as well. I think it’s a great idea to write posts like this because you have new visitors. Information becomes buried when you have a site as large as yours. The information about Contact Form 7 and Gravity Forms are both great resources I need to check into and add to my blog. I just printed the entire post to use as a reference guide.

    Thanks!

    Janet
    Janet Thomson just posted How To Add Guest Bloggers In WordPress

  4. says

    Hi Kristi, thank you so much for such an awesome post, and don’t let anyone tell you it is to long, as it is vital to have in depth info so we can learn. I have just started my first site last night and it does send you a bit nuts trying to figure out what you are supposed to be doing. I will certainly be registering for your ongoing emails. I also loved your comment above “And GASP is a great way to have a captcha that won’t drive users mad!” is this the captcha below if so it is fabulous as I go nuts with some of them, you just can’t understand what you are supposed to be putting in.
    Thanks again for a great post and I will look forward to many more.
    Take Care & Be Safe
    Cheryl
    P.S. Merry Christmas to all.
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  5. says

    Just the other day I read a SBI forum thread where they were seriously dissing WordPress and even went so far as to say hardly noone makes money using the WordPress format.

    Now of course they were pushing ppl to get their SiteBuildIt platforms, but they really went out of their way to condemn WordPress even saying that WordPress blogs are “ticking time bombs” in that an error can arise out of nowhere, but this is the case with any piece of manmade technology…ridiculous :roll:

    There is no site building system that allows you to all the stuff you can do with WordPress, period!
    Caleb just posted How Did He Come Up With That Post?

  6. says

    I have used many website scripts over the years and WordPress is by far the easiest to install, learn, update, you name it. It is a great choice for someone new to the world of paid hosting and running their own site. There are a lot of others out there that can be one big headache and a lot of work. Great resources and tips.
    Ray just posted Technology and Lack of Communication

  7. says

    This is by far one of the most complete blogging resource in one page I have seen. Great work Kristi.

    The only one of these tools I would appose is Akismet. I used it for years and when I found GASP, I realized what Akismet was doing to comments on my blog. Any way, great resource. Thank you kristi.
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  8. says

    Sure the psot is too long, but at the same time everyhting is described in details how to start a blog. But to start a blog is only the beginning, then you need to promote it and keep it working all the time which is several times harder in fact.

  9. says

    Wow, an amazing resource Kristi :D

    I really love WordPress and all of my sites now are using it. Very clean and have tons of useful plugins ready to spice up the sites. I’ve bookmarked this post for future reference as I know I will need it someday.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  10. says

    Hi Kristi Hine,
    I am so glad to be here at this informative place,
    I have been looking for such an informative post
    since i have migrated all my knols from Google’s
    page to WordPress and i am new to that place
    and was really in need of some instructions and I
    found that here in need to save this for my further
    reference to deal with wordPress.
    Ha, i forgot to mention one thing i am here via
    Kavita’s blog about you and your page
    so thankful to kavita and to you for the info
    Keep inform. Keep posting
    Best Regards
    Phil
    Philip V Ariel just posted Let Us Celebrate Jesus Christ’s Death Not His Birth

  11. says

    Excellent post. A bit lengthy but packed with quality information and well worth reading by anyone who hasn’t set up a WordPress blog before. Or by anyone who needs a quick refresher.

    My experience with hosting companies has been the opposite of yours. GoDaddy has presented a number of problems on a number of occasions. Hostgator has been great as has BlueHost.
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  12. says

    Beautiful job Kristi, thanks for sharing your insight, very detailed! I started with Blogger a couple of months ago and decide to make the leap (and subject matter change) to WordPress. A bit of a learning curve, but wow what a difference in functionality. I looked at Headway and Builder very closely, decided on Builder and am struggling to learn it. Probably should have started with a premium theme. Think I will go that route, any suggestions on a good one for my deals and coupon site? Saw several nice ones that were coupon oriented (couponpress), but a little weak on the deals side. Always open to suggestions from a pro!

  13. Julieanne says

    Amazing!!!!!!!

    I love how you included as much as you did and it’s laid out in a way where i can stop at the step im on and go back to where I left off when I’m ready.

    I appreciate your sharing your knowledge on this :) Off to blog…

  14. says

    Fantastic post, Kristi; great content and layout and very helpful to a WP newbie like me!

    My blog is on Blogger and I want to move it to WordPress.org. I use Go Daddy and plan to have them host WP as well. My business name and website name are Virtually On Demand/www.virtuallyondemand.net. I want to connect my blog to my website and use the navigation link at the top called Blog to link to it (it currently takes a visitor to Blogger). So that means I already have my domain name, correct? I just need to purchase WP hosting and then install it on the virtuallyondemand.net domain, correct?

    • says

      Yes, that’s right. You’ll just want to create a folder on virtuallyondemand.net named blog and install WordPress in that folder so you don’t overwrite your current website. :)

      • says

        My husband doesn’t know anything about WordPress, so he asked what the difference was between that and Quick Blogcast by Go Daddy. I did a brief look online, and the results I skimmed were about switching from QB to WP. LOL

        Can you very briefly summarize the difference and why WP is preferred?

          • says

            Unfortunately, GoDaddy isn’t working out for hosting my WP blog. For two weeks, I’ve worked with them and Woo Themes (where I purchased my theme) because the theme won’t upload via the WP back end or FTP and each of them are saying the problem is with the other.

            I’m discouraged and hesitating to spend more money on another theme or another hosting company hoping I won’t run into the same issue. I’ve been using GoDaddy for everything else for years and never ran into any problems. *sigh*

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    Very nice job Miss Hines! Personally I love WordPress, WP is what my site runs off of, and that is also what I recommend my customers to use whenever they want a website that is both search engine friendly and easy to maintain. WordPress is so easy to maintain in fact, that it even lets me post content by e-mail. How easy is that?
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    A very thorough tutorial type blog post about starting a blog. I look forward to applying some of your ideas with my efforts.

    I never heard of “Network Solutions” before and had to investigate. I seen price for a domain was $9.99 and put in craftyseo to see what happens at checkout. I didn’t get the $9.99 price at the end but $34.99 or something. I clicked on the price schedule and didn’t see the $9.99 price anywhere. I seen where it was free with hosting package. When I first started online I (and others) got caught in the checkout process. I ended up buying more than I needed and paying way too much than I wanted.

    On the Hosting I use Brain Host a hoating company from Ohio (near me). They offer “Hosting for Life”. Hosting for Life is a one time fee for your hosting with unlimited bandwidth, domain hosting and other hosting features a blogger might be interested in. If you apply for one of the advertised hosting packages the “Hosting for Life” is an upsale or at least it was for me. What I didn’t like about it was before I was offered the “Hosting for Life” Option I had already bought a 1-year package. Maybe with deeper investigation someone can find their way around and only pay for the “Hosting for Life”.

    Well good job on this post and I will be around for more.

    I love your No captcha at the end. I hate those things. Some make the entry so distored trying to fool automative software it’s not legible for humans.
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    Hey Kristi,
    I noticed you have mentioned Genesis and Thesis on a few posts now. I recently picked up a copy of catalyst with dynamic child themes. It seems to be everything they are saying Thesis 2.0 is supposed to be. I haven’t had much time to play around with it, but it looks like a great theme for non coders who build several sites and need variety in the look and feel of their different blogs. Have you ever checked it out? If so, how do you think it compares to Genesis and Thesis?
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