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So now we have taken you through the steps to set up your new blog, picked your niche, selected your domain name, setup hosting and connected WordPress for your new site. If you missed any steps you can click on the links below.
Now you need to learn the basics of WordPress, learn to navigate, set up your template and start adding posts. Don’t get disheartened if it looks difficult or complicated, it takes a little time to become an expert at WordPress. Once you do get to know it, WordPress is relatively simple and you can customize and add all sorts of plugins to help you reach your goals. If you’re willing to learn, it will start making sense for you very quickly.
WordPress do provide some very valuable First Step and helpful information which you can access here or under More Actions on your Dashboard below.
Spend some time in your dashboard clicking around to see the different sections. Here are some of the really important sections which can be found on the left-hand menu:
- Posts: This is how and where you will write your posts, and find your written posts.
- Pages: These would be main menus on your site. Home Page, About Me, Contact, and so forth.
- Appearance: This is how you customize the appearance of your site, change your theme and more.
- Settings: A good place to start so you can begin filling in personalized information about your site.
For some of you, the WordPress dashboard may first appear to be difficult and confusing. The layout is actually pretty simple. It will begin to make more sense the more you play around with it.
Site Title, Tagline, and Profile
Your web address and site title can be different. In Settings, you can update your site title and tagline. Your tagline is a short phrase or sentence that sets the context for your blog and helps readers quickly learn what it is you’re writing about.
Here are some tips to help your tagline stand out in the crowd:
- Avoid repeating your site title.
- Share what your site is about.
- Keep it short and sweet. Be concise.
- Be original.
Now you just need to set up your public profile. Setting up your public profile isn’t mandatory. Some people actually prefer to blog anonymously. But it is a good idea to fill in these details if you’d like to establish your identity. To edit your public profile, click in the top right-hand Gravatar, from here you can select edit profile and scroll down to set up your Gravatar. You can also access the Gravatar from the side menu, scroll down to Profile Picture, select Gravatar, you’ll then be able to set up/edit your Gravatar account, make sure to use the same email address that you used to sign up for your WordPress account.
Be sure to upload a Gravatar, which is the thumbnail that appears next to the comments you make across WordPress. It’s the primary image that people will associate with you.
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Choose a Theme
A WordPress theme changes the design or look of your website. Changing the theme changes how your site looks on the front-end, or what a visitor sees when they visit your site. Different themes come standard with different layouts and customizable elements. There are thousands of free WordPress themes that are accessible from your menu, though many WordPress sites use custom themes.
Themes can be found on your WordPress Dashboard by going to Appearance – Themes – Add New. There you will find a number of “Free” themes that are included with all WordPress installations. You can preview and activate a theme. We tested about 7 free themes before finding one that we liked and worked well for our site. A theme can be changed at any time, but there will always be a little extra work involved with setting it up exactly the way you want it.
If you are interested in something a little more customized, can’t find what you’re looking for within the free template options, or just want something not so common then it is recommended searching through Themeforest for a paid theme. They vary in price and functionality. If you do buy one on Themeforest, you’ll need to download it to your computer, then upload it in the themes dashboard.
If you can’t decide just select one, work with it while your familiarizing yourself with WordPress and setting up your site, as you can always change it later on if it’s not working for you.
Create or purchase a logo
A good logo is critical for a successful business. A logo can be basic or a little more complex, but it should convey the feel and look of your site.
Why is a great logo so important:
- Great Logos Make Great First Impressions
- Attract New Customers
- Stand Out from Your Competition
- Earn Trust with Professionalism
If you are looking for a cheap option for logo design and other products check out Fiverr. Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services, and at the starting price of $5, it’s most likely the cheapest place to have a logo created. Within Fiverr you’ll find many logo providers that will design you a logo for $5-$25. The fees vary based on the designers’ experience and timeframe. Look around, read the feedback, and see if the designer creates logos with the feel that you are looking for.
Keep in mind that logo design will usually take several days as there will be back and forth with the designer.
Fiverr also offers many other services and worth a good look at.
Next step is How To Write Your About Page
Other Links of Interest
- How To Pick A Niche For Your New Blog
- How To Choose Your Domain Name
- How To Sign Up For Web Hosting
- Getting Started With Social Media
- How to Monetize Your Blog
- What are Sponsored Posts?
- What Are Sponsored Social Posts?
- What is Affiliate Income?
- How To Create Content For Other Sites