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 Hi! I am so glad you are here and want to be a blogger! You will do great, you have a lot to say and nobody can say it the way you do! Here you will find how to set up your blog from the technical aspect. If you need help, or are interested in having your blog set up for you, you can head over to see more details here.

1. Purchase a Domain 

A Domain is the “www._____.com” address people will be able to find your blog at. Think of a simple domain that people can access your site with, keep it short and easy to remember. For example, my domain for this site is www.siteswoon.com and it is also accessible via www.beablogboss.com. To get your domain head over to godaddy.com and search to see if the one you want is available. Once you find a domain that you like, you can purchase your domain via the check out basket. 

Follow the prompts to purchasing your domain. It will ask if you want to make the domain private, you can if you like this keeps your name, address, and phone number from being searchable via domain address.

Congrats, if all went well you should now be the new owner of your very own domain! Just the beginning to your blogging empire =)

2. Hosting

I have used many site builders, I have a top 3 that I find easy to use its is totally a preference. I have a few different sites, one is hosted through godaddy.com and their WordPress Management set up, I find it super easy to use and you can set up while on the phone with them even if you are having trouble with the prompts.

If you already have WordPress set up elsewhere, see Moving Large WordPress Sites to GoDaddy for more information.

To Install WordPress on Your Hosting Account:

 Log in to your GoDaddy account.

 Click Web Hosting.

  1. Next to the hosting account you want to use, click Manage.

  2. In the Popular Apps section, click WordPress.

  3. Click Install Now.

  4. Complete the on-screen fields, and then click OK:

    • Domain — Select the domain on your account you want to use.

    • Directory — Enter the directory after the domain name where you want to install WordPress. If you want the domain name itself to use WordPress, the directory field should only have “/” entered.

    • Enter a Username, a Password (and its confirmation), and an Email Address.

WordPress will be installed to your hosting account with the options you selected within 24 hours. When it is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. (This step usually takes a few hours only but can take up to 24 hours. If you have questions in the meantime waiting, you can always chat with someone from godaddy. They have EXCELLENT customer service 24/7 – which is nice you can call and set up when kids go to bed late at night =)

After WordPress is installed and you get the email from telling you that everything is ready, it’s time to log in to the WordPress Dashboard for the first time.

Open your Web browser of choice and go to the domain name where you installed WordPress.

For example: http://mycoolnewblog.coolexample.com (mycoolnewblog.coolexample.com is the domain name you used to set up WordPress).

***You can also go straight to the login page by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site address. For example: http://coolexample.com/wp-admin.

The default main navigation menu consists of:

  • Dashboard — View recent activity both at your site and in the WordPress ecosystem at large.
  • Posts — Create and edit published posts, categories, and tags. For more information, see Publishing and Editing Posts in WordPress.
  • Media — Manage your images, videos, and files.
  • Links — Create and edit links to display on your site.
  • Pages — Create and edit static pages for your site.
  • Comments — Manage reader comments for your blog. Using the Comments panel you can edit and delete comments, and mark them as spam. For more information, see Managing Comments in WordPress.
  • Appearance — Change the look of your site. Using the Appearance panel you can customize your site theme, manage widgets, create your site menu, and edit your PHP and CSS files.
  • Plugins — Add and manage features to your WordPress blog that don’t come standard with the default installation. For more information, see Activating and deactivating plugins in WordPress.
  • Users — Manage user accounts for your site. For more information, see Managing Users in WordPress.
  • Tools — Speed up WordPress for your local machine, import content from other sources, export your content, or to upgrade your WordPress software to a new release.
  • Settings — Customize how your site behaves, how you interact with your site, and how the rest of the world interacts with your site. For more information, see Customizing settings in WordPress
 Other Resources

You can find more help at the WordPress website, which offers resources on these subjects:

Once you are set up and ready to begin working on your blog’s look head over to my post on  > Setting Up Your WordPress Blog

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