The initial stages are perhaps the most exciting & frustrating times.
First you have an idea or reason why you want to Blog. You then proceed to choose a name for your Self Hosted Blog site. But low & behold, that Domain Name has already been taken – RATS!
Reminds you of when you were selecting an email account, only to discover there is another Harry NumbNuts?
Enjoy the selection process.
Next steps is finding a Hosting Company that will support you during this journey into your creative world. The one I choose has been good for me, but it is your money & your choice.
They will help you set-up your WordPress site & put ‘it’ on line.
Now is an important step. Selecting a ‘Theme’ for your WordPress Blog site & please make sure that the Theme chosen is a ‘Responsive’ theme! That is one that looks good (and works well) on all types of computer products, from Desktops to Laptops, to Tablets and Smartphones.
Now before you rush off & post you first blog page, you should do a bit of research on ‘Plug-Ins’. These are little essential add-ins to your site that will keep your blog site safe & smiling.
For example – UpDraft – which will take care of the ‘Backups’.
Most of them are free to install with premium versions should you want a bit more.
By now you will be frantic to publish your first Blog post? Well, go for it and while you are at it, have a look around that first entry page . Learn more about ‘Categories’ & Tags (on the right hand side?)
Have fun & enjoy your journey & if you experience a few hiccups along the way, drop me a line and I will try & get back to you ASAP.