How to Set Up a WordPress Blog

How to Set Up a Wordpress Blog | Dominique D Wilson

If you want to create a business that is sustainable and scalable in today's world—having your own, professional website is a must, no matter what services or products you provide. As spiritual entrepreneurs driven by purpose, you'll discover that your website becomes an effective tool for reaching out and connecting with more people who are interested in what you do. Although there are options out there for free websites, they're simply not worth the risk they come with. With a free website, you don't own ANY of the content you post there. You wouldn't want to put in all that hard word blogging, and uploading thing to discover it's been spontaneously deleted, blocked or sold one day. Read more about the dangers of free websites here: Free Websites Aren't Worth It So, I've created this tutorial to show you step-by-step how to set up a business website and blog that is more secure, professional, and yours!

Purchase a Domain & Web Hosting

First, you’ll need to purchase a domain (your unique web address), and choose a web hosting provider (provides the protected server where your website lives). I don't recommend using the same company for both your hosting and your domain, and here's why: If at any time you decide to change hosting companies, you'll need to go through an extra process of transferring your domain to the new host. So, your life will be much simpler if you just source them from separate companies. I highly recommend purchasing your domain through GoDaddy, and your web hosting from Bluehost. I am an affiliate for both companies only because I’ve been a happy customer of both for years. Both have provided me with friendly, around-the-clock phone to chat support whenever I’ve had tech-related question about my website. This is a life-saver if you’re not very tech savvy when it comes to building websites. After you register your domain with GoDaddy, you’ll need to point your domain name servers (DNS) to Bluehost. This step actually links your domain to the server where your website will live. Just click the DNS button next to your domain in GoDaddy under "My Account." Scroll down to Nameservers, and click the "change" button.  Though it sounds complex, I assure you it only takes a few seconds. Simply login into your Bluehost account in a new tab, grab the DNS credentials, and then copy and paste into your GoDaddy account!  When you log into Bluehost, click on the Domains tab at the top of the screen. Next, scroll down to find your domain on the bottom left and check the box next to it. Directly to the right, select the name servers tab. Copy each name server credential and paste it into the corresponding box in your GoDaddy account under the DNS settings (1st two photos above). Click save and you're all set to start building your website!

Install WordPress

In your Bluehost account, click on cPanel tab at the top of the screen. Then, scroll down and click "Install WordPress." Wordpress is a 1-click software install, which means that there's no technical setup required by you. All you have to do is follow the instructions on your screen, and your WordPress website and blog will be set up for you within minutes. You'll still need to choose a theme in order to customize the look and feel of your website. So, to get started, type your domain name into the address bar of your web browser, followed by "/wp-admin" For example: If I type, I'll be directed to the following login page to customize my website. Create a username and password and then you're off to the races! Once you log into WordPress, the first screen you'll see is your dashboard. The column on the left contains everything you need to edit and customize your site. From here, you can choose either a free or paid theme (under Appearance > Themes > New), and create your website pages (about, contact, etc.) under Pages. You can also install free and pain plugins to enhance the functionality of your website (under Appearance tab), such as creating an opt-in form or slider. Anytime you want to post a new blog, just click Posts tab on the left column, write your article, and then hit "Publish!" The WordPress interface is very user-friendly, and I know you'l have lots of fun designing a professional website for your spiritual business. You now have what you need to begin establishing a strong foundation for marketing your business online with your blog. YOUR NEXT STEPS... 1)  If you haven't already, Download my FREE E-Book and learn 5 Marketing Strategies for Spiritual Entrepreneurs that you can start using in your business right away. You'll also get some pretty awesome tips to help you jump-start your blog. 2)  Read: 5 Reasons to Start Blogging

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