By W Barras
The WordPress design is a publishing system that makes starting any blog a piece of cake. All you really need is a hosting account, domain name, some type of FTP client software that permits you to upload files directly to a server, and the WordPress application will make the rest easy.
For the sake of argument I will assume you have a Hostgator account. This is not the only hosting company out there but they are reliable, very customer service oriented, and inexpensive. Any hosting service that uses a cPanel Linux Control Panel is fine as well. I will also assume that you know how to go to GoDaddy, Namescheap, or any other internet domain registrar and get a domain name. Once you do that all you have to do it set your nameservers and point it to your hosting account. If you need to be walked step by step on how to do this call your hosting company and ask them. This is what I did and they are good at guiding anyone through this seemingly daunting yet really in fact very easy process.
Next you need to log into your control panel. Cpanel makes uploading the WordPress application onto your server really easy and a matter of minutes! You go to your control panel and go the “Fantastico De Luxe” section. Click on “WordPress” button and click “New Installation.” It will ask you for some simple information, like the title you want your blog to be, and then it will automatically install the platform.
The rest is easy. WordPress makes posting any content you want on your blog a breeze. And its set to automatically “ping” so within a week Google will most likely find you. I have found that any new WordPress blog I set up is indexed within a couple days even without one single link pointing to it.
To add a new post, surprise, surprise, all you have to do is go to “Posts” and then go to “Add New.” If you need to add a picture from another URL or your computer its extremely easy to do that. You press on the “add image” tab and you can either enter in a URL image address or upload it onto your blog from your desktop. When you get done with a post you press publish and the application automatically makes your permalinks and puts your newly published post on your main home page. You can designate how many posts you want on your home page but its recommended by most experts you have no more than three. More than that leads to information overload for your readers.
The whole template is easy to use and virtually self explanatory. Once you navigate your WordPress control panel for 30 minutes to an hour I am sure you will have mastered all the basic principles of running your WordPress blog. Its made to be so easy to run an elementary school aged child could do it. It was launched in 2003 and has been the catalyst for the blog explosion of the later part of this decade. There are millions of people using it and its extreme ease of use is a huge reason. Takes advantage of this publishing system to make the blog of your dreams and if you make great content you will possibly attract 100s to 1000s of visitors wanting to read what you have to say every day.
Custom WordPress designs can be found by going to several experts, Felix, Chris, and Dan at Nicasio Blog Design who can create any WordPress template for program you can possibly think of. They are certified WordPress Consultants that specialize in helping clients who are ready to take the next step in making any type of website of their dreams.