Free guide to set up a wordpress blogA while ago I wrote a post called 8 Reasons Why Designers Should Blog. This post explained how designers can use a blog in many ways to promote themselves and their work. In the time I have been blogging I have learned a lot about how a blog can help you get found on Google and so have put together a guide for complete newbies into how to create your first blog.

If you have never set up a blog before this guide will literally take you step by step through the process of setting up your first blog. It also has tips for choosing a domain name that might help you get found more easily.

You can download the pdf guide here (no sign up or email required).

Setting up a WordPress Blog Guide Contents

Step 1 – Choosing a domain name for your blog
Step 2 – Checking domain availability and buying domains
Step 3 – Purchase your web hosting
Step 4 – Pairing up your domain name with your webspace
Step 5 – Installing WordPress to power your blog
Step 6 – General Settings
Step 7 – Setting your permalinks
Step 8 – Choosing a theme for your WordPress blog
Step 9 – Installing plugins on your WordPress blog
Step 10 – Writing your first posts and pages
Step 11 – Setting your home and blog page
Step 12 – Using Feedburner
Step 13 – Backing up your WordPress blog
Finding free and cheap images for your blog