Setting up a WordPress Blog Free Guide for Beginners

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

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  1. Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Step 10 is the hardest of all those steps. Don’t you think? Writing can be daunting if you are not used to do it. I mean talking is different, it is easy. However I find it is harder to express things through writing in such a way that makes it look interesting and exciting to read. Then there is the task of constantly writing to update your blog. Oh boy! :)

  2. Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Simon, Yes the writing is the hard bit definitely. If you are anything like me I go through phases when I write a lot then not much at all :)

  3. Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Tara, what a great giveaway. Looks fantastic. I can certainly avow that designers wanting to get their work and their name out there should blog – no doubt about that.

    Simon, for someone who finds it hard to express themselves through writing you certainly seem able to leave a pretty eloquent comment! :)

  4. Posted October 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Great PDF download, Ideal for nubies setting up and a good refresher too!, I agree with the google XML and all in one Seo plugins, I setup all my blogs using these, from a search engine point of view I always tend to put my keywords in the first 100 words and links to internal pages in this area.

  5. Posted October 20, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your tips Ben

  6. Posted October 20, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks Rob – hopefully people will check out your “How to Get Clients Book” too for more tips

  7. Posted October 20, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Tara, with our two e-books an aspiring graphic designer has everything they would need to set themselves up online ;)

    Actually, I noticed my site appearing on one of the Market Samurai screen shots in your e-book!

  8. Posted October 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi Rob – I noticed that too :) – looks like you are doing really well

  9. Posted December 23, 2011 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    i am new to blogging and the tips in the ebook will definitely help me setup my blogs…thanks Tara

  10. Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I am a concert pianist and for the longest time I wanted to write a blog, but I lacked the technical expertise to even know where to begin. I followed your instructions and I successfully setup my blog. It’s a blog meant to serve as un unofficial Steinway piano guide and your WordPress Guide made it happen, thanks!

  11. Posted January 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Hi Tara
    Just wanted to say thank you for this post. It inspired me to get involved in website design which I had been reluctant to do for many years, preferring to sub-contract out all that techie stuff. I am now a fully fledged geek – and enjoying it!

  12. Posted January 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for letting me know :)

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