Think setting up your blog is complicated and difficult? Ready to fork over $1000 or more to a designer?
Hold on a minute. Let me show you how to set up your very own blog in 30 minutes or less....even if you don't have a single techy bone in your body. This tutorial is soooo super simple, even your 10 year old could do it.
Now, before you set up your blog, you need to have chosen your blog topic and your domain name. If you haven't done that, then this mini-course should help you get started.
In this blog post, I'm going to share the tools that I personally use, in order to save you both time and money.
Let's first start off with what you need in order to set up and launch your blog.
1. A Domain Name: You can purchase your domain name from NameCheap.com or you can get your domain name for free when you sign up for BlueHost web hosting.
For more detailed information on choosing the perfect domain name, check out the Blogging Basics mini-course.
2. Hosting: BlueHost is the service I recommend. They are a very reliable web host and the one recommended by most bloggers.
3. An Autoresponder Service: Also known as an email service provider, an autoresponder service is how you will capture the names and email addresses of people and build your mailing list.
The best email service provider for bloggers in Convert Kit. Unlike other email service provider like Aweber, Get Response, Convert Kit was created with the need of bloggers in mind.
4. A Theme: Themes are blog templates that determine the look and feel of a website.
When choosing a theme it can be tempting to choose one that is "over the top" with all sorts of fancy bells and whistles. But the reality is that you don't need an elaborate design for your website.
In fact, that can harm more than it can help. Simple, clean design always showcases the content best. Take a look at the most popular sites online and you will see that their design is clean and simple.
It's far more important to choose a theme that is:
1. Mobile Optimized. This means that the theme should look good on mobile devices, because more and more people are accessing the Internet on their mobile devices.
2. Has a feature box option.
This will allow you to display an optin box where you can collect names and email addresses in order to build your mailing list.
3. Offers a one or two column options for a clean, uncluttered layout.
4. Allows you to put contact information in the header. The reason for this is that people don't have to hunt for your contact information because it's prominently displayed on your website. This is especially important if you're a coach or you have a business where you are relying on telephone leads.
One of the best and most versatile themes is the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. If you want versatility, then the Divi Theme is definitely one of your best options.
I highly recommend Thrive Themes because they are truly an all-in-one theme with everything you need to build a great blog.
Thrive Themes have a variety off different theme options so can choose the one you like best.
You have two options with Thrive Themes. You can just buy the theme you want or you can purchase a membership which includes many extra features include the ability to create a quiz, a feature box (to showcase content)
Given that the purpose of your blog is to build your mailing list, you need to choose a theme that allows you to build landing pages and install an optin box on your website.
Now you could choose a theme that doesn't have this added functionality, but you would have the added expense of a landing page builder and a plugin to create a feature box.
And there's no guarantee that those tools will work well with the theme you choose. That's why we recommend Thrive themes which has all of this built-in and a great selection of themes to choose from.
A theme is a website or blog template that determines how your site looks and feels. Depending on the theme you choose, there may also be added functionality such as slideshows, contact forms and so forth.
There are an abundance of free themes and you may be tempted to choose one of these in order to save money. But I would advise against this because free themes are often more trouble than they're worth.
That's because with free themes you often don't get any support - the developers don't provide help or support for them, so if you have any technical issues, you're stuck.
Many free themes are not updated, which means that the whole thing can "break" with the next WordPress update.
And finally, free themes are frequently the target of hackers simply because they are easier to hack than a paid (premium) theme.
Premium themes are not expensive and you will be giving yourself a solid foundation on which to build your WordPress blog. Premium themes are constantly updated, have customer support, better security etc.
There are tens of thousands of themes out there. How do you know which one to choose?
You might be tempted to make the choice solely on how the theme look. But that's not a wise choice at all.
Instead, you need to focus on a theme that will help you to turn visitors into subscribers. Because that's how you build a loyal following of reader's and that's how you will make money from your blog.
The primary purpose of your blog is to build your email list, because the money is in the list.
You site needs to have 4 elements in place in order to do that (and the right website theme goes a long way toward fulfilling that aim):
1. A clear and succinct domain name that preferably describes your audience or includes a result or benefit.
2. A compelling lead magnet. A lead magnet is some free information that you offer in exchange for a name and email address.
3. An optin box placed above the fold - this is the visible part of the screen that people see without having to scroll down. The best place for this optin box is below the header.
4. A clean, uncluttered one or two column design.
Choose the theme you want and purchase it before you start creating your blog. That will save you a lot of time.
There are 3 options I recommend when it comes to a theme:
Divi is an visual drag and drop builder. It allows you to build any type of website or blog.
You can also add practically any element you would like to the page. So if you're looking for a theme with a lot of functionality, the Divi Theme is perfect.
Elegant Themes, the Company who is behind Divi Themes, also has an amazing selection of stunning themes.
This is another company that creates some amazing themes. Their blogging themes are really simple, clean and Thrive have an fantastic selection of plugins to give amazing functionality to your theme.
What I love about Thrive Themes is that you get access to all the plugins, themes etc. for one low price when you purchase a Thrive Themes membership.
If you're looking for an Ultra-Feminine WordPress Theme, then look no further than Bluchic Themes. They have a stunning array of breathtakingly beautiful blog/website themes.
1. Decide on your domain name.
2. Choose a website theme, purchase and download it.
3. Sign up for ConvertKit.
Now that you've got your tools in place, let's dive into how to set up your blog in 30 minutes or less.
Once you click “get started now,” you’ll be taken to a page where you can select the hosting plan of your choice.
The Basic plan is $3.95 and it's more than adequate for most bloggers. You can always upgrade at a later stage.
The next step is to add a domain name. You will add the domain name you came up with in the previous module here.
Once you’ve entered a domain name, you’ll fill in your personal information.
The next step is to select your plan and package. I highly recommend taking the 36 month package as it's the best value for money.
You will also be presented with several additional upgrade options.
Domain Privacy Protection is only $0.99 cents more per month. It will keep your personal information, e.g your name and address, private.
If you want to keep your website and domain information anonymous, spend the extra $0.99 per month. If you don’t, be sure to uncheck this box.
Bluehost offers tons of great add-ons. Most of them aren’t necessary, but here are some add-ons to consider besides Domain Privacy Protection.
Once you’ve selected your add-ons and signed up for a Bluehost account, you’ll be all set to build websites using your chosen or existing domain name.
Next, you'll be asked to create a password for your account. Be sure to use something difficult to guess. Use something like Password generator to help you to generate a secure password to use.
After creating a password, WordPress is automatically installed on your site and ready to go without lifting a finger!
Just click on the blue Log in To WordPress button and you'll be ready to go.
TIP: After installing WordPress, you can log in to your WordPress Dashboard at any time by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s URL (e.g. http://yourwebsite.com/wp-admin). Bookmark it in your browser for quick & easy access.
In this step, you're going to upload the theme you've chosen and customize your site.
If you've chosen the Divi Theme, then click here for the full tutorial on how to install the Divi Theme
Here is a link to all the Divi Theme tutorials that will help you get familiar with the Divi Theme and all it's capabilities.
If you've chosen one of the Thrive Themes, then this detailed Tutorial on how to build a conversion focused website from scratch will help you get up and running.
If you've chosen one of the Bluchic themes, it will come with detailed instructions on how to install and customize it.
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of your very own blog!
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