NOTE: There is a quick video to guide your WordPress blog set-up at the end of this post.
To start a WordPress blog, you’ll register a domain name and this symbolizes what your blog is all about for instance; lagosoutdoorgarden: the name has the message and sign that your blog subject is about outdoor garden services in Lagos.
In other to feel well prepared for the registration, have in handy at least 3 to 5 names well-arranged based on your scale of want. Peradventure, if the first choice is unavailable; you can easily opt for the second choice.
Other Registration Tips to Consider are:
a. Register the name in .com which is a domain extension that signifies commercial and business activities since I presume you’ll be selling products and services sooner or later.
But if your blogging is for not for profit organization or a governmental organization, you can opt for the .org and .gov extension respectively.
b. The name syllable should be short perhaps 2 to 3; this helps with remembrance.
c. Avoid adding the hyphen symbol such as lagosoutdoor-garden.com. It might seem confusing and cumbersome to your audience. While some will understand it, many will not thereby losing large attraction of targeted visitors.
Step 2: Purchase your Hosting service
After the domain name registration, the next task is to purchase your web-hosting which you carry out easily on Qservers. Qservers is a Nigeria web-hosting firm with over 12 years’ experience in providing quality hosting service not only for Nigeria small to large businesses but many countries worldwide.
I’ve been engaging with them far back in 2013 and I can confidently tell you their hosting service is one of the best in Nigeria with 99% uptime.
The web-hosting you’ll be buying is where all blogging activities, from email to database and your content will be well stored. Apart from the storage space, Qservers will secure your blog from attackers but you’ve to exercise security cautions as well laid out by them.
In addition, WordPress plays certain role by helping you safeguard and protect your blog with their inbuilt security tools when you finally set-up, build, and design your blog.
Apart from the storage space, other benefits you’ll enjoy from Qservers are:
a. You’ll be allocated the amount of bandwidth that should be enough to kick starts your blogging business activities. Bandwidth is the rate and speed at which information will be processed back to your visitors from server upon request and this is limited based on the hosting package you purchase.
Thus, I recommend you start your blogging with the business package, which has 40GB bandwidth, and unfortunately, it should be enough for your first year in business and if eventually traffic grows exponentially beyond what can be handled and this remain consistent month after month, you might need to upgrade.
b. With the recommended business package and upward packages, you’ll be allowed to register a .com.ng domain name FREE. NOTE: Any name given to you FREE by any hosting company belongs to them. Therefore, if you’re on a low-budget, you might take the risk and go for the free domain package and the following year, your start-up blogging business must’ve stabilized in income generation to be able to register and take full authority of your domain or brand name.
c. Qservers will give you free SSL certificate if you purchase hosting from business package and upward. SSL certificate is what protect, block, and guide the information on your blog from information hackers and attackers who are always working day and night especially if your blog will be accepting and processing credit card payment.
A blog or website with a SSL certificate can be known with the padlock sign on the address bar.
d. With business package, you’ll have access to create an unlimited email account.
e. You can create 10 sub-domain name such as shop.yourname.com; forum.yourname.com with the business package and much more goodies.
Watch this video for better guide on domain registration, web-hosting purchase and it configuration on Qservers
Right at this stage, you must’ve registered your domain name, purchase your web-hosting and perform it configuration on Qservers.
Step 3.1: Login to your Email Address.
Check the email address you used to register for an account on Qservers and you’ll find this message titled “Qservers.net – Your Web Space Details for yourname.com”
Inside the mail, there are lots of messages there but the one you really need currently to start your WordPress blog is the message about control panel (cPanel).
It goes like this:
Control Panel: http://www.yourblogname.com/cpanel
Control Panel Username: xxxxxxxxx
Control Panel Password: xxxxxxxxx
Step 3.2: Access your cPanel
Visit the website: http://www.yourblogname.com/cpanel
Insert your username, password, and login.
Step 3.3: Access the Softaculous Apps Installer
After you must’ve login to cPanel, scroll down and locate the section called software.
You’ll see Softaculous Apps Installer, click on it for instant access.
Step 3.4: Install WordPress
Hover your mouse over to the WordPress icon and it’ll reveal some buttons such as Install, Demo, and Overview.
Click on Install.
Step 3.5: Add your Blog Details
Upon clicking the install button, you’ll be driven to a page to add all the important details about your blog. These have been divided into sections; so let’s take a look one after the other.
The first section is Software Setup.
On choose protocol, choose the HTTP protocol you bought from Qservers and this could either be http or https.
The main difference between the two is the SSL certificate. If you bought the SSL certificate which I recommend you do or you were given free, you’ll choose https:// as your protocol. As for www, it doesn’t matter if you add it or not.
On choose domain, select the domain you’ll like to install the WordPress blog. If you’ve more one domain name registered on Qservers but if it’s just one, it’ll automatically appear as your possible preferred choice.
On In directory, delete the “wp” found in the space provided. Make it empty or don’t add anything if empty.
The second section is Site Settings.
On site name, input the name of your blogs such as billblogger or Lagos Outdoor Garden. What you type will appear exactly on any web browser.
On-site description input a few words, one sentence, or phrase on what your blog is all about. This message will also appear on any web browser and it’s most likely the first impression and message your blog visitors will read to decide if your blog is truly for them or not.
For instance, Billblogger has Blogging Guide for Beginners.
You can envision this as your blog tagline. Remember, you can always change your site name and its description whenever you get a satisfactory content.
On Enable Multisite (WPMU), leave it blank and don’t check the box.
The third section is Admin Account.
On admin username, input the name of the blog posts publisher. It’ll appear on your blog like this “Posted by Adekunle Kazeem”
On admin password, input a strong password preferably, alphanumeric – that’s combination of letters and numbers.
On admin email, input an email address that’ll serve as your blog configuration and settings. Remember, this email address will become primary to your blog for receiving emails and other configuration and settings you might like to do.
The fourth section is Choose Language.
This is the language you want to originally use in communicating to your targeted audience which I guess is English. Therefore, English has automatically been chosen but if otherwise, you can click the drop-down menu button and choose a different language of your choice.
The fifth section is Select Plugin(s).
The only plugin is “Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer)” which is unchecked. You’ll check it and that signify installation.
Plugin is a piece of software made to perform specific functions and features such as the loginizer which protect and guide your blog from someone who has made many failed attempts to log in.
The sixth section is Advanced Options.
On both database name and table prefix, you’ll leave whatever has been inputted.
On disable update notifications email, don’t check it, but leave it blank.
The remaining features such as Auto Upgrade, Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins, Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes, Backup location, Automated Backups, and Backup Rotation are optional. You can either check them or uncheck.
Likewise, if your hosting space is very large such as 50 GB and more, you might opt for backing up your content for proper safekeeping. With backup, you’ve got the option of daily, weekly, or monthly.
You can also choose how many times you want the backup to be performed. For instance, if you choose to back up your content every day, you can choose how many times in a day, perhaps twice or 4 times.
The Seventh and the final section is Select Theme.
Right here, you don’t need to select or check anything, so just skip this part.
On the Email installation details to:
Input the email address you want the installation details to be sent to.
You can make use of the primary email address already inputted in the admin account section.
Go through your blog details one more time and ensure every detail is correct. If you’re okay, click install.
While WordPress is installing, wait patiently to be fully installed.
During installation, you might come across an error message such as installation cannot proceed because the following files already exist in the target folder.
If you come by such an error, simply check the caption “Select the checkbox to overwrite all files and continue” and scroll downward again and click install again.
With successful installation, you’ll be notified with a congratulatory message.
Now, you can access your new WordPress blog by visiting the URL: http://yourblogname.com
This is what your blog visitors will see also called front-end while the administrative region is where you’ll be carrying out more blog setup, configuration, and settings; design and customization (link) and this is the URL: http://yourblogname.com/wp-admin
This is where you’ll be creating and publishing your blog posts.
To start blogging, simply move your mouse over the post menu and its sub-menus will reveal such as All Posts, Add New, Categories, and Tags.
Click on Add New and you’ll be driven to a new page where you can create your post.
The first horizontal space is for the post title while large space under is for the body of content.
When you’re alright with everything, click the Publish button.
Therefore, here is the newly publish a blog post.
Like that, you can start blogging your way to success and wealth.
I hope you’ve understood and read between the lines how to start a blog using WordPress.
I want you start planning ahead towards the basic requirement which are domain name registration and web-hosting from Qservers. After getting that, you can install, and set up your blog.
Let me know what you think about this article and if you’ve got questions, leave them in comment section for others to learn as well.
My sincere advice: the best time to start a WordPress blog is NOW no matter your capacity, skill, and resources if truly you’ve interest. You’ll remember I said so: start with what you’ve
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