How to Make a Blog on WordPress


How to Make a Blog on WordPress

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So Nearly, I’ve always wanted to know how to make a block, but I have no idea where to start well you’re. In luck, that’s actually what we’re going to cover here today on the journey, all right, Alex now with building your first blog. You will have to figure out what do you actually want to write about, so my greatest passion is food eating it yeah eating it talking about it, seeing it whatever right on. So that’s a good. That’s a good thing to blog about.

There are tons of food bloggers out there. Hopefully you’ll get some free food out of it. That’s what I’m hoping for, but once you figure that out, you got to really figure out who your audience is. Who do you want to serve? So is there a type of food that you like to blog about, I would say, probably just the new up-and-coming restaurants in the area, so your audience is more.

The trend of your people like foodies, the Millennials, the Millennials like us. So that’s super important to figure out what your actual blog is gon na be about and who your audience is because you have to be targeted with your message. If you try to serve everyone, you actually end up serving no one. It’S like trying to boil the ocean, you just can’t do it all right. The next thing to really think about is understanding why you actually want to start this blog, because there’s a lot of work involved so Alex.

Why do you want to start this blog? Well, I just love to write, so it’s a great outlet for some creativity and also just to you, know, try and try new food options. I dig it. I dig it so now that you have those questions answered the next part of really starting. Your blog is figuring out what the the name of it is going to be and the branding now do you have an idea of what your names gonna be because I have an idea.

What do you think I should name my blog, so I already checked the domain name is Alex. Eats food. Calm is available perfect, so the blog Alex eats food right. So that’s you know, I think that’s what we’re gon na make today. So with that name.

If you’re struggling on trying to figure out what your own name is, we got a video up here on naming that’ll definitely help you out, but to carry on with that. The next portion of it comes branding. Your brand is literally every single aspect of your blog. That’S the the way you talk on it, that’s the images you use the text, the font, literally everything, so you want to try to keep that consistent. The more consistent you are with your branding.

The more people are easily able to recognize you right like. If you see like Go Daddy’s color, the green and orange, you instantly think: Go Daddy or like the red and yellow what colors do you think of McDonald’s McDonald’s right so Alex it’s good! Look at that all right! So the last thing you need to ask yourself before you actually start going into building the website is figuring out. Do you want just a blog, or do you want a full-on website with the blog included so Alex, which one do you want?

I think I want to keep it simple. Just do the blog for now. So that way I can still focus on all the food eating right. Looks it’s super important, so we’re gon na go ahead and show you guys a quick demo. Let’s go check it out.

All right Alex so we’re about to make your blog here, I’m gon na. Take you through actually installing WordPress on a hosting account there’s a difference between wordpress.com hosting and self hosted WordPress now for most business owners, I would definitely recommend a self hosted WordPress. This is basically you going to a hosting provider buying hosting and installing WordPress. On top of it sounds like a lot of work.

That is actually pretty easy to do so check it out. So inside a cPanel, most providers have it you’re gon na look for a thing called install a Tron. There’S lots of apps to choose from you. Click WordPress install this application. Then it’s gon na give you a lottery for options.

We have our domain name here, Alex eats food, comm director, the blanks you don’t want it like slash something you just wanted the domain. You have the username and password here, your email. You can update that as you need to, and then you click install at the bottom. Okay, alright, so you’ve never built a WordPress site before right, right, so brand-new. So the cool thing about WordPress is that you can access it literally anywhere.

You want to so where’s kind of your favorite places to work. I like to write on my blog. Whenever I’m you know at home, at home, chilling out, I like coffee shops and we’re working there, so I can access it there, which is cool. So you go to your domain name and then forward. Slash WP, dash admin, there’ll be a login screen, I’m cheating and doing like a one-click login here inside a cPanel.

So now there’s a get started. Wizard we’re gon na skip past that just because you may not have that get starting wizard with your hosting provider, so I’ll hit. No thanks. So this is WordPress. It can seem overwhelming.

There’S lots of stuff here to choose from, but I think the very first thing that we need to do is choose a theme for your site. Okay, so a theme is basically like how you want your site to look, feel and function. There are different things that I can choose from. There are ton, so you go to appearance and themes. You have some default ones here.

I would recommend installing your own gonna. Have you kind of choose your own we’re gon na go to the most popular here and we’ll just tell me when I’ll, let you pick whatever one you want. I like this one, alright, so right we’re gonna see. Let’s do it so you mouse over! It click install so then, once it’s installed, you click activate and then you’ve just installed a theme.

Okay, super simple, all right! So after themes we want to kind of check out some plugins, so plugins are basically little add-ons to your website. Okay, so you can literally do almost anything with the plug-in there’s that old phrase there’s a plug-in for that. We actually made a video on our favorite plugins. We want to check it out, but I’ll show you how to install a plug-in.

It’s pretty much the same as installing a theme. Okay, so plugins add new, and then it’s gon na show you some of the featured plugins here then we’re gon na go to popular I’ll. Let you kind of check it out. So, let’s check out, we definitely want people to find your website so we’ll install Yoast SEO here and just like that. We’re gonna click install so once you do install again same thing activate and then that plug-in is done all right.

So that’s installing a plug-in super simple, but let’s get to the real meat of making your blog and that’s the post. So what do you want to make a post right now? Yeah? Let’S do it cool so where’s that place that you recently ate at, or maybe your favorite place in Austin. Let’s go with hop dottie great burgers, so super simple mouse over posts and go add new they’re gon na go to the editor, and this is going to be where you can basically start writing all your content.

So how do you spell hop? Daddy? Is the H oqp hit daddy? I can’t type heop do what cool hot doggy exactly as it sounds. So you put your title here.

You can add all your content. Look at all this great content. I’M writing. I’M just the best hear all the words guys. My blog is gon na, be a lot better super hot fire, alright and then so.

This is what was called the Gutenberg editor. Now it’s just really called the page editor. You can add all your stuff here. So, as you see, I just started typing. There’s this little plus guy right here and you can add even more content.

So maybe you want to start adding pictures of your restaurant or the restaurants to eat at rather or the food you eat. You do so here and just add your image and then you can choose from the media library. Okay, I don’t have anything the media library, so no hot doggy picture, so I’m going to grab just a picture of a burger just for examples sake when you go to pixlr.com and just type in burgers, see what pops up – and these are all free images right. Yes, these are all free images makes it super helpful, especially if maybe you’re not doing food reviews, but you have to have the image, maybe need some cool stock photos.

These all look delicious and I’m hungry all right. So I’m gon na download this really quick cool. What’s cool about pixels? Is these photographers are giving their photos for free? If you want to support them, you can donate or follow me around, which is pretty cool little kickback there and then, once you have your image, you’re gon na upload it.

There then add your alt text, so alt text is basically what Google can read, because Google can’t understand when actual images, so we have to tell it so super awesome, burgers and then select, and then we have our post and then, as you see here, we installed Yoast SEO so there’s a little section to update your search engine, title search and descriptions all that good stuff and now, last but not least, one of the more important things to think about with your post is to have a featured image. Basically, so when you have your your site right and it’s not just text, you have that little little image there to capture it. Okay, make sure you’re on the document. Tab go down to featured image, set, featured image and I’m gon na be lazy and just choose the same image: burgers burgers burgers and then, when you’re done you can publish or if you say, you’ve created a bunch of content, you don’t them all publish at once. You can actually schedule it right here so publish when do you want this to publish on Friday Friday, all right, so, let’s check it out all right, so obviously, tidal we’re gon na have to update a little bit.

Was then and here’s here’s your your blog post. So the feature image always shows first and then your content and then your feature image. You have comment boxes, so your visitors can go and add their own two cents or say that is a super awesome burger, I’m just super hungry now. But let’s check out a couple other places on WordPress: okay, all right, so I’m gon na show you guys widgets and what exactly do widgets do? Widgets are a WordPress is best friend.

So on your blog post, you saw that there was that sidebar with not a lot of real content which is kind of default generic stuff. So if you go to appearances and then widgets is this: basically all this content news, you’re gon na, have on your sidebar and on your footer. Some themes may give you more options for sidebars, and especially if you have blue commerce, you could have the sidebar just for your blog post, you don’t your blog post just to have like products. You want to have post, but you want your products to show other related products. Things like that got it, so you can easily just get rid of stuff.

You don’t want by clicking and dragging and then something else to really check out is the the customize tab. Most themes, especially the free themes, will have all the options to really design and style. Your site right, they’re, just gon na give you a quick overview of what this looks like. So this Sydney theme has a ton of options, so I was actually a little surprised. You can add all your stuff here.

It’S your site title your header area, things like that, your homepage settings, so this is super important, so you’re gon na have your latest posts show up. So let’s go ahead and go back all right. So, let’s check out your website, so you again just click the my blog that little shortcut to get to your website nice. So why does it say, create your menu here in the top right corner, because we need to create a new menu here so that menus can be your navigation. So, like your home links your about contact all that good stuff, either click it there.

If you’re on the front of site or if you’re in the dashboard its appearance and then menus, you can add your stuff here. So it looks like we have a menu already kind of created. We have home and then sample page. I don’t want sample pages to show up, so I’m gon na go ahead and just remove that and then go ahead and click create menu and once you do you’ll see at the bottom here it shows menu settings. So you can auto add pages so that you, as you add like an about contact things it’ll automatically come here, so you don’t have to and then display location primary menu is so it’ll actually appear up there.

Okay, so if we go primary menu and save and now check out the site, it’ll show home. Ok just like that, then we have your awesome hotdog, a post with all this randomness Grandin HelloWorld right there, the default post there. So what does it mean when it says uncharacterized right there? I almost forgot, so every post has a category, so you can have like burger restaurants or you can have ice cream places whatever you want it to be so by default. WordPress doesn’t know what to put so.

It’S gon na have an uncharacterized category, so you go to post categories and then just click quick, edit, we’re gon na just type in burgers here, make it nice and simple. But, as you add posts, you can add content here for categories or inside the post itself. Ok, so now one of the issues with having a blog is potentially the amount of spam you might get. There are bots out there that just go out and just basically add just nonsense posts trying to get links back to their site. So how do I avoid that?

So there’s a few things you can do so most of the time WordPress will come pre-installed with the plug-in called Akismet anti-spam. You can sign up and do that. Otherwise, you can do like a captcha plug-in that makes sure that their actual person on your website and commenting plugins like discus, which is like facebook, login or Twitter login, is definitely good to help prevent some of that stuff too. So earlier you showed me that SEO plugin, you know how do I make sure that my content is gon na, be seen yeah, let’s actually check out Yoast. So if you go over to your page, we want to go back to edit it again, so you can either click directly on it or click Edit here so under yo.

Stick, it’s gon na give you a lot of recommendations and things like that. Like again, I have nonsense here just for the sake of this, the you’re, the writer. Let you create here the magic later, but it’ll take a little snippet here for you. So, by default, it’s gon na have title page separator and site title, so you can get rid of this and do hop da T, my favorite burger place review or whatever you want it to be. Okay, it’s gon na give you a little kind of wheel.

The more content, the better see, those two green green is good basic and it’s gon na. Do it like a little snippet of how it’s gon na look on search engines, the you want a lot of content, that’s attention-grabbing and has kind of your focus keyword. So your focus key would really be like hop da t review. You wan na make sure you have that in there and then your Meta Description like it says, please provide a meta description by adding a snippet below. Basically, it’s a quick little snippet of what someone’s gon na get out of your content.

If they read it, you want to keep it engaging but again make sure you have whatever your focus. Word is for you and be a hopped out of your view. So have that, somewhere in there as a business owner your page, your post, you’ll you’ll, want to make sure that you have some type of focus word for that page, whether it’s a review or an a ballast or a service and include it in your description and Your title and then you can kind of go down. There’S SEO analysis. It’S gon na give you a lot of information and you can let just go down the rabbit hole of just clicking all this stuff I’ll leave that for another video.

Actually, we did a video on SEO if you want to check it out right here, woah, so why does it say not secure there in the top left corner, because technically it’s not secure so ho. Really I mean it’s secure, like the information on there is fine, but with WordPress you have that double P admin where you log in right, so it’s not secure. So if you enter in your username your password that information is sent over plaintext on the internet. So if there’s a man in the middle attacks, someone’s what’s called sniffing, captures that information it’s out there super yeah. It’s rough super important.

If you have like a type of shop, are you doing credit card information or is personal information, so that can be easily fixed by getting an SSL certificate? So if you do enter user and password, it’s sent over the Internet so I’ll jumbled up. So, even if someone grabs it, they have no idea what the heck it means. Okay and then, on top of just really just safety and security. You always want to make backups, especially with a blog and you’re, constantly adding stuff that you plan to post.

How many times a week or how many times a month, I’m planning on posting, probably about once a week? Okay, so that’s like 52 posts a year! So if something were to happen to your site, all those posts are gone so make sure you have some type of backup service. Most hosting providers will have something for you or you can find something third-party, but it’s always easier to do it with your hosting provider. Since it’s all usually automated, but you want to protect all this time invested into this project, make sure it’s just not gone in the blink of an eye right all right.

So these are just the basics of building your first blog. There again there’s lots of options to kind of go through and make it your own like. We still need to update the the title, and then it comes with navigation colors things like that. At least this has a solid foundation for you to build your first site and then from here it’s just exploring that’s kind of the fun of WordPress, there’s so much to explore. So you can never stop learning perfect.

Well, thanks for all the help – and let us know in the comments below what videos you guys want to see and be sure, while you’re down there make sure you like the video and subscribe to our channel as well. This is the journey we’ll see you next time.

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