How to Easily Create Another Website to Edit WordPress
It is pretty common these days for bloggers to have more than one blog. The reasons range from being able to write about different topics to simply wanting to have a second outlet for your work. Regardless of the reason, having more than one blog is beneficial. This article will discuss how you can easily create another WordPress website so you can edit the one you already have. The steps described here will only take you a few minutes to complete.
Log Into The First Blog
The first step is to log into your existing WordPress blog. If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to log out and log back in before you can edit the content.
You can do this by clicking the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and selecting ‘Log Out’ from the drop-down menu. After you log out, you’ll be presented with a list of recent activity. Scroll down until you see the WordPress menu, and click on it. From here you can select ‘Log In’ and enter your login information for the existing WordPress blog.
Set The Second Blog Up With A Quick and Nifty WordPress Install
Once you have logged into the first blog, you can set up the second blog in no time flat. All you have to do is click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner of the screen, and select ‘Install WordPress’ from the drop-down menu.
This will download and install WordPress into a subdirectory of your website. You can name the subdirectory anything you like, but it will be used to store your blog posts and other content.
Navigate To The Settings Tab
The next step is to navigate to the Settings tab of your WordPress admin area. If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to remember the URL to the settings page of your first blog. Once you’re there, you can access your second WordPress installation and its settings.
If you’re not using a separate login for the second blog, you can skip this step as you’ll already be in the correct place.
Set The Language To English
The next step is to set the WordPress default language to English. This can be done by clicking on the ‘English’ option in the sidebar, as shown in the image above. Alternatively, you can set the language using the WordPress Settings page.
If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to log out and log back in before you can make any changes to the settings. Otherwise, you can skip this step as it will have not bearing on the rest of this article.
Remove The Default Theme
If you’re using a default WordPress theme for your blog, the first step is to remove it. To do this, navigate to Appearance in your WordPress admin area. You’ll find a screen similar to the one shown below.
If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to go to its settings and remove the default theme. If you’re not sure how to remove the default theme, contact your theme’s support team for help. They should be able to help you figure out how to remove it from your second blog. Once that is done, you can replace it with a custom theme of your choosing.
Set Up A Navigation Menu
The next step is to set up a navigation menu for the second blog. You can do this by clicking on ‘Settings’ in the admin area, then ‘Appearance’ in the sidebar. This will display the settings for the current theme as seen below.
To set up a navigation menu, you’ll want to enter the names of the various sections of the site (i.e. blog archive, categories, tags, etc.) in the appropriate boxes. A navigation menu allows users to easily find content based on the topics they’re interested in. It also enables search engines to more easily crawl the website and index the content.
If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to log out and log back in before you can make any changes to the settings. Otherwise, you can skip this step as it will only take you a few minutes to complete.
Customize The Header
The next step is to customize the header for your blog. This can be done by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and selecting ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu. This will bring you to your settings page.
The header is the area of the website that displays at the top of every page. You can add a logo to the header, add some text, or do both. The options are endless. You can even use modules from within WordPress to further customize the look of your website.
Activate The Blog Button
Now that you have a basic WordPress installation set up for the second blog, you can activate the Blog button. This will create a link at the bottom of every page that leads to the Blog section of the website. Your readers will be able to go through your blog posts in the same way they would any other section of your website.
Set Up Email Signatures
One of the most significant changes you’ll need to make to your blog is its email signatures. An email signature is the email text which displays in the upper right-hand corner of every email sent from your account. You can use this space to provide a quick description of yourself, link to your blog or social media accounts, or promote upcoming events.
If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to log out and log back in before you can make any changes to its email signatures. Otherwise, you can skip this step as it will only take you a few minutes to complete.
Set Up A Contact Page
Another significant change you’ll want to make to your blog is to create a contact page. A contact page is a special area of your website that enables you to collect emails or letters from readers.
You can use this area to provide your email address, email form, or both. You can also use your contact page to link to other websites, blogs, or social media accounts which you think might be useful to your readers. If you’re not sure where to start, utilize free online resources such as HubSpot’s webform generator or Justia’s contact page makeover.
If you’re using a separate login for the second blog, you’ll need to log out and log back in before you can make any changes to its contact page. Otherwise, you can skip this step as it will only take you a few minutes to complete.
Set Up Analytics
One of the tools you’ll need to have if you’re serious about blogging is analytics. Analytics enable you to track the performance of your blog, including the number of views per day, weekly, and monthly. With the data you’ll be able to identify trending topics, see how your content is performing relative to other blogs and accounts, and much more.
To set up analytics on your blog, you’ll want to navigate to the Appearance section of your WordPress admin area and click on the ‘Settings’ tab. Under ‘Analytics’, you’ll see the various providers of analytics software. Choose the one you think will suit your needs best, and click on ‘Install’ to continue.
If you’re not sure which analytics platform to use, try out both Google Analytics and Hotjar, the Hootsuite of analytics. They are both free and open-source, so you’ll have nothing to lose by trying them both.
Set Up Cloudflare
One of the biggest challenges facing bloggers today is managing spam. A lot of the time, the spam comes from overseas hackers who are trying to trick you into giving them your personal details. To keep your site free from spam, you can use a service like Cloudflare to protect your website. With Cloudflare, all of your site’s traffic is encrypted before it reaches your server. Furthermore, all of your DNS settings are stored on Cloudfare’s servers, so they can be managed from the website’s settings page.
To use Cloudflare, you’ll first want to navigate to your website’s Dashboard. Once there, you’ll want to click on the ‘Settings’ tab.