How to Host a WordPress Blog – The Basics

Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or just planning to get started, setting up a WordPress blog is a great choice for a first-time or veteran web presence. The best part? You can do it all from the convenience of your own home.

Here’s a basic primer on how to host a WordPress blog and some helpful advice on what to watch out for. We’ll cover the essentials from installing the software to configuring the basics of your blog’s appearance.

Get A Domain Name

A domain name is the address of your website. For example, thepeterlouders.com is thepeterlouders’ website. When a person visits the site, they will see a bright green URL – thepeterlouders.com – instead of a plain old www.thepeterlouders.com.

In order to have a website, you will need a domain name. Fortunately, you can find affordable and easy to manage domains, such as www.get.com, www.dreamhost.com, and www.goDaddy.com. Keep in mind that these are popular choices and you may encounter delays in getting your domain name approved.

Choose A Hosting Service

Once you have a domain name, you’ll need to find a hosting service. A good hosting service will make setting up your blog much easier and more convenient – as well as provide you with excellent support if you need it. For best results, look for a service that offers WordPress hosting as a feature. This will make it much easier to get started.

You have two options here. You can either choose a free hosting service, or you can pay per month for a premium service. The advantage of the free hosting services is that you don’t need to worry about installing WordPress or configuring the server. All you need to do is upload your content and you’re good to go.

Install WordPress

Now that you have a domain name and hosting service, it’s time to install WordPress. First, download and extract the WordPress archive to your computer. Next, login to your hosting service and navigate to the **wp-content** directory. Once there, you’ll see a directory named **wordpress**. Inside this directory, you will find many other sub-directories and files. Find the one for **wordpress*** and upload all the contents of this archive to your computer. You will need to replace the contents of this archive with the latest version of WordPress before starting the setup process.

Once the upload is complete, you will need to visit your site’s dashboard to complete the setup process. From here, you can customize the look of your blog. You can choose a theme from the store, or you can download a free theme from WordPress itself. You’ll find a wide variety of free themes under the **Appearance** tab of your dashboard. You can also download and install various plugins from the WordPress repository to further enhance your site. Keep in mind that plugins are additional applications that can interact with WordPress and extend its functionality. They can be activated from your WordPress dashboard.

Set Up Your Blog’s Name And Email

You will now have a functional WordPress blog. However, you still need to configure a few details about your blog. One of the first things you need to do is set up your blog’s name and email. To do this, navigate to your WordPress dashboard and click on **Settings**. Next, click on the **General** tab and enter a name for your blog in the **Blog Name** field. For the blog’s email, you can use your own email address or you can use the one associated with your Google account. If you use your own email address, make sure to add the @wordpress.com domain to it. For example, if your email address is jessica@example.com, it should be jessica@wordpress.com to ensure that you can receive mail from WordPress.com.

Edit Your Blog’s Posting Schedule

The last step of the WordPress setup process is to edit your blog’s posting schedule. This is done from your dashboard under the **Settings** tab. When creating your blog, you can enable automatic daily posting by selecting a **Schedule** option. You can also set the number of posts to be published per week. Typically, you should try for 3-5 posts per week to keep your blog fresh.

As you can see, with the exception of the name and the email, all the other information you need to configure a WordPress blog is right here. This is all you need to get started. From here, you can begin posting content and taking advantage of the platform.