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With WordPress being the hottest online press for your blogging needs, being informed about how to blog on WordPress is important. For me, it took several learning sessions and a multitude of hours to learn how to navigate, post and review comments on my blog. Here are four steps to successfully create, decorate, post and review your WordPress from my learning experience.
To begin, you need to go to http://wordpress.com and create an account – simple right?
Keep in mind; you want a credible, catchy name domain name that people will trust.
If your domain name follows along the lines of http://ImaLoserAndYouCouldBeToo.wordpress.com chances are, people will be turned off by your not-so-impressive WordPress blog.
- Creating an account is simple – go to the website and click the link, “register” button.
- Create a domain name (avoiding perverse or destructive names), username, password and your e-mail address.
- After your account is created, you need to create a profile.
- This is important because you want people to be able to view your credentials, basic profile information, photos (a definite plus) and any additional links you may have.
After you’ve created a profile, than you need to aesthetically make your site appealing to the eye.
- In the top left-hand corner, go to “My Blog” > “Dashboard.”
- Under Dashboard you will find the mechanics to your blogging engine. But before we get to the nitty-gritty, let’s get dolled up. Scroll down the bottom left column and click on the “Appearance” link.
- Once you’re there, you can pick an already-made theme that will decorate each page of your blog.
- You have the choice to “activate” or click “Preview” to see what each theme would look like throughout your blog.
- Once you’ve founded a suitable style that complements your personality and blogging purpose, move on to posting.
Before you start posting, you need to have an idea of how you want to set up your blog – you can have several pages with several topics and within your pages, you can create categories.
Let’s stick with one page – it’s important to put your work into separate categories. You can have professional, personal, different styles of writing, everyday rants but make sure that you categorize each topic so it’s easy for your readers to browse.
Once you’ve created you’re categories, which you will find under your Dashboard in the left column, then you need to start adding posts. If you’re anything like me, you will have a backlog of posts and writing that you want to publish for everyone to view. You can add them to your website, keeping in mind that the post date will be the day you post and not the day it was written.
So if you have a blog from three years ago, you might want to put a disclaimer saying that the post is a bit outdated. Now that you’re a posting pro, you can review and approve comments added to your posts as well as review and add comments to other posts.
When someone posts a comment to your blog, you will receive an e-mail notification, wherein, you can log on to your WordPress site and “approve” or “unapprove” comments. Go back to your blogging engine (Dashboard) and review comments, feedback and ratings linked to your site. To be an active blogger, it is a good word of thumb to review others’ work and add comments to their posts. You can also peruse the “Freshly Pressed” tab under your account settings to find what others are reading.
Now you have it – how to get started pressing your word through WordPress by creating, decorating, posting and reviewing your blog site.
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