After discovering Keller Hawthorne’s site, I was convinced that a self-hosted WordPress strategy was the right one for my blog. The only problem was that I hadn’t a clue how to get started setting it up, but that was about to change.
I stumbled across her post, Blog Mastermind vs. Become a Blogger: Review and Comparison. While I did not purchase either course, I was quite impressed with the free video series offered by Become a Blogger.
This series walks you through everything you need to know about setting up a WordPress blog. I played these videos while setting up my blog a little over two months ago, and I hope you will find them helpful too.
The first video is introduced by professional blogger guru Yaro Starak. You might remember him from my post, Blog Walking: The Shameless Self-Promoter Keller Hawthorne (2/3). Become a Blogger is a collaborative effort between him and Gideon Shalwick, who serves as the host for the video series.
This is a great video to help you understand what differentiates a blog from a website, what are the main blogging platforms, whether self-hosting is right for you, and is an all-around great introduction to blogging.
In the second video, Gideon walks you though how to get your domain name. Topics include:
- What a domain name is
- Why you need your own domain name
- How to choose your domain name
- How to register your domain name
I would suggest that you use a different provider for your domain name than you use for your hosting services. It’s saves a lot of heartache if you ever need to have a break up with your hosting company.
Now that you have your domain name, Gideon walks you through how to choose a web host. Topics in this video include:
- What a web host is
- Why you need a web host
- How to set up your own web host
- How to link your domain name to your web host
This site uses Host Gator as its web host. I have been very happy with them, and I also participate in their affiliate program.
Whatever host you choose make sure they have Fantastico De Luxe. Why? Because you can automatically install the latest version of WordPress in seconds with the click of a button. If you don’t have this option, Gideon walks you through doing it manually.
In this video he explains:
- All the tools you’ll need to install your WordPress blog
- The exact steps you need to take for the 5 minute install process
- How to find your way around the WordPress admin area
- What permalinks are and how to use them
Note: This video was made with version 2.6.3 of WordPress, which is many versions old. While you can easily update the current version, the process is not shown in this series.
If you’ve never used a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program before, you will need to learn how to use one if you are self-hosting.
Gideon does a great job in this video walking you through:
- What FTP is and why you need it
- What FTP software to use
- How to download and install the FTP software
- How to set up a connection to your host
In this video he recommends using the free software FileZilla. I highly recommend this software as well.
Adding the Bells and Whistles
Tomorrow, we will look at the remaining five videos and Gideon’s ebook. This is where you’ll learn to install a theme for your WordPress blog, install plugins to your blog, and what an RSS feed is anyway.
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