You own a small Italian gourmet store and are passionate about Italian cooking. You have been advised to start a blog for a long time and now that you have decided to do so, you are a little concerned about the technical details of the whole process. You just want to share your cooking passion with others through the blog and hope to hear about new recipes as well. Not being technically inclined, you wonder if you would be at the mercy of some technical person every time you are in the mood to write up something on your blog. Well, with WordPress, you have the power to build a blog and manage it just the way you want.
Learning the Basics of WordPress
You can certainly learn the basics of WordPress in one week, maybe even less. To begin with, there are two ways in which you can use WordPress. You can install WordPress on your website through your web hosting service provider and customize it to suit your needs. This will give you more flexibility and control over the website, but you’ll need some basic technical skills in setting it up. The other simpler option is to use WordPress.com which provides you free blogging services. You can begin your blog in a matter of minutes. Being a free service, it does have its limitations but is quite enough if you are just starting out. It offers enough customization to give a professional look to your blog.
Note that there are two WordPress sites: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The .com site provides the free blogging service and the .org site provides the technical support, free themes and plugins for more advanced users.
To start your own blog, visit the WordPress.com website and click on the ‘Sign Up’ button. You will immediately be taken through several screens where you will have to fill in simple details like your email address, user name you desire and your password. You will of course be asked if you would like to start a blog and if so, you will be asked for the desired blog name. You may want the name ‘ItalianGourmet’ for your blog and being on WordPress, the complete address will be ‘italiangourmet.wordpress.com’. Your site will be a subdomain because it’s part of the WordPress.com site.
As you log into your new blog you will be taken to the user dashboard. From here you will be able to customize the blog by changing the design, adding useful features – called widgets – like an RSS feed, search tool, area for user comments and so on. You can decide what content goes where on your blog. If you have any problems, you just need to click on the ‘Support’ tab and you will be given access to online help and will also be directed to many user forums where similar issues are being discussed.
Once you have finished customizing the look of your blog and have added enough functionality to it, you are now ready to write your first blog. All you need to do is type your thoughts, give it a suitable title and click on ‘Publish’ for your first blog post to go live. You have learned the basics of how to use WordPress! It’s that easy to get started.
Though WordPress is better known as a blogging tool, it can also be used as a complete website management tool as well. Most hosting companies now include WordPress in their hosting packages. Although this does allow for greater freedom in designing and developing your website on the whole, it does require some technical expertise. A good option is to start off with a blog on WordPress.com and get comfortable using it before moving on to a hosted option.
Kurt R. Hansen
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