Blogging has become extremely popular over the last ten years. People can blog for hobby, to share with family and friends, or to profit from your blog. If you’re wanting to blog for profit and just getting started, blogging can seem a little overwhelming. And, don’t worry – we know just how you feel – because we’ve been there!
This post is the first in a series of tutorials designed to help you get started with your first blog. Because WordPress is the best choice for a profitable blog, the tutorials will deal with setting up your first WordPress blog.
Important To Note – WordPress.com Vs. WordPress.org:
When we talk about wordpress here – we mean WordPress.org on your own hosting, NOT wordpress.com. They have the same name but are actually two very different things. Wordpress.com won’t let you monetize your blog whereas WordPress.org will. For more on the differences, check out this post.
The Language Of Blogging
Sometimes the very language of blogging can sound foreign. Words like widget and theme and plugin are bandied about the blogging community, leaving new bloggers confused. In this first tutorial, I’ll be looking at some common blogging terms and what they mean.
A blog is a website where a blog author can post original content and/or links to other content. Blogs can be used for a platform for a speaker with certain ideas, a place where moms or dads or homeschoolers or any other group can share information and encouragement, a marketplace for the authors books or other digital content.
blog hosting site
When you decide to begin a blog, you may choose to pay for a web hosting site so that you own the content of your blog. This is considered self hosting and is defined below. Some blog users, however, decide to host their content on a free blog hosting site. The two most common of these sites are Blogger.com and WordPress.com.
self hosted blog
Many blog authors who want to blog for profit decide to self host their blog. This means that you can pay a hosting site a fee, download free blogging software from WordPress, and create and own your own content. Self-hosting offers many more choices and possibilities than a blog hosting site. You can customize and add content in any way you like because it is your site.
In this post you can read more about the differences in a self- hosted blog and the benefits of each. Setting up a self- hosted blog may sound daunting, but we have a tutorial that will walk you through choosing a hosting site and a domain name.
The domain name is the web address for your blog. It is very helpful to have a domain name that is closely tied into your blog’s content and purpose. You can purchase your domain name at a site such as GoDaddy.com.
Your theme is the customized look of your blog. Some themes are free to choose. Other themes you must purchase. In a later tutorial we’ll cover how to choose and set up your theme. We’ll also share sources for free themes.
A widget is a software gadget that you can place on your blog. Most blog widgets are found in the blog’s sidebars, and sometimes a blog will have a widget in the heading. Widgets can display a calendar on your blog, show readers tags for your posts so that they can search for content, allow readers to subscribe to your blog, help readers share your posts, and much more. There is a tutorial devoted to finding and setting up your widgets.
A plugin is a small software component that adds a feature to an already existing program. Using plugins for your WordPress blog can all you to screen comments, track your blog’s analytics, create a to-do list on your blog’s dashboard, make a sign up for email subscribers, and much more. And, yes, we’ll cover setting up and using plugins in one of our tutorials. We’ll also give you a list of some commonly used plugins.
Now, with some of these common terms under your belt, you can prepare to set up your new blog. Stay tuned for the further tutorials about setting up your first wordpress blog.
What Blogging Terms Are You Wondering About?
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