Basics of Starting a Blog – WordPress

Today blogging is everywhere. Everyone and their dog seems to have one and the reason is simple, they are super easy to setup. You really can be up and running in a matter of minutes using software such as WordPress. Click and install using our oneClick installer, login and start writing. With our quick order form for webhosting, you could be up an running in minutes!

Customisation

One of the best features of WordPress is its extensibility. There are hundreds of useful plugins and thousands of themes freely available, all installable by a few mouse clicks in the Admin Suite. Some themes will layout your blog in a default post by post basis, quite similar to our blog, others can change the whole look into something you would barely recognise. From custom post names, to static pages, to full galleries, it is all possible. If you are ever stuck, our friendly support team are here to help.

Plugins

WordPress doesn’t try to be all things to all people. That is actually a good thing. You really don’t want to be overwhelmed by buttons or options when you start. However the plugins allow you the freedom to expand out to achieve just about anything you want.

Some plugins you may find helpful are listed below in no particular order:

  • Google Analytics – For tracking visits to your site. This allows you to use the Google service.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin automatically builds a sitemap of your blog, a very useful feature so search engines (not just Google) can find you.
  • Feedburner Plugin – Blogs are built around RSS and feedburner is a popular service for hosting your blog feeds. It’ll also give you a nice reader count and help build statistics.
  • All in One SEO Pack – Search Engine Optimisation is the art of “helping” search engines understand your web pages. While search engines do love WordPress, this plugin surely helps you climb up the rankings.
  • WP Captcha Free – The downside to WordPress lies in its popularity. Automated spam bots will try to post comments quite often which can ruin the experience, however plugins like this one make it much more manageable. Akismet also provide another spam solution for blogs.
  • Lightbox 2 – Lightbox, those clickable popup images, may be one of most seen features on the internet and this is how you make it part of your blog.

Expandability

While this may not be on your mind now, your blog may one day receive a huge amount of web traffic. Generally if you stick with it and write a lot of quality content on a regular basis, your readership will grow. The last thing you want is to have to migrate your blog to another platform or system when that happens. Luckily WordPress is able to grow with you due to its plugin system. The same plugins will help it handle correctly under high traffic and keep it responding quickly. Our team can offer any advice when you need it to help your site to grow with you.

Additional Services

After you have ordered your web hosting, if you want help, just ask. Our team can even install the blog for you. We also understand that sometimes you just want to write, and not have to worry about the management of the blog. There is the ability to leave all that to us, let us handle the upgrade, the plugins, the spam comments etc. Contact our sales team to discuss your unique needs.

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