Video Tutorial

How to Start a Blog

in 10 Simple Steps for Beginners

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Step 1

Domain & Hosting

Your domain is your websites address. For example yourname.com or google.com

Hosting is a place to store your websites files, content, images. Basically it’s just a place for your website to live and allows anyone to visit it 24/7/365 all around the world.

Step 2 

Install WordPress & Theme

WordPress is a Content Management System, in short – it allows you to create a website, blog, ecommerce site without any coding.

It powers over 35% of the internet and is the most popular way and best (in my opinion) to create a blog.

The theme is the appearance of the website and includes a drag & drop builder.

Step 3 

Add Pages & Navigation Menu

Add Pages (Home, About, Contact)

Set Static Homepage

Create New Menu

Step 4 

Customize Layout

Set the default page layouts

Customize the Header & Footer Designs

Step 5 

Add Posts

Add posts using the Themify builder

Add Text, Images & Video

Note: Featured blog images can be created using a design tool called canva.

Step 6

Customize Sidebar

Add Profile 

Add Popular Categories or Posts

Add Banners & Links

Step 7

Display Posts on Homepage

Display Posts on Homepage

Add Sidebar

Use Builder Basics

Step 8 

Add Logo & Favicon

Create a logo on canva

Favicon can be created there too.

Note: Logo’s should be PNG

Learn how to create a logo & favicon

Step 9 

Customize the Style of Blog

Change Fonts

Change Link Colours

Change Post Title

Edit Page Width

Learn the basics of design here

Step 10 

Add Plugins

Add Instagram Feed

Secure Website with Really Simple SSL

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Resources & FAQ

 

Where can I get help?

I recommend getting the themify support membership – you get 1 year support/updates included.

Also checkout the documentation

How can I get in touch?

Please comment in the video you are following. 

For other questions: support@hoganchua.com

How do I update the theme?

You can update it here

What are some essential plugins for a blog?

UpdraftPlus (Backup)

WordFence (Security)

WP Fastest Cache (Speed)

RankMath (SEO)

Sassy Social Share (Social for Post)

Pretty Links (Cloak Affiliate Links)