Close

Blogging

13 Tips For Making Your Blog Posts More Interesting

The first blog post I ever wrote I didn’t publish for three days. I’d log in every day, open up the post and stare at the “Publish” button trying to work up the nerve to “just go for it”.

“What if no one reads it?”

“What if they do and think it’s terrible?”

“What if I misspelled something and get made fun of for it?”

Most of all, I was terrified people wouldn’t find it interesting and never come back. If you’ve ever had that same fear… don’t worry, we all have.

Since then, I’ve spent a ton of time figuring out how to make my blog posts as interesting as I can. I don’t claim to be perfect at it, but I’ve found a ton of good tips that have helped. Here’s 13 of them:

1. 4 Delightful Editing Tips to Make Your Words Dazzle and Dance

4 Delightful Editing Tips

Do you ever read back a draft of your writing and wonder what happened? Red-cheeked, you thought your draft was complete. You felt excited. Brimming with enthusiasm. You knew it … this was going to be superb. Probably your best-ever blog post. Yay!

You poured yourself a beer, feeling elated with your success. Any minor editing and proofreading could wait until the next day. But, the next day … you feel disappointed. Your writing sounds bland. Your sentences seem to stutter.

What can you do? Let’s explore four things:

View Post

Still need to get started? Click here to learn how to start your blog in 15 minutes or less.

2. A Simple Strategy for Increasing Blog Post Ideas

Increasing Blog Post Ideas

When you first come up with an idea for your new blog, you can get filled up on a huge rush of adrenaline. You’re start off with a big enthusiastic bang, putting all the right pieces in the place so that your blog has the best chance at making it big. You have all these great ideas for blog posts and you turn into far more prolific a writer than you could have ever imagined.

And then, before you know it, the well runs dry.

You go from publishing multiple blog posts a day to having extended periods with no new posts at all. A week goes by. Then two weeks. Then even longer. Suddenly, the rabid posting activity on your blog has quieted down to near utter silence. And you wonder why your blog isn’t doing so well.

So, what can you do?

View Post

3. Why You Need To Make Canva Your #1 Image Tool

Why You Need To Make Canva Your #1 Image Tool

Canva has been around for some years now but I only discovered it a few months ago and since then it has quickly become my go-to image and graphics tool and has saved me a lot of time asking our in-house designer to knock me up custom images for blog and social media posts.

View Post

4. 51 Quick Hacks That Will Make You Write Attractive Headlines

51 Quick Hacks That Will Make You Write Attractive Headlines

The headline is the most important part of a blog post. Majority of people that see your posts will see the headlines only. Without a compelling headline not many will actually click to visit your article.

To attract visitors and draw them in you must write powerful, relevant and eye-catching headlines for your posts. Your headlines must be sharp, they must make people curious and prompt them to click on your link no matter the distractions and the competing choices in their news feeds.

If you achieve this your headlines will help your posts get more clicks, more shares and more engagement.

View Post

5. How to Create Stunning Infographics for Your Blog Post

How to Create Stunning Infographics for Your Blog Post

As someone said, “A picture is worth more than 1000 words.” In the present scenario, a picture is a very good way to share and summarize your blog content. You can use chart, Information and text together to create an Infographic. Infographics are quite popular on Social-media sites & readers love it as it convey the message in an easy to understand format.

Most of the bloggers think that you need to be a highly skilled designer to create an infographic, which is not entirely true. These days there are many online Infographic maker sites are there to help users like you & me to create Infographics for our blog post. This is your handy guide to learn everything about designing Infographics for your blog even if you have not done it before.

View Post

6. 5 Powerful And Stimulating Ways To Improve Your Blog Writing

5 Powerful And Stimulating Ways To Improve Your Blog Writing

Are you struggling to improve your blog writing? Want to captivate more readers to your blog?

With hundreds of thousands of blogs out there in the online space, it can be difficult for your blogging voice to be heard.

To encourage an audience towards your blog, it needs to be world class, professional, and highly beneficial to your readers.

Within this action packed blog post, you’re going to learn 5 powerful and epic tips and tricks to propel your blog writing, so not only does it entice new readers to your blog, but it will keep your readers on your blog for longer, which is crucial within any blog or website.

Create an epic blog for your readers with these simple but massive tips!

View Post

7. Your Voice is Louder than Words: Interview with Todd Henry

Your Voice is Louder than Words: Interview with Todd Henry

Most creatives think finding their voice is as simple as digging it up in the backyard. But the reality is this process is shrouded in a lot more mystery.

My friend, Todd Henry believes your voice is developed in layers. It’s something you uncover and develop over time. Ultimately, it’s how your collective body of work speaks. It is louder than your words and bigger than a single event. I like that.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Todd and I talk about using your voice to create lasting impact. Listen in as we explore deep ideas like active patience, authenticity, and vision.

View Post

Need help getting the first few visitors to you blog? I’m more than happy to help. Click here to see how I can help publicize your blog.

8. 11 Powerful Tools to Create Brilliant Content

11 Powerful Tools to Create Brilliant Content

There are so many factors that contribute to your blog’s success. SEO? Sure.

Having a good headline that will hook the readers into clicking on it? Check.

Having a website that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but not to overbearing? Got that, too.

Social media presence? Ditto.

All of these are pretty much necessary, yet rendered completely useless if your blog is missing its most important ingredient: great content.

View Post

9. How to write a blog post that your readers will love to read and share?

How to write a blog post that your readers will love to read and share

So you put your sweat and blood to write a blog post. You are so excited about the blog post.

You’ve done all the editing to polish your post and it reads great! Now you are extremely proud to click that Publish button and you do so.

You look forward to comments, shares and all sorts of social media interactions. That’s quite reasonable isn’t? – given that you’ve spent so much time and effort on it.

But that doesn’t seem to happen. Why is that? Why are your blog posts avoided by readers, even though you write them with all your heart?

Why do the blog posts of your peers do very well among their audience but yours fail to perform well.

Let’s discuss six tips to help you write blog posts that will get your readers to read and share!

View Post

10. 9 Secrets To Write Interesting & Engaging Blog Content

9 Secrets To Write Interesting & Engaging Blog Content

Blogging has become hugely popular over the last few years. At first, it was just a hobby for teenagers, who created their blogs to tell about their lives and things they like. Nowadays blogging has grown into a profitable business. It seems practically everyone has their own blog, and the range of subjects these blogs cover is mind-boggling.

However, not all blog owners have noteworthy blogs. One of the quickest ways to make readers quit your blog in no time is miserable content. Below is a collection of powerful tips for writing unforgettable content that is not only interesting to write, but even more interesting to read.

View Post

11. 7 Exercises to transform your blog from sloppy to savvy

7 Exercises to transform your blog from sloppy to savvy

The web is getting noisier by the minute and you have so much information put out there. People in fact have overwhelming amounts of information on any topic under the sun.

So even if you are running the best blog out there, the chances are you will go unnoticed by anyone.

But there’s good news. When you see a plateau in your earnings, or traffic, or your progress in general, there are certain things you can do to transform your blog.

The transformation is not only a nice thing to your blog and to your readers, but it is an uplifting thing for your business too.

And it is a mandatory thing to do. Here are 7 blogging exercises that will help transform your blog from sloppy to savvy.

View Post

12. The Blogging Tactic No One Is Talking About: Optimizing the Past

The Blogging Tactic No One Is Talking About: Optimizing the Past

Nine months ago, I analyzed a report that would transform not only my role on the HubSpot blogging team, but also the whole blog’s editorial strategy. The results have been nothing short of eye-opening. And I’m not just talking about the findings from the report — I’m also talking about the business results we’ve generated from the shift we made in our blogging strategy because of those findings.

That shift is an ongoing internal project we call “historical optimization.” The goal? Update old blog content and generate more traffic and leads from it in the process.

Great for us, right? Hang on — it’s great for you, too. I’m writing about all this because any experienced blogger who’s tasked with growing and scaling the results they generate from their blog needs to know about it. The thing is, no one is really talking about it … yet.

View Post

13. 11 Free Blogging Tools to Help You Identify and Understand Your Audience

11 Free Blogging Tools to Help You Identify and Understand Your Audience

Your blog has to reach those who’ve barely heard of you and need convincing that you’re the right provider of a solution for them (i.e. the vast majority of your website visitors).

And in order to develop a better quality signal to search engines, you have to create the right content for your visitors – and this content is most likely going to benefit from the support of a blog behind it.

But wait! What is the Number One thing you have to do before typing a letter? Identify your audience.

Your blogging will be wasted if you are not a) writing up solutions to your potential and returning visitors’ problems, and b) writing it in style that reflects your audience. Luckily, there are a ton of free resources out there to get you started on your research to write the best, most targeted blog posts you possibly can!

View Post

Wait, wait wait… this is too much!

Feeling overwhelmed? It’s okay… together these are a lot to take in. Instead of doing that, though, I recommend you bookmark this post and tackle these one at a time.

You can’t suddenly implement 100 different ideas at once. Instead, use these as a guideline to constantly improve your blog in the coming weeks, months and years.

November 11, 2015

What To Do When You Run Out of Blog Post Ideas

You’ve likely heard me harp on the importance of content for your online business; whether your selling information products, providing a service or shipping physical products.

If you haven’t started your blog and aren’t producing content regularly, you basically don’t exist online.

But most bloggers are in a  constant fight to consistently come up blog post ideas.

Well, instead of racking your brain every week (or day) trying to figure out what you’re going to write about, use these tips to ensure you always have fresh ideas for relevant content that will impact your audience.

1. Create an Editorial Calendar

This is likely a piece of advice you’ve heard 100 times, know you need to do but never actually do. That was me anyway. And, the result is my content creation was incredibly inconsistent.

Then, I got the opportunity to build Michael Hyatt’s Platform University membership site and get a behind-the-scenes look at how a professional did it.

And, there was no debate about the editorial calendar. It’s just what they did… for both they’re public-facing blog and the membership content.

It was a real eye-opener.

If you want to be a pro blogger (and get paid like one) you have to act like one.

I’m, of course, still notoriously scatter-brained but my editorial calendar makes sure I’m producing content consistently instead of in bursts every few months.

Here’s the simple way to do it:

  • Decide on your content “silos” and schedule. I do a Periscope Q&A every Tuesday, a written article every Wednesday and video tutorial every Thursday.
  • Decide on your topics a year out. Sit down one weekend and decide on the titles of each “silo” of content for each week for one year out. This alleviates the stress of having to come up with ideas on the fly.
  • Give yourself a 3-month lag. Create 3 months worth of content in advance so you have some lag time. You can even schedule the posts in WordPress in advance so they go out right on schedule.

It’s hard to describe how much a relief this is once you get it accomplished. Immediately all the stress of trying to figure out what to write fades and you can actually enjoy blogging again.

2. Leverage Idea Starters

Speaking of deciding on topics… this is probably the hardest part for most bloggers. I know I struggled with it quite a bit. My big thing was getting too cute with titles and then not really knowing what I wanted to write about when it came time to crank it out.

Proven idea starters help with this.

And, I’ve seen the best of the best in blogging do this. In fact, I used one for this blog post. See if you can spot it in this list:

  1. Essential _____ For _____. E.g. Essential Ingredients For The Perfect Casserole.
  2. The Future Of _____. E.g. The Future of Blogging.
  3. How I Went From _____ To _____. E.g. How I Went From Extremely Shy To A Popular YouTub-er
  4. Top 10. E.g. Top 10 Mistakes New Bloggers Make.
  5. Checklists. E.g. My Blog Post Essentials Checklist.
  6. What to Do When _____. E.g. What To Do When Your Car Breaks Down.
  7. 7 Steps To _____. E.g. 7 Steps to Consistently Writing Engaging Blog Posts.
  8. 5 Skills Every _____ Should Know. E.g. 5 Skills Every Web Developer Should Know.
  9. Tools For _____. E.g. Tools For Eliminating Distraction For At-Home Workers.
  10. Find Time For _____. E.g. How to Find Time For Writing Blog Posts.

Of course, this is just a small sample. The way to gather these is to pay attention to the titles that grab YOUR attention, write them down and then see how you can turn them into a formula like this.

Not only will you continually build a list of blog post idea starters, but you’ll know they get people’s attention because they got yours.

3. Read… A LOT

Most of my ideas for blog posts are sparked by something else I read or watched online. As I read it, it sparks some sort of idea that I think is important for my audience.

It could be that I completely agree and want to share the wisdom…

Or, it could be that I vehemently disagree and I want to “set the record straight”…

It could be that I see a way to improve or advance the idea or skill being discussed…

Regardless, I firmly believe that in order to be a good writer/content creator you need to be an avid reader/consumer.

The best bloggers I know consume a ton of content themselves.

There are exceptions (like Gary Vaynerchuk) but they’re rare… and generally speaking it’s the exceptions that make the rule.

So, make sure you’re consuming plenty of content related to your niche. It will give you the fuel to formulate your own thoughts and ideas that can then serve your audience.

Getting Over the Hump

Of course, for most bloggers the idea of coming up with a year’s worth of blog post titles seems overwhelming.

That’s okay… start small.

Decide on your content “silos” and brainstorm your 3-month lag first. You’ll likely find that once you get going it’s easy to keep going and that whole year may just find its way into your editorial calendar.

Besides, if you don’t… you’re going to be faced with that same dread the next time you know you need to write a blog post but have no idea what you want to write about.

October 21, 2015

How to Start a Blog In 15 Minutes Or Less

As a freelance web developer or designer (or any online business owner really), you need to be consistently creating content on  your blog. Why?

Blog content is how you get your name out there and get the attention of potential clients. It’s how you show those potential clients you know what you’re doing. And, it’s how you get potential clients to trust you enough in advance to hire you.

Every single one of my clients has come as a result of the content I produce on my blog. In fact, my entire business is driven by my blog content. Without it, I’d have nothing.

But, let’s assume you know that (or at least are now convinced of it)… how do you set your blog up? Well, I’m going to show you how to start your blog in 20 minutes or less in this post.

Step #1: Let’s Start With The Basics

You’ll need to decide on a domain name if you don’t already have one. I strongly recommend using some variation of your name unless you already have a clearly established brand name.

Especially, if you’re starting from scratch. That’s because your approach, the kind of content you create, etc will likely shift as you blog more.

If you lock yourself into a set brand name, those shifts can cause the domain name to not make sense anymore and it puts you in a tough spot.

For example, I used to have the domain: LearnPHP.co. Pretty great name. But, it stopped making sense as I moved into teaching other languages, teaching freelancing and more general online business info.

I was forced to “re-brand” my work and all the work I’d done building up that brand and domain was mostly lost.

If you put it all under your name (e.g. johnmorrisonline.com) you can shift what you’re doing without worrying about undermining your brand.

Also, as a freelancer it’s almost always (99.999999%) better to brand you and your name than trying to build a brand from scratch.

People buy from people… and it’ll be much easier to market you then some brand name you make up.

Of course, if you already have your domain that’s no problem. I’ll show you how to use it. But, it is easier and cheaper if you don’t have one yet.

Step #2: Get a Web Host

Once you’ve decided what your domain name is going to be (or you already have one) you’ll need to get a web host. This is where your web site “lives” on the internet.

Specifically, it’s a computer you rent that will store your blog’s files in a way where they can be accessed by everyone on the internet.

Technically, you could use your own computer to host your files, set up a static IP address with your ISP and serve them from your hardware.

But, you’ll almost assuredly pay much more, it’ll be much less reliable, and you’ll have no help or support if something goes wrong.

Of course, there are probably thousands of companies out there that do this but I recommend Bluehost. Here’s why:

  • Reason #1: Trust. I use WordPress on almost every site I build. And, WordPress is used by 76.5 million blogs. Interestingly, WordPress only recommends 3 web hosts and Bluehost is it’s top recommendation. If the world’s largest CMS trusts Bluehost, there’s likely a reason why.
  • Reason #2: Reliability. Bluehost’s uptime average is 99.9%. And, that’s not their number. It’s a third-party that’s been tracking them since 2005. So, you don’t have to worry about your site going down for any significant period of time.
  • Reason #3: Support. Bluehost offers 24/7 support via phone, email or chat. All their support staff is based in the U.S. So, if you have any sort of issue or question, you can get ahold of someone any time of day and get it resolved.
  • Reason #4: Affordability. You can start anywhere from 3.49 to 5.99 per month based on the plan you choose. That’s about as affordable as you’re going to find.
  • Reason #5: Limitless. Bluehost offers unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited domains and unlimited email accounts. So, there’s plenty of room for you to grow without spending a bunch of extra money.

As a matter of fact, I like Bluehost so much that I became an affiliate. And, I am even offering to help publicize your blog to my audience if you join Bluehost through my affiliate link. You can read the details of that here.

Of course, most web hosts have similar programs so that’s not why I recommend them. I find they’re the best fit for the majority of website owners out there.

All right, so assuming you’re ready to get rocking with Bluehost here’s how to get your account set up and your blog installed and running.

First, you’ll want to head over the the Bluehost homepage and click on the “Get Started Now” button:

1-Homepage

Here, you’ll see the various plans Bluehost offers. I recommend the Plus Plan because it’s very affordable and boasts all the unlimited good-ness I mentioned earlier. Just hit the “Select” button on the plan you want:

2-Plans

Now, here’s where you need to specify if you have a domain already or not. If you don’t, simply enter your desired domain name in the “New Domain” box. If you do have a domain, then simply enter it in the “Transfer Domain” box.

You’ll notice the “note” in the “Transfer Domain” box says Bluehost will provide you with instructions on transferring your domain. This is a small extra step you’ll need to take if you already have a domain. But, it’s really simple and Bluehost will walk you through it:

3-Domain Registartion

Next, you’ll need to enter your contact information. Pretty standard stuff here:

4-Contact info

Then, you’ll be offered add-ons for your hosting package. Again, pretty standard offerings. SiteLock and Site Backup are two I would consider heavily.

SiteLock essentially makes sure nobody can steal your domain (I’ve had it happen) and Site Backup helps you backup and restore your site if something breaks.

I strongly recommend a service like this. If not here through Bluehost, then somewhere.

The others aren’t something I’d use… unless you have some reason you need the privacy protection. But, most people don’t and you probably already know if you do.

Once you’ve selected any add-ons, enter your billing information and continue on:

5

At this point, Bluehost has a few additional offers they’ll walk you through. Like additional domain names and such.

Generally, I don’t find that kind of thing necessary but if you wanted to snatch up all the variations of your domain name, you could. I never do. But that’s me.

Once you’re done with the payment process, you’ll see a Welcome screen like this:

7-Welcome

Click on the “Create Your Password” button and you’ll see a page where you can set your password, like this:

8-Set Password

Please, please, please use the Password Generator here and do NOT use a password that you’ve used anywhere else or that’s “easy to remember”. Speaking from experience… if you do you will get hacked at some point.

Once done setting your password, hit “Create” and you’ll be taken to the Bluehost login where you can login with your new credentials:

9-Bluehost login

Once logged in, you’ll see a welcome pop-up. Just go ahead and hit the “I Can Do It” button:

10-cPanel 1

All right, now here’s where we got to the nitty-gritty. You should now see your cPanel dashboard which looks like this:

11-cPanel-WP

What you want is the WordPress icon. Click that and we’ll install WordPress for your blogging platform. You’ll now see a page like this:

12-Wordpress

Click the “Start” button so we can start installing WordPress. It’ll first ask you what domain you’d like to install it on:

13-Choose Domain

Of course, you’ll select the domain you created (or transferred) when you created your account. You’ll then see an installing screen. Simply wait for this to finish:

14-Installation

Once finished installing, you’ll be asked to enter some basic info including your desired admin username and password.

Do NOT make your admin username “admin”. Usually your first and last name are fine or your email address.

Also, again (broken record) use a unique password that is not easy to remember. Then, hit “Install Now”:

15-WP Login

Once installed, you’ll see a completion screen like this:

16-Install Complete

Now, check your email because you’ll receive a welcome email with all your relevant WordPress login info including where you need to login at. Click the URL in the email and bookmark it. You’ll be going here a lot:

17-Mojo Email

That URL will take you to the WordPress login screen where you can login in with your WordPress credentials (in the email):

18-WordPress Login

Once logged in, you’ll be taken to the WordPress dashboard page which is now your home for creating our blog content!

19-Dashboard

Now, that’s the 15-minute setup and install. But, let me go a bit further and show you how to get rolling with your blog.

Step #3: Set Up WordPress

Here’s a very quick run-down of the things you need to know to get going with WordPress:

  • Posts. Posts are exactly what the name implies. These are your blog posts that contain your content. These are the main thing you’ll be posting. With WordPress, you simply create a new post for each piece of content and it handles all the display stuff for you.
  • Categories. Again, self-explanatory. You can create categories to help organize your content. For example, on my blog I have a “PHP” category and any posts I create related to PHP I put in that category and WordPress displays them accordingly.
  • Pages. Pages sometimes confuse people because they look an awful lot like posts. The main difference is that pages will NOT show up in your regular post listings. So, for example your homepage that lists all your posts will NOT show pages. Pages also don’t get categorized. Pages are meant for “administration” type stuff like your “Contact” page or a “Support” page.
  • Themes. Themes control the look and feel of your site. They are what control how your content is displayed. Different themes will have different colors, layouts, options and so on. It’s worth taking some time and browsing the free themes available and finding one you like.
  • Plugins. Plugins add functionality to your site. For example, a plugin like Contact Form 7 will let you add contact forms to your site. Or a plugin like WishList Member will help turn your blog into a membership site. Just don’t overdo it. Generally speaking, more plugins means more overhead. You want to keep your site lean and fast.

So, with that basic understanding let’s run through setting up WordPress so you can start blogging.

Let’s start with the general settings. On the left side of the WordPress Dashboard, click on the “Settings” tab. This will take you to the General Settings page:

wp-settings-general

Set your site title, site tagline, timezone, date format and time format. These are used in various places on both the front and back end of WordPress.

Next, click on the Settings > Permalinks tab:

wp-settings-permalink

99.9999999999% of the time you’ll select the “Post Name” option. The only time you won’t is if you know something I don’t and one of the other options is somehow better. But, you’ll already know that and you’re smarter than me so have at it.

Next, things get a bit tricky but don’t worry… I’ll walk you through it. WordPress is in the middle of this funny transition right now where theme options can potentially exist in three places.

Theme options are the settings each theme has that let you customize the look and feel of your site. Every theme has different options. Some more. Some less.

These options can show up in three places. The first (old) place is under Appearance > Theme Options. The second (old) is under its own menu (e.g. Canvas). The third (new) is under Appearance > Customize.

In the future, theme options should be housed under Appearance > Customize so check there first. If you don’t find much then look for the other two places.

That said… once you find where the options are there’s a few basic options most themes should let you customize.

The first is your logo. On my theme, it looks like this:

wp-appearance-logo

This will differ a bit based on your theme, but most should have a way for you to upload your logo. Do that. If you don’t have one… try to get one fairly soon but don’t worry because WordPress will simply display your Site Title and Tagline.

Of course, for your theme you can look through the different theme options available and play around a bit to find what you like.

Next up is your menus. This is the menu bar that displays across the top of your site. You can specify what links appear there.

To do this, we’ll need to create a couple pages to display in our menu. So, go to Pages > Add New:

wp-pages-add-new

For now, we’ll create two pages: About and Contact. You can simply just enter the title for each page and save them. You can come back and edit them later. We just need them created so we can add them to your menu.

Once those two pages are created, head over to Appearance > Menus:

wp-appearance-menus

Here, there’s a few things to look at. First, you have Menus and you have Theme Locations. On this page, you’re essentially accomplishing two things:

  1. Creating menus with your desired menu items
  2. Associating menus to theme locations

So, each theme will have different “locations” where you can add menus. Most will have a menu bar at the top which is usually the Primary Navigation Menu. But, there could be many others.

You can create multiple menus and associate different menus with different locations. So for example, you could have one menu with one set of items at the top of your blog and another menu with a different set of items in your footer.

This screen does all that.

For now, we’re worried about the Primary theme location.

wp-appearance-menus-add-item

Create a new menu and name it Primary.

Then, on the left side under “Pages” check the boxes next to “Home”, “About” and “Contact” (the two pages we just created) and select “Add to Menu”.

Then, at the bottom select the “Primary Navigation Menu” checkbox under the “Theme Locations” section.

Then, hit “Save Menu”. This will add those items to your menu and associate that menu with the primary theme location.

If you go to the front end of your site, you should now see those menu items at the top of your blog.

Now, we can move onto widgets. Go to Appearance > Widgets. This is where you can add items to the sidebar of your blog.

wp-appearance-widgets

Again, different themes will have different Sidebars where you can add widgets. However, most will have a Primary or Default sidebar.

For now, simply drag the Recent Posts and the Categories widget from the left side of the screen over to the Primary Sidebar and drop them there.

This will add these widgets to your sidebar.

Finally, click the home icon on the top left of WordPress. This will take you to the front end of your site so you can see how it looks. You should now have set up site with your menu, widgets, logo and all the basic stuff set up:

wp-visit-site

To get back to the “back end” of WordPress you can click the “Dashboard” link in the top menu bar:

wp-visit-admin

Now What?

So, that does it for the initial setup. From here you can start creating content and getting familiar with WordPress. Of course, you might be wondering what now. Here’s a few next steps you can take:

  1. Don’t forget to edit your About and Contact pages
  2. Delete the “Hello World” post WordPress comes with
  3. Create and publish your first post
  4. Browse through some themes at Appearance > Themes
  5. Browse the Plugin Repository at Plugins > Add New

If you know someone who would benefit from this post, I’d really appreciate it if you’d share it with them.

October 16, 2015