Creating a blog is a great way to get your business up and running. Whether you’re looking to sell yourself as a freelance writer, to build an affiliate marketing base, or just to add another layer of traffic to a growing network, blogging can open a lot of doors for you. Best of all, blogging is inexpensive and, by using a site like WordPress, you can create a professional-style website for mere pennies on the dollar compared to other avenues.
Creating a professional website will cost you a lot of money if you use conventional methods. Even if you decide to do it yourself to save money, you still need extensive HTML knowledge and will spend a lot on different themes, hosting packages, etc.
In the article below, we will discuss how to create a professional WordPress site in five easy steps.
The Five Steps to WordPress Blog Success
1. Installing WordPress
Installing WordPress is a breeze if you have a hosting plan already. If you’re using Hostgator, simply log into the Control Panel and select the Quick Install option. If you’re using another host, find the Fantastico Deluxe option. No matter which option you choose, it’s a very simple install. Just click your option, click Continue, select your site from the drop down menu, fill out the required fields (which you can change later), and choose Install WordPress.
TIP: The installation process usually takes four hours. Use this time to gather up the different files and content you want to add to your site later.
2. Installing Themes
There are many WordPress themes to choose from, but the best theme is the Responsive theme (themes can be changed in the Appearance section ), it can create a one-size-fits-all website or blog for any device, including PC or MC, tablets, iPhones, desktops and anything in between.
3. Adding Pages and Changing Your Homepage
Before you go any further, you must change up the Responsive layout a little bit. To do this, create two new pages — this will make the Responsive layout function correctly, and will allow you to set up a static homepage and a blog posts page. To do this, go to Dashboard, hover your mouse over the Pages tab, and select Add New. Name the first page that pops up ‘Home’ and then publish without any content. Don’t worry, you can change this later.
Repeat the steps for the second page, only you want to name this Blog before publishing. Once published, return to the Dashboard, hover over Settings, and select Reading. You will see your Front Page display, which can now be changed to Static, setting your Front Page to your Homepage. You need to follow the same steps here to change your Posts page to your Blog page. Not only do you now have the right Responsive template layout, but you know how to add new pages in the future.
4. Creating Your Own Logo
A logo is an important feature for your blog or site, so let’s quickly get you something to work with. Stop by Pixlr and select the Editor Advanced option. Select Create New image, add your image, name it, and change the width and height to 800×600. You can change this later. For right now, you want this default size. Make sure that the image you’re adding is a PNG image, so it’s transparent on any background.
Create the logo here, save it to your computer, and then return to your WP Dash, go to Media, select Add New, and choose your icon. A great tip here is to actually crop your icon using this feature and then download it, save it, and re-upload it to WP so you’ll have the right size without any distortion.
5. Adding YouTube and Facebook Widgets
To add some cool social media widgets, visit your Dashboard, go to Appearance, and then select Widgets. You’ll find your widgets in the sidebar and can simply drag new widgets to replace them. If you want the YouTube widget, go to Plugins, type in ‘YouTube Subscribe,’ and install and activate this widget. Simply drag it back into your sidebar, add your text, choose the right width and height and publish it.
This article courtesy of SiteProNews.com