How to Start, Set-Up and Blog on a WordPress Blogging Platform

WordPress is one the most popular and accessible blogging software platforms nowadays, this is why so many people are using it.

WordPress has many advantages compared to other similar and popular platforms, like Blogger for example. One of the most important things about it is it does not require expert knowledge to set it up, and the whole initial setup process takes just few minutes.

Let’s assume that you have completed the “5 minute installation” of WordPress with no excessive complications and stress. Now the question is, What is next? Here we will take a quick but useful and informative tour through your new WordPress blog and see how everything works.

To start, log in into your administration panel. The administration panel is the commanding center of your blog. From there you can organize your blog, create a new design, publish, change settings, and so on.

Consider spending some time to look at the blog before you begin changing things. Try to find out and learn how it all works.

You will see first the default theme/layout of your blog with all the features like header, sidebar, footer, body, etc. The body is the middle area of your blog where normally all the posts go. Presuming you already published a post and now having a look at it.

Your post has a title and underneath it some information as the time, date, and the author. This is the so-called “meta data.” Below the post are allocated the tags and the categories of the post. At the very bottom of the page is the so-called footer, which contains the information about the platform and RSS. The footer looks like this: “Blog at” on the top and “Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)” underneath.

At the sidebar are allocated different sections of information like list of pages, categories, archives, calendar, and so on. The visitors for navigation around your blog use the sidebar’s menu / navigation panel, as they can visit posts from different categories or periods.

The next step is to get familiar with the dashboard of your new blog. The dashboard is intended to keep you up to date with new information from the big variety of WordPress resources. It allows you to make changes to your blog, as for example the look of your blog themes.

Now after you get familiar on how to operate and navigate through your blog’s controls, it is time to start with the actual blogging. To create a good blog, you need a good plan. In order to do that you have to ask yourself and answer these questions: What will I do with this blog? Who will read it? What sort of information will I be posted on it? Why am I doing it? Whom am I doing it for? How frequently will I be posting?

If you think, you know what your audience will be, then you can choose the appropriate theme/look of your blog for that audience. Maybe you already have a design idea in mind, but take a moment to use this information to reconsider it, and see if it will work with WordPress.

When you have done all the basics for your WordPress blog, you can start the customization process. To begin, start writing some great informational post to share with your new audience. From this point, you can start doing anything you want with your blog, adding, deleting, improving, scrambling, etc. You can work with the default WordPress theme, or search for another that better corresponds to your taste. Now you can customize all the links and information, re-design the entire blog and do everything you want. As you have learned the basics, everything else is down to your imagination.