There are tons and tons of blogging platforms, both free and paid. But due to its flexibility and creative freedom, the majority of serious blogger use self-hosted WordPress. It has more control over the blog and lets you do more.
But having a self-hosted blog is like living in a rented apartment as compared to sharing a room. When you rent an apartment, you have to do every small and big thing. Same goes for self-hosted WordPress. In this article, I’ll walk you over how to set up a new WordPress blog in 2019
After setting up, and managing tons and tons of WordPress blogs, I now know how to launch a blog in the perfect state. Here is the overview of what we’re going to do
Domain Name & Hosting
Step 1. Preparation
Before we set sail, here is something you should make sure are ready :
Debit or credit card ( for purchasing hosting and domain )
30-40 minutes to set up everything in place
Step 2. Domain Name & Hosting
One of the most crucial parts of your blog is the domain itself. You can call it your URL, or domain (as you prefer ). For example, our domain is wpinfy.com.
You can purchase a domain from any reliable domain name provider, we recommend Namecheap.
Once you’ve purchased a domain name you’d want to host it and get your blog online asap. Below, we’ve mentioned how to purchase wpinfy hosting and install WordPress in it.
Step 3. Login
Once you’ve installed WordPress, which is extremely easy with Wpinfy because it basically does all the work for you.
On your next screen, you’ll be asked to create a password. Think of a strong password and make sure to use special characters. Once you’ve created a password, continue to log in with your new blog.
You’ll be in your dashboard, this is the center or the backend of your blog from where you manage everything.
From Setup 4, we’ll be tweaking in your dashboard to make the blog more “you”.
Step 4. Theme
A theme controls the overall feel and looks of your blog even if you don’t know a lot of design or code. To put simply, a good theme helps you make your blog look the way you like. If you aren’t a strong coder, the theme makes the design customization, a hundred times easy process.
We use generate press on our blog, which is a free WordPress theme.
Step 5. Plugins
Plugins are third party code pockets that add more functionality to your blog. A thumb rule with plugins is, keep them as minimum as possible. Because installing a plugin takes like a minute. This is why people clutter their blogs with them.
Wpinfy uses a total of 9 plugins.
You need to navigate to your Wp Dashboard, and go to Plugins > add new. There, you can search, and install the basic free plugins.
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
W3 Total Cache
Regenerate thumbnails in cloud
Contact Form 7
Step 5: Configuration
1. The About Page
The about page is a good starting point.
As long as you’re not going to write a private diary, having an about page is required.
This is your canvas, where you describe yourself. You tell about yourself, and about the blog to potential readers.
More than often, you’re about us page is most viewed pages on your blog. Make sure you do your best to turn those visits into readers.
You can visit your favorite blog and have a look at their about page to get a hint. Ours is here by the way.
2. Contact page
You always want a means of communication between you and your readers ( or sometimes advertisers ). The contact page is that bridge which provides you a private means of communication.
If you installed all the plugins mentioned above, you’d be able to insert a contact form by copying a simple shortcode from contact form 7 plugin.
3. Permalink structure
The structure at which WordPress install by default is neither SEO friendly nor good for users.
Go to Settings > Permalinks and change the structure to
It’s important to make this change here in order to prevent 404 errors in the future. If you don’t change this before publishing posts, you’ll end up in a bunch of nonexisting URLs.
When you were planning your blog, you must have some topics that you planned to write on.
For example, you planned to make a tech blog where you’d upload tech tutorials, phone reviews and more. Here, phone reviews, tutorials are categories where your posts will fall.
Create some categories that you later plan to write under.
From this point onwards, you’re going to make a bunch of changes to your blog. Changes in themes, setting up new plugins and much more.
In case anything goes wrong, you should have a backup handy in order to revert back to a new state.
I use All in One Wp Migration that provides me a downloadable file that I can import and restore everything with later.