Hi there! Welcome back to Blog Savvy Coaching. I am here today to help you hopefully set up your WordPress blog and get it ready to go live! I am by no means an expert, but having done this for a while I do have some tips and tricks that I feel you might find useful. So I’m super excited to be able to share those with you.
Pick your blog name.
The very first thing you need to do is figure out what you want your blog name to be. It can be changed, but if you can avoid changing it in the future I would. So take some time to brainstorm some ideas and figure out which one suits you and the message you are trying to send out the best. It’s helpful to have a few ideas and narrow it down from there.
Your blog name can include your name or be something else altogether. It’s completely up to you. There are pros and cons to both, so that’s something worth looking into if you are curious. But your blog name is something that sets the stage for how your blog is perceived by others. You want something that is easy to remember and that can be put into a URL.
Figure out what you want your blog to look like.
From color scheme to overall design, there are a couple of ways you can do this. You can start with brainstorming some ideas and things you want in your blog design or you can get on WordPress and look at the themes and play around that way. Just like the name you choose, the design and theme you choose also matters.
It’s important to pick something that you like and represents you, but also that is easy to navigate and looks clean and put together. It doesn’t have to be super professional, but it needs to be something that your readers and followers can go to with minimal issues. I know from personal experience if a site takes too long to load or is hard to navigate I don’t stick around.
Customize your theme.
Once you have played around and chosen your theme, it’s time to customize your site to suit you. Choose colors that you like and that represent you. Don’t choose yellow if you hate yellow. If you aren’t sure yet, you can always go for neutral and choose later. Once you have chosen colors and pictures that personalize your blog it’s time to move on to actual writing.
Make sure that your blog’s name is somewhere at the top. You should also have a space under that for a tagline. This is where you will give a short description of your blog. It can be what your blog is about, when you will be posting, or even something about you. Choose something that is honest and that you think readers might be interested in.
Once you start writing you will create categories (or at least you should). Once you do that you can go in and add those categories to the menu. You just go under the “Customize” tab on the side. That will help readers find specific content they are interested in much easier. So make sure you have as many categories as possible, but be specific.
Posts you should always have.
There are some posts that I think are important for every blog to have. One is your “About Page”. You have the option to title this whatever you would like, but this post is quite literally all about you. It can be as long or as short as you would like it to be. Talk about you, your blog, what it’s about, why you started, and anything else you feel is relevant.
Also, it’s important to have a “Contact Page”. Again, this is whatever you think is relevant. If you have an email specific to your blog you can include that. Also, include any social media links that you have created for your blog. You can also include any personal accounts that you have if you feel inclined to do so.
Add anything else you feel is necessary.
You are in complete control of your blog. You can add things and take away things as you see fit. One of the best things about having your own blog and website is that there is no one telling you what to do or what not to do. You get to make those choices. So go through and look at your blog and see what you would like to add. Make it your own!
If you want to add more, then do it. If you feel some things aren’t necessary you can take them away. Just make your blog true to you and you will start seeing your community grow in ways you never thought possible. You don’t have to have everything else that someone else has and you can have things that they don’t have.
Make your blog live!!!
Once you have customized your blog to your heart’s content go ahead and double check to make sure that everything looks the way you want it to and that you have all the things you want to have and then you are all set to make your blog live! So go ahead and publish your blog for the world to see and the celebrate! It’s a big moment!
It’s important to remember though that you will only get what you put in. So be consistent, stay true to who you are, and don’t forget to promote yourself and your blog. Don’t let all that hard work be for nothing. Set up social media accounts for your readers to follow and don’t forget to actually post on them!
And those are my tips for setting up a WordPress blog and theme! I really hope you find this helpful! Hopefully these tips help you at least get started in a good direction. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will respond as soon as I can! Be sure to follow before you leave so you don’t miss out on any future content!