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Setting up a blog is relatively straightforward, but only after you do a little research. I know that I was completely lost when I first conceived of the idea. In this article, I’ll go through all of my common resources that I have used and recommend.
Setting Up Your Blog
There are three things you need to set up a blog: a domain, hosting, and WordPress. Getting a domain and hosting can come out of the same place. I use BlueHost for my hosting and I love them! It was easy to sign up and relatively inexpensive. I also use WordPress.org to build my blog. There are a lot of places that will teach you how to build a blog. I used The Blog Starter to set mine up. Building a Framework is also an awesome resource that I’ve used.
Plugins help your site to function differently without you having to code. I’m no good at coding, so I use a lot of plugins to help me out. Here are a few that every blog should probably have (or at least a form of them.)
Akismet Anti-Spam: It filters out spam comments. A lifesaver!
Google Analytics Dashboard for WP: Google Analytics is important, especially if you want to monetize. This plugin makes viewing them easy.
Jetpack by WordPress.com: You can get all of the perks of WordPress.com on WordPress.org.
WP Forms: This is a super simple plugin that makes forms for your readers to fill out. Check it out on my contact page.
Yoast SEO: This plugin helps me to view the readability of my posts and optimize for SEO.
Scheduling my social media posts gives me a lot more time in my week to do other things. I use Buffer to schedule Facebook and Instagram and have had awesome success with them. I just got into Later for my Pinterest scheduling. The jury is still out on them, so I’ll keep you posted if they are any good.
My last two resources don’t really fit in anywhere but are very important. I use Photoshop for all my photo editing and graphics creation. I’ve been working with Adobe products for years and have always liked them (even if I don’t like the pricing structure.) I also use Grammarly to check the spelling and grammar of my posts. It’s an awesome tool and everyone with a computer should use it even if you don’t have a blog.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, I would love to hear about it. If you have any questions or suggestions, please comment! I would love to hear what you think!