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Start Blogging in Less Than 5 Minutes

Thousands of blogs are

launched online every day. Every businessman and person is launching a blog to share his ideas with others. As the demand for creating blogs is increasing every day, the process of creating a blog is becoming easier as well. Now, it takes even less than 5 minutes to have your own blog.

1.) Register a Domain Name

Before setting up a blog, a domain name registration is needed. Make sure the domain name is relevant to the niche of your blog and its length is short as well. If you are going to create a blog about Medifast and Nutrisystem coupons, then the domain name should be relevant as well.

2.) Create a Hosting Account

Select a good web host. These days there are webhosts which have special packages for blogs. These plans are usually named as WordPress plans with a WordPress blog already installed. But its not necessary to buy these plans as a blog could be installed at any web host.

3.) Install a Blogging Script

After registering a web hosting account, you need to install a blogging script. If you would ask me, I would definitely recommend WordPress to you. The script is available for free and is very easily installed on any web server. What you need is a few megabytes of web space, a database and FTP client. First you will upload all files through the FTP client, create a database and run the installer. The installer will ask you for your database and FTP details.

4.) Customize Blog Settings

Different customizations are available through GUI. You dont need to be a coding expert and you even dont need to code a single line to customize the appearance of your blog. You can change the title, sub-title, theme and links of your blog. Do change the permalinks of your blog to mention the blog post title and the category in which that blog post resides.

5.) Install Plug-ins

For enthusiastic bloggers, there are tweaks to further customize their blogs known as plug-ins. These plug-ins either modify a previous functionality or add a new functionality to your blog. Another plus point of using WordPress is that all the plug-ins are placed on the same site for free and you dont have to search web for these plug-ins.

6.) Thats All Let’s Start Writing

This is all whats needed to set-up a blog. It doesnt take even 5 minutes. Some of the host also provides an installation option called Fantastico which allows installing number of scripts in just a minute. WordPress is one of those scripts. If your host offers Fantastico, then you dont even need to perform step 3 of installing a blog script. Moreover, there are few websites online which provide free blog hosting services as well. These websites dont even need you to register a domain but you can use a free sub-domain provided by them. Moreover, the installation is done within seconds and you even dont need to get involved in FTP details. Using these services save webhosting and domain registration costs along with saving you from getting involved in FTP and other technicalities.

 

5 reasons why you must choose WordPress for blogging

I am not going into raptures about WordPress simply because so many have done it before. This post is practical, down to earth advice to those bloggers who are not yet into WordPress and why they ought to be.


WordPress is simple to install and setup

The first hurdle which a blogger must cross is setting it all up. Those of you who are using traditional website for a blog are acutely aware of how difficult it is to get it up and running. To put it simply, it¢â‚¬â„¢s tough.

Setting up a blog in WordPress is smooth and easy. In fact, you can start blogging within no time without bothering about index page, CSS , XHTML , JavaScript and web servers. WordPress can be installed on almost all web servers and works well in any environment. In fact the power of WordPress lies in its versatility.

WordPress is extremely simple to use

Once you have installed your WordPress blog, you are done. No more compatibility issues, missing links and lost web pages. You can create posts and static web pages quickly. Posts take care of themselves ¢â‚¬â€œ you can review, trash, select and publish posts from contributors as well. Managing comments is equally easy. WordPress has been designed to cater to the entire blogging ecosystem. There is a tool for every conceivable operation which makes things truly amazing.

There are hundreds of themes to choose from

This is perhaps the most powerful feature of WordPress. You are not stuck with the same look and feel throughout your lifetime. You can choose from hundreds of themes, both free and premium. The free themes are pretty good and there is no need to go for premium themes unless you are looking for a particular look for your blog.

Hundreds of plug-ins to make your blogging experience better

This is where WordPress comes into its own. Plug-ins enhances the power of WordPress multiple times. You can choose from a long list of plug-ins for every conceivable blogging need. There is a plug-in for managing emails, SEO, advertisements, feedback forms, newsletters, sitemaps, RSS ¢â‚¬¦¢â‚¬¦.the list is endless.
In addition to free plug-ins, there are many which can be purchased. Plug-ins like Akismet are hugely popular.

WordPress blogs can be optimized quickly

If your blog is not indexed by Google it might as well not exist. SEO is by far the most important task for a blogger. Blog optimization is a tricky task which involves numerous activities. Keyword density, Title and Description tags, sitemap are some factors which you must keep in mind while optimizing your blog. Fortunately, WordPress has some powerful plug-ins which can assist you in SEO. These are easy to install and allow optimization of each post before publishing.

 

WordPress has been designed for blogging. It contains a full set of power tools to create, edit and publish blog‚ posts. If you are not using WordPress you are missing out on some really extraordinary blogging experience.