WordPress Basics For The Non-Techie Moms

It has almost been a year since I bought my very first domain and started using WordPress for my blog. I was quite hesitant to do so as I had nary an idea about how to create a website. Aside from the potential earnings I could make from blogging, the support of the wonderful moms of Pinay Mommies Community was what made me decide to purchase my own domain and have it self-hosted.

Here are some of the steps I did to create my very first blog, The Tottering Mama:

  1. Get a domain.
    1. Choose a domain that can easily be recalled and preferably one that would stand out from the rest. My initial blog title was Two Totally Terrific Tots which had the domain www(dot)2totetots(dot)blogspot(dot)com but it sounded more like a tongue twister than a blog title so I changed to something that would be easier to recall (and say!) – The Tottering Mama.
    2. Register and buy your domain name. I waited for a $1 domain sale on goDaddy before I purchased mine you may also opt to do the same to save a couple of bucks. Some of my blogger friends bought their domain from Name Cheap. You may also want to try it out.
  2. Avail of reliable web hosting. My blogs are all hosted under SAHM Hosting. My primary reason for choosing it was that I personally knew the provider and could contact her easily when the need arises. Another reason would be the affordability of SAHM Hosting‘s packages. I only shell out around $30 a year for my blog. Bluehost and GoDaddy also offer reliable web hosting services.
  3. Choose a platform. I was advised to use WordPress which is, I was told, the best platform for building websites. My host provider graciously set up WordPress on my cPanel so I didn’t have to deal with the codes and all. If you fear the codes like I do, you may choose autoinstallers such as Fantastico and Installatron.

After doing those three steps, all I needed to do was provide quality content for my readers. I do try to keep it as informative and interesting as possible though, being a stay-at-home mom, my topics are often limited to the toddlers and home matters.

Well, it has been almost a year already and my blog still exists. I seriously doubted that I would be able to sustain my so-called blogging career but am very proud that I am now able to help with our family’s finances through it. The best part it, I get to watch our kids grow while earning from blogging.

Creating your own website and building it well may seem to be a daunting task. However, there are plenty of information on the net that could make it easy for you to create one. If I was able to do it, I’m sure you can too.

Comments

  1. I completely agree that WordPress is the best blogging platform out there primarily because it’s so flexible without even knowing codes.

  2. most people who starts blogging often commit the mistake of buying a bad domain name 🙂 good for you you changed it to a better one..

    as for hosting, I am loyal to Bluehost, though I pay $100 a year for my host, super sulit because I never experience a downtime and my sites is very safe with them.. I have 10+ blogs under them so sulit na sulit talaga 🙂

  3. Aupair Info Girl says:

    Don’t forget about the plugins for SEO and social sharing, maybe an editorial calendar to help you plan that great content… I particularly recommend the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast, it’s brilliant.

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