Hy Guys! Its been a long day since I have last submitted an article on Techripon. Usually, I write on technical purposes but today I am trying something different, writing on WordPress basis. I usually check out posts here and found a lot of people are having incredible knowledge and they write some classic quality article here. Considering me I am not a well-experienced blogger as it takes 3-4 days exploring stuff and art-working to publish a good article.
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How to Set up Your First WordPress Blog?
Hence this article is just like an instruction for beginners setting up their WordPress blog perfectly. So here I am to put here some primary steps to set up your WordPress blog without any error.
I think some beginners still get confused and feared of setting up a WordPress blog for the first time. Since I am running my blog for 6 months I have also faced a lot of complex issues & errors on my WordPress blog.
Beginners sometimes do some mistakes setting up their blog. They often set up something which should have done before or later and thus a glitch creates a major difference from a perfect blog. On this purpose, I will guide some step by step job to represent a perfect blog.
Before I go into the discussion I presume you did purchase a hosting rather going with a free one. If not yet then you can follow up this link to purchase hosting from MilesWeb at Just Rs. 60/month.
So here I am skipping the WordPress installation process as its so easy or you can check out this video.
1. SSL Certificate
For a perfect blog, SSL certificated is mandatory and currently, Google has a high priority on it considering as one of the SEO ranking factors. SSL is required if you are going to start a professional blog. Setting up the SSL certificated often occurs some issues or errors. So what I prefer is to set it up after very next of WordPress Installation (without posting any content). If done then you good to go to the next step or you can skip if you don’t (get some advice from an expert) know how to set it up error-free. A single glitch may cause your site becoming unavailable & you may end up with “this site can’t be reached”.
2. Add Responsive Theme
After the successful installation of SSL, choose a decent responsive theme as per your choice. A paid theme from ThemeForest (or other) would be best or you pick a free one among the thousands. A paid theme always have better customisation with a lot of features which brings a professional look on your blog. Also, you can implement and add a lot of stuff on your blog using these paid features.
Never go for the nulled themes or any cracked theme which potentially includes harmful materials like malware or any virus. Thus you will lose your blog & more over your hosting account can also be banned due to the reason of uploading malware in the server unwantedly. You better go for the free themes like Mh magazine, Colormag, OceanWp, GeneratePress, Newscard & the lightest theme Frontier (Specially Recommended for Micro-niche blog). These themes are great with the simple interface in terms of its price which is zero.
3. Creating Page & Menu
For smooth experience, the footer menu is created by adding pages other hand main menu items are created by adding categories.
After creating the menu go ahead customizing your theme. Add up the header, footer, widgets and display your menu on your blog. The more you complete your primary customization here.
Likewise, you may also add widgets to show different content on your sidebar, homepage & footer.
Designing the widgets is a big part & I am not coving these stuff here. You can get help from Youtube for every particular issue or Follow up Blogging Mafia Channel to get an error-free solution.
Plugins are usually a key thing for every perfect blog. Different website uses different plugins to have a better interface. So it’s upon you to install your preferred plugins. There I mentioned some plugins which are specifically great.
- Yoast SEO
Pretty much everyone is aware of this popular SEO tool. The tool is immensely great and usable to rank your article. It gets regular updates depending on the changes in SEO algorithm. You must have this plugin installed on your blog.
- Classic Editor
Wordpress has changed its default editor to Gutenberg which seems a bit difficult for beginners perhaps the interface is so friendly & easily accessible. Classic Editor plugin can make it easier for the beginner in terms of editing purpose.
- Yoast SEO
- W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache is widely used by every blogger as it speeds up WordPress page speed by caching and minifying content. It also features CDN (Content Delivery Network) to optimize images on your blog.
- UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore
There’s a plugin named UpdraftPlus which can save your hardly implemented data, images and moreover your whole blog by taking a back up. Install and set it up on your blog & you won’t ever regret losing your website data. It automatically generates a backup of your whole blog including plugin and settings and saves it to your preferred cloud storage (Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive etc).
WpDiscuz is a great comment plugin which is free & this plugin is applied in Techripon.com. You better check out comment section as a demo.
Onesignal is for the advance blogger to send Push notifications to your users. This plugin is used whenever you started getting traffic from Google or any other source. Beginners may skip this plugin.
To catch your audience you can send push notifications to them while publishing an article on your blog. Ripon bro recently introduced to OneSignal which is also used in Techripon.
Just go to Onesignal create a free account & add your website. Install Onesignal plugin and apply the app id which is provided while adding your website. That’s it!
Shortcodes is a free plugin with a bunch of HTML tools. Without any HTML coding knowledge, you can use this tool to alternate the data structure of your article.
There above some of the recommended plugins which are required to develop a perfect blog. Also, there are some other useful recommended plugins like – Contact Form 7 or WPforms (to create forms), Akismet Antispam, Jetpack (monitor your site), Sucuri (WordPress Firewall), TablePress (Creating Tables), Sharedcount (Count the number of shares), LiveChat (Live chat on your website).
- Setup AMP
If you are subscribed to Blogging Mafia (Technical Ripon) Youtube channel then hopefully you did watch how to setup AMP for your WordPress blog. AMP is essential nowadays for every blog. Google has a high priority on it to filter search result for the mobile devices. AMP enabled pages ranks higher on Google. If you do want to reach your site more to mobile users then setup AMP on your blog. Below is the video tutorial to perfectly set it up for your blog.
- W3 Total Cache
After the primary optimization if your pages load slower due to high pixel images (Size) then you can set up CDN (Content Delivery Network) for your blog. Cloudflare is the best website to get your work done. It also makes your blog secure from the spam traffic, DDoS attack & also provides a bunch of other security with the free plan. It’s so easy to connect your blog with Cloudflare by changing the Nameservers of your home domain. Check out this video How to Add Domain to Cloudflare by Harsh Agarwal Sir.
There are also some further steps that you may proceed.
- Turn on Permalinks for your Blog which will help Google to recognize your content.
- Create your own profile to show author details.
- Submit your website on the Google Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tool.
So that’s it for now. These are some basic steps to create a perfect blog for the beginner. If you are an advanced level blogger then you suppose to do a lot more customization. I don’t think this article would help a beginner better because I didn’t provide any kind of tutorial. For me, this is just like an Introduction to WordPress for beginners who are still deciding to move to WordPress. Perhaps there is a lot more complicated thing yet to uncover in WordPress. Working on this platform will acquire you further knowledge & will help becoming an expert.