What are the things you need to know before setting up a blog?
It was around 8am when
I arrived the office, as I sat on my desk with a glass of hot coffee I reflect
on how the day is going fly. I wasn’t having a lot of workload that day, so I
thought of trying something new. I’ve heard the term blogging and how people
make money from it.
So I drop the cup of
coffee on the table and focused on the laptop in front of me.
I typed on Google
search “How to set up a blog.”
Then this happened……
I wish to refer to my earlier post on “THE RELEVANCE OF BLOGGING IN THE 21 CENTURY” where i defined the term Blog, Bloggers and blogging. There I talked detailed about the origin of blogging and its significance and importance in present time. It is assumed we all know what a blog is, just in case you are not familiar with the term “Blog, Blogging Bloggers, you can refer to that article.
It is very important to read my earlier article on “THE RELEVANCE OF BLOGGING IN THE 21 CENTURY” as this will give you a background on key terms and a proper understanding.
Moving on, now what
does it really take to own a blog?
I know this question seem challenging, you do probably think
you have to be a computer wizard to own or run a successful blog. I couldn’t
agree less, when I first started I knew very little about codding and web
All I had was determination, a few computer skills and a
mind to write and impact my generation while expressing myself. Now the story
is different, I own three successful blogs and have co-founded a handful of
What I’m saying here is that, all you need to own a blog is
determination, passion for writing, learning and some basic computer skills.
Like I said, I never knew how to code or set up a website or
blog. In fact my first blog was created by a friend, but with I did tutor
myself from online research and blogs.
I learnt by reading online articles just like the one you
are reading now. I also visit so many blogs to understand it’s designed and
contributed by asking questions.
Note: “You can never be a successful blogger without
learning from other web developers” just as you can never have traffic on your
blog if you don’t visit other people’s blog and contribute by commenting.
It’s as plain and truthful as it can be. To be a successful
blogger, you have to learn from others. For you to have tons of traffic no your
site, you’ll have to contribute by commenting and asking questions on other
I will write on STEP
BY STEP PROCEDURE IN SETTING UP YOUR FIRST BLOG on my next post, here I
will show you how to create a website using Blogger and WordPress.
Are you lost?
Let me help you out, now I know you’re confused when I
mentioned Blogger and WordPress, well you should be.
That’s the essence of this article, to expose you to the
criteria of owning a blog. I would state and try to explain them as I can.
Things you Need to
consider before Setting up a blog
- MAKE UP YOUR MIND ON THE PLATFORM YOU WANT TO RUN YOUR BLOG; BLOGGER OR WORDPRESS
Yes we are back to the term Blogger and
Wordpress. You need to know which of the platform you want to use in creating
your blog. Most young bloggers usually use “Blogger” because it is easy to use and totally free.
“Blogger” is a platform owned by Google and
is easy to use compared to WordPress which is more complex and require some
I started blogging using “Blogger” before
moving to wordpress. I must really confess, my experience using “Blogger” made
switching to wordpress a piece of cake. I will also write in my future post HOW TO SWITCH FROM BLOGGER TO WORDPRESS.
Blogger is also free and straight forward,
all you need is basic knowledge of computer and off you go. I would write on “HOW TO SET UP A BLOGGER BLOG IN ONE MUNITE”
in my future post.
On the other side, WordPress is the in-thing
when you talk about blogging and tweaking. Unlike “Blogger”, it gives you
access to the panel of your site and plugins. You can configure your site to be
or look like anything you can ever imaging with over one million plugins and
Yes I said over one million plugins and
I know you probably don’t understand the
terms plugins and theme in web development. Not to worry, I will write on “HOW TO WORK WITH PLUGINS AND THEMES ON
WORDPRESS” in my further post. Before then, I will also show you “HOW TO SET UP A WORDPRESS BLOG WITHOUT
SWEAT” on my next post. Always
ensure to check this column for new article as I promise to update regularly.
Moving on, now you see the difference
between “Blogger and WordPress.” So if you are looking at setting up a simple
blog where you just want to share your experiences, you can use Blogger, but if
you’re looking at setting up a mega site with so many features, plugins and
tweaking, then wordpress is where you want to be.
I personally advise newbies to use “Blogger”
platform for setting up their website. You can always switch to WordPress when
you are conversant with using Blogger.
Domain Name refers to the address of your website or blog. Just like www.abelwealth.toktok9ja.com, it is the address people will enter on a search engine or internet to locate my website.
You have to choose a short, unique domain
name which is easy for people to remember. For example www.toktok9ja.com, you see how this domain
name looks unique and short. Now consider this www.graphicinfomatics.com though it
sounds good, yet it seems too long and not simple.
People will visit your site more often if
they can remember your domain name at glance.
Also, you’ll need to buy a domain name and I usually buy most of my domain names from freenom.
I know all this may be hard for you to
process at the moment, but I promise tol write on HOW TO BUY A DOMAIN NAME on my next post.
A host is the server where your domain name
is connected to. Consider it as the house where all the information about your
website is stored. So when you click on www.ablewealth.toktok9ja.com it
takes you to the host server (house) where all the information and data of this
website are stored.
To set up a WordPress blog, you need to have a host company. The host companies are responsible for storing all your data via their server. They are also called ISP (Internet Service Provider).I usually use smartweb hosting company for most of my websites. There are other good ones like bluehost, hostgator, whogohost and many others.
I will also write on HOW TO BUY HOSTING PLANS for your website.
Email has become a necessity for our
everyday life. You need emails to set up virtually everything online. You also
need email to sign up for blogs and social media accounts.
This should be the first thing you have
before setting up a blog, and Gmail is highly recommended.
Well there you have it, this are some of the few basic
things you need to know before setting up your blog or website.
I’m sure you learnt one or two things here.
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Abel Wealth is a professional freelancer with versed experience in content writing, Web Development, SEO and Social media marketing.