Monday , 10 May 2021
Today I want to share 4 steps to doing this yourself & some oh-so-fabulous resources that are available to help make that transition super smooth for you if this is something you're interested in doing for your business.

4 Steps to a Quick & Painless WordPress Website

On yesterday’s post – How Do You Blog – I shared a bit about my start in blogging & why I eventually chose to take on my own domain, hosting, & WordPress blog.

Today I want to share 4 steps to doing this yourself & some oh-so-fabulous resources that are available to help make that transition super smooth for you if this is something you’re interested in doing for your business.

4 Steps to making the switch

1} You need to buy your domain name.*

This is pretty easy & cheap. I use GoDaddy.com. Just search for your domain name, if it’s available, buy it. You pay a yearly fee for your domain name, but it’s not expensive at all.

2} Next you need get your domain hosted.

There are many hosting services out there. Some cheaper than others, but I chose DreamHost because they had great reviews, were recommended by several names I trust, & they had a great deal going – free hosting for a year!

*If you host with them they will give you a free domain name included with your year of hosting {pretty common among hosting sites}. They usually throw in a free domain just for going with them.

3} Next you need to register for a WordPress blog.

That’s using WordPress.org, not WordPress.com which is like using Blogger. It’s free & easy to use. Once your hosting is set up you just use the one-click install & your blog is put on your website! Now all you have to do is customize it.

4} Choose your blog theme.

When it comes to customizing your blog on WordPress, there are tons of free themes {layouts} available. Here’s the deal with using free themes though. They need updated frequently & they can be hacked easier. I chose to go the safer route {not 100% hack free, but better} & purchase a custom theme from WooThemes.

When I got my theme it was buy one get 2 free & they were discounted. So if that’s something that interests you, check out WooThemes! I’d definitely recommend it! They even have a free e-commerce theme that you can use to put your shop online with your blog! I can see that in my future for sure!

And that’s it. You’re all set & you can start blogging, creating pages, & linking away!

Now I’m not going to lie to you & say that this doesn’t come with it’s challenges. It does! I think I worked long, stressful hours for 2 weeks straight when I was trying to get this website up & running. But…there’s help out there that will simplify your switch even more!

Help Is Out There

If I had this to do over, I would without-a-doubt use these resources to help me in this process. If I had used them, I’m sure I wouldn’t have spent 2 weeks fumbling my way through it.

First up…Laura Roeder’s “Zero To WordPress” programs.

You have two choices here. Zero to WordPress Blog or Zero to WordPress Website. Both are absolutely FABULOUS!!! It all depends on what you want!

This is sooo worth the money, let me tell you! Laura takes you through the entire step-by-step process of getting your blog or website set up. She starts with buying a domain, takes you through hosting, & then shows you exactly how to set your blog up. She gives you a huge list of the best free themes & plugins to use on your blog to get it ready to go!

And lastly, A Quick Study’s – Blogger to WordPress

If you’re already blogging using a Blogger blog & you want to take all of your posts with you to your new blog…it can be done with Zoe Rooney’s program – Blogger to WordPress.

I copied & pasted all of the posts I wanted moved over & they still don’t look right because of the formatting differences so I’d highly recommend this…especially if you’ve been blogging for a while & have a lot of posts to take with you! This is a must!

So there you go!

4 steps to DIY WordPress website/blog & some helpful resources to get you through it…easy-peasy!

Have you considered a WordPress website or blog? What’s holding you back? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Meagan

Meagan VisserĀ 

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8 comments

  1. Interesting and useful article. I’m still using Blogger and Joomla, but I want to open blog WordPress too. Thanks.

  2. Thank you, this article is definitely a keeper!

  3. No problem! So glad you found it helpful!

  4. So after reading this, I thought “Wow! It really IS as easy as everyone says!!”. So I was all inspired to go off and DO it… Alas, almost 2 hours later, I STILL don’t have wordpress downloaded (“Famous 5-minute installation” – HA!). I am going to have to call in some favours with some web designer friends… Sigh – I thought I was going to be able to actually do it alone… I am seriously considering “Zero to WordPress” program you shared… I think that I might really benefit from it… Glad that you shared those links! WIsh me luck, folks!

    • What!!! I can’t believe it! I’ve never had it take that long! Crazy. I guess it just goes to show that every operating system does things differently. Sorry & good luck! I’m sure using Zero to WordPress will help you to be able to do it on your own…that’s the point of it!

  5. I regret using blogger for all my blogs and sites, I should have taken the extra time to use WP in the beginning, as there are so many additional benefits and advantages to doing so. Keep at it ladies, it may just be something small and technical and once you get over the hump you are free sailing. Don’t give up!

  6. WordPress is totally the way to go. I always recommend it as a platform for indie business owners to create a website and have control over the updating and functionality. Many web hosts offer the ability to do a “one-click” installation of WordPress, allowing you to get up and running in no time. I’ve built several websites on the WordPress platform and my clients are stoked at how easy it is to update, add new images, and incorporate a PayPal cart. Yee-haw! Viva la WordPress!

  7. Exactly Luca! WordPress really is easy & there are soooo many helpful tutorials on it online!

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