Managed WordPress Hosting – How to set up your Blog
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems available for users wishing to publish a website or blog. As of February 2017, approximately 27.5% of all websites online use the WordPress platform with around 50,000 new websites created daily.
At Clook we offer Managed WordPress Hosting to our clients featuring optimised software, caching, Cloudflare CDN and the installation of certain plugins. This management option is particularly beneficial to ecommerce sites using the WooCommerce module or other resource hungry addons.
However, our shared hosting packages can be used equally as well for the vast majority of WordPress hosted websites and with our quick install facility via Softaculous, your new site can be ready to go within minutes…
How do I get started?
First of all you will need to purchase a relevant hosting package – be that a shared hosting account, reseller, or a cloud/dedicated server – both of these server types have the option to add a Managed WordPress Hosting plan.
You will also need a domain. .blog domains are a recent addition to available extensions although you can run a blog on the main domain or as a sub directory. It is possible to also run a blog as a sub domain but this is generally discouraged as doing so will decrease the SEO value of your main website and lose many ranking factors.
Now that your hosting account and domain are active you will need to install WordPress. The easiest and quickest way to do so is via the cPanel and using the Softaculous one click installer. This is a great piece of software – you are asked to set a username and password and have the ability to have core updates installed automatically. Once the configurable options are set, your WordPress install is completed within seconds. You’re now ready to log-in…
Congratulations! You now have a published website. You’ll want to customise this however:
Update your Title & Tagline
You picked a domain when you registered, but your blog’s title can be anything. Typically you will want to tell your readers about the blog before they read a post so use this space wisely.
Chose a Theme
There are many themes (both paid and free) available for WordPress – pick one that works well with your content.
Add a Header
The header will make your blog standout and is the first thing a visitor will see. You may wish to include pictures, a logo, etc.
Use a Site Icon
The site icon (favicon) show up in visitors’ browser address bars instead of the WordPress.com “W.” You could use a profile pic or logo for a detail that makes a difference.
Widgets are a great way of customising your site. You can add pictures to the page or pull through Twitter/Facebook feeds for example.
Now that you have a foundation, you can keep tweaking if you wish but you are now ready to publish your first post. Happy blogging!