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6 Steps to Startup with WordPress: The Guide for the Wannabe Blogger

This week I wrote a feature article for BloggingTips.com. If you’re anticipating becoming a blogger, this is a must-read. Before you decide that blogging is for you, you should know exactly what you’re getting into!

If you are a Win with 1 client, it’s got a big dose of important information, too. You’ll note that we complete steps three, most of four, and the essential parts of five for you! We do the technical work, you do the fun stuff.

Please read the full article on starting with WordPress.

This article explains the following steps:

  1. Choose a Topic
  2. Select a Domain
  3. Select Web Hosting
  4. Set Up Your Site
  5. Add Pages
  6. Write Your First WordPress Post

If you have any questions about how are services fit into the startup sequence, drop me a line.

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  • ParryDemon December 7, 2009, 5:26 pm

    Thanks for posting this link. I’m not a Blogging Tips reader, but our article there was very helpful. Of course, now I see why I need to use YOU to set up my blog. So much technical stuff!

  • Teasastips December 10, 2009, 12:07 am

    Don’t you just love Wordpress? I am so happy as a blogger now! My blog looks so professional and so does yours! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 10, 2009, 2:18 am

    Yes, I’ve been using WordPress for years and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Fatin Pauzi December 10, 2009, 5:24 am

    Free blog platforum users should realize now that they should move to wordpress. It is more professional and the functions are not infinite. 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith December 10, 2009, 10:30 am

    I wholeheartedly agree and, for the record, did long before I had a business interest in the switch. WordPress is a wonderful platform with great community support. But using any subdomain or non-integrated blogging service (like Blogger with its goofy, generic comment section) does not look professional.

    If you’re serious about blogging, you should have your own domain and personal branding.

  • ileane December 10, 2009, 3:16 pm


    I plan to make the move by the end of the month, so I’m heading over to your article.

    Congrats on having a feature article on BloggingTips. Cool!

    One question before I go, who is your web host?

  • Alison Moore Smith December 10, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Thanks very much. That was a fun assignment. And long!

    We use FatCow for all our client hosting as well as our own business hosting, with the exception of a few sites we still host on our own servers. We have been very pleased with the hosting itself as well as the 24/7 customer service.

  • Brad Harmon December 10, 2009, 5:08 pm


    I read this the other day, but I didn’t realize that was you. There was so much good information in it. Well done. Great info for beginning WordPress bloggers.


  • Rose (Bloggertalk) December 10, 2009, 8:54 pm

    I found your article to be very informative. Great tips for new wordpress users.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 11, 2009, 1:20 am

    Rose, thank you very much for reading and for the comment. I appreciate it.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 11, 2009, 1:28 am

    Oh, hey, Brad, didn’t mean to leave you out. 🙂 Thank you. I’m everywhere. Scary, huh?

  • Walter December 12, 2009, 9:25 am

    The most important determinant of wanting to be a blogger is determination. 🙂

  • Hesham December 14, 2009, 4:18 pm

    I like this post of yours, I read it that other day and I think I posted a comment there!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..The BlogoGalaxy of Famous Bloggers on Flickr =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 14, 2009, 6:03 pm

    Walter, that is certainly important.

    Thank you Hesham! I appreciate the positive feedback!

  • Sushant December 16, 2009, 1:59 am

    Thats a quick list but still good for novice bloggers.

    .-= Sushant´s last blog ..No Indians allowed in Haagen Dazs Delhi Store =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 16, 2009, 2:11 am

    Sushant, it IS a quick list. If you want the long version, follow the link. And I mean VERY long. 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by.

  • Blogger Den December 31, 2009, 4:01 pm

    Keep up the awesome posts dude! I just found your site through Blog Engage and you’ve got some really impressive ideas, I look forward to future posts.
    .-= Blogger Den´s last blog ..How To Make Google Local Business Center Work For You =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith December 31, 2009, 4:33 pm

    Thanks, BD. Funny, I’m usually only called “dude” by my 16-year-old! 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  • Web Development Services February 1, 2010, 2:39 am

    Thanks Alison for this informative post!! This is really very helpful to me.

  • ValueCoders June 13, 2012, 12:00 am

    Nice post! I have been using WordPress for many years and its been great experience of using it. Now I can confidently say that I am a blogger. 🙂
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