WordPress for Beginners Tutorial

In this WordPress for Beginners Tutorial, you’ll learn how to start your very own WordPress blog. It doesn’t matter if you want to use WordPress as a blog or a website, basic setup is similar.

This WordPress for Beginners tutorial exists of 5 steps:

  1. Get a domain name and hosting
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Select your theme
  4. Install plugins
  5. Promote your blog

Step 1: Get a Domain Name and Hosting

The first step is to search for a domain name and hosting.

There are 2 kinds of hosting that are very interesting, shared hosting and managed hosting. Shared hosting is interesting because it’s quite cheap, managed hosting is more expensive but also offers a lot more!

Examples of companies offering shared hosting:

  • Hostgator
  • Dreamhost
  • Bluehost

Examples of companies offering managed hosting:

  • Zippykid
  • Page.Ly
  • WPEngine

Which one is best for you? I think managed hosting is great for companies, otherwise it’s better to pick shared hosting.

Step 2: Install WordPress

Installation of WordPress is very easy (WordPress is famous for the 5-minute installation!). Most hosts even offer a 1-click installation!

For more details on installing WordPress, check the official WordPress Codes on WordPress.org.

Step 3: Installing your theme

The third step in this WordPress for beginners tutorial is installing your theme.

There is a very great choice of themes: you could create a theme, buy a theme, use a free theme, or use a theme editor.

Creating your theme is the hardest work, but it guarantees the most unique theme.

A great option is to buy a premium theme. There are a lot of websites selling great themes at a low price. Mostly at around $40! For that price you can’t design your own theme!

Beginning bloggers probably will start with a free theme. The best place to find free themes is the official WordPress.org website.

Another option is using a theme editor. The theme editor I use the most is Artisteer, because with Artisteer it’s possible to create themes very fast without any technical knowledge.

Step 4: Install plugins

One of the greatest things of WordPress is the possibility to extend it the way you need. You can do this with plugins, which will extend the basic functionalities of your WordPress installation.

There are plugins for almost everything:

  • Better SEO
  • A faster blog
  • Creating a membership site
  • Building a CMS website

Step 5: Promote your blog

In the last step of this “WordPress for Beginners Tutorial” I’ll show you how you can promote your blog.

There are several options to promote your blog:

  • Comment on other blogs
  • Buy ads to promote your site (Google Ads is a good start!)
  • Distribute press releases
  • Distribute an e-book
  • Build an e-mail list
  • Create a video and publish it on Vimeo and Youtube
  • Submit your blog or site to web directories
  • Provide a RSS feed
  • Start a Facebook fan page