How to Start a WordPress Blog: A Guide for Professional Idiots

How to start a WordPress blogOK, so maybe How to Start a WordPress Blog: A Guide for Professional Idiots is a bit harsh. But what I’ve omitted from the title (for blatant dramatic effect) are the words ‘Like Me’ after it.

Because when I had no idea how to start a WordPress blog for my writer’s website, I searched for a post like this. And I would have willingly – nay, gleefully – headed over to a resource that simultaneously so appealed to (and offended) the technical idiot in me.

If you don’t like technology but want to start your own professional WordPress blog, this is for you, my technophobic friends…

This is a sneak preview from Lecture Three from the Udemy course, The Complete Freelance Writing Course: Beginner to Pro:

How to start a WordPress blog from scratch

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13 Comments

  • Diana

    Reply Reply October 29, 2013

    You are launching a training course? I have that plan, too!

    Kirsty, it never seize to amaze me how you and I are on the very same path, literally… you are just a few steps ahead of me, i guess LOL

    as for the post itself – very nice step-by-step guide. Are you happy with Hostgator so far? I have a client whose website used to be hosted there and it was a nightmare – awfully S L O W most of the time, although it was a very small wordpress site… we moved away and never looked back! 😀

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply October 29, 2013

      Hi Diana! I am launching a training course! I don’t know about being a few steps ahead but we’re definitely on the same path… I’d LOVE to hear more about your plans for a course. 🙂

      Yeah, I’ve had no problems with HostGator – their customer service is pretty good. If you need to get hold of them for anything you can do it online straight away. I like that. Do they know for sure it was the hosting company that caused your client’s website to be so slow?

      • Diana

        Reply Reply October 29, 2013

        hahaha, when i said “a few steps ahead of me” – i meant in terms of time. I am planning to publish a book – you already did. I am planning to launch a training course – it seems you will do that before me as well LOL 😉

        as for HostGator – among other things, yes – hosting was an issue. Since we moved away – we don;t have problems. besides, getting a hold of their customer support was a big issue, too – very slow response, not very knowledgeable, etc. I guess bad luck on our end – or good luck on yours 😉

        Whatever the case, i am glad you are happy with HostGator! 😀

        • Kirsty Stuart

          Reply Reply October 29, 2013

          Haha – great minds think alike!

          That’s really odd about HostGator as I’ve had the exact opposite experience – especially the customer service aspect…

          You gotta do what works for you I guess!

          • Diana

            December 10, 2013

            Kirsty, it seems i have mislead you and the readers of your comment section – so it’s only fair if i return and correct the error.

            The above rant of hosting issues that i had was actually for hostmonster and NOT hostgator – i just realized the confusion… sorry about that!!! 🙂

          • Kirsty Stuart

            December 11, 2013

            Ah, I’m glad Diana! HostGator are back to the number one spot in my mind again!

  • Tamara

    Reply Reply January 18, 2014

    Superb blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any tips? Many thanks!

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply January 18, 2014

      Hi Tamara! Glad to hear you’re looking to start your own site – how exciting! Take a look through the blog – there’s a fair bit on here that I think will help you as you start out. In terms of getting the actual site set up you can set up a professional one very easily (and cheaply!) these days. You should have everything you need in the above post to get set up, but let me know if you have any questions.

      All the best with it!

  • Petra Wright

    Reply Reply May 12, 2014

    I followed the steps signed on for 6 months on the baby plan for my boyfriends business, Darren’s Plumbing Services and then did not put in the 25% discount code.How dumb is that.I love the blog by the way.

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