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THE HISTORY OF BLOGGING;

A blog is actually the short form of “weblog” and is actually a little over 20 years old.

Blogging has actually undergone some of the most noteworthy evolution from the first blog that was first published by a student that wanted to just write and share his thoughts.

First forward to 2021, blogging is far from over. There are about more than a million blogs worldwide.

You’ve probably had a blog at some point In your life even! Blogging has been incorporated into marketing in the form of Content Marketing that has then continued to evolve into SEO friendly Content marketing. 

With SEO becoming even more popular, the future of blogging is actually quite brighter than you may think, because if companies leverage on trying to get seen at the top of SERPs organically then you will find even more blogs coming up.

So you might be wondering, Is this a train that I want to board? Yes and there are very many sites that will help you to set up a blog. These Include Wix, Squarespace and Blogger  but  the most popular  is probably WordPress.

In this article I will tell you about how you can set up a WordPress blog.

Let’s Start by talking about why setting up a blog using WordPress would be beneficial for you.

An Inforgraphic educating on the advantages if setting up your blog using Word Press.
Advantages of Setting up your blog post using WordPress

Before we get started you’ve probably seen two WordPress platforms that are seemingly different. These are WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Let me break them down for you.

WordPress.org is an open- source Content Management System. This means that it is maintained by a community of developers as op[posed to being owned by one single company. This means that the source is available to all.

WordPress.com on the other hand is a commercial service that uses WordPress.org to power itself up.

 The version that you choose is largely dependent on your preference. Hosting using wordpress.org would require you to learn the more technical aspects like plugins. 

WordPress.com is great for bloggers, photographers, artists, plumbers- almost anyone.

With that in mind, It makes more sense to set up a blog using wordpress.org, because you will have the opportunity to customize it to your liking, you can install plugins and more importantly make money from your blog without any restrictions.

The two things that you will need to set up is 

  • A domain name.

A domain name is the name that people use when they are looking up your website. A good example is seocompany.co.ke.

The domain name for the seo company website.
A domain name
  • A Web Hosting provider.

With WordPress.org, you will need a house for the files. This is in other terms your website’s home on the internet. You can use host.pinnacle.co.ke

A picture showing one of the web hosting provider host Pinnacle
Host Pinnacle

Other web hosting platforms include;

LET’S HELP YOU SET UP!

  • VISIT HOST PINNACLE.CO.KE;

Host Pinnacle is by far the cheapest web hosting provider in the East African region. To begin, 

Go to hostpinnacle.co.ke and click on home.

This image shows the home page of Host Pinnacle. hostpinnacle.co.ke
Host Pinnacle
  • SELECT A HOSTING PLAN TO BEGIN.

If you are just starting out in blogging, you should choose the basic plan which will basically cover all the important needs of your site’s functioning. You can however choose a more premium package if you are conversant with some more advanced features.

 Once your blog also starts getting more traffic you can also decide to upgrade.

Once you choose your hosting plan, click on get started.

Different hosting packages offered by host pinnacle a web hosting provider.
Web hosting Package Host pinnacle.
  • INPUT A DOMAIN NAME.

If this is your very first WordPress blog, then you will need to register a domain name which with Host Pinnacle is absolutely free.

There are a couple of domains to choose from like .co.ke ,.ac.ke, .or.ke just to name a few.

Once Host Pinnacle checks and confirms that the domain name that you have chosen is free for usage, you can then move to the next step.

This is the screenshot of the part in the registering process where you choose your domain.
Choose Domain on Host Pinnacle
  • CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DOMAIN AND CHECK OUT FOR BILLING.

At this point you will review your domain name selections in a series of three steps and proceed to review the cost due for billing and check out. But before you check out You will first;

This is the screenshot of the part in the registering process where you check out for billing.
  • REGISTER AND CHECK OUT.

Host pinnacle will take you through a registration form where you will fill in some of your personal information together with your billing details.

This is the screenshot of the part in the registering process where you checkout for billing by entering your information and your card details.
Check out using Host pinnacle.
  • SET YOUR PASSWORD AND LOGIN TO YOUR NEW ACCOUNT.

Once you have entered your billing details correctly, you can then set your password which is the final step in registering your blog with host pinnacle. You will receive an email for the verification of your account, then vwalaa! You can login to your account.

This is the screenshot of the part in the registering process where you log into Host pinnacle and click on cpanel
Click on c-panel instruction.
  • PROCEED TO SET UP.

Congratulations! You are now a proud winner of a new website. Once you login, go to the Cpanel Icon , Scroll down to your Scripts, where You will find the WordPress Icon.  click on It to proceed with the set up.

This is the screenshot of the part in the cpanel where you click on WordPress.
Scripts section on Cpanel
  • INSTALL WORDPRESS AND SETUP URL

Once you log into WordPress, Install and then set up a secure URL, choose your language, manage your themes and go through some themes for your blog. This part is pretty self explanatory. Once you are done, click on the Install button once again. 

A progress bar will pop up to show Installation.

Screen Shot 2021 10 13 at 2.32.00 PM
Install WordPress screenshot.

MAINTAINING THE WEBSITE THAT YOU HAVE JUST SET UP.

So WordPress software gets presented and functions in two ways.

  • The Front End.

This is the page that is visible for your visitors  when they access your website. The tasks that have been performed in the backend like a customization of your theme will then be visible to you and your visitors on the front end.

It also allows actions like commenting and sharing on other social mediums to be performed.

  • The Back End.

This is the WordPress dashboard which oversees or is the management and functionality of every aspect of your site’s content. If you want to access it you type in “yourwebsite.com/wp-admin” to login using your WordPress username and password that you put when setting up your account.

If you want to access your WordPress dashboard, type “yourwebsite.com/wp-admin” into the address bar of your search engine. Here log in using your WordPress username and the password you set for your account.

This is the WordPress dashboard which oversees or is the management and functionality of every aspect of your site’s content.
WordPress Dashboard.

SUMMARY

WordPress is the easiest website to use when you want to set up a blog. Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com I would suggest that you pick WordPress.org. Do not be intimidated by the whole web hosting aspect of it all, because once you get it, you’re well on your way to making some great blog posts for your content marketing Strategy.

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