WordPress QuestionSo you are thinking about starting a blog and you are wondering if you should use WordPress?  I can give you a very definitive answer here, YES!  WordPress combines and easy to use platform with user friendly plug ins to help you do most of the technical stuff.   For the average person, WordPress is the perfect platform for getting your blog off the ground.  I always tell people if you know how to send an email, attach a picture or file to it and change the color of the font in your email then you have what it takes to start your own WordPress blog. A lot of the buttons that you use to customize your blog posts are very similar to the buttons you find in most email programs.  This is what makes getting started simple.

Here are some reasons why you should make WordPress your choice.

WordPress is Free– WordPress is an open source project which means that developers from all over the world are always working on WordPress to make it the best platform available.

WordPress is updated on a regular basis– WordPress is constantly adding updates and stays on top of security threats so your can feel safe your site is secure.

Google loves WordPress– The pinging feature of WordpPress notifies search engines when you have new content on your sight.  It is easy for search engines to read and very “web crawler” friendly.

WordPress support– You will be able to find help and tutorials on WordPress here on this blog but you will also be able to find a ton of “how to’s” for just about any question you might have regarding WordPress.

WordPress plug ins galore– What ever it is you are trying to accomplish I am sure there is a plug in for it.  Want to add a form, there is a plug in, want to capture cell phone numbers so you can text all of your readers?, there is a plug in for that too.  If you can think of it I am pretty sure there is a plug in for it.

Versatile– WordPress is very versatile.  You can use it as a blog, as a static web site or any combination of the two.  Forget buying web site builders, just use WordPress. Your options are more than you will ever need.

Themes galore– A theme is what give the general look of your site/blog.  There are thousands you can get for free if you want to change your look and there are a ton of themes you can purchase as well.

Search engine optimization is a cinch– With all in one seo and Google XML sitemaps your SEO chores will be minimal.  These 2 plug ins are a must on any WordPress site.  These are loaded on every site we install.

WordPress is simple– Did I mention WordPress is easy to use.  Once you make a few posts you will have a good feel for where everything is.

It’s FREE– Oh yeah, did I mention WordPress is FREE?

Set up your WordPress blog today!

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Here is a short video tutorial on how to add a page to your wordpress blog.

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Here is a quick video tutorial on how to add a post in wordpress.

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Here is a quick tutorial on how to log in to your wordpress blog (dashboard).

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Changing you domain name server is a lot easier than it sounds.  Don’t let the term scare you. All it takes is a few clicks and the job is complete.  The reason this needs to be do is so your website can be found.  Lets say you purchased a domain name from godaddy and your hosting package is from BlueHost.  This is when changing your name severs comes into play.  You need to point your domain name to BlueHost so you can be found on the web. If you do not do this then your domain name will just be parked and show a page with some ads from  godaddy on it until you make this change.

I am going to show you how to do in through the godaddy control panel but the process will be very similar with any company.

What is a domain name server?

I will try and keep this simple but basically a name server is what converts what we see as www.startablog101.com to something like 123.45.4232 which is how the computer sees your site and us humans see the fancy www.startablog101.com.

Here is how to change your domain name server! (before doing this be sure your hosting account is already setup)

Go to godaddy.com and log into your account with the user name and password you chose when you opened the account. Then you will see some tabs on the top, just click the one that says my account.

After that you will see this on your screen on the left hand side. Just click on domain manager and then you will see a list of all of the domains you have purchased.

How to Change Your Domain Name Servers

Check the box from this list of the domain you want to change the name servers on.

Change Domain Name Server

Then the nameservers button will become clickable.  Click it.

Change name servers

Then you will see this screen.

GoDaddy name servers

Click the circle that says ” I host my domains with another provider” Then put the new nameservers of your hosting provider in these 2 spots.  I know there is room for 4 put most hosting providers just use 2 and they usually email their nameservers to you when you sign up for their hosting.  Just copy and paste those new name server here, click “ok” and you are all set.

Domain name server ok

You will see this message asking you to wait while the changes take effect. Sometimes the change will take effect in an hour or less but could take up to 48hrs through godaddy.  You will get an email from godaddy confirming your change.

To check and see if the new change had taken effect yet just type your web address into any browser.  If you still see the parked by godaddy page then they are still working on it.  If you have seen no changes afters 48 hrs then contact godaddy support.  Their support team is there 24/7 and can be reached at 480-505-8877.

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