Set Up WordPress
Lesson 18 Module 4
To run a blog the no-code way, we're going to use the free WordPress platform to do all the back-end work.
Here's how to install WordPress with each hosting company:
GETTING FAMILIAR WITH WORDPRESS
We're not going to design our blog just yet.
Once WordPress is installed, take the time to begin familiarizing yourself with the WordPress dashboard - you're going to spend a lot of time here.
Explore these sections:
WORDPRESS PLUGINS TO INSTALL
Now let's install some plugins that make running a blog biz easier.
Akismet protects your blog from comment spam. It is the most popular WordPress plugin and was developed by the creator of WordPress.
Akismet is a light-weight plugin that does exactly what it says, it helps blocks spam messages from being displayed in your blog post comments.
Wordfence is a powerful and free plugin that protects your blog from hacking attempts.
Wordfence is great at stopping hackers - but it is a bit over-aggressive with its' monitoring and scanning which can cause your site to slow down.
To make sure Wordfence doesn't slow down your site (especially on shared hosting), change the following options in Wordfence > Options:
Backing up your blog is a must. For a backup plugin I recommend UpdraftPlus. Here's what you can do with this free plugin:
To speed up our WordPress blog I recommend the WP Super Cache plugin. Here's how it works.
Your WordPress blog runs on a bunch of PHP code. PHP is a server-side language. What that means is that anything that is PHP is handled first at the server (your host), before then being sent to the users' browser.
This means lots of lines of code for the server to process before rendering the HTML output (slow).
WP Super Cache creates a static HTML file of the output and serves that page to visitors instead (fast).
Since the servers' system resources are hardly used this results in extremely fast loading times for your blog.
Finally we will need to install an SEO plugin. We're going to use the Yoast plugin to help us write content that Google search loves.
On the Features tab, be sure to enable the advanced settings.
Here's what you can do with Yoast:
First, sign up with Google Analytics to track your blog stats. It's a must to see how much traffic you get (and how you got it).
The no-code way to install the Analytics tracking code on your blog is to use this plugin. Additionally, you get access to basic analytics data right on your WordPress dashboard.
Big images are one of the biggest culprits to a slow loading site. Using this plugin, you can reduce the file size of your images without compromising on image quality.
The optimizations happen automatically in the background every time you upload an image.
Now that you've got a functioning WordPress site set up, the next step is choosing a theme for your new blog.