Get your ABCs right

Get your ABCs right

Don’t think that the instant you have finished downloading WordPress you can post your blog.

You should try to get as many WordPress blog setup preliminaries as possible over and done with before you make the first of your blog posts. These preliminaries relate to your blog software, the best WordPress plugins and WordPress settings that impact various features of your blog like:

  • the security aspects of your blog
  • search engine optimization aspects of your blog
  • the user friendliness of your blog
  • the looks and readability aspects of your blog (the header, other graphics, font)
  • the format of your blog (number of columns, text area size, column size)
  • the other features on your blog (archives, similar posts, comments, RSS feed)
  • auxiliaries like widgets and banners
  • links to sites like YouTube and Flickr
  • affiliate links, links to social network sites and other links.

As you can see, there is quite a bit you can do before you start putting up your blog posts.

Let’s clarify one thing, though. You can and should do all of this and more. But don’t let this delay your content posting. If you have installed your WordPress blog software and the essential best WordPress plugins that you need immediately to take care of:

  • your spam protection (e.g., the AKISMET plugin)
  • your primary SEO (e.g., the All in One SEO plugin)
  • your new content notification for search engines (e.g., Google XML Sitemap plugin)
  • your data base backup (e.g., WP Database Backup plugin)

you are set to go. Once you are set to go, you post your blog. Hopefully, you will have gotten your custom header and other frills ready well in time. If not, you don’t wait for them. As soon as you have your WordPress blog setup in place, you start posting.

You should get your first post online as soon as you can, and you should keep posting as frequently as you can, without waiting to finesse your blog every which way. As you keep posting, so can you keep fiddling around with the settings of your blog.

Let me repeat that: you should not wait to get everything else done before you start with your blog posts.

Don’t make judgments based on how I have approached this blog. Since I began this blog, this particular post is post number 50 or so. I still have not put up a post telling you how to make your first post. But I made my first post with a makeshift theme and without getting all of the bells and whistles in place. Ever since I first installed WordPress for this blog, I have been fiddling around. I won’t stop fiddling around, I suppose, because there is no such thing as the perfect blog. There is only the attempt at the perfect blog.

As far as my posts go, I am trying to go step by step. You don’t have to follow me step by step, as long as you do what has to be done as soon as you can. Realistically speaking, you can get a domain name, set up a hosting account, get your WordPress blog setup in place and start to post your blog. But you do need to ensure your blog reaches optimal condition as soon as you can.

While some of your blog features are going to stay unchanged for a long time, you will find yourself changing some other features. Take for example the theme you have used or the header you have designed (or have had designed). If you are like most bloggers, you will constantly be looking out for a better theme or a better set of header and related graphics. You will constantly be looking out for new WordPress plugins that brings about great improvement in some feature of your blog.

I am sure most bloggers who have been around for a while will have changed their themes, graphics and layout a few times. Probably the only constant is the WordPress blog software. It just needs updating as and when a new edition is released.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. But don’t let your experiments cause delays in your posting frequencies.

And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — writing using a particularly efficient type of publishing technology. – Simon Dumenco

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