Checklist for Starting a New WordPress Blog

Below is a list of what I did in the first week of Exploring Blogosphere. If you want to start a new WordPress blog and host it with your own domain name, you probably need to follow similar steps after the initial installation. 

  • Be familiar with the WordPress dashboard, as it is the most frequently used blogging tool
  • Install FTP (File Transfer Protocol) software so that you can upload/download files to the server much faster than using your hosting company’s panel
  • Select a few favourite blog templates and upload them to the server so that you can change them when needed
  • Install Google Sitemap so that your blog can be indexed faster
  • Submit your URL to popular search engines like Google, Yahoo! AOL, etc.
  • Register Feedburner, Technorati, MyBlogLog, etc., and install their widgets on the sidebar
  • Add Ping services and submit your blog to as many as directories as you want
  • Edit the About page to let readers know more about you and your blog
  • Now, you’re ready to blog away 🙂

Did I miss anything critical? Please let me know if you have any suggestion. Thanks!

7 Comments so far

  1. smalltown RN on April 2nd, 2007

    wow there is a lot of information here…I think I will send my hubby here I am so not computer literate…this would take me years to figure out….but looks like you are on the right track….

  2. admin on April 2nd, 2007

    Thanks Smalltown RN!
    Please spread the word for me 🙂

  3. Rach on April 3rd, 2007

    Congratulations on a new blog endeavor!

  4. Christine (chicken-scratch) on April 11th, 2007

    Great information. I use Moveable Type for my blog. I have registered with Bloglog and Technorati – so this week I’ll be off to explore feed burner.

    I’m all about lessons learned from Mom & Dad this week.


  5. Raggedy on April 12th, 2007

    Congratulations on the new blog!
    Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
    My TT is posted.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Happy TT’ing!
    (“)_ (“)Š

  6. Barb on April 12th, 2007

    Welcome to the world of Thursday 13. Enjoyed your writing blog.

    Check out my TT

  7. Crazy Working Mom on April 18th, 2007

    Yep, congrats!
    Thanks for the great tips.