How to Make a Blog – Step by Step – 2018

How to Make a Blog – Step by Step – 2018


Hello, everyone. It’s almost midnight here,
but I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to share with you this tutorial on how to make
a blog, step by step in under 90 minutes. I’m going to show you how to start a blog
without any technical skills or experience, and my goal is to make everything so easy
for you to understand and follow. And, in about 90 minutes from now, you will have a
new blog set up, and all the tools and knowledge you need to manage it. I will also be showing
you how to make money from your blog if that is your goal. So don’t miss that. All of
this will be done on a popular platform called WordPress, which some of the world’s biggest
companies and bloggers around the world use. The reason they use it is it gives them expert
results, however it’s so simple to manage and set up. The WordPress platform I’m going
to show you is world class, but it’s also free. Therefore, being one of the world’s
most popular tools used by famous people and companies all around the world. I’m going
to show you how you can take maximum advantage of this exact same platform every step of
the way. If you know how to use a keyboard, mouse, and a web browser, you have all the
skills you need to build a blog you’re looking at right here. First, I will show you some
of its features, and the things I’ll be showing you how to setup. By the way, all
of this will cost you a couple of thousand dollars if you got a web designer to set one
up for you. Firstly, the design, this is very easy to install and I’ll show you how to
do that. Also, it’s a responsive design. That means that it resizes automatically on
a mobile device. So I’ll show you what I mean. I am mirroring my mobile here onto my
pc, and you can see it looks perfect on the mobile as well. If you want to see what it
looks like on mobile, just go to emcblogdemo.com. I will show you how to add a logo over here
just like that if you want to. I’ll teach you how to integrate social media, so that
your fans and subscribers of your blog can easily follow you around. I’ll show you
how to setup your menu area here, including a dropdown menu. And, this menu area involves
setting up categories on your blog, and it works very similar to how a blog such as the
New York Times works. So if I click on Business over here, I’m only taken to posts that
are in the category for business. Your blog will function in exactly the same way. If
somebody clicks on one of your categories, then they will only be taken to posts that
are existing within that category. So it will function in the same way that some of the
biggest and best blogs around the world function. By the way, for this tutorial, I’ve chosen
a blog about travel. Of course, yours can be about anything you want it to be, and therefore
your categories that you set up will be different. So say for example, your blog was about gaming.
Your categories might be different consoles or different games. If your blog was about
health or fitness, your categories could be exercise, nutrition, weight loss, muscle gain,
but you get the point. This is purely an example, but you can make a blog about absolutely anything
because anything that I show you is completely customizable. I will show you how to implement
this lovely image slider you’re looking at here. When you click on this, it takes
the user to the corresponding post. I will show you how to place advertisements, so you
can make money from your blog. You can earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars
every time a visitor clicks on one of your ads. And, I’ll take you through that. Of
course, I’ll show you how to use the Content Editor, add links, and everything else you
see here. It’s just like using Microsoft Word, and a custom sidebar like this one,
a Facebook like box. I’ll show you how to add that. And, also embed any video, any images,
or add any text anywhere you want on your blog. It’s completely customizable. The
purpose of this is to teach you everything you need to know about making a blog. Once
I teach you that, you will have the flexibility to make things look, and position things in
the way you want them to be. Let’s get started. A really good question a lot of people have
is what is the difference between a free blog and owning your own blog. A free blog are
things such as blogger.com, weebly.com, or Typepad. Essentially on these sights, you
can start up a blog, but your URL will be mytechblog.blogger.com as an example, which
looks very unprofessional to start with. Plus, there are advertising and monetization restrictions.
If your blog is doing well, it’s actually very difficult to make money off of it because
there are certain rules in place. And you must follow those rules in terms of advertising
and monetization, which if you don’t follow, your account can get banned and you can lose
all the hard work you put into that blog. Plus, restricted functionality, which means
you cannot use features that would normally be available if you own your own blog. And,
all of this is essentially because you do not own the blog when you are using a free
blog platform. On the flip side, owning your own blog, the URL looks very professional.
For example, mytechblog.com, it’s a dot com domain. It looks very professional. It
can be monetized, and you can place any advertisements that you want to place on that. You can make
use of extra plugins and functionalities. Plus you’re building an asset, which is
sellable down the track. Now, if your intention is to make money off your blog, it would be
great if you can sell that easily.And as an example, if you go to flippa.com, you’ll
see plenty of people selling their blogs. Now, this is only possible because it is a
website that they own 100%. So if you’re serious about blogging, I would not recommend
going down the path of a free blog because there are serious problems with that. I would
definitely recommend owning your own blog. It’s not hard to set up, plus you’ll reap
the benefits off it down the road. I’ll give you a quick overview of what we’re
going to cover in this tutorial. First, I’ll show you how to own your own dot com domain.
This takes a few minutes, and costs around $15 per year. Secondly, I’ll show you how
to get it hosted. Hosting is essentially where your website’s files are stored on the Internet.
So it’s the only other essential item, which costs money, but the good thing is this only
costs around $6 a month to get a professional hosting service. Third, I’ll show you how
to install the WordPress platform that a lot of the famous and popular users that I’ve
just showed you are using. It’s the exact same platform, and it’s very easy to use.
If you’ve ever used a word editing software like Microsoft Word, you will not have any
issues using WordPress. Fourth, we’ll install the blog design. And then fifth, I’ll take
you through adding blog posts, taking advantage of awesome features, customizing your blog
to make it unique. And essentially, this will teach you everything you need to know about
managing your blog. And therefore, if you look in the description, you’ll see that
most of this tutorial is dedicated to showing you how to use some great features that are
available to you when you use the WordPress platform. So let’s start with item one and
two. These are the only two things that cost money. The rest are free. Like I already said,
for the initial investment of about $20 plus around $6 a month, you’re getting access
to the same WordPress platform that massive companies and bloggers around the world use.
So therefore, I think it’s an awesome investment for you. Let’s lock in our dot com domain
and web hosting. Go to www.hostgator.com. I’ve been using this company for about the
last nine years for all my blogging and website needs. They’re one of the world’s most
reliable and cost-effective hosting companies. They have a 24-hour live chat, toll-free number,
and also a 45-day money guarantee. If you’re not happy for whatever reason, they will refund
you within that period. Just in general, they’re a really good hosting company. I’ve been
using them for around nine years, so I will stick to what works. If you want to use another
provider, don’t hesitate. Feel free, but just keep in mind that the rest of this tutorial
will be based on my HostGator account. So you may or may not be able to follow along.
So click on Web Hosting. Now we have three plans to choose from, Hatchling, Baby, and
Business. We can rule out Business because there are features in that plan which we really
don’t need. So between Hatchling and Baby, they’re very similar with one main difference
being that with the Hatchling plan, you can host a single domain. Whereas the Baby plan,
you can host an unlimited number of domains. So that means with a Baby plan you can host
an unlimited number of blogs, whereas the Hatchling plan, you can just host a single
blog. I presume most of you just want to start one blog. In the future, if you want to add
additional blogs, you can always upgrade. So it’s okay for now to choose the Hatchling
plan, and that is also the cheaper option out of all of them. So click on the Sign Up
button. The first step is to choose a domain. If you already own a domain, just go to this
tab and enter it in this box. But if you need to register one, enter a domain that you want
to own. So as an example, let’s try mytravelnews. You can choose from dot com, dot net, or any
of these other extensions. I like to stick to dot com. That’s my personal preference.
The system actually searches and checks through to make sure that your domain is available.
If it isn’t available, you can always choose from another extension. Or, like I said, my
preference is a dot com. So you can enter a different domain name. So it can be foodandthings
– obviously, it will be related in some way to what your blog is about. And for the
purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to see if a domain called emcblogdemo.com is
available. You get the gist. Select a domain that you want to own. You can always choose
a dot net or another extension. They operate in exactly the same way as a dot com does,
but it’s just my personal preference to choose a dot com. Once you’ve selected your
domain, it gets added to your cart automatically. Scroll down. Ensure the package type you selected
is the one you want. In our case, it is Hatchling. Select a billing cycle that you’re comfortable
with. A lot of you may only be comfortable paying on a month-by-month basis, and that’s
absolutely fine. I am going to choose 12 months. As you can see, the longer you pay for it
one time or upfront, the cheaper it gets per month. So that’s absolutely your choice.
Choose your username for your account, and a security pin. Now enter your billing information.
You can see you can use a credit card or a PayPal account. I’m going to pause and blur
my screen while I enter my personal payment details on this screen. Please ensure that
the e-mail you use is your personal e-mail address, and it’s correct because you will
receive a confirmation e-mail after you complete this order. Now these additional services,
Domain Privacy Protection, I don’t personally use that myself. So I’ll uncheck that. Secure
and Accelerate Your Site, I don’t use that either. Site Backup, that’ll be website
backups. I’m going to show you how to backup your site, and it won’t cost you anything.
Of course, if you want these add ons, feel free to add them to your cart, but I don’t
personally use them myself. Then, enter a coupon code. Just take note of the current
price. It’s around $79. Delete the coupon that’s in there, and use this one instead
– myhostmost, M-Y-H-O-S-T-M-O-S-T, then click Validate. Immediately you’ll see that it’s
changed. The amount is lower. That’s because this coupon will always give you a bigger
discount than the default 20% that HostGator gives you. Alternatively, if you’re one
of those people that want to subscribe on a month-by-month basis, use this coupon instead
– 1dirtycent, 1 D-I-R-T-Y-C-E-N-T, then click Validate. You’ll see that this coupon
gives you your first month of hosting for only $0.01. So it’s a really good way to
put your feet in the water, and ensure you’re not spending too much upfront to test everything
out and see if it’s working out for you. But then again, HostGator do give you a money-back
guarantee up to 45 days. So if you would like a bulk discount on a one or two or three-year
plan, then go for it, and use the coupon – myhostmost. Once you’ve done that, go down, check the
read and agree to Terms of Conditions, and checkout. After you checkout, you will receive
a confirmation e-mail with your new account details, and also confirmation of your domain
registration. You now own that domain. From time to time, we receive referral credits.
Without that, we wouldn’t be able to put out these free tutorials for you to view.
So we really appreciate your support. After completing your order, you’ll receive this
confirmation e-mail from HostGator. It will outline your new account details, the domain
name, which you have registered, and your username and password to login to something
called your cPanel. Essentially, we will go into the cPanel, and then install the WordPress
platform through there. So click on this link. On the next screen, enter your username and
your password. Then, click Log In. You’ve successfully logged into your cPanel. Now
we will install the famous WordPress platform that we’ve been talking about. Let’s install
the awesome WordPress platform that I’ve been telling you all about. Scroll down and
look for the Quick Install button in the Software Services tab. Click that, click on WordPress,
Continue. Your domain should be automatically populated in this field here. Ensure this
field is blank. Disable Auto Upgrades, and enter your personal e-mail address in this
field. In the Admin User field, enter your name. Keep in mind this will be visible to
the visitors on your website. So, if you want to stay anonymous, use something like admin.
Otherwise, enter your name, and that’s all we need for now. Click Install. That’s it.
The WordPress platform is now installed and ready for you to use. Please note your Admin
Area login. It will be yourwebsite.com/wp-admin, and also note your username and password.
But I will show you how to change that password, so it’s something that you can easily remember.
Now, click on this link here. It will take you to your Admin Area login, but it might
take five to 10 minutes for it to register. So if you’re screen comes up blank, wait
five to 10 minutes, and then try that again. Anytime you want to login to WordPress, always
come to yourdomain/wp-admin and you’ll be taken to this screen. Enter your username
and password that was provided to you. And that’s it. You’ve logged into your WordPress
dashboard. You will use this interface to control and manage absolutely everything on
your blog. Before you start setting up your blog, I need you to do a couple of simple
housekeeping tasks before we can really kick off. The first thing is change your password
because that there is not memorable. So to change your password, go to Users. Click All
Users. Click on your username. Now go down and enter your new password in these fields
here. So if I just log out, … Write down this URL, yourdomain/wp-admin, your username,
and your updated password. Keep that all in a safe place. Next, go into Settings, and
General. The Site Title here, change that to the name of your blog. Enter a Tagline.
Go down. Click on Save Changes. Now in this field here, enter www dot, and the same with
that field there, and Save Changes. This will prompt you to log in again. Now, go to Posts,
All Posts. You’ll see there is a default post that is created when you installed WordPress.
That’s it there. Let’s trash that. Go to Trash, and Delete Permanently. And in Pages,
All Pages, do the same thing for the default page that is setup. Now that’s done. Hover
over Plugins – Sorry, click on Plugins. And if any of these three plugins are installed,
I want you to check them – Jetpack, MOJO Marketplace, and WP Super Cache. If they are
installed by default, just check them off. Go to the dropdown, and Deactivate. Now, click
on them again, and I want you to delete them because we won’t be using them. Let’s
install the blog design that we showed you at the beginning of the video. Scroll over
to Appearance, and click Themes. Click Add New. Here we have two options. You can either
upload the design file. To do that, we’ll have a link in the description on this video
that goes to a page on our emediacoach.com website. I’ll bring that across. Look for
the Required Downloads area. Download the blog design file there. So click on that,
save it to your desktop, and go back here and then upload. Alternatively, search for
a theme called Travelify. Now, regardless of the name, it is not just a travel blog
theme. You can use this theme for absolutely anything. It can be a tech blog. It can be
a making-money blog, anything you need. So don’t let the name worry you. Click the
Install button, and then click Activate. That’s it. This is what your site should currently
look like. As you can see, there’s not much really happening, but don’t worry because
I’m going to show you how you can set everything up. But we’ve got all the groundwork done.
We’ve installed the design, and now we are full-steam ahead in setting up your blog.
Now, I want to let you in on how to define the categories that will be part of your blog.
You’ll remember that I gave you the example of New York Times. You’ll see that their
categories are lined up here at the top. For example, Business, Technology, Science, Health
– they’re all main categories. And when you click on one, you’re taken to any posts
that are within that category. I want to show you how to setup the same thing for your blog.
Obviously, if you have a fitness blog, your categories maybe exercise, nutrition, supplements.
If you have a technology blog, it might be Apple, PC, etcetera, etcetera, but you get
the point. So depending on what your blog is about, define what your categories are
in your blog. So, for the purposes of this demo, being a travel blog, I will categories
such as Europe, USA, Australia, etcetera, etcetera. So to set your categories, hover
over Posts, click on Categories. Now start entering your categories, and Add New Category.
You will see that it populates in this area here. Once you enter a category, you can always
edit that category by changing the name or changing the Slug. A Slug is basically a URL-friendly
version. So in this instance, your Slug would be yourdomain.com/Europe. Whereas, if I did
this, your category name would stay the same, but your URL would be yourdomain.com/Europe-abc.
So you get the point. Now I’ll just enter the rest of my categories, and that’s it.
You can come back in. Add more categories, or delete any existing ones. The categories
also link in with what I’m going to show you next, which is the URL structure options
that you have. Now that I’ve told you about categories, I want to let you know about URL
structure. Go into Settings, and Permalinks. By default, your URL structure is this one
here. So when you create a post – for example, I Love New York – your URL for that post will
be yourblogdomain.com/thedateonwhichyoumadethatpost/ilovenewyork. However, this is not ideal. So what I like
to do is have a URL structure where it’s yourdomain/thecategory/thenameofthepost. So
I’ll show you what that looks like, and I’ll put this on the eMedia Coach site as
well, so it’s easy for you. In this field here, enter this custom structure. I’ll
put this little tag on our website, so you can copy and paste. Essentially, this structure,
when you make a post called I Love New York, it would be yourdomain/thecategory – which
I would put in the category of USA because we’ve already setup our top level categories
– /ilovenewyork. And, that goes the same for any other post you make. And, regardless of
what your blog is about, if it’s about tech, technology, if it’s about finance, if it’s
about making money, it doesn’t matter. Once you have your categories in place like I showed
you in the last step, and you set this custom URL structure, it’ll be a much clearer structure
to your website because each on of your posts will have a particular category assigned to
it. And that will make up the URL. So I want you to use that custom structure. Alternatively,
you can use another one. For example, if you click on this one here, you can use this structure
where it is yourdomain/theyearandthemonththepostwasmade/thecategory/thenameofthepost. You
can use that if you want. It’s up to you.
I will stick to that simple, but clear and effective structure there. Once you’ve done
that, don’t forget to scroll down and click Save Changes. Before you start adding your
blog posts, I want to tell you the difference between Pages and Posts. For your normal blog
post, you will use post to add new content. But there are times you may use to choose
– may choose to use Pages. I’ll show you the key difference. If I just enter some dummy
page information here and publish, you will see that the URL is yourdomain/thetitleofthepage.
This is ideal, for example, a Contact Us page. However for making posts, you are able to
assign posts to a category. When I publish that, you will see that the URL structure
is slightly different. And, like I mentioned to you a minute ago, it is yourdomain/thecategory
– which you’ve selected here – /thenameofyourpost. And, that’s exactly what it’s supposed
to be because we changed our permalink structure to reflect that. So that is the key difference
between Posts and Pages. Pages are great for things such as a contact page, or for anything
that doesn’t belong in a particular category. But for everything else, I would like you
to use Posts. I’ll give you a quick intro into the Content Editor section. If you have
ever used a word editor, it’s exactly the same. Click on this toolbar here for more
options. I’m going to copy and paste some dummy text from another screen I have. You
can enter titles. You can bold, or add headings. You can italic, quote, align center, right,
left, as per normal, and you can link text to other pages on your website or other websites
by clicking that icon there. And, by checking this button, it means a link will open in
a new tab. To remove a link, click that there. I can also change text color. So as you can
see, it’s pretty basic. Furthermore, you can add images to your post by clicking the
Add Media button. You can upload files from your computer. Once you’ve uploaded an image,
ensure Link To is None, and Insert into Post. Also, you can edit that image after it’s
uploaded. Change it to the full size, or a different size. You can also link that image
to a URL. So it’s pretty straightforward. When you’re done, click Update. We will
use other features such as the Featured Image a bit later because we will need that when
we’re setting up our slider on the Home Page. But essentially, that’s how to add
posts onto your website. Don’t forget that when you enter a title, make sure you select
the correct category that you want the post to be in because that will allow users to
find your post easily when your website is setup. You’ll see what I mean a little later.
Actually, I’ll correct myself. We’ll actually need that Featured Image section right now.
Because if we go into our site, you can see our post exists there except there is no image
associated with that. To set an image, click on Featured Image. Choose your desired image
from the Media Library. A Media Library is the section where all your images or documents
are uploaded already. If you haven’t already uploaded the images, just upload it from that
area there. So I’ll select that as my Featured Image. Okay. That’s done. One more thing
you can set is a default layout, which includes a sidebar section, and I’ll show you how
to set that up later. Or, it can be a full-width page. Let’s leave it as default for now,
and click Update. And there you go. There’s our first post.It’s coming up on the Home
Page. As you can see, your information is stored right there. The name of the user who
made the post, the date it was made, and the category in which it belongs. So a user can
come along, read more, and there it is. Now that you know how to set up categories on
your website and add new posts, I’m going to basically pause this tutorial and add five
to six new posts, and then come back. I’m going to add them into the Europe category.
And of course, I’m doing this all as a demo to teach you how to use this WordPress platform,
so I’ll come back in a second when I add a few new posts to my blog. To manage all
your posts, go to the All Posts section. You can Add New. You can Edit a current post,
or you can simply Delete. So it’s pretty straightforward. I will leave all that to
you. Let me know by e-mail or in the comments if you have any questions about that, but
I think it’s pretty straightforward. Okay. So I’ve added about six or seven posts to
my blog. You can see them all here. If we check out what our blog looks like now, you
can see it’s really starting to take shape. It looks really, really good. So a visitor
can come through. They can see the image. They can see the title, a bit of intro text
to your post, and then they can read more and get taken to the full post. So we’re
making really good progress here. As you can probably tell, the navigation items aren’t
done yet, but we will get to that. Also, the sidebar area here is looking very empty. So
I’m going to show you how you can setup the sidebar. Go into your Dashboard. Hover
over Appearance, and click on Widgets. Currently, you’ll see there are a bunch of things in
the left sidebar area. We’ve got a right sidebar. Essentially, what each one of these
are, they’re widgets. And, you can add any of them into the left or right sidebar. So
what we can do here, we can drag and drop the Search, Recent Posts, Comments, Archives,
and Categories. You can delete any one’s that you don’t want, or you can add some
new one’s from in here. So you can even drag and drop a text widget, and enter some
random text in here, and Save. Let me show you quickly what that looks like. You’ll
see we’ve got Recent Posts that will automatically pop up every time you make a post. It’ll
show you the most recent ones, and you can configure that. You can put show me the five
latest posts, or the 10, so that when frequent visitors of your blog come to your home page,
they can see the latest posts that you have made. You can delete any one of these that
you don’t want. Archives, obviously, we’ve made all our posts just now. That’s why
they’re all showing as January 2015. As you make posts over the weeks and months,
that will obviously show an archive for Feb, March, April, etcetera, so that when a user
clicks on that, they can see any posts you’ve made during that month. The same goes for
categories. When a user clicks on a particular category, they’ll be taken to a post – sorry.
They’ll be taken to a listing of posts within that category. And therefore, it’s really
important to select the correct categories for your posts because say your blog is about
technology. Somebody wants to know about Apple products. They can click on the Apple category,
and they’ll be taken to every post related to Apple. And of course, you can enter any
other text that you need to enter. Now I want to introduce you to one of my favorite plugins.
One of the things that I use to add any content I want into the sidebar area, and it comes
in the form of a visual editor. And by visual editor, I mean this kind of functionality
here where you can add text, bold, italic, quote, bullet point, link, and you can add
images, you can embed video if you need, but all that functionality in your sidebar. To
do that, you need to install a plugin called Black Studio TinyMCE. So just search Black
Studio, and it’s that one there, Black Studio TinyMCE. Install, and Activate. Okay. So if
I go back to Appearance and Widgets, what you’ll see now is a widget called Visual
Editor. So if you drag and drop that into your sidebar, there you’ll see you’ve
got all the options that are available to you to add absolutely anything you want into
that area of your sidebar. Okay. So let me demo that for you. I can add a title. I can
add an image if I wanted to. I won’t do that for now. I can add text. And, I can do
anything with that text. As you’ve already learned, I can bold, italic, dot point. The
one thing I’ll show you here is I can embed video. Now, as you know this Visual Editor
appears when you’re in the Visual Tab. But to enter any code, you need to enter that
in the Text Tab. So if I was to embed a YouTube video, I would need to do that in the Text
Tab. I’ll show you an example. I’ll just bring over a page I’ve got open. And say,
I wanted to embed this video, so I’d go to Share, Embed. I would select a custom size
of 285 pixels wide. The width – sorry, the height would automatically populate. And then,
I can copy and paste that embed code in the Text Tab. Now if I go back into visual, you’ll
see there’s a placeholder for the video. However, if I placed this code in the Visual
Tab, that will not work. Okay. So now, I’ll click Save, and let’s check it out. Maybe
I’ll just bold that. And, there we go. I’ve got a video embedded right into my sidebar,
and the text that I’ve entered. So as you can see, that’s a really powerful tool because
I can do anything I want in the sidebar section. Anything you add in a post, you can add in
a sidebar. And it’s as easy as that – one of my favorite plugins that I use all the
time. Now I’m going to show you how you can setup your custom menu area. As you can
see right now, there’s not much here. And, I did promise you that your menu will look
similar to something like this where you would have your categories listed at the top, and
the users would be able to click through to that category, and see any post that is part
of that category. So I’m going to make good of that promise. I’ll show you how to add
your categories into this top menu area. Go back into your Dashboard. Go to Appearance,
and click on Menus. Give your menu a name, and then click Create Menu. Now set this as
a primary menu, and Save. Okay. First, I want you to delete anything here that you don’t
need. I’d suggest leaving home in there if it’s already there, otherwise I’ll
show you how to add that. So let’s start from scratch. Okay. In this tab here called
Links, you can add a menu item to any URL. So for example, I can add a menu item that
goes to Google. And, that’s how it works. So I want you to add a menu item for your
home page, so that would be your domain, and just call it Home. Add that to Menu. Now,
I want you to go to your Categories area, and make sure you open that in a new tab on
your browser. You’ll see the categories listed. Now, if I click View on one of the
categories, you’ll see that this page displays anything that is within that category. I want
you to copy that URL. Go back to your Menu Settings. Enter that URL in here, and your
text. Now similarly, I want you to do the same for any other items that you want in
your menu, or any other categories that you want in your menu. And, if there are any particular
pages or posts that you want to link directly to the menu, add that as well. So let’s
say for example, I want to add the Contact Page.Now, let’s Save that. If you visit
your website, you will see those items have been added to the menu. Now if I click on
one of those items, if I’m a visitor, I come to your blog and I click on say, Europe,
I’ll be taken to posts that are only within the Europe category as you can see here. They
all belong within the Europe category that we selected when we setup the post. So there
we go. You can add any categories you want here, or any other links using the same process.
Now, if you want to rearrange this, just go back in here, and drag and drop. When you
refresh your site, that will take effect. I’m going to show you another really cool
thing, how to add a dropdown menu. Say, within the Europe category, I want to actually have
a dropdown where when the user hovers over Europe, all the posts appear and they can
click on one. Okay. So, let me just get the URLs for a few of my posts. Now, back in here.
To add a dropdown menu, simply put an item, so that it is … sorry. Drag and drop the
item, so that it is indented below the first level item that you want it to appear under.
There you go. So a user can come straight from your home page on your blog, and click
straight through to that post there. I’ll do the same for a few of the others.And same for this, you can also rearrange the
second level items by dragging and dropping in the order in which you want them to appear.
There you go. So I hope you now see why this WordPress platform is so powerful and easy
to use, and why it’s such a popular option for a lot of big names around the world. Earlier,
I promised that I would show you how to add an image slider around here at the top of
your blog. Each one of the sliders will link through to one of your posts. It’s pretty
easy to do. Go into your Dashboard. Go to Appearance, and Theme Options. Click on the
Featured Slider tab. Now in these four boxes, all you need to do is enter the Post ID of
the post and image you want to display. You can do this by going into Posts, and All Posts.
I will just open it in a new tab in my browser, and you can see the Post IDs in this right
hand column. So all you need to do is enter those numbers in these boxes here, and you
can enter a maximum of four. So let’s select 21, and 35, and say 18, and post 17. Then,
click Save. Okay.There you go. That looks absolutely fantastic. That looks sensational.
You’ve got the image. The image actually comes from the Featured Image section, that
section there. So if you want to change that, you can change the featured image of that
particular post. You can click through. So the user can see that they’ll click through,
and go to your full post straight from your home page. So it’s an awesome area to highlight
probably your four most important or most attention-grabbing posts. Another thing you
can do is set the timer delay, the transition delay, sorry. So currently, it’s four seconds.
You can change that to however long you want, and that would change the time between each
transition. I’m really happy with that, so I’ll leave it as it is. It’s a really
cool feature, so go ahead and make the most of it. One thing I actually dislike is on
top of the image sliders, there’s a lot of text here. And, it looks pretty distracting,
as well as a little bit messy. So what we can do, we can actually control the amount
of text that appears here. Go back into the WordPress Dashboard. Go to the post that you
want to edit. So for example, let’s take this one here. Here you’ll see a dropdown
called Screen Options. Tick the Excerpt. And when you do that, just below the Content Editor,
you’ll see this section appear. Now in this section, enter the text that you want to appear
in that area here. Okay. So let’s take this, for example. That’s all we want to appear.
Go up, and Update. And, there you go. It looks a lot cleaner and less messy. You can do that
for all of your posts if you want. You’ll notice that when you create posts by default,
it’ll have a right-hand side sidebar like you see here. It’s really easy to change
that to a full-width page. Simply go into your Posts. Select the post you want to change,
say that one there. So by default, the default layout is a right-hand side sidebar. Now if
we change that to No Sidebar, Full-Width, and Save, let’s see what that looks like.
There you go. The post takes the full-width of the page, and the user will not be distracted
by the sidebar. So it’s completely up to you whether you want to leave posts as full-width
or in the default template with the sidebar. That’s your decision. Next I will show you
one of my favorite features when I make a blog. It is an image gallery that pops into
a light box when the images are clicked. To add the image gallery, go into – first add
a new post. So let’s add a new post. We’ll call it, say, the Europe Image Gallery. We’ll
assign it to the Europe category. Then, click Add Media. Click the Create Gallery link here.
You can select files if they’re already uploaded to your media library, or you can
upload new files to add to your gallery. When that’s done, press the Create a New Gallery
link here, link to Media File. Select the number of columns you want them to display
in. I’ll leave it as three for now, and Insert Gallery. Because you’re in the Text
Tab, you’ll see some code here. But if you go to the Visual Tab, you’ll see your images
that are a part of the gallery. So let’s hit Publish, and see what that looks like.
There it is there. If you click on an image, you’ll see it actually pops up and takes
you to a … it takes you to the image, which isn’t ideal because it takes you off your
blog. So what we want to do is be able to implement something, so that when someone
clicks on the image, it will pop up on screen but won’t actually bump you off the page.
To do that, go into your Dashboard, Plugins, Add a New Plugin. Search for one called Simple
Lightbox. That’s the one there. Install, and when that’s done, activate the plugin.
That’s all you have to do. So now if I go back here, and I refresh that, let’s see
what happens. That is absolutely perfect. So as you can see, a user can come to your
gallery. They can scroll through your images, but they are never bumped off your blog. So
that’s extremely professional. If you had a professional web developer set this up for
you, it would cost you quite a bit I imagine. So feel free to take advantage of this feature.
And as always if you have any questions, ask in the comments. You can always edit the gallery.
So this is a default template where it has the sidebar. Let’s say we wanted a full-width
template. Just go down here. Click Full-Width. Save. Now that looks a bit too spaced out,
so we can go back here. Click on the Gallery, and hit that Edit icon. Let’s put four columns.
There you go. It’s as simple as that to include an awesome image gallery onto your
blog. And, the beauty of it is you can include as many galleries as you wish. After you start
a blog, I’m sure as time goes, you’ll get many subscribers and followers. So it’s
a good idea to have some social media integrated into your website. And the good thing is this
design allows you to do that very easily by placing social icons in the top right area
just here. So to do that, go back into your WordPress Dashboard. Go to Appearance, and
Theme Options. Click on the Social Links tab. Here you can see there are a range of social
media icons you can add. All you need to do is enter the URL of your particular page.
For example, your Facebook page, your Twitter account, YouTube channel. Any that you leave
blank will not appear. So as an example, I’ll enter mine in here. When you’re done, click
Save All Changes. Let’s refresh the blog to see what it looks like. As you can see,
the social icons are added, and it’s got a really nice hover effect as well. That will
lead straight through your social media URLs that you entered on the previous page like
so. So go ahead. Set up your social media pages, and integrate social media onto your
blog. While we’re on the topic of social media, I will show you how to add a Facebook
Like Box onto your sidebar area here. To do that, just open up a new browser on your site,
and google Facebook Like Box. It should be that one there. Okay. So here you need to
enter the URL of your Facebook page. So facebook.com/whateveryoururlis. Ours would be emediacoach. You get the point.
The width for this particular design – set it at 285, and the height you can set it to
whatever you want. So let’s try 300. That’s better. I’ll stick to 500. Here you can
show the header, or disable the header, and show or disable the border. When you are done
configuring that, just click Get Code. Now just hold that page there. Go into your WordPress
Dashboard, hover over Appearance and Widgets. In your right sidebar, I want you to drag
and drop the Text Sidebar widget. Okay. Now, go back to that code. Copy and paste, and
also copy and past the second snippet of code into that box as well. Once that’s done,
click Save
and refresh your site. There you go. We’ve added a Facebook Like Box onto your blog.
To rearrange the order in which it appears, just go back to the widget area and drag and
drop this to where you want that to appear. And, that’ll automatically save. And when
you refresh your site, it will take effect. There you go. It’s a really nice feature.
Any subscribers or fans of your blog can come and like your Facebook page, and it’s good
to gather a social following. Because any post or page you make on your site or on your
blog, you can actually post that on your social media pages. And, it’s good to get a gathering
because it brings more traffic. And therefore down the track, it can help bring more subscribers,
and therefore add more value to your blog when it comes to making money or selling.
So there’s a little tip for you there. We can add a contact form, so people can get
in touch with you easily. Here you can see we’ve got a Contact Me page, but there’s
nothing on that. So let’s update that with some contact details and a contact form. When
somebody fills in that contact form, you’ll receive that straight to your e-mail, and
you’ll be able to reply directly to them. Back in your Dashboard, go into Plugins. Add
New Plugin. Search for one called Contact Form. And, it is that one there by BestWebSoft.
You can install, and then activate the plugin. Once that’s done, there’ll be a BWS Plugins
section that appears in your navigation, so click on that. Here you can set up your contact
form. We can set it, so that it sends you an e-mail directly to your e-mail account.
Enter your personal e-mail over here. In the Form field, it’s probably better to use
the user’s name – that is the user that fills out the form. And here you can select
which fields you want to show. So we’ve got Name. We’ve got Phone Number if you
want to add that, and Subject and Message are there by default. You can go through the
rest of the options in your own time, but for now, that will do. Go down. In this area,
you can update the text that appears when somebody submits the form, and let’s Save
Changes. Okay. Now that we’ve configured the form, all you need to do is add it on
your contact page. To do that, copy this tag here including the square brackets. Go to
the page that you want to put the form on. Edit. Now just paste that in there, and Update.
And, there you go. Say, I’m a visitor on your blog. They can submit that. They will
receive the confirmation message, and you’ll receive that directly into your e-mail inbox
because you put your e-mail details in here. Then, you can reply directly to them. So that’s
the power of a contact form. Another thing you can do is add some contact information
here if you wish. And, it’ll appear there. Essentially, anywhere you add this tag that
contact form will appear. So you can even add it in your sidebar if you want, very,
very easily. And, just as a reminder to do that, you’d go into Appearance, Widgets.
Select the right sidebar widget. Add a text field, and paste that little tag. That’s
it. Currently, there are a lot of posts on a single page when you scroll down. So as
you can see, the posts keep going, and the same for when you to a category page as well.
So I’ll show you how to restrict the number of posts that appear. Go into your Dashboard,
and in Settings, go to Reading. This setting here, Blog pages show at most, change that
to how many you want to appear. I will change that to four. Now when I refresh, there you
go. You’ll see that it has restricted every page to four posts, and you can change that
based on what you want to show. So maybe four is too much, maybe four is too little. That’s
up to you, and you can completely manage that through this setting here. Sometimes, you
might be required to add other authors to be able to post onto your blog. This might
be the case down the track when your blog becomes bigger, and you may have multiple
authors who all contribute. To do that, it’s very simple. Go to Users. We want to Add a
New User. Give them a username. Enter their e-mail address, and Set a Password. You can
send this password to the new user. It will get sent to their e-mail address, and select
a Role. This is basically the privilege that the new user will have. The Administrator
privilege gives them access to everything, and it even allows them to delete your user
account. So be very careful with that. We actually have another video on our channel,
which goes through each of these roles, so make sure you have a look at that and select
the right role. To be on the safe side, I would suggest giving them the role of Author,
which will allow them to add posts but not delete. Then, click Add New User. And, that’s
all. They will be able to login to your WordPress Dashboard, which is yourdomain.com/wp-admin,
the same place you do, with their username and their password, and then contribute to
your blog. Now this header area looks pretty good, but for those of you who want to perhaps
add a logo to that area. I’ll show you how you can do that. I’ll let you in on a couple
of secrets of mine. If you already have a logo, it’s very easy. Just go to Appearance,
and Theme Options. Click Header Options, and upload your logo, and Save Changes. However,
if you need to get a logo made, go to a site called fiverr.com. Search for logo design.
You’ll see there are no shortages of people who are offering professional logo design
services. So if you want a professional looking logo, feel free to sign up to Fiverr and browse
through some of these service providers. Look at their ratings and feedback, for example,
that there. Look at their portfolio, and choose somebody to prepare your logo. However, if
you want something quick and fast, go to onlinelogomaker.com. Click on Start Online Logo Maker. Let’s
clear this. Delete. You can add a symbol. Let’s choose that one there. You can remove
certain elements if you can … there you go. You can resize, change the color, add
some text, and change font. When you are happy with your logo, select white for the background
color, and download your logo. Save that onto your computer. Now you can go in, and upload
that logo to your blog. Insert into Post, and then this field here will populate with
the logo URL. Then, Save All Changes. Actually, you’ll need to click Header Logo Only, then
Save. Let’s see what that looks like. Cool. Looks pretty good. You can, of course, go
back in. Change things around. Change the sizing. Maybe I’ll just get rid of the text,
keep the image, and using trial and error, come up with a logo that you are happy with.
Cool. That looks great. Of course, if you want to keep the text, the header text like
it was before, just go back and select that option there. But, that’s an easy way to
get a logo created quickly and update your blog. Currently, the background looks a little
bit boring as you can see. So another one of my favorite tools is to change the background
to either a different color or to add a background image. To do that, go into the Dashboard.
In Appearance, click on Background. You can remove the image that’s currently there.
I’ll show you what that looks like. It’s just a plain background, or you can select
your own image to use as a background. So I’m going to go and select one that I have
on my computer, and I’ll upload this one as well. So then select the image you want
to choose as your background image, and click Choose Image. Now these settings are very
important. Click No Repeat, position in the Center, and you can choose between a Scroll
or a Fixed. And, I’ll show you what difference that makes. Let’s just have a look at this
image. So as you can see, that looks pretty good. You can always change the image you
use. There we go, and see how that image is actually cutting off. That’s because the
original image is not long enough, but that’s fine because I like using a feature called
Fixed, which means it does not scroll. I’ll show you what I mean. So now as I scroll the
site, see how the background does not move. Only the page moves, and I really like that
feature. So I’m going to keep that as it is. As you can see, the site now looks fresh,
and clean, and looks much better than it did a few minutes ago because we’ve changed
the background to a completely new background as opposed to the really boring one that we
just had. So feel free to muck around with that. Add your background images. Choose either
a Scroll or a Fixed, depending on what you prefer. And, I guarantee you your site will
look better in the space of about three minutes. Now, I’ll show you how you can add things
to your blogs footer. To do that, you can go under Appearance, and Widgets. You’ll
see similar to how you added items in your right sidebar, you can also add items to the
footer. So to give you a couple of examples, you can add perhaps your categories of your
blog. You’ve got a few options here. That’s what that will look like, or you can add perhaps
your most recent posts, like that there. If you want the flexibility to add images or
even embed a video, you remember we installed a plugin called TinyMCE, which allowed us
to add this or embed this video here. You can also add any writing or images. If you
haven’t already done that, go to Plugins. Add New, and install a plugin called TinyMCE.
Once you’ve done that, come back in here and you’ll see there’s a Visual Editor
tab available. So we can drag and drop that across. You’ll see that gives you the flexibility
to add anything you need to. So we can just add some text, perhaps About Us. You can add
images. You can embed video if you need to. I’m just going to put some sample text in
here from another screen I’ve got. Okay. And, I can save that. That’s what that looks
like. Alternatively, you can even do other things such as adding a Search field. So let’s
try to put that in there, and we’ll delete say the Categories. So now we’ve got Recent
Posts, Search, and some free text. So that’s saved, and you’ll see the Search comes up
there. Another thing you can do is add a Calendar. I’ll delete the Search. There you go. So
as you can see, you’ve got the flexibility to add absolutely anything you want to. If
you really wanted to, you can even add three Visual Editor tabs, and maybe put an image
in one, some text in the other, and the video in the third. So it’s completely up to you
how you want to arrange your footer. I’m just showing you the options that you have.
I’m sure you get the idea. After you have finished making your own blog, it’s really
important that you take a backup, so that in the future if anything happens, you have
a backup copy ready for you to restore. To do that, log in to your cPanel. And, you’ll
remember from early in this video, your cPanel is part of that e-mail that you received when
you signed up for HostGator. So click on that link in that e-mail. Enter your username and
password, and then click Log In.
Scroll down, and click on Backup Wizard. Backup. Full Backup. Leave this as Home Directory,
and click Generate Backup. This will create a backup in the background. You’ll see that
the backup is in the middle of generating. Refresh this page every five to 10 minutes,
and once it’s done, you’ll be able to download the backup to your computer. So let’s
wait. Once your backup is done generating, this is what it will look like. You’ll be
able to click on that link, and then download that onto your PC. Keep that handy because
you might need that in the future. If ever you come across any issues and you need to
restore a backup, get in touch with HostGator through their support, and they will let you
know what to do. If your blog is constantly changing and updating, it would be a good
idea to take regular backups. Now I’d love to teach you about monetization, which is
making money off your blog. One of the easiest methods is to use AdSense. AdSense is a Google
product. Essentially, you can place ads onto your blog. And, every time a visitor clicks
on that particular ad, you will be paid anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per click.
This is possible because advertisers bid in order to make their ad show up on people’s
websites who are part of this AdSense program. It works on a profit-sharing arrangement.
So if I just show you here, for displaying ads with AdSense for content, publishers receive
68% of the revenue recognized by Google. So that essentially means for every dollar that
Google charges for an ad, you receive $0.68, and they receive $0.32. As I’ve said, every
click can earn you anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars. The reason is certain types
of ads attract a higher premium. For example, advertisers pay a higher premium to display
ads for things such as insurance, home loans, and other high-priced products. And so, those
kinds of ads cost the advertiser much more, and also allow you to earn more. And so, although
you cannot actually control the types of ads that are shown on your site because they are
automatically generated depending on your content. But, just know there is a range and
a variation in the amount that publishers, which includes you, will receive when a visitor
clicks on one of your ads. I’ll show you a few examples. So you will see a few of these
around. Simple text ads, I’m sure you’ve seen these everywhere. Every time you click
on one of these ads, you are earning money for the owner of the blog. And so, that can
be you essentially. You may have also seen some image ads. These are just a few examples
that Google are displaying on their AdSense site. You can test between text ads and image
ads. Perhaps, show text ads for a couple of weeks, then show image ads for another couple
of weeks, and see what performs better. See what has a higher click-through rate because
of course, at the end of the day, the more clicks, the more money you earn. It’s actually
pretty simple how you can implement these ads onto your site. All you need to do is
sign up for AdSense, then you’ll have the option of selecting a ad format, which is
the text or image ads like I showed you, and also the size of the ads. When you select
that, you will be given some code that looks like this. All you need to do is copy and
paste that onto your site. So I’m going to show you an example of me doing that right
now. I will place an ad in the sidebar section, so I’m going to … let’s see. I’ll
probably choose a square image ad, which takes up a square area on my sidebar. Okay. So,
I’ve already signed in to my AdSense account in another screen, and I’ve just copied
and pasted the code into this notepad. So all I need to do is copy that script, everything
from the open script bracket to the close script, all of that. Now go to wherever you
want to paste, or wherever you want to display that ad on your blog. In my case, I want to
display it in the sidebar, so I would need to go into Appearance, Widgets. What I will
do is add a Text widget, and I’ll place it just … I’ll actually place it being
the first thing on my sidebar, so that it’s above the fold, which means if on the screen
when visitors load the page, which generally gives it a higher click-through rate. And,
all you do is paste that there. Now it’s against AdSense terms of conditions to direct
people to click on your ads, so do not write things such as click here or anything like
that. But, it’s absolutely fine to write something like advertisement, then click Save.
I will add one more ad, so I’ll drag in another Text tab. I will copy and paste from
the script that I’ve got here from my AdSense account, and paste it in there. Alternatively,
you can just keep advertisements in the same box, and I can just press Enter. And, put
the second script after the first. And, that will show up as two image ads because I’ve
chosen image ads. So that’s the first image ad, and that’s the second. I’ll click
Save. You can also display ads in your posts. So to do that, you would go to your post that
you want to display an ad. You would go to the Text tab, and you would enter that code
in the post where you want that ad to display. And of course, if you need any help, the AdSense
site is a really good resource. And, it takes you through step-by-step what you need to
do. Okay. So I’ve saved that. Usually, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes for ads to start
appearing on your site. And like I said, the content on the ads are automatically generated
based on the content of your website. So usually, you’ll see that the ads actually match in
some way what is on your website. So I’ll wait 10 to 15 minutes, and hopefully my ads
have started appearing. Okay. So I’ve given my site about 10 to 15 minutes, and I can
see that my ads are starting to appear right here. Now every time a visitor clicks on one
of these ads, I’ll earn anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars per click. To be
honest, this is one of the most easiest and hands free ways to make money off a blog.
If I wanted to, I could split these ads up. Sometimes, I don’t like to place ads just
in one location. So I would probably put one image banner here, and one down the bottom.
But it’s completely up to you how you want to organize your ads. You can even place them
into your posts, within your posts. Because as you can see when somebody clicks through
on a post in your blog, they’ll be going through your post, and then maybe they’ll
click on an ad in the sidebar, or maybe they’ll be reading and click an ad within your post.
So you can place ads anywhere you want, whether they be text ads or image ads. And, like I
showed you, you’ve got a few choices when it comes to ad size, and also the type of
ads, whether you want just image ads or text ads. So definitely sign up for an AdSense
account. And once you start getting visitors to your blog, it’s one of the most easiest
and hands free methods to earning money off the blog. Just be careful not to click on
your own ads. This here is another one of my favorites. When I make a blog and it’s
getting a bit of traction, at times I like to sell it on a site called Flippa. This site
is a community of buyers and sellers. If I go here and search for a blog, you can see
that there are a bunch of websites being sold. Not just blogs, but all kinds of websites.
And people bid on them, just like they bid on eBay.

99 thoughts on “How to Make a Blog – Step by Step – 2018

  1. This was so amazing! Thank you! I really needed this template for my website. I was initially using Tesseract as my template, but it's not at all conducive to blogging – I needed something I could update frequently. Thank you so much for your awesome video! 🙂

  2. Hi thank you for making this tutorial, I cannot make my own logo through fiverr as I don;t have flash player on iMac. And I've noticed in the dash board I don't have theme option. can you please help

  3. Hi there, can you please help, I have been trying to add the contact form but it doesn't work when testing it out. thanks

  4. Awesome Video. I just finished the video. I don't have the link in appearances that says Theme Options. Only the Theme link is there. The WP version is the newest. I also couldn't find the header slider because of the no theme option. I looked at plugins but couldn't find the same one. May if I had the exact name of the slider, I could search it. Thanks for the info. I'm trying host gator for the first time based on your video and discount. A learning curve vs. what I've been used to but I think I got it.

    Any help on theme option button would help. Thanks, Bill

  5. Great tutorial.
    I have followed all the steps on posting but my posts are not showing on the home page. All I am getting is the slide and a message saying No Posts Found. What could be the issue and how can I change it please?
    Francis

  6. Hello. When I click on Slider options, it looks different than yours and says different things..Maybe because I have the latest version of work press? Can you show me where those slider options are now?

  7. BTW – anybody who gets stuck looking for Theme Options under Appearance, the choices are now located under Appearance / Customise. Apparently a WordPress dictat.

  8. Having a problem with social media icons not showing despite being filled in and saved from Appearance / Customise / Travelify Social Links. They show up correctly on the preview page OK, but not on the live site pages. Any ideas please?

  9. Thank u show it blog post step by step ,but i wanted know there is many blog insulted in google search ,if i have written one own,make earn from it ,i think there is many technique for it ,i like know all about it ,is it possible cash out in payza,neletter?

  10. What if I don't want to use the travelify theme? What if I use a different theme? Would I still be able to follow along with the tutorial?

  11. Still working my way through this video but I have to pause and say Thank you! You've opened up a whole new world to me!

  12. +eMediaCoach hi i am having a problem with the featured image ,it shows but it only covers a small portion of the post below it i tried resizing the image to fit but that dint work .Also how can i change the icon of the website ? thank you

  13. Just finished building my blog website using your video. Very Happy! Thank you very much, it was so well explained. A mature oldie like myself found it easy to follow!

  14. Well, this is a year old, and Travelify warns me it may not be up to date, but for now everything seems to be working! Thanks for the guide. It was good until the last couple minutes, when something on your end seems to have broken.

  15. Thanks for a great video.. can you help, i dont have a theme option in my wordpress…. simply cant find the way to activate it. Appreciate your help.

  16. Hey mate, thanks for this. Unfortunately, at present WordPress doesn't have Appearance>Theme options….Can you suggest another way to have an image slider? Thanks.

  17. Great video. Having trouble with the image gallery. Set the gallery up but images appear in the top left corner and very small.What am I doing wrong?

  18. Thanks for a great tutorial. Almost finished setting up all the basics now. One problem I'm having though – when I try to backdate posts, the Publishing panel is only allowing me to select from restricted dates – Jan 1, Feb 2, March 3, April 4 etc. I can't just choose whatever date I want. Any ideas how to solve this? Thanks

  19. Thank you for your video.  I followed this and created my very first website.  The element color and typography color won't change even though I chose different colors and those colors are saved under Main Options.  Could you explain how to do it?

  20. Very good, but i cannot find the Layout facility for setting columns in Posts. Was that replaced in a new version of WP? Mike

  21. Thanks, fixed now. Think it was browser in need of an update! Just a couple of other things – the text on the slider is not showing on the mobile version of the site (on Android smartphone at least). I wondered if that was normal or if I've missed something. I'd also like to add captions to gallery images if possible – can that be done using Simple Lightbox? Thanks again.

  22. I couldn't believe that i can now make a blog by my self,all because of your wonderful and explicit teaching…But i got stuck at making use of the Theme Option as it doesn't appear on my Worldpress,so there is no way i could put up social media for my followers,please what do i have to do in absent of Theme Options?

  23. Hi can anyone help me I have to much space between the body and the footer of my post. looks great on my phone but not on the computer.

  24. Hi, great video, its so easy how you explain! I have a doubt, but its about advertising. How to get in into my blog ? How to earn money with this ?
    Make a shot video about it.
    Thanks in advance

  25. this was so helpful! I am trying to add photos and logo but theme options is missing under appearance. how do I get this back?

  26. My drop down menu links, made using menu custom links, are very sensitive. They disappear to quickly or need repeated attempts until I get properly redirected. Any way to adjust?

  27. The most complete training for free on how to setup a blog.
    Awesome tutorial that explains the super high view count 2 thumbs up
    from me and a like:)

  28. What if you create a sub category under a parent category and you want to include that in the URL? Can you and how would you write the code for that URL referencing the parent category like "My Game Reviews" and the sub category to that parent being "Indie Games".

  29. Thank you Veeeeery Much!
    Not finished yet but have some questions:

    1- I didn't find Theme options in my WP

    2- Is it possible to creat a blog and do not interfere at index. I mean creat and then (after finished) launch the website?

    3- Is it possible to make same site and then export to another domain name?

    Best regards

  30. Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial. Turned out to be a beautiful blog!!! i love your teaching style

  31. Thank you so much for the great video, can You please tell , why it doesn't show the texts when i post, it seams i do everything right , what can be the cause ?

  32. Hi! I really want to make my own blog, however I do not feel like it is worth paying every month for me to keep a website. Is there any way I can create my own blog with my own domain?

  33. I have recently buy hostgator baby package and I installed wordpress in it and it has also give me link to wp and username and password but when I click on link it say me that it doesn't exist.please guide me

  34. Love your video. It is clear and helped a great deal. I have one problem now. My media pics no longer show on the home page for my posts. They show in the post but now only show a blank box on the home page. It used to work but now does not. Please help.

  35. Hi
    How are you
    I'm trying to do a website for my friend who just opened a restaurant . His idea is he need to to a website that takes orders online with options let's say I want a plate this plate he needs to have two sides with it and the customer should choice from the sides he need to add like let's say soap or salad or fries with the order . Do you have any idea on which theme or have video of this kind ?? I already got him the domain and the hosting just need to see if you got any information about this kind

    Tired to email you but it's not working send me an email please

  36. thalia -This has the potential to be very helpful. However, at present, I am stuck because my domain was purchased somewhere else. When I get into the host gator c-panel I only see themes to purchase. So it seems, I will be spending a lot of money to set up this blog.  The directions are a bit different on this new host gator site as well.  I am in worse state than I was.  Not your fault just things are not the same as this tutorial and I still am not blogging even though I spent half a day about 5 hours working on getting set up.

  37. love your vids learned alot question? how to i change the powered by word press at the bottom of this theme? i went in my editor click on footer .php but still cant find the code to that says powered by word press to remove. help plz!!

  38. Absolutely AWESOME training video. Very well explained and easy to follow. Great work and thank you!!!

  39. Hello Michael. Thank you again for this wonderful video tutorial. I hope you'll reply to this comment. I have been wondering if there is a way to add new posts to a drop down menu without having to go back and adding them indented under the menu item or category, on the main menu as you did at about the 1 minute mark in the video. I truly appreciate the time you put in making these video-tutorials, and at answering our questions.
    May God bless you for this service.

  40. Hi .. i added contact form but when i sent an email … its going wrong . i am taking this message " Sorry, email message could not be delivered. "

  41. hey please help me, i have just install travelify themes from wordpress for my blog, but themes option is not there. please help me how to add this option.

  42. Hello, I need help with Theme Options plugin. I downloaded but seem different as compare to this video, can you help plz?
    Otherwise great video and I founded it very help. thxs…

  43. sir, how will I make a new post without deleting the previous ones, secondly how will I put a direct download files into my posts #once a visitors click will automatically start downloading. And lastly manage such files (videos photos and more) on my website.

  44. In the new WordPress version it does not appear the "Themes Option". Instead it appears "Mojo Themes". How can I now install a slider Themes?

  45. I get to appearances ok…I have a Themes tag but not a Theme OPTIONS! I am unable to use the social media thing…can anyone help?

  46. Everything worked as shown on video except when I tried making the slide feature. For some reason, my travelify theme didn't have the theme options tab available so I had to go to customize. However, the images and text did not display as shown in the video. Some test was above the top menu bar and the image was duplicated.

    Also, I would like to include a tag line under my logo but there was no way to do that. You have to pick image or text only. So I ended up with a lot of white space around my logo.

    I have a much better understanding after watching. Thanks!

  47. Hi, can you please show me how to set up social locker in WordPress, please. thank Edward (the WP tutorial is absolutely great) Ta

  48. Awesome tutorials. Desiring no questions as you follow the directives. Most fascinating, is the response given when further inquiries are made. Thumbs Up for eMediaCoach!

  49. When you tried to create pages or blogs, it was very confused the difference between posts and pages because you did it very quick. I did not realize the difference. When you created sidebar, it seems that was created automatcally in all posts at the same time. How to make it apart?

  50. Very interesting video, I must appreciate you so much for sharing. Through this tutorial, I `ve been able to transfer my Blog from Blogger to WordPress and everything is working well – except.
    However, I noticed that the FEATURE IMAGE is not showing on the Home page and each time i tried setting it up , I receive this remark "SEO issue: The featured image should be at least 200 by 200 pixels to be picked up by Facebook and other social media sites." – no matter the size of the image -the pixel.
    What should I do to get this resolved please?
    Best Regards.

  51. Hello there, I launched my blog site using this theme but there is a problem. The menu bar is not appearing in the mobile version but it is absolutely okay with the web version. Please help!

  52. am using this theme and i cant same to remove the footer credits no matter what i do is their a way to remove it? is it possible for you to do a short video on this?

  53. Sir I too am very HAPPY that I found your instructions, "How to Make a Blog-Step by Step-2015." When it comes to web designing, blog creating and etc, you are definitely one of the best I've watch online. So thank you so much! Because of you, I can now make my blog regarding my interest in law! You rock!!!

  54. Sir i am facing problem during clicking on recent post in slidebar and on clicking read more button in post.
    The error is this:-
    Bad reqauest!
    Error 400 localhost-apache/2.4.29(window32) OpenSSL/1.0.21PHP/5.6.32

  55. Necropost: Best instructional Blog I have come across. It's not so much the blog that was made but this gave me more of an understanding, as in I had that famous aha moment when things click. Like I know I could use a different template without instruction and find my way around. I would still use Google as a tool for references. However, this is the only one that did it for me So thanks +1 To think it's from 2015, glad you changed the title to 2018, still very relevant.

  56. Mr @eMediaCoach
    , I love your video, it has been a great help, i always come back to it if i frgot anything regarding wordpress, thank you so much, i hope you never delete this video, thank you again

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