Starting Your Blog: Meet WordPress

Want to create a blog, but don’t know where to start? Follow the tips below.

YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Why Amazon Associates recommends WordPress
  • What to do to get started
  • Some tips for WordPress security

To take advantage of the Amazon Associates programme and earn referral fees, you’ll need to set up a blog, containing posts where you can host adverts linking to products on sale at Amazon.

The quickest and easiest way to set a blog up and start creating posts is to install a CMS (Content Management System). There are many, but the most popular is WordPress, a blogging platform and CMS that’s relatively easy to install, but still powerful and easily customisable. It comes in a variety of plans, from free – with limited features – to the fully fledged Business plan. You can upgrade at any time, but we recommend you adopt a paid plan once you’re up and running, to take advantage of the pro services WordPress offers. database server.

Why WordPress?

It looks like you want it to

WordPress enables you to easily customise the look and feel of your site. This is achieved by installing a Theme – a layout template for your WordPress site.

It has useful free tools

WordPress is an open-source application, and its users have created a wealth of useful plugins and widgets, many of which are free. You can use these tools to customise your site and its content, and easily add new features to your WordPress blog.

It’s trusted

Many of the world’s household-name businesses, among them Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and eBay, use WordPress for elements of their web operations.

It’s here to stay

WordPress is well established as the web’s number-one blogging platform and CMS, so you can be sure it will continue to be maintained and updated for years to come.

What Do I Need To Do?

Register a domain

The domain is the address of your website – aka the URL. A multitude of companies offer a domain-registration service; a quick search will reveal whether your preferred domain is available and how much it will cost.

Host your website

Once you have your domain, you need somewhere to securely host your site – think of the process as renting an online hard drive where you can safely store and update all your files. Again, a quick search will reveal many web-hosting companies, offering differing plans.

Install WordPress

Over a quarter of all sites on the web use WordPress, and over 2.5 billion posts have been created using it. Its ease of installation is a major part of its success, and you can find everything you need to know about installing it by following this link to the WordPress Installation Guide.

Three Quick Tips For WordPress Security

  • Only use ‘live’ plugins and themes
    There are currently 45,000 plugins and countless themes to choose from in the official WordPress plugin directory. Before you install one, look at the developer’s page and any support forums to make sure that it is still supported and is being updated, otherwise it may be prone to security issues.
  • Activate Automatic Update
    Enabling WordPress and any plugins and themes you use to update automatically will ensure that your site remains protected from any security vulnerabilities and stays up-to-date with new technology. BackWPup is a tried-and-trusted plugin which ensures that your WordPress installation and its associated files and database are automatically backed up and updated.
  • Change your password regularly
    As part of your routine site maintenance, regularly change your passwords. You should also ensure that your password is something that’s cryptic and hard to guess; sequences of random letters and number work best.

 

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