Here is a checklist for how to set up your own WordPress blog. 

If you aren’t a DIY kind of person see my Custom WordPress Designs page.

Buy a domain name & sign up for hosting. My favorite host is HostGator! If you don’t know what I’m talking about go read How to Buy a Domain Name & Hosting for Your WordPress Blog.

Set up an email address at your host or with a free email program like

Install WordPress on your host. If you signed up with HostGator here is how to install WordPress.

Install a WordPress Theme.

Get an Akismet API code to prevent spam comments.

Set your Permalinks.

Get other cool plugins – Sexy Bookmarks, LinkWithin,

Write a page, like a disclosure, or an about me page.

Write a post.

Add a picture to your page or post.

Set up a contact page.

Set up a stat counter.

Get a Facebook Fanpage, a Twitter account, are you Pinteresting? Do you do videos? How about Pictures?

Install social media icons.

Seem like too much, I’ll do it all for you!

*Disclosure – Just to be clear this page does contain affiliate links.  I have personally use the products I’ve recommend here.
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