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I was recently talking with a friend who owns a small woodworking business.  He has a woodworking shop and makes an assortment of handmade items.

Custom Post Template for Wordpress, Let's Make it Interesting!

If you are reading this, it is safe to assume you already know how to create a post in Wordpress.  What we are going to look at in this tutorial, is how to create a more interesting layout for our blog post.  Entering mainly text or an image or two is okay, but what if we are trying to stand out... be different with the layout of a blog post.  The answer is simple... you need to learn about HTML and to enter code into the HTML editor.

Writing Your First Blog Post

Now comes the fun part.  Most of the configuration and installation work is behind us.  We can begin to get our thoughts out, written, organized, and posted on our blog!  World watch out... here we come!

Wordpress Administration

If you are new to Wordpress, you may look at your new blog and think... How do I add content to this thing?  What do I click on?  Is something missing here?  With Wordpress (and many other applications) there is a basic concept to understand... there is an administration area that is used to add content and manage your blog.

Login to Wordpress for the First Time

This is a short tutorial, but necessary if you are wondering how to find the Administration area of a new blog.

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Installing Wordpress, The Automated Method

We are super close to getting our first blog up and running.  All the pieces are in place except the last one... the Wordpress application itself.  So, let's keep moving and install Wordpress!

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Sign Up for a Hosting Solution

Now its time to find a place to host your blog.  For over 5 years I have been using a hosting service called A2 Hosting.  A2 has been great, so I have no problem recommending their service, (I actually host many web clients here also.)  This tutorial walks you through the signup process at A2, so let's go ahead and dive right in!

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Blog for a Cause

Another option with your blog is to focus on a cause or a social issue.  You may decide to make a difference in the world through your writing.  Blogging is a great way to accomplish your goals.  If you decide blogging for a cause is the direction you would like to take, the great thing is you are really engaged in joining a community of people that have made similar choices.  Your blog will be one of many, but you will see how your cause can be strengthened by building awareness and relationships through the written word.

Below are a few blogs that focus on causes in our world.

Hosting Your Own Blog

Hosting your own blog is an exciting step in the world of blogging.  You may have a free blogging service and would like to have your own hosted blog or you may jump right in and decide to take the reigns yourself.  Either way, hosting your own blog is a great way to go.  Here are a few benefits of hosting your own blog:
  • Your own domain
  • You learn more about Wordpress
  • Greater customization flexibility
  • Faster servers, (can vary depending on chosen host)