You should get a new screen with an error message. This is normal. Check “Oops. Looks like something already exists there. I understand that continuing will overwrite the files.” Since this is a brand new blog*, you do want to overwrite the files. So select the checkbox that says, “Directory Exists! I understand that continuing will overwrite files.”
*If you were running this on a website that you already had up and running, you would not want to do this. But it is not an issue since you are creating a brand new site.
Now click again on “Check Domain.” The next screen will say, “You are almost there.” You don’t need the “Advanced Options,” so leave that unchecked. Click on the item that says, “I have read the terms and conditions.” Now click on the “Install Now” button. The installation process should begin and it will then keep you updated on the process. Be patient, this will take a minute or two.
WordPress will provide you with your wp-admin URL, password and URL. Write this down now and save it somewhere special.
Now you are ready to log into WordPress with your new username and password. Once you do this, you’ll now you are looking at the WordPress dashboard. Get used to this site because you will be looking at this a lot in the future new blogger!
Your site is about to come alive! Wahoo!
Step 3: Pick a Website Theme
Now, you probably don’t like the look of your website right now, right? No worries! Now, it’s time to pick a website theme. There are a million to choose from.
The next step is to look for and install a theme. There are literally thousands of free ones available. Personally, I suggest spending a little money and buying a premium theme for your site, like the Genesis Theme with Studiopress. This is the theme I had on my site for many years and I loved it.
I would budget between $0 to $59.95 for a good theme. To find a theme you like, og into the WordPress dashboard. Click on Appearance. Click on themes. Click on install themes. View all of the themes available and install one. You can always change to another one if you don’t like it later. Find one you like and start working with it.
Now you are ready to start blogging!
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So, did you make a blog? Let us know how it went…