How to Create a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes

I started my blog using the WordPress platform and I have found it a great technology to publish your content online.

A WordPress theme provides flexibility and customisation features that Facebook could never provide.

How to Setup a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes

It is the foundation to the success of this blog which currently receives over 300,000 hits per month.

If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog. Millions of users around the world already express themselves and share their thoughts by means of their personal blogs.

The advantage of having your own WordPress blog that is self-hosted with your own domain name, is that you “own” it.

It is good to have a Facebook “page” or a Tumblr blog but they are owned by someone else and you can have a web presence there but under their “terms and conditions”

They are a rental. You never know when they will change the rules, ask you to leave or even demolish your house.

Build and Own your Online Assets

To build an online asset that you control and is fully flexible and can customise as you want then you need to own your domain with your own blog (website) and host it yourself.

If you are a writer, photographer, designer or just someone who wants to write about something personal and to hear opinions of others – a personal blog is something you can find new and exciting. Cheap and efficient, too. In the modern day, no special knowledge is required to create and maintain your own website. Actually there is a simple way of creating a WordPress blog in a matter of minutes.

In order to start a website, regardless of its nature and purpose, you need two things: a domain name and hosting.

WebHostingBuzz are a hosting company that can provide both. Most of WebHosting Buzz’s hosting plans come with free domain name registration, so that you don’t have to worry about one or another and get everything in one place, and at an excellent price.

Why WordPress?

The WordPress blogging platform is the most popular software in the world with Wikipedia reporting

  • WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites
  • It manages 22% of all new websites
  • WordPress is currently the most popular CMS (Content Management System) in use on the Internet
  • It was first released on May 27, 2003
  • By December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times

It is also one of the easiest to use due to its flexibility and user-friendliness.

So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?

Let’s go!

Step One

Sign up with WebHostingBuzz at this link. You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details.

Webhostingbuzz start page

 

Step Two

Just click on the login link provided in the email and use the supplied credentials to login to cPanel.

How to blog in 5 minutes - Cpanel

Step Three

Once you are logged in, you will see the cPanel home page; just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.

Installing WordPress

Step Four

The screen below will now appear and you only need to click “Install”.

Install WordPress in 5 mins

Step Five

Although not necessary, you may want to specify some settings of your blog, such as its name, the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed and the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty.

Easy way to Install WordPress

Take note of the admin login credentials, you will need them later. Also, make sure the admin email is valid and you have access to it. In case you forget the password, the link to reset the password will be sent to this address.

Step Six

When you are ready, click ‘Install’. The installation process is quick and takes under 60 seconds in most cases. Once it’s complete, your new blog is ready to use and you may visit it right away.

Install WordPress in 60 seconds

You will be greeted with the default WordPress page.

Default WordPress Blog

Now, let’s create your first blog post.

Step Seven

Scroll down and click on the ‘Log in’ in the right menu bar to access the admin area. The dashboard should look like this:

Hover over “New” and click on “Post” in the drop down menu that appears.

Creating your first blog post

Step Eight

Enter the title for the article/post and then enter the text below that headline. You may already have an article you have written in “Word” or a text editor which you can paste (insert) using the . When happy with what you have written then it is time to publish.

Click ‘Publish’ in order for your post to appear on the site.

Your blog is now “live” and visible for all to see.

Step Nine

Customising the appearance of your WordPress blog can be done to suit your personal tastes.This is not necessary but I am sure that eventually you will want to make it suit the topic you will be blogging about whether it is photography, food or sport.

This can be done in ‘Appearance’ section of the admin menu. Hundreds of free themes and widgets are available there which will allow you to make your site look completely different and unique. Browse through them and you will surely find something useful.

Customizing and adding themes for your WordPress blog

 

Get Started Now!

The journey starts with doing, not thinking or over planning.

Stanley Kubrick gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers: “Get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all.”* The most important thing is to just “do it”.

So start your blog and create your online masterpiece now.
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Study Predicts BYOD Boom by 2016

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A recent Telework Week report indicated that bring-your-own-device, or BYOD, programs have yet to fully take hold in the federal government, even though many employees are pressing to use their own smartphones and tablets for work. That may soon change: A new analysis predicts more than one-third of organizations will stop providing devices to workers by 2016.

Based on answers to its recent global survey of chief information officers, Gartner predicts that by 2016 38% of organizations will have stopped providing mobile devices to employees, instead allowing employees to choose and use their own devices in the workplace. By 2017, half of employees will be using their own devices for work, the analysis found.

But while BYOD is becoming more prevalent, the business case for it needs to be evaluated, Gartner noted. Most leaders, for example, do not understand the benefits of BYOD, with just 22% of CIOs saying they’ve made a strong business case for the option.

“Mobile initiatives are often exploratory and may not have a clearly defined and quantifiable goal, making IT planners uncomfortable,” said David Willis, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “If you are offering BYOD, take advantage of the opportunity to show the rest of the organization the benefits it will bring to them and to the business.”

One of the major questions surrounding BYOD continues to be how organizations subsidize the use of a personal device. Roughly half of BYOD programs currently provide partial reimbursement to employees, while full reimbursement for costs is rare.

Gartner touts the partial reimbursement strategy as best. “The enterprise should subsidize only the service plan on a smartphone,” Willis said. “What happens if you buy a device for an employee and they leave the job a month later? How are you going to settle up? Better to keep it simple. The employee owns the device, and the company helps to cover usage costs.”

Unsurprisingly, security remains a top concern among CIOs when it comes to BYOD, with most concerned about the potential of data leakage on mobile platforms. At the same time, more than half of CIOs rated their organizations high in security of corporate data and enterprise-owned mobile devices. As a result, organizations will have to find a way catch up in securing employee-owned mobile devices, Gartner noted.

Finally, Gartner found that while BYOD is occurring in companies and governments of all sizes, it’s most common in midsize and large organizations. Companies in the United States are twice as likely to allow BYOD as those in Europe, while employees in India, China and Brazil are the most likely to be using a personal device, typically a standard mobile phone, at work.

10 Best Tech Blogs

 

10 Best Tech Blogs

 

It’s hard to remember a world without blogs. Originally a sort of online journal full of mundane personal updates, web logs have morphed into an extremely powerful form of communication.

They were once shunned by the mainstream — now they are the mainstream.

Whether it’s breaking tech news, an insider’s point of view, or irreverent humor you’re seeking, there are an infinite number of blogs on any subject whose authors will be happy to oblige.

It shouldn’t be any surprise that the tech world embraced the blogosphere far before every newspaper in the country started making their writers blog alongside their standard news stories. As a result, there are blogs that are so great, so informative, so current — you’d be lost in your tech career without them. Here’s some we monitor daily. Add them to your bookmarks!

Mashable

If you haven’t heard of “The Social Media Guide,” you just might be living under an old Commodore 64. Updated constantly, and nearly always entertaining, Mashable takes the worlds of TwitterFacebook, entertainment, news, and everything else techies are talking about and, well, mashes it up into the kind of blog casserole we just can’t get enough of.

Gizmodo

Pretty much known as the TMZ of tech after they paid for a “lost” next-gen Apple iPhone — the fallout became front-page news across the world. Scandals aside, Gizmodo’s been a must-follow site for a long time, with tons of relevant posts, a youthful vibe, and some of the funnier commenters on the Internet.

GigaOM

If you’re looking for what’s next, look no further. Om Malik’s creation has grown into one of the largest blogs worldwide, and it’s all due to focusing on what’s new. News and analysis on Web 2.0, technologies and startups, social media, gaming — you name it, GigaOM has it covered. That’s what happens when you have a team of 12 technology-obsessed writers (six of which have authored over 100 posts each).

ZDNet

In online terms, 10 years is a lifetime and 20 is an eternity. How long ZDNet has been in existence makes this go-to tech website (formerly “ZiffNet”) an anomaly among blogs. Founded in 1991, formerly on CompuServe and Prodigy, ZDNet was purchased in 2000 by CNET (CBS Interactive), and reports on a variety of tech news. While they focus heavily on the usual suspects (Apple, Microsoft, Google), ZDNet also features product reviews, software downloads and tons of news and analysis on tech businesses and issues.

 

TechCrunch

Younger than ZDNet but no less influential in the world of Web 2.0 and tech startup news, TechCrunch is big. How big? Try No. 2 on Technorati. And TechCrunch isn’t just the second-biggest tech blog, it’s the No. 2 blog overallbehind The Huffington Post (Mashable is currently No. 3). And why is TechCrunch so big? They have a huge team, their own “network” of sites (including MobileCrunch, TalkCrunch and CrunchGear). Mix in a clean-looking site and just the right amount of techy gossip and you have what should be an industry leader for the foreseeable future.

Computerworld Blogs

More and more of the best “blogs” are actually websites that compile several different bloggers, and Computerworld’s blog is no exception. Remember those mainstream media sources that realized they needed to add blogs to remain viable? Computerworld — one of the oldest and most respected IT magazines — is a great example. CW has plenty of great blogs to choose from, but our favorite is the aptly named “Apple Holic”by Jonny Evans.

Official Google Enterprise Blog

Sure, this blog’s name isn’t exactly the catchiest in the blogosphere, but who cares? Nobody who works in IT (actually, nobody who lives and works in 2010) can go very long without interacting with something related toGoogle. This is the place to find out everything about the search giant, the apps they’ve created, andinformation about the company.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

What’s a list of blogs without one of the many different sites devoted to Apple gossip? After all, Apple might have surpassed Microsoft as the world’s most valuable tech company while you’re reading this article. So after checking out the Official Google Enterprise Blog, be sure to check out The Unofficial Apple Weblog to make sure you stay up-to-date on both of the most glamorous tech companies out there. Of all the blogs devoted to following Steve Jobs and his company’s creations, TUAW perhaps does the best job at balancing good writing with nice graphics and pictures.

How-To Geek

Even the best IT “geeks” can’t possibly know how to do everything. That’s why we love this site, where you can find out how to remove hyperlinks from Microsoft Word Docs, review products, and play a ton of free games, all on the same site. Geeks unite!

ITBusinessEdge.com

Even if ITBusinessEdge.com weren’t an Inside Tech partner, we’d still give them a shout-out. An all-encompassing site that happens to have some of the better tech blogs out there, ITBE is essential for those in the tech industry. After all, one of the toughest (and most exciting) parts about working in tech is that it’s ever changing. Snooze for a couple days and you’ll miss the news that what you’re working on is obsolete and the company you thought was king was just bought by someone else. If you want to stay on top of tech issues and trends affecting your company and the tech industry as a whole, you better pay close attention to ITBusinessEdge.com.

And there you have it. 10 great blogs, running the gamut from gadget gossip to how-to tips. Since you’re already reading Inside Tech you probably know that while the world of online media is ever-changing, blogs are here to stay. Follow these blogs like we do, and you’ll always be in the know when it comes to the tech stories that affect all our lives.