New Blog Checklist

If you are setting up your blog for the first time, that is probably what you brought your here, so first of all, congratulations! Second of all, when you are setting up a blog for the first time you may not know exactly what you need to do, buy, or even install. Right? You are in luck! I’ve created a checklist that will keep you on track.


New Blog Checklist

Preparing Your Blog

  1. Buy domain name
  2. Pick a Web Hosting plan
  3. Blogger or WordPress

WordPress Customization and Tweaks

When you customize WordPress you will be:

  1. Updating your user information
  2. Changing or updating your User Photo
  3. Changing the Site Title, tagline and Timezone
  4. Changing the Permalink Structure
  5. Changing the Post limit
  6. Changing Discussion Settings
  7. Changing Post Box size for writing

WordPress Plugins to Install

These are the WordPress plugins suggested to install:

  1. Delete Hello Dolly
  2. Google XML Sitemaps
  3. Activate and Update Askismet
  4. Comment Reply Notification
  5. W3 Total Cache
  6. Simple Social Icons (optional)
  7. Share Bar for Social Sharing
  8. Yoast SEO

Pages to Create:

  1. Privacy Policy and Disclosure Policies
  2. About Page
  3. Contact Page


  1. Create Robots.txt File

As we cover each item in an individual post we will link to each post in this checklist so bookmark this post for future reference. You can also grab this quick New Blog Checklist printable below, to help you check the tasks off!


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  1. I’m so excited to find this site! I’ve been wanting to blog for awhile now and have had no idea how or where to start! Thanks for all of the invaluable info!

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