I get asked a lot about how people can create their own vintage blog and share their own thoughts, ideas, and favourite pieces! In this post I’ll cover the steps that I used to create my blog.
This is going to be your most flexible option, as it allows you to have your own domain name (like classyclassical.com!) and you can set up whatever kind of blogging software you would like. There are a lot of different webhosts out there and they all have pros and cons, personally I have used GoDaddy for years and have always received great service and been able to accomplish what I wanted to. If your website has lots of traffic or streaming video, then you might you want try a host that’s a little more high-end like Mediatemple.net
Install Blog Software
Once you’ve purchased your hosting from GoDaddy it’s really easy to install any of a variety of blogging software and content management systems. I use the WordPress system (it’s running this website!) as I find it to be extremely versatile and well supported. You can choose from thousands of beautiful free templates for your website, and there are so many different plugins for photo galleries, product listings, contact forms, forums, and much more. Here is a quick tutorial on how to setup WordPress on your GoDaddy hosting:
Once it’s all set adding themes and plugins is very simple, as this video will show you:
WordPress is very flexible, you will be able to customize the look and feel of your site as much as you want. They have excellent documentation and help forums on the WordPress website.
No matter how technically challenged you feel, believe it or not this will be the most difficult part! Creating content for your site on a regular basis is no easy task. There will be times that you are busy with the rest of your life, times where you are lacking in motivation or ideas, or you have a cold or some other ailment getting in the way of your writing. The frequency with which you update your blog is up to you, but you should try to stick to a regular schedule (ie. weekly, Mondays and Thursdays, every other Friday) so that your readers know when to check for new content. A good idea is to keep a list of ideas and topics that you’d like to write about. When it comes time to work on a new article go through your list and pick whatever you feel most excited to write about. You can schedule posts in WordPress, so you can spend a day knocking out a few articles and setting them up ahead of time. This is a great idea if you are going on vacation, or know you will have a busy period coming up and won’t have time to write. You should aim for a minimum of about 300 words per article, and pictures are great! Just make sure you have the proper permission to use them. Remember to check for istockphoto special offers, you can usually save yourself at least a little money!
Good luck, and have fun!