How to Design a Free Website on WordPress

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This post is written to say thank you to all my followers that are not blogging on wordpress.com. Either you follow me directly on WordPress or indirectly from social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, and so on. Your being my friend has helped a lot, and we can continue our collaboration for success and life on the same platform. If you desire to have your own website free, which later you can monetize if you want, this is the best platform to do that.

Websites on WordPress are standard, fast, and easily customizable. If you don’t want to be constrained by how your site looks and functions, then, you can get a self-hosted version on wordpress.com, starting from $2.99. You can also get self-hosted site via bluehost.com or dreamhost.com.

These are the steps required to create your website on your own on wordpress.com, but make sure you have your first post ready.

Step 1

  • Go to wordpress.com/start
  • Choose an option whether to start with a blog, start with a website, start with a portfolio, start with an online store.
  • I would advise you start with a website first, you can change your settings later.

Step 2

  • If you choose “start with a website”, you would be asked to choose a theme. Choose any theme you like in the list shown, you can change it later.
  • You would be prompted to enter a name or keyword so that your site can be given an address. If you already own a domain, you would be directed to another path by clicking “Already own a domain?” on the same page.

Step 3

  • For instance, when I was writing this, I typed the keyword motivations, and I was given the address “motivations2017.wordpress.com” which is a free address.  There are other alternatives like “mymotivations.blog” which is available in WordPress.com Premium, that is you have to pay for it.

Step 4

  • You have to select the free one, except you want to go for the premium. It will take you to a page where you have to pick a plan that’s right for you: Business is $24.92 per month, billed yearly. Premium is $8.25 per month, billed yearly. Personal is $2.99 per month, billed yearly. Free $0 for life.

Step 5

The Lovely Blog Award

One LOvely Blog Award

The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the award on your post of the award
  • List seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

 A big thanks to booksmeetgirl nominating me for this award. You taught me how to get reviews for my books, and besides your comments and likes have served as a Compass to measure the way my blogging is heading. Thanks a lot. You are really hospitable!

It was really not possible for me to reach here without the corroboration of the whole Blogosphere. Your likes, feedback, comments have always encouraged me to let this journey be a continuous one.

Before my nominations let me tell you seven facts about myself:

  • I am from Ibadan, the second largest city in the whole of Africa.
  • I presently live in Thomas Adewumi International College, Oko, Kwara State, Nigeria.
  • I love writing and reading.
  • I also love playing Games like Football, Table Tennis, Chess and Scrabble.
  • I love blogging to motivate and clarify some knotty issues of life, and to clear the doubts of those that may be in dilemma.
  • I love to be around my family, anytime I’m opportuned to do so.
  • I am a graduate of Engineering that dabbled into Education. I love Education so much. I am an educator!

And now my nominations:

https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com/
thenuttybookbloggger

https://jaycolby.com
eddaz
jeyranmain
beautybeyondbones
Ivana – Orbis Marketing
GBolabo Adetunji
stopandpraytv
Life of a Med School Wife
https://thesilentwaveblog.wordpress.com/
https://oristel.net
Curryncode
https://susiesopinions.blog
Brandon Adams

I am limited to just 15 nominees. I am deeply sorry for I have many bloggers in my community. I love you all!

 I’m grateful for all your encouragements and push all this while….


If you are impacted with this write-up, get any of these three books for more. Thank you.

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print on Demand, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Paperback and eBook)

© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

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The Pink of What We Blog

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One of the definitions given by Microsoft Encarta Dictionary for pink is the highest degree or perfect example of something as in, “The Pink of perfection.” I want to use the word pink in this context as to mean the same. I don’t want to go by the way of color.

Let us be the pink of what we blog! I mean let’s follow and act what we write. Most of the time when we write as bloggers, writers, and authors, we do it out of inspiration; for instance, it is not every time we plan what we write, most of what we put as blue or black ink on white or cream paper, or drafted as soft copy, is born out of inspiration.

In the sight of this, you need to sit down after posting and read what you think you have written. If you motivate others with your blog, are you also motivated? If you give people advice on one thing or the other, do you also follow such pieces of advice? If you intimate people on how to do something, are you sure it is not written based on theoretical knowledge? If you do, it means you need to practicalise what you have taught, though it is better you have the practical knowledge prior to posting.

We have to be the pink of what we blog. We have to be the pink of perfection on what we claim we know. You think you are writing for people, you are also writing for yourself. To capture what I am saying here, go and read one of the posts in your archive, maybe you will not doubt the writer of such post?

As bloggers, writers, and authors, let us be the epitome of knowledge not only in words, but also indeed, and as we are increasing our knowledge daily by learning from others, don’t let us forget to learn from ourselves.
You that teach others do you also teach yourself? Let’s be the pink of what we blog.


If you are impacted with this write-up, get any of these three books for more. Thank you.

The End Matters Most, authored by Peter Adewumi. (Print on Demand, eBook & Audio).

Attributes of Successful Employees by Peter Adewumi. (Print Book & eBook).

Virtues for Riches (Motivational Series) by Peter Adewumi (Paperback and eBook)


© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi

ARE BLOGGERS AUTHORS?

Blogger pixYou need to help many thirsty souls out there, by making them have easy access to your writings.

Many bloggers call themselves authors, when I read their posts. Are their blogs published books? Our blogs are just bundles of published posts, most times, different topics here and there – just an organized diary. Organized pieces of information that may not be coherent!

Only few bloggers think of the end from the beginning: Those that have their blogs in form of memoirs; those that are episodic in nature; those that are fictional writers. They blog coherently, publishing their posts scene by scene, or chapter by chapter. They are blogging, having it in mind, they are going to publish the book one day. Some have enough award winning poetic thoughts on their blog, without doing anything about it. I read, and re-read many of them. Do you know the numbers of those people that are yet to read your blog are still many?

I understand you that you are not after money, fine! But many people have to benefits from your writings, how would they have access to it? As popular as your blog is, do you know that many bloggers have not even heard of it, not to talk of non-bloggers, and people that don’t have enough time for browsing and surfing the net? You have to help them, by taking all these quality and beneficial writings to them; and this can only be done by publishing your book.

Every adventure in life is tasking, so also is publishing, there are many steps ahead to undergo. If you want to publish your book, it will definitely be tasking; a lot of energy and money would be put into it; don’t mind that, just help people that need the information you are sharing, by helping them have access to it.

Your ‘published posts’ is not the same as published books. Your blog is not a book, though both are published, they are not the same:

  • All your published posts may not be coherent, while information in a book is coherent.
  • Books are first and fully edited before publishing while posts are not fully edited before publishing (they may be half-way edited).

You are not an author yet, though you are a writer, and of course a blogger, but you can easily graduate to become an author.

What You Need to Do to Become an Author

  1. Sit down and package your blog into a book: This is not because of money alone, but many people at one point or the other will need the information from your blog for the betterment of their lives.
  2. Publish it traditionally or online: Many bloggers know more than I do, when it comes to Online Publishing, but they are not taking action. You need to take action to help those that need the information you keep to your blog alone.

The Pointers to the Fact that You will be a Successful Author

  1. Some people spend more than five minutes on your blog.
  2. You have already undergone some parts of the process: editing, marketing, etc.
  3. You already have followers that receive your post every time you publish.
  4. The likes, comments, reblogs, pingbacks, etc. are telling you some other people need to read your blog.
  5. There are ardent followers that are waiting for your books.

Be tenacious in writing and posting everyday, and convert them to digital or print books!

 

Copyright © 2017 Peter F. Adewumi