10 Core Assumptions and Requirements for WordPress Blog Launch Series

You'll need one of these too.

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

Before we get started there’s a few things that you should definitely know since I’ll be walking through my particular way of starting a WordPress blog.

My hope is that if you meet these “requirements” that you’ll be well situated to walk with me through this series without much trouble.

But, if you do not meet the requirements, I hope it’ll encourage you to meet them! Your blog content is worth the time required to make it the very best, right?

So here’s the list of things that you’ll need as well as a few assumptions:

  1. I assume that you’ll be using WordPress as your blogging platform. Some of these strategies that I’ll outline can definitely be applied to other blogging software but the vast majority will be related to WordPress. Here’s why I choose WordPress over all the other options out there.
  2. We’ll be walking through setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog: WordPress.org, not WordPress.com. If you find yourself in the latter camp here’s a post on how to quickly migrate from .com to .org. Interested to know the difference? I’ve written a post on the differences here.
  3. As such, I assume that you have a hosting provider and a server solution. Direct access to these things is very important and will be necessary.
  4. I assume that you are familiar enough with WordPress to know your way around the admin interface.
  5. You’ll need to have some very basic knowledge of editing your theme file via FTP. When we get to those spots I’ll have more info on how to do these things so no need to worry too much.
  6. You’ll need to know how to download and install WordPress Themes and WordPress Plugins.
  7. You need to be comfortable copy and pasting code that I will give you.
  8. I assume you understand how to signup and use other web applications. I will walk through these as well. Launching the blog itself will be only a part of the entire experience as I will help you with the right 3rd party applications that you need to be running as well!
  9. I assume that you’ll be doing this yourself and not someone doing these things for you. Your goal is to become a better blogger and a lot of these things that I will attempt to share and teach you will not be transferable unless you do them yourself.
  10. I assume you want a better blog and that you’ve got the gumption to go for it!

Great! That should cover about 99% of what you’ll need to get started.

Have any questions or clarification on any of the core assumptions? Need any help getting these things in line? Comment below!

[This post is part of the Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog series.]

  • ThatGuyKC

    I’m so stoked for this series! I launched today, but will be following your posts closely to course correct as needed.

    • John Saddington


  • Jon Stem

    Sounds great!! Ready to go! :)

    • John Saddington


  • Greg Daviz

    Great – looking forward to it!

    • John Saddington

      sweet greg!

  • David Santistevan

    Dude, I feel like this series is prophetic :) Can’t wait for these posts!

    • John Saddington

      yikes! that’s ominous… ;)

  • http://www.mutantminds.com Mutant Minds

    I went out and got me one of those old IBMs you had pictured, but I am having problems reading my Google analytics with my monochrome screen. :)

    • http://wpmodder.com/ Adam W. Warner

      Good one! I wonder if my “Tandy Sensation” bought at Radio Shack in 1993 will have what it takes…

      • http://www.mutantminds.com Mutant Minds

        I wonder if those old computers will be collector’s items one day. Wish I still had my Commodore VIC-20, along with its 1530 C2N-B Datasette(probably the first external storage).

        • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

          How about the Commodore 64 I had…that was pretty much good for nothing but playing Pong! :-)

          • Adam W. Warner

            All a boy needs is a Commodore 64, an Intellivision or ColecoVision game system, a Donkey Kong cartridge, and a stack of Mad Magazines;)

            • http://www.mutantminds.com Mutant Minds

              We are really showing our age.

              My daughter had to ask, “There was another Tron?”

              Ah, the memories. :)

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            • John Saddington

              i was thinking of mad magazine just the other day….. wow.

            • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

              Haha…Mad Magazine…hadn’t thought of that in a long time. …and ColecoVision…wow! That seems like another lifetime ago. :-)

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    • John Saddington

      excellent. you’re all set then. ;)

  • adam

    Sounds great! I am excited about this series.

    • John Saddington

      cool adam!

  • Jeff

    Great timing John. Looking forward to your magical touch.

    • John Saddington

      sweet! glad you’re joining me!

  • Byron

    I’m tracking with you. I definitely want to know and understand FTP and simple coding, along with plugins like Google analytic better, and what plugins you recommend. I like how you are going about building tentblogger and want to continue to harvest some of your mojo! Thanks for doing this series!

  • Joshua Chase

    Looking forward to learning from your new series. Definitely stoked. Bring the rain.

    • John Saddington

      ok. i will!

  • Brian Notess

    You know what they say about when you assume….

    Looking forward to this.

    • John Saddington

      …………….. k. ;)

  • http://www.speckleofdirt.com Tammy Cannon

    Wish this series was available last spring when I switched to a hosted site via Go Daddy. But I just recently installed your Standard theme and have been playing around with customizations. Looking forward to getting on the forums to see what can be done! I was able to start a fan page and link it from my website, install Google Analytics (although I’m learning how to do more than see how many visitors I have, and install some plug-ins suggested by Michael Hyatt. I also signed up with Amazon Affiliates and hoping to make $1 this year! Thanks for all your advice and for starting this community…it has been just what I needed! PTL!

    • John Saddington


      thanks for joining me on this journey! excited!

  • Sean Sabourin

    As always, job well done. So looking forward to this series!

    • John Saddington

      sweet sean!

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    You can assume I’ll be following along as well. :-D

    • John Saddington

      :) thansk randy!

  • http://www.jesusDIVA.com Dawn King

    John, you said, “You’ll need to have some very basic knowledge of editing your theme file via FTP.”

    Where do I learn this? I feel like you are speaking a foreign language when you mentions putting things into the theme coding, etc. What are the things I need to learn and where do you recommend I learn them?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      you can actually learn by starting in wordpress! it’s a little backward, for sure, but editing a few things via your theme files is a great place to start!

  • Shan

    First I registered domain , sign up with host , finally download WordPress ?
    Or begin at WordPress , I have domain name and have researched dreamboat . Need to register domain, which is available?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      not sure what you’re asking.

      go to dreamhost and then sign up. install wordpress from there.

  • Shan

    Email berify

  • Zlara

    Hi John,

    I wonder how to get rid off “broken theme” (in attempt of making child theme) that sits among my installed theme.

    Thank you,