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.]