Previously I shared 7 reasons why you should start a trading blog. In my follow up post, I want to share with you how to start and get your website up and running.
How to Get Started
The first thing you need to do to start your day trading blog is to get a website setup. While there are a lot of platforms out there that offer free websites, such as Blogger and Siterubix, a WordPress blog is the best and most used platform in the industry.
You can sign up for a domain and hosting over at Bluehost. (I’ll put up a training video for this soon).
For many hosting companies out there, setting up WordPress can be quite complicated. I recommend going with Bluehost because it’s a one-click install, and their support is terrific.
Once you have hosting and a domain setup, you want to navigate over to your cPanel. On your cPanel, scroll down until you find the WordPress icon. Click to begin the install.
Selecting the Right WordPress Theme
WordPress offers a ton of free themes for your website. From your Admin account, you can navigate to your theme options by going to Appearance>Themes.
If money is tight, then there are a couple of free WordPress themes that will still work well for you. I like the Socialize Lite and MaxCore Flat themes.
I personally use the Genesis framework from Studiopress for all of my websites. There are several big reasons why.
1. All Genesis websites are optimized for mobile, so you don’t need to worry about tinkering around with code on your site. The theme is responsive and will adjust to fit the screen size no matter what device somebody is on.
This is handy, because the last thing you want is people leaving your website because the formatting shows up weird on their iPhone.
2. Unlimited support. I’ve contacted them multiple times for issues I was experiencing. Their support is fast, friendly, and knowledgable. With a free theme, you’re stuck posting questions in the WordPress forums, which may or may not be responded to.
3. Genesis offers a ton of child themes based on the same framework. On top of that, one purchase allows you to install on an unlimited number of websites. I personally use the Genesis sample child theme, but another popular one is Streamline Pro.
Once you download the file for the theme, you’ll need to convert it to a zip file. Go to Apperance>Themes, and select the ‘Upload Theme’ button. Select the zip file, install and activate.
Must Use WordPress Plugins
The next step to setting up your WordPress is to get the right plugins setup. Plugins add additional features and functions to your website.
All in One SEO Pack – Optimized your WordPress site for Search Engine Optimization. Without it, you won’t be seeing a whole lot of traffic driven to your website through Google search.
Google XML Sitemaps – This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.
Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not. This is the first layer of security to add to your website.
Login Lockdown – Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. This is another added layer of security.
Simple Social Icons – This plugin allows you to insert social icons in any widget area.
Please share below what themes or plugins you use on your WordPress site that have helped you launch your day trading blog!