I chose to review Blogging with John Chow as a result of following Tiffany Dow and seeing changes on her blogging. So, I opted to buy the product and put it to the test myself. Today continues on the journey of exploration.
Module 2: Launching Your Blog
This module starts out with a quick 4 minutes 2 seconds of video. This part will teach us how to start our blog, but John does tell us we can skip ahead if our blog is already functional.
Since I already learned quite a bit in the first module, I would rather not jump ahead, for fear of missing something, even though this part doesn’t apply to my current situation. I’m going through the course to help you, too.
In the video, John warns us against using the free blogging platforms, mainly because you can’t monetize your blog. That doesn’t sit well with me. If it’s my blog, nobody should have control over how I use it.
He explains he offers a free WP blog setup, as long as you get your hosting account through his affiliate link. If you consider yourself technically challenged, this might be a good option for you.
Creating Your WordPress Blog
I’m a little confused why this section starts off telling me to grab an account at WordPress.com since I just watched the video explaining why you should avoid free blogging platforms.
I went back to the Launching Your Blog video, just to double-check and then contacted John to ask if this was a misprint. But he replied and explained you’ll need a WordPress account to use some tools, like Jetpack.
The rest of this section goes through registering a domain, choosing a hosting plan, and then installing WordPress. I agree that it’s not a wise decision to buy your hosting plan through a domain register.
There’s a reference to GoDaddy for registering a domain name, but I didn’t have a great experience with them. I only use NameCheap.com for registering domains and Hostgator for my hosting.
I used to install WordPress the way John explains it, but since talking to Jan Kearney, I no longer agree with installing WordPress through the CPANEL.
MUST READ: 5 Important Things To Consider Before Installing WordPress
The rest of this section talks about various aspects of WordPress, such as:
- How to make a post / page
- Custom menu options
- How to upload media/images
- How to add categories
- Changing the theme and editing
- Settings for your blog
John gives you options on choosing a theme for your blog. He shares pros and cons of using FREE themes; I always buy mine; I never liked free themes.
There’s a list of paid themes to choose from and I agree with this decision on going this route. He also shares his personal favorite and why he chose it. Though, I don’t care for it. 🙂
He ends the section showing you how to install a new WordPress theme, with screenshots, using the WP dashboard. You can also upload a new theme using his FTP instructions.
WordPress is a very popular piece of software and as a result, there are many plugins available to use with the package. But not all plugins are alike. Some can cause massive problems – be careful what you install.
When updates are available for plugins, it’s always best to install them to prevent your blog from malfunctioning. John lists 10 core plugins for your blog. These are all the plugins he uses on his site.
The links aren’t hyperlinked, which is a bummer. I wonder if he covers these within the 30-day action plan? Currently, I only have 3 of the 10 plugins installed, but I’ll check out the rest later.
Some are free, some are paid. I’m not interested in the ad one, which costs money because I’m not interested in that particular WordPress model. You do what feels right for you.
This section is short and sweet with some text and graphics. I totally understand his thinking from picture 1 to picture 2. Graphics play a major role in helping your blog look professional.
This ends the Blogging with John Chow Module 2 review. I like the plugins, so I’m going to get busy adding some of those tomorrow. It’s late, so I am heading off to bed. We will start with Module 3: Brand-o-Nomics in Part 4 of the review process. 🙂
Read Blogging with John Chow Review, Part 4.
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