Following on from our previous blog post, 5 Reasons You Need To Start A Blog Right Now, we are going to focus on two things; how to set up a WordPress blog within theimagefile system and how to import your blog if you’ve already got started.
HOW DO I SET UP A WORDPRESS BLOG?
The first thing you need to do is create a blog page. This will automatically create a WordPress blog that’s all set up and ready to use. To create a blog page go to;
Control Panel > My Website > Create Web Page and click the page title “WordPress blog”.
Don’t worry if this process takes a few minutes, that’s normal, just don’t click refresh or go back in your Internet browser, whilst WordPress is being installed for you. When the process has completed you will get a link to start managing your WordPress site. Click that link to start and you will see a page like this…
The link called “Admin Login to WordPress” will take you directly to your WordPress Dashboard. This is like the control panel of your blog, everything you could possibly want to do is either on or branched off from this area.
These are your unique log in details that can be used to log in to the admin area from a smart phone, iPad or any other device. We suggest that you eventually change these log in details to make your blog more secure but we will cover that at a later date.
HOW DO I IMPORT MY BLOG?
If you already have a blog it’s easy to import your existing posts, images and all other content into your new blog on theimagefile. This will mean that your existing search engine optimisation and log history will continue to service your new blog.
The first thing to do is export your existing blog posts and content to a file on your computer.
Login to your existing blog site and export the .XML file containing all data. If your existing blog is a WordPress blog then you go to Tools > Export.
Secondly we need to import your exported blog into your new blog site.
On theimagefile site simply login to your WordPress blog and on the dashboard go to Tools > Import.
On this page you will see a “browse/choose file” button. Select the .XML file you exported to your desktop and import it into your new WordPress blog.
You will now see that your WordPress blog contains all existing posts from your previous blog site. So, let’s get blogging!