4. More about the Video Blog , Hosting and Domain

Creating a Video Blog with WordPress Series

Last updated on October 30th, 2017 at 02:24 pm

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Parts of the Video Blog (Blog pages and post pages)

Hey and welcome back to this WordPress Video Blog series. As you are already aware, in this series we are building a video intensive blog. A blog where we’ll be able to embed our YouTube and Vimeo videos.

In this video you’ll get to know a little more of what you’ll need. And what you should expect for your blog.

Some features for the video website will be:

 

Responsive video embed

The WordPress site will have to be responsive. The videos embedded will have to resize on smaller devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

 

This is the most important feature for this blog. Videos embedded from YouTube and Vimeo will have to be displayed responsively based on the screen size.

 

Simple Video Intensive blog

The whole idea of this website is simplicity. There won’t be any fancy features. The way to embed videos will be by copying the links from YouTube and Vimeo, and then pasting that link on your post or page.

The sole purpose for this blog. In my case, was so that I could have a place to embed my YouTube videos. If you go to tips.bizanosa.com , you’ll see what I mean.

 

SEO Optimized

Of course videos on their own will not rank well. Videos on a web page without text will not rank well. Always make sure there is at least 300 words on the page. You should also add at least one image somewhere in the post. Sometimes I don’t do any of these too.

If you want it to be fully a video site. Without any text. That is all up to you. If you know how you will be driving traffic to your website, then you should use the means that best fits your plans and needs.

If you want organic results from Google then you will have to add some good amount of text on the page where your video is embedded.

With this in mind, we’ll install the Yoast SEO plugin. And you will learn how to use it to optimize your posts.

 

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Email signup

If you haven’t learnt how to use Mailchimp, go to to Skillshare and watch this full Mailchimp course right now. I created this course, that’s why I have to promote it. The above link will give you free access.

On your blog you will definitely want to collect emails from your fans, right? Therefore I’ll teach you how to add an email signup form on your Video blog .

Even by watching the above Mailchimp video tutorials you will be able to do it without my help. There are also other email Marketing platforms that you should check out. Such as GetResponse , Aweber and so on.

 

Some pages such as about and contact

In the video blog website, we’ll also have normal pages. Such as an about page to tell people what the blog is about.

You should expect that people will want to contact you. So an about and a contact page will be mandatory.

Any other pages that you will want to create will also be at your disposal.

 

 

Getting a domain for new Domain Names

You may be absolutely new to this. Meaning that you have a YouTube channel. Or a Vimeo channel. However you have no domain name. And hence you have no website or even hosting for that matter.

 

Think about a domain name for your Website. Because in the next Videos you shall get to register your domain name from Namecheap or BlueHost.

The domain name is how your visitors will be able to view your website. In the next part about this series we’ll get a domain from Namecheap.com.

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Getting hosting for new websites

Your website needs a place where it will be hosted, so that anyone can visit it online.

For my case, I had a domain name from Namecheap and Hosting on Bluehost. Therefore I had to link the two. At least so that, I could get to install WordPress and build my blog on it.

If you want to make things easy for yourself. Get a Domain and Hosting from the same place. For instance on Bluehost you will find that you will get a free domain with every new purchase of Web Hosting.

 

If you only intend to have one domain. And will not be building other sites/ blogs in future, then you are in luck. Because the process will be simpler for you. You will just need to buy Hosting from Bluehost . The web hosting will come with a free Domain. Meaning you will buy your hosting along with your domain. And then afterwards I will show you how to install WordPress on Bluehost.

 

Another scenario is whereby, you already have hosting on Bluehost. And you want to use the same hosting for your new Video Blog. Since domain names are generally pricier on Bluhost, you may decide and get your domain from a company like NameCheap or Godaddy.

In the end it’s all up to you.

 

We shall continue in the next post where we’ll see how you can get a new domain from NameCheap.

 

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