Gaming is now more popular than it ever has been before, and this is the perfect time to begin an online gaming site of your own.
New studios for gaming appear on the scene all the time, and they’re always looking to collaborate with game journalists and bloggers. Gaming blogs are excellent since they provide a review of games, news coverage as well as press.
It’s also much simpler than ever before to start an online gaming site starting from the ground up. However, it can be a difficult task if you’re not sure of idea where to begin.
This tutorial will take you through a comprehensive step-by-step procedure for starting the gaming website of your choice. Each step is laid out with lots of images which means that anyone should follow the steps easily.
Create A Gaming Blog: An Overview
The process could be complicated if you don’t understand the process. So I’m hoping to break it into bite-sized chunks that anyone can be able to follow the steps.
Let’s first look at the key elements of this guide and the things you’ll need to start an online gaming blog. Here’s the breakdown:
- Get a domain registered and a hosting account
- Install WordPress
- Make your blog more personal
- Create a theme for a gaming blog.
- Include some essential WordPress plugins
Step 1: Domain & Hosting
First, you must decide on the name of your blog. This is your domain name and is the way that people can access your blog’s website.
For instance, the Destructoid blog is the owner of destructoid.com and serves as their domain.
You’ll want to search for an identical name. The idea is you’ll want a .com name that is short and sweet. It doesn’t have to include gaming. It could be just the name of a brand or phrase, much like this website is called WhatPixel.
Step 2: Setting Up WordPress
The email sent by BlueHost will direct users to the login page but if not, go to BlueHost’s website. BlueHost website, and then click “login” at the top.
If this is your first time using your account, you might be required to create new passwords. However, it’s only necessary once, and after it’s completed, you’ll be redirected towards your user control.
There are several frames with a blue border that contain small square icons within. Scroll into the final box that is labeled “website” and find the WordPress icon. It’s labeled with “install WordPress.”
Step 3: Customizing WordPress
The majority of default settings function without making any adjustments. However, there are a few items you’ll need to modify following the installation of your brand new gaming blog.
Go to the “settings” link near the lower left-hand menu.
Step 4: Picking A Theme
Your gaming blog should have the kickass theme that will help you distinguish itself from the hundreds of other blogs on the internet.
There’s an incredibly large variety of themes available. The main thing to decide is whether you’d like a no-cost theme or a premium one.
When I start a new website, I usually choose to use a low-cost premium theme. The premium themes available at ThemeForest are the best as many different developers make them, and there are many different themes to choose from.
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Gaming is now more popular than it ever has been before, and this is the ideal time to start the first gaming website of your own.
Step 5: Recommended Plugins
Plugins can add features to WordPress that isn’t available through themes.
You might have observed that BlueHost installs certain standard plugins in WordPress. Unfortunately, a majority of them are ineffective, and they will clog up the interface.
Let’s take a look at ways to uninstall these plugins and how to install some beneficial alternatives.
W3 Total Cache
The first thing you’ll need is the caching plugin. It will automatically create Local copies of your web pages to make them load faster and help reduce server resources.
You don’t have to know all the details of caching. It’s just a matter of understanding that it can enhance the performance of your blog.
The next step is the powerful Yoast SEO plugin. The plugin can set up a variety of important SEO options for blogs. In addition, it performs many automatized tasks, including meta titles and descriptions.
You can install it by searching for ‘Yoast SEO on the Add Plugins page.
Once activated, Yoast will immediately handle your SEO needs. Everything Yoast does will help your blog posts look more user-friendly and easy to rank on Google.
Contact Form 7
All blogs should include a contact page. It lets your readers, advertisers, and anyone else contact you and reach you.
If you’re a gaming blogger, you’ll need to keep your email open to collaborations with other gaming bloggers, game companies, or social media influencers in the world of gaming. Contact pages are an essential element, and when you use WordPress, it’s extremely easy to include a contact form to your website.
I would recommend Contact Form 7, but a lot of users also love FS Contact Form. Both are free and great to use for your website.
This additional 4th plugin isn’t required. However, I thought it would be nice to add it for those who might want to write reviews of games on their blogs.
There are many review articles online, and videos games are a hot item to read. However, your reviews must be distinctive, and you could achieve this by using a type rating system.
From the multitude of plugins, I think WP Review is the easiest. It offers a wide range of review features, allowing you to evaluate games based on visuals and music, as well as controls or any other features you’d like to add.