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How to start your own fashion blog

So, fashionistas, you wish to start a blog and have no clue what you need? Don’t worry, I am here to help you out!

First things first – make a plan!

So you have found your niche. However decide which topics you will cover; would it be an haute couture, a street fashion or a fashion gossip site?

Break your site into categories. This will help you to plan  and create your content. Here’s exactly what you need to do to plan an awesome blog:

  1. Start with a simple survey.
  2. Explore your topics.
  3. Know how often you can realistically publish.
  4. Plan your content.

 

Listen here to Helen Nugent, she has a point!

 

If you are also looking for more information about planning your blog, I really like this blog post ByRegina.com. It explains in detail how to plan your blog and set your goals.

Acquire a domain name!

If you are going to run a fashion blog, you gonna need a catchy name. Think of a name that will separate you from all the other fashion blog that are already online. The name needs to be small and rememberable.

At the same time, you need to find a domain name. Pick the perfect domain name that will represent your blog. Check the domain name availability at GoDaddy site.

For example, my domain name is nastia.rocks it is short, rememberable and with meaning 😉 .

Choose a hosting company

You can start small, choose a shared web hosting company.

Find a quality blog hosting company. Many hosting companies may be quite cheap, but you probably will regret that you spend your money on it, in the end. Your server will be down and your site will be loading slow most of the time.

My favorite is SiteGround, but of course, you can choose one of the WordPress most recommended.

Your site platform

And of course your blogging platform is going to be WordPress, you do not have to argue here, it is decided!

How your site will look like?

This is a very important step!  Statistically, your visitors will decide to read or not to read your content at first 3 seconds once they land on your site. 80% of your visitors will leave if they don’t like your site appearance.

There is a big amount of WordPress themes out there, you can choose free or a premium theme.

If you are low on budget, check out the WordPress theme directory. My favorite blog themes are Edge, Activello, Olsen & EasyBlog.

If you are curious, my site is built with the Upfront theme by WPMU DEV. Of course, there is a big gamma of premium themes, have a look at ThemeForest site for ideas.

Content

Always be original – that’s a law! Content matter the most and your site popularity is counting on it.

Break your content into smaller paragraphs so it’s easy to read (only 16% of people read posts word for word).

Instead of rushing through a post, follow these key moments to make a better post:

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Write an opening line to draw more attention
  3. Separate your post to the points.
  4. Interact with your readers, create a call to action content to make your readers do something.
  5. Always check your post for mistakes. Spend some time fixing errors.
  6. Post blogs frequently, minimum once a week.

 

Have questions or you have something more to add? Post a comment below.

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We all change…

We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you’ve got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be” – Eleventh Doctor


​The most memorable quote​​ from the Doctor!

I was stunned when I heard it for the first time from the Doctor Who. It’s something that I’ve been thinking for a long time now, long before I heard it from the Doctor. 

Each year, I feel like a completely different person and I amazed how quickly I have changed. I bet I will not recognize myself if I’ll go back in time.

And if I go, what would I say to myself? Well, for sure ​​ I’ll say that :

​Books! The best weapons in the world! – So read bitch!” 😛

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How to resize images in WordPress

WordPress by default compresses and optimizes images for web-use. Usually, the max width and height in WordPress Media settings do not exceed 1024 px. What happens if the dimensions are greater than 1024px?

After testing for page speed with PageSpeed Insights, recommendation to re-size the website’s images.

This could affect the site’s page ranking in Google, especially when you are you running a multi-author site. It’s difficult to monitor images uploaded by other users.

Also, large image files may be slowing down your site without you even knowing it.

 

To scale the image dimensions, you can try the following plugins

 

Imsanity

Imsanity

The plugin automatically scales the images upon upload. You can bulk resize images or select to resize one image at the time.

 

smush

WP Smush

My personal choice, it’s the WP Smush plugin. Bulk re-sizing and optimizing images. Saved my ass and my time several times (sorry for the language 😉 ). The best part is that WPMU DEV server doing all the job, it’s resizing and optimizing images on.

This plugin can automatically resize images upon upload, or bulk resize all the images in the media library.

You can try the WP Smush Pro, it’s even better.

 

What plugins are you using on your site to re-size images?

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Adding Images From Media Library

Whenever creating or altering a WordPress page or blog post, you can add images with the WordPress Media Uploader. The Media menu can be used to manage your current media, like images, PDFs, video and audio files.

Check out this short video:

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