How to setup a Blog

or, How to set up an attractive website without much fuss

This course has two parts: 1. a detailed online tutorial which walks you through building your own website, and …

2. group video meetings with Zoom which give intro­ductory and follow-up support and sharing of questions and answers.

Why write a blog? Originally this course focused on travel blogs, which is a common purpose. But now that travel is not on the agenda, do you have any other enthu­si­asms? Blogs are a very flexible, requiring little exper­i­ence in web design to make a very attractive site. Potential purposes for a blog are…

  • a travel record
  • a personal passion — gardening, walking trails of SA, etc
  • func­tional commu­nic­a­tion — a website for a club, organ­isa­tion, book club etc.
  • a publishing site — for a writing group, asso­ci­ation, a family history, family tree

What qual­i­fic­a­tions are required? Reasonable confid­ence in using a computer and will­ing­ness to exper­i­ment. Blogs often feature photos, so an interest in taking photos is valuable. Having an iPad or other tablet is useful for travel blogging. WordPress is the platform used which is one of the largest in the world and allows very attractive free designs. 

John Travers 

any questions? email me

About blogs

A blog is a simple website with (generally) a simple structure. A basic one is free. All you need is internet access to manage one. A standard blog consists of a series of articles (posts) one after the other. It can also include web pages. Apart from a travel record, a blog could be used to support a family reunion, share inform­a­tion about gardening, or publish a long awaited political manifesto!

Group video meetings

Optional group meetings using Zoom. An indi­vidual intro­duc­tion to Zoom (for video meeting) is provided for those needing it. Times for the meetings to be arranged once the class is enrolled.


Introductory tour of the, focusing on estab­lishing your site.


About two weeks later, nego­ti­ated with the group. Progress reports, troubleshooting, problem-solving.


Optional sharing of sites and exploring options for development