Blog, Huh! you want to start it, smart Idea! I welcome you to join the league and it’s going to be super amazing.
But… you pass by this blog post to answer your question, how to start a blog? You are on the right track. There are end numbers of tips and guide on the web. Might be too confusing, whose guide to follow and listen? as everyone is telling you to do in different ways.
Umm, maybe you should ignore it-the following guide will clear your confusion. The guide on this page will show you how to start a functional and create a beautiful blog in WordPress.
Well, before we dive in. let me tell you a crazy story, I was a blogging newbie too. I had a similar problem about how to start blogging? Which blogging platform should I choose? I had no idea at all.
I started with Blogger.com, Tumblr and WordPress.com on a web-hosted platform. Had bitter experience and finally in WordPress.
It’s been half a decade blogging. I knew nothing about blogging before. In fact, It was after two years of blogging, I learned what actually a blog was.
Alright! That was a little story but has shaped my career. I am teaching you these easy steps to start a blog from my personal experience. I am confident in my obsession that this is going to help you to start your blog today.
No pressure, you’ll be amazed to see how easy it is to set a blog. Design your dream today through blogging. Keep reading and learn more.
Quick note please, this guide is not about setting a free blog in WordPress.com. I’ll be showing you how to start your own blog using self-hosted WordPress. Check this tutorial to start a free blog in WordPress.
Oh! wait, one final note before we start our journey to set a blog,
Setting up and designing your blog may take around 40 minutes. Relax and Comfort yourself with your favorite drinks, coffee in my case, get yours too. Let’s get started…
Steps to start a WordPress blog
- Choose a domain name of your blog
- Purchase your web hosting
- Download the WordPress
- Log in to WordPress and Add theme
- Publish your blog/post.
Choosing a domain name of your blog
Choosing the name of your blog is the first thing to do before starting a blog. It is one of the hardest parts of the blogging process. I bet you it isn’t the one. It is just deciding over the name that you are passionate to express your ideas, content, and knowledge. Read this content on the tips to choose the name of your blog
I’m sure you’ve clear ideas and view of your blog name.
Alright! it’s time to choose the domain name of your blog. Well, domain is the name of your blog/website address on the internet. Example, updatepreneur.com
The most popular is the .com extension. There are other extensions like a net, co.uk.
Bonus for you, Let me share you some tips when choosing a domain name
- Remember that your domain name is the first impression for the visitor
- Keep the domain name easy to Pronounce
- Branding your blog is a must for long-term success, thus highly recommended to choose a brandable name.
- Make sure your domain name is easy to remember and memorize
- Avoid the use of number and hyphen
- Keep it short
- Make use of keywords
Well, I’m with a hope that you are aware of choosing your domain name by now.
How much does it cost for Domain name?
Domain cost you around $10 in a year.
The good news is I’m going to show you how to take advantage of Bluehost for a domain free of cost. Keep reading and know the secret in the next section.
Purchase your Web Hosting
Hosting is where your website is stored, it is a place where your website or blog live.
Note Domain name and hosting are the two most important recipes for your website or blog. Without it, your blog or website won’t be seen online.
There’re many web hosting service companies for you to choose from. The price may vary.
Moving ahead, I’m revealing the biggest secret now. For a secure, cheap hosting and FREE DOMAIN, I strongly recommend Bluehost.
Disclosure: I earn a commission if you purchase the Bluehost hosting through my referral links at no extra cost to you. Importantly, you get hosting at a low cost and a free domain.
Com’on, let’s go ahead and buy your domain and hosting.
Open Bluehost and follow along.
The following window will pop in, then click on the green button get started now.
Choose the basic plan to save some bucks or go for the plan as per your requirement.
If you are done choosing your plan, you will be directed to enter your domain name. The recommended one is .com extension as it makes easier for the readers and visitors to remember your website name.
If you own a domain name fill what is required in the right. Once you have added your domain click on the next to complete final registration as shown in the pics below.
Fill the account information and make sure to add your own email. You need an email to log in.
In the next select the package plan options for your account. The choice you have are “12, 24 & 36 months). Go for some extra options for your website security if you have bucks or else not required.
Do uncheck the package boxes if you are not going for extras package before making payment.
Alright, we are done buying hosting and domain registration. Keep reading, follow along and gain the momentum. cheer!
Check your email, you will receive an email from Bluehost. The email from Bluehost, the activation links. They will direct you to open the Cpanel, your hosting control panel. In addition, Cpanel is where you can access your website info and data.
More importantly, that is where we install WordPress.
Go to your Cpanel, look for website section and select WordPress.
Click on Install WordPress logo to install WordPress.
Installation of WordPress is for free.
Next, you will be asked to enter your domain,(your URL) for installing WordPress. select your domain from the dropdown or check your domain.
After that, you have to enter your Site Name(site title), username and password. Remember to check all the checkboxes and then click install.
The installation will take a minute. Once the installation is finished, a success message will pop up on the top header bar.
Then click on the link given, the screen will show your login credential, WordPress login URL and Password. Take note of it or a screenshot it to remember until you set your own password. No pressure though, Bluehost will also mail you a copy of it in your email.
Yay! We have successfully installed the WordPress. It wasn’t a difficult task though, keep reading.
Log in to WordPress
Click on the WordPress log in the link you receive or type www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Enter your username and password to log in.
Note # Your admin WordPress login URL will look like this https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Yay! we’re good to go and customize your blog’s appearance. It’s going to be fun designing the looks of your blog.
Let’s go ahead to customize your blog. The first thing we’ll do is to choose the themes for your blog. Themes take care of your blog visual appearance.
There’re thousands of free and premium themes by WordPress. You can go for the one that suits your blog ideas and content.
Steps to add new or change the themes
- Go to Appearance options in your dashboard.
- Select themes
- Click on the add new button
- You will see numbers of themes to choose and search for your blog
- You can also upload a zip file of themes by clicking on the upload theme button.
- If you’ve found the theme, click on the install button
- After installing it, you will see the activate button, Click on it to activate your theme.
- The final step with the theme is to customize it.
- To customize it, go to appearance and click customize your blog.
Hurrah! We have installed the WordPress theme.
Publishing your blog post
Yo! your game begins now, creating your blog post. Let’s write your first blog post.
- Click on the Post and then to Add New from WordPress dashboard
- Editor screen will pop in, write your title of the post
- Start writing your content in the editor area
- Once are done writing your blog post, click on the publish button to post or publish your writing online.
Yay! We are done setting a blog in WordPress. I hope this tutorial helps you in starting your blog in WordPress.
Check out the following content about Blogging
- Why Should you start Blogging?
- Tips to choose your blog name.
- Which Blogging Platform will you choose?
- How to start a Free Blog On WordPress?
- Difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com