09 May How To Start a WordPress Blog!? – Beginner’s Guide for 2018
Want to become a blogger and start your own WordPress blog? What a wonderful idea! Just get yourself a cup of coffee and let’s get started. It will take you about half an hour – you surely have that little free time. Plus, it’s quite easy and simple. Just follow this step-by-step beginner’s guide and enjoy your new blog!
Choose Your Blogging Platform
The first thing you have to decide is where you prefer to build your blog. The world’s biggest and most popular blogging platform is WordPress (with over 82 million active users), and we definitely recommend it. Yet, there are also other alternatives such as Blogger and Tumblr, but WP is certainly the best. Therefore, this guide will focus on how to create a WordPress blog. It not only has numberless plugins and add-ons, but also enables you to layout and to design your blog in many ways.
Now, let’s have a look at some of the reasons why you should go for WordPress:
- Easy to set-up and free to use.
- Countless free designs and themes.
- Great support forum.
- Incredibly fast.
- Easy interaction with users.
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Self-Hosting or a Free One?
This is probably the major decision you have to make – whether you should get a free one or pay for your blog. All of the three previously mentioned blogging platforms offer free blogs, yet they have some downsides, too. Here are some:
- You can’t have your own domain name and your URL (the address of your blog website) would probably be ugly. It will look something like these: yourblog.wordpress.com / yourblog.blogspot.com / yourblog.tumblr.com
- You will face many limits regarding video and image uploads and can’t monetize it completely. Worst of all, you can’t have access to the WordPress free themes.
- You won’t own your blog since it would be hosted on a web property belonging to someone else. So, they can delete your blog if they want to and all of your work will vanish in a matter of seconds.
On the contrary, if you go for a self-hosted blog with your own domain name you will be the true owner of it. What’s more, you will have the ability to name it whatever you want. It can end with .org, .net, .co.uk, .com, or any other website suffix. Plus, you won’t have any limits regarding video, image, or content uploads and the free themes. And luckily, it doesn’t cost a fortune – about $5 to $10 monthly.
Start a Blog on Your Domain
Of course, you can do this only if you chose self-hosting. First, choose your domain name and the hosting company. If this isn’t clear enough for you, let’s explain it.
The hosting company is actually the company that puts your site on the internet and saves your work. At the moment, the best and most likely the cheapest hosting is iPage (about $2.50 a month) where the domain name comes for free, which on other hosting providers costs about $10-15 a year.
So, let’s see what you should do in short points. Start by signing up with iPage, or the hosting provider you’ve chosen. Then, choose your domain name and hosting plan. In the end, click the Install button on the admin panel on WordPress. Now, you’re done and you can enjoy blogging!
Design Your WordPress Blog
Here’s some fun work! Make the look of your blog exactly as you like it. You can choose a theme by going to Appearance > Themes and install some of the WordPress free themes. Or, if you’re ready to spend some money – about $40 to be exact, go to a website like ThemeForest.net for premium themes. What’s even better, you can also customize your theme with just a couple of clicks or change it when you get tired of your current one.
However, make sure that the design matches both your site’s content and your personality. Plus, your blog should be easy to navigate if you want your visitors to come back to your site. No one would want to stay if it’s tricky to move around your site. So, the key is to make it easy for your users!
Learn and Improve
In general, you don’t have to be a professional in order to start a WordPress blog. Even if you are a newbie, you can become a successful blogger. In fact, people with different experience in online sharing and social media start blogging. All you need to be aware of is that everyone makes mistakes. But, what makes a great blogger is learning from such mistakes and improving constantly.
Hence, ditch those excuses like “I don’t know anything about blogging” or “I’m not good on social media” and start your WordPress blog today!
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