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WP 101: What is a WordPress Blog (& Why it’s the Best Option)?

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WordPress is a free platform which is used worldwide, and it is considered to be the best choice for blog publishers everywhere. WP is totally customizable, and may be used for almost everything. The software started as a blogging system at first, but until now it has evolved to be used as a full content management system, trough the thousands of themes, widgets and plugins available, which make WordPress limited only by your imagination.

A WordPress blog is a free and personal publishing platform, which is simple, easy to use, flexible and fast blog script. It comes with awesome set of features that are specifically designed to make your experience as a publisher as pleasant and satisfying as possible.

Below in this article we will guide you through the few simple steps to build up your own WordPress blog, without any technical knowledge and show you why this software is the best option for you. The process is very simple and easy to follow.

You will need a few things to start a WordPress blog:

  • An idea for a domain name
  • A web hosting account

One of the best thing about this amazing platform is that you can start a WP blog from the scratch in less than 30 minutes. As you already know, you can install WordPress free of any charge, but you will have to set up the blog on your own, and host it. Simply said, you will need to purchase your own domain name and web hosting.

A domain name is actually your blog’s address on the internet, and web hosting is basically your blog’s house on the internet. In average, a domain name costs about $15/year, and web hosting about $8/month.

First you will need to choose a domain name, and purchase it, as well as choose a web hosting, and the plan that will suit your needs.

After purchasing a domain name and a web hosting, the next thing you will need to do is to install WordPress. You can find the “install WordPress” icon in the Control Panel of your web hosting. You should get an email from your web hosting provider with the details on how to log in. Or you may simply download it from WordPress.com, and just click on the get started button.

WordPress Site

After installing the software, you should write down your admin access, username and password somewhere for safe keeping. Start by typing in your new web address, add /wp-admin/ at the end of the address, and log in to see how your blog looks like. You will see the welcome page of the admin panel. Once you are inside the WP dashboard of your new blog, you can start customizing it as you like. You can choose a free or a premium theme for your blog. One of the best places to get a theme is themeforest.net, where you can find thousands of awesome looking themes.

When your site is all set up, it is time to create your first blog post. Just go back to your WP admin panel, and choose Posts>Add new. What you will see is a incredibly friendly editor screen, which is very easy and fun to use.

WordPress Post

  • First you have the title area (this is where you put the title of your blog post)
  • The content area (you may add images and other media to your post content by clicking the Add Media button)
  • Standard editor tools (options such as bold, italic, lists, headlines and paragraphs)
  • Publishing tools (you can publish your blog post immediately or you can schedule a publication, as well as save your post as a draft for future editing)
  • Additional fine – tuning tools (you can update your blog post and categorize it).

You can also add links to your blog post by simply highlighting the text where you want to add the link, click on the Add Links button up in the blog menu and add the URL you want to link to.

WordPress LinkThen click the settings icon on the right, ad be sure to select the “open link in new tab” section, as you don’t want reader leaving your site when they click on the link.

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Thank you for reading this article. Write your post, publish it and let readers enjoy your new blog. If you have any additional questions, or need any help with your new WordPress blog, do not hesitate to contact us below in comments, and we will do our best to help you in any way we can.

Ana
ana@85ideas.com

Editorial Staff at 85ideas is a team of WordPress experts led by Brian Harris. Here to share amazing tuts, guides and collections.

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