Want to start your own blog? Or want to learn how to blog the right way? Then this article is for you. You’ll learn all the details about starting a blog all by yourself! Using the guidelines in this article, you can set up your blog in 15 minutes. Now, let’s get into it.
YOUR BLOGGING PLATFORM
WordPress is the platform that veteran bloggers swear by. It’s easy to use, personalize, and design. It comes highly recommended because it’s free to use. Once you have your domain name and host, it is ridiculously easy to use. Also, there are thousands of free themes you can use to customize your blog to reflect your style.
Note that WordPress comes in two platforms: the hosted/ free platform (WordPress.com) and the self-hosted/ paid platform (WordPress.org).
Many newbie bloggers make the rookie mistake of using hosted platforms like Tumblr, Blogspot, Squarespace, etc. Although they are free to use, they have several limitations; you don’t own your blog as the platform holds all rights to it. Even worse, they can delete your blog at any time without warning. (Imagine waking up one morning to find out that all your hard work is gone in the twinkle of an eye.)
With hosted platforms, you can’t have your own domain name. Instead, you’ll have something like myblog.wordpress.com, which isn’t professional. Also, you’re stuck with the default theme that comes with it as free platforms don’t allow customization. It’s also difficult to make money from free platforms because they put ads on your site and keep all the money.
If you want to make money as a blogger, then the self-hosted blog would work best for you. They’re not free, but they’re inexpensive. Most importantly, it is easier to make money from self-hosted platforms.
Click here to go to Bluehost and start your own blog. The link will open in a new window so you can reference these instructions as you work.
SELECT A DOMAIN NAME
When starting a blog, it’s crucial to pick a suitable domain name. A domain name is like your blog’s address on the internet; for example, 123abc.com.
However, before you select a domain name, you have to think about what kind of blog you want to run.
To get started, do these:
- List 3 things you’re good at.
- 3 things you enjoy.
- 3 things you want to learn.
Make the content of your blog about something you’re naturally drawn to. It should focus on what you find interesting. This way, it’ll be easier and fun to create content that your readers will find engaging and valuable. Once you’ve narrowed down your niche, you can incorporate it into your domain name.
WEB HOSTING AND WORDPRESS
A hosting company is a company that makes your blog available on the internet. Think of it like your blog’s landlord. You pay “rent” to the ‘landlord’ in exchange for your blog “living” on the internet. If you don’t have hosting, your blog won’t be visible on the internet. The hosting company also saves your blog’s content. A good web host will make sure your blog is accessible everywhere in the world at every time of the day.
When choosing a hosting company, be careful. Bad companies are dirt cheap and overload their servers. This means your blog won’t be readily accessible and it’ll be slow. Bluehost is highly recommended because they ensure that your blog is always online, they’re cheap, and they have a one-click WordPress installation that comes with free domain name registration.
If you’re using Bluehost, first create a user account. Then check if your domain username is available. Once you’ve confirmed availability, create a Bluehost domain account.
You can do this by selecting the package you’d like to buy. You can choose between the basic, plus, and prime packages. After you’ve selected a package, enter your credit card details. When you’ve done this, enter your details as shown below.
Afterward, create a password then install WordPress. Bluehost has a one-click WordPress-installation feature so when you click on it, you can select the domain you want to install WordPress on. Once you’ve put your blog’s domain, it’ll be installed automatically.
Log in to your WordPress by adding /wp-admin after your blog’s URL. For example, blog.com/wp-admin. This will take you to the admin login page, and you’re the only one with access to it. Once you have logged in, your WordPress site is ready!
PERSONALIZING YOUR BLOG
Now that you’ve installed WordPress, you need to customize your blog to your taste. The first step is to select a theme. Your blog comes with a default theme. However, you should change it because your theme plays a huge role in expressing what your blog is about.
When choosing your theme, select one that’s free from clutter and is mobile friendly. It should be simple and easy to tweak. WordPress has lots of themes you can choose from, but you can also buy it from trusted providers. To change your theme, go to “Appearance” in the sidebar, then click on “Themes,” and then “Add New.”
After this, go to “Appearance” and then “Customize” to change things like colors and fonts. You can change this till you find what works for you.
MAKING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST
Now that you’ve successfully set up your blog (yay!), the next step is to publish your first blog post. Writing your first post may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. Keep reading to learn step-by-step how to do it. The first step is to go to your WordPress admin page then click on “Posts.” Next, click on “Add New.” Once you’ve done that, you’ll be taken to the page shown below.
On this page, you’ll find the title area to type in the title of the post, the media area where you can add videos or pictures, the content area where you write the body of the post, and the publishing area where you control the publication of your post.
After this, click on “Publish” to make your blog post live on the web.
Now that your blog is up and running, you can pop that champagne and celebrate!