Do you plan to start your own blog using WordPress? Whether you plan to start your blog as a hobby or even as a full-time career; starting your own blog can be an awesome and exciting venture.
Starting a blog has become easier then ever before. You can now have your own blog up and running in under an hour!
However you may not know where to start.
Go ahead, get comfy, grab yourself a cup of tea (or coffee) and let’s get started!
1. Choose Your Domain Name
Choosing your domain name can be the hardest and most daunting task of them all when it comes to setting up your blog. When choosing a domain name be sure that the name reflects you and your brand. There are a few options you can take with this. Listing out all your ideas and then going over it with friends and family could help make your decision a lot easier. After deciding on a domain name, be sure to look it up to make sure it’s not already taken.
Here’s a handy domain name checking tool from Bluehost. Enter your desired domain name, hit “Check Availability” and it’ll tell you if your domain name is available. If not be sure to register it before someone else does!
2. Set Up Hosting
After deciding on a domain name it’s now time to set up your hosting. You can either choose your hosting from the same company that you get your domain name, or get your hosting provided through a different company. Some companies even provide a free domain name when signing up for an annual hosting account.
Here is how to set up your hosting using Bluehost:
Select the plan that is right for you. We suggest picking the basic plan.
Afterwards, select the term duration you would like. The longer your duration the cheaper your package is. Then select any add-ons you wish to have included on your site.
3. WordPress.org Installation
After getting your hosting set up to your domain name, it’s now time to install WordPress onto your blog. Several hosting companies make this an easy process by providing a ‘one-click’ WordPress.org install through your hosting account within your cPanel. However, if this is not the case for your hosting provider you may still install WordPress with the Famous 5-Minute Installation.
After you have WordPress installed onto your blog it is now time to log into your account. To do this you would go to your login page, which would be structured like this:
Enter the username and password that you created during your installation phase to login.
4. Customize It
This is the fun part of the process, customizing your own little space on the web! You may customize your site through the use of themes and plugins.
There are two approaches you may take when it comes to setting up your blog theme. You may choose to have a theme that’s already premade, or you may choose a customized theme. A customized theme design is a great way to set your blog and brand apart from the others. However, if you’re tight on cash (and time) then a premade theme may be a better option.
To view our selection of blog and website themes please go here.
Setting up plugins really adds more functionality and personality to your blog. There’s a plugin for almost everything. Search around for some that are a good match for you.
Here are some very good basic plugins.
- Contact Form 7– Allows you to manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering and so on.
- Mailchimp – Lets you create a highly customizable sign-up form. You can show the form anywhere you want using a simple shortcode, widget or template function. You can also add MailChimp sign-up checkboxes to various other forms on your site, like your comment or contact forms.
- Image Widget– Allows you to upload your own images to site widgets without the use of code.
- Jetpack by WordPress.com– Adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.
- JQuery Pin it Button For Images– Allows you to add a Pinterest hover button to blog posts and page images.
- Simple Social Icons– Customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form.
- WooCommerce– Allows you to transform your WordPress website into an eCommerce store.
Now that you have your site up and ready to go, it’s now time to start posting! For tips on how to drive more traffic to your blog through the use of simple SEO please visit the article here.