So, you want to start a blog huh? Great idea!
But…how the heck do you get started? There’s so much info out there on the web, and everyone’s telling you to do different things. Who do you listen to? Where’s the starting point?
Damnit, maybe you should just forget it – it’s too confusing!
Well, hold up. I used to be a blogging newbie too. I had the same problems. I started my blogging journey back 2019, and I knew less than nothing about blogging. In fact, it was only the week before I’d learned what a blog was.
Now I know a ton about them, and my blogs are doing pretty well. I’m not some sort of Guru, but I certainly do know the basics that I would love to share with you so you are not confused or overwhelmed.
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The Steps Covered In This Blogging Guide
It’s nowhere near as difficult as setting up a website from scratch (there’s very little technical ability needed here). In fact, there’s no coding required by you. Good news, huh?
How to Start a Blog in 5 Steps:
There are five main steps you need to do in order to start a blog. If you follow this guide exactly, you’ll have your own blog set up in 30 minutes or less.
- Choose your preferred blogging platform
- Choose and purchase your domain name
- Choose and setup hosting for your blog
- Install WordPress.org on your website
- Design your WordPress.org blog
So, we made it. Phew. Better late than never! So, without further ado, let’s jump into step 1.
Step 1 – Choose your preferred blogging platform
Choosing where you want to build blog is pretty much the first thing you have to do. I’m going to take a leap and assume you’ve heard of WordPress, and this is the platform I advocate. It’s massive.
It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog.
However, there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
With WordPress.org, you host your own site (we recommend this because then you own all the content on your site).
WordPress.com on the other hand that takes care of hosting and so much for you which makes it easier to start, but you have less freedom. And that’s the major difference.
Here are my reasons why you should still go with WordPress.org:
- Super easy set-up and is free to use.
- Tons of free themes and layouts (I’m not kidding, there are millions).
- There’s a massive support forum in case you get stuck.
- Your blog will be insanely fast and it’ll also look perfect!
- People can interact with you easily. Your content can be shared, commented on, and so on.
Step 2 – Choose and Purchase a Domain Name
A domain name is what people type to get to your website. It’s your website’s address on the internet.
You can purchase your domain from many different sources like GoDaddy.com or Domain.com, where they are often under $20 for a year unless you decide on a premium domain.
Step 3 – Choose and Setup Hosting for your Blog
There are so many options for hosting and many people start with Bluehost or Siteground, however, there are many more viable options that are not mentioned as much such as HostGator.com and BigScoots.com. I started out with Bluehost, then switched to Siteground, and now I am with BigScoots and couldn’t be happier.
You have to choose what is best for you, your site speed, cost, and customer service. Now let’s proceed to setup.
Step 4 – Install WordPress on Website
When you signup with the new version of Bluehost, they will automatically install WordPress for you. This new version was recently launched to make it easier for non-techy users to create their blogs.
What this means is you simply need to login to your Bluehost account, and then click the Login to WordPress button to get started.
You can also login to WordPress by simply going to yoursite.com/wp-admin/ directly from your browser.
If you are using a different WordPress blog hosting service like SiteGround, HostGator, BigScoot, etc, then you can see this great comprehensive guide on how to install WordPress for step-by-step instructions.
Most hosting providers have now made it even easier so when you are registering for hosting they will automatically install WordPress on your blog, however, if you get stuck feel free to message me or reach out to customer service with your hosting provider and they will gladly help.
RECOMMENDATION: I’d recommend whois privacy (that will keep all your personal details private) and definitely automated backups (that’ll save your website just in case anything fails or disappears so you won’t lose any or very little of your blog).
Once WordPress is installed on your website, all you have to do to start blogging is go to your WP-Admin page usually www.yourblognamehere.com/wp-admin and start writing by adding a new post.
At the start, the layout looks confusing, but it gets very understandable quickly. Don’t worry!
Step 5 – Designing your WordPress.org blog
Now, the fun bit.
Let’s make your blog look exactly how you want it to. To choose a new theme, you can either head to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or you can head to a premium theme website like ThemeForest.net and buy a theme for around $40.
I usually choose something that looks professional and pretty easy to customize. WordPress also has this awesome feature that allows you to change themes with just a few clicks. So if you start getting tired of your current blog template, you can just switch to another one without losing any precious content or images.
Remember, your blog’s design should reflect both you and your personality, but also what the blog is about. There’s no point having a football-orientated theme if your blog is about tennis, understand?
On top of that, it should be easy to navigate if you want people to stick around. If it’s tricky and difficult to move around it, people won’t stay. After all design is a subjective art; meaning everyone likes different things.
But no one likes ugly websites, and they especially hate websites that need a university degree to navigate. Make it easy for them.
You Did it!
Bloggers come to the blogging arena with varying degrees of online and social media experience, but we’ve all made more than a few newbie mistakes – there’s always room for more learning and improvement, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been blogging for years.
And that’s it! I’m more than confident that your initial blog set up should now be finished and ready to go, and all that should have been really damn easy (unlike my first time, lucky you!).
If by some unfortunate circumstance you get stuck or have any questions for me about how to create a blog, just get in touch with me or leave a comment below. I’ll help you out with any problems.
Enjoy your new blog!