So you want to create and start a WordPress blog?
WordPress has revolutionized the way people build websites. Even if you have no idea of coding or web design, you will get a hang of the platform in no time at all and have an appealing and a high-performing website in just a few clicks.
Although simple, knowing exactly what to do and how to do it is important so you don’t end up with a less than satisfying blog website.
So, we’ll walk you through all the steps to take to create a blog. We’ll also show you every single step you need to follow to start a blog.
With this guide and the right tools, you can have your very own personal or business blog up and running in less than 30 minutes.
Still, having a WordPress blog can be disastrous for many people.
The problem lies in creating a blog design that is appealing and therefore boosts conversions and generates revenue. Yet, all said and done, those are maybe the two most important aspects of a blog website.
If there are people who focus on a design that looks good, on the contrary many still fail to also do so to maximize their conversion rates.
That mistake costs you dearly on several levels, the most important one being that it makes it difficult for your customers to buy from you.
The biggest reasons you created your blog were to drive traffic to your content, generate leads, and make sales.
Creating and starting a blog the right way is not rocket science only a few bright people can master.
So, are you ready to have fun learning to do it?
Then let’s dive in and get started.
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Creating and starting a WordPress blog begins with identifying the two major steps that will help you do so.
- How to create a WordPress blog
- How to start a WordPress blog
Now, let’s look at the first one.
A. How to create a WordPress blog
At this first major step, we will look at 35 different steps.
To help you create a blog site, we’re going to follow the process step by step:
- Setting-up steps
- Design steps
- Navigation steps
- Usability steps
- Performance steps
- Further customization steps
- Other steps
We will cover each of these steps in detail below.
So, let’s look at the first one.
We will handle these under the following steps:
- Step 1: Choose your blog topic
- Step 2: Find the right blogging platform
- Step 3: Purchase hosting and your domain name
- Step 4: Install the free WordPress software
- Step 5: Configure your WordPress blog
Step 1 – Choose your blog topic
The very first step you need to take in creating a WordPress blog is to choose a topic and a name for your blog.
If you want your blog to emerge from the myriad of existing and new blogs, follow most successful blogs and focus on only one thing.
That niche may be career advancement, travel, dating and relationship for men, beauty, business operations, etc.
Choose a blog topic that you are passionate about, interested in, or, expert at.
Your passion, feeling of curiosity, fascination, etc., or special knowledge or training will enable you write good, quality content to help others and make you grow your blog.
Let’s say you’re interested in muscle building. Most men are seeking to spend to get more muscle and have better bodies by doing away with their flabby figures.
You can create a blog offering products for weight loss, diet, training, and health supplements. This will get you new clients and help you make good money.
Tip: You’re not obliged to choose your blog topic at this stage, but it’s helpful to have something in mind.
Step 2 – Find the right blogging platform
The first thing you have to make at this step is to decide whether you want to create a free blog or a self-hosted one.
Platforms like Blogger.com, WordPress.com, and Tumblr.com allow you to sign up free and create your blog.
However, as I learnt at the beginning of my blogging career, that’s not the way to go if you are serious about blogging.
Free blogging platforms offer limited monetization, customization, and traffic. Besides, you’ll have no control over your blog which can even be shut down for unknowingly violating the terms and conditions of service.
Furthermore, should your blog become successful and you want to upgrade, you’ll pay more than if you had started self-hosted.
Lastly, you can’t have your own web address such as this blog’s: https://secureyourfuturewithus.com but an URL like my first blog’s: https://it-is-easy-to-make-money-at-home.blogspot.com.
Host your blog yourself. In other words, have a self-hosted blog.
This will make your blog appear more professional, be your own thing over which you have full control and which you can tweak as you wish.
Now that the question of free or self-hosted blog is out of the way, which blogging platform should you choose?
There are many. Some are more flexible and easier to use, while others are more limited and demand a higher learning curve.
Here is a list of top 10 blogging platforms in 2021.
The image above, as well as statistics, show that WordPress is the most commonly used blogging platform in 2021.
As self-hosting is the best way to go and WordPress is by far the most preferred blogging platform, your choice is clear.
Still, let’s see 4 reasons why self-hosted WordPress should be your best option:
- It’s free to use (open-source)
- It’s very flexible with hundreds of free (and premium) blog themes
- It has a large developer community
- It’s updated and improved regularly
Of course, self-hosting your blog comes at a cost, which made me create my first blog on Blogger.com. I didn’t know then that the cost was minimal.
Choosing Web Hosting
Web hosting is the engine powering your blog site. It is a service where your blog’s files are kept.
You get it from a web hosting provider.
Choosing a provider is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make in creating your blog. Because this can affect the functioning of your blog. So, you’ll need a fast, reliable, secure, and affordable hosting provider.
Fortunately there are many reputed web hosting services for WordPress. Online reviews will help you select a trusted one.
Having done that, you now have to choose the right hosting plan. This must be based on your niche, target audience, and end goals.
There are two types of hosting plans: shared hosting and dedicated hosting.
Shared hosting offers users shared occupancy of a web server in the host’s network. and dedicated hosting gives users sole occupancy of a single web server in the host’s network.
At this time, purchasing a shared hosting plan might be more judicious and economical for you. However, when your blog grows and attracts more traffic, you’ll have to switch to dedicated hosting.
You can always cancel the hosting service. Many providers offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Choosing a domain name
In addition to choosing a web hosting, you must also register a unique domain name to create a WordPress blog.
This is your website’s identity. It is what your target audience will use to access your blog online.
Think of a short, attractive, and easy to remember domain name. Try to make it something related to your niche so that searchers may find it online. Also, seeing it, people can guess what you do.
In order to avoid domain names conflicting with each other, you need to check to see the one you have chosen is available before you can proceed to registration.
Registration is done with domain name registrars.
Popular domain name registrars include GoDaddy, Name.com, Namecheap, Google Domains, Wealthy Affiliate, etc.
As you will soon find out, most web hosting providers also offer domain registration services.
Contrary to the web hosting, your domain name is not refundable. It will simply expire at the end of the subscription period. Then, it becomes available to the public for purchase.
I think you have accessed some websites only to be directed to a message: This domain is on sale. Yes, that’s a parked domain anyone can buy.
Need help coming up with a good domain name? Check blog name generators.
Short, go self-hosted and use the WordPress.org blogging platform because it’s much more flexible and you can start growing and creating your blog from the word go!
Step 3: Purchase web hosting and your domain name
For your free WordPress blog to be visible online and accessible to people worldwide requires those two things we’ve been talking about above:
- Web hosting – A simple and reliable one is usually around $4-$12/mo.
- Domain – your blog’s permanent address.
Fortunately, you can purchase both of them at the same time from WordPress hosts. There is a huge number of WordPress hosts here.
Like many WordPress users, as answer to the question which website builder is best for blogging, we recommend Bluehost to new WordPress bloggers.
- you will get your account activated instantly
- Simple, one-click install for WordPress. You can easily install WordPress. With just a few clicks, you can launch the WordPress software and have a functioning blog.
- It’s affordable. Just $2.95 per month for your first 12 months.
- You get a domain name free for the first year with SSL certificate (security) when you sign up. This is when you sign up with Bluehost, otherwise your own domain would cost $10+.
- It has enough performance to get you started. Bluehost offers plenty of performance to keep your site online.
- Free email accounts, like email@example.com
It will cost you about $35.40 to host your blog at Bluehost for the entire year, including your free domain name.
So, with an investment of between $40 and $120/year you have a blog business online. This makes blogging one of the cheapest businesses to create but which could give you fame and generates a lot of revenue for you.
How to sign up for WordPress hosting at Bluehost
To get started, head over to Bluehost. Scroll down the page, and you would see a list of their WordPress hosting plans.
Since you are just beginning, we recommend the Basic plan because it is cheap. Besides, it offers plenty of power for your new WordPress blog.
To start the process Click the SELECT button.
In the new window, enter your domain name in the new domain box and click Next.
With Bluehost, you get the domain name for free, remember?
On the final screen, enter the basic account and billing details at the top:
Then scroll down for the Package Information section.
You can choose the number of years of hosting service you wish to purchase, plus any add-ons.
Bluehost will check some of these add-ons by default, but you can de-select them:
Your total cost should be not more than $36 for one year of hosting plus your free domain name.
With all the information filled in, click SUBMIT at the bottom to complete your purchase.
Step 4: Install the free WordPress software
Now, you need to install the WordPress software.
I know this feeling.
Anytime most newbies hear about installing anything having something to do with technology, they freak out. But that shouldn’t be the case. Just read on to find out how easy this is.
Steps to follow to install WordPress on Bluehost
- Log in to your user profile at Bluehost.
- In the “Home” page click on the blue button “WordPress”
- WordPress installation starts
When you completed the Bluehost sign-up process above, you certainly received an email from them showing you how to log in to the Bluehost Customer Area.
Go ahead and do it.
Once in, Bluehost will give you a simple wizard that takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your new site.
If you don’t see the setup wizard, just go to the My Sites area and click the Create Site button. This will launch the wizard: