How to build and Start a Blog: Step-by-Step Guide
Starting a blog is one of our 25 online businesses. The thought of starting a blog can be a terrifying one, especially when you do not know how to code. But not to worry, follow the comprehensive steps in this article to build a WordPress website or blog without learning how to code first.
The process of building a blog is easy to follow whether you are 20 years old or 60 years. However, if you need help, our expert team can help you set up your blog on the Google Cloud Platform
What do you need to start a WordPress blog?
There are three things you need to create a WordPress blog:
- A domain name (this will be the name of your blog. For example, livingmediainternational.com)
- A web hosting account (this is where your website live on the internet)
- Your undivided attention.
You can start a blog from scratch and fully customize it in two weeks. Continue reading as we walk you through the whole process of set up a blog.
In this article, we covered:
1 How to Register a Domain Name
2 How to Choose the Best Web Hosting service
3 How to Install and Setup WordPress Blog
4 How to Change Your Blog Design Template
5 How to Write Your First Blog Post
6 How to Customize WordPress Blog with Plugins
7 How to Add a Contact Form
8 How to Setup Google Analytics Tracking
9 How to Optimize Your Website for SEO
10 How to Make Money From Your Blog
11 Resources to Learn and Master WordPress
If you are ready, then let’s get started.
Step 1. Setup
The biggest mistake beginners make when building a blog is choosing the wrong blogging platform. Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making that mistake too.
For over 90% of new users, it makes more sense to use WordPress.org. WordPress.org is also known as self-hosted WordPress.
They choose WordPress.org because it is free to use. You can install your WordPress theme, install your plugins, and customize your blog to look the way you want. On WordPress.org, you can also make money from your blog without restriction.
Also, WordPress is the topmost website building platform used by many successful websites. Over 34% of active websites on the internet use WordPress.
Just as we pointed out above. You need a domain name first to build a WordPress website or blog. You also need a web hosting account to build a blog. In other words, you need a domain name and web hosting.
For the benefit of those who do not know what a domain name is, it is what people type to get to your blog or website. Your website domain name is the address on the internet. Example, livingmediainternational.com
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Web hosting on the other hand is where your website files live on the internet. It’s your website’s house on the internet. For your website or blog to be findable, it needs web hosting.
The are several web hosting services you can choose from. We recommend Bluehost, InMotion, and HostGator for manage WordPress hosting, and Google cloud for cloud hosting services.
Now that you have made up your mind on your choice of the domain name and web hosting, then go ahead and purchase your domain + hosting.
We will use Bluehost for the demo.
Open up the Bluehost website in a new tab and follow along.
The first thing you need to do is to click on the “Get Started Now” button.
Select your hosting plan of choice on the next screen, (basic and plus are the most popular).
After selecting the hosting plan, you will be required to enter the domain name for your website.
then, you will be required to add your hosting account information to complete the hosting process. You can choose either the 3-month, 6-month, 12-month, 24-month, or even the 36-month plan. We recommend the 36-month plan because it gives the best value.
You can also purchase more hosting add-ons at this point. Some of the addons are not necessary at the early stage of your blog development. You can add the addons much later when you decide that you need them.
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Once you are done on the hosting purchase page, you will receive an email with your hosting Control Panel (cPanel) login details. The cPanel is where you manage everything relating to your website including hosting support. It is from the cPanel that you install WordPress or any other Content Management System you want.
Step 2. Install WordPress
Bluehost automatically installs WordPress for you when you signup for a hosting service. This was recently implemented to make it easier for users who are not techy to build their blog or WordPress website.
Login in to your Bluehost hosting account with the details sent to you in your email, then click on the “Login to WordPress” button to access your WordPress admin dashboard.
Alternatively, you can log in to your WordPress admin dashboard simply by entering your domain name followed by “/wp-admin” on a browser. For example, enter ‘yourblogdomainname.com/wp-admin” on a browser to access yourblogdomainname.com WordPress admin dashboard.
However, if you do not want to use Bluehost website service, then see how to install WordPress on HostGator, InMotion, and WP Engine web hosting service providers.
Once you are done setting up WordPress at this stage, then go ahead to customizing the appearance of your blog to make it look unique and usable.
Step 3. Selecting Your WordPress Theme
WordPress themes are the building block or backbone of every WordPress theme. The appearance of a WordPress Blog or website is determined by its active theme. By default, a WordPress website or blog has one of WordPress free themes activated on installation.
If you do not have money to buy premium themes, you can go for any of the thousands of free WordPress themes available. You can also customize the default theme to suit your need. However, if the security of your blog or website is important to you, you have to go for a premium theme.
Customizing the appearance of your WordPress blog or website is indeed very exciting and rewarding in your journey of building a WordPress blog or website.
You can change your WordPress blog or website theme at any time simply by going to your WordPress admin da