Start a Blog on WordPress

A Beginner’s Guide – How to Start a Blog on WordPress

WordPress is the best blogging platform if you want to start a blog to make money online. Check out beginners guide to Start a Blog on WordPress in this article.

Nowadays, more than thousands of people are creating and publishing blogs on the internet. As we all know, blogging is one of the best ways to make money online and for promoting a brand. BlogSpot and WordPress are two free services which allow creating blogs.

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Usually, a novice blogger uses BlogSpot for creating blogs but you can access only limited features in BlogSpot. Additionally, you will not have full control over your own blog in BlogSpot. However, creating a blog on WordPress is quite easy. Moreover, WordPress offers the unlimited features to its users and also provide full control over your blog.




Do you want to Start a Blog on WordPress?

Yes? If you are novice blogger and you want to create a free blog on WordPress then it is very easy but if you are going to create a paid blog then you need to have some technical knowledge. Further, you need to buy hosting from some website which offers to host like Hostgator, Bluehost.

As a beginner, you may find it difficult to Start a Blog on WordPress. But don’t worry it is not a herculean task and you are not alone. I will provide you an easy guide to Start a Blog on WordPress.

Requirements to Start a Blog on WordPress

There are two main requirements to Start a Blog on WordPress which are as follows:

  1. You need to buy a Domain Name for your blog such as seoramanarora.com
  2. Purchase a web hosting where you blog is going to be live on the internet.

It will take some time to Start a Blog on WordPress. Usually, it takes around 30-40 minutes to Start a Blog on WordPress.

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So, let’s grab a cup of coffee before going to Start a Blog on WordPress.

Beginner’s Guide – How to Start a Blog on WordPress 

You need to follow some steps for creating a blog on WordPress which are given below:

  1. Set Up Blogging Platform, Domain Name & Web Hosting 

The first thing you need to do is choosing a blogging platform for your blog. However, Most of the people opt the WordPress as a blogging platform but they usually get confused between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. please read this article before choosing a blogging platform: How to Choose a Right Blogging Platform 2017

A majority of the people use wordpress.org as their blogging platform because it is free to use. Moreover, you can customize your site design, install WordPress plugins, install WordPress themes and monetize your blogs without any restrictions. WordPress.org is also known as self-hosted WordPress.




I will also recommend you to choose wordpress.org as a blogging platform. Although its setup is free but you need to buy a domain name and web hosting for your blog.

The domain name is the address of website or blog on the internet such as www.seoramanarora.com. A domain name normally costs $10 per year.

A web hosting is where your blog will be hosted and where all the files, themes, and plugins of your blog will be kept. It is the house of your blog on the internet. It normally costs $3.95 per month.Bluehost USA BannersDoes it cost an arm and a leg?

As a beginner, you may find it costly to spend this much on the website hosting and domain name. Therefore, I will recommend you a web hosting which you is very affordable and you can purchase without thinking too much.




Where should you buy the domain name and web hosting? 

Hostgator WordPress Hosting Banners Size - 250x250Hostgator is the best option to buy a domain name for your blog. Besides, Bluehost is the official WordPress recommend hosting provider. Additionally, it is one of the world best hosting providers. Moreover, It offers over 60% off on web hosting and a free domain name.

A Free Domain Name!  Isn’t amazing?

It means you don’t need to spend $10-$12 to purchase a domain name. You can get it free with Bluehost. However, there are many other hosting providers which also offer free domain name and discount on web hosting but Bluehost is best among all.

Bluehost just cost $3.95 per month to buy web hosting. You can read my previous article on the different hosting provider of WordPress with their features, benefits, and cost.

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Let’s move ahead.

Today we will Start a Blog on WordPresss.org as a blogging platform and use Bluehost as a web hosting provider.

Purchase Domain and web hosting on Bluehost 

You need to follow some simple steps for purchasing the web hosting from Bluehost.

  • Click on the green button ‘Get Started Now’.

  • On the next screen, you will see a window ‘Select the plan’ where you have three options such as basic, plus, recommended with different features and costing. I will recommend you to select the basic or plus plan.

  • In next step, Enter a new domain name for your blog and click on the next button.

 

  • You will see a ‘Create your account’ on next screen. Here you have to fill your account information such as your name, business name, country, city, address, state, zip code, phone number and email address.

  • You will also see your package information on the same screen. Finalize this information for completing this process. You will see extra options that you can buy but I will not recommend you to buy these. You can buy them in future if you need them.

  • In the end of the screen, you will see ‘payment information’ where you will be asked to enter your credit card number, expiration date, and Signature/CVV2 Code. You can also pay with your PayPal account by click on the ‘more payment options’ link.

  • Check mark on ‘Terms of Service’ in the end and click on the submit button.
  • Once you completed this step, you will receive an email on your given email address which contains your login details of hosting cPanel (control panel). This is very you install the WordPress and where you manage things such as emails, support, and many other things.

 

  1. Install WordPress on cPanel

  • Now you have to install WordPress on the cPanel. Login to the cPanel by using your username and password.

  • However, You will see a number of different icons for different features and services but you can ignore them. Scroll down to the screen and go to the website section. Here you will icon of ‘Install WordPress’. Click on that icon.

  • You will see the Marketplace Quick Install Screen for WordPress on the next screen. Click on the ‘Get Started’ button. 

  • On the next page, you will be asked to select your domain name from the drop-down menu. Select your domain name and click on the next button.

  • In the ‘Installation Settings’ window, enter your Site Name, Username, and Password. Also, tick all the check boxes and click on the ‘Install’ button.
  • Now the installation process of your WordPress will get started.  In the meanwhile, you will be prompted to browse WordPress theme but do not select any theme at this point, we will do that once WordPress get installed.
You will see the success notice in the header bar when WordPress installation will get finished.
  • Click on the Installation Complete Link given in the header bar and it will be redirected to the screen where you will see the WordPress login URL, Username and Password.

 

http://yoursite.com/wp-admin

Now you have completely installed your WordPress. Congrats!

Finally, Click on the WordPress login URL and login to your WordPress Dashboard. Now, You are ready to Start a Blog on WordPress.Let’s move further.

  1. Select WordPress Theme for your Blog

Here comes a point where you have to select a suitable, good and attractive theme for your blog.

  • Go the ‘Appearance’ option given on the right side of the WordPress Dashboard and click on the ‘Themes’ under the ‘Appearance’ (Appearance > Themes).

  • Click on the ‘Add New’ button given at the top of themes.

  • On the next screen, you will see many WordPress themes, some are paid and some themes are free. Select a free theme for your blog. Click on the theme.
  • Click on the button ‘install button’ on themes preview page.

  • When your theme will get installed, Click on the ‘Activate’ button.
  • You can also customize this theme by click on the link given under ‘Appearance’. (Appearance > Customize)

  1. Create your First Blog 

Now you are ready to start your first blog. Let’s start blogging.

  • Click on the ‘Post’ tab given at the right top side of WordPress Dashboard. Then Click on the ‘Add New’ given under the ‘Post’. (Post > Add New)
  • On next screen, You will see an editor area when you click on the ‘Add New’. Here you have to write your post.

  • Write your first blog here. Once you are done click on the ‘Publish’ button on the right side.

Now you completely created your first blog and posted it on your website. However, You will see several options on post screen which can be used for organizing your blog post. Additionally, There are many other plugins available in the WordPress for customizing your post.




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Wrap-Up

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