If you’ve been thinking about creating a blog, you’d be hard pressed to find a better content management system (CMS) than WordPress. Running more than 75 million websites, WordPress has a variety of features, plugins, and options that make creating a blog simple without it looking basic. If you’re ready to get started, let’s go through how to start a blog with WordPress.
Be A Visionary
The first step to starting a blog with WordPress is to document what you want the blog to be about, who the audience is, and the frequency at which you will post blogs. Documenting your vision for your blog will help as you grow your content and users. Plus, magical things happen when you write down your goals and post them where you can see them.
Tale of Two WordPresses
New bloggers may be confused by the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. While there are actually quite a few differences between them, for most bloggers WordPress.org is the obvious choice because it’s free, anyone can use it, it offers a ton of easy-to-use plugins, and perhaps most important of all, you can monetize your WordPress.org blog easily. So for the purposes of this post, we’ll keep our guide to WordPress.org.
To get started with a WordPress blog, you first need to choose a domain. To do so, you’ll need to pick a domain name, the website address for your blog. While using the format, yourblogname.wordpress.com is possible, it’s not very professional so if you’re planning on making money with your blog, it’s worth paying to buy the domain name itself. Doing so shouldn’t cost you more than $15/year.
Next, you’ll need to select a WordPress web hosting provider, which shouldn’t cost more than $10 a month.
Pro Tip: Be sure you choose a WordPress web hosting provider that allows you to add /login/ or /admin/ to the end of your site URL and will automatically redirect you to the WordPress login page. This will help to easily access your WordPress login link without having to bookmark it.
The Set Up
Registering your domain and selecting a WordPress web hosting provider won’t take you more than 15-minutes. Then, you can get started setting up your WordPress blog! Start by downloading WordPress, which should take about five minutes and will require you to enter your domain name (the name of your blog), site name, username, and password for your WordPress login. Be sure you note your WordPress login link and bookmark it so you can easily get back into your account and manage your blog from any connected device.
You’ll then be directed to the basic WordPress theme where you can post your first blog!
Pro Tip: Customize the look of your blog by using one of the many free WordPress themes. Access the Theme library through your WordPress dashboard by clicking on the Add New button. Scroll through the library of WordPress themes to find one that helps communicate your vision.
Plug It In
One of the key questions many new bloggers have when they look at how to start a blog is how to make their blog stand out from the crowd. This is where WordPress really shines! With more than 52,000 WordPress plugins, you can find a unique combination that will make your blog truly unique.
You’re ready to create your first blog post! Select the Add New button from the Post menu on your WordPress dashboard and start typing in the text box. When you’re happy with what you’ve written, you can publish your first blog post!
Pro Tip: Tag your blog post with keywords and topics you will be writing about so that over time, visitors can consume all your blogs on a specific topic. Plus it will help your SEO!
Now that you have a better understanding of how to start a blog with WordPress, what are you waiting for? Get your domain and web hosting provider, and get started!