Setting up a blog is easier than ever these days. In fact, you can have a website up in a matter of hours, even if this is your first time making a blog.
Although the process is simple, there are several key steps. If you’re not familiar with them, certain aspects may seem confusing at first. We’re going to cover the following steps and by the time we’re done, you’ll have a fully-functioning website that you can use for any purpose. Let’s get started.
Step 1: Choose Domain Name
A domain name is the web address or URL where visitors find your site. A custom domain gives your site a professional look, strengthens your brand, and helps visitors find you on the web. Selecting a good domain name can prove to be very important to the success of your website. Here are a few tips that will help you to create that perfect domain name:
- Stick with .Com
- Keep it short and memorable
- Include keywords
- Avoid any hyphens and numbers
- Avoid Trademarked Names
Once you have decided on a good domain name for your website, move on to step 2.
Step 2: Get Web Hosting
Every website requires a server – a computer configured for public access through the internet. You have to store your website on one to make it available to users. A web host or hosting provider is a company that owns servers you can rent to store your website. You’ll pay a monthly fee for this service. Hosting varies in price depending on the plan you sign up for, which generally determines how powerful your server is.
It’s not uncommon to spend days trying to decide on a web host. With an abundance of offered features, different plans, and varying pricing structures, it can be hard to pick out what’s best for you. We are using DreamHost and would suggest you to do the same. With DreamHost you will get a free domain name and free WHOIS Privacy protection which is normally a paid service at most of the competitors.
Follow the below given steps to signup for DreamHost account:
1. Go to DreamHost Shared Hosting.
2. Scroll down to pick how often you’d like to be billed for hosting: monthly, one year, or every three years. The longer your term, the greater the discount you’ll receive. We suggest you to choose one year.
3. Click the Sign Up Now button under Shared Unlimited to proceed with account creation.
4. Click Register a new domain.
5. Type the domain name into the search box and select the ideal Top-Level Domain (TLD) for your site.
6. Next, you’ll add your billing info and review all the details about your hosting package. Make sure that the box next to “Pre-Install WordPress” is checked. This will get your site set up quickly and means you don’t have to worry about installing it in the next step.
7. Once you’ve entered your payment information, click Submit Order at the bottom of the screen.
You have now registered your domain and signed up for web hosting. It will take a couple of minutes for the installation to your website’s database to fully complete.
In the meantime, you’ll be sent an email with additional instructions on configuring your new WordPress software, including a link to create your WordPress password. If you run into any snags, help is just a click away.
Step 3: Install WordPress
If you checked the “Pre-Install WordPress” box during the sign-up process in the previous step, skip ahead to Step 4.
Now that you have both a domain and a hosting account, it’s time to install WordPress. There are several ways you can do so depending on your web host. Ideally, your web host will offer you the option to install WordPress with a few clicks. That way, you can get your website up and running faster. We are going to show you how to install WordPress on your DreamHost account, which should take you only a few minutes.
1. To install WordPress at DreamHost, log into your panel and use the sidebar to navigate to WordPress > One-Click Installs.
2. Click on Learn More & Install. An overlay, where you can configure your installation.
3. Select the domain you want to install WordPress on.
Select Database: In addition, you can pick an existing database to use for your new site. However, in most cases, you can just leave this set to Automatically Create Database.
Deluxe Install provides a number of optional features beyond the basic WordPress installation. We recommend that you uncheck it.
Install WP Website Builder: We recommend that you uncheck it.
4. Now click on Install it for me now! to start the installation process. This can take several minutes. As soon as the installation is completed, you’ll receive an email containing the link and login information for your new WordPress site.
Step 4: Design Your Blog
Access the WordPress backend by visiting: [yourdomainhere].com/wp-login.php using the WordPress login credentials you received on your email. Now, you will find yourself in the WordPress dashboard, where the world is your oyster. From here, you can make a title for your website and choose an overall theme for your site.
1. Install Theme
There are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from. We would recommend you to use Astra which is free and one of the fastest WordPress themes.
You can do this through your WordPress dashboard by navigating to Appearance > Themes.
Here, you’ll see your currently installed themes and where you can install new ones by clicking on Add New. This will open the Theme Directory again, letting you download and activate themes directly from this interface. Hover over your choice, and click on Install.
After the theme installs, select Activate to set it as the current theme for your site.
2. Install Plugins
One of the reasons WordPress is so powerful is its built-in flexibility. This is in large part due to how easy it is to add new functionality to your site with plugins. In simple terms, a plugin is an add-on you can install to provide your website with new features.
The process for finding and using plugins is very similar to themes. You simply need to download and install a plugin, at which point it will become active on your site.
You can access this directory from your admin dashboard, by going to Plugins > Add New.
As before, all you need to do to add a plugin is to look for one you want, and then click on Install followed by Activate.
Step 5: Start Writing
Now that you have chosen the theme and plugins for your new website, it’s time to start writing. Access your admin dashboard and click Posts > Add New. This will open the WordPress editor.
First off, you’ll want to set a descriptive and attention-grabbing post title. Next, you can begin adding your body text by typing into the main paragraph block. You can assign your post Categories and Tags. These help you organize each post based on its type and topic.
Once you are done with writing, go ahead and click the Publish button in the top-right corner to make the article live.
Step 6: Monetize Your Blog
Once you have written some content on your blog and the traffic has started coming, there will be opportunities to make money from it. There are many ways to go about monetizing your blog but for starters the best is to join Google Adsense. This will automatically generates ads that are suitable for your blog and audience, so you can focus entirely on creating great content.
In this guide, we’ve broken down each step of how to start a blog. We hope that this article has helped you learn the process of starting a blog. If you have any questions, do contact us using Whatsapp or let us know in the comment section below.