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Posted onJuly 22, 2017by

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How To Start A WordPress Blog

So, you have decided to start a blog. There is other options that are free like WordPress.com and Blogger.com but you have less control. Using WordPress.com is great to get familiar and learn how to use WordPress and is quick and easy to setup.

Years ago to create a blog website, you needed to have the technical expertise to setup a blog. This guide will walk you through the process.

The main steps are:

1) Choose a Domain Name

2) Choose a Hosting Provider

3) Install WordPress

4) Choose your Theme and Tinker until you’re Happy

5) Install Plugins

6) Write your First Post

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source web publishing software that you can use to create your own website or blog. It comes with its own website content management system (CMS)  that allows the user to change themes, change appearance of website, install plugins, write posts and is one of the easiest to use.

Choose a Domain Name

Choosing the domain name, for me was the hardest part of the process. This is the first thing you need to do. This requires serious thought. Whats your blog going to be called?

Godaddy is properly the biggest company in the world for Domain names. They can check if the domain name is available. But don’t buy the domain name only check if available.

Choosing a Hosting Provider

There are loads of web hosting providers on the market and nearly all offer WordPress hosting. There is some considers when choosing a WordPress hosting provider and you should pick one depending on your needs.

Here is a list of some Web Hosting Providers:

1) Domain.com 

2) InMotion Hosting

3) HostGator

4) NameCheap

5) iPage

6) 1&1 Internet

You can get coupons or discount for some hosting providers here.

In this example I will be using InMotion Hosting and show you all the steps you need to take to have your WordPress blog launched.

When you have decided on which hosting company to go with. The first question asked is the domain name you want and they will check if its available. If available, you can buy it. Otherwise you will have to decide on another name.

If your are using a different hosting company the cart page will be different but generally looking for the same information.

InMotion hosting select domain name
InMotion hosting select domain name

Most web hosting companies will offer to install WordPress for you when you are purchasing the hosting plan. If so select “install WordPress”. You are required to enter your site’s description and name, and your WordPress admin username, password and other optional fields. Then wait till it is installed.

If this option is not there when buying the hosting plan, not don’t worry. I will show how to install in the next step.

Once the installation is done! Go to “www.YourDomainName.com” to check if its working.

To login to your dashboard, go to “www.YourDomainName.com/admin” and type in the username and password you set during installation.

 

WordPress Install
WordPress Install

Install WordPress

If you hosting provider, didn’t offer to install WordPress for you when you were buying the hosting plan. Login to your hosting account. Look for “cPanel” and click on it.

Once in the cPanel look for the “WordPress” icon and click it and install. You are required to enter your site’s description and name, and your WordPress admin username, password and other optional fields. Then wait till it is installed.

Install WordPress Guide
Install WordPress

Once the installation is done! Go to “www.YourDomainName.com” to check if its working.

To login to your dashboard, go to “www.YourDomainName.com/admin” and type in the username and password you set during installation.

Choose your Theme and Tinker until you’re Happy

Installing WordPress Plugin is fairly straightforward. And is done in a few simple steps.

1) Click on WordPress Dashboard »Appearance » Themes. Once there, click on “Add New” .

2) Hover the mouse over it and click “Install” and then “Activate”.

Install WordPress Theme
Install WordPress Theme

Next you may want to change things in the theme this can be customised by clicking on “Appearance » Customize“. This makes it easier to change backgrounds colors,menus, widgets, and etc. It takes a little bit of playing around to learn this part. And tinker the theme till you are happy with it.

Customize WordPressTheme
Customize WordPress Theme

 Install WordPress Plugins

Installing WordPress Plugin is fairly straightforward. And it done in a few simple steps

1) In your WordPress Dashboard » Plugins » Add New.

2) Type in the name of a the plugin or search for a keyword if searching for some specific functionality you need like Facebook login. Click on “Install Now” to install.

3) When the plugin is installed “Activate.” That’s it.

There is lots of recommendations online of which plugins to install, can be found with a quick google search.

Install Plugins on WordPress
Install Plugins on WordPress

Write & publish your first post!

Write and publishing your first post is pretty easy. And it done in a few simple steps

1) On your WordPress Dashboard » Posts » Add New.

2) Enter the Title of the post and enter the content.

3) When finished click “publish”. Thats it.

First WordPress Post
First WordPress Post

I hope this guide has answered any questions you had on how to start a WordPress blog but if any of the steps were unclear to you, please do not hesitate to at any time.

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