Do you want to start a blog in order to promote your profession or business, or do you like to share your ideas on a niche of your expertise? Blogging is either inexpensive or free, and you can start in a few minutes by creating a blog on a site such as WordPress or Blogger. In order to create your concept, you can launch your personal or business site and promote your writing skill. In this post, I am going to tell you how to start a blog.
If you would like to start a blog, you should know about a few things:
1. You should choose the Blogging Niche which is your favorite.
2. After that, you should select a platform like WordPress
3. You can choose a Domain Name for your blog.
4. You need to set up Web Hosting for your blog.
5. Also, you have to install WordPress on web hosting account
Why chose WordPress?
There are numerous open source platforms with many hosting companies which will provide you with hosting plans for personal or professional blogging. Here are few blogging platforms:
WordPress – This blogging platform is one of the most customizable and popular content management system (CMS) in the globe.
Joomla – Joomla is also fairly famous content management system, but there is a steep learning curve.
Ghost –This blogging platform is creating a noise in the blogosphere for quite sometime now.
Drupal – This blogging platform is not easy for novices
Over three years, I have worked with above platforms, but I would like to suggest WordPress in order to blogging novices because of the amazing community support.
How to create a WordPress Blog?
You will require web hosting and domain name to create a blog on WordPress. If you are a newbie, then you should register your hosting and domain name with the same company in order to keep things easy.
Web Hosting: This platform is where your blog will be stored online. There are numerous web hosting companies which provide a good package for websites. WordPress is totally free of charge, but you need to invest around $3 per month for Domain registration and Web Hosting fees.
Domain Name: You should select something catchy and short domain name for your blog that can be easily remembered.
How to start a WordPress blog and start blogging?
You have to sign up on WordPress site with your email address. Here is how you can do that:
E-mail Address: You should add your e-mail which you use most.
Username: I have used my name, but it’s accepted. You can write some numbers until it shows unique. No worries at all, it will not be the name of your blog.
Password: When we talk about password, it simply should be strong! As you know, there are numerous hackers who always try to hack blogs.
Blog Address section: It‘s not so easy to get a catchy and unique blog address as many bloggers are already taken. Finally, I got registered!! I recommend you to keep checking until you get a good name.
Once you have done these steps above, you have to click on “Create Blog” button. You don’t need to get paid WordPress version since it’s bit expensive!
So, you have almost completed steps! However, before starting the blogging you have to verify the email address which will appear in your mail. Once you have verified the address, you can log in from official site of WordPress.
Customize your blog and drafting first blog post
You need to log-in to your blog. The dashboard is very user-friendly as well as straightforward. Though, before you begin blogging, you can change the theme for the blog. You will need to click on “Appearance” -> “Themes”.
Add blog posts and new pages
In order to create new pages as well as posts, you need to use the options of WordPress dashboard.
So start creating your blog post and check how it goes. For this step, you need to click on “Post” and after that on the “Add new”. Then you need to hit the button “Publish”, you may add few important “tags” in order to make your blog post more “searchable”. You need to promote it, share it with your colleagues, friends and use Facebook / Twitter etc.