So, you want to start your own blog.
Blogging can be a great way to express yourself and add value to others’ lives by sharing your wisdom and helping them overcome problems that you’ve encountered yourself. Everyone is an expert in something, so why not share your expertise with the rest of the world?
Not only is blogging a fun way to spend your free time, it can also generate some extra income on the side, if you put enough hard work and dedication into it – and who wouldn’t love to make money while doing something fun and meaningful?
After all, that’s how we created this website, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions ever! So now we’re determined to help you set up a blog too.
Thankfully, in this day and age, you don’t need to be tech savvy to set up a blog. In fact, you can have a website up and running in 20 minutes without knowing how to code or design. And the best part about it is that you can start with very little money!
3-Step Guide to Set Up a Blog
There are plenty of free blogging platforms out there like Tumblr and Blogger, but WordPress is by far the most popular among serious bloggers because it gives you freedom to be more creative and have control over how your blog looks.
And that’s why we have chosen WordPress over other blogging platforms for this tutorial. Follow these three simple steps to set up a beautiful WordPress blog in less than an hour.
Step 1: Buying Domain Name and Hosting
Domain name and hosting are absolutely essential for starting a blog (without these you can’t really move to the next step!). Your Domain will be the address of the new website that your reader will type into the URL box to get to your blog. For example, ours is www.dailyconnexion.com. Check this article to learn all about Domain Name and Hosting.
Sure, you can buy a domain name separately from GoDaddy or NameCheap but then you’ll have to buy hosting separately and go through a bunch of settings to integrate the domain into the hosting service – we’re going to avoid this route because we want to help you set up a website in the fastest, easiest and cheapest way possible.
We recommend Bluehost because it allows you to buy a professional hosting and domain on a single, secure, and fast platform – because, who doesn’t like convenience? We definitely do, which is why we use Bluehost for hosting our website and recommend it to our friends and family too!
Bluehost also eliminates any costs of buying a domain, because when you purchase hosting with them, you get a domain name for free! Now that’s quite a bargain for beginners who don’t have a lot of money to spend to start a blog.
Bluehost also has a 30-day money-back-guarantee in case you change your mind – although we doubt that you’d want to go back once you use their service!
Ready to start? Go to Bluehost.com click on ‘Get Started Now’. You’re be redirected to a page with a number of hosting plans to choose from. Options range from a basic plan for creating a single blog to a more advanced business plan for creating multiple websites.
Once you’ve chosen a plan, you’ll be asked to register a domain name for your website. Not sure which name to choose? Head over to Wordoid for a few ideas to name your website.
Step 2: Setting Up a WordPress Blog
Once you’ve picked a domain and set up a password for your Bluehost account, you’ll need to install WordrPress.
But don’t worry, Bluepost has simplified the installation into a one-click process so you won’t have to do much apart from creating a password to access your WordPress dashboard.
Once you have set up the password, you’ll be redirected to the login page.
Congratulation! You just created your first WordPress blog!
Step 3: Start Building Your Blog
Once you’re inside the WordPress dashboard, click on ‘Start Building’ to customize your blog. A great theme can make a huge difference to your website, but with WordPress, you don’t need any designing knowledge to customize the look of your blog.
WordPress has hundreds of free and paid themes to choose from, because, let’s face it, most of us aren’t coders here.
Once you’ve picked out a theme, you can use it on your blog through a simple installation method – it’s just as easy as installing WordPress, we promise! Here’s a quick navigation map to installing a theme from your dashboard:
Appearance > Themes > Add New
Here you have the choice of either picking a theme from WordPress’ catalogue or add a theme from a different platform through the ‘Upload Theme’ option.
You can add even more functionality to your blog by installing plugins. Some of favorite ones include Yoast SEO that allow you to optimize your content so that people can discover you more easily. Another plugin that we use is Google Analytics that gives you crucial insight into your blog’s traffic.
Okay, you’re all set! What are you waiting for? Write your first blog post and start building an audience with a steady flow of good, informative content. 😉