You woke up this morning, looked in the mirror, and said to yourself “I want to start a blog”. If this statement is true, then we have got some good news for you. You do not need to be a programming wizard to set one up, and what is a better blog builder than WordPress? So to make your morning resolution come true, we bless you with a complete tutorial on how to start your WordPress blog.
Straightaway, Make sure you have these two essentials handy:
A domain name
This will be the name of your blog according to its URL (i.e. www.myblog.com).
A web hosting services
This is a service you subscribe to which puts your website/blog onto the World Wide Web.
Step 1: Installing WordPress
Before you start your WordPress blog, Here is a mini WordPress installation tutorial to get you started.
Your hosting service will provide you with an administrator control panel. This will be your auto-installer for WordPress. Different hosts will have different cPanels, but the functionality will be similar. In this case, we used Bluehost.
Scroll down until you see the website section. Then, select Install WordPress.
This will direct you to the quick-install screen for WordPress. Select Get Started.
The next screen will prompt you to choose a domain name. Do so off the drop-down menu and then select Next.
After this, input your website name and admin username and password. Check all the check-boxes, and then select Install.
WordPress will now begin installation. Once this is complete, a success message will appear on the top header bar.
Click on the the hyperlinked here which follows the Installation Complete message. This will direct you to a screen with your WordPress login information.
You have now successfully created your WordPress website! To login to your WordPress dashboard, follow the URL below installed to.
Now, we will begin customizing your website’s appearance. We will do this keeping in mind that you will start a WordPress blog, as opposed to a standard website or eCommerce store.
Step 2: Choosing a WordPress Theme
This is the fun step. Themes determine what your WordPress site/blog looks like. This is why you need to choose a premium WordPress blog theme. By default, your blog will look like this:
As you could probably tell, this needs a lot more visual appeal. There are thousands of free and paid WordPress theme templates that can modify the look of your user interface.
To change your theme, go to the WordPress dashboard and select Appearance > Themes.
Click on Add New from the menu that pops up next to Themes.
The screen that follows will take you to the WordPress themes directory. Here, you can browse from nearly 6000 free themes.
Hovering your cursor over a theme will reveal a Preview button. Click on it to open the preview of the theme, so you can see what it would look like on your blog.
Now the preview might not match the screenshot 100%, but not worry. You can further customize the theme later on. For now, focus on the colors, typography, etc. Our suggestion is to start off with a simple design that is easy for users to navigate.
Once you have found a good WP theme for you, hover over it as you did with the preview. This time, select Install. After the theme is installed, click on Activate. You can now modify your theme by selecting Customize under the Appearance menu.
The time has come to create your very first blog post.
Step 4: Creating a Blog Post
We cannot teach you the art of artful blog writing. However, we can teach you how to channel that art. To begin your first blog post, head on over to your WordPress dashboard. Select Posts and then Add New from the side menu. This will bring you to a text-pad where you can write your content, work with different headings, add media, and more.
Once you have completed writing your post, select Publish on the bottom right. Your post will be published onto your WP blog. If you are not ready, select Save Draft. This way, you could always return to the post when you are ready to publish it.
Step 5: Adding WordPress Plugins
Now that you have gotten a start on your WordPress blog and written a blog post, it is time to add more components on to your site. A few examples are slideshows, contact forms, and media galleries. On WordPress, any one of these components can be achieved with a web plugin download.
There are nearly 60,000 free plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. These add to the functionality of your website. There is an infinite amount of possibilities for your blog with plugins at your disposal. It can be a challenge to pick through such a vast collection, so we narrowed it down to 8 must have WordPress plugins for you.
Step 6: Making Money with your WordPress Blog
Your blog is now live, customized, and equipped with its first post. In your mission to start a WordPress blog, this may not mark its completion. One of your goals may be to make money as a blogger. Even if it is not, it still sounds like a nice byproduct. These methods will take time and dedication but rest assured, this is no scheme.
Affiliate marketing is a widely popular monetization strategy with bloggers. Similar to a sponsorship, you promote a company’s goods and services within your content. For every purchase made by your readers, the company pays you in affiliate commission.
A major affiliate marketing tip is to recommend products that you personally trust. This will ensure that your audience maintains their trust in your blog.
Countless bloggers make their revenue by offering advertisement space on their blogs. Being the largest advertising platform for web publishers, Google AdSense is the perfect tool to accomplish this. Google auctions keywords which match your content off to advertisers, enabling you to get the best possible rates for AdSense payment.
Once you start a WordPress blog, you could make a profit by opening an internet store on your blog site. A few ideas for your products are eBooks, exclusive podcasts, artwork, and writing services. The possibilities are endless. For this purpose, WooCommerce is the perfect plugin for you. To illustrate, we have a comprehensive guide on how to set up an online store using WooCommerce [hyperlink to the woocommerce tutorial article once published].
With the proper use of WordPress, your blog will be a crown jewel. Lastly, build on the skills you acquire here by doing some experimenting on your own. WordPress is an extremely versatile software, so work on a web development recipe catered to you and your blog.