How to start a blog? Are you asking this question to yourself? Well, now it’s general to have an own blog, either it’s for passion or for building a brand.
If you searched for “How do I start a blog?”, then you might SEO that the results appeared on the first page was full of promotional links. So, I thought to write this step-by-step guide on How to start a blog, either it’s free or paid.
I created blogs on all popular blogging platforms, and in this article, I am going to highlight everything about starting a blog.
How do I start a blog in 2018?
There is some process to go through to own a blog. I break down them into some steps!
- Why are you creating the blog?
- Blogging platforms
- Start a free blog
- Start a WordPress Blog
- Choose a Domain
- Choose Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Design your blog
- Important plugins for a new blog
So, let’s dive into the post.
Why are you creating the blog?
Trust me, everything depends on this particular question. You must have to know the answer before you work hard or pay a single penny for anything.
There are a million blogs on the Internet. If you have no idea, what you will do with your blog, then, it’s useless to waste your money and time. If you have the idea about what you will do, then, move ahead with me.
If you are just passionate about blogging and, want to start a blog, my best suggestion is to start a free blog. You can easily create a blog for free.
Though free blogs have some limitations, they are beginner friendly. But, if you want to start a blog for building your brand or something, you can use self-hosted WordPress.
If you think, you can write good contents and do hard work to promote your contents, then I warmly welcoming you to the blogging community.
Blogging platforms are the way, that let you start a blog using their platform. There are both free and paid blogging platforms.
Paid platforms are great for those, who have a budget, who wanna unlock the world of new features. Free platforms are, especially for very beginners.
If you don’t have a budget, then you can start a free blog, and, when you will realize you need something more, you can move to self-hosted WordPress.
If you really have no idea about how blogging works, then, you should obviously start a free blog first unless you have a budget to spend on your new blog you are gonna create.
Start a free blog
How to start a blog for free? It’s so simple, just go to a free blogging platform and sign up for free. There are some popular platforms, which will let you start a blog for free.
I am listing the tutorials on how to start a blog for free.
I listed the process to start to start a free blog on top 3 free blogging platform, there are more platforms for creating a blog. But, i think they are not newbie friendly.
Start a WordPress Blog
Now, i am going to write about the process to start a WordPress blog. This WordPress platform is also known as self-hosted WordPress.
WordPress is the most used content management system used by tons of websites. Because, it’s easy to start a WordPress blog, it’s search engine friendly, user-friendly and responsive.
Though, you will have to invest some money to start a blog, but, it’s totally worthy, if you can use it in the right way.
WPthebeauty, is also powered by WordPress, and, now i am going to show you, step-by-step guide to starting a blog.
Choose a Domain name
What is a domain name? Well, a domain name is an address that makes every website unique. All website have their own unique domain name, that’s why you can enter on different websites.
You should be wise, while choosing your domain name. Because, a domain name represents you, your brand. It’s better to choose a domain name that represents your topic.
As you can see, my domain name is WPthebeauty, i choose that domain name, because, my target was to start a blog, covering important topics about WordPress.
Choose a domain name, that is easy, always try to choose a domain name with the .com extension. No, it’s not so necessary. But, it’s the most popular domain name extension.
You can buy the domain from anyone, from your local provider or from an international provider.
Choosing the hosting
This is the topic, where most of the bloggers lie. They promote shitty hosting companies just for getting a commission. If they can refer you to the hosting provider, they will get a commission.
So, you need to be aware of choosing the hosting provider. There are some issues, you have to know, before buying hosting.
- Storage: Storage is the place, where your files and databases will be hosted. Maximum providers have storage limitations, and some of the providers let you use unmetered storage space. Storage type is also a good thing to consider. Because, SSD storage is faster and reliable than HDD storage.
- Bandwidth: I think you won’t face any issue with bandwidth while starting a new blog. If the providers provide you 20 GB/month, even though, it will be more than enough for you.
- Support: It’s the factor, where most of the provider sucks. They forget to support you. So, before buying hosting, know about the support quality and you must know that!
- Uptime: It’s a parameter that shows the time of being offline and online. I mean, the more uptime guarantee a provider can give you, the less time your site will go offline. 100% uptime is not possible though, many providers promise to provide 99% uptime. So, you should check this too.
So, what to choose? Well, i have two blogs including this one. WPthebeauty is using Namecheap and another one is A2 Hosting. The choice is obviously yours. You can choose a local hosting provider or choose a “real” good international provider.
Now, the time has arrived to start your blogging journey by installing WordPress. There are different ways to install WordPress.
You can install WordPress from your cPanel, very easily. Because, maximum hosting providers offer one-click WordPress installation.
Just choose the site address and the directory, where WordPress will be installed. Provide site name and tagline, then choose a username and password.
Before installing, provide your active email address and then install.
Boom, in a few seconds, WordPress will be installed.
Or, else, you can install WordPress in a different way. This as pretty advance method and may be harder for newbies.
But, if you are interested to know, then, here you go:
After installing WordPress, you are ready to blog.
Oh, wait, you need to know something more.
Design your blog
Now, you have to design your blog. Either it’s a personal or professional blog, you have to pick a very good design.
For, this, you will need to choose a good WordPress theme. How can you do so?
Well, in WordPress Themes directory, there are tons of free themes available. If you don’t have enough budget, you can go for the free themes. Because, there are some pretty good free themes, worth using.
But, if you think, you have a budget to invest, then obviously go for the freemium. Because, free themes are not so feature-enriched like premium themes. On the other hand, you will get a premium design, great speed and premium support with a premium theme.
Important plugins for a new blog
Plugins are the life of WordPress. You can do anything with a plugin. There are almost all plugins for everything you want to do.
Some of them are free and some of them are premium. There are some pretty good plugins, you can use for your blog.
I am listing some of the best plugins for a new blog:
- Imagify – for optimization images
- Mailchimp – for building list
- W3 Total cache – To speed up your site
- Contact form 7 – to create a nice contact form
- Yoast SEO- For optimizing your site and creating a XML sitemap
- Updradtplus – for backup
- iThemes security – for security
Now, start your blogging journey and ready WPTheBeauty for more blogging tricks and guides.