One of the best career step I have made is when I decided to start blogging. My choice to start a blog has allowed me to connect and share my knowledge and passion with an incredible audience then learn from them too.
If you have something that you are passionate about, it can be anything you can think of that you want to share with your readers, it is the best time that you start blogging.
I have already talked about how to build your website here. In addition, let me give you simple ways on how you can start blogging.
In order to start a blog, learning the terminologies you will encounter would be the first thing that you will need to complete to have a better understanding on how blogging works. Domain is the name of your website. Web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows you to make your website accessible via the World Wide Web. Website Platform is a content management system. There are lots of different open source platforms which most web hosting companies will support when you are creating your blog. WordPress is the most popular and customizable content management system (CMS) in the world. WordPress is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP & MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.
Now that you’re familiar with the terminologies, you’re ready to take a leap and learn how to start a blog, let’s get into it!
1. Choose a host for your blog. This is where your blog is stored online. There are lots of different hosting companies out there which offer different types of hosting for a variety of different types of websites. Here are some hosting providers that you can choose from, first option that I can suggest is BlueHost. It works best for beginners who wants to start a blog because of their simple installation process, great customer service & reliability.
- Recommended by WordPress
- Fully Customizeable Websites
- Easy to Use Dashboard
- Full Suite of Tools
- Built-in Security
- Fast Web Pages
- 24/7 Expert Support
Another option is Hostgator . HostGator is a provider of secure and easy website hosting services. HostGator plans are quite more expensive than BlueHost starting at $5.95/mo and come with unmetered bandwidth and free SSL certificate.
Here’s what you get for $2.95 per month with the BlueHost Basic Plan:
- 50 GB SSD SSD Storage
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Fast, high quality & reliable web hosting
- Free SSL Certificate
- Free Site Builder
- 1 domain
- 25 Subdomains
- 5 Email accounts
- 100 MB per Account Email Storage
Here’s what you get for $5.95 per month with the HostGator Starter Plan:
- 1 Site
- 100k Visits Per Month
- 1GB Backups
- Free SSL Certificate
3. Create and Register Domain. Once you have selected the plan that suits the best for you for example the basic plan from BlueHost, you’ll now create a domain for your platform. Basically, the domain is the address of your blog, it is where people go to visit your blog. I suggest your domain name reflects the focus of the content of your blog, such as what I have in mine which is Living with Cents.
So one you have found the domain name and you’re now ready to set it up with your new hosting. The next one is the domain registration where you will have to put in all the details such as account information, but this takes no time at all.
With BlueHost, you’ll be notified if there are same domain name registered as yours so you’ll have a change to choose a different one.
4. Checkout. Then you’ll have to select the account plan and checkout, scroll down and fill out the billing information, click submit and you are done!
5. Install WordPress on your Hosting Account.
So after you’ve signed up and paid for your BlueHost hosting. Hold tight, you are almost there. The next thing you need to do is to login to your BlueHost account with the details they sent you in the mail. Once you have logged in you’ll see a blue button saying “Start Building” and you’ll be sent to a page where there’s a one-click WordPress set up.
6. Design Your Blog and Find a Theme. Now that your WordPress blog is built you need to add a WordPress theme that has all of the functions that you need, a WordPress theme is a pre-designed template which you can customize. Some of my favorite places to find themes for blogs are:
- Genesis Themes
- Boutique Web Design Studios
- WordPress Library
When you are choosing your theme you want to make sure it fits with content. For example, if you are writing a professional blog then you will choose a formal clean design or an artsy one if you are blogging art related stuffs.
Once you have purchased a theme, your new theme will come in a .zip file format. You just have the options to upload it straight into your WordPress Dashboard by logging into your WordPress blog. Select the “Appearance” tab within the dashboard sidebar, and then click on “Themes”. This will open up the Themes page within your WordPress dashboard. You can then either install one of the free themes that you’ll see available to you on your Themes page dashboard or you can install your own Theme that you have purchased or downloaded elsewhere. To install a theme, you simply press the Activate button under the theme you want.
7. Launch Your Blog and Start Blogging. Alright! Unto the final step, now that you have made all the technical stuff for your blog. You will need to do this last step,for other people to see your blog you’ll need to click “Launch” button on the Bluehost page for your blog to be public.
And that is all! Now you can start expressing your thoughts to the community.