How To Start a Blog – Beginner’s Guide for 2018
There’s so much info out there on the web and everyone is telling different, don’t worry because I used to be a blogging newbie too. I had the same problems. I started my blog (nirankariinfotech.com) way back in January 2018, and I knew less than nothing about blogging.
Now I know a ton about them, and my blog’s doing pretty well. I’m not some sort of Guru, but I certainly do know the basics.
I promise it will be a very easy to understand details and you will be able to start your blogging ASAP.
Why you should create a blog
Note: If you already have a solid idea of the whys, then skip this and go to bellow guide.
- Blogging has quickly become one of the most popular ways of communicating and spreading information and news.
- It’s a great way to express yourself and also a fantastic way to share information with others.
- You become a better person and a better writer.
- The best reason? You can make money doing it!
How to Start a Blog in Steps:
These steps to do in order to start a blog and you’ll have your own blog set up in 30 minutes or less.
- Choose a great blog platform
- Choose a web host for your blog
- How to Set up a blog on your own domain
- Design your new blog
- Useful resources for blogging
Step 1 – Choose your preferred blogging platform
Choosing where you want to build blog is pretty much the first thing you have to do. I’m going to take a leap and assume you’ve heard of WordPress, and this is the platform I advocate. It’s massive.
It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and almost infinite ways to design and layout your blog.
There are other alternatives
- Blogger – Definitely the next best thing to WordPress.
- Tumblr – Half social network, half blog. Interesting, and very simple to use.
Step 2 – Self-hosting or a free alternative?
This is the biggest decision you’ll have to make before we go any further. You need to decide whether to pay for your blog or grab a free one.
WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. It’s perfect for those of us who aren’t super serious about blogging.
1) You won’t be able to get your OWN domain name
On a free blog, your blog’s web address (your URL) will be as sub domain. In short, create a free blog with any other the above free blog services and it’ll look like this:
2) Limits and more limits
There are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone – it’s all limited. you won’t even have access to the free themes offered by WordPress.
3) You DON’T OWN your blog
It might sound silly at first, but you don’t actually own your blog. It’s hosted on someone else’s web property and they can delete it if they want. They have done so in the past, and keep doing it in the future. Which means all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts might be vanished within seconds.
On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name – you are the REAL owner of your blog. You’ll be able to name your blog whatever you want, for example “YourName.com” or “YourAwesomeBlog.com. You can end it with .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, or virtually any other web suffix. Add to that unlimited bandwidth for videos, images and content plus the free themes and you have a winning combo.
So how much is hosting and a domain name? Not as much as you’re thinking, fortunately. It usually works out to about $5 to $10 per month, depending on your hosting provider which is less than a couple of coffees.
Step 3 – Start a blog on your own domain
I’m going to push ahead based on the premise you’ve chosen WordPress, and if you haven’t, you should. Seriously, it’s the best.
If you’re still a little confused by what a self-hosted blog is, allow me to explain and how you can go about setting one up for yourself.
You’ll need to come up with a domain name you like and also choose a hosting company that can host your blog.
- Domain: The domain is basically the URL of your website. Examples: google.com (Google.com is the domain), Facebook.com (Facebook.com is the domain).
- Hosting: Hosting is basically the company that puts your website up on the internet so everyone else can see it. Everything will be saved on there.
All you need to do is sign up with your chosen provider, choose your hosting plan and a domain name and look for the WordPress install button on the admin panel.
Once WordPress is installed on your website, all you have to do to start blogging by going into your WP-Admin page usually www.yourblognamehere.com/wp-admin and start writing by adding a new post.
At the start, the layout looks confusing, but it gets very understandable quickly. Don’t worry!
Step 4 – Designing your WordPress blog
Let’s make your blog look exactly how you want it to. To choose a new theme, you can either head to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or you can head to a premium theme.
I usually choose something that looks professional and pretty easy to customise. WordPress also has this awesome feature that allows you to change themes with just a few clicks. So if you start getting tired of your current blog template, you can just switch to another one without losing any precious content or images.
Step 5 – Useful Resources For Beginner Bloggers
Bloggers come to blogging arena with varying degrees of online and social media experience, but we’ve all made more than a few newbie mistakes – there’s always room for learning and improvement, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been blogging for years.
- And that’s it! I’m more than confident that your initial blog set up should now be finished and ready to go, and all that should have been really easy. If you are having any problems installing WordPress. How to install WordPress website see this video.