Is it too late to start a blog in 2020?
Millions of new people are coming online every month.
We’re actively searching for the best information. Despite the content saturation, you can stand out from the crowd, simply skip the mediocre content phase.
You have endless opportunities.
This mega guide will show you how to start a blog that will help you showcase your talent over the web (and make money from it).
No matter if you don’t have any experience.
I’ve tried to simplify the whole process so you can follow each step without any difficulties.
Let’s get started…
Before heading to WordPress installation and other technical things, you should know about at least three things that will help you in the future to better handle your blog and it’s growth.
The first thing you need to know about is “Web Hosting”:
What is Web Hosting
The web host is where your whole Blog resides. When you purchase a hosting plan from a web hosting provider, you are given a server where you can store your files, images, content and other data. Without it, there is no web and no websites. It’s the most important aspect while starting a blog and you need to make sure you have the best one.
The second thing you need to know about is “Domain Name”.
What Is A Domain Name
A domain name is a specific name you want your IP address to be called with. Whenever you purchase a web hosting plan, you are allocated with a specific IP address either shared or dedicated. When you link your name server with this IP, that’s where the domain redirects anyone who tries to access it from a browser.
Now, We need to move one step ahead which will pull us closer to the most exciting part.
Choosing And Purchasing A Domain Name
As far as the purchase part is concerned, You can have a free domain forever as well. Yes, you don’t need to purchase your preferred domain name as the web host we are going to signup for will be giving you a free domain forever.
The best web host to select as a beginner
For anyone looking for a quick and inexpensive way to start a blog, I recommend BlueHost.
Bluehost gives you the best available price for shared hosting services. I strongly recommend you to go with them as they are the best host available for any beginner.
Now, we will start our step by step process of starting to end which includes:-
- Purchasing a web hosting plan
- Registering a Free Domain
- Installing WordPress
- Customizing the WordPress stock
- Giving a professional touch to our blog
Here we go!
On the home page, click the green get started button.
Step 2. In this step, you will have to select a plan based on the budget you have.
Among all the three plans available, the best for you will be the prime plan. It has unlimited website space, website spam protection, malware protection, free marketing credits, domain privacy, and other highly recommended and helpful features.
Click on the select button and move on to the next step.
Step 3. Choose, enter and get a domain name for free.
Bluehost gives you one domain name for free, so, on the second page, you will need to enter your preferred domain name with the extension. A .com domain extension is preferred. It should be short and memorable.
Keep in mind that your domain name will be your brand, so, think of a name that is brandable and unique.
Enter your domain name and click on the Next button.
Step 4. On this page, you are going to enter your personal details as well as the payment details.
I prefer to pay via PayPal rather than paying via credit card. You can click on the more payment options button and pay via PayPal as well. Click on the submit button and proceed to the next step.
Step 5. The moment you complete your payment, Bluehost will ask you to set a password for your Bluehost hosting control panel.
Click on the create your password button.
On the next screen, you will have to enter your desired password. Choose a password which is hard to guess and consists of at least two special characters and numbers including upper and lower space letters. Once you have created a strong password, click on the next button and move on to the next step.
You’ll see a screen like this, confirm your registration for Bluehost hosting account.
Step 6. Installing WordPress
WordPress makes it very easy to create, manage and expand your blog without coding or programming. It is simple and pretty easy to use.
For your convenience, WordPress comes preinstalled on all Bluehost hosting plans starting from 2018. Here on the next screen, you will have to select a theme for your new WordPress blog.
I recommend you to choose Sydney or Hestia as they both are highly customizable and SEO friendly themes.
Once you select a theme, you will see the start building button your site button on the next page. Click on the button and proceed to next step.
Step 7. Your WordPress installation is active.
But your site is not live on the internet. On this page, WordPress will ask you to choose the type of website you want to create.
If you would like to create a business website that is owned by an organization and will serve as a company resource, choose business.
If you want to create a WordPress blog that will be used and maintained by you and you would like to share your opinion, talent, and views through it, you should click on the personal button.
Step 8. Basic Settings and Customization After WordPress Installation
Currently, your WordPress blog will be showing coming soon page. This means that you can build your blog, design it, install the plugins and so on without showing your users.
I recommend you to leave it as it is. Let’s do some basic customization and settings after which we can launch our blog and make it go live!
Here’s how you C-panel will look, Bluehost calls it BlueRock C-panel.
Here, I have exactly demonstrated the 3 basic settings you need to configure. The very first thing you need to do is deleting default posts and pages.
Go to posts menu and here click on the all posts menu. There is a default post from WordPress with a title hello world. All you need to do is click on trash to delete it.
Similarly, go to the pages and comments section and delete the default pages and comments with the same procedure.
Now, we need to change the permalink structure. The better your link structure is the better will be the user experience and SEO.
Go to settings and click on the permalinks section. Change the day and name to the post name. Click on save.
Now, We have to update our ping list. Head over to the post where I have posted the updated ping list with a tutorial.
That’s all, Congratulations, your blog is now live. You can access your WordPress dashboard anytime by going to the link
Replace yourdomain with your own domain name.
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WordPress isn’t very hard to use and if you face any issues with your WordPress blog or if you need to ask anything, comment below.
I hope this tutorial was helpful.
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