HOW TO START YOUR OWN BLOG

Laptop Blog Setup

HOW TO START YOUR OWN BLOG

Wether you want to record your memories, educate others, express yourself or [insert your purpose here], a blog is a great way to get your content out to people all over the world.

Firstly, I want to go through a few options that you have and what I would recommend.

There are many different types of blogging platforms (aka content management systems or cms for short) from square space, blogger, WordPress, tumblr, Joomla and many more. So which one do you choose? What is best suited for you?

A lot of it depends on what your needs are. They are all generally built to be user friendly, but some are easier to use than others. Keep in mind, sometimes the easiest ones don’t allow you to customise your blog the way you want it to.

wordpress cms graph
Market Share of Content Management Systems Image Source: www.unzippeddesign.com

If you are interested in starting a blog that is simple to use yet robust enough to apply extra features as your get better, then I recommend using WordPress because it is the most used platform for CMS.

It does require a bit of training to get started but there is no coding required to publish your first blog post. 25% of of all websites* use WordPress so that means there are many tutorials, themes, 3rd party plugins and programmers specifically for WordPress. If you have a problem with WordPress, more than likely you will find the solution with a quick google search.

*Source: https://websitesetup.org/popular-cms

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO GET YOUR FIRST POST PUBLISHED

So you’ve decided to go with my recommendation and setup a WordPress site.

Below are 5 things you need to get started.

  1. Register a domain name (your own URL)
  2. Purchase some web hosting (You can get a free .com domain when you go with my preferred* hosting company)
  3. Setup WordPress
  4. Write your first blog post

1. Register a web domain / 2. Purchase web hosting

As I mentioned if you purchase web hosting with my preferred hosting company you will receive a free .com registered domain name.

Click here to get started and scroll below to follow the screenshots on how to sign up.

Go to the BlueHost website and click Get Started Now

BlueHost Screenshot

Next you will need to select a domain name. You can type it in on the left.

If you already have a domain name you can enter it on the right and you will need to go through a few extra steps to make sure that it links up probably with your new hosting server.

domain name screenshot

You will then need to fill in your personal information

 

Then you will have to choose your hosting package. I recommend going with the Basic Plan. You have the option of going for 12, 24, 36 and 60 months. Generally the longer you sign up for you cheaper it will be. By choosing 36 months it brings the cost down to $3.95 per month. (It’s less then a cup of coffee per month)

Package Options Screenshot

Once you have done that, simply fill in your billing information and complete the checkout. We can now log in and setup WordPress.

 

3. setup wordpress

Log in to your Bluehost cPanel account.

Find the Website section and select Install WordPress.

Click the Install button.

Choose the domain name to install it to. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog. (I recommend to leave it blank)

If necessary, you can edit the email address, username and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.

*Security tip* Do not use “Admin” or “Administrator” as your username. This is very obvious and many hackers will try take over your website using this.

Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.

Select the Install Now button.

 

4. write your first blog post

Once your WordPress installation has completed you can then login with the username and password you created.

The login page can be found at www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin

The first page you will see is the dashboard. On the left you will see a menu bar of different options. If you select Post, then Add New it will being you to a page where you can publish your first blog post.

There is usually a sample one there already called “Hello World”

Congratulations you’ve just setup your website and published your first post.

 

NOw how do i customise it to suit me?

In due time I will write up more blog posts on how to change your theme and add plugins to make the website more your style. Until then feel free to have a look around yourself and see if you can work it out, otherwise try a quick google search will give you a lot of answers.

Please comment below if this was a useful guide or if you have any feedback please let me know so I can improve it. =)