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You’ve decided that blogging is the way to go. You want to share your expertise with the world, and you’re ready to start writing. But how do you get started? What should be your first steps in setting up your own blog? In this guide we’ll cover everything from choosing a domain name and getting hosting for your site up until creating posts on WordPress itself.
Decide on a blog topic.
Once you have decided on a topic, it’s time to decide how much content you want to write. This can be tricky because the amount of time and energy that goes into writing an article is not the same as what goes into creating an infographic or social media post. If you’re passionate about your subject matter, but don’t have time for more than one blog post per week, then consider creating infographics instead of articles.
If you are still unsure about how much time and energy would be required for each type of writing project, ask yourself if this is something that interests YOU? If so then go ahead with this idea!
Choose a domain name for your blog.
You can choose whatever domain name you want for your blog, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing a domain name.
- The first thing is that it should be memorable. If people don’t know what your blog is about or how to find it, then they won’t bother visiting it and sharing their thoughts with others.
- It’s also important not to use an already taken domain name (like “blog”). While this might seem like common sense, many people still do this despite knowing better! The reason why they do so is because their first instinct was “I’ll just look up [this new-to-me word] on Google.” But then when they got there and saw all these other blogs with similar names… well, we’ve all been there before (I’m looking at you). So try not to get caught up in this trap—instead think about something truly unique instead!
Choose where to start a blog.
- Choose a domain name.
- Choose a hosting provider.
Register your blog and get hosting.
To begin blogging, you’ll need to register your domain name and sign up for web hosting.
Registering Your Domain Name
You can register a domain name if you already have one or if you want one that’s different from the one on which your website currently resides. If you have an existing website, then this is probably the best option because there will be less work involved in transferring over all of your content from one place to another (whereas having two blogs with identical names may create confusion for readers).
To install WordPress, you will need to do the following:
- Install WordPress on your domain. You can do this by logging into cPanel and going to the Domains section of your account settings. From here, click on “Add New Domain” and enter in a username for your blog (e.g., “testblog” or whatever name you want), then click “Create.”
- Install WordPress on your hosting account(s). If you already have a website hosted elsewhere, go ahead and move the files over there before starting with this step—this guide assumes that everything has been transferred properly before proceeding! Once everything has been transferred over successfully, log back into cPanel again using the same username/password combination as before (or pick another one if desired). Click on Hosting Plans at left side of page under Order History; choose “Manage Hosting Plan” link underneath it; select either Windows Server 2003/2008 Standard Edition or CentOS 6 Standard Edition . . . whichever one applies too situation depending upon which platform type supports what kind working environment best suited for running Apache web server software
Choose a free WordPress theme.
- Choose a free WordPress theme.
- You will need to choose a theme that is easy to use and looks good. You should look for themes that have a responsive design, so they will work well on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. Also, it’s important that your blog has an elegant style of presentation, so you can attract visitors who are interested in reading about your subject matter or sharing their own content with others via social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter.
- Consider what features you want included in your blog before choosing a specific theme; this will help determine how much money (if any) it might cost for future updates if needed later down the road when other things change around here too!
Select some useful plugins.
Select some useful plugins
Once you’ve got your blog up and running, it’s time to start adding functionality. You can do this by installing plugins. Plugins are add-on programs that work with WordPress to enhance the basic features of its website builder. Some are free and others are paid—but there’s no shortage of both options available from third party providers like Automattic (the company behind WordPress) or WPMU Dev (a popular community site).
The first step in selecting a plugin is finding one that fits into your needs: some plugins will make it easier for visitors to find content while others might provide additional tools for managing comments or social media accounts; some are simple tools while others offer advanced functionalities like email notifications when someone writes something new on your blog’s front page; etcetera…
Create basic pages.
To begin, you should create a home page. This is where users can find your blog and all of its content in one place. You can also add links to other pages on your site so that they are easy to access from this home page.
Next, create contact information such as an email address or phone number so people who want to contact you know where they can find you. This is especially important if you plan on accepting guest posts or doing freelance work for others; having an easy-to-find email address will make it easier for them!
Create a blog post about yourself (or whatever topic interests you), which includes:
- Introduction – Who are we? Why have we created this website? What do we hope to accomplish through it? Why should anyone care what happens here today?
Write your first post and upload some photos.
As you are probably aware, blog posts are the most popular content on your site. So it’s important to start with a good one.
Write a first post that is relevant and valuable for your audience. You can use this article as an inspiration or write something entirely new if you want.
Upload photos to your blog that illustrate what you’re talking about and add some personality by adding captions or keywords (e.g., “this photo shows how…”). Photos are great because they make things look more interesting than text alone can do, but remember: don’t go overboard! If there isn’t enough information in the caption itself then people will be confused about what exactly is being shown—and no one likes being confused!
Blogging can be rewarding and successful when done correctly
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and patience, but it can be rewarding if done correctly.
You need to be consistent in your posts, honest with your audience and authentic in what you post about. You’ll also want to find out what niche of content works best for you before starting out on this journey!
I hope this article has given you some good tips on how to start a blog. You don’t need to be a technical guru or have any coding skills, or even know much about computers! All it takes is some time and dedication. If you want more information, check out my other articles on how to start a blog as well as other topics related
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