WordPress is one of the most powerful platforms which has the capacity to be as simple or complex as you want. WordPress provides you the privilege of creating a blog without any prerequisite of technical knowledge. Although if you are a tech savvy then it is icing on the cake.
Before starting your first blog, you need to have three essential things:
- Domain name (blog name)– The domain name is your website’s address on the Internet. For example, freelancingjack.com is mine. Purchasing a domain broadly costs you $14.99 per year.
- A web hosting account – It is where your website gets live. Web hosting is space for your website – or say a home – on the Internet. Each and every website on Internet have web hosting. It generally costs $7.99 per month.
- Last but not the least – Wholehearted dedication. You may set up your WordPress blog smoothly, but growing your blog is where either people quit or make it big.
Now just go ahead and purchase a domain and hosting. Here is a list of few popular domain name registrar and web hosting services. You can choose according to your utility and liking:
Domain Name Registrars:
WordPress Web Hosting Services:
- InMotion Hosting
Now, let us have a look at the steps that are required to create the first blog on WordPress.
This is probably the most involved step required in creating your first blog post. To set up an account, firstly you need to choose your blogging platform between .org and .com. It is recommended to use WordPress.org which is also called self-hosted WordPress. Although it does not costs you a penny but you need to host it yourself. You can enjoy all its features even in free version like installing plugins, customizing the design and above all, monetizing your blogging channel.
As I said above, you need to host it yourself, purchased domain and web hosting account are utilized here. After you have an email hosting account, login into your cPanel (Hosting Control Panel). This is where you can manage everything and significantly, this is where you install your WordPress.
Now inside your cPanel, you can see many icons offering different services and features. Click on “Install WordPress” icon and get started.
If you still do not have a registered domain, register a new one and click next. Next step is to enter your Site Name, username and create a password for your site. Click install. Well, do not get confused, as mostly every hosting providers will have detailed steps on installing WordPress. In fact, sometimes the setup may have just one click install process.
When you are done with installing, your website address will look like http://yourwebsite.org. Finally, access the website in a web browser and CONGRATULATIONS, you have created your WordPress site.
Login and Select WordPress Theme
You can log into the dashboard of your WordPress account by visiting http:// yourwebsite.com/wp-admin. Here you can customize the appearance of your site. Default WordPress blog has a very basic theme which is not as attractive as many other free themes available on WordPress. You can buy themes easily available on the internet. After picking up your theme, you can easily customize it based on your knowledge of coding. You can play around with plugins, widgets, layout and many more features.
Now go to the dashboard and click on Appearance and then themes. Upload a theme or simply click on ‘Add On’ button and find 4000+ WordPress free themes. You can sort by latest, popular, trending etc and set filters according to your industry. Once you’ve decided the theme for your site, get set go for your first blog post.
Creating Your First Blog Post
Here you finally create your first blog post and it is as easy as clicking on Posts>>Add New button in the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard. You can now see the editor area where you can add your posts. Give a beautiful headline to your blog. Fill in the body of your post and click on publish.
On the right side of your dashboard, there are several sections like publishing, date and time etc. You can easily organize your blog posts by adding categories and tags. Above all, you can make changes to your posts whenever you feel by clicking Post>>Post Title. Make require changes and click on Update.
Alas! Your WordPress First Blog Post is Ready!
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