So you have decided to create a WordPress blog? Great! WordPress makes for an amazing solution for starting a blog (even for novice bloggers). And blogs are awesome!
The best part is that the entire process is easy. No wonder experts tell one can build a blog on WordPress in just 15 minutes. However, knowing precisely what to do will keep you from wasting time beating around the bush.
Here’s a guide to creating a WordPress blog in under 15 Minutes:
Step 1: Buy Hosting and your Domain Name
You can make your blog accessible to individuals globally. This requires two things:
Hosting is the engine that controls your website. Although invisible, each website on the World Wide Web has a host controlling it.
Domain is similar to the permanent address of your blog. Hosting and domain can be bought at the same time. First you must choose a WordPress host. Some of the best and popular options include Site Ground. It is affordable, easy to install, loads fast and is very reliable. It also promises excellent performance in terms of speed and reliability.
Step 2: Install the free WordPress software
It is time to install the WordPress software. The process is very easy to install WordPress. Once the sign-up process is accomplished, you will receive an email from the host offering details on how to log in.
Log in and see a popup that says something like ‘Welcome to our Website Setup Wizard!’ You need to check the box for Get WordPress preinstalled on the account. Now click on ‘Proceed’ and create a WordPress blog.
Now it is time to enter login details as desired. Also choose a WordPress theme Click Submit. You will see a success screen. Visit your domain and access dashboard of your new blog by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
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Step 3: Write your Blog Post.
Log in to WordPress dashboard of your blog. Hover over posts and click on ‘Add New’. It is time to create a new post. The WordPress Editor is as comfortable as Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
Start by adding a title at the top and type your blog post text within the main editing box. Now add formatting to your blog post by using the toolbar. You can insert desired images by using the button ‘Add Media’. Use the sidebar on the right and add a category. Publish and make your blog post public.
Step 4: Changing the Appearance of Blog
After creating a WordPress blog, you can get instant access to a wide variety of themes and plugins. Themes will work for changing appearance of your blog. On the other hand, plugins work towards adding more functionality to your blog. The moment you create a WordPress blog, a theme gets active. This might be the default WordPress theme or one that you chose during the ‘SiteGround’ Setup Wizard. Also there are more than thousands of themes to choose from. You may choose from free or Premium (paid) themes as per your choice.
Once you’ve decided on a specific theme, simply hover over ‘Appearance’, select ‘Themes’ and click on the ‘Add New’ button. For a free theme at WordPress.org, simply search for the theme by name. Then you just need to click ‘Install’.
For a premium theme, click the ‘Upload Theme’ button. Thereafter, upload the ZIP file you received upon purchase of the theme. After installing a new WordPress theme, click the ‘Activate’ button and make it active on yourWordPress site.
You may even customize your WordPress theme. Use a WordPress Customizer.
Step 5: Add Some Functionality to your Blog
Themes are usually about appearances. However, plugins are mainly focused on adding more functionality to a blog. Initially, a WordPress blog is only great for creating new pages and writing posts. With plugins, you can add some advanced functionality such as backups, contact forms, SEO, social network buttons and much more.
You would be amazed to know that the WordPress community offers more than 50,000 free plugins. Additionally, there are over thousands of premium plugins you can get as per your requirements.
Simply install plugins by clicking on ‘Go to Plugins’ and then ‘Add New’ For free plugin at WordPress.org, all you need to do is search for the plugin by name. Thereafter and click ‘Install Now’.
For a plugin that you purchased, click the Upload Plugin button. Thereafter, upload the ZIP file. Also activate the plugin after installing it.