Creating your own WordPress blog is easier than you think, and it’s not nearly as difficult as setting up your own website from scratch. While there are several steps to the process, each one of them can be completed with relatively little effort on your part, and before you know it, you’ll have the foundation of your new WordPress site built. So, let’s take an in-depth look at how to create a WordPress blog in 7 easy steps!
Step 1: Decide on Your Domain Name
One of your first decisions is what domain name you want for your new WordPress site. This is pretty straightforward, though if you’re not sure where to start, just think about what kind of website you’re planning on creating. Are you blogging about business? Writing your life story? Telling funny stories about animals that aren’t actually yours? Whatever it is, use that as inspiration for selecting a .com address. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just as long as it makes sense with your content (and isn’t already taken). You should probably include a blog or site somewhere in there so people know it’s going to be full of entries and not just an empty page. If you decide to go with something more creative, make sure it’s easy to remember! Once you’ve got your domain name picked out, register it right away. This way nobody else can snatch up your awesome choice before you do!
Also, you can use a brand name generator:
Step 2: Get Hosting
If you’re thinking about starting a professional-looking, authoritative website for your business, you’ll need more than just an idea and some writing skills. You’ll also need hosting space on a web server, which costs money—at least $10–$15 per month (more if you want added features like analytics and custom email addresses). There are many hosts out there that offer services at various price points; I use Bluehost because they have great customer service, prices start at $2.95/month, and they allow me to create multiple websites under one account. To get started with Bluehost or find another suitable host for your site, visit their website by clicking here.
Step 3: Install WordPress
Once you have your domain and hosting information at hand, log into your account. Click on where it says click here to install WordPress or something similar. It’s most likely located near where you add your domain name and create an account. This page will guide you through the installation process, so just follow its instructions step by step. You can also watch a video tutorial on how to install WordPress if you like. I’ve included one below that I found helpful when I was first learning how to set up my own site:
Step 4: Choose a Theme
When it comes to picking out a free theme, you have two options: choose from what’s available or hire someone to make one. With dozens of sites offering free themes, there are too many possibilities to count. When looking for an option that is best for your needs, take into consideration things like security features and whether or not you plan on creating more than one site on WordPress.
Step 5: Set Up Permalinks
Setting up permalinks is another one of those things that’s pretty easy, but it’s important. In fact, if you ignore permalinks when you’re setting up your site, you’ll probably get some people looking at your site that isn’t going to like what they see. Permalinks are basically how all of your posts will be displayed on your homepage and how search engines are going to link back to it. You don’t want duplicate content (because Google hates duplicate content), so make sure that all of your permalinks are properly set up from Day 1!, Change your website permalink structure in WordPress follow those steps:
- Log in to your WordPress website.
When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.
- Click on ‘Settings’.
On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Settings’.
- Click on ‘Permalinks’.
The ‘Settings’ menu will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘Permalinks’.
- Select ‘Post name’.
- Click ‘Save changes’
Step 6: Write Something (Anything!)
A lot of people get hung up on starting their blogs because they’re unsure what to write about. The best way to determine your niche is by writing content. By starting with an editorial calendar, you can begin publishing new content on a regular basis without needing to worry about what you should be writing. Look at other successful blogs and see how they utilize their editorial calendars—this is a great way for new bloggers (and established ones) to gain inspiration! Once you’ve published several pieces of content on your website, it will be easier for you to pinpoint what type of content does well for your target audience, which will help inform future posts.
Step 7: Submit it to Social Media
You’re officially live! Now, you have to get people to notice. This is where social media comes into play. Don’t just share your posts through one or two platforms—go all out and post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Reddit, and any other site that might be relevant. There are many paid platforms as well (such as Socedo), which can help spread your content even further. You should also check if there are related communities (or subreddits) on Reddit where you can share your content as well. Although no one likes spamming people with their new endeavor over and over again, it’s certainly important to get the word out early on about what you do.