Starting your very own blog is the best and easiest way to share your ideas and expertise with the world.
If you think creating a blog from scratch sounds all too difficult and technical then you couldn’t be more wrong.
This here is a step-by-step “watch over my shoulder” tutorial on starting a blog with videos that are easy to follow and understand.
But if you get stuck, feel free to send me an email and I will do my best to help you out.
And if you want to, you can even use your blog to promote your small business or online shop, or you can even make money from it by blogging.
Are you ready? Then let’s find out how to start a blog (with Bluehost).
1. Get a domain name & web hosting
First things first, before you can create your blog you need two things; a domain name and web hosting. These are the building blocks of your blog.
I recommend that you use Bluehost.com as the web host for your blog, here’s why:
Recommended by WordPress.org. Bluehost and WordPress have worked together since 2005
One-click WordPress installation which automagically takes care of the technical setup and configuration.
24/7 support meaning there’s always someone there to answer your questions plus their online support center includes WordPress guides, video tutorials and more.
30-days money-back guarantee so you can get a refund if you decide you don’t want to have a blog after all.
Last but not least. You will get a FREE domain name when you signup with Bluehost.
2. WordPress overview & installation
In this video you will learn how to install WordPress on your Bluehost hosting account using their simple and beginner friendly “1-click” WordPress installer.
If you need help with installing WordPress refer to this installation guide and walkthrough.
3. WordPress login & admin area
Congratulations on installing WordPress! Here in this video you will learn how to login to your WordPress administration area and use the important tools that are found there.
4. Creating pages in WordPress
In this video you yoll learn how to create pages (such as your homepage, contact page etc) for your WordPress blog.
5. Creating posts in WordPress
Here in this video you will learn how to create a posts for your WordPress blog. Posts are a bit different from pages as they are listed in reverse chronological order on your site and are ideal for diary-type content, like blog posts.
What’s the difference between pages and posts in WordPress?
Posts and pages in WordPress may look very similar on the surface, both include a title and the main content area use the same content editor, but there are a few key differences:
Posts have a visible date and time stamp whereas pages do not
Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order on your website, from newest to oldest
Pages are left out of the main timeline of your blog
Posts can be organized using categories and tags
Pages can be organized in a hierarchal structure
Post are syndicated with RSS feeds, notifying subscribers when new posts are published
As a rule of thumb, any content that is “timeless” and not part of your blog is best suited to being published as a page. Content that is part of your blog or journal, and is more time-sensitive, is a better suited as a post.
Alright, let’s move on.
6. Categories & tags in WordPress
In this video you will learn how to create categories and tags (for posts) for your WordPress blog.
7. Using WordPress plugins
Here in this video you will learn how to use plugins on your WordPress website. A plugin extends the functionality or adds a new feature (for example a contact form) to your WordPress blog.
What are the must-have WordPress plugins you should install?
Plugins help extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress blog. There are almost 50,000 free WordPress plugins you can use for your blog. But don’t go crazy and install them all because having too many plugins installed will make your blog load slow. So you need to be picky, and install only the plugins that your blog really needs.
Aksimet is an anti-spam plugin that protects your blog against malicious content (this is an official WordPress plugin and it comes pre-installed).
Yoast is an SEO plugin that helps you search engine optimize your blog and help you configure your WordPress blog’s SEO such as meta tags and XML sitemap generation, robots.txt file configuration, .htaccess file editing and lots more
Imagify is an image compression plugin that optimizes images you upload by reducing file sizes without losing quality, so that your blog loads quickly
Social Warfare plugin helps you add stunning looking social bookmarking buttons on your blog.
Contact Form 7 is a contact form plugin you can use to create different types of contact forms.
Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin that gives your blog features like stats, related posts, search engine optimization, social sharing, protection, backups, speed, and email list management.
Let’s move on.
8. Customizing WordPress themes
A WordPress theme (also called template) is a set of files that determine the look and feel of your WordPress powered blog. In this video you’ll learn how to use WordPress themes to make a great first impression for your WordPress blog.
9. WordPress menus & widgets
In this video you’ll learn how to change the appearance of your blog’s content using the WordPress menu & widget features.
10. Creating & managing users
In this video you will learn how to create and manage user accounts on your WordPress blog.
Bonus: Blog promotion & security tips
Here you will learn how to promote, maintain and protect your WordPress blog with a few helpful tips.
What can you do to secure WordPress?
WordPress is secure-out-of-the-box there precautionary steps you can take to further harden your WordPress blog. Here are a few basic WordPress security tips:
Don’t use “Admin” as your administrator/master username
Use strong passwords (long, with numbers, capital letters, and symbols)
Only download plugins and themes from known sources
Always complete core WordPress updates as soon they come out
More beginner and advanced WordPress security tips
Next steps to start your own blog
Now that I have shown you exactly how to start a blog, it’s over to you. Only you can make it happen and make your blog work!
If you want to share your ideas or expertise with the world, or make money with a blog, then you should start right now.
Choose a WordPress theme that makes the design of your blog look and feel the way you want it to be.
Install a few WordPress plugins that extends the functionality of your blog.
Add the few important “must-have” pages like contact, about, privacy etc. pages.
Go and write your very first blog post, of many.
If you get stuck with anything, feel free to send me an email and I will do my best to help you out.
Also let me know when your blog is up and running, because would love to see “live” and “in action”
A thank-you to Bluehost for their awesome video tutorials.