Hello readers! hope you’re doing great! in this post I am gonna write about how to start a blog with WordPress for beginners. I am not gonna make tutorial as all expert do, but I wanna share my experience as a beginner! just like you!
Okay! Before we start, first you may need to know that WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) platform. WordPress have two platform which is WordPress.com & WordPress.org and this article is meant to work with self-hosted wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com.
Why wordpress.org and not wordpress.com! what’s the different?
The different between WordPress.org & WordPress.com
Why not wordpress.com? since I learning by doing so far I found that if you wanna make a blog for personal writing purpose than wordpress.com is perfect, but if you want to build blog for making money on the internet by promoting your business like Online Store, become Adsense publisher, or play role as an Affiliate marketer while you were write valuable article for helping peoples found the right information. Then wordpress.org is the best choice in this case.
The different is WordPress.com is a free domain platform it mean when you create blog your web address will be “yoursite.wordpress.com” even if you upgrade to a custom domain for example yoursite.com your blog will still hosted by WordPress.com server.
However the advantage of using wordpress-dot-com is you are allowed to use WordAds sharing revenue by showing ads on your blog. But you not allowed to use advertising outside the WordAds program.
Compared with WordPress.org that self-hosted platform you will have a freedom to place any advertising platform and hosted by your own web-hosting server.
Web Hosting Plan
Of course you need to make investment for buying your Domain and web Hosting to hosted your site.
Most of wordpress expert and even WordPress.org them self always recommended to using Bluehost as Web Hosting. You can find more info about Bluehost price etc HERE. Or you can simply use the widgets below to search for a domain name.
You can also read my previous article, I’ve wrote about my experience for start a blog and find Web Hosting with affordable price You can read here.
Create blog with WordPress.org
Build website with wordpress is easy even for beginner like you and me, so if you already have your domain and web hosting you can start by login to Cpanel and find for website builder application called Softacolous Apps Installer, select WordPress as Website application see example picture below.
IMPORTANT! Before click Instal make sure to leave “In Directory” form empty so your website address URL will be http://yoursite.com not http://yoursite.com/wp Set Name for your blog, create a unique Admin name, set a Strong password, select your Language and choose your desired Themes. see picture below
Click Install, wait a few moment and after installation process finish it’s time to customize setting for installed WordPress and add some plugins or maybe you decide to change your Themes.
From your Left Panel in WP Admin:
Go to Post > Categories add new categories related to your blog topic.
Go to Users > Your Profile to edit your profile setting like bio gravatar etc.
Go to Settings > Permalinks Select Post Name or for Common Setting
You can always customize other setting later.
For themes and plugins you can directly adding it and search from WP Admin Panel. Just navigate your Mouse cursor to Plugins > Add New
For setting theme, navigate your cursor to Appearance > Themes. And choose the theme you like.
This is list of few Free Themes I recommended if you have limited budget for buying a premium themes: Ascent, Vantage, Hierro, BiscayaLite, Sorbet, Period, RedWaves Lite, Hueman.
Your blog will still have a catchy looks with those free themes. If your taste is different than mine! you still can search hundred of free theme that match with yours 🙂
Write your first post!
So far you’ve done with the basic setting of your WordPress Blog. simple eh?
Its time to write your first post!
Just go to Post in left bar admin panel and click on Add New post and start writing something! don’t forget to delete the Sample post first.
We all know that to build a nice and solid website is takes time, money and effort. Invest money for buying Themes, Plugins etc is not obligation, but in the end we will realize have to invest some.
Anyway! Hope this post can help you to start build your blog with WordPress.org, or at least it could help you have a better plan on how to start it.
Anyway! Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment bellow 🙂
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