If you are admiring how to create a blog – or what things you need to do so. You’re landed right place.
I remember when I thought the first time about setting up a blog it was very hard to gather all the information required, learning about the advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities that are out there – so I decided to start this particular blog to collect all the things that are important!
So, in the beginning, there is the idea of starting a blog – but
What is a blog?
Well, the word “blog” is the short form of the word “weblog”- a log on the web. So it is something you can frequently add text to writing about a certain topic – your life, your hobbies, your family: whatever you are interested in writing about and sharing with the rest of the world. Isn’t that great? Yes, it is – and it is relatively easy that everyone can blog.
What do I need to start a blog?
The first step would be what niche or topic blog should be. Be very precise here because actually, you are aiming at delivering content for people who are looking for something very specific.
After you are clear about what the particular topic for your new blog should be you should make a decision:
There are two different ways to run your blog:
self-hosted or by using one of the free blogging platforms
What does that mean?
Self-hosted blogs are set up entirely independent using one of the available hosting services around. You open an account there to get your web space and order a domain (e.g. mynextblog.com).
You need to spend some $ per month – but you are totally free and flexible!
A blog hosted on a blogging platform like wordpress.com or blogger is very easy to set up and free. – The downside is you are a less flexible with these services regarding customization of your blog and development of the whole thing.
So: I would always go the way of starting a self-hosted blog. I can only recommend BlueHost they are fast and reliable.
Find a domain name
This step is crucial and the most difficult in a way. Your blog’s name will be part of the brand you will be creating. So think good about it!
Some things which are necessary for a good domain name:
– Should be catchy
– It should be easy-typeable and spellable
– One of your main keywords should be part of it (this is not a must but helps a lot to stay in your reader’s minds)
– You should like it: it is your brand
So how do I start a blog now?
After you opened your account, you can either use their one-click WordPress option to install WordPress. Alternatively, you can download the latest WordPress version and install WordPress manually.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) designed for managing blogs and websites the easy way.
basically could do all this without knowing any HTML (but it is good to learn some basics at least).
How to set up WordPress
As mentioned above you could go the easier way and install WordPress through the Bluehost one-click solution.
Wow! Am I done now?
Almost! You now type the address of your blog into the address bar of your browser, and you get onto the WordPress install-page. You would have to set a password and your blog’s name. Confirm this!
Now you can log-in to your WordPress’ back-end and start writing your first post!