HOW TO CREATE AND START A BLOG IN 2018(STEP BY STEP GUIDE):
Do you need to start a blog? Of course, yes. That would be a great idea for your lifestyle. Why do you need to start a blog? You can share your knowledge, thoughts to the wide range of people and solve their queries. You can promote your business or any other specific brands by starting a blog. Can you make money through blogging? Absolutely, you can make huge money, if you are consistent. As a newbie blogger, you will have many doubts about starting a blog. After reading this entire article, you will get a clear idea.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START A BLOG?
WHICH BLOGGING PLATFORM DO YOU NEED?
There are thousands of platforms to start a blog. Some of the top blogging platforms were WordPress, Joomla, Drupal. For a newbie blogger, I am highly recommending WordPress(self-hosted) platform since it is very easy to use and I am personally using WordPress for all my websites and blogs.
I need to remind you that, WordPress is classified into two types:
There are many advantages in self-hosted wordpress rather than wordpress.com. Hope that you will choose self-hosted wordpress.
What is meant by Domain and Where to buy domains?
The domain is your website address. ibalachandar.com(domain name) is the address for my website. You should have a doubt at this point, Where to buy the Domain? There are many domain providers. I am recommending Namecheap domain provider to buy domains.
HOW TO SELECT A DOMAIN NAME?
1.Niche Based: If you prefer to write contents on a specific niche like travel, you can choose the word travel in your domain name which is perfect.
2.Domain Name Length: You should choose the minimal length for your domain name. The character length of 7-12 will be acceptable. The domain name should be easy to remember. For example, travelinfo.com is better than travelinformation.com.
Points to remember: Don’t include symbols, numbers, special characters in your domain name.
What is Web Hosting and Where to buy it?
To store the images, videos, files and other data collected from users, storage space is required. This storage space is termed as web hosting and given by hosting providers. Choosing the web hosting providers is an important stage in starting a blog or website.
The only web hosting provider which I use and recommend is Siteground.(Best hosting provider to buy web hosting)
Step-by-Step Guide to buy hosting from Siteground:
Goto www.siteground.com and click sign up button.
Choose the Hosting plan(Startup, Growbig, Gogeek). For new blogs and websites, I am recommending Growbig plan. Click “order now” button after choosing the hosting plan.
“Please Enter your Domain” screen appears. Two options will be available:
Register a new domain
I already have a domain
If you have already registered domain in namecheap, choose” I already have a domain” option else register a new domain.
In this stage, You will have both domain and hosting in your hand. Let me assume, you have already chosen wordpress.org(self-hosted) platform.
STEP3: REVIEW AND COMPLETE:
You can fill payment information, review your purchase details and choose extra services if required. Let me guide you to finish this step which consists of four stages.
STAGE 1: (ACCOUNT INFORMATION)
STAGE 2: (CLIENT INFORMATION)
STAGE 3:(PAYMENT INFORMATION)
STAGE 4:(PURCHASE INFORMATION)
You have successfully registered with Siteground Hosting provider.
What will be the next step?
Installing wordpress on your hosting server will be your next step.
Step-by-Step Guide to install wordpress on hosting server:
1.Goto siteground.com and click login(top-right corner). Enter your username and password to sign-in
- Goto My Accounts menu and click “Goto cpanel button”.
3.Goto wordpress tools and select “Wordpress Installer” to install wordpress.
- WordPress will be installed on your server successfully.
After installation of wordpress, how will be your wordpress dashboard? Let me show it.
CHOOSING A GOOD THEME:
There are two types of themes:
You can get thousands of free themes in WordPress. If you are a newbie blogger and unable to buy a premium theme, you can use free themes for few months. I strongly recommend premium themes for all types of blogs and websites. If you decide to use the free theme, select it from wordpress.org and you should not upload your theme from unreliable sources.
There will be less number of features and customization options in free themes. Many free themes will not be updated for a long time which is cautious.
You can buy premium wordpress themes from theme shops which are available at lower prices due to competitive markets. There will be more features and updates which makes our blog unique and safe.
CONTENT IS THE KING OF BLOGS:
After choosing a good theme and necessary set-ups, you should choose a particular niche and write unique contents on your blog. You can share evergreen contents(contents which will never get out-dated) or news-based contents(drives more traffic for a particular time but becomes irrelevant after a specific time). Try to write lengthy articles(minimum 500 words).
At this stage, you have started a successful blog as I have promised earlier. If you have any doubts regarding starting a blog, you can message me.