How to start a WordPress blog easily
In this article, I will guide you about how to start a WordPress blog within 6 steps easily. This article is very basic but I think that many guys will be interested in it. I know that many people here want to create a website for their own online business such as an online shop, a personal site or a news blog.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why you should make a website by yourself?
- 2 Some basic concepts about a WordPress blog
- 3 Step 1: Choosing a domain
- 4 Step 2: Choosing a web hosting
- 5 Step 3: Installing WordPress for your site
- 6 Step 4: Pointing your domain to hosting
- 7 Step 5: Choosing a theme for your WordPress blog
- 8 Step 6: Choosing plugins for your WordPress blog
- 9 Conclusion
Example my blog eCoupon.io, this site was made based on WordPress easily. For many guys are running in MMO industry (Make Money Online), making a website is a “must-have” skill that they need to learn at the beginning.
Some guys will have some self-questions like “how hard to start a WordPress blog”, “how to start a WordPress blog”, “can I start a WordPress blog by my self”.
I can say that starting a WordPress blog is very easy. If you don’t know now how to start a WordPress blog then after reading this article, you can do it by yourself.
Why you should make a website by yourself?
Firstly, you have full controls on all the site. You don’t need to ask your supplier to add or remove a minor change on your site. Sometimes they will charge you a fee on such of these minor features. If you can do it by yourself then you save a small fee.
Second, if you start site at the beginning by yourself, it takes you just a few bucks. And you will not pay any extra money in the future. You pay when you need to buy more plugins or themes. But if you hire a supplier to make a site for you, it will cost you much more in the long term. They charge you for even each minor feature you want to have.
Moreover, if you don’t know anything about domain and hosting when you hire an agency they ask you to use their hosting packages. That’s usually expensive. But if you know, you can buy it with cheaper price and control many things you want.
Example my blog eCoupon.io below, it’s based on WordPress totally free
Nowadays, there’re many free articles (such as this one) and tutorial videos about how to start a WordPress blog, you can easily find it via Google.
Some basic concepts about a WordPress blog
What is WordPress: WordPress is a free CMS (Content Management System) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web hosting or a web server. This is also an open-source CMS. So that many people are using it. It’s not only free but also easy to manage and optimize. You can easily get WordPress install package by downloading it here
Domain: This is one of the most important parts of your website. It can be the name of your brand or the keyword you would like to rank on Google. For more detail about a domain name, you can read the article here What is a Domain Name? Where should you buy?
Web Hosting: This is simply a place to store your website(s) on the internet. Your website may contain images, videos, files or anything you want to show on the site. When choosing a host, you should consider many factors such as space, bandwidth, database, speed and many others. I’ve already had a post about this here What is Web Hosting and How to choose a suitable one?
Knowing well 3 parts above helps you to have full control on each website you’re going to create. Knowing well about how to start a WordPress blog also helps you to maintain and develop it in the future.
Step 1: Choosing a domain
Choosing a domain is the first step to start any website for an online business. You should choose a domain related to your business and brand. Example if you’re running in PC technical field then the domain should begin or end with the word “PC”. The name should contain the word “technical“. Or if you want a domain name related to the brand, you can name it anything you want.
You can buy a new domain at many popular domain registrars such as Godaddy, NameSilo, Namecheap, Dynadot,…If you’re new at Godaddy, you can buy a .COM domain just only $0.99 with coupon. Find the coupon here Godaddy 99 cent domain coupon. And if you want to buy at NameSilo at the 1st time, you will get $1 discount by using many coupons here NameSilo coupon
Furthermore, if you want to buy an old domain (domains expired, was deleted and it’s available again), you should consider some points as I listed in the article beside to choose a good one. Read more here: 4 Things you need to check before buying an old domain
Step 2: Choosing a web hosting
There’re tons of hosting providers on the internet nowadays. But not all of them are worth to buy. You don’t know which guy has quality services and support. And more, you don’t know which price is better. So that, for helping many guys about these problems, I had this article in which you can read and research to use too
Read more: Top Web Hosting Reviewed by eCoupon.io
In this post, you need a hosting for WordPress blog, so that I think you also need to know more about What you need to know when buying hosting for WordPress website
Choose Shared hosting or VPS hosting? If you’re new in this field, I would suggest you choose Shared hosting. Because your site is new and small, it does not require a lot of resources to run. You’re new so you don’t have enough skills to manage a VPS hosting. In the future, if your site has more many visitors you can upgrade to the higher plans or switch to VPS hosting if needed.
Don’t know about Shared hosting? Don’t worry, you can read the article here What is Shared Hosting and What you need to know!
Step 3: Installing WordPress for your site
After buying hosting, you need to install WordPress on it. Depending on the hosting provider you bought whether they have Softaculous supported or not. You can read 2 articles below about how to install WordPress on hosting.
After installing successful WordPress on your hosting. You can go to step 4 to make your site goes live.
Step 4: Pointing your domain to hosting
In order your site to run properly, you need to point your domain to your hosting. In general, you can archive this by doing 2 steps below
- Add your domain to hosting, this step is done on hosting dashboard. Read this article to know how to do this, at Addon domain section: How to create Subdomain and Addon domain on hosting using cPanel
- Configure to point your DNS or IP from your domain to hosting, this is done on your domain management page.
If you buy domain at Godaddy (I would suggest), I think this article will help you too: Guide to manage domain and point domain at GoDaddy
At this step, you have a basic website with default functions, theme, and plugin.
Step 5: Choosing a theme for your WordPress blog
Now at this step, you have an active website and starting to write content for it. But with the default theme, maybe it looks boring and you want to change. Your site is based on WordPress so that there’re thousands of themes to use. Themes are also classified into many categories such as business, hotel, restaurant, e-commerce, travel, hobby, personal and many others.
Commonly, websites we’re creating at the beginning can be a personal blog, a small e-commerce site, a news site, a services site (travel, food, fashion…). So that base on your purpose you can choose a suitable one for your site.
There’re 2 types of theme, that is Free themes and Paid themes
- Free themes: certainly it’s free of charge. By default after finishing the install, your site uses a free theme for WordPress. But it has some limitations about features, widgets, plugins and looks simple. It’s suitable for a simple blog such as a personal blog or simple content site.
- Paid themes: there also has tons of paid themes made by 3rd parties. They make themes and sell to end users. These paid themes usually have full functions and almost meet your requirements. If you want your site more professional, you can buy them to use.
For example, the theme I’m using is from MyThemeShop. They have many themes that can meet all your requirements. They’re now the popular WordPress theme provider with many quality themes in almost industry. If you would like to buy, you can visit here to get their promotions Mythemshop coupon
To install a new theme for your site, just simply go to Appearance -> Themes, then click “Add New” button to find a new one. If you have a zip file, then press the Upload Theme button to upload it and active.
If you don’t know how to do it? Please read my guide here, this is very simple. Read more How to install a theme on your WordPress blog
Step 6: Choosing plugins for your WordPress blog
Like using a theme, plugins also have paid plugins and free plugins. For newly sites, if you don’t have any specific purposes I think using free plugins is enough. To install plugins, just simply go to Plugins section -> Then Add New. Type in the textbox the name of plugin you want to install
Read more: How to install a plugin on WordPress blog
You can find plugins in the list below or upload a new one if you have that plugin in .zip format. Some recommended plugins below
- Google XML sitemaps
- Yoast Seo
- Contact Form 7
- Shareaholic or AddThis
and many other plugins you would like to use in the future
Those 6 steps above are easy to do, even if you don’t know much about technology and programming. I think that everyone can do it. Nowadays, knowing how to start a WordPress blog by yourself is a trend. You can make a website with your own control and do everything on it. Such as showing your experiences, your portfolio or writing about your favorite journals, reviewing your favorite foods and many things you can do with your own blog.
After finishing basic steps above, you need spend more time to optimize the site. Such as optimizing on-page SEO, write more content, edit theme or install more plugins to test. All you can do with free of charge.
Good luck to you,