Having a blog is quite common these days and if you are still not sure about it then my only suggestion is to get one like this. Making a blog is very easy these days as you need to follow very few steps.
In this guide, you will learn how to create your blog using easy to understand, non-jargon, step by step tutorials and courses that you can complete at your own pace and seek advice when you feel the need.
What do I Need To Start My Blog
There are two elements you need to begin your own Blog, they are: –
- A Domain Name (e.g. natnit.net, www.google.com etc) and …
- A Web Host (also know as a web server, this is where all of your website files and folders are stored)
- A CMS
Before you rush ahead and purchase a host/server and domain name you need to put in a little thought about the type of blog you want and consider your long-term strategy.
Firstly you need to determine what type of Blog you want whether it is small, medium, large, e-commerce (sell stuff online) etc, then you need to consider your skills, are you looking to develop your web design and programming skills or would you be happier using a pre-made blog where you simply populate your own information? so please read the following section to determine what type of website you want, from then you will be in a good position to choose the right type of hosting for you.
Step 1: Getting a Domain Name
The first and most important step to building your own blog is purchasing the domain name. It will be your internet identity for years to come and will be the route that people use to come to find you. No matter what sort of site you’re making, it is important that you have a domain name that relates to what you want the site to be about.
By the end of this section you will have successfully registered your domain name, your next step is to get your own web host. The web host is simply a storage area for all of your website files (web pages and images etc). So let’s get started on selecting the right domain name for your website.
Note: If you don’t already have web hosting consider choosing a web hosting provider here, as domain names are free when you purchase hosting but read this page first to ensure you select the right domain name for your business.
Did you know…
That by selecting the right domain name for your website you can increase your website visitor traffic by a surprisingly significant number, through past research and experience I have seen this increase by 400% so ensure you read the tips on choosing a great domain name.
Explain What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is an address for your website, much like a street address for your home. People surfing the internet use this address (domain name) to find your website or your company online, people type your domain name into the box as shown below to get to your website: –
For example, our domain name is https://natnit.net.
Why Not a Sub Domain?
- A domain name provides easy access for other people to get to your website.
- You have full control over it.
- You can sell it for a profit later if it increases in value.
- Much prettier solution than other services; wouldn’t you rather have https://your-domain.com than https://free-domains-for-you.othercompany.com – the first example is a lot easier to remember and tell people.
- Comes across as more professional. This shows you have made an investment in the long-term success of your company and its online branding.
So, to get started, pick a name and stick with it. Grab a pad and a pen and start thinking. Think of what it is you are selling, promoting or want to share with the world. Shut the radio off, and focus. Go into a quiet spot. Perhaps a window sill, a calm room or on the lawn. Whatever place you choose to be comfortable and invite the ideas in.
3 Simple Steps to Follow:
- Your first choice could be your name or your full name if you just want a personal website or blog. If you are looking to make an easily identifiable brand, this is the best way to start. If you’re making a webcomic or web series: you should definitely use the name of the webcomic as your domain name as well.
- Remember a short name is always great. It is easy to remember.
- Having Keywords in a name is sometimes good. It is good if you are selling some or having a niche specific blog. Whether you do this or not you should be using keywords that are relevant to what your blog is about in your domain name.
- If it is a business website then you should go for a .com
- As long as your domain is snappy and memorable then you shouldn’t have too many problems with it. And if its related to the content of your site it helps, but isn’t really a show stopper, unless it is deliberately misleading which might annoy people.
Read More here Basic Domain Tips
Registering Your Domain
The companies that look after the registration of domain names are known as registrars and you register your chosen domain with them if it is available for a specified number of years, 1 or 2 years probably being the most common. There are many domain registration services out there, enough to make your head spin, but I think you can go for GoDaddy or Name cheap. Both are just fine and the best thing is sometimes you can get a domain for $1 just first year. You should check out $1 Domain Coupon Page
Ok, let’s crack on with registering that domain. You have decided you want www.example.com. You need to find a registrar to register it with, and if they provide hosting too, it might make it even easy. The main registrars that I use personally are Godaddy and Namecheap.
I tend to use Namecheap as I find them slightly cheaper than everyone else, plus I find the user interface of their website is extremely quick and easy to use. The process of registering a domain with the registrar is fairly painless once you know what you want and your domain is available
1) Go to registrars site and search for your domain with the required extension
2) If your domain is not available try another one. Either think of something different or add any prefix or suffix with your domain until you find something suitable or almost suitable. Its hard to be more specific as it really depends what you are going to use your site for as to the importance of the naming of your domain.
3) You may be asked about selecting privacy on your domain or not. Not too big a deal right away as you can add it later and if your not sure what it is you probably don’t need it.
4) Enter the DNS details of your host to point the domain to your hosting provider (Not got host yet, ok come back and set these after purchase, not a problem)
5) If its available follow through on their wizard and purchase the domain.
Ok so now you have registered a domain name for 1 or 2 years. So you can now do whatever you want with that domain, as long as it involves setting up a website lol. Usually, when you set up a domain you will be told it will be available for use within 24 hours, but I often find that it can take no longer than five minutes to become recognized if you are lucky and keen to set up your site immediately.
Step 2: Getting Your Hosting
The next step is how to get your own web host; you will not be able to begin building your website until you have done this. A web host is a server where you store your website files (pages and images etc), the domain name has to link to your web host. The next section shows you how to get your own web host and how to link your domain name to it.
The domain you purchased in step 1 isn’t actually something you own. What you are actually doing is leasing that particular domain for a certain amount of time. However, on their own, these particular domain names cannot be accessed without first being hosted. Why?
Essentially, you need a place to store your website’s information that also allows others to easily access them. While registrars (the company that you lease your domain name from) allow you to purchase these sites, hosting companies provide the space you need to store your information; otherwise, you would have to provide your own “space” on the internet in the form of a personal server. While this is possible, it requires you to own a second computer specifically created to handle your website’s traffic load. It’s less expensive in the long run, but the initial costs of purchasing or making one of these servers is higher than just renting space from a hosting provider, not to mention that hosting your own server also means that you need to know how to operate and maintain it; if anything goes wrong, there’s no tech support number to call to fix it and make it all better. This is why we recommend that for the time being you acquire hosting from a hosting provider.
There are lots of different web hosts out there, and there are different opinions on them all. But starting off I would recommend using a big name until you are a bit more knowledgeable, so either BlueHost and HostGator and if you feel the need to switch to someone else later on once you are more experienced then go for it. Some hosts even offer 1 free domain with their hosting accounts so it is worth checking the deals.
Most web host includes a lot of automated facilities and scripts and setup aids and guides in their web hosting packages, and you will be using some of those to get your first website up and running as it makes the whole process quicker and easier.
Once you sign up for a hosting package with your preferred host they will usually send you an email with all the details of the package with access URLs, password, DNS address, starter guide etc. One recommendation I would make here is to use an email address that you can access via the web when you sign up with the web host. If you have problems with your website at some point in the future and you can only access your emails when you are at home you may end up with your website being down longer than you would wish.
Now you have the hosting details you need to point your domain name to your hosting provider’s servers. Login into your account at your domain registrar, click on the option to manage your domain names, and there should be an option to change your nameservers or DNS server. Take that option and enter the DNS details provided by your hosting company.
Building Your blog With WordPress
Building your blog with WordPress takes most of the hassle out of designing your site. WordPress takes care of most of the hard work for you. It categorizes your posts and pages with ease, as well as takes all the trouble of designing your page as well. You don’t have to know anything but the simplest HTML, and once it’s set up you’ll never have to work in cPanel again. With all of these things going for it, it’s no wonder that WordPress is one of the best website management tools available today. In this step, we will be showing you how to install and set up a WordPress based website.
Using Fantastico To Install WordPress
Fantastico is a lovely tool that comes with almost any hosting subscription. It allows you to easily upload various scripts and codes to your website without having to deal with tons of steps and having to deal with cpanel.
To use Fantastico, you’ll have to log back into your hosting’s cPanel. Scroll down to the Software section, and you’ll see a smiley face icon called Fantastico De Luxe. Click on it to get started.
Once you log in, find the link for Fantastico. This will appear in various locations on different hosting businesses. The link may appear something like this:
This is what Fantastico looks like when it first starts up. You should see various options on the left-hand side, but the only option you’ll need is the WordPress option. Click on the WordPress option to get started.
Clicking on the WordPress option will lead you to this screen. To start installing WordPress, all you have to do now is click new installation.
Now, all you’ll have to do is fill in the information that Fantastico asks of you, and your site will be set up in no time. On this page, you’ll be asked for your site’s basic configuration information.
Use the drop-down menu in the top of the screen to select the domain you wish to install WordPress on. If you want to use the domain solely for your blog, leave the field underneath the drop down (Install in a directory) blank.
Otherwise, enter the name of the directory you wish to install it in.
Subsequent, add a username and password. This is what you will use to log in to your weblog admin.
I suggest NOT using “admin” as your username, simply because this is what most people use.
It will make your blog easier to hack, which is clearly not a good idea.
Your admin nickname will be the name that will appear as the author of all of the posts you make. If you’re branding a specific name, you will probably want to put your name there instead of utilizing “Admin”.
Enter your email address subsequent. This ought to be a valid email address. No one will see it. It’ll be used in the event you ever forget your password, so make certain it is an email address you will always have the ability to access.
Lastly, enter your weblog name and description and click the “Install WordPress” button at the bottom of the page.
On the next page, you’ll get a button that confirms the name of the MySQL database that will be produced, also like some basic information about your blog.
Click the “Finish installation” button, and you will be taken to a page having a link to log into your weblog.
Click the link to go to the admin page and log in to verify WordPress installed correctly.
If you didn’t click the link to obtain to your WordPress admin, it’ll be located at the following URL:
Note: there is a dash between wp and admin, like this wp-admin.
If you forget your username and password, you are able to request your password be mailed to you. WordPress will send your username and password to the e-mail address you entered when you installed it.
As soon as you’ve found out of the installation was a success, it is time to make a few tweaks in order to set up an efficient weblog.
That’s it! You’ve successfully installed WordPress on your domain. Just copy the username and password, bookmark the admin link, and you’re ready to go on. Look at how much work you just skipped over by using this simple tool!
When you go to your WordPress dashboard first time, it looks very complicated but it’s not very difficult to use. First, you need to know left-hand side options:
The dashboard is the main face of your website that will tells you each and everything about your website, like how post you have made, Comments by your visitors, Stats and Pages.
Posts in simple you can call it article, whenever you want to write article or post about anything then you use this application and simply create your articles.
Comments by clicking on this application you can approve or disapprove your comments of your visitors.
Appearance is like theme of your smartphone, from this you can manage your website theme and even you can upload your website themes that you have purchased from other websites.
Plugin is simply the add additional application to your website.
Settings, you do not have to change any settings of your website just be like that.
The first thing you need to do.
1. About Me/Us: This page will just have a picture of you along with your detail to include why you created the website. Curious visitors will want to know what your motivation behind it is and about each thing about yourself.
2. Contact Us: Just a very quick page saying contact me here and provide Facebook page, twitter page and email id.
4. Declaration: Just simply copy and other website Declaration page, this page is for just copyright issues.
The second thing you need to do.
Extend Your Website using WordPress Plugins
Plugins are small piece of tools for expanding your newly created blog. It Does not came build in but installing them can allow you to create new feature and functions for your website .
Install top five plugins in your WordPress website, every plugin has its unique function and use that will help you to get indexed of search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com. Go to the plugin and click on add new, search for the following plugins below and install it. ✌
Yoast Seo: Go to its general setting after installing it and give details about your website.
Contact form 7.
The third thing you need to do.
Install theme on your blog with WordPress, you do not need to purchase theme this is very simple as like your smartphone just go to Appearance and click on Theme at left-hand side, search for your theme and simply install it.
Tip: Do not install multicolored theme, just use simple theme with maximum 3-4 color to get fast indexed in Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com.
The final thing to do.
Finally, you are ready to spread your articles or posts to the world with your website to publish your article goes to posts column on the left-hand side and click on add new, type your article here or you can ever copy and paste with Microsoft word or notepad. After your article is completed simply click on the publish button on the right-hand side or you can save it as a draft. ☺
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