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 tell you each and everything about your website, like how to post you have made, Comments by your visitors, Stats and Pages.
Posts in simple you can call it an article, whenever you want to write an 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 goes to Appearance and click on Theme at the left-hand side, search for your theme and simply install it.
When it comes to WordPress themes, the massive range of available options, although seemingly a good thing, is really a major problem for most people. This is because they are so overwhelmed with options, that they barely know where to start, let alone which option to go for.
In this article, therefore, I’m going to run through the main considerations that really matter when choosing a theme for a business WordPress website, and hopefully, this will make the process of making a decision easier for you.
So let me begin by discussing free versus paid WordPress themes.
Free vs. Paid WordPress Themes
If budget is an issue, the good news is that if you hunt around for a while, you can find free themes that are simply awesome and will do a great job for you. In fact, some of the best themes I’ve come across over the last year for my own clients have had both a free and paid version on offer, where the free version was excellent and did the job required without having to go for the paid option.
However, these high-quality free themes can often be as difficult to find as the proverbial ‘needle in a haystack’, with the vast majority of the offerings available being either of very poor quality or severely restricted in some way as to force you to buy the paid version. This is a commonly accepted marketing practice of course, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.
So I believe that it is far better to approach the task of finding a good theme for your WordPress website has committed to purchasing a paid version. I favor this approach because the theme you choose will have a very significant influence on the conversion potential of your website when visitors land there, and hence, this is an aspect of your site’s functionality that you should not cheap out on.
Further, when you pay for a good quality, well-constructed, and highly-flexible WordPress theme, you are really buying a product that benefits from:
- Regular updates
- A unique design
- Useful and detailed documentation
- Ongoing support
- No attribution links or another vendor branding
Make sure that it is Fully Responsive in design
In my opinion, this is the most important criteria to consider, as it is absolutely vital that your WordPress business website is easy to read, navigate and interact with on mobile devices, especially smartphones such as the Samsung Note and Apple iPhone.
As up to 87% of your website’s visitors will use a mobile phone to find you during normal business hours, and will have up to six times the intent to buy when using a mobile device to check out your goods and services, to use a website theme that does not render perfectly on all devices is nothing short of madness.
Therefore, when selecting a theme for your WordPress business website, make absolutely sure that it is identified as being ‘fully responsive’ by the vendor. If no such statement is clearly visible in the theme’s sales copy, then do not purchase it, just move onto the next theme and check that one out instead. I can’t stress the importance of this enough!
Go for simplicity
Never forget that purpose of your WordPress business website is to take its visitors successfully from your landing pages through to the conversion devices you have created for them. As such, the design of your site should revolve fully around the achievement of this result, with all features and functionality selected in the context of this conversion outcome.
Therefore, when selecting a WordPress theme, avoid those that seduce you with their vast array of boxes, sliding panels, interactive devices, complex tabbed layouts, dazzling image galleries and so on, as you will find that although inviting, most do not support your website’s business goals in any direct way.
Further, a website that is bogged down many of these memory-intensive devices will not only slow down the load times of your landing pages, they will also fail to be compatible across all browsers and devices. Both of these issues will work against your conversion efforts significantly.
I strongly suggest that you avoid intricate, flashy and function-heavy designs in favor of simple designs that load fast, are simple to modify to your custom requirements and are compatible with most browsers.
Go for a highly-flexible layout
A good WordPress theme should allow you to set up your business website exactly the way that you need it to be set up to support your ‘landing page to conversion’ funnel. As such, creating new sections and functions should be quick and easy to achieve as required.
In particular, you will want to be able to easily add custom sidebars, social media sharing buttons, opt-in forms, and custom advertisements wherever you happen to need them to be. In particular, choose a theme that allows you to create and position custom Widgets anywhere you want them to appear. This is because custom Widgets will be one of the primary ways in which you add purpose-specific conversion funnel enablers to your site without having to be familiar with WordPress coding languages.
The WordPress theme you select for your business website should also allow you to ‘mix and match’ the layout of your business website on the individual page and post level. This makes perfect sense because each individual page on your site is designed to achieve a specific purpose and will, therefore, need an appropriate, individualized layout that supports that purpose. The last thing that you want is a theme that limits you to just one or two layouts for the entire site.
Go for extensive and flexible configuration options
The more formatting elements the theme allows you to customize to your own unique business website requirements, the better. The selected WordPress them should allow you to change everything from the fonts being used to the color schemes that apply to the site as a whole. This is essential, as you will want to tailor the theme to support your own branding, look and style, rather than adjust to that imposed by the theme that you have chosen.
Getting started in your search
Below are five WordPress theme vendors I have used in recent times to source themes for my own clients. Although the vendors in this list do not constitute a specific recommendation on my part, the fact is that I have been very happy with the themes I have sourced from them. So you might find the vendors on this list as a useful beginning point for your search.
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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