How To Make A Blog: A Step by Step Guide to Your Own Wordpress Blog

How To Make A Blog - Wordpress Blog

So many people have questions when it comes to the popular topic of how to make a blog. Believe me when I say that how to make a blog it isn’t complicated at all! Once you have a clear direction and have all your great ideas in order, the creative process is easier. Whether you want to blog because it’s a personal hobby or you want to share your thoughts with the world, WordPress is a great place to start. There are several things that go into creating a good WordPress blog. It takes time and a lot of hard work to make it something you can be proud of, so you have to be patient. Don’t worry! I’ll be here to help you every step of the way. I know you’re ready, so let’s begin!

Key steps on how to make a blog

1Get your Hosting & Domain

Every WordPress blog needs hosting and I can attest to how awesome SiteGround is.  The pricing is super fair, the performance is really good, you get free SSL (the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser), you get free emails, and the 24/7 live chat is fucking amazing! The 24/7 live chat will be your lifeline if you’re up at 2am and desperately need help with your blog. Need I say more? Thought so.

Go to SiteGround.com

Siteground Share Hosting Plans

Visit SiteGround.com – You have here 3 different options: StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek.

For most people starting a new blog, you will probably be okay with the StartUp plan. But if you expect more than 10,000 visitors within a few weeks, or you want some more advanced features, then feel free to upgrade. There are, however, more pros to each plan, and here are the differences in a nutshell:

StartUp

The SiteGround StartUp plan is the most basic of the bunch and is the usual choice for aspiring bloggers with little to no experience. This plan gives you all the basic hosting features you need for a new website, existing average-size blog, personal website, or a business website. The StartUp plan lives up to its name; it’s a suitable platform for smaller online shops with a reasonable number of products that don’t want to splurge too much. Outgrowing this plan is an inevitable route when you start attracting more than 10,000 unique visits per month on a regular basis.

GrowBig

Now, this plan is a personal favorite of mine and is something that most professionals stick to even after they’ve hit the jackpot. If you need to tap into more resources and other premium features, GrowBig is the plan to beat. Designed to accommodate either single or more heavily-visited websites, it is a popular plan among customers who prefer to host all their sites in one account.

GoGeek

If you’ve made it in the big league and have a really busy page that’s loaded with content, then this plan is your best bet. With GoGeek, customers are hosted on instances, where fewer users share the server resources. On top of this, the plan is great for average-sized e-commerce websites because it can accommodate a much larger product line and also includes features such as server PCI compliance!

Choose your Domain

Siteground Domain

Take your time with this very important step! I can’t stress this enough: when it comes to picking out your domain name, DO NOT RUSH IT. This is what you’ll be known for. This is the handle that will appear in all of your social media platforms, so make it count. Do your research. Make it meaningful and try to avoid the usual mainstream things or trends or slang words that most people might not understand. You want people to remember you. When picking out your domain name it’s also important that you check availability. Is the name you picked out already taken? Does it sound too similar to something that already exists? Is it available on some platforms but taken in others? Do your homework buddy. Here are more tips on choosing a domain name that is perfect for you.

Complete your billing address

Siteground Purchase Plan

Complete your billing address. Filling up the registration sheet requires that you put in important data such as billing address, zip code, as well as other information the company needs in order to bill you for the subscription. Once the purchase has been made:

Verify your order

Siteground Verify Your Order

After clicking, a chat window will appear. Just wait a few seconds until someone begins chatting with you. They do that for security reasons and check every single order manually. He called my phone and asked me a few questions to confirm the order.

After the call is done, you can ask support for help if you have any other questions, or you can choose to close it. You also receive emails from SiteGround. Open the one with the subject “SiteGround Domain Services”. All you need to do is confirm your new domain and voila! It’s all set!

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE NOW YOUR OWN SERVER AND DOMAIN.

2Setup your WordPress

Now we can start setting up WordPress on our server. It’s pretty fast and doesn’t need any expert knowledge.

Login to your hosting

Siteground Login

Go to SiteGround.com and click the on the  “Login” button located on the upper right hand corner. Just key in your username and password. If you ever forget your username, you can find one of the emails you can use to recover your password on SiteGround (Subject: Order Confirmation). Click “Sign in” and then get to the backend of your SiteGround account to fix the issue.

Go to cPanel

Siteground Login To-Cpanel

To install WordPress on the server we need to go the cPanel. For that, you need to click “My Account” and then click on the red button on the left that is labeled “cPanel”. Just click “Proceed” when the popup shows up.

Siteground Cpanel WordPress

So now, you are in the cPanel. Click on the WordPress icon to start the installation.

Install WordPress

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When you arrive on this page, click “Install now.” After that, you need to fill in a few fields:

Choose Domain
Here, you can the domain you want to install in WordPress.

Site Description
Here, you can enter a description of your blog. You have to be clear about what your blog really is, and stick to it. If you’re interested in writing a fashion blog, say so. Under “Admin Username” you can use the name of your blog. This name will also be visible in your Bio box if you have one.

Admin Password
Use a difficult password to protect your WordPress from attacks. Make sure you leave an e-mail address so you can get notified when changes are made on your WordPress blog.

Select Language
You can leave it like that.

Choose Theme
This step can wait. We will install the template later when we get our own. It will just take a few seconds. When the loading bar is done you will see the following site.

Siteground WordPress Blog

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY INSTALLED  WORDPRESS ON YOUR OWN SERVER! Great progess on how to make a blog!

Next up, installing your template! ☺

3WordPress Blog Theme

WordPress offers some free WordPress blog themes but if you would like to have a professional blog and you don’t have any programming knowledge, you should invest in a good WordPress theme. get ready to shell out some cash. When learning how to make a blog, you should look up the best themes too. It costs around PHP 2,000. I will show you where you can find them and what you should look for.

Choose your WordPress Blog Theme

Themeforest WordPress Blog Themes
Go to ThemeForest.net. On their menu, hover over WordPress and select the category “Blog/Magazine“.

There are a lot of different WordPress blog themes you can choose from. Keep in mind that you need to choose a theme that appeals to your niche. It’s cool; you can change colors, etc after you install the template. When choosing a theme, consider the following:

Is the mobile version of the WordPress blog theme any good?
Most people check and buy the theme on desktops and forget about the mobile version. Usually, more than 60% of a blog’s traffic is via mobile. It’s really important that the design looks good on your mobile phone too. The mobile version should be also user-friendly.

Check the page speed of the website
To check the page speed, you can use “PageSpeed Insights,” a tool from Google. Anther good speed measure tool is GTMetrix. Just copy-paste the URL of the theme in the field and let it do the rest.

Check how many people bought the WordPress blog theme
This one is really important. The creators of the template need to make updates from time to time. If just a few people bought the theme, then maybe they will not make updates in the future, because it’s not worth their time. They would rather create a new one which gets more sales.

Check the reviews.
Check if there are some complaints about the theme. Are the reviews good? Are there any bugs in the system that could cause serious trouble? It pays to check the comments and make your research!

Buy your WordPress Blog Theme

Fashion WordPress Blog Themes

After you checked all the points I mentioned above and you found the right theme for yourself, then buy it! You need a PayPal account or credit card to buy the theme.

If you are able to buy it for yourself, then buy it and download the theme. After that, you need to unzip the file. Most themes have instructions how to install the theme on your WordPress blog. All are a little bit different from each other, but I will show you the main installation.

Install your new WordPress Blog Theme

login wordpress blog

Go back to your blog “yourdomain.com/wp-admin/” and login to your WordPress backend.

After that, you need to go to “Appearance” and click on “Themes”. Here you see the active theme. Now you can add your new blog theme. Go on top to “Add New” and on the next page “Upload Theme”. It will bring up a window where you can choose the theme you bought before. Upload it and click “Install now”. We’re really breezing past this tutorial huh? Who ever said the process of how to make a blog was difficult should have waited for my article!

activate wordpress theme

The last step in how to make a blog? You just need to activate the theme! As I mentioned above, some themes need some more steps. However, I can’t explain that here, because it’s different from theme to theme. How to make a blog isn’t that hard, right? Once you get everything sorted out I promise everything will flow more smoothly from there. But pretty much that’s how to make a blog!

Now that you’re ready to start blogging, let’s make sure your blog is a reflection of who you are. Here are 10 tips for choosing a domain name that will help you make your blog legit!

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