If you are looking for how to start a successful blog, you are at the right place. Great!
To become a blogger, you have to plan your blog even before going into any technical details or step-by-step tutorials. See our detailed article how to launch a perfect blog for more information.
OK, enough said. Once you are done with your brainstorming sessions, time to make a blog site using our step-by-step wordpress tutorial
Step 1: Find Hosting Provider and Domain Name
Assuming this article is for fresh bloggers, you may ask what’s, on earth, is this domain name and hosting and why do I need one?
Ok lets make it simple. Think about yourself!! You have a name and you live in a house. Same like your blog needs a name and that name will be the domain name of your blog, choose a relevant domain name to your blog niche.
Moreover you need a hosting provider company which will give you web space “to house” your blog. Normally hosting providers provide domain name also if its not already taken by some other blog.
Take learningcms for example. We have registered with Hostgator, a hosting provider company, to provide us with domain name learningcms.com and web space to house our blog.
Take extreme care in selecting your hosting providers. Choosing a bad hosting provider to host your blog can give you nightmares later on. Services/server down, hacked accounts, slow loading times are name a few if you select a bad hosting provider.
Step 2: Make an Account with Hostgator
If you have chosen Hostgator as your service provider as we did then this step is just a brief about Hostgator hosting plans which plan is suitable for you.
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One you will be on their page, Hostgator will offer you three plans:
Hostgator Hatchling Plan
In simple words, If you are a beginner and have intentions to run only one website/blog, go for hatchling. One Domain name only.
Hostgator Baby Plan
If you have intentions to run multiple sites/blogs then baby plan should serve you well. Multiple Domain names so you can run more than one blogs from same account.
Hostgator Business Plan
If you want to run an online shop to sell your products then you will need a SSL certificate. It will give a secure access to your customers to pay from credit card or other methods. This is what Hostgator business plan is, a plan with ssl certificate included.
Whatever plan you selected, you will be presented with an order form. Fill in all the required information.
Pay close attention to point no.4 in image above, if you need those additional self explanatory services, go for it otherwise you can uncheck them. These are definitely good to have but not necessary if you are hard on your pocket.
Once done, you will get your login details in your email with a nice greeting message from Hostgator.
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Step 3: Wordpress Installation
Most of the good hosting providers now a days have built-in option to install wordpress automatically and Hostgator is no difference. Just log in to your account and do it yourself.
Go to https://portal.hostgator.com/login and login to your account
Once on Hostgator cpanel, click the Hosting tab and scroll down until you see Launch QuickInstall. This is a wordpress auto installer option to install wordpress quickly.
Install wordpress using quick install.
Once done, you will be provided with username and password, note it down. You will need these details later on.
Step 4: Wordpress Interface
WordPress comes with two interfaces. A frond end and a backend to manage the front end. Lets have a visit to wordpress backend interface first.
Type yourblog.com/wp-admin and you will showed up with wordpress login screen. Type the username and password you saved from Step2.
You will land on the backend of your blog.
From here you can manage literally each and everything which will be displayed on the frontend. You can add posts, pages, add galleries, play videos and manage comments.
WordPress user friendly interface is mostly self explanatory but we will cover the features when and where needed.
Step 5: Create Your First Post
Time to add your first test post. Click Posts-Add New. Type in a title for your post and some content in body section. Don’t worry, feel free to play with other options and get yourself familiar with text editor. WordPress will not bite you.
Click Publish to publish your post. Voila! You did it.
Click Visit Site to see your maiden post.
Step 6: Select a Theme for Blog
WordPress comes with free themes but bloggers rarely use those themes so one important thing to do right from the start is to select an appropriate theme for your blog.
Go to Appearance-themes to select any of the free themes .
If you want to install wordpress purchased theme, upload theme into wordpress first and then select it.
Step 7: Customize
Customize menu in wordpress is a big time saver. As the name suggests, you can customize the whole theme appearance from here. It’s a one stop shop to add logo, images, menus, widgets and almost everything.
Step 8: Plugins
Consider plugins as small software programs which will add extra functionality to your blog.
At first, wordpress looks quite limited in its functionality. But it’s not. There is a huge library of wordpress plugins available on internet which can turn your blog into a super blog. Here is the link of the official page of wordpress plugins https://wordpress.org/plugins/
Use plugins with great care. Installing too many plugins can drastically slow down your blog’s speed.Woopoo's Caution
And that’s pretty much it. You have just completed your guide to run your own blog and sky is the limit from here onward.
Try to make yourself as familiar with wordpress as possible and practice it.
You may also like our WordPress Glossary section to familiar yourself most common wordpress and blogging terms.