Important things required to start a WordPress blog
There are 2 things that are important to start a blog.
- A domain name (Name your blog in style, for eg: wptts.com).
- A web hosting account. (That is a place your website gonna shine).
Not only these two things but also need your effort and creativity.
OK, let us begin your journey to creating a blog. In this tutorial, I will explain every step to create a blog as easier.
The subject which is following is really important:
- To register a domain name. for free.
- To choose the best web hosting.
- How to install WordPress.
- How to choose and change your WordPress theme.
- How to write a blog.
- How to personalize WordPress with Plugins.
- How to make money from your blog.
OK, move on to creating a blog.
Step 1: Organize a platform
Always choose the best platform to start a WordPress blog or website. You are now in the right place, trust me or read my blog and after you will say yes.
WordPress.org is the best option to create a blog, because
- Free to use.
- Personalize your site design.
- And make money from your site without restrictions.
Check the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org for why I suggest choosing WordPress.org. Here the link for download the WordPress
Now you will ask yourself that “It is free?? Why??”
Because you have to organize it and host it by yourself.
In other terms, you should have the domain name and web hosting.
Generally, a domain name would cost around $14.99 and web hosting $7.99/month.
But luckily Bluehost, an official WordPress hosting provider is offering free domain name and over 60% offer on web hosting.
Bluehost was started and running successfully from 1996. Bluehost is the first and best option for the domain name and web hosting.
Bluehost and WordPress having a good connection, hence Bluehost giving a most incredible offer on the domain name and web hosting. From 2005 Bluehost has been working with WordPress.
So why are you waiting? let’s start to build your dream by purchasing Domain and Hosting.
Bluehost- Prices, Features, and comparison.
After click on “get started now”, the next screen will show various plans available to choose which you want.
After you choose, it will ask to enter a domain name for your website.
Finally, it will ask your information detail to create an account and finalize the package to finish the process. We recommend choosing a 36-month plan because of the best offer for long-term usage.
[$2.75/Month + Unlimited Bandwidth and a Free Domain]Since you get a domain name for Free, you will be saving up to $160-$180 for the 36-month plan! (65% off).
And also shows some additional features to purchase, and it’s your choice to buy those features. But we recommend buying “Domain Privacy Protection”.
After you complete the process, you will receive an Email from Bluehost contains how to login into your web hosting control panel. In the control panel only we can able to install WordPress.
Step 2: Install WordPress
In the Cpanel, there are so many small icons for various services and features that tempting to use, but most of them are not required for your use.
Move to the website section to click on the WordPress icon.
Then you will be redirected to Bluehost quick install screen for WordPress. Click on the “Get started” button.
By the next screen, you will need to choose a domain name from the drop-down box and click “Next”.
After that, you have to enter your site name, username, and password for your site. And also check all the checkboxes that required to install.
The “Quickinstall” will start to installing WordPress. Meanwhile, Bluehost asks you to browse on WordPress themes. But I will show you how to get free themes by the next step.
Once WordPress has installed, on top of the header bar you will see a success notice.
Click on the Installation complete link and that will bring you to the screen asking for username and password.
Congratulations!!!! The piece of cake right?? You created your own WordPress website.
And your WordPress login URL will look like below:
After clicking on the URL, the page asks you to enter username and password.
And now you are ready to personalize your website appearance and after start blogging.
Step 3: WordPress Themes
Basically, when you first look at the new site, it would be simple. So we using WordPress themes to design the website.
There are many WordPress themes are available to use. But some are free WordPress themes and others to be paid.
If you want to change themes by going the WordPress dashboard and clicking on “Appearance > Themes
Then click on the “Add new” button that you can find on top of the screen.
On the next screen, you can find out more than 5000 free WordPress themes that you can personalize your site. These are themes available in the official WordPress.org directory You can sort these by “popular, the latest featured and custom sorts” to choose.
After choosing which theme you want to use, just move your mouse over it and it will show the “Install” button. Once you click on the “Install” button it will take some time to install. After that “Install” will change into the “Activate” button, and click that button to activate the theme.
Once you have installed your theme, you can customize it by clicking on the Customize link under the Appearance menu.
Finally, you have decided that how your site look. And now are you ready to create your first blog post?
Step 4: Blog Post
To write your own WordPress blog post, click on the “Posts > Add New” menu in your WordPress dashboard.
And you will see an editor area where you can write your first blog post.
Once you finish writing your blog Click on the “Publish” button where you find the right side of your screen. And you can also see the preview of your post by clicking the “Preview” button.
There are several other sections are available on the post screen such as categories and tags. You can use to organize a post
In my experience, I saw many beginners have confused themselves with the page menu and post menu.
Step 5: Plugins
After finishing your post writing, you should add some other usual features like contact, about me page and etc. With the help of WordPress plugins, you can add these features.
There are now more than 50000 WordPress plugins are available to use. We have explained some best and useful WordPress plugins that you need.
And with step by step guide how to install WordPress plugins.
Here’s a list of 24 must-have WordPress plugins for business websites.
How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress
WP Forms is a freemium plugin there are more than 2million+ users using WP Forms.
I recommend using the WP Forms Lite plugin and it’s a popular free WordPress plugin. And its a one of the best contact form plugin in WordPress.
In their plugin also have a template of featured forms. We can select the template of a form that one wants to create.
First, we need to install the WPFroms plugin. Go to WordPress dashboard Plugin-> Add New and search WPForms in the search box.
Next, you need to “Install” and then click the “Activate” button.
For creating a contact form, click WPForms -> Add New page to create your first form.
Then enter the name of your contact form and then click click “Simple Contact Form” template.
That’s a contact form template WPForms create a simple contact form for you will all the required fields in there.
If you want to add more fields or change field in template just look up on the left side and drag and drop which field you want.
Once you are done editing the contact form just click on the Save button at the top right corner and exit.
Now you need to add contact form in contact form page.
If you don’t have a contact form page just create one. Go to Pages -> Add New and click “Add Form” button add call your contact form on it.
When you click the “Add Form” button it will bring up a popup. Then select the form you created and click on the add form button.
Now you can see the shortcode of your contact form which is created by WPForms.
Now click the save and publish button.
That all you’re successfully added your contact form into your website.
Step 6: How to make income from your Blog
Since you have created a WordPress blog, now you will be thinking that how to make money from it!! Right?
Don’t think that you can make money in no time. We have created an article that how to make income from your blog. And also there are more 50000 articles about this too.
As long as you put your mind and doing some hard work, definitely you will get paid for it. Just do your job and earn from it.