Create & Start a WordPress Blog | Step By Step Guide

So if you want to create a WordPress Blog, then you are in the right place.

Today, we will guide you through complete step by step Guide to Create a WordPress Blog.

Seriously it is very simple to create a WordPress Blog, That’s why we say that You can do it in only 15 minutes.

How To Create A Blog : What You Need

This Guide is not about using WordPress.com but this guide is about How to Start Your own Blog by using Self-hosted WordPress, so that you are in full control.

Step-by-Step Guide

If You are ready & want to create a blog, the here is complete Step-by-Step Guide.

  • Sign Up for Web Hosting (Blue Host)
  • Then Choose a Hosting Plan
  • Select a Domain Name for Your Blog
  • Complete your Hosting registration
  • Then Install WordPress
  • & Then Log in & Write your first Blog Post

None of the above Steps requires deep technical knowledge & we’ll show the whole process that how to set up a blog in detail.

Once you get your blog up & Running , you will probably want to start Writing & Change its appearance/Functionality, For the Purpose of Helping You, we will show you that how to do that.

  • Using WordPress Editor, Write Your first Blog Post
  • Add functionality to your blog using tools called “Plugins”

As long as you know how to use sites like Facebook & You have confidence, when it comes to “web Stuff”, you can follow this guide.

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Step 1 : Purchase Your Domain Name & Hosting

If you want to make your blog accessible to people around the world, then you requires two things:

  • Hosting – The Engine that powers your Site is Hosting. Every Single website on the internet is powered by a Host.
  • Domain – Domain is your Blog permanent address. For Example, Our is internetseekho.com

You can Purchase your Domain & Hosting at the same time, So don’t worry too much about it. But before you can do that, you need to Select a WordPress Host. Due to WordPress Popularity, there are a huge number of WordPress Hosts.

Personally, we have tested the reliability & Performance of these Hosts.
After Testing, We recommend namecheap & Bluehost to new Bloggers.

How to sign up at Bluehost for WordPress hosting

To Get Started, Click Here to go to Blue host, If you scroll down on that page, you will see a list of Bluehost WordPress Hosting Plans.

For beginners, we recommend the basic plan because its cheap & it packs plenty of power for your blog. Click on Select button to start.

On the next Screen,
In the new Domain Box, enter the Domain Name for your blog,
& then Click Next.
Remember – You will get this for free:

On the Final Screen,
You will need to enter Basic account & billing details.

If you Scroll down, You will see a Package information Section at the bottom,
Here you can choose how many years of hosting service you want to purchase.

You should pay around $35 for your domain name & one year of hosting.

Once you put all the information, At the bottom, Click Submit to complete your Purchase.

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Step 2 : Install WordPress Software

If you want to create a WordPress Blog, then unsurprisingly you need to install WordPress Software.

We Know, this might sound a little Scary – But we think that you will be Surprised, if you see that how it is easy to install WordPress.

In the Previous Step, When you complete the sign up Process, You should receive an email from Bluehost with details on how to login to Bluehost Customer Area.

Now Go ahead & login to Bluehost.

As you login for the first time, Bluehost will gives you a simple wizard, that takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your Site.

Don’t see the Setup Wizard.

No Worries, it’s easy to install WordPress with Bluehost.
Just go to My Sites & then Click on Create Site Button to launch the Wizard:

Then, You will be able to fill the important detail for your sites like Name, Username/Password that you use to manage your WordPress Blog:

Once you finish the installation Process, You can access your new blog’s dashboard by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

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Step 3 : Go ahead & Write your first Blog Post

Now You learned that how to create a WordPress Blog, You will Probably excited to get to Blogging.

Now we will show you how to change your blog looks & functions. But first, let’s go over how it is easy to write a blog post on your website.

When you log in to your WordPress blog Dashboard at first time, you will see a screen like this:

To write a Blog Post:

  • Click Add New

This will open the WordPress Editor, Which lets you to write a blog post.

To add Text, Just click & type.
For other contents – like an image or embedded YouTube , you can add new blocks.

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Step 4 : How to change Your Blog Looks

When you create a WordPress blog, the major benefits that you will get is to access huge collection of Themes & Plugins.

Here’s an overview of the Two:

Themes – These changes how blog looks

Plugins – These add functionality to blog

We will cover the former in this section.

When you a create a WordPress, You already have an active theme.
Either this will be the default WordPress theme or the theme that you selected during Site Ground Setup Wizard.
But actually, there are thousands of themes available for WordPress, So by no means you’re limited to that small Selection.

Where to Find/Search for WordPress themes for your blog

There are many places where you can find themes for your WordPress blog

Some of them are Free as well as some of them are premium themes

Some links

WordPress.org Theme Directory

Just Free Themes

How to install a WordPress Theme

Once you find a theme you love, it is very easy to add that theme to your site.

Method:

  • Hover over Performance
  • Select Themes
  • Click the Add New Button
  • Free Theme – If you choose a free theme at WordPress.org, then by name search for the theme & Click Install
  • Premium Theme – If you purchased a theme, then click on Upload Theme Button & upload the Zip file you should have received, when you purchased the theme.

After installing your theme, Click the active button to make it active on your site

Further, How to Customize your Theme

To further Customize your theme, you can use the WordPress Customizer.
This interface lets you make certain tweaks without needing to know code of your theme.

By going to Appearance → Customize you can access it:

Depending on your Selected Theme, You may have a different set of options in the left Sidebar.

But in general, You Can:

  • Make Changes by using the options, on left Side
  • Make your changes by Clicking Save & Publish

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Step 5 : How to add functionality to Your Blog

Themes are mostly about appearances while Plugins are focused to help you add functionality to your blog.

When you first create a WordPress Blog, You only have the ability to write Blog posts & create Pages.

What are Plugins?
Plugins allow you to add more advance functionality to your blog, like:

  • Contact Forms
  • Social network Buttons
  • Backups
  • Improves SEO
  • & many more.

WordPress Offers over 50,000 free plugins & thousands of Premium Plugins.

If there is a feature/idea in your mind, then there will be a plugin for it.

How to install WordPress Plugins

  • Go to Plugins → Add New
  • If you choose a free theme at WordPress.org, then by name search for the theme & Click Install
  • If you purchased a theme, then click on Upload Theme Button & upload the Zip file you should have received, when you purchased the theme.

After installing it, Make Sure to activate it

You can always manage your existing plugins, by going to the plugins tab:

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