Starting a Blog is easier than you think.
Here are the basic steps.
1. You need to decide which of the blogging websites you wish to use.
Wordpress.com will host your site and make it a lot easier for your startup. This option can be absolutely free, if you don’ mind having your web address be yourdomain.wordpress.com. (If you choose, you may have your personal address for about $15.00 per year. Then it would be yourdomain.com) This platform makes it easy to have a website, but you are limited as to how your site will look and you can’t sell anything from there. This is just for a simple blog. If you choose this option, then decide your domain name, and go to http://wordpress.com to get started.
Wordpress.org has much more to offer and is the platform which is used by many major businesses all over the globe. There are many themes you can use to have a distinctive look – and really you can do just about anything you would like from this site. There are many “plugins” (think apps), which will provide a wide variety of features. Wordpress.org is free, just like its cousin. However, if you choose this option, you will definitely need to obtain your own domain and you will need to sign up with a hosting site. Both of these cost money. It’s more complicated to work with Wordpress.org, but there are tutorials available to help you along the way. Some people like to start with the first option and gravitate toward this one as they gain confidence online.
2. Choose and Purchase Your Domain Name.
Your domain name is your URL, or your web address. That’s the name which people will type into the search bar in order to reach your website, and you need to think about this very carefully. A few years ago, most gurus advised that you find out phrases which are being searched for, and choose a name accordingly. For instance, if you found that many people were searching for Bible stories, you might choose Biblestories.com, and have your site pop up when people are searching, thus getting some to come to your site. What is important is that you think of a name which will indicate what you find important about your mission. Or you choose your own name. Just make it something easy to remember. Whatever you choose, remember that there are no spaces. It will read http://yourdomain.com (or .org, or .net, or .biz, or .many other suffixes). When people put that into their search bar or click on it, they will be taken to your website.
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So that's it, for starters.
If you choose to go with Wordpress.com, go to that site, and the process will be pretty obvious. If you choose to go with Wordpress.org, decide on a domain name, and go to http://bluehost.com/hutchins/tracker. Register your domain name and sign up for a website. Go to Cpanel, and click “Install Wordpress” in the Website panel. Then click “Install” under do it yourself. (There will be offers for assistance, but that shouldn’t be necessary).
At first, your site will look very incomplete, but open the Dashboard (at the top left corner of the screen) and you can change everything you want. First you go to “Appearances/ Themes”, and you may choose a theme quickly. (Don’t worry about this too much right now, because you can change themes very easily as you get comfortable with Wordpress). Load the theme and click on “Settings” to add your Title and Tagline (your subtitle). Then you can go to “Posts” and write your first Blogpost.
You are ready for the world to read what you have to say! So you have begun your journey. If you feel unsure about it, don’t worry. So did everyone who ever started this journey. Before you know it, you will be navigating around your site with confidence and ease. If these terms are unclear, check out the beginner’s glossary in WordPress, a Tremendous Gift.
If you would like to have a more complete tutorial, you may view the Wordpress Tutorials – eight short videos mentioned above which explain the process: Beginner’s Guide to Wordpress. These were done by a man who has installed many websites and can lead you through the process quite easily.
You can do this!