If you have finally decided to create a blog, this is the perfect tutorial to help you. In this article, I am going to show you how to create a blog in just about 15 minutes or even less than that!.
You need to follow the steps mentioned below in the same order and your blog will be up and running quickly.
Here’s How to Create a Blog:
Step 1: Select the Best Blogging Platform
There are several tools and platforms that are available to create a blog in 2018. However, you need to choose the best one which is provided by WordPress.org. The software (Content Management System) is free of cost. However, you need to have a paid infrastructure where you can install this software and run your blog. This is called a self-hosted blog. (It all may sound too technical but it’s not!).
Why WordPress, you may ask. It’s easy to set up and easy to use, widely popular and search engines like Google also loves the structure of blog created using WordPress. It’s also very secure. Additionally, there is a vast community of WordPress which means you have plenty of help, support as well as availability of themes and plugins.
Why not Use Free Blogging Platforms to Create a Blog?
Now, you may also be aware that there are some free blogging platforms that don’t require any cost – not even for the infrastructure (hosting). For example, blogger.com (also known as blogspot), tumblr etc provide free blogging platforms. However, there are few risks and limitations attached to the use of a free blogging platform, some of which are mentioned below:
- You don’t have full control on free blogging platforms. Someday, they may decide to shut their entire service.
- You can’t build credibility with a blog on free blogging platform. Have you ever come across a successful, big blogger with blog on blogspot, tumblr or any other free blogging platform?
- The URL of the blog is long, hard to remember and doesn’t look professional. With a free blogging platform, you get a free subdomain name. So, your blog’s name would be like yourblogname.blogspot.com and not just yourblogname.com. You see the difference right?
Here, it’s worth mentioning that WordPress also has 2 different services. WordPress.org provides a software that can be used to host on a server (self hosted blog which is recommended). On the other hand, WordPress.COM is a free blogging platform. All the limitations that we noted above also applies to WordPress.com blogs.
Because of these reasons, we strongly recommend use of self hosted WordPress.org blog. In the next steps, we are going to discuss how to create a blog in 2018 and beyond using self hosted WordPress blog.
So What’s the Cost of Creating a Self Hosted Blog?
I am sure you would have understood by now that if you are serious about creating a blog, you will have to invest few bucks. All you need is around $10-12 USD per year for a domain name and around $5-7 per month for web hosting. That’s less than the cost of a drink!
PS: If you purchase web hosting service from Bluehost.com, you will get a domain name for free! However, that’s not the only reason we recommend it!
Step 2: Think of a Domain Name
A domain name is the name of your blog or website. It’s your address on internet where your blog or website resides. When you type www.digitallyalive.com in your web browser, it opens up my blog because that’s the domain name I had registered and associated my blog with it when I started this blog.
A .COM domain name usually costs you something around $10 to $12 USD per year. However, you can get it for free when you sign up with Bluehost for web hosting in the next step.
Step 3: Buy a Web Hosting Plan
There are several companies offering web hosting services. Out of those, the leading ones are Bluehost, HostGator and Dreamhost. All three are really good, easy to use – even for the newbies, provide great support, high uptime and great load speed.
After a lot of research, having used and experienced the services personally, I came to a conclusion that Bluehost is the best to start a blog with. They are extremely helpful and the user interface is very easy to use. By the way, even WordPress recommends their service! Let’s now take a look on the actual steps to create a blog.
To start with, click here to go to Bluehost website. Click on the “Get started now” button. Once you click it, you will be taken to a page that shows three different packages to for you to choose. See the screenshot below for reference.
If the picture shown below doesn’t look exactly same on the website, do not worry. They keep changing the look and feel of their website to improve the user experience, which is a good thing. The charges may also be different as bluehost runs promotional campaigns from time to time.
1. If you are just starting out and planning to have one blog only, I recommend you to go ahead with the basic plan. You will be fine with it.
2. Since you landed on Bluehost page using my link, you will get big discount that you wouldn’t have got otherwise. This discount is applicable for initial purchase only. When you go to renew it, you won’t get this discount. So, it’s better for you to sign up for 3 years at one go. (this means more discounts!)
Specify the Domain Name
Once you select the plan, on next screen, you will be presented with two options regarding the domain name. Either you can register a new domain name for free or if you have an existing domain name registered elsewhere, you can specify it here.
If you are registering a new domain name, obviously it should be available. Once you got your desired domain name, click on next.
Enter Account Details
This is straight forward. You need to enter your account details, email id etc here.
Choose a Package
Now this is crucial step. As mentioned earlier, I recommend you to choose a 3 year plan to avail maximum benefits in terms of discounts. However, you don’t need any other add-ons. So make sure that you de-select everything else such as Site Backup Pro, SiteLock Security etc otherwise you will end up paying for services that you may not be using.
Complete your Purchase of Web Hosting
Rest of the steps to purchase your web hosting plan is not difficult. You have to make the payment using Credit card or paypal account. Once you complete it, Bluehost will send you account details and instructions to login will be provided by them.
Install WordPress on Web Hosting Account
Although it may sound difficult, trust me – it’s not. Bluehost has made it really simple for anyone to install WordPress and create a blog. All you need is just a couple of clicks!
First of all, log in to your Bluehost cPanel account using the credentials you received in email from bluehost.
Now, go to the “Website” section and then click on “Install WordPress”.
Next, click on the “Install” button.
Here, you have to choose the domain name. In the field next to the domain, you can leave it blank.
Click on advanced options and review everything there. Agree to the terms and check the box. Finally, click on the “Install Now” button.
Yupiee! you are all done now. Your blog is up!
You Have Created a Blog – What Next?
After you create a blog using the steps mentioned above, you can login to the dashboard of your blog. The link will be displayed on the screen after installations is completed. Typically, it looks like yourblogname.com/login .
Once you login to the dashboard using the credentials, try to explore different links and options. Click on the “posts” and you can delete the default post that comes with installation. You can create a new post using “Posts” > “Add New”.
Over to You Now!
Hope, you were able to follow the steps in this guide and understand how to create a blog in 2018. If you have any queries, do let me know!