Guide to Create a Blog
First of all, you need to have ideas and domain names for your new blog. When your domain name is ready, go to your Blue host and sign up for a basic hosting plan. Long registration, like three years, to get the best deal
Follow the instructions to complete your account setup.
Is setup complete? Now you are standing at the starting point of the blogging business. congratulations!
Now is not the time to celebrate. We just started to get into the world of blogging.
I wrote a simple free step-by-step tutorial for beginners on how to create a blog easily and quickly. If you don’t follow my blog tutorial and skip any steps, you won’t feel any complications to install your blog.
1. Choose a domain name (and get it for free)
First, select a domain name. Where can people find you online?
This is probably one of the most interesting parts to start a blog: when a URL becomes available in a hurry, you can buy it immediately.
However, if the first option is not available and other users are already using the URL, it is difficult to come up with another domain name that you think is correct. After all, this is the permanent home of the internet you are creating!
But the truth is that if you let the URL decide to move in the other direction, you can always change it. The most important part is not the complete selection of domain names, you choose one and start.
One of the best start sites is using variations of your name. Especially as a writer, your brand. If your interests change over time, your name won’t become obsolete.
2. Purchase management packs
Next, select a Web host.
What is a web host? The hosting company does all the technical magic because the website actually appears when the user enters the domain name in their browser. In other words, this is very important.
It uses MediaTemple to host a “writing life”, but it’s usually good for high-traffic blogs. If you’re just starting out, you probably don’t need it and go for a cheaper option.
For a new blog, try the blue table. It is used by top bloggers around the world and is known for its customer service and reliability.
Writing Life has a partnership with a blue host where our readers can buy a host for $2.95 a month. The cool part is that it contains a domain name.
Oh, and professional freelancer money tips: Put your purchases (and all purchases mentioned in this article) in a commercial credit card and keep receipts: as an investment in your business, they are tax-free.
3. Install WordPress
We go through almost technical stuff and we guarantee!
On the blogging platform, there are several different options, but we like WordPress most. Not only is it completely free, but easy to learn, it offers a wide range of topics and has an online community and rich plugins to allow everyone to access the blog.
Here you can read the comprehensive instructions for installing WordPress on your new blog. Once you officially log in to the blog, you can start to make it look beautiful.
4. Take your website into maintenance mode
When dealing with the look of a blog, you need to put up a “under construction” sign to meet visitors.
All potential customers and readers want to google their name and find a semi-finished site. (You might think you’ll complete the blog setup tomorrow, but we all know that authors know how to slow it down when there’s no tight deadline!)
To set maintenance mode, download additional suspend programs. The maintenance page includes links to email newsletters and social media personal data, so visitors can contact you in other ways. When you’re ready to share your blog with the world, deactivate and delete the plugin.
5. Choose a blog theme
Now we get something fun! Your theme determines what your blog is like and there are many choices. Yes, there are all kinds of free themes, but if you are serious about blogging, you can beat the customization and support that paid themes offer.
Here, in writing life, we use Genesis, which is one of the most popular advanced themes. Another popular and flexible theme is paper. In my first blog, I use an elegant theme and it has a reasonable price for a wide selection of beautiful themes. All these topics come with unlimited support – essential when you start a blog.
If you want your blog to be a marketing tool for your writing service, you’ll probably look for a topic with a static homepage (like me). In this way, your website looks professional and appeals to everyone – no matter where they read your latest articles or hire your project.
More than half of your access to the website is accessed by mobile phone, so this is essential to the aesthetics of your blog.
6. Create a blog title
I think it’s always worth getting a custom title for a new blog.
You can ask your favorite graphic designers, create them in Canva or order them with Fiverr. I’m lucky enough to design titles and other graphics in this online market, and thousands of people serve it for $5 per show.
7. Write your blog page
You start a blog, not a static site, but you still hope some pages don’t change. (The “Page” is different from a post that is a daily/weekly/monthly entry that you post on your blog.)
8. Install the plug-in
Plugins are great for everyone, especially those of us who are not very adapted to the technical aspects. See them as applications for your blog. They are free tools and you can install do all sorts of things.
There are many plugins that can compromise the functionality and security of your blog, but we recommend that you study some:
Contact Form 7: If you no longer need to place your email address on your contacts page, use a plugin that is frequently updated and well received.
Hi Bar: Readers want to sign up for a free newsletter? Or do you want to announce the release of your new book? You can also use the hang program to create a banner at the top of your blog.
Marsh Share: These share buttons are similar to what you saw in Writing Life. Another minimalist option is a simple share button allocator. It doesn’t matter which plugin you choose: it’s important to make it easier for your readers to share social.
Google Analytics Dashboard: You can also use hang programs to track visitors to your site and see what people are interested in and how they find you.
A Kismet: One of the headaches of blogging is a lot of spam comments. Also, hang programs can help you secretly reduce the number of spammers.
WP Super Cache: Another not sexy but very important plugin. With caching, you can load your blog faster and delight your readers and Google.
Yoast SEO: This one-in-one SEO plugin will help you optimize your posts to get organic traffic from search engines.
9. Install widgets
If your blog has a sidebar, you may want to decorate it with several widgets, aka small boxes with different features. That is, the minimalist look – so skip this step if you want to keep your sidebar simple.