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First, keep in mind that this is only the Beginner’s Guide to start your blog. In this tutorial we will cover:
- Decide what to blog about
- Pick a Domain Name
- Choose the Best Web Hosting
- Choose a blogging platform. WordPress on the top
- Install WordPress
- Essential Settings After Installing WordPress
- Install theme of your need/choice
- Add plugins and widgets
- Add Pages and Posts
Ready ? Here we go
1. Decide what to blog about
You might be in dilemma in choosing the topic. But no worries we will guide you. First be sure what is your interest. If you are an individual you can choose a topic of your choice. In fact, pick a topic you truly enjoy. If your motive of blogging is to earn or uplift your business than your blog should be related to the products or services. A blog requires a lot of content to for long-term running so pick something in which you are an expert or familiar.
Further, if you think that you can write on multiple topics, you can write them using different categories.
2. Pick a Domain Name
A domain is a web address. It is basically the URL of your website. For examples: google.com, facebook.com.
There are many domain service providers. Some hosting providers like Bluehost provide free domain with their hosting packages.You can also purchase a domain from others as well. Keep in mind that always purchase the domain form site you trust. And remember, pick a catchy domain name. If already have domain than that’s great you just need to point hosting name server to your domain from domain panel.
Quick tips for choosing a domain name:
- Make it easy to remember and easy to share.
- Go with the appropriate extension that suits your business. Extensions are suffix such as .com, .org, .info, .net, etc. at the end of the web address.
- Use KISS formula (Keep it Short and Simple). Avoid hyphens, numbers, obscure terms or confusing words.
- Catchy and Memorable domains are always appreciated. Make sure your visitors will come back again and again.
Note: if you are a serious blogger, do not go for free hosted domains like Blogspot or WordPress.com domains.
3. Choose Web Hosting
Hosting is the place where every data, files, images etc. of your blog are stored. There are various web hosting service providers in the market but select random hosting is the subject matter of a headache. It is necessary to have reliable hosting for long-term blogging. There are various THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SERVERS AND HOSTING. Siteground, Bluehost, HostGator, Namecheap are some renown hosting providers.
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4. Choose a blogging platform. WordPress on the top
If you want to travel, you need a vehicle. If you want to blog, you need a blogging platform. Webutter recommends WordPress. It is by far the most popular blogging platform. We don’t want to waste your time discussing another platform. You can get a clear idea after reading our previous blog. Why should you use WordPress? It’s easy to use, flexible and has a large community of people who share tools and ideas. You might get confused on wordpress.com and WordPress.org. We recommend WordPress.org a self-hosted platform due to its flexibility and more control. You can easily install WordPress from cPanel.
5. Essential Setting After Installing WordPress.
Remove Dummy Content: By default, WordPress already create some dummy content in your blog. Delete them before writing your blog. Some sample contents are Sample Comment in the comment section, Sample Post on the post section, Sample Page on-page section, Hello Dolly Plugin in the plugins section.
Change The Title, Tagline, Time and Date: You should change your Site Title and Tagline if you have set tagline in your mind. Don’t forget to change time and date according to your location/requirement. After making all the changes, click ‘Save Changes’. To do that, go to Settings -> General.
Configure the Reading Settings: By default, WordPress will show the blog posts on your homepage. If you want to show a custom home page and assign another page for the blog posts, you need to make some changes. First of all, create two new pages titled ‘Home’ and ‘Blog’. Then, go to Settings -> Reading. In the ‘Front page displays’ option, choose ‘A static page‘.
Change your Permalinks Structure: To change the default permalink structure, go to Settings -> Permalinks.In the resulting page, you will find different permalink structures. We prefer the ‘Post Name’ structure. This is best for SEO
Add New Categories: As we have discussed if you can write in multiple topics or if your topic is divided into multiple categories than you can add categories. To create a new category, go to the post editor and find out the meta box titled ‘Categories’.
6. Install theme of your need/choice.
Now you all you need to do is pick a WordPress theme. We can find loads and loads of free theme in the WordPress theme repository. You can easily download them. Or if think that free theme does not meet your requirements then can also download premium themes from reliable places like Themeforest, CreativeMarket. They don’t cost more than $60. But be sure that premium theme meets your requirements before purchasing them.
By default new installation of WordPress comes with three themes – Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Thirteen. You will find the themes in the Appearance -> Themes page.
Once you have chosen your theme, download the theme file on your computer. Then, go to Appearance -> Themes and click ‘Add New’. Click ‘Upload Theme’, upload the theme and then activate it. If you find the theme in the WordPress repository then you can directly install without downloading.
7. Add plugins
Plugins are one of the main reasons for WordPress’ popularity. Installing WordPress plugins, allows you to do almost anything with your WordPress site. They control the behavior of the site. While the necessary plugins will vary depending on your website type. Like WordPress, themes plugins can also be installed in the same way. Just difference is you need to install it from plugins section. There are some common plugins that are required for all WordPress sites. We have a few recommended plugins which are essential for every kind of WordPress sites.
Anti-spam Plugin: Akismet is a great plugin to stop spam and junk comments on your site.This plugin comes installed with a fresh WordPress installation, and all you have to do is activate it and sign up for an account at akismet.com.
SEO Plugins: By using SEO plugins, you can make sure that you are following all the SEO best practices without having to check them manually. These plugins will also help you in optimizing your blog post titles, meta description, social media sharing options, etc. WordPress SEO by Yoast and All in One SEO Pack are the most famous plugins among all the WordPress SEO plugins
Caching Plugin: Caching means saving the static content of your website on the visitor’s computer. By saving the contents, you can make your website load a lot faster. Like any other plugin type, the official WordPress plugin repository includes lots of caching plugins. The W3 Total Cache plugin is one of the popular plugins in WordPress. The main aim of this plugin is to speed up WordPress site from loading. It improves the SEO and user experience of the site by increasing website performance, reducing download times via features like CDN integration. It is easy to use and setup.
Security Plugins: Security is essential for your blog. There are a lot of security plugins found in WordPress. The most popular plugins are Sucuri Security, All in one wp security and firewall. Wordfence Security etc. We personally recommend Sucuri Security plugin. This is our personal best plugin and we use on every client’s project.
7. Add Pages and Posts
Posts are the topics mostly used for blogs whereas pages are static in nature. Meaning their contents remain the same for most cases. Your regular contents are posted in the post. Mostly homepage, contact pages are made in pages. Now its time to write the content of for your blog and blog contents are posted in Post section by adding a new post.
Wrapping It Up
You are now officially a blogger !! All most all essential requirements are set up completely. Keep on blogging on your interest. If you want to be a serious blogger, write high-quality blog posts regularly.
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