How To Start A WordPress Blog

Are you looking for a way to start a WordPress blog in the right way but you don’t know how to go about it? If yes, I got you covered. Here in this article, I want to show you how to start a WordPress blog.

I personally know that starting a blog is terrifying something especially for newbies in the system, but don’t worry Nelson is here for you.

So,

am going to give you a comprehensive guide on how to start a WordPress blog here step by step without any technical knowledge or whatever in these posts. All I want from you is to follow the step-by-step process and that’s all, because if I should set up a WordPress blog for clients, I charge nothing less than 30k-45k, so, since your getting this for free, I expect your total consecration here right now.

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What Do You Need To Set-Up A WordPress Blog In The Right Way?

How to start a wordpress blog

Before thinking of starting a WordPress blog, you have to sit down and ask yourself this question, what are the things or requirements I need to start up my blog before proceeding. Do I have the time to give to my blog? You should ask yourself those questions.

However,

there are basically three things that you actually need to set up a WordPress blog.

  1. A domain name: (it is a must) you need to come up with a domain name for your wordpress blog, and l’ll advice you to use a good name because this stand out your business online, and it should be what people can easily remember. Just like www.promakingmoney.com.
  2. A good web hosting provider: (it is a must) A web hosting is where your website live on the internet. So, make sure you choose a good and reliable web hosting provider for this, because once you choose a wrong hosting provider, sorry be your next name. I always recommend Namecheap or Bluehost.
  3. Your 100% consecration for 30-45 minutes: (it is a must) if your not ready to consecrate your full time on how to start your blog, i don’t see the need while you should be disturbing yourself reading these post.

Those are the things you need to start your WordPress blog, and this will take you less than 30-45 minutes, then I’ll walk you through the process.

So,

in this guide, I’ll show you,

  1. How to buy/register your domain name for free
  2. How to buy/choose the best web hosting provider
  3. How to Install wordpress, theme and plugins
  4. And how to write your first ever blog post.

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How To Create A WordPress Blog

Now, let’s get started.

1.Set-up:

The most mistake I see most beginners make whenever they want to start a blog is choosing the wrong blogging platform. Either because they don’t see anybody to put them through or whatever I don’t know. But, am happy for you that you are here at this moment and the mistake other people made, you will not make the same mistake, I sure you for that.

Before I continue, I want to show you where these guys are making the mistake so you can avoid it, I want to show you the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org because 70% of people that go into blogging don’t know the difference.

So, that you can know the right blogging platform to go with because those platforms are two different things, so you will not go with the wrong one.

WordPress.org: This is the main WordPress platform that you might have heard before now, that has all the great features. WordPress.org is 100% free for everybody to use. All you just need is to get a domain name and a good web hosting account and you are good to go.

And that is why it is referred to as self-hosted WordPress.

While wordpress.com: This is a hosting service that was created by the co-founder of WordPress. So, because of this beginners are confused between wordpress.org and wordpress.com at the end leading them to choose the wrong platform.

Now, I hope you now understand the difference now?

In this guide, we are going to use wordpress.org, that’s self-hosted not wordpress.com. All I want from you is your undivided attention so I can help you set up your WordPress blog.

So,

in this guide, the hosting provider we are going to use is Namecheap, because with Namecheap you can set up your blog within 30-45 minutes and Namecheap is one of the best web hosting providers in the world.

NOTE: If you buy hosting from Namecheap using my referral link on these guides, I’ll be compensated without any additional cost to you. And you will save money and get a free domain if you use the link on these posts, mind you that I use the commission in running this website.

Now let’s go to Namecheap to purchase your domain and hosting.

Hope by now you should know what is a domain name? If you don’t know, a domain name is what people type to their browser to get to your website, it’s called a website’s address, just like www.promakingmoney.com or www.facebook.com, you get it now.

While web hosting is where your website files live for as long as the website lasts. And every website you see on the internet has a web hosting account with one hosting provider.

Now let’s go ahead with purchasing of the domain name and host with Namecheap, and make sure you follow the steps here.

How To Buy/Register Your Domain Name For Free

Step one: Click here to open Namecheap, once it opens, you will see a domain search field. All you need to do is enter your preferred domain name in the search field and click the search button, as you can see on the screen.

How to start a wordpress blog

Then the next page will show up for you whether your domain name is available or it has been choosing already. And if it’s not, then simply choose another one, but if it is, then click on the (Add to cart) button as you can see on the screen.

How to start a wordpress blog

On the next page again, you will see the option to add web hosting to your purchase because they go together. Then click on “(Web Hosting)” to choose your preferred hosting plan. Here I’ll advise that you should go for the stellar plus plan, however, you can still choose your desire plan is not a must you must choose a stellar plus plan.

Then, hover your mouse to “Hosting” in the top menu, then click on the “(Shared Hosting)” to select your preferred plan.

How to start a wordpress blog

And make sure you select “one year for your hosting plan because that’s better”

Hope you’re following the steps right?

Then proceed to checkout or confirm your order.

Mind you= An ICANN “($0.18)” would be added to your domain registration cost.

Then after that, you will be taken to the order confirmation page. Just click on the “(confirm order)” On the next page, you will be asked to create an account with Namecheap, so, if you don’t have an account with Namecheap, just create one, but if you have one with them, simply enter your login details to continue.

Then after that, you will be taken to the “(Account contact information page)”. Enter your E-mail address, phone number, and other required details, then click on the (continue).

How to start a wordpress blog

Now, the next page will display your “(Whois contact information)”. This place will display your (contact details of the owner of a domain name as profiled with the domain name registrar), all you need to do here is to confirm that the information is correct, then click on “(continue)”

After that, you will be taken to the payment details page, here, your to select your preferred payment method whether “Your debit card/ATM card, PayPal or account funds” all you need to do here is to choose your preferred option and then enter all the required information.

PAYMENT

Then click “(continue)”

Now, on the next page, you will be required to confirm your order. Once that has been done, you have successfully registered your domain name and hosting plan from Namecheap.

Then, you will receive an email from Namecheap to confirm it. You can see that the steps of purchasing your domain name and hosting from Namecheap are very simple.

But if you already have a domain name registered with Namecheap or another hosting provider, here’s how to purchase your hosting plan on Namecheap.

However, is the same process given above, but let’s see how to do this now. Click here to go to namecheap website

Once it opens, you will see the various shared hosting packages that Namecheap offered at the moment, like I told you earlier before now, to choose the stellar plus plan is just $2.88 per month not too much. And you can do this by clicking the “(Get started button below it)”.

Then on the next page, you will be asked to connect your hosting plan to your domain name. All you need to do here is to select whether your domain name is with Namecheap or another hosting provider or it is a new domain name you just purchase from them.

The next thing here is to complete the rest of the process which I’ve explained above.

And after your payment has been successfully processed, Namecheap will then send you an email and this might take some minutes

Now, what you need to do is to log in to your email to look for the email sent to you. The subject of the email will contain “Your Hosting Welcome Guide For Yourdomain.com”. NOTE: that, that email contains your Cpanel login details and other important information regarding your hosting plan.

What are the steps to follow to purchase your domain name and hosting from the Namecheap website?

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Step two: How To Install WordPress:

Now, since your domain name and the hosting account have been successfully purchased from Namecheap. The next step is how to install WordPress.

Now, open your email and locate the email Namecheap sent to you about your “Hosting Welcome Guide”. Then, click the Cpanel URL on the email or copy and paste the link in your browser address, and click the enter button.

Then, here you will be requested to enter your Cpanel username and password. Make sure you don’t delete any email Namecheap sent to you at this time.

All you need to do here is to copy the username and password Namecheap sent to you on Hosting Welcome Guide, and once you have entered the username and password, then click on the “login”

The next page you will see is the Cpanel dashboard, and in that dashboard, you will see a number of different sections, and each of these sections comprises many icons.

Now, just scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see “(SOFTACULOUS APP INSTALLER)” and under this icon, you will see the same icon that has the same name, as you can see on the screen below.

All that is required here, is to click on the “(SOFTACULOUS APP INSTALLER)”. This will promote you to a page showing many icons and the first icon to see is the WordPress icon, as you can see on the screen below.

How to start a wordpress blog

The next thing is to hover your mouse pointer to the word icon, then click the install button. A next page is a form that’s empty, all that’s required here is to fill the empty fields.

On the next page, you will see is to define the credentials for your new WordPress installation. Make sure that, on the “SOFTWARE SET-UP” section to remember to delete the “WP” in the “(In Directory)” field, and make sure you leave the space blank without filling anything there.

Under the “(Database settings)” make sure you don’t change anything. Then the next thing is to scroll down to the “Site Settings” section to enter your preferred site title and your site description, however, you can still change it later if you are not pleased with what you put there.

The next thing is to scroll down to the “(Admin Account)” section to set up your username and password, I’ll advise you to change your username from the default “Admin” to something else.

How to start a wordpress blog

Then,

scroll down to the bottom to fill in your admin email, then click the install button below the page.

And once the installation is successfully completed, you will be taken to the confirm page displaying your username and password field. Now, to confirm that your WordPress blog is now live, visit your domain URL, and you should see your WordPress blog displaying the WordPress default that you installed when you were installing WordPress.

Now, to log in, you have to visit yourdomainname.com/wp-admin, change it to your domain name, and once the page opens, fill in your login details such as your username and password, as you can see on the screen below.

How to start a wordpress  blog

Now the next.

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Step three: How To Install Theme:

WordPress has thousands of free themes that you can install with just a click. You can choose any theme by following the below steps.

How to start a wordpress blog
  1. Login to your wordpress dashboard, then go to Appearance and select “Theme”
  2. To add any “theme” of your choice, then click on “Add New”
  3. To unlock theme options, hover over it, you can either choose to preview to see a demo of the theme or you can just install it by clicking the install button once your ok with the theme.
  4. You’re all done with how to install theme, you can now preview your site to see how your wordpress site look like. Has you can see on the screen below.
How to start a wordpress blog

Those are the simple steps to install the theme on your WordPress blog.

Step four: How To Install Plugins:

To enhance the function of your WordPress blog, you will need to install some important plugins. And this actually depends on you the kind of blog you need.

How to start a wordpress blog

Follow these steps to install plugins;

  1. Login to your wordpress dashboard, then go to “Plugins”
  2. To add any plugins, click on “Add New”
  3. You can as well unlock other plugins options by hover your mouse to search button to search your desired plugin.

That’s all, you have successfully installed your WordPress plugin.

But, you may ask, what are the kind of plugins I should install as a beginner. Here are some of the basic required plugins that you should install on your WordPress blog, like I said that the plugins you should install depend on the type of site you want.

How to start a wordpress blog
  1. WPFORMS: This plugin is a contact form plugin that visitors can easily get in touch with you.
  2. MONSTERINSIGHTS: Monsterlnsight is google Analytics plugin for worpdress. It allows you to properly connect your site with google Analytics, so you can see how people find your site.
  3. YOAST SEO OR RANK MATH: This plugin help you get more visitors from search engines to your wordpress blog.
  4. CONSTANT CONTACT: This help you to build your email list, l’ll advice you to use getresponse is the best software ever to host your subscribers, and the best part of it is that, you get free 30 days from getresponse. Register getresponse account here.
  5. SUCURI: This is a security plugin that offers wordpress security.
  6. UPDRAFTPLUS: This plugin allows you to set up automatic backups to your wordpress blog.
  7. WP ROCKET: Wp Rocket allows you to instantly improve your wordpress blog speed if it load slowly.

Those are the basic plugins you need on your blog.

Step five: How To Create Important Pages:

Once you have successfully installed those plugins, it is very necessary to have some pages on your blog, like the “About me page” “Contact me page”, and others that you wish to add.

How to start a wordpress blog

Now, to create those pages,

  1. Hover your mouse to pages, click on it to create any page that you want.

Step six: How To Write Your First Ever Blog Post

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Once you have successfully created the important pages, your WordPress blog is perfectly set up and you are good to start blogging.

Cool right?

The next thing is to start publishing a post on regular basis not once in 3 months and at this level, you are now a blogger.

And to publish your first blog post,

  1. Go to post, then click on “Add new” and begin to write your blog post, once done, then hit the publish button.
  2. And your blog post will go live that very moment.
How to start a wordpress blog

That’s all, you have created your WordPress blog and publish an article on it.

That is it about how to start a WordPress blog.

BUT NOTE: BUT IF YOU FIND THESE GUIDES TO BE SOMEHOW COMPLICATED FOR YOU TO HANDLE THE WHOLE PROCESS YOURSELF, YOU CAN CONTACT ME TO SET UP YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG FOR YOU. I DO THAT FOR YOU FOR A LITTLE TOKEN.

Conclusion:

I’ve given you a comprehensive guide on how to start a WordPress blog, these guide I gave to you happens to be one of the services I render to clients but I gave it to you all for free.

It is now left for you to implement it or bypass the guide, I’ve done my part by sharing this with you on this blog because I love you and I want you to start making money as well online.

Now, Over To You:

Do you have any questions or you need my help, feel free to drop your question in the comment section below?

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