How To Start Your Blog On WordPress in 6 Quick Steps
The world in recent time has changed and we’ve adapted to a digital landscape. Now more than ever, having an online presence has driven entrepreneurs and content creators alike; especially with the increasing presence of social media and digital marketing.
Creating your website or blog is the simplest way to establish your online presence. Moreover, it need not be a mammoth task and neither do you need to be too technologically savvy. All you need is the right platform. One of the easiest ways is to start your blog on WordPress, as it takes away the hassle of coding it from scratch.
Let us understand how to start your blog on WordPress in 6 easy steps. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Create a WordPress account
Choosing a domain name and hosting plan is the first and foremost step when it comes to creating your WordPress blog.
If you have signed up with BigRock, login to your account and select the hosting plan. We recommend WordPress Hosting as it is best suited for a WordPress blog. Our WordPress Hosting basic plan offers Starter Lite, Performance Lite, Business Lite and Professional Lite.
After you’ve decided the hosting plan, it is time to register your domain name so you can get started.
- Login to your account and head to the domain registration page, type in your desired domain name and check for availability
- If your domain name is available, click on the ‘Buy’ button to add it to cart and click on the ‘Checkout’ button
If your domain name is not available, you could select the same with a different domain extension like ‘.in’, ‘.net’, etc. Although we recommend changing the domain name so that it is unique!
- Next, select the ‘Duration’ from the dropdown menu and click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed to pay
- After registering your domain name, repeat the same steps for purchasing the web hosting plan for your domain name
You’ve now successfully registered your domain name and WordPress Hosting (created your WordPress account). It is now time to manage it.
Step 2: Manage your WordPress account
To manage your WordPress account, go to your Control Panel and click on WordPress Hosting.
Next, click on the ‘Go to Admin Panel’ option under Manage Hosting.
After clicking, you will be redirected to the WordPress admin control panel.
In this admin panel, you can perform the following actions viz. manage website DNS settings, add email accounts and FTP accounts. Next, you need to change the nameservers assigned to your website.
For the uninitiated, nameservers map domain names to an IP address hosted on a particular server. This is usually provided by your web host, in our case BigRock.
To assign nameservers:
- Click on ‘DNS’
- Next, you will get two nameservers, assign them to your domain name
You will need to wait for at least 24 hours for this process to complete. In the meantime, install an SSL certificate on your website to ensure security. You can also transfer files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol).
Step 3: Install WordPress
Now, we come to the important step of installing WordPress. With WordPress Hosting, you can install WordPress easily with a one-click install script. Once all the above-mentioned procedures are done, the ‘Install WordPress’ button will activate. Click on it to install WordPress.
After your WordPress installation is complete you will be able to access your WordPress dashboard.
Step 4: Find and install the theme
After your WordPress installation is done, you can start designing your website. Choosing a theme for your website sets its tone. A theme is a simple way to customise the look and feel of your website without coding.
There are various aspects of a theme that you need to keep in mind before choosing one. Some of them are:
- Make sure it compliments your website goals
- It should be easy to navigate and responsive
- It is SEO and social media friendly
WordPress offers over 1000+ themes, some of them are free while others are premium (you’ll need to pay). To access themes, go the side-bar in the WordPress dashboard and click on ‘Appearance’ -> ‘Themes’.
You can preview themes before activating them. Once you decide your theme click on ‘Install’ and then ‘Activate’ it.
Selecting the right theme for your website might take time but it is worth the time invested!
Step 5: Add pages and content
To add new pages to your WordPress website, go to the sidebar in your WordPress dashboard and click on ‘Pages’.
You can add a page by clicking on ‘Add Page’. You may add as many pages as you want. Some of the must-haves pages include:
- About Us
- Contact Us
Once you’ve added your pages, it is time to add content to your blog. To add content to your website follow these steps:
- Go to ‘Posts’ in the left-hand sidebar in your WordPress dashboard
- Click on ‘Categories’ to add a category. Example: Business, Travel, Tech, etc.
- Next, click on the ‘Add New’ button to add content to your website
Step 6: Hit Publish
Once you’ve added the content to your posts and pages, proofread your content and test all the links. If you’re satisfied with how your blog looks then you’re ready to hit publish.
To publish your content, click on the ‘Publish’ button on the right side of your post.
You are now officially live! All you need to do is market your content on social media and other platforms and let the world know about your blog!
We hope these 6 steps helped you understand how to start your blog on WordPress. So, what are you waiting for? Go, register your domain today and begin building your blog quickly.
If you have any queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Also, head to our For Bloggers category on the blog to know more and stay updated.