How To Start A Blog – Step by step guidelines

In this website I will try to explain how you can easily and quickly set up your own blog. This step-by-step tutorial has helped hundreds of people who are just starting off and struggling with their very first blog/website. Whether your blog is for business or for your own purpose, this guide will surely make things much more clearer. Furthermore, don’t forget to read other articles about tweaking/editing your blog.

In the following paragraphs I will teach you:

  • 1: How to choose the topic for your blog
  • 2: How to find cheap and trusted hosting company
  • 3: How to install wordpress (blog platform)
  • 4: How to make your site look cool (customizing)
  • 5: How to get visitors

If you follow the instructions then I’m more than sure that your blog will be in live within 15 minutes. So please, let me start with the steps.

Step #1 – Choosing topic

Most likely you found this tutorial, because you want to know how to start a blog, BUT do you know the main purpose for your blog? Is it…

  • *Personal use (sharing your emotions, feelings, activities)?
  • *Money making (blog for making money with Adsense and affiliate sales)?
  • *Business website (blog for your business)?

These are the things that you should consider before making your own blog. Once you figure this out, the rest is peace of cake.

Step #2 – Domain registration and Hosting

The very next thing you should do is getting your blog a web address and hosting. Getting a domain name is probably one of the most exciting part of starting a blog. I love to spend some time choosing the best domain name for my blogs. However, as an alternative, you could also use your name (YourName.com) as a blog address.

You can get Domain name and Hosting from Dreamhost, Hostgator or any other hosting company that provides good customer support.

Domains don’t cost you more than $10 a year and hosting is $9 a month.

Step #3 – Installing WordPress (blog platform)

If you want to know how to start a blog, you need to know how to install wordpress. Happily, it’s quite easy and if you follow the instructions you don’t have to worry about it. Below are some simple facts about blogging platform called wordpress.

  • WordPress is being used by over 15.1% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites.
  • 22% of the websites run on wordpress.
  • WordPress is FREE.
  • It was released on 2003.
  • By the end of 2011, wordpress had been downloaded over 64 million times.

Most of the hosting companies have built in “1 Click Installation”.

Step #4 – Customizing your blog

Now, if you want to make your blog “unique” you might want to change the outlook. WordPress has different free and paid themes available and ready to use. Simply head over to http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ and find the suitable theme that fits to your topic. However, if you want to get more unique themes then go to http://elegant-themes.com.

Once you have found the desirable theme, log in to your wordpress account from yoursite.com/wp-admin. Next, click on the Appearance -> Themes -> Install Themes. Simply browse for the theme.zip file from your computer that you downloaded earlier and click Install -> Activate.

If you feel that this theme is not for you or you are not satisfied then you are also able to change it. Don’t worry!

Little bit more advanced “stuff” is all kind of plugins which you can find from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/. There are over 20,000 free plugins that all help/tweak your site in their own way. So you better don’t miss that opportunity to install some new plugins. It’s almost same as themes – simply download the plugin, go to Admin Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add new -> Upload. I’m more than sure that eventually you will get very familiar with the wordpress platform.

Start blogging!

Once you have completed the steps from 1 to 3 you can start blogging. Steps 4 to 5 are just additional and they are not necessarily needed. I wish you good luck and if you have any questions then feel free to ask questions by leaving a comment below.


 

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Adding “Contact Form” to Your Blog

In this post I will show you how to add “contact” page to your wordpress blog. Most bloggers use the simple way and just leave their e-mails on the contact page, but this is not the right thing to do. Why? Well, many spammers collect e-mails all over the internet to send spam letters and even viruses. I will show you the secrets on how you can still receive e-mails from visitors without getting any junk mails.

How to install Contact form

Log in to your wordpress dashboard from yoursite.com/wp-admin. Next, choose Plugins -> Add New. Now search for “Contact Form 7“. Once you have found it click: Install -> Activate.

“Contact” should now appear on the left sidebar. Click on it and copy the code.

contact form

 

Next, simply go to Pages -> Add New Page -> HTML and paste the code. After that save and publish the page. Now you should have a fully working contact form ready to use. All the e-mails will be sent to your e-mail which you can change from the Settings -> General.

 

contact form tutorial 2

I hope that this helped you and if you have ANY questions about this then I’m more than glad to help you. Just leave a comment.

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