So You Want to Start a WordPress Blog? Here’s How!

You’ve probably heard about WordPress before, but you might not know much about it. It’s the most popular blogging platform in the world, and it’s relatively easy to learn and use. If you want to start your own WordPress blog site, then follow these steps to get started!

What is WordPress

WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool that runs on your own web host. It’s incredibly easy to use, making it ideal for beginners and experts alike. However, if you want more than just simple WordPress, you might want to consider an alternative such as Elementor Pro. This plugin gives you access to dozens of advanced design features that will make your site stand out from an increasingly crowded space. If you’re looking for professional-grade page-building software, Elementor Pro is a good place to start. It includes over 100 unique widgets that let you customize every aspect of your site: from single post pages, multi-post pages and other content areas like sidebars and footers, through to team member profiles and contact forms.

Your First Steps

Before you start your WordPress website, there are a few things you need to make sure you have. For example, first and foremost is hosting. This can seem like an overwhelming concept at first, but it’s actually quite simple: All it means is that someone else will store your files and allow access to them. It costs around $5 per month for a basic package of storage on some reputable shared hosting services like Bluehost or GoDaddy, so even if you’re on a tight budget there’s no reason not to get started. Another important piece of information is that all WordPress sites require access to .htaccess files in order for core features (like permalinks) to work properly, so make sure your host gives you permission as soon as possible.

Next, you’ll need to install WordPress. Luckily, it’s much easier than setting up hosting. All you have to do is create an account on your host and download an installer. Then, just follow through with prompts and make sure that Apache (or your host’s equivalent) has write access when it asks.

Setting Up a Domain Name

If you already have a domain name that you want to use, skip ahead. GoDaddy and HostGator are both well-known names in domain registration. GoDaddy lets you register a domain for $12–15/year, while HostGator offers deals as low as $3/year on select domains. Registering your domain is quick and easy. Simply visit your provider’s website (such as GoDaddy or HostGator) and search for available domains. Most providers will show you availability through a search bar at the top of their website; just enter your desired domain into it and click search to see if it’s available.

Now that you have your domain name, it’s time to actually set up your website. This process is called domain setup and it involves connecting your domain name with a web host, which stores all of your website files on their servers. Domain setup varies based on which provider you choose. Most hosts offer guides for setting up new websites that are free and user-friendly, making them great if you’re brand new to web hosting and domains.

Choosing A Hosting Service

When deciding where to host your site, it’s important that you choose a service that meets your needs and is easily manageable. Your WordPress hosting company should be able to provide you with a list of reasons why they’re right for you—but it’s also good practice to do your own research before settling on one. Make sure that their support team has a track record of helping people who are just starting out in WordPress blogging. Look at their tutorials and see if they offer step-by-step guides to help you get started. And make sure that they offer an easy-to-use interface so you can set up your site quickly without needing assistance from anyone else.

 

Building and Designing Your Site

Once you’ve decided on your niche, take some time to think about how you want your site’s theme and design to look. Once you have that figured out, it’s time to build your site. First things first: get a domain name. If you don’t already have one, check out our guide on finding and purchasing a domain name. Then head over to Bluehost and sign up for hosting with them. They’re an industry leader in terms of customer service and they offer great deals on domains and hosting plans. They also provide easy-to-follow instructions for installing WordPress (which is what we recommend using). Now it’s time to install WordPress itself. Follow these instructions from Digital Ocean to do so—it should only take a few minutes. Make sure you set up SSL encryption as well so people can feel safe when they visit your site. The last thing you need is someone stealing your content or trying to hack into your account!

The Writing Process

No matter what type of writing you’re doing, there are three main stages in any writing project: pre-writing, writing and rewriting. Pre-writing is when you do all your research and come up with an outline or plan for your paper. Writing is when you actually write out your draft. Rewriting is when you revise your draft based on feedback from teachers or peers. The more time you spend on pre-writing, the easier it will be to write and rewrite later on down the line—and hopefully get better grades as well!

Once you’ve created your outline or pre-writing notes, it’s time to begin writing. It may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to write an essay is by brainstorming. Brainstorming helps you lay out all your ideas on paper so you don’t forget anything along the way. The easiest way to brainstorm is by using a list format with all of your main points and topics in separate columns. As you write out each idea, expand on it and make sure everything is connected—otherwise you’ll have trouble tying everything together when it comes time for your thesis statement! For most students, coming up with an argumentative thesis statement is one of the hardest parts of writing an essay.

When it comes time to write your essay, you’ll need a plan of attack. For an outline structure, start with your thesis statement, then fill in three supporting paragraphs with different angles for your argument. If you’re writing a compare and contrast essay, use one paragraph for each topic, then focus on linking them together when it comes time for your concluding paragraph. No matter what kind of essay you’re writing or how many points you have to make, remember that your introduction and conclusion will frame everything else—make sure they’re as strong as possible!

Once you’ve written your essay, it’s time for rewriting. Don’t worry if your draft seems bad at first—it probably is—but that’s why it’s important to get some feedback from teachers or peers as soon as possible.

Elementor Pro as Page Builder

Elementor Pro is an incredibly powerful page builder for WordPress. Once you install it, you can quickly and easily create new pages or edit existing ones. To get started, click on Themes in your dashboard and scroll down until you see Elementor Pro. Click on it, read through some of its features, and once you feel ready, build your first page! It’s just that easy. In addition to all of its other perks, Elementor Pro also allows you to customize your header, change colors, customize widgets, and more. For example, if you wanted your header image to be bigger than usual or if you wanted one widget versus another—you could do all of that right from within Elementor Pro without having to leave WordPress. What makes Elementor Pro even better is how fast it loads; whether we were using a smartphone (with no special app) or laptop/desktop computer—it always loaded lightning-fast. With its easy-to-use interface and quick load times combined with its wide range of customizable options—Elementor Pro has earned our vote as one of our favorite page builders ever!

WordPress Blogging Idea

Now that you have chosen your domain name, it’s time to think about what content you want to feature on your site. When starting out, think broadly. Do you want a lifestyle-focused site or something more niche-specific like food or parenting? A mix of both is also a great idea—lifestyle and cooking blogs often do well because people who enjoy one tend to enjoy another as well. Another thing to consider when choosing a topic: passion. If you love writing about running, for example, then there’s no reason why you can’t start a successful fitness-related website or podcast. The key is finding an audience interested in what you have to say.

Once you’ve settled on your topic, it’s time to consider how you will find your audience. Although you can always build a following organically by regularly posting and interacting with readers, there are also ways to reach people who would otherwise never see your content. Some of these options include promoting your posts on social media, paying for promoted posts, and buying advertising space on relevant sites. To get started, first make sure you have an established social media presence—it won’t do any good to create an account just to link it back to your website. Spend some time developing relationships online and getting familiar with various platforms before putting any paid promotions in place.

Make the Blog Easy to Read

Choose a simple and readable font (such as Arial) with enough contrast between text and background. Some experts advise using sans-serif fonts (which are generally cleaner, neater and more modern looking than serif fonts) as they tend to be easier on readers’ eyes. Sans-serif fonts include Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, Calibri, and Geneva.

Make sure there’s enough space between paragraphs and lines of text. Studies show that readers tend to struggle when they come across small blocks of text, especially if there’s little space in between each line. On average, you should aim for 16-20 words per line on desktop devices and 10-12 words per line on mobile devices (although ideally, your font size will adapt according to screen size).
Make sure your heading tags are relevant: Headings help organize content and make it easier for readers to skim through long sections of text.

Make it easy for readers to contact you: Include an email address, phone number and social media links (if relevant) prominently on your website so that readers can easily reach out if they need more information or want to ask a question. Make sure you respond in a timely manner so they feel valued.

Make it easy for readers to share your content: Studies show that most people don’t bother reading long articles in their entirety, let alone sharing them on social media. If you want your content to go viral, you’ll need to make it as shareable as possible.

Make it easy for readers to access all your content: If you have multiple articles or resources on your website, make sure there’s an easy way for readers to navigate between them. Make sure there are clear links at the top and bottom of each page, as well as anywhere else that makes sense.

 

Upload Unique Images to your Blog

Now that you have a site up and running, it’s time to start posting about whatever it is you want to share with your readers. Writing engaging, informative posts is key here, but most people will spend more time on your images than they do reading your content. While putting together an image gallery may be out of reach at first (consider asking a designer or photographer friend for help), you can still easily add new content to your site with visuals by uploading unique images that reflect whatever it is you’re blogging about. This makes all of those hours spent curating that flawless Instagram feed worth their weight in gold.

To get started, you’ll want to head over to Media Library in your dashboard. From there, click on Add New and select Upload from your left-hand menu. When uploading images for your WordPress website, you have two options: Featured Image or Header Image.
Promote Your Site – Second Paragraph: In order for anyone else to see all of these posts, you’ll need to promote your site by spreading the word about it and driving traffic back in return for valuable reader engagement.

Once you’ve made all of your posts, it’s time to focus on promoting them. The best way to do that is by getting others involved in sharing your content by employing tactics like like-gating, where you share something of value with them only if they leave an honest review of your product or site.

And with that, you have a functional website up and running. It might seem like an excessive amount of work at first, but once you get your rhythm down and learn how to best leverage your time, you’ll find that starting a site from scratch is actually pretty simple. Think of it as practice for all of those side hustles you want to start in 2017!

Make Money From WordPress Blogging

There are several ways that you can make money from your WordPress site. For starters, there are affiliate programs. If you like certain products and decide to recommend them on your site, then you might be able to sign up for an affiliate program from Amazon, or other sites like it. They pay you when someone buys something as a result of clicking on one of your links (this is called performance-based marketing and it’s quite common with bloggers). The more traffic that comes in via search engines (instead of referral), usually means higher advertising rates, which can lead to additional income. Many bloggers turn affiliate marketing into a full-time job in itself—but we’ll discuss that later.

Another big source of income for bloggers comes from sponsored posts. There are hundreds of companies that will pay you, either in cash or products, for featuring their goods on your site. The concept is pretty simple: A brand wants to get more exposure and you want money or something else in return—usually free stuff. What do they want you to do?

A lot of bloggers just post their sponsored content as normal posts, but many brands will ask you to create something special. That could mean making a video review, writing an original piece that is uniquely written for them (or just based on their content), or even hosting an event where they can show off their product. The bottom line is that if someone’s willing to pay you money, then it’s worth your time and effort—even if you have to do some legwork at first.

Conclusion

It can be challenging to start your own professional development/blogging site. However, when you do, it allows you to have complete control over everything that goes on your website. With that said, many people fail at starting their own blogs simply because they have no idea where to begin or they give up easily. Hopefully, these tips will help anyone who is wanting to create their own website/blog. Good luck!

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