How to Start a New Blog in 2018
You want to start a new blog but don’t know from where to start?
Then don’t worry, You are at right place, I will tell you step by step that how you can start a new blog.
Hi, I am blogging from past some years(not this blog). I used to be a Hindi(Indian Language) Blogger. When I started my blog I was newbie too. I don’t know much about blogging but now I know a little so I just want to share my knowledge through this blog, So, I can help the needy.
I will try to make it easy so anyone can understand easily.
How to start a blog in five steps:
- Choose a Platform.
- Get an amazing domain name
- Choose your web host for your blog
- Setup your blog
- Design your new blog
Step 1: Choosing a great platform for your new blog
The first step to start a new blog is to choose a great platform for your blog. There are so many platforms available. For Example: WordPress, Blogger, Drupal etc. Basically, they are CMS(Content Management System). I don’t want to go in technicality so I will try to explain them easily.
As the name itself suggests that they manage your content like your posts, your images and everything you want to add into your website, you can manage using one of these CMSs.
You can manage your website using these CMS. Now, Question arises which platform is best for blogging. Check the below chart you will know by yourself which is best.
Yes, WordPress is best because
- It’s free and easy to set-up.
- Many free themes and layouts available.
- If you stuck many support forums available.
- Your website/blog will be very fast.
- Not even bloggers are using WordPress even many E-Commerce Businesses, Media Houses, Graphic Studios etc. are using WordPress.
You can also choose Blogger if you want, Before switching to WordPress I used to do blogging on Blogger. But in my opinion, go with WordPress. I will Explain more about choosing a platform in my future posts but you can read more about How to choose a great Platform on Wpbeginner.
Step 2: Getting a Domain name for your new blog
Now, you have to get an amazing domain name for your blog. If you want you can go with free subdomain names for your blog. But if you really serious about your blog and want to show seriousness to your viewers also then buy a domain name instead of using free subdomain.
Got confused between Domain and Sub-domain. Don’t worry!
If you are using WordPress then your website name will look like this yourname.wordpress.com, if you are using free subdomain.
If you bought a domain then your website name will look like this www.yourname.com. You can go with .com, .net, .org etc. which suits your best.
Step 3: Choosing a Web Host for your blog.
WordPress, Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. But in Web world, word “free” and “limitations” walks simultaneously. I mean to say there are few limitations in these free hosted blogs.
First of all, You don’t own the blog if you are using free service means your website is hosted on someone else’s servers then they can delete it if they want anytime. All your hardwork gone in minutes.
Secondly, You can not fully monetize your website, you cannot upload big size files, and also you cannot connect your Custom Domain name to your free hosted blog. So basically, you have to use those free sub-domain names that are ugly.
So, go with self-hosted blog. Buy hosting from a hosting provider. There are plenty of hosting providers like Godaddy, Bluehost, Bigrock, Hostgator etc. They also provide domain names so you can use same Company to buy your Domain Name and Hosting.
Step 4: Setting Up Your New Blog.
Now, You have everything, You have chosen the CMS Like WordPress or whatever which suits you best, you have Domain Name, You have Hosting.
Before setting up your blog, first, let’s discuss a little bit about Domain and Hosting
Domain: This is your website/blog name like www.google.com, www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com etc.
Hosting: It’s a server where all your uploaded files, content got saved on the internet. It’s just like a hard drive of your computer where all your files saved. So, you have to buy this space to put all your files on the internet So your website/blog could be seen on the internet.
I use Godaddy Domain and Hosting for my blog. After buying your hosting just go into your C-panel where you will find an option of WordPress. Check the below image.
It will automatically start installing WordPress after installation you can just start blogging now. Just go to your admin panel by using www.yourname.com/wp-admin. But before start blogging on your new blog, first design it.
Step 4: Designing Your New Blog.
Although, you can start blogging after WordPress installation, but before start blogging, first design your blog. Design means you don’t have to code anything you have to just install a beautiful WordPress Theme. You can go with free WordPress themes or you can buy any Themes.
As I told earlier “Free” and “Limitation” walk simultaneously so it applies here also. You cannot fully customize your free themes there are always some limitations.
- You will get very basic themes for free not so unique
- Limited Features and Functionality
- You can’t get support from theme developer if there is any issue with your theme.
So, buy a beautiful theme and install it. Installing theme is very easy in wordpress.
How to install WordPress Themes?
- Go to your WordPress Admin panel.
- Click on Appearance>Themes
- Click on Add New Button
- You will get your theme in a .zip folder, So, now just select that .zip folder and upload it.
Your New theme will be installed, Now, you can start blogging!