First, we would like to wish you all the best as you have decided to start a WordPress blog. WordPress blogs are magnificent ways to attract customers. And it’s surprisingly easy to create a WordPress blog. You can create and start blogging on WordPress within just a few minutes. And in 2021, it has become even easier even if you are completely new to this sector.
In this article, Themeim will help you with the proper guidance to get started with your professional or personal blog. We will break down the process for you with a step-by-step guide. There are a total of 7 steps that will set you up completely with WordPress blogs.
But there are some additional steps that are needed for site income or get more visitors. You can check our blog on “How to set up Google Analytics and Adsense” and “How to get more visitors to your blog”. We can assure you reading them will come in very handy for you.
How to Make a Blog on WordPress: The Steps that You Need to Follow:
Now it’s time, we are going to demonstrate the following 7 steps that are essential to create and start a WordPress blog –
- Choose the proper topic for your blog site, what your site emphasizes.
- Set a domain name and purchase web hosting for your blog website.
- Choose a theme for your blog site.
- Configure how your blog site should be. Decorate your site by changing colors, adding a logo, changing the structure, and etc.
- Add important pages to your blog site.
- Install some necessary plugins.
- Write your article and insert it on your blog site.
With that being said, we are going to describe each of these steps one by one. So let’s dive in.
Step 1: Choose the proper topic for your blog site:
This is the first step that will show you how to make a blog on WordPress. You need to decide on what you are going to write. You can either decide to write on a single topic or multiple topics. When you are going to write for a single topic, your site will be based on a single niche.
On the other hand, your site will be a multiple niche site when you write on multiple topics. We recommend you to work on a single niche if you are comparatively new.
For instance, if we want to write on ‘Computer’, then our site can either be based on computers or related accessories, or it can only be significant to computers. But we can not write about pets, food, or travel on this technical site as these are completely separate topics. If you want to do that, then your site has to be a many niche base.
When selecting your topic, you should give importance to what you know best, what makes you passionate while writing. This is very important as you don’t want to write for hours in which you don’t have any interest. You get bored and the quality of your writing will not be as good as you expected.
As an example – you can start writing exercise-related blogs if you are interested in physical fitness.
Step 2: Set a domain name and purchase web hosting for your blog website:
Your articles need to reach the audience. To put this figure into perspective, you need an appropriate domain and hosting.
- Domain – This is actually the address of your site. Depending on your topic, set a proper name for your site. For example- ours is “themeim.com”. It can also be “.com”, “.net”, “.org”, or etc. Find which is available according to the name that you want to set.
- Hosting – This is what organizes your site over the internet. You may not see it, but every single website on the internet is powered by a host.
A free blogging service may not be standard enough to properly maintain your blog site. If you wish to blog only for a few days, then you can always go for free hosting solutions. Hence, there are many limitations such as limited customization, monetization, and traffic issues.
If you are serious, you should go for a premium hosting plan. You may have to spend a particular amount of money for purchasing a domain and hosting. Although the domain is permanent, there is a renewal period for hosting; which is typically 1 year.
But it may change depending on the package. With improved and better-looking blogs, this will be more professional. You might be wondering – “Which platform should I choose for blogging?”, Well, we got you covered. Here is a list of the best blog distributors available on the internet.
Step 3: Choose a theme for your blog site:
After setting domain and hosting, you need to choose a suitable theme to decorate your site. This is a very awesome feature of WordPress because you can customize these themes very easily even if you are not a skilled designer or don’t have any coding knowledge.
Now the question is “How can you design your website with WordPress themes?”. Thanks to hundreds of free WordPress themes in the market that will help you to accomplish it.
In the WordPress dashboard, navigate to ‘Appearance’. Click on “Add New” to install a new theme and if you have already installed a theme, click on the ‘Customize’ button located in the lower right corner. See this image below to get an idea –
If it is hard for you to find a suitable theme for your site, then you can switch the tab to ‘Popular’. This will show all the popular themes that are used by most of the users. After spending some hours searching for a suitable theme, click on the ‘Install’ button to install it, followed by the ‘Activate’ button in order to activate it.
We should mention that it is always better to go for a paid theme instead of a free theme. Paid themes offer easier ways to customize them and more functionalities than free themes.
Step 4: Configure how your blog site should be:
Once set up with domain and hosting, you can see your WordPress dashboard by visiting “yourdomain.com/wp-admin”. You may need to provide a dedicated email address and set up a password. The view of your dashboard is something like below –
You may need to tune some general settings such as “Site Title”, “Tagline”, Timezone, Background Image, Side Bars, Menus, Widgets, your preferred language, etc. In this section, you can also check if the URL of the homepage is properly showing. Interestingly, you can change the color of a particular area of the homepage such as the Navbar, Header, or Footer.
Be very careful while providing the “Site Title” as it will represent your website, give a short idea to everyone what your site is about. For example, if your blog website concentrates on electronics, you can set the title of your site as “Electronic Parts Review”, or something like that. You will find it in the ‘General’ section under the settings.
Make sure you have inserted a logo that gives a hint of your “Site Title”. The logo will appear like the image below along with the title of the designated page.
Search Engine Visibility:
In my opinion, this part is very important as it will let the search engine know (Google) the existence of your website. In the settings, go to the ‘Reading’ section and make sure the box beside the message “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is unchecked. If the box is checked, Google may not find your site properly. It will be checked once you have completely set up your website and published some articles. This image may help you if you are still confused –
Set up Permalinks:
You may need to define how the individual URLs of your blog posts or sub-pages may appear. Don’t panic, tuning it is not hard as it sounds. Go to ‘Permalinks’ under settings and check the radio button for “Post name”. Setting the URLs according to post name is the best and common practice.
Also, it will help you to find the article easily that you are looking for as the extension of the URL is the same as the keyword. Please see the image below –
Step 5: Add important pages to your blog site:
When you are done with theme installation and setting up the essentials, it is time to add the fundamental pages of your blog website. Make sure your blog is set to maintenance mode before you go through this step. What it will do is prevent displaying your unfinished pages or posts to others.
In order to add a new page to your website, you need to go to the ‘Pages’ section located just right under your dashboard and click on the “Add New” button. These are some of the fundamental pages we may see on a website –
- Review or Blog Page: This page contains all the reviews or blogs of your website.
- About: This page tells the audience what the website is about. This page also shows a portfolio about you or your organization.
- Services: If your website provides some sort of services, then this page displays them.
- Contact: This page contains the necessary information to get in touch with you or your team if an audience feels like it.
- Terms and Conditions: This page talks about the terms and conditions of your website that a user must follow.
Aside from these pages, you can always add other pages depending on the need of your business.
Step 6: Install some necessary plugins:
Now, you need to install some useful plugins that will help you rank your site and make the blogs more SEO-friendly. Some basic plugins are –
These are very useful to optimize your blogs maintaining SEO regulations and help them to get a better rank on Google. They are also very useful to create custom tables or images. Plugins like Elementor or Thrive Architect will even let you create custom pages with all the necessary functionalities. However, plugins like these are not free, you have to invest some money in them.
Step 7: Write your article and insert it on your blog site:
After all these steps are complete, it is time to write your article and upload it to your website.
Before uploading, you need to write the article completely, check if there are any grammatical errors, check if it is plagiarism free, keywords are well-optimized, and there are no copy issues.
It is always a good practice to write the entire article on Google Docs or Microsoft Word instead of directly on WordPress Editor. It works as a blueprint of the article. If you are confident enough, you can write on WordPress Editor directly.
Once you are done with your writing, it is time to upload it to your website. WordPress Editor lets you upload articles in an intuitive block system. It is very easy, even with a little technical knowledge you will be able to write or upload the article. We will write a descriptive article on this topic.
If you follow the above steps properly, you should learn how to make a blog on WordPress. Thank you for reading this article and for your patience. We hope this article has benefited you a lot. Now, I would like to hear from you if you have any suggestions that we have missed in these 7 steps. So go ahead and leave a comment telling your opinion.