How to Start a Blog in 30 Minutes
Here are the first steps to starting your own blog.
Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never started a blog before or feel that you’re not technologically savvy enough to do it – because you absolutely can!
Here is a quick review of the topics we’re going to go through in this article:
- Pick a topic (or topics) you want to blog about
- Choose a name and domain for your blog
- Sign up with a hosting provider
- How to install WordPress with one click
- Change the theme (appearance) of your blog
- Start creating content for your new blog
Pick a Topic You Want to Write About
Before you start blogging you need to choose a topic you are passionate about.
Pick something you really want to write about. You don’t have to be an expert on that subject to blog about it! You can blog about anything you want to share with your readers.
Blogs can have photos, tutorials, videos, animations, and anything you can think about in their content. The most popular blogs out there are real-life and “how-to” blogs.
Choose a Domain for Your Blog
Before you register your domain come up with a few backup names for your blog domain in case the one you want is already taken.
To get your own URL or domain such as www.yourwebsitenamehere.com.com for example, you need to sign up with a hosting provider that will host your domain. If you select a hosting package the price usually also covers the registration of the domain.
Here you can check if the domain name you want is free:
Sign Up with a Hosting Provider
How to Install WordPress on Bluehost
Here is how you can easily install WordPress in Bluehost with just a few clicks:
- Scroll down to Website Builder section
- Click on WordPress
- Click Start
- Choose the domain name to install it to
- Fill in details (email address, username and password)
You can login to your new blog from http://yourwebsitenamehere.com/wp-login with the password you created.
Congratulations, you have a WordPress blog on your own domain!
How to Change the Design (Theme) on Your Blog
WordPress has basic themes that are already installed to your blog. But there are hundreds of free themes in WordPress Theme Directory that you can use.
To install a new theme, first log into your website.
On the left panel “Appearance” tab, click on “Themes”, click on “Install Themes” tab across the top. You can search themes based on featured, popular, or latest, or by the name of theme, or by different features such as subject (blog, e-commerce, news…).
After you have found a theme you want, click Install, and then click Install Now button, click Activate and your new theme should be live on your website!
If you don’t like your current theme, you can always search for another theme and use that instead.
Free WordPress themes will get you started but if you want more professional look for your blog, you can purchase a premium theme and Genesis framework from StudioPress or browse beautiful themes on ThemeForest.
What Do I Do Next?
You start writing and creating content to your blog!
WordPress automatically creates pre-written first post for you. You can easily delete it or write over it.
You can create a new, empty post by selecting “Add New” under Posts tab on the left hand panel.
If you don’t know what to write for your first post, create an “About Me” page to introduce yourself.
Now that you have started your own blog, check out the best resources for Lifestyle bloggers to get readers and to grow your blog.
I hope these tips help you on your first steps on starting your very own blog!