How to start a blog ?


Step 4: Customizing your blog

  

When you log in for the first time, you’ll see a dashboard or admin panel.Hover over to top right corner and click <Visit Site> to see your blog, which by the way looks quite basic and don’t almost have any feature.The visual appearance of WordPress blog is basically controlled by themes. So without wasting time let’s get started right away.

Steps involved to beautify your blog:

  • Go to <Appearance> and select <Themes> in WordPress dashboard and then select <Add New>.

  • In the next screen, many themes will appear on the screen either you can choose any one of them or can have more options by selecting different categories like <Featured>, <Popular>, <Latest> and <Favourites> alternatively you can also search for a particular theme  and click on <Install>.
  • Once the installation is over click on <Activate>.
  • Your site will now look like this.
  • Themes are mainly for visualization, however, to add custom functions to your blog the best option is using Plugins.

  • Plugins are very handy add-ons that range from marketing to developing core areas of your blog, it reduces the constraints of coding and mostly works on the WYSIWYG(what you see is what you get) principle. Installing plugins is quite similar to that of themes,  just hover over to the <Plugins> menu below <Appearance> in the WordPress Dashboard and click <Add new>.

Some of our theme recommendations are Mesocolumn, Catch, Tesseract, etc they are quite easy to use with drag and drop page builder.

Some of our plugins recommendations are loginizer, Yoast SEO, WP Super Cache, beaver builder, WP Forms, etc.

Hope you guys will like those mentions and with this, we are done with the customization and editing section.

Step 5: How to add new page and post ?

Almost all blogs have few thing in common especially few sets of pages like About Us, Contact Us, Blog, etc. Adding pages and posts is one of the easiest feature in WordPress and quite similar to the likes of themes and plugins installation. We can add pages and post by two methods:

  • Click on the ‘+‘ button at the top and select <Page> or <Post>
  • Click on <Page> or <Post> at the top left side of WordPress Dashboard and select <Add New>.

  • After which you can easily customize the page and post accordingly in a WordPad like editor by adding descriptions, videos or images, and links.

Click next page to see the final and last step of this tutorial ——->>


  • candy

    Great tutorial on how to start a blog site. I use wordpress and haven’t had a problem, well couple of problems but they were very helpful in fixing them.

  • I would argue that number 2 isn’t necessary. A lot of beginners might not want to pay anything.

    • Editorial Staff

      Hi Katie thanks for your suggestion. For beginners they can always opt for the free-plan at WordPress.com.

  • Anita Anderson

    This is a good step by step guide to starting a blog. The biggest issue for most is coming up with a good name, platform and host.

  • I remember setting up my website a few years ago. It was trial and error. This really helps someone in setting up their site.

    • Thanks Franc for those kind words. We are happy to help.

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Great post! I wish I had read this post years ago when I began! I was really at a loss when I started! Lots of errors!

  • JustOneMommysOpinion

    Simple steps! I remember setting up my blog and it was somewhat scary! This takes all the guessing out. Love the tips.

  • Wonderful easy to follow steps for newbie bloggers. Great job

  • Great article for those starting out! I wish I had gone with WordPress from day one. I was on Blogger for a few years. WordPress has been a dream come true!

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    Great tips for starting a blog. It is important to find a great hosting site like Host Gator.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    This is awesome information for those wanting to start a blog. It is an awesome thing when other bloggers help the new ones. Thanks for sharing the information.

  • Great ideas for those new to blogging. I hope it helps many that are looking for info.

  • Kate Klaus Kelly

    These are some great tips. If you are new to blogging it might be better to start with a free account before purchasing hosting. Just in case you decide it’s not for you.

  • I just started a new blog and can’t seem to get it going even though I have two active ones. Your information will help a lot.

  • Ave T

    What a great step-by-step guide! I’m sure a lot of new bloggers will find it really useful! We are using WordPress too, and love it!

  • Your step by step guide was very thorough. I wish I found a guide like this before I started my blog.

  • This is such a great step by step guide especially for those who would like to try blogging.

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