How To Start A Blog - Simple Beginner’s Guide

Start a blog beginner's guide

First, let me tell you with honesty, I have started this blog only a week before. But I have researched a lot of Blogs just to know how to build a better blog. So I have gathered useful information about how to get started with a blog and will provide it to you in the simplest way possible.

There are four main steps you need to go through in order to set up a blog. If you follow this guide, you will have your own blog set up in 30 minutes or less. 

But before that, If you are still confused about this whole blogging idea, This post might help you - Are You Hesitating To Start A Blog? 

Step 1 – Choose your blogging platform

This is the first thing you will have to do. This is where you will build your blog.
  • WordPress – It’s one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ones and almost infinite ways to design and layout you blog.
  • Blogger – Blogger is owned by Google and it’s definitely the next best thing to WordPress.
  • Tumblr – Half social network, half blog. Interesting and very simple to use.

Out of these, WordPress and Blogger are used by majority of bloggers as we can monetize blog as per our need and earn money. Also you get Tons of free themes and layouts. Also there’s a massive support forum in case you get stuck (you won’t, but it’s nice to have it there if you need it).

This will help you to make the right decision- Best Blogging Platforms For 2016- Comparison 

Step 2 – Self-hosting or a free alternative

Now you will have to make the biggest decision before we go ahead.  You need to decide whether to pay for your blog or grab a free one.

WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. Awesome, right? It’s perfect for those of us who aren’t super serious about blogging. But it does have downsides:

1) You won’t be able to get your OWN domain name

On a free blog, your blog’s web address (your URL) will be like this:
  • yourblog.wordpress.com
  • yourblog.blogspot.com
  • yourblog.tumblr.com

I know, not good right?

2) There will be limits

There are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show everyone – it’s all limited. Worse still, you won’t even have access to the free themes offered by WordPress.

3) You DON’T OWN your blog

It might sound silly at first, but you don’t actually own your blog. It’s hosted on someone else’s web property and they can delete it if they want so. They have done so in the past, and keep doing it in the future. Which means all your hard work on your blog, all those countless hours of writing blog posts might be vanished within seconds. Sad…

On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name – you are the REAL owner of your blog. You’ll be able to name your blog whatever you want, for example YourName.comor YourAwesomeBlog.com. You can end it with .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, or virtually any other web suffix. Add to that unlimited bandwidth for videos, images and content plus the free themes and you have a winning combo.

So how much is hosting and a domain name? Not as much as you’re thinking, fortunately. It usually works out to about $5 to $10 per month (Rs. 400 to 800 per month), depending on your hosting provider which is less than a couple of coffees and movie shows.

Step 3 – Start a blog on your own domain (If you choose self-hosting and a custom domain)

I’m going to assume that you have chosen WordPress and if not then you should. Brands like Samsung, Sony, eBay and also NASA have built their regular blog on WordPress. It’s HIGHLY customizable. There are hundreds of free themes and plugins that add more functionality to your blog, from contact and subscribe boxes to plugins that improve blog performance and more.

Now to exciting part! To set up a self-hosted blog on your own domain name, you’ll need two things:
  • Domain name – This will be your personal blog address where people find you over and over again. For example Google’s Domain is www.google.com. Your new blog domain name will be www.YourBlogName.com.
  • Web hosting – This will be the home of your blog address and content that’s on the blog. Without web hosting, you’ll be unable to use your domain. Think of it as a computer hard drive that stores all your content on your blog (images, blog posts and so on).

Sites like HostGator is one of the best site which provide hosting. It has a one-click WordPress install solution on their admin panel. That button will automatically install WordPress on your blog.


HostGator has great performance and is easy to use and it’s probably the best pick for beginners. However, you can always go with another web hosting as long as it’s fast, reliable and offers unlimited storage & bandwidth. This helps you to avoid problems later on.

All you need to do is sign up with HostGator or your chosen provider, choose your hosting plan and a domain name and look for the one-click WordPress install button on the admin panel.

Once WordPress is installed on your website, all you have to do to start blogging is go to your WP-Admin page usuallywww.yourblognamehere.com/wp-admin and start writing by adding a new post.

Step 4 – Designing your WordPress blog

Now, the fun bit.

Let’s make your blog look exactly how you want it to. To choose a new theme, you can either head to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or you can head to a premium theme website like ThemeForest.net to install most awesome themes available over internet.

Choose something that will look professional and will easy to customize. So if you start getting tired of your current blog template, you can just switch to another one without losing any precious content or images and that too with only few clicks.

WordPress template

Remember, your blog’s design should reflect what the blog is about. There’s no point having a Sports-orientated theme if your blog is about food related, got it?

Also make sure it’s easy to navigate if you want people to stick around. If it’s tricky and difficult to move around it, people won’t stay. Make it easy for them.

And that’s it! I’m confident that your initial blog set up should now be finished and ready to go, and I hope it’s all done smoothly.

If you got some problems or have any questions for me about how to create a blog, just comment below. I’ll help you out with any problems. 

Enjoy your new blog!
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