So far so good, we are progressing on the teachings of blogging. Our last post explains everything you should know before you start blogging. Now that you are prepared to join the millionaires club, I think I should let you know how to create a blog yourself.
How to Create a Blog Yourself
As we always have it on this blog, this topic also will be discussed on a DIY (do-it-yourself) approach. Every explanation will be in such a way that even a novice or a newbie will be able to create a blog without stress.
If you have been following me from the last discussion, you would remember that you were told that the four most important element to create a blog are;
- A domain
- A host
- A WordPress theme
For the purpose of this tutorial, we are going to be considering WordPress for blogging. There are reasons for this consideration of course, but shall be discussed in another article in a sooner time. Apart from WordPress, other popular blogging platforms are Blogger and Wix.
Before you begin, kindly check this guide on 6 Reasons Why You Should Consider WordPress for your Website Design.
Now, let’s start the tutorial.
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Creating Your Own Blog
The following are the steps required to design a blog as a newbie.
Buy a Domain
Since you have been told and you are aware that you can’t have a blog without a domain, which is just like an address, you should just do well to buy the domain if you really want to create a blog.
To buy a domain, visit any domain registrar of your choice and enter the domain name you have at the back of your mind. If it’s available, good. Then you need to proceed by adding to cart and making a payment to confirm your purchase.
On the other hand, if the domain name is not available or have been taken, simply suggest another one and check the availability. Continue the process until you find the one that you can use.
I always encourage domain name buyers to buy a domain name that can be easy to remember by their visitors for a re-visit. This goes a long way and will help them to build good traffic in the future. Another thing is allowing the niche to reflect in the domain name just like the “tech” in “www.livetechnoid.com”. this will tell your users what you do even without visiting the blog yet.
Do you know some people are making money online with domain names? Read more on How to Make Money Online Selling Domain Names.
Proceeding on How to Create a Blog Yourself…
Get a Hosting Plan
A hosting plan is very important. It is what gives you the chance to build and manage a website on the world wide web.
To buy a hosting plan, just visit the website of hosting provider of your choice on the internet. As a starter, a cheap shared hosting plan should satisfy your needs for the moment. As a starter again, I will encourage you to consider a buying domain and host plan from the same company, so they can be willing to help you out in case you find yourself in trouble.
Point your domain name to your host
During the purchase of your domain name, you may be asked to provide your nameservers to point your domain to your host. If you skipped the step during the purchase, you need to edit the domain information after purchase and enter the nameservers for your domain to be available on the host.
The nameservers can be found on the host. But if you are unable to find it, kindly contact your host provider to request for it.
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Add your domain to your host
From your host client manager, find the log in to cPanel option. Immediately you are on the cPanel, find add domain and click on it. Immediately the page loads, enter the domain name you have purchased and pointed earlier in the box and click enter. If you have provided the correct nameservers earlier, then it should be a success adding the website.
Installing WordPress on the host.
On the cPanel, find the one-click installer or softaculous or whatever name has been given to it by your provider and click. Once you click, select WordPress from among the options provided on the page.
This takes you to WordPress setup page where you will be able to enter the domain name you want to set up a blog for and also, you will be compulsorily required to create an admin username and password for easier access to the blog’s backend.
When you have provided the information, you will be required to confirm the process by clicking the submit button. Once clicked, the setup begins immediately and finishes within seconds based on the condition of your internet connectivity.
Note that an administrative URL will be assigned to your domain. This administrative URL leads you to where you can access your blog and the contents from at the WordPress Backend. Immediately it displays on the page, kindly open in a new tab and allow the page to load. It should have loaded your blog dashboard from the backend.
Upload a theme
If you are curious and you want to know if you have a blog, try visiting your URL and you will see your blog running on the default WordPress theme. I guess you would want to make it look more professional. If yes, then let’s get a theme. You may need to quickly check How to set up your WordPress Theme Features first.
To get a theme of your choice, visit ThemeShop or ThemeForest and enter the kind of website you want. Maybe a school website, an entertainment website, a retail store, among others. A list of suitable themes will be displayed to you. Select anyone you want and live preview to see how your webpages will look like with the theme.
You can also download premium WordPress themes and plugins from this website. Kindly check the WordPress resources page.
If you find the theme suitable for you after checking it through, you can proceed by adding to cart and proceed to pay to confirm your payment. A download link will be given to you to download the theme you have paid for. Note that the theme comes as a zip encrypted file.
How to Upload a Theme
To upload the theme from your WordPress dashboard from the blog’s backend, find the theme option from the left-hand sidebar, and click add new. On that page, you begin to see different themes you can use. Those are free themes. I won’t advise you to use it but it’s a better choice if you can afford paid theme at the moment.
If you have bought your theme as earlier explained, just find upload theme above the page displayed, choose the directory where you have already saved the theme bought and select.
Finally, click on upload to confirm the action. The theme will be successfully installed if everything was done perfectly. After the installation, you will be required to apply the theme if you want to start using it immediately.
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To see the changes on the blog, just revisit your blog using your domain name.
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