As new bloggers often become overwhelmed by technicalities like themes and plugins, content should always remain at the center of any successful blog.
Choose a domain name
Domain names are strings of letters that define your blog’s online identity, helping build brand recognition and SEO rankings while encouraging sharing via social media platforms. Unfortunately, selecting an excellent domain name can be challenging!
Choose a domain name that’s short and memorable, without using too many numbers and hyphens; otherwise they could cause readers to be disoriented by your site and reduce its visibility. Furthermore, avoid trademarked terms as this could potentially create legal complications down the road.
Once you’ve selected your domain name, the next step is registering it through a domain registrar. There are many available online, but make sure to purchase all relevant TLDs such as.com,.org,.net,.info and.biz domains to guarantee that other websites won’t register your name later on.
At first, your blog needs a place to live. While many companies provide free hosting solutions, we recommend investing at least $3 a month into one of the better hosting plans like Bluehost, Hostinger or HostGator.
Step two of installing WordPress on your computer involves downloading Local WP for both Windows and Mac platforms, launching it, and following on-screen instructions to complete installation.
This software will download the most up-to-date version of WordPress as well as a MySQL database, allowing you to quickly test whether everything is functioning by typing “show databases” in the terminal. After this step is completed, blogging can begin! One great advantage of WordPress is the customization capabilities offered through installing themes; this enables you to make your blog as visually pleasing as possible – an issue many new bloggers face!
Create a blog post
Blogging is an integral component of websites and has long been proven as an effective marketing strategy. Studies show that businesses using blogging in their content marketing strategy generate 67% more leads than those without. WordPress provides an ideal platform for blogging with no coding required and an abundance of developers available as support.
For creating blog posts on your site, head to your admin area’s Posts tab and then the “Add New” button to open up a post editor.
Beginners may want to start off by selecting the Twenty Seventeen theme included with WordPress as their starting point; but for more options such as sidebars, background colors, Google Fonts and layouts there are numerous themes in both the WordPress Theme Directory or third-party marketplaces which may or may not cost any money; look for one with intuitive navigation and stunning designs so visitors have no difficulty in locating what they are seeking quickly and easily.
Integrating images into your blog website can enhance user engagement and boost search engine optimization (SEO). By including relevant keywords in image file names and alt text, it increases the odds that your content will be found by social media sites and search engines.
Upload an image directly from your computer, select one from the media library or link directly to a URL. Using the block editor you can also insert images directly into your content.
As soon as you start blogging on WordPress, your focus should be on developing content and growing an audience. Don’t be too concerned with designing the look and feel until your following grows a significant following; free or premium themes from the WordPress theme directory or third-party marketplaces can help customize its look & feel while plugins allow you to monitor traffic tracking analytics and provide traffic insights.