I brought this piece back from my 2018 archive just to share with you and I made some changes to the heading and some of the contents.
Enjoy and share with anyone that might need this.
What is a Blog?
A medium in which you can use to express yourself to the world, share your thoughts, interests, and your passions.
Individuals blogs for various reasons, some blog to share their everyday activities, provide up-to-date news, cooking, Health, Fashion & Lifestyle,
Movies and more.
Sounds good? Then let’s dive in and
PICK YOUR PREFERRED BLOGGING PLATFORM
The first thing you need to do is to decide on your blogging platform. There are two major types of a blogging platforms.
“WordPress and Blogger”
WordPress: It’s by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons and it is easy to design.
Blogger: Blogger is owned by Google. It is completely free and easy to use and you will have access to HTML code, so there are more customization options.
I will personally recommend WordPress self-hosted blog.
Why WordPress Self-hosted Blog?
With a WordPress self-hosted blog, you own your blog, have complete control over it and it will look more professional.
How Much Will It Cost To Self-host My WordPress Blog?
All you need is a;
- Domain Name: This is your web address (google.com, therealibk.com). A domain name is around $10 – $15 /year
- Web Hosting: Service to host your blog on the internet/online. Webhosting plans vary depending on your provider. Starting from $3 to $10 per month.
SET UP YOUR BLOG THROUGH WEB HOSTING AND REGISTER A DOMAIN NAME
Sign up on your chosen provider, choose your hosting plan,and a domain name, fill in the necessary information, and register.
Whichever hosting provider you choose, make sure it has “One-Click installs”
Once the registration is successful, look for the one-click WordPress installation button in the admin panel and install.
You can then proceed to visit your new
blog dashboard. It is usually www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin
This whole process might take 5 – 15 minutes because of domain activation.
CONFIGURE YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG
Even though your blog is operational,
there are still some settings you must do;
1. General Settings (Settings> General)
a. Site Title b. Tagline
2. Visibility on Google (Settings> Reading) Making sure that search engines such as Google can index your new blog.
3. Permalinks (Settings Reading) How your blog posts, page URLs will look like.
DESIGN YOUR BLOG USING A THEME
To make your blog look exactly how you want, go to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes.
Click on Add New, browse through the list to find a free theme, and install it on
I will advise you to choose something that looks professional and pretty easy
to customize. You can go to a theme website such as ThemeForest) and buy a theme for around $40.
Navigate to Appearance >> Customize to configure your theme by adding a logo, colors, and more.
No one likes ugly websites/blogs.
WRITE NEW BLOG POSTS AND ADD NEW PAGES.
With the previous steps already done,
you are ready to start creating content
for your blog.
1. Create New Pages (Pages >Add New)
Your pages might include your About
Contact, Services, Portfolio, and more.
2. Add Blog Posts (Posts Add New)
Create that amazing content, publish it, and share with the world!
What’s more, that is it!
Enjoy your new BLOG!