How to Start a WordPress Blog

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WordPress is one of the most attractive, versatile platforms for someone looking to start a blog in 2019. WordPress is currently the 55thmost popular website in the world, and is used to power 32% of all sites on the internet, ranging from personal blogs to business websites. Furthermore, WordPress is very user-friendly, and doesn’t require any coding or technical knowledge to make a great-looking website. Let’s go over the steps needed to get your WordPress blog started up.

  1. Create an Account

Before you start creating your WordPress blog, you’ll first need to register an account. All you have to do is input your email address, create a username, and choose a strong password. If you already have a Google account, then you can simply login to WordPress using that account.

  1. Choose What Kind of Blog You Want to Create

After you create an account, you’ll be presented with a list of options about what you want the focus of your blog to be. This is only meant to serve as a foundation, as you will be able to change the features of your blog later on. There are options to start with a personal blog, a business website, a professional website, or an online store (note that the online store option requires buying a domain name–more on that later). Pick the option that is most applicable for you, as it will help you better shape your blog later on.

  1. Decide on Your Blog’s Central Topic

After selecting your blog’s focus, you will be asked to provide a general topic for your blog. There are a range of preselected topics that you can choose from, but if you don’t see the topic that most applies to what you’re creating, you can type it in yourself. Depending on the topic you select, you will be presented with a suggestion for a theme and page layout. This is essentially a preview of your blog’s initial appearance.

  1. Time to Name Your Blog

Now it’s time to get creative and pick a unique name for your blog. If you struggle with naming things, don’t worry–you can go back to change it at any time. Try to decide on a name that will be most representative of your blog’s identity.

  1. Getting Started on Your Blog’s Style

The next step involves choosing a basic theme to start your blog out with. The four options you’re presented with–modern, sophisticated, professional, and calm–have different fonts, color schemes, and page layouts. While it’s likely that you’ll change the theme later on, you can still choose one that appeals to you the most, or the one you think will be most appropriate for your content. A nice extra touch is that you can preview what your blog will look like on a mobile device.

  1. Decide if You Want a Domain Name

There are a number of benefits to buying a domain name for your blog. If you purchase one, WordPress offers you additional features, and a name helps give your blog its own identity. However, if you don’t want to spend money, you will have to use a free web address, which are often clunky and unattractive. If this is your first time blogging, you might be better off starting with a free plan, and then switching over to a paid one later. Regardless of whether or not you purchase a domain name, you will have to pick an address that’s not already in use.

  1. Finalize Your Information

Once you’re sure that you are satisfied with your setup, you can confirm your settings and officially create your blog! After you’ve verified your email address, you can get started on publishing your first post.

  1. Choosing a Theme

Before making your first post, you should choose a theme that suits your taste. To view the available themes, click “Design” on the navigation bar to the left of the screen, and then click “Themes”. Once you’ve done that, you can pick from a wide selection of free and premium themes. In addition, most of these themes are customizable.

  1. Making Your First Post

Making your first ever blog post is easy! All you have to do is click on the “Write” icon towards the upper right hand corner of the screen, choose a title for your post, and then start writing. When you’re done, just hit publish, and you’ve officially entered the world of blogging with WordPress!

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