You have brilliant ideas and want to share with the world.
You want to have a place in the virtual world to showcase your hobbies.
You have a small business and need a platform to communicate with customers…
This is a step-by-step guide for DIY your own blog.
The free approach
WordPress.com is a great place to test the water. The setup is user friendly. Just follow the step by step guide on their website, you are set to go!
- It is free.
- It is very easy to setup, no technical skill required.
- The web content you put up there can be exported and imported to your new site later on.
- You can’t customize the layout and theme as much as you want.
- The WordPress company places the ads on your site which you have no control over.
- The storage place is very small if you need to share lots of photos.
- The domain name : http://name.wordpress.com doesn’t look professional if it is for your business.
The full approach
- Website name and hosting
- Installing WordPress
- Choose the look
- Basic plugins
- Customize the webpage
1, Website name and hosting:
You give your little baby website a name, and rent a place to raise them up. The hosting company is the place where your baby can play, grow and socialize with the world. The criterias to consider when you select the hosting companies are: stability, cost and support.
Bluehost has free domain name registration, is amazingly affordable, and the perfect place to start with.
- Register or transfer your domain name:
- Select the plan you want, the basic plan will be enough for a starter.
2, installing WordPress:
Login to your Bluehost CPanel, in the website session, click on the second icon “ Install WordPress”
3, Pick the look:
It’s time to pick your theme! WordPress has tons of free WordPress themes to pick from.
Login to your wordpress dashboard, click on “Appearance -> Themes” to select, test and set the look.
If you have got here, give yourself a high five, phew…! It is not easy, even for me working in IT. A rollercoaster ride of hope, frustration, despair and joy! But it is all worth it when you see your baby website is up and running!
The plugins are ways to extend and add to the functionality that already exists in WordPress. They offer custom functions and features to tailor your site.
5, Customize your website:
You can customize the webpage on the theme customize session. But the problem is that every time you patch the update for the theme, it will erase your previous settings. The long term solution is to have a child theme and edit the codes inside. Child theme can be edited in the bulehost CPanel -> File Manager.
This is way too technical… I know…. Ask for helps or ignore it for now!
IT service is costly for a blogger. The best thing about bluehost is that they have 24/7 online chat. They can get into your account and setup for you. Yes, they are free!
WordPress theme support forum is great. Search the solution for your problem or ask a question.
or select the theme you use and go to the theme support forum