Expression is ‘Freedom’, and the best way to express yourself to the world these days is through blogging. Yes! Blogging gives you the freedom to express your intimate thoughts, creativity, and responsiveness towards happenings around the world. You can connect with other bloggers sharing similar interests with you and have a network of like-minded friends. If you are so conscious of any issue or cause you can spread awareness too! In fact, the possibilities are boundless; for the financial brains among you, you can even start earning money with your own blog. Given these vast possibilities of blogging, one shouldn’t find an excuse for not being able to blog – it’s a child’s play! If at all, you are still finding any limitations to start your own blog; you are reading the right post! You will know it in 10 easy steps, how to start your own blog, it’s that easy!
So, the first step in creating your blog (assuming you are launching a self-hosted blog) is hosting it on a server. (link to choosing the best webhost to launch a WordPress blog article) After you found the best server that suits your purpose and budget, you need to decide on the name of your blog. For convenience, I am quoting ‘BlueHost’ here as the webhost and ‘BlueHost’ is undoubtedly the best of webhosting services available across, besides WordPress endorses ‘BlueHost’ as the top priority in its official WordPress.org website. If anyone of you have presumptions that starting a self-hosted WordPress blog is perplexing, forget it! Stay with me, you’ll discover how easy it is; here we go,
Decide upon a domain name for your WordPress blog/website
After deciding upon a name for your WordPress blog/website, log into BlueHost.com and click on ‘I need a domain name’. Register the name of your choice depending on the availability along with the ‘suffix’ of your choice (.com, .org .net etc.). Choose one of the payment options convenient with you for domain registration. Now you have a domain name for your website/blog
After you are done with registration, click on the C-Panel (Control Panel) and log-in your WordPress admin username and password that was provided to you during registration; you will get to see a list of tools. Choose ‘simple scripts’ from among those tools listed under Software/Services; ‘simple scripts’ is the one click WordPress installer tool in BlueHost
After clicking on ‘simple scripts’ go to the ‘blogs’ category in the page and click on ‘WordPress’, you will find an “Install” button, click on “Install”. You’ll be asked “Where would you want WordPress to be installed?” choose the domain name you decided for your website/blog and registered with BlueHost in step#3 and WordPress will be installed onto the BlueHost server, powering your website/blog. Your website/blog is technically hosted on BlueHost servers now and you can visit your website by typing-in your website URL
You can login to the back-end of your WordPress website/blog by typing-in your URL, say www.example.com/wp-admin any time to make changes about how your blog looks. Back-end FYI is what you only see as an ‘admin’, the users would only see the actual website
Now click on the Posts/Add New on the left-hand side menu of your dashboard. A new ‘post’ screen opens-up. Enter the title of your new post and compose some text to introduce yourself on the web. When you are done, click on “Publish”, now your new post will be live on the web. Now to watch your well-accomplished self-hosted blog as a user, just enter the URL of your website/blog and you will see what you composed as your first ‘post’
To make your blog look more aesthetic and add beauty, go to your ‘dashboard’ again as explained in step#6, and click on “Appearances”, you will see a list of ‘themes’ available. Click on the theme which appeals to your eyes, now your WordPress website/blog has a beautiful theme.
To make your website look more professional, you could add ‘pages’ to your site like ‘Home’, ‘About me’, ‘Contact’ etc.
Just to have a ‘blog’ section for your website, so that you could update things afresh every now and then, add a ‘new page’ and name it ‘blog’. A point of note here is a ‘page’ is something which is static, say ‘Home’, ‘About me’ etc., like what you see in typical websites. Whereas a ‘blog’ is that where you see ‘posts’ which are regularly updated in reverse chronological order. Hope you got the hang of starting your own self-hosted WordPress website/blog.