Thinking about blogging about an interesting topic online, but have no technical experience? Not to worry as you don’t have to be a programmer to start a blog. Whether for business or personal purposes, here are the very basic steps of launching a blog:
Get a WordPress Account
You can build a blog for free using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress. In fact, WordPress is the best CMS for designing blogs. The platform is enormously popular and has a massive online community. WordPress is easy to use, but just in case you run into trouble, you can easily get help from the online community. You will have to download and install the client. WordPress has an official guide that you can follow. You will have to set up your own account too. This is the first step towards building your own blog.
Choose a Domain Name and Register
When you install WordPress and sign up for an account, you are basically ready to create a website. The very first step in creating a website has little to do with design. You will first have to choose a domain name, or a web address, for your site. You can choose a free domain name provided by WordPress. However, if you want to monetize using the site, it’s best to create your own domain name. You can maintain an independent domain name for a small sum each year (usually around $10). Once you have the name, you will have to go through the domain name registration process. It’s relatively straightforward and can be done through your web host.
Pick a Web Host
At the same time as the above, you will have to choose a web host as well. If you get a WordPress domain name, hosting will be free. However, if you run the site independently, you will have to buy a hosting package from a provider like web hosting. Packages vary by type and size. For a starter blog, you can survive with a cheap shared hosting plan. You can upgrade to dedicated or VPS hosting as your blog grows.
Design the Blog
Once the domain name is up and running through your web host, it’s time to design the blog. WordPress offers a number of free and premium themes to build blogs. Choose a theme exclusively intended for blogs, and not for other sites like online stores. Customise this theme as much as possible so your blog does not resemble any other. When designing, keep things minimal to avoid increasing page load speed. Prioritise user friendliness so that people want to keep on reading your blog.
Think about SEO
When designing your blog, think about techniques that will boost search engine results page rankings of your site. You should do things like define meta data so your site is easy to look up for a search engine algorithm. You must think about SEO from the start because this is what will drive the traffic to your website.
Post Many Articles Initially
Once the site is up and running, it’s time to post. Remember that you are just starting the blog. So it’s important to publish articles frequently to get attention. Do not leave your blog unattended for days.
Finally, beta test everything. You can send a beta version live online so users can report possible bugs that you can take steps to remove immediately.