When you decided to start the website first thing comes to your mind or you need to decide is which platform is best suited for your needs. Let’s talk about creating your first blog or website. WordPress is among the best website/blogging platforms available. If you have a question like what blogging means or how blogging works read this post.
WordPress is web publishing software that you can use from a web browser and it is among the best options to start your blog without knowing to code for CSS or HTML and start blogging with WordPress is the best way to learn digital marketing
Free: WordPress is Open source software meaning anybody can download for the free and good thing is a lot of developers are constantly working to improve.
Easy to customize: There are numerous blogging WordPress themes for free that allow you to choose a variety for various types of blogs or websites. From travel to fashion, hobbies to e-commerce anything can be done with WordPress. WordPress comes with multiple features that will help to easily customize as per your needs.
Easy to manage : WordPress is easy to manage in terms of theme updates or plugin updates that are regularly done by developers. There is no technical know-how required for mange WordPress updates, it can be done just one click.
SEO friendly : It’s every blogger’s wish to rank higher in organic search results. WordPress comes with search engine optimization and there is multiple free and paid plugin that will help to rank in google search.
Safe : Currently, WordPress is the largest blogging and website building platform and hence the probability of targeting sites is more. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available at affordable prices to secure your website on WordPress
Versatile : WordPress is highly customizable with a lot of themes and plug INS available to use. You take any industry, themes are available to use in WordPress. You don’t need to spend time and money to develop from scratch to start. Based on your blogging type or industry choose the theme and get started.
Also, WordPress is continuously improving themselves
WordPress Hosting and Domain Name
Before you get started with your blog you need to get the hosting platform that hosts your website. This is nothing but the server which will keep all data of your website and produce it to internet users on request. The domain name is your website name. As WordPress is the largest website building platform there are multiple hosting options are available to choose from. Most of the hosting platforms offer a free domain name for one year. You can try below
Based on your requirements and budget you can choose any of the above hosting platforms to start with. Once you decided the hosting platform go ahead and sign-up for WordPress hosting. It will ask you for a domain. If you have already purchased the domain you can use it otherwise you need to purchase the domain. I will recommend purchasing from the hosting provider so it will eliminate other technical things.
Once you are done with getting the hosting provider and domain name you are ready to start your blogging with WordPress. To start with you first need to install and setup WordPress for your website. Once you are in the login area of your host provider just follow the instructions to set up WordPress as these steps may vary slightly vary but finally, you will land up on your website with WordPress.
Once you’re are in WordPress set up you can start customizing the website based on your preferences.
Choosing Theme for your website
There are thousands of themes to choose from on WordPress and here is one the mistake beginners do they put a lot of time choosing the theme. As a beginner, our focus should be on creating quality content and promoting that. Based on your interest choose a good looking theme to start with. A theme can be changed at any point in time.
Go to themes and choose “Add New” and choose one based on your references
You can later customize the theme to include your Brand name, your logo and other appearances to make it better in terms of look n feel and for better user experience.
You can download free WordPress themes from individual theme developer websites as well.
TIP: I will recommend do not fall in trap to purchase premium versions immediately. First make yourself familiarize with theme and options that WordPress provide to customize your website. Free Themes are more than good to experiment with and learn the new things. You can try one of the following
Astra: Astra is one the fastest loading and popular multi purpose theme which you can used to build any kind of website. The free version comes with all necessary features you need to build your new website. There are options available to import pre- built website which can help to reduce your efforts.
Divi : Divi has drag & drop page builder and this is also multipurpose theme. You can built any kind of website you dreamed of. It easy to start with it’s pre-made layout
OceanWP: This is one the best free multi-purpose WordPress theme with well built features. It is easy to use and easy to understand options with multiple layout options, two navigation menus at top. This theme also has full WooCommerce support.
Neve: Neve is clean multipurpose theme. This can be used for both business and creative purpose. Neve is a perfect option for start-ups, individual bloggers, creative peoples.
Plugins are most versatile feature that you get in WordPress. Below are few must have plugins when you are starting new website.
Elementor : Elementor is one of the best and our favourite plug in as a visual page builder that will take your creative ideas to next level with layouts and features it has. It is independent of theme you have. It is very useful to create beautiful landing pages.
WPForms : This is essential plugin to creating beautiful forms ( contact form, subscriptions). It has a lot of useful features and easy to use and mobile responsive as well.
Yoast SEO: Search Engine Optimization is key factor to grow your blog and this is one of the best plugin when it comes to SEO. It analyzes the readability of your blog so that your readers can understand your content better.
Once you are done with the installation and set up with your theme and essential plugins, you are ready to start your blogging.
To write your First Blog Post
Go to “Posts” and click “Add New”
You can see your first blog preview from WordPress itself or go to any browser and paste url for your website to see how your first blog looks like.
Here your journey begins as a blogger…