How to Start a WordPress Blog Step by Step
So you finally create a WordPress blog…
Congratulations! WordPress is an excellent solution for how to start a blog!!
How to create a blog: what you’ll need
Just a quick note, though. This guide is not about using WordPress.com. Instead, we’ll show you how to start your own blog using self-hosted WordPress so that you’re in full control. This is our recommended approach.
If you’re not sure what the difference is, you can read this post for more on the differences between WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org /self-hosted WordPress.
If you want to start a WordPress blog, here’s a simple step-by-step guide:
- Sign up for web hosting (I recommend Siteground).
- Choose a hosting plan.
- Pick a domain name for your blog.
- Complete your hosting registration.
- Install WordPress.
- Log in and write your first blog post.
- How to Installed a Theme
- How to Intalled a Plugins
- How to Create a Page
- How to Create a Post
- How to Configure Home Page
How to install a WordPress theme
How to further customize your WordPress theme
To further customize your theme, you can use something called the WordPress Customizer. This interface lets you make certain tweaks to your theme without needing to know the code.
You can access it by going to Appearance → Customize:
Depending on the theme that you chose, you may have a different set of options in the left sidebar. But in general, you can:
- Make changes by using the options on the left
- See a real-time preview on the website preview on the right
- Make your changes live by clicking Save & Publish
For a more detailed guide, we have a full post on how to use the WordPress Customizer.
Here’s how to add functionality to your blog
While themes are mostly about appearances, plugins are more focused on helping you add functionality to your blog.
When you first create a WordPress blog, you pretty much only have the ability to write blog posts and create pages.
Plugins are what allow you to add more advanced functionality like:
If you can think of a feature, there’s probably a plugin for it. That’s because the WordPress community offers over 50,000 free plugins, plus there are thousands of premium plugins.
Where to find WordPress plugins for your blog
Like themes, you can find both free and premium plugins.
Keeping the similarities rolling, the best place to look for free plugins is at the official WordPress.org plugin directory.
For premium plugins, the best method is usually to search Google for something like “best X plugin” and buy from a well-known developer.
Many free plugins listed at WordPress.org also offer premium versions with more features.
Must-have WordPress plugins for all sites
While there are plenty of niche plugins that are only good for specific uses, there are some must-have WordPress plugins that all sites, including blogs, can benefit from. Here are some of our suggestions:
How to install WordPress plugins
We already wrote a detailed guide on how to install WordPress plugins. But here’s the quick version:
- Go to Plugins → Add New
- If you chose a free plugin at WordPress.org, search for the plugin by name and click Install Now.
- If you purchased a premium plugin, click the Upload Plugin button and upload the ZIP file you should have received when you purchased the plugin.
Make sure to Activate the plugin after installing it.
You can always manage your existing plugins by going to the Plugins tab:
What to do after you create a WordPress blog
Ok, so you managed to create a WordPress blog, install your own theme, and add some functionality with plugins.
Well, the world is your oyster! But if you’re like most people, you’ll probably want to look for ways to:
And if you’re a blogging beginner, you might be interested in the 44 things our team of bloggers wish they knew before starting a blog. You can read all of these blogging tips here.
And if you’re looking for everything in one place, we wrote a whole guide on how to grow a personal blog.
Now get out there and make your brand new WordPress blog a success!