- So, You Want To Start a Blog?
- How To Start a Blog: The ultimate free guide.
- Step 1: Sign Up For Hosting
- Step 2: Install WordPress
- Step 3: WordPress Housekeeping
- Step 4: Install a WordPress Theme
- Step 5: Install WordPress Plugins
- Step 6: Publishing Posts & Pages
- Step 7: Set Up Widgets & Menus
- Step 8: Set Up a Contact Form
So, You Want To Start a Blog?
Well, you’re in the right place!
I’m a web developer who has created hundreds of blogs and websites for clients using WordPress (blogging software). I decided to create a free video guide to help people like you start your own blog without hiring a designer or developer like me. Our hosting partner makes it easy enough for you to do it yourself, even if you’ve never started a blog or built a website before. All you have to do is follow the steps in the videos below. 🙂
How To Start a Blog: The ultimate free guide.
Set up WordPress and publish your first post in just 5 minutes. Step by step videos below.
Why Start a Blog?
Starting a blog is one of the most powerful ways to connect with other people, build a community, or start or market a business. I run several of my own blogs, and have helped hundreds of people create great blogs and websites using WordPress.
It’s never been easier to start a blog than it is today. This free video guild will show you how to do it yourself.
This is a video guide to starting a blog from scratch using WordPress. The following videos show you how to create a website like this demo site: http://startablogdemo.com
Step 1: Sign Up For Hosting
I’ve been building WordPress sites for years, and I’ve used all of the major WordPress hosting companies. Some are good, others are a nightmare.
For 99% of blogs, I strongly recommend InMotion Hosting.
InMotion Hosting is fast, inexpensive, reliable and they offer great support. They also make it easy to install WordPress in just a few clicks.
Oh, and InMotion is offering a very special 56% discount for Set Up WP visitors! That’s a huge savings off their already great pricing.
This guide will show you step-by-step, how to start a blog on InMotion’s Hosting.
This video takes you through the process of signing up for your InMotion hosting account so you can get started with your blog.
Step 2: Install WordPress
Now that you’ve got your hosting plan set up, it’s time to install WordPress so you can start blogging. Fortunately, InMotion makes everything super easy, so you can get your blog set up in just a few clicks.
Watch the step-by-step video that takes you through the whole process. You’ll be up and running in just a few minutes.
Congratulations! You’ve officially started a blog. Now that your WordPress site is up and running, it’s time to start blogging.
In the next videos, I’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme, how to install a plugin, how to create new posts and pages, and how to customize your blog to look the way you want. But first, it’s time for a little WordPress housekeeping.
Step 3: WordPress Housekeeping
Once you have installed WordPress, I like to do a little housekeeping and change a few of the default WordPress settings. In this video, I walk through a few common WordPress setup tasks:
- How to set your media folder
- How to set your permalinks
- How to create a new WordPress user
These steps are optional, but I do them for all of my own WordPress blogs.
Now that your settings are all tricked out, it’s time to start customizing the way your blog looks.
Step 4: Install a WordPress Theme
In the next video, I show you how to install a new WordPress theme.
I strongly recommend using StudioPress themes because they run on the Genesis framework, offer rock-solid code and security, and their themes look great on all screen sizes, including mobile devices like iPhone and iPad.
Step 5: Install WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are a great way to extend the features and functionality of your blog. There are thousands of plugins you can choose from, and I’ve mentioned my favorites on the resources page.
In this video, I walk you through the process of finding and installing plugins on your blog.
Awesome! At this point, you’ve officially started your blog, and it’s time to start publishing content. In the next video, I’ll walk you through the difference between WordPress Posts and Pages, and show you how to create them both.
Step 6: Publishing Posts & Pages
Ready, set, go! Time to start publishing. This video walks you through the publishing process and the WordPress post editor, step-by-step.
Step 7: Set Up Widgets & Menus
At this point, you’ve already got the basic ingredients for a fantastic blog. It’s time to add some menus and widgets to your site.
Menus are a WordPress feature that let you put a set of links on your blog. You could use these links in your sidebar or footer, or as a navigation menu at the top of your blog. It’s a great way to help your visitors get to the right place on your site; and of course, it’s also really easy to set up and configure. In the video below, I show you how to create a new menu, add and edit the links in your menu, and then place the menu on your blog.
Widgets are another super powerful WordPress feature that let you customize your blog in a ton of different ways. Depending on the theme you used when you started your blog, you will have a number of different widget areas on your site. You’ll probably have widgets in the sidebar, and footer, and possibly after your blog posts and in your header. I walk you through the whole widgets panel in this video.
Step 8: Set Up a Contact Form
One of the best parts about starting a blog is that you get to build a community and interact with other people. So, you want to give people an easy way to contact you through your blog, and the easiest way is to create a contact form.
I recommend using the premium Gravity Forms plugin because it has a ton of great features, and it’s really easy to set up and configure without dealing with any code. Gravity Forms also works great with StudioPress themes, right out of the box.
In this next video, I show you how to create a brand new contact form on your blog in just a few minutes. Check it out.