Thinking about starting a blog? Great idea!. You must have heard of the term “Blogging” and you want to know what Blogs are all about, on this article, I Will give you a walkthrough on “how to set up your own blog ”.
Wondering about how you can set up your own blog?, Definitely, a question will pop in your head, “How the heck do I get started??. If you have been searching the web then you must have seen so many ideas on how to go about it, but damn! “which idea is best? Which do you follow?” So confusing!. You might have even considered forgetting about the whole blogging thing, but the truth remains that every established blogger you know today went through this stage.
Though that’s by the way, let’s get down to business. In this article, I will teach you how to set up your own blog and I promise to make this simple and easy to understand.
WHY YOU SHOULD SET UP YOUR OWN BLOG
You might ask yourself “why the hell am I reading this? I don’t really need a blog”. So before we dive into the step by step guide on how to set up your own blog, I would love to outline reasons why you should create your own blog and join the blogging community.
- Blogging is probably one of the fastest ways of communicating and spreading information (including your business).
- Owning your own blog makes it easier to create awareness about your business and sell your products/services faster.
- Being a blogger makes you a better person and a good writer.
- Blogging gives you the opportunity to share what you love with the world (you can blog about virtually everything).
- The coolest reason? You can make passive income from your blog.
I bet you already knew all that, just felt like reminding you. Am very sorry if I wasted your time with that, Now Let’s Continue……….
STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO SET UP YOUR OWN BLOG
Creating a blog is now easier than it used to be years back, so setting up your own blog from scratch is as easy as taking a 30-minute nap and the good news is you don’t really need to know anything about coding.
Like I said earlier I will make this guide very “easy to understand” so I decided to break this down into 5 simple steps.
- Choosing a preferred blog platform
- Choosing the web hosting for your blog
- Setting your blog up with your domain
- Design your blog
- useful information for bloggers
CHOOSE A PREFERRED BLOG PLATFORM
Choosing where you want to build your blog is pretty much important and probably the first thing to do since your blog will be built on your preferred platform. There are different platforms you can use but I recommend you use WordPress because it is by far one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world, with countless plugins and add-ons.
Other alternatives are:
Blogger:– Similar to WordPress (Definitely the next best thing after WordPress)
Tumblr: – Half Social Network, Half Blog (Interesting and very simple to use)
CHOOSE THE WEB HOSTING FOR YOUR BLOG
This is another big decision you have to make before setting up your own blog. You need to decide whether to pay for your blog or to grab a free one.
Good news, WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr all offer free blogging services… Perfect for people who don’t have enough money for start-up or are not quite serious about blogging but it does have downsides which I will list below:
- You won’t be able To CUSTOMIZE your OWN domain Name
On a free blog, your blog’s web address (Your URL) will always carry your host names like this
and trust me that looks really ugly compared to when you use a customized domain like:
www.yourblog.com or www.yourblog.net and so on.
- Your blog is limited to so many things
There are some limits to your free blogs, you cant fully monetize and customize your blog.
- You don’t own your blog
At first, that sounds silly but the truth is that you don’t really have complete access to your free blog since the blog is hosted on someone’s else web property and they can delete it if they want. But on your Self-Hosted blog, you have total control of the blog.
So I recommend you use a paid hosting plan while starting up your blog, If you are thinking about a host to use, why not try the host i use for my blogs. “Whogohost“. Whogohost is one of the leading webhost here in nigeria, check out their hosting plans here
Set up your own blog with your domain
I am going to continue based on the thought that you have chosen WordPress but if you haven’t, I recommend you do. Seriously, it’s the best.
If you are New to this then I guess u are a bit confused about what self-hosted blog is, allow me to explain and also walk you through how to setup your own self-hosted blog.
To start with, you will need to choose a domain name for your blog and also choose a web hosting company to host your blog. WHAT is a domain? you may ask,
- Domain: A domain is basically the URL of your website or blog eg facebook.com (facebook.com is the domain name).
- Hosting: Hosting is basically the company that puts your website up on the internet so everyone else can see it. Everything will be saved on there. Think of it as a computer hard-drive on the internet where your blog will be saved.
For me, I use WhoGoHost for my blog domain and hosting, its one of the best here in Nigeria and its relatively cheap and guess what, if you purchase a hosting plan from them, you get a free .com.ng domain for free, you can host with them by visiting their site here.
But if for any reason, you don’t want to go with Whogohost, you can go ahead and choose and web host of your choice. You can also check out my list of free web hosting service.
95% of web host on the internet today offers a One-Click WordPress installation feature in the Cpanel. With that button, you can automatically install WordPress on your blog with just a click. Sounds easy right? Indeed it’s as easy as it sounds. All you need to do is Sign up with WhoGoHost (or any web hosting provider you may have chosen). Select the hosting plan you want and domain name, sign into your Cpanel and locate the One click WordPress installation button(on most Cpanel, you should find this button at the bottom of the page under softaculous like in the screenshot below).
Then you will be required to fill a very short form after which you hit the install button. It will take a short time to load. Guess what, your WordPress website is up and functional. Congratulations.
Now you can start blogging, first, you log into your admin panel (usually this is the link to your admin panel www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin) and you start posting by adding a new post. At first, the layout may seem a bit confusing but don’t get scared because it’s not as difficult as it looks, with time you will surely get used to it.
Design your blog
When it comes to the topic “How to set up your own blog”, Designing your blog is the coolest part. We are gonna make your blog look exactly how you want it by choosing the perfect theme for your blog. Let’s get to it.
To choose a new Theme, click on Appearance in your WordPress admin panel then click on Theme, WordPress have a lot of free themes which are grouped into categories. So you can search for themes related to your niche.(if you are running a fashion blog then you can search for fashion and install your desired theme). You can also go for a premium theme on Digital theme stores like Themeforest.com.
I advise you choose a theme that looks professional and easy to customize. The cool thing about WordPress is, you can change your theme anytime you want. So if you get tired of your current theme, you can always change it without losing your contents on your blog.
Useful Information for Bloggers
In the blogosphere, you see a lot of bloggers with different degrees of online and social media experience, but no matter your level online now, we all made those newbie mistakes when we started.
There is always room for more learning and improvement, no matter your current online status, be you a beginner or a pro. I made a list of some post that will guide you in your blogging journey.
I guess you have learnt a thing or two on how to setup your own blog. Now let me pass the keyboard over to you, if you have anything to contribute, correct, or you have a comment concerning this post please use the comment box below
If you have any question on how to setup your own blog, do not hesitate to get in touch with me or drop a comment. I will be glad to help.
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