This is the best step-by-step tutorial you will find. It will help you to set up everything you need for your blog in no time with no expertise or coding required.
First of all, let me congratulate you! By reading this easy guide you are showing that you have a passion and a desire to change your life for the better.
Whether you are looking to make extra income, share your passion or create a community with your blog, you should know that you are in the right place.
I have created this free guide in order to help you create a successful blog through the optimal and simplest methods.
You will not need any skill to complete this tutorial.
Make sure to save this page in case you are not able to complete everything today.
The following five steps will take you on a trip to create your dream blog and even getting paid for sharing your passion.
Step 1: Pick a Great Name for Your Blog
The first thing you need to do is to choose a good name for your blog.
It is how people are going to identify you on the Internet.
WARNING: You should not spend more than 24 hours in this step of the process.
Many new bloggers never even begin because they get so stressed out trying to find the perfect name for their blog.
Do not worry!
I’m going to guide you through my personal process to pick excellent blog names in no time.
As long as you follow these four simple rules you are going to be good to go for the next step building your blog.
Rule #1. A good blog name is descriptive.
See the name of this blog? bloggingheroes.com you can immediately notice that it has something to do with blogging.
Make sure that the people can instantly have an idea of what the blog is about just by reading its name.
Try to be as specific as you can, it will help you to bring the best readers to your blog.
Rule #2. Keep it less than 15 characters long.
The longer the name, the harder it is to remember.
Keep your blog name nice and simple. It will be easier for your readers to share it with their friends.
Rule #3. Use only the extensions “.com”, “.net” or “.org”
These are the most popular domain name extensions.
Always aim for the “.com” domain. In case that it is already taken and you really want to keep the name you came up with then go for “.net” or “.org”.
There are dozens of other extensions but they are not commonly used. For that same reason, they are harder to remember.
Rule #4. Check that your name is available
Use this tool below to find out if your chosen domain is available:
In case your domain name is already taken you can always use prefixes such as “best-“, “the-“, “my-“, etc.
Here are some cases where you can overlook some of these domain name rules when promoting:
► A company. The best option is to use the exact name of the business.
► Personal brand. Go with your name and last name or a pseudonym in this situation.
► Local business. Adding the name of your city in your domain name will give you a huge boost and thrust from your customers and search engines.
Brainstorm from 5 to 10 domain names you like. Share them with friends and family and pick the most catchy name from your list.
If you have your domain name ready then let’s continue to setup your hosting in step two.
Step 2: Sign Up for Blog Hosting
In order to make your blog accessible to anyone online, you need your own space on the web. This is called a “hosting service”.
I have worked with several hosting companies over the last decade. That is how I know first hand which one is the perfect one for you.
You can’t go wrong by choosing Bluehost as your hosting provider.
They are widely used by thousands of bloggers plus they will include your domain name registration for free.
(As a longtime paying customer, the links in this lesson are referral links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you make a purchase. This helps to keep this course 100% Free to access)
I’m going to guide you step by step through this whole process.
2. Click on the green “get started now >” button.
3. Select your plan
I always recommend to new bloggers to choose the Basic Plan as it is the cheapest to get started with.
However, in case you plan to create more than one blog, I suggest you go for the Prime Plan. It will allow you to add unlimited websites to your hosting at no cost.
4. Enter the domain name you created in Step 1 into the “new domain” box and click “Next”.
5. Enter your account information
Double check that your email address is correct as Bluehost will be sending your login information there.
6. Enter your package information
Choose an Account Plan according to how far in advance you want to pay. I love this payment system for two reasons:
- They offer better deals the more time you pay upfront. (I always recommend to take the Plus 36 Month plan)
- It is a set and forget account plan. You can just focus on growing your blog without worrying about fees every month.
7. Enter your billing information
8. Skip Upgrades & Special Offers
You will be redirected to a page offering upgrades and special offers
I’m going to be totally honest with you, these services are great but you do not really need them to get started.
Just skip them by clicking the “no thanks” link.
9. Create your password.
Congratulations! You now have your hosting ready! Just click on the “Create password” to generate your password.
Now you will be able to login to your account and continue with step three.
Step 3: Install WordPress
There is another great reason to choose Bluehost as your hosting provider. They have entirely automatized the WordPress setup process, that means you can start blogging in no time.
After setting up your password at the end of Step 2 of this guide. You will be directed to a screen where you can select a theme for your blog:
Pick any of these free themes to get started. Do not worry, you can change your theme at any time. I’ll show you how to do it in the next step of this easy guide.
Once the WordPress installation is complete, click on the “Start building” button to be logged in to your blog.
You will also receive an email with your WordPress login details.
Now you are ready to pick a theme for your blog!
Step 4: Customize Your Blog
By this point, you have already chosen your blog name, hired the Bluehost hosting service and installed WordPress.
Your blog is already up and running. Now it is time to take care of the design and content of your blog.
A great thing that WordPress offers as a blogging platform is that it makes this process painless.
You can pick the design you want for your blog in just a couple of clicks. Again, there will be no coding required in any part of this guide.
How to Choose the Design for My Blog?
Inside WordPress, we call “themes” to the different layouts you can install to change the design of your website. Here are a few examples:
The best part is that you can change your blog theme at any time you want without risking your content.
There are dozens of hundreds of different free themes to choose from. You do not have to pay a single penny or even hire a web designer.
To change the theme of your blog click on the “Appearance” tab on the left menu of your WordPress Dashboard:
By default, your blog already has installed one of the default WordPress themes: Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Fourteen, etc.
These themes are great for starters as they are easy to customize and ready to go.
I suggest you start with any of these so you can start adding content as soon as possible to your blog.
To switch between the installed Themes just click on the Activate button that appears when you put your mouse over on any of the themes on the list.
If you are not a fan of any of the pre-installed themes or if you already have the design you want for your blog in mind, don’t worry.
There are hundreds of different free themes you can choose from. First, click on the Add New button on the top.
This will take us to another page where we can see the full library of available themes. Here is my suggestion to make sure you pick a good theme to run your website:
Click on the Popular tag at the top of the page. Usually, these are the most optimized themes on the platform. From here you can scroll down until you find the one that you like.
After you find the right one for your blog just clicks on the blue Install button. Then click on the Activate button to complete the installation and see the change in your blog.
Another beginner’s mistake is that they spend too much time trying to find just the right theme for their blog.
This is not necessary since you are just about to launch your website.
My recommendation is to pick any theme you feel comfortable with, to begin with.
You will discover the true colors and personality of your blog as you move forward.
Which takes us to the fifth and last step of this tutorial…
Step 5: Write Your First Blog Post
We have reached the final and most exciting part of this tutorial!
Do not feel stressed about writing your first post.
It can be about anything you want! I suggest you write a little bit about yourself and the reasons why you started your blog.
Navigate to Posts > Add New from your Dashboard menu to get started:
First, let’s write the title for your first blog post. Here are some suggestions:
- Welcome to My Blog!
- Welcome to [Blog Name]
- Hello! This is a Blog About [Blog Topic]
Keep in mind that you can change the title of your blog post at any time so do not worry too much about it.
Now it is time to add some content to your blog post.
You can see in the example below a small introduction for a tennis blog.
Pictures bring extra appeal to your words. To insert an image follow these 3 easy steps:
- Click on the plus sign icon on the top left corner.
- Click on the image block on the new menu.
- Click on the Upload button
This will allow you to pick a picture from your computer and upload it to your WordPress blog.
It is also a good idea to add links to your social networks so your readers can easily stay in touch with you.
To do that, you only need to select the text you want to turn into a link and click on the “chain” icon.
Then submit the URL you want to share and you are done!
Conclude your post by saying Thank You to your readers for being there and encourage them to leave a comment if they enjoyed your post or have any question.
Finally, to publish your post and make it visible to the rest of the world you only need to click on the blue “Publish” button at the top of the page.
It will become instantly available in your blog’s main page after that.
Remember that you can make changes to your blog posts as many times as you would like. So do not worry if it isn’t perfect on the first try.
It is important to keep your blog constantly updated.
I recommend you to brainstorm as many topics as you can and write them down in a notepad.
That way you will always have something to write about!
If you have made it this far, it means that you have completed all your Step by Step Guide to Publish a Blog!
Contact me if you have any issues at all and I will personally respond to your email.
The step-by-step guide on this site should give you everything you need to get started, but if you run into some issues, or just want some personalized advice, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. Blogging is my passion, and I would love to talk with you about it!