To start a blog now day’s its very easy, everyone can have their own blog in a matter of few minutes, today in this post I am going to provide A to Z information about how to start a blog from scratch, to start a blog it’s not necessary to know the HTML or any other programming languages.
The technology and development of the internet have made it possible to create a blog without having to know the programming languages and extreme technical stuff.
If you don’t know what is blog and blogging, and what are the benefits of blogging is you can read this post.A brief idea about blogging and its importance.
So here are the steps that we are going to discuss in today’s Post.
1. Choose a blogging platform CMS, domain name “URL”, and hosting.
2. Select a theme for your blog.
3. Modify or tweak your theme to get the desired look and feel.
4. Choose the best plugins for your blog
How to Start a Blog: A to Z Instructions
Choose CMS, Hosting and Domain Name: First of all you have to choose a blogging platform or CMS (content management system) if you don’t know what CMS Is? Don’t worry about few minutes you’ll be able to understand what CMS is and how it works. A content management system (CMS) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content, there are many CMS software available for example, WordPress, Blogger, Zoomla etc.
The Most Popular Among them CMS is WordPress and used by almost 70% of blogger, Because of its simplicity and easy to use features, I will recommend you to use WordPress as I personally using the WordPress For All of my Blogs and websites, you can even build e-commerce, forums, and social sites with WordPress CMS.
You don’t need to download and set up a WordPress page first because the hosting plan like Godaddy, Bluehost and Hostgator provide the feature to install the WordPress software from the Cpanel backend easily.
With just a few simple clicks you can easily install the WordPress through any of the mentioned hosting accounts, for hosting I use the go daddy as they provide good features and fast performing hosting server in a very affordable price. You’ll also get a free domain name validity of one year with your hosting plan, once you purchased your hosting and domain name you can easily set up the hosting and domain to get your website live within just a few minutes, there is an option for live chat in go daddy, they will show you the right direction if you’re stuck somewhere. the support system of GoDaddy is very good they will always provide good customer service.
Choose a perfect theme: Theme is one of the most important factors for website to be successful, a good theme gives the perfect look and feel allowing you to make a blog that looks exactly how you want it to look. If you are not coder then themes makes it a whole lot easier, there are thousands of free and paid themes available For WordPress, you can buy or you can use free whichever you prefer, the paid theme isn’t that expensive if you think in a way it saves lots of your time and will be yours forever.
Tweak or modify your theme as per your preferences, once you have the entire things done including hosting, domain, and WordPress installed, themes installed, it’s time for you to tweak and customize the theme you’ve just installed. Theme customization is not a rocket science, with little patience and study you can easily customize your theme successfully.
Once the customization done, you needs to install some plugins, Here is the list of some plugins that I am using, Yoast SEO for Search engine optimization, Akismet for blocking spam comments. Social sharing plugin for easy sharing of your content, to install all of this plugin you just have to go to the Plugin section in your WordPress websites backend and add new after that search for the plugin and then click install.
Once you install all the plugin you have to customize the setting of your plugin, it’s not that hard though be little tricky, however, there will be FAQ sections of every plugin that you install where you can learn to customize the plugins.
You’ll have to index your page in the google so that the google robots can crawl to your site and list them in the search engine, to do that you have to sign up in the search console and submit your sitemaps. Once you submit your sitemap you google will index the links, again if you want to check the reports of your traffic you’ll have to create a Google analytic account and add your website there so that you can see the traffic reports of the blog.