How To Make A Blog Step by Step Tutorial
In this quick tutorial we will walk you through the process of setting up an actual working blog, step by step. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to post content on your blog and let people view it live on the internet.
In a nutshell, to make a blog, you will need the following:
Domain name The address of your blog e.g., example.com. This is what people will type in their browser so they can view your blog.
Web hosting provider Where you will host your blog and its content so it can be viewed in the internet e.g., Unliwebhosting
Blogging application Where you will write and post your blog content e.g., Wordpress. You will need to install this in your web hosting provider.
Those are the core ingredients that make up a blog. When starting a serious blog, it is important that you select a reputable web hosting provider so that you have full control and ownership of your blog. Unliwebhosting, a web hosting provider from the Philippines, puts them all together for you easily. Let's get started on the details on how to actually get it up and running. In this tutorial, we will make a fictiticous travel blog.
Step 1: Purchase Domain and Hosting
Unliwebhosting provides free domain name with every purchase of a web hosting plan as well as free installation of Wordpress, the blogging app that we're going to use.
Go to https://unliwebhosting.com.ph and purchase an account.
Click the Get Started button
In the Choose domain extension to register section, choose your desired domain extension, we recommend choosing .com as it's the most recognizable one.
Next, you should see the Optional upgrades page, you can skip this if you don't need the upgrades yet and just click Next Step.
You should now be in the Review order page. From here you should see the amount due to be paid.
Tip: Click on the "Coupon Code" link and enter BLOG to get a discount
Next, to submit your order, simply enter your email and click Submit Order
Next, follow the on-screen instructions and proceed with the payment. A copy of the payment instructions is also emailed to you. You can settle the payment via BDO or BPI bank deposit/online transfer, or via Paypal.
Once you send your payment proof, your account should be ready within a few hours.
To speed-up your order, scroll down and click the Update Account button.
Next, enter your desired domain name e.g., example.com. Choose a name that you want people to type when they visit your travel blog. For example, you might want to use your first name then include the word "travels", then add .com (without spaces).
Next scroll down a bit and enter your account owner info:
Next hit the Submit button and you're good to go.
Step 2: Install Wordpress
We will be using Wordpress as our blogging application. Installing it on your own can be difficult for absolute beginners. Good thing, the web hosting provider can do it for you. When you send your payment proof via email, include a message saying you want Unliwebhosting to install Wordpress for you. E.g., send an email with something like this:
Attached is my proof of payment for my new site. Please install Wordpress for me.
It is very important that you indicate this, otherwise all you will get is a blank account with no Wordpress. If you somehow forgot to indicate it, don't worry as you can simply send another email with your request.
After you send your payment proof and that message, you should receive your new account details via email within a few hours. That is all there is to it. Your Wordpress login will be sent to you and all you need to do from then on is practically post content to your brand new blog!
Step 3: Configure Wordpress
Default Wordpress installation are actually ready use but it's a good idea to configure it and implement some best practices. Log in to Wordpress using the login details provided by Unliwebhosting.
Upon log in you should be able to see the Wordpress dashboard which should be similar to the image below. Go ahead and click the Settings menu.
From here, enter your blog's Site Title and Tagline if you want. You can leave out the other settings as is. Click the Save Changes button below.
Now back to the Settings menu, click on Discussion
Make sure the settings on the page are similar to the following:
Click Save Changes.
Now back to the Settings menu, click Permalinks. In the choices, select "Post name" then click Save Changes.
That's about it for the basic settings, you can play around the settings but these are the best practices.
Step 4: Change Blog Theme Design
If you want to change the default look of your blog, which most bloggers probably want to do, click on the Appearance menu, then click Themes, then click Add New.
From here you can select from thousands of themes. Use the search bar or feature filter if you're looking for something specific.
For example, for our fictitious travel blog, type "travel" in the search bar so you can browse a suitable theme for travel blogs.
One you found a theme that you like, click Install then Activate. The new theme should immediately reflect on your blog. Note that the design won't be seen inside the dashboard but only on the public view of the blog.
Choosing the perfect theme from many choices can take a lot of your time. We suggest that you pick anything or use the default theme for now, and then just do the theme selection process at a later time.
That's it! Are you looking for more steps? There's no more step left and all there is left to do is begin posting content!
Step 5: Post Content
Finally, the boring configuration parts are done! At this point you can now begin posting content for people to see. To do that simply click on the Posts menu then click Add New.
Go ahead and type your blog post's title in the Add Title field. E.g., "Welcome to my travel blog". Then press enter to go to the next field below it which is where you will type the content/body of you post . As you can see it's just like composing an email.
Press enter again to insert another block so you can insert another paragraph or whatever element you wish. Each element in the post body are called blocks in Wordpress. Each block can be a paragraph, image, lists, etc.. The available blocks are shown when you click the + icon. That's about it, you can play around and familiarize yourself with the content editor.
When you're ready to publish the post, simply click the Publish button in the upper-right corner of the screen and your post will be live for the world to see!
Here's an example of what visitors of your travel blog would see after you hit the publish button:
As you can see, it's quite easy to start a blog, you don't even need to know any programming or coding skills. Blogging is not complicated as it seems, anyone can do it.
We hope this quick tutorial on how to make a blog helped you gain enough information to jumpstart your blogging journey.
Here's to the success of your new blog!
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