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Three Simple Steps to Your First WordPress Blog

So let me guess: You’re new in this area and have no clue how to start your first blog.

Can I guess one more thing? You are passionate about something, have tons of ideas, enthusiasm to work and clear goals.

Don’t wait. Today is your day to start a blog!

Put things on hold and follow the three steps below. You’ll be up and running sooner than you think.

How to Start a Blog
To be honest, it’s very easy to start a blog, it’s fun and you can do a lot of things with one click setup. Let’s get together through this process.

The Basic Steps to Become a Blogger:

  1. Register a domain name and get hosting
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Make it pretty

Domain Name and Hosting

This part is fun! Usually

What do you want your domain name to be? If you already know what you want, go to namecheap.com and register your unique domain. If you can’t find free one try this tools: Impossibility and Domainr to generate it. Keep in mind to use .com as it’s most common and try to have the domain name as short as possible.

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You may ask why NameCheap. Well, it’s recommended by many bloggers (including me), because of great pricing and free WhoisGuard. You can, of course, pick other domain providers, it’s up to you.

The other thing, don’t be lured by free domain in the package with hosting. It’s nice to cut costs, but what if you’ll later decide to change your hosting provider? Never register your domain in the bundle with hosting.

Now it’s time to choose a good WordPress hosting. Good does not always mean that cheap. As a new business, you may be surprised by “all” unlimited hose. Well, read the terms of use and you’ll know what it means. I’m not saying that they do not deserve your attention, offers from Bluehost, Hostgator, Godaddy and some others are good for beginners. But if you need more experience, I would recommend DigitalOcean or CloudWays.

The key element here is the server location. Choose the nearest one to your target audience – the blog will load faster.

Update DNS settings in NameCheap panel so they will point to your server.

Install WordPress

After the installation process is ready you want to make a note of the URL Login, user, name and password in order to avoid lost password frustration and disappointment in myself later. You can change them to something more personal and memorable experience later, but you will need them for the first time logging in. Click Server Management, and then program management. You will find the registration data

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Select your admin access URL, and you’ll be redirected to the WordPress login panel. Enter your username and password that you copied down from the previous step.

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Make it Pretty

At this point, you officially have a blog.

The default theme is quite nice but there is a lot of free and premium designs around the web and I’m sure you’ll find the one matching your expectations.

Here are some (premium) options I can recommend:

  1. The Genesis Framework – This is the framework best used. But if you don’t like  StudioPress has plenty of well designed and blazing fast themes.
  2. Elegant Themes – I think Elegant Themes provides great themes at a very affordable price, the most recent Divi 2.0 theme is one of the most versatile themes available on the market.
  3. Tesla Themes  – guys from Tesla Themes have a great portfolio with themes suitable for many blogs. Their support rocks too!
  4. CSSIgniter- With well over 50+ themes in their shop, CSSIgniter delivers a new look to categories like Blogging, Hotel, and Professional themes.

Final thoughts

You have a good looking blog now. The rest is up to you. Remember, writing unique content is the key to become ‘pro blogger’, but it’s not the only factor of a successful blog.

Here are some more tips to help you:

  1. Create Google+ account and connect it to your blog, so you’ll have a better presence in SERP
  2. Create accounts on social media sites.
  3. Create a newsletter
  4. Join various forums – you’ll get tons of help there

Always be creative and work hard, be honest and natural.

Best of luck,

– Alex

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