Blogging with WordPress is a great idea to share your knowledge and experience. WordPress allows you 100% customization of design and layout as per your requirement. If you want to create a blog, your blog should be focused on something specific and unique. You should choose the name of your blog which should be unique and attract user attention.You can also make money from your blog. Here’s a complete guide how to start a blog with WordPress.
How to start a WordPress blog?
When you start blogging with WordPress from scratch, you need two things:
- The first is a domain name.
- The second is web hosting.
Your blog won’t have an address without domain name. Web hosting is a service that allows your blog to be accessed through the internet. Your blog can’t be seen without web hosting. It helps to keep your physical file’s(WordPress file, images etc). You need to keep all the file to your hosting and link it with the domain name you purchase.
For now we will start practicing the same on local server:
Download and install xampp or wampp local server in your computer
Now you should download WordPress from it’s official website i.e.WordPress.org as it is user friendly, free and powerful. Once you are done with the download, copy the zip file to your local server folder.
If you are using XAMPP it should be “C:\\xampp\htdocs”
If you are using WAMP it should be “C:\\wampp\www”
Rename the folder with WordPress file as ‘blog’
In xampp it look like :
Start your XAMPP control panel it can be “C:\\xampp\xampp-control”
Start Apache and Mysql
Browse localhost/phpmyadmin to create a Database.
Click on New then name your database it can be ‘blog’ or any thing you want .
Browse your physical file i.e. ‘localhost/blog’. Select the language hit Next, fill your database detail follow the instruction and go ahead.
The database name should be same as we have created earlier
Username is root and password should be blank(password hasn’t been set).
After it all right page will display and next to it ,forward to the next part of installing .
After installing, you should login to the WordPress account.
If you are new to the WordPress the dashboard might look like a little daunting first but you will be an expert with a little practice.
How to install your theme and plugin?
You can design your blog with WordPress theme present in the Appearance section. Just navigate to Appearance > Themes > Add New via your sidebar. After choosing the theme, you should click on ‘Install’ button and ‘Activate’ your theme once the installation is complete. There are endless customization that you can make on your WordPress blog. After theme has been installed, plugins need to be installed. Plugins can be installed by navigating to Plugins > Add New via your sidebar. Plugins can add or extend the functionality of your blog. You can use plugins to add forums, contact forms or sliders.
When you have found plugin you want, Click on ‘Install Now’ link and activate your new plugin. After all the setup is ready you can create your first post. Just navigate to Posts > Add New via your sidebar and you’ll be presented with a screen similar to that shown below:
In this, you can create a title of your post in the field directly below “ADD NEW POST”. You can write your content in the main text editor box. If you want to add featured image inside your post you can upload your suitable image.You can use categories and tag when there are hundred of posts on your blog. When all the points are covered, click the Publish button. That’s it. Blogging with WordPress makes easy when you have clear idea and unique subjects to write blogs.
If you stuck with anything, feel free to contact us.