Are you planning to bring your great ideas online?
Excellent! You are a genius.
Putting your idea online is one of the best decisions you could ever make. Sounds easy. Isn’t it?
Well, that’s the tip of an iceberg. But here’s the problem you should think first.
Do you know how to set up a website? That’s the problem. Right?
Now, creating a website doesn’t require technical training or coding skills. Like me, I don’t have any technical background. No coding skills whatsoever. Nada. Zilcho.
You can do this too. Let’s start now.
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Have a Clear Reason Before Getting Started
- Step 2: Pick a Blog Name
- Step 3: Choose a Blogging Platform
- Step 4: Find the Best Host
- Step 5: Register Your Domain Name
- Step 6: Getting Started With WordPress
- Step 7: Pick a Theme and Design Your Blog
- Final Thoughts
Step 1: Have a Clear Reason Before Getting Started
Anyone has a reason to start a blog. But a clear reason would make a difference.
Why do you want to start a blog? Be clear.
Is it for a hobby? A business in mind? A passion to write? A passion to share your story? Or a combination of these reasons?
A strong reason will help you stay on course with what you want to achieve in blogging.
A Clear Reason Helps Narrow Down A Lot of Your Great Ideas
It’s true. With so many ideas you have in mind, narrowing down helps you identify what you want to talk about. It’s easy for you to plan from where you are right now to where you want to be with your blog.
I built this site with a business in mind. So I know where it should be going in the future. It helps me to plan well every day. Blogging is like planting now and harvest later. Later might be 3 months, 6 months or years. It depends on our effort.
If you plan to build a site to start a business, you will set a different goal. If you plan to build a site just to express yourself, not a problem. Just go for it.
It Helps Us Identify Our Niche
What is niche blogging? A niche blog is a purposeful blog that targets a specific audience or market.
Well, there’s nothing wrong to start a blog and you want to talk about anything. It’s not a requirement. But a clear direction will save you time and avoid having regrets later on.
Start with an end in mind. Who are your target readers for your blog?
Find a niche.
Here’s a site to know about the popular niche that gets a lot of traffic.
Let’s us now go ahead to the next step.
Step 2: Pick a Blog Name
For this site, it’s IdeastoBizness. Sadly, the reason why it spelled that way, the correct spelling was already taken. The rest of the target names for my blog were taken as well.
So what I did is to distort the spelling. Not a bad name, right?
Pick a name for your blog. This will be your brand. If you want to choose your real name, it’s fine. If you want to choose something else other than your personal name, it’s okay. Just pick a name that identifies what you want to blog about.
A Blog Name is Better…
A blog name is better if it relates to the niche you want to talk about. It’ll help you separate from others bloggers.
If you want to blog about pasta, then it’s better your blog name has a pasta word or any combination related to it. In the same way, if want to blog about sports, news, celebrities, etc.
My suggestion, get a pen. Write down at least ten names that come up in your mind. Pick three names you think would be the best name for your blog. We will use this one later. Just hold on for a while. Let’s go to the next step.
Step 3: Choose a Blogging Platform
You have a clear reason and a name ready for your blog, the question is, which blogging platform you will use? You can choose from different blogging platforms in the world.
Popular blogging platforms are:
You may click each of them one by one above with a link to Wikipedia. Just in case you want to have a little background of what they are. I won’t discuss them all here one by one to save your time.
To cut the story short, the best blogging platform is WordPress. It is by far the most popular in the world.
Take note: There are two types of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
What’s the difference between the two?
The major difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is who’s actually hosting your website.
With WordPress.org, YOU host your own blog or website. It is where you’ll find the free WordPress software that you can download and install on your own web server. While WordPress.com doesn’t need a host. It’s completely free.
Which One is Better?
A free one? You can hardly monetize it. I may say, the ads are very limited or you can’t post affiliate links if ever you want a big income for your site. The functions as well are limited.
WordPress will be the one to advertise on your site especially if you’re able to attract a lot of readers to your website.
Is it fair? Yes. Because It’s free, in exchange for using their software.
By default, the tail of your website is youramazingblog.wordpress.com. There’s always a wordpress.com at the end.
For WordPress.org, the big benefit is you have full control of your website. You can place any ads that you want. You can configure a lot of settings on your website.
If you want a complete review, just click here.
Which One to Choose?
If you want to write and write, and doesn’t not worried about earning in the future, go for WordPress.com. Again, it’s free for all the world to see.
And if you plan to have a business blog, then go for WordPress.org.
Now, it’s time to get it hosted. Having a platform without a host is nothing. It won’t go online.
Let’s go find the best host for you.
Step 4: Find the Best Host
Assuming you’ve decided to go for WordPress.org, your next project is to find the best host.
You can choose from different hosting companies. I can only discuss the two popular hosts today I personally use.
I built two websites. For this site (The one you are reading now) is hosted by Inmotion. The other is Bluehost. Here’s the review of Bluehost vs. Inmotionhosting.
Bluehost wins when it comes to pricing. It’s cheaper. But when it comes to support? Inmotion wins!
For a beginner, what happens if you forget your password? If you need assistance with your website, how long will gonna take before they get in touch with you?
My Experience With Bluehost
It takes a while before a chat agent connects with me. While Inmotion is way quicker than that. Fast response based on my experience. If you want to save a little bit, go for Bluehost. If you prefer an amazing support, go for Inmotion.
Let’s get started to build your site.
Step 5: Register Your Domain Name
Remember in step number 2? We talked about your blog name. Bring your list now and let’s try to register them. See if one of them is available. Like a newborn baby, you have to register his/her name and be a citizen of the society. In the same way with your domain name, you choose a name and register it. To be a bonafide internet settler.
I repeat: I use Bluehost and Inmotion for the hosting of my two sites. Now, If I were satisfied with Bluehost, I should have stayed with Bluehost. But again, I had a bad experience of waiting too much time before I get support. I felt less priority. That’s why I decided to find another host and never regretted to choose Inmotion for my hosting.
Let me guide you now on the journey of registering to Inmotion.
Disclaimer: An Inmotion link is an Affiliate link. Meaning, at no additional cost to you. I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
How to get started with Inmotion?
1. Go to www.inmotionhosting.com
The longer your plan, the lesser it is monthly. Choose according to your budget and business goals.
2. Choose a domain name and configure your hosting plan
In my example below, I choose a 2-year plan to save more money. Take note: Inmotion has a 90-day money back guarantee. That’s how confident they are with their service. No other hosting service provider would provide you a 90-day money back guarantee. Most of them provide only less than 30 days.
Get your list now!
It’s time to play with it. Enter them one by one until you get the name that is available. For the .com extension just leave it as it is. Choose only the .com as a default. You look more credible. It’s an easy recall for your readers or customers. Unless you are a non-profit organization. 52% of all websites are .com sites. Please check with the arrows, those are important to note before you proceed. If you already have your own domain, use it and click continue.
3. Fill out your account details
This is for your billing information and payment details. Please review your order after checkout to make sure your order is right. Once you’re done with the payment, go now to install your WordPress application.
Step 6: Getting Started With WordPress
In my opinion, WordPress is the best blogging platform with no coding skills required. WordPress powered at least 30% of all websites in the world today. A lot of popular blogs use WordPress as a blogging platform. This gives you more the confidence of using it. Aside from that, you can get a lot of free themes. If you are on a tight budget like me, you can use a free theme in the meantime to get started with your blog.
How to install WordPress Inmotion?
Step 1. Login to your Inmotion hosting Account Management Panel (AMP).
Step 2. Under your account name, Click on the cPanel button. Alternatively, you can log in directly to your cPanel by typing in youramazingblog.com/cpanel (replace youramazingblog.com with your actual domain name).
Step 3. Once you’re login in your Cpanel, hover down your mouse, you should be able to see WordPress icon.
Step 4. Click on WordPress icon.
Step 5. Click on the Install button
Step 6. Fill out the installation details (See the pic below) and then click the Install button at the bottom of the page.
Step 7. You will be taken to a page with settings for your WordPress site. Here I go through each of the settings, one by one:
- Choose protocol. Choose which of the provided protocols your WordPress website should be accessible from. For example, I use https://ideastobizness.com for my own website. Https has an added security to your site.
- Choose domain. Select the domain name you want to install WordPress on from the dropbox. The one you registered in Inmotion just type it again.
- Install in directory. Leave this blank to install on the domain directly. If you are installing in a subfolder of your site you type in the folder name. For example, if you type in folder-name then WP will be installed: website.com/folder-name.
- Site name. This the name of your WordPress site. My site is IdeastoBiznes. It should be the same with your domain name. It is up to you if you want a little variation from your domain name.
- Site description. This is a “tagline” for your WordPress site. For my site, “Simplifying Blogging for Non-techies”. This is not mandatory. A lot of popular sites doesn’t have a tagline like https://smartblogger.com/ and https://amylynnandrews.com/blog/.
- Enable Multisite (WPMU). Make sure this box is unchecked as you don’t want WPMU (Multiuser) enabled.
- Admin username. Enter a username for your WordPress Dashboard login.
- Admin password. Enter a password for your WordPress Dashboard login.
- Admin email. Enter an email address for your WordPress Dashboard login.
- Select the language. Choose what language you would like your WordPress platform installed in.
- Limit login attempts (Loginizer). Enable this checkbox as you want the “Limit Login Attempts” plugin installed, as it boosts the security on your WordPress website. This is an option for you.
- Choose a theme to install. Select none unless you want to use a WordPress theme from the drop-down.
- Advanced options. Here you can rename the database name and table prefix, but you can leave the default values as-is. You don’t need this much in the meantime for a beginner.
- Install. Hit the install button and WordPress will begin installing, once done you will be shown the login details (and emailed too to the above email address you nominated)
That’s it. You’re now done with Inmotion hosting. And you installed WordPress with Inmotion. You can get started and write your first blog post. But before that, you want to have a good looking website, right? If you don’t have an extra money to spare for a premium theme, don’t worry, there’s a lot of free themes to choose from that looks nice and pretty. Let’s get started.
Step 7: Pick a Theme and Design Your Blog
You can choose a theme in the plugin section of your WordPress Dashboard. Click it and search for a theme that suits your taste. You may choose from the popular, latest and premium.
Where can you get a logo?
I’m not techie and don’t know to use any editing tool. What I did to get a logo, I went to fiverr.com. Just for $5, I had my logo the next day. If you have a friend who knows how to design a logo, you’re lucky. If you don’t have one, fiverr.com is the best option.
And that’s it. You can start blogging now.
Blogging is one of the best creations in the world. It gives us an opportunity for us ordinary individuals to express our thoughts and feelings online. Also, an opportunity to teach others without being a formal teacher.
Do you have some questions?
Please leave a comment. I’ll be glad to help.