Are you looking to create a WordPress blog but don’t know how. I can help.
WordPress is an excellent website development framework as it allows you to create very sophisticated, nice looking blogs without a lot of complicated programming.
In fact, the creation of a WordPress blog can be done without ANY programming, you just need a few important services. These include hosting and a program to install your WordPress site.
The Domain, Hosting & FTP Approach (Most Difficult)
Although I state this as the most difficult approach to get a WordPress blog up and running, it is by no means rocket science. You do need to have a bit of technical no how and need to be able to find your way around hosting.
Here is the process for setting that up:
Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is acquire a domain. Good places to buy affordable domains are:
Step 2: Then will have to do is acquire a web hosting. This is the company that will provide you with the space and facility where your WordPress sites will reside. There are 1,000′s of website hosting companies out there, but among the top ones out there are HostGator.com, Godaddy.com, and 1and1.com. These companies are quite reputable and are very stable so you wouldn’t go wrong with any of them.
Step 3: Then you will need to choose and download a WordPress theme from WordPress.org.There are over 1,000 themes to choose from.
Step 4: Download a free FTP program like CoreFTP so you will be able to upload your files to your hosting.
Step 5: Upload your theme. Depending on your web host that you choose, you will be want to FTP your entire bundle of files into the /httpdocs directory or the /public_html. These are the most typical (see image below):
Step 6: You have created a WordPress Blog!
This method of WordPress creation is recommended for people with a very small budget to invest as hosting is around $120 per year and a domain is around $10 per year. It can be somewhat time consuming every time you want to set-up a WordPress blog though.
An All-in-One WordPress Builder (Easiest)
There are some very easy ways to install WordPress blogs…in fact, methods that remove all of the technical aspects. These are what I like to call the All-in-One WordPress builders and there are really on a few of these on the market.
How these WordPress Builders work?
These work by offering you a hosted solution. Meaning, that instead of you have to get the theme, download it, and then FTP it to a separate host, there are companies that allow you to create a WordPress site and get it up and running right within the service (ie. they provide the hosting).
Here is the process using WordPress Express, an All-in-One WordPress installer.
Step 1: Choose Your Domain
Step 2: Choose Your Blog Name and Theme
Step 3: Create Blog
PRESTO. These solutions are more my style because it takes a click, click, click and your website is created. I guess I am a bit lazy in this respect, but it is preferable for most people/marketers to be able to get their WordPress blogs up quickly…without the headaches of going through the manual process.
This is the easiest way to create a WordPress blog, but usually comes with the highest costs (the time vs. money tradeoff). This is geared towards people that want to save time and have a small to moderate budget.
How to Create a WordPress Blog Without Hosting
Yes, there is a free way to create a WordPress blog.
This approach is what many people take if they are “hobby” bloggers. Meaning, you are blogging just to get your voice out there, not attempting to gain any financial benefit from your time and energy. Some of these types of blogs can be found on the WordPress.com homepage on any given time.
At the time of me writing this, here are some example blogs that were being showcased n the WordPress.com Showcase.
- Top 10 Most Idiotic Parenting Products
- Sweet Honey Cornbread
- Getting a Job vs Keeping a Job
- The Vanishing Forest
- The Internet’s Free Problem
These are interesting topics and you can see that regardless of your interest, talent, or passion, you are definitely a prime candidate for a blog.
The thing you need to decide is whether you are going to want a to set-up your own blog on a hosting service, utilize an All-in-One service that simplifies the process, or go the free route with WordPress.com just so you can get your voice out there.
WordPress blogs are awesome. This is a WordPress blog and I am a huge advocate of WordPress as it has a massive community of support, developers, and users. The ultimate combination.