Creating your own blog is as easy as pie, or as easy as taking candy from a baby. Come to think of it, though, with what the blogging platforms have to offer these days, it might even be easier to create a blog than to do those two things I mentioned! After reading through our introductory pages – from common blogging terms to blogrolls to blog templates – you are probably quite eager to get a start on it.
At this point, you should already know what kind of blog you are going to create. Whether it is a personal blog, a sports blog, a political blog – it does not matter. The important thing is that you know why you are creating a blog and what you are going to be writing about.
Now, what you have to decide on is the blogging platform that you are going to use. As we are using WordPress, you can expect me to suggest this blogging platform. There are many reasons for this, one of the main things being the fact that WordPress offers a host of features that make is very easy for new bloggers to create and maintain their blog.
The first thing that you have to do is to go to the WordPress home page. I am assuming that you do not have an account yet, so the next step is to click on the SIGN UP button. Trust me, you won’t miss it – as of this writing, it’s this big orange button on the right. You don’t need to pay for anything in order to create an account – just make sure you have a valid e-mail address.
As with most other accounts online, you need to designate a username and password that will be associated with your WordPress account. You will also be asked to read the terms and conditions – make sure you do, even if you don’t really feel like it. Here’s a very important thing: make sure that you choose the option “Gimme a blog!” That’s what you want to do, right?
On to the next step…you have to choose the domain of your blog. For free WordPress blogs, this is the usual pattern: http://name.wordpress.com/. You can choose what goes in place of “name,” but do realize that it has to be unique. If someone else has picked that name, then you will have to think of something else. You’ll also have to enter the title of your blog. This does not have to be the same as the domain name. Take note that the domain name, once chosen, cannot be changed; but you can always change the blog title anytime. Securing a good hosting plan for your wordpress blog is quite easy. There are many hosting companies supporting WordPress. At Webhostingsearch.com you can go through reviews of leading wordpress hosting companies that can help you find the best host you can utilize in creating a great site. Once you’re done, you are READY TO BLOG!
This is the fun part – you will be redirected to your dashboard, which is the page where you can access practically everything in your blog. From here, you can choose the blog template that you want. You can also start writing your very first post. Now I won’t keep you – try it yourself and pretty soon, your blog will be up and running.
Originally posted on November 28, 2009 @ 4:50 am