Do you want to start a blog of your own and are looking for a beginners guide to start a WordPress blog? In this article we will tell you how you can launch a WordPress blog of your own all by yourself without hiring anyone.
People blog for various reasons. Some people do it as they are passionate about it while others do it for the sake of passion and money. So, if you have decided to start a blog then you have made the right decision. So, without any further ado let us have a look at the steps that are involved while creating a WordPress blog
Now let’s explore these important pointers one by one
- Step 1: Choose a Suitable domain name
- Step 2: Choose a Reliable, Affordable Web Hosting Solution
- Step 3: How to Start a WordPress Blog Using Greengeeks hosting
- Step 4: Choose a Plan that Suits your requirement
- Step 5: Set up your Domain Name
- Step 6: Enter Your Personal Details
- Step 7: Choose a Hosting Plan and the Duration For it
- Step 8: Installing WordPress Using the Quick Launch Wizard
- Step 9: Choose and Install a WordPress Theme
Step 1: Choose a Suitable domain name
There are certain key points that you should keep in mind before choosing domain name for your Blog.
.com, .net, .org are all the examples of domain extensions. Most of the people generally go with the .com version but it is completely upto you which domain extension you want to choose. If you check out our website we have used the .com extension.
Choose a short, catchy but memorable domain name
Don’t choose a domain name that’s too long e.g makingsixfigureswithnikhil.com – Always choose a domain name that is short, memorable and meaningful (one that your users will quickly remember).
Don’t make spelling mistakes
While finalizing a domain name you don’t want to buy a wrong domain name with a spelling mistake only to realize that you paid the money, bought the domain name but that name has a spelling mistake (this is nothing less than a nightmare so you better be careful and cross check your domain name twice before swiping your credit card to buy the domain name)
Avoid Buying Trademarked Domains
You should refrain from buying domain names which are trademarked or have copyrights. E.g choosing a domain name with the word Google in it might invite trouble for you as Google is a trademarked word and you can’t use it as a part of your domain name (unless you really want to fight a case against them)
Details on how to buy a domain name for free have been covered in the second half of the article.
Step 2: Choose a Reliable, Affordable Web Hosting Solution
One of the most important aspects that one should consider while starting a blog is Web hosting. There are certain things that you should consider while buying the hosting provider for your WordPress website.
One of the most important metric that you should consider while choosing a Web hosting company is the Uptime. Let us quickly understand the concept of Uptime and why it is important for your website performance.
Uptime specifies the amount of time the server on which your website is hosted is up and running. Uptime is generally expressed in percentage. If a hosting provider has a good uptime, it means that their servers are performing well and there are very less chances that their servers will go down.
Let us assume your business is running smoothly and getting several leads on a daily basis and making good revenue and all of a sudden, your website goes down (not working because even the server is down). If your visitors visit your website but it is not working then you will lose out on a considerable number of leads and impact your revenue ultimately and that is why it is of utmost importance to choose a hosting provider which has a good uptime.
Do they Offer Migration support?
Let’s assume a scenario that you had a terrible time with your current host and want to switch to a new hosting provider. Before you jump on to the next hosting provider you should do your due diligence and check if they provide migration support as a part of their hosting plans.
Live Chat and Support
Another important aspect that you should consider while choosing a hosting company is their Live chat and support system.
Just consider a scenario that you are facing some issue on your website and need immediate help and then you start searching to see if the hosting provider has live chat support or not and then you come to know that they only have ticketing system wherein you must submit ticket and wait for a day or two in order to get a response from their end. This is the most frustrating experience that the customer has to go through and this is the reason why you should if the hosting provider you plan to buy offers live chat and support.
Choosing a hosting provider which has a live chat and support system will make your life easier and save you from misery and frustration. Here are some important things you should look at while evaluating the support provided by the hosting provider.
How Responsive is their support ?
– It shouldn’t happen that they respond to you after 2-3 days when you needed their help on an immediate basis.
How easy, convenient it is to reach out to their support team
– Reaching out to their support team shouldn’t turn out to be a nnightmare especially when you need their help on an urgent basis.
Do they Offer LIve Chat or not?
– Approaching support team via Live chat generally is the best way to get instant help from the experts.
Is their support team available 24/7/365?
– What if a problem pops up on a weekend when the customer or the live chat support team isn’t available (win such cases you will have to wait until Monday morning for the team to have a look at your tickets.
Greengeeks is a great fit for businesses of all sizes regardless of their hosting requirements. They provide all types of hosting (some of them have been mentioned below
– Shared WordPress Hosting
– Managed WordPress Hosting
– WooCommerce hosting
– Virtual Private Servers
Lets have a look at some of the other reasons why Greengeeks is the best web hosting an WOrdpress hosting that is affordable and reliable
– Free Domain Name
Domain name generally cost anywhere between $5 to $10 for one year. If you are a beginner then it is wise to get domain name and hosting from the same service provider as it makes life a lot easier as you don’t have to work around two different services
Greengeeks provides a Free domain when you purchase one of their hosting plans for the first year. If you get the domain from the same company where you are getting hosting from then you don’t need to scratch your head configuring DNS and other things which is slightly complex for a beginner to work around.
In case you already have an existing domain you can connect it with Greengeeks (more on that in the second half of the article
Free Website Migration
– Greengeeks provides Free website migration (this is one point that we discussed earlier – check if the website hosting provider offers free website migration.
– Free Email Accounts
When you choose the Lite plan you get close to 50 email accounts. When you go with their Pro plan or premium plan you get access to unlimited number of Email accounts for you and your team without paying the extra charges.
– Free SSL Certificate
This is one of the most important aspects that you should consider while choosing a web hosting provider. You don’t want to pay separately for a SSL certificate. The good news is that Greengeeks provides a free SSL certificate when you purchase any of their hosting plans.
Greengeeks offers so many features and that makes it a good choice for WordPress hostiing
Now that we have finalized our web host let’s go ahead and look at the process of creating a blog with Greengeeks Web hosting
Step 3: How to Start a WordPress Blog Using Greengeeks hosting
Let’s see the step-by-step process on how to start a WordPress blog using Greengeeks hosting
Step 4: Choose a Plan that Suits your requirement
Once you click on “Get Started Now” you will come across the various plans available by Greengeeks. You can choose the one that best suits your requirement
Step 5: Set up your Domain Name
In this step you can choose the domain name for your website. in case you already have a domain name you can proceed further with that.
If you are registering a new domain name you can type in your domain name and check the availability of your domain name. If it is available then you can proceed further by clicking on “Next”
Step 6: Enter Your Personal Details
Once you click on Next you will be redirected to a screen wherein you will be asked to enter your personal details like Name, Address, Phone number etc.
Step 7: Choose a Hosting Plan and the Duration For it
When you fill in all the details and proceed to the next step you will have to choose the hosting plan, the tenure/duration for which you want to purchase the hosting plan. We generally go for atleast 2 years of hosting because we don’t want to look at the renewal process after every year (what if you missed out on the renewal date)
Once you have chosen the hosting plan and the duration you can complete the payment. Once you are done with the payment then it’s time to install WordPress on your WordPress website
Step 8: Installing WordPress Using the Quick Launch Wizard
Do you want to build your website with ease and without any hassles? Do you find the initial website setup and configuration process to be an uphill task? Are you looking for a solution that will make your life easier and solve all these tech challenges?
If you answered a YES to all the above three questions and are looking for a soliton which will address all the above things then you should use the quick launch wizard by Greengeeks which will help you get started building your website with ease and that too in the matter of minutes.
The quick launch wizard by Greengeeks makes onboarding a new customer a lot easier and offer assistance in creating a new website
Once you have purchased any of their hosting plans Quick Launch Wizard comes by default. Let’s have a look at the steps involved in installing WordPress using the Quick Launch Wizard
This is the first screen you will see on the Quick Launch Wizard. Now if you are starting a new website then click on “Start New Website” then you will come across a screen similar to the one shown below
When you click on Start a new Website three more options will show up – WordPress, WooCommerce, Weebly. In our case we will choose WordPress. If you are working around WooCommerce or Weebly then you can select it accordingly.
Now Once you select WordPress option as shown in the above screenshot then in the next step we will choose a WordPress theme. Elegant Themes is one of the most popular marketplace for WordPress themes. In the next step we will choose and Install a WordPress Theme
Step 9: Choose and Install a WordPress Theme
You can check out the below video which shows how to install a WordPress theme
Once you are done installing a WordPress theme you will come across a message similar to the one shown below
In case you are finding it difficult to follow the above steps for installing WordPress using the Quick Launch Wizard then you can watch the below given video
Congratulations you have just setup your website without taking the help of any developer. It’s time to start writing Blog posts and content and do proper SEO and rank on the first page of Google.
Feel free to comment in case you have any queries related to Blogging or Greengeeks hosting.