So you want to start a blog but don’t know where to start?
Guess what – neither did many pro-bloggers when they first got started, including Joshua and Ryan of the Minimalists.
When we started The Minimalists a few years ago, we had no idea how to start a blog. We could hardly spell HTML, let alone build a beautiful website.
We were all newbies at one point, right?
The good news: Blogging is do-able for almost anyone with a computer connected to the Internet. And you would be surprised how easy it is to start a blog. In fact I think some cats can blog too! (just kidding)
In this article, I am going to show you how to create a fully-operating blog in approximately 15 minutes.
Generally, there are three steps to follow.
Sounds easy? You bet! So what are you waiting for– let’s roll out! (Speak it loud in Optimus Prime’s tone, please).
First, you will need a web host and a domain name. Many hosting companies give out free domain to their first time customers, so for simplicity sake we are going to utilize that and register our domain with the hosting company.
Side note: There are two methods to setup your blog – on a free platform like Blogger.com or on a self-hosted environment. While ‘free’ is always a great option, I don’t recommend readers to opt for this option. To learn more, read in my other article: Why I don’t recommend a free blogging platform.
Recommended blog hosting for newbies
For newbies, I recommend iPage or WebHostingHub hosting due to three reasons:
For this post, I will use iPage for our reference.
Getting Started: Signup on iPage
(Link opens in new window so you can still come back to this page for my instruction.)
First, visit iPage to sign up a new hosting account – http://www.ipage.com. Click ‘Signup Now’ when you are on iPage’s website.
Skip SuperBoost ad page
You’ll be directed to an advertisement page (iPage’s upselling its Super Boost feature). SuperBoost is a great feature but you don’t need it now. So click ‘No Thanks’ and skip this.
Insert your domain
You’ll be promoted to register a new domain then.
Quick tips for choosing a domain name.
On the next screen you will submit your personal contact information, credit card details, and confirm on your subscription plan. Under Purchase Information, there are a few upgrades (Advanced Site Protection, Directory Listing, etc), make sure you uncheck all as you don’t need these features now.
Click ‘Check Out’ at the bottom when you are ready.
Okay, now you have got a hosting account ready. It’s time to setup your WordPress.
iPage supports instant account activation – this means you can start building your blog right away! To get started, let’s head over to iPage control panel.
Quick tip: You should receive a confirmation email as soon as you complete the purchase process in step 1. Follow the instructions in the email and login to your iPage control panel.
Login to iPage
At the top of your dashboard, look for an icon named Simple Scripts (it should be under ‘My Favorites’). Click it – it’s a handy app that helps us to install easily. Basically you can get everything up and running in a few clicks – it’s dead easy – so simple that even a six-years-old can do it.
WordPress Installation via Simple Scripts
Anyhow, I am going to provide you the walk through guide for the installation process.
Find your way to the WordPress icon on Simple Scripts dashboard.
Click “Install” to start a fresh installation.
Insert blog location details and tick GPLv2 license agreement. Click ‘Complete’ once you are ready to finalise your installation. And, that’s all.
Piece of cake, yeah?
So your WordPress blog is installed, it’s time for your first login! You will be given a login URL (in most cases, something like this: http://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin) when the installation is complete. Follow the URL and you’ll come to the login page.
Useful tip: You’ll be visiting this URL very often from here onwards, so it’d be a good idea to bookmark it.
And… you are done! Congratulations, you now have your WordPress blog up and running (told you – that doesn’t take very long, yeah?)
Okay, you have your WordPress blog up. What’s next?
Well, you can start with writing your first post, install a new WordPress theme, configure your blog settings … etc. Or, you can check out my best blogging tips (table of content) to learn how to write better blogpost, drive more traffics to your blog, build an awesome looking blog, and make some money from your blog.
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