BEGINNER’S GUIDE: HOW TO BUILD A PERSONAL WORDPRESS BLOG

Build a personal WordPress blog

If you want to create a personal blog, there’s no better tool than WordPress. While people use WordPress to create just about every type of website you can imagine these days, the platform has its roots as a blogging platform and is still ideal for that purpose. For that reason, a personal WordPress blog is one of the best ways to launch your site.

The good news is the process isn’t complicated, and you don’t need a fancy WordPress theme to create a stylish website. As long as you have a solid web host and a unique domain ready to go, you can be up and running in no time. All you’ll have to do is pick a free theme, and then start blogging.

In this article, we’re going to talk about what elements make up a quality personal WordPress blog. After that, we’ll teach you how to set one up using a free theme. Let’s get to it!

What elements make up an effective personal WordPress blog

If you’re the kind of person who likes to write, having your own blog can be a great outlet. You can create content about whatever you want, whenever you want, and share your thoughts with your friends, network, and complete strangers. If you’re feeling entrepreneurial, you can even use your personal blog to network in your field by writing about the latest developments and your own insights.

Your personal blog will be unique to you and should include whatever features and information you think are necessary. However, there are a few elements all the best personal blogs have in common, such as:

  • A focus on blog posts. Unlike static WordPress websites, you want your blog posts to take center stage.
  • Some personal information about yourself, to personalize your content and help your audience make a connection.
  • Links to your social media profiles and general contact information, for visitors who want to follow you or get in touch.
  • A carefully chosen blog post format, to make each entry highly readable and engaging.

Fortunately, all four of these elements are straightforward and easy to achieve. That means you probably don’t need to use a fancy premium theme or seek out complex features. Instead, you can opt for a free alternative that’s better for your budget.

Once you’re ready to start your personal WordPress blog, you only need to complete a few tasks to get it off the ground. You’ll have to:

  • Register a domain name
  • Pick a hosting provider
  • Install the WordPress software
  • Choose your WordPress theme

The steps below will walk you through completing each stage in this process. Let’s jump in!

Step #1: Register a domain name and choose a web host

Domain names are how visitors will identify and access your website. For example, our domain is Allstar.esy.es. To get a domain for your own site, you’ll have to register it through a web host.

Web hosts are platforms where you can purchase server space for your website. Once your site is up and ready to go, you can link it to your domain. After that, anyone will be able to access your site.

Lots of popular web hosts, such as SiteGround, also offer domain registration services. All you have to do is find a name that’s right for you, and check to see if it’s available via SiteGround’s checker tool:

Checking a domain name for your personal WordPress blog

If it is, you can go ahead and register that domain name in exchange for a yearly fee. You’ll also need to provide some personal information, but the process is very simple. If you’re purchasing your domain name from the same place that you’re buying hosting, you can usually complete both purchases at the same time.

Once you have your domain purchased (or at least chosen), it’s time to sign up for a web hosting plan. In most cases, you’ll want to go with a simple shared hosting optionfor a personal WordPress blog.

As we mentioned above, SiteGround offers a quality and affordable hosting solution for WordPress, and it’s more than capable of housing your personal WordPress blog:

Three examples of WordPress hosting plans.

You can always upgrade to a more powerful plan down the line, so it’s safe to start small and only upgrade when needed.

Step #2: Install WordPress on your web host

Once you’ve signed up for a hosting plan, you’ll still need to set up WordPress. How this process works will depend on the host you selected. Some, such as SiteGround, provide you with a one-click installation option during signup. All you have to do is fill out some basic information, such as your site’s name, your admin username, and so on.

If your host requires you to set up WordPress on your own, you’ll probably do so using the cPanel installer. First, you’ll need to access your panel using the login information you chose while signing up for your hosting plan. Once you’re in, you’ll find yourself looking at a page much like this one:

An example of a cPanel.

CPanel is packed with options, which can make it look intimidating. Fortunately, there are plenty of guides available on how to set up WordPress using cPanel. If you run into any problems along the way, you can always check out your hosting service’s documentation, or contact their support team to get help.

Step #3: Pick your free theme and publish your first post

After setting up WordPress, you’ll be able to access your dashboard by logging into the WordPress admin area. You can access this area by going to YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin.

Once you’ve entered your dashboard, look for the tab called Appearance. Click on it, and then choose the Themes option. This will show you all the themes that WordPress comes pre-installed with:

Some of the default WordPress themes.

These themes are free, decent starter options for a personal WordPress blog. However, you’ll probably want to use a theme that’s a bit less basic and more customizable, such as Hestia:

Hestia material design theme

This particular theme is based on material design guidelines, which results in a very modern look. Plus, it has everything you need to include the vital elements we talked about earlier (such as contact information and a personal bio). To set it up, you just need to follow a few simple instructions (which also apply to other WordPress themes).

Once you’ve chosen your free WordPress theme and have it installed and activated, all that’s left is to start writing your first blog post. To do that, look for the Posts → Add New option in your dashboard. This will bring you to the WordPress editor:

The WordPress editor.

Here, you can set a title for your post, write about whatever you want, and insert images and other media. When you’re done, you can save your work as a draft or publish it right away – it’s all up to you now!

You can even add additional functionality to your personal WordPress blog by installing WordPress plugins.

Conclusion

Starting a personal WordPress blog is a straightforward process that doesn’t require a large budget. You can spend a lot of money on a powerful premium theme that packs dozens of features, but there are also quality free options that will get the job done. For something as basic as a personal blog, chances are you’ll be just fine using a free theme.

 

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