Are you looking to create a blog on your own and start earning money online?
If yes, then you’re at the right place.
In this article, I’m going to show you step by step how to create a blog on WordPress without any technical knowledge and publish it on the internet.
It’s super easy and simple to build a blog by yourself without writing a single line of code. But, as a beginner, you need some guidance to do things in the right way.
So, without wasting much time let’s start.
What do you need to Create a WordPress blog?
To start a WordPress blog we need three things i.e.
- A Domain Name (it will be your blog address i.e. yourblogname.com)
- A Web Hosting (Where your website will be hosted)
- A Blog Niche (the topic of your blog like a food blog, travel blog, an entertainment blog, etc)
Before going to the next step let’s take a quick look at What’s a Domain Name and Web Hosting.
What’s a Domain Name?
The domain name refers to your website address by which you will be known online. You can take an example of our site “Earnerstreet.com”, here Earnerstreet.com is our domain name.
Anyone can type your domain name in their browser and visit your blog. So, make sure your blog name is unique and easy to remember.
While selecting a domain name always go with Top Level Domain extension i.e. dot com, dot in, dot net, dot org, etc.
A domain name costs around $8 – $12 depending on the extension you’re choosing.
But, here I’ll show you how to get a domain name for free. So keep following the steps.
What’s a web hosting account?
The web hosting account is like your computer storage space where all your website files and data will be stored online and it makes our site 24/7 available for our readers.
Your blog’s performance and growth depend on your web hosting service, so it’s really important to choose the best hosting provider to create a successful blog.
Choosing the wrong web host can cause you many problems in the future and also affects your blog SEO.
That’s why I always use the Bluehost hosting service for my blogs. It is the #1 WordPress hosting provider in the market and WordPress itself recommends its users to use Bluehost hosting for better performance.
With Bluehost you’ll get:
- Free Domain Name for 1 year
- Free SSL Certificate
- 100+ Free WordPress Themes
- Free SEO Tools
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- One-Click WordPress Install
- 24/7 Expert Support
- 30-Days Money Back Guarantee
Now that you understand what a domain name and web hosting are and why we need them, let’s proceed to the next step.
How to Create a Blog in 6 Easy Steps (Beginners Guide)
Nowadays, you can make a blog on your own without hiring a web developer, because of the easy blogging platforms.
There are dozens of blogging platforms available online to start a blog without any programming knowledge. But, most beginners make mistakes while choosing the blogging platform.
Here, we’re not going to make any mistakes.
Almost 90% of bloggers say WordPress.org is the best blogging platform. It is super easy to manage and gives total control of your blog in your hands.
WordPress is free because it’s self-hosted i.e. you need a domain name and hosting to create a blog/website on WordPress.
You can add many cool features and give a responsive design to your blog without any coding knowledge.
Now let’s purchase our domain name and hosting and set up our blog on WordPress.
Before going through the steps, choose a blog topic in which you have good knowledge, it’ll help you create amazing content for your blog.
Also, select a cool name for your blog because in the next step we’re going to purchase a domain name for your blog.
Step 1: Get Your Domain Name and Hosting
Remember, earlier in this post I had told you that we’re going to get our domain name for free. So, let’s see how to get that.
Bluehost is offering a free domain name for 1 year with their hosting service at no extra cost and we’re going to get that.
If you’re a person from outside India then go with Bluehost International.
First, go to the Bluehost website and click the Get Started button.
On the next screen, it will ask you to choose your hosting plan.
Now, select the Basic Plan, which is for a single website, and click select.
If you want to create multiple sites in the future then you can go with the Plus or Choice Plus.
On the next page, enter your domain name and select the domain extension you want (dot com, dot in, etc) then click Next.
Here, enter account details such as your name, contact number, address, email, etc and scroll down.
Now, confirm your hosting plan and set your Billing Cycle to 12 months.
You can go with the 36-month hosting plan if you have a budget for maximum discount.
Then scroll down and uncheck these Package Extras, we don’t need them.
Now, here add your payment details and agree to the terms and conditions.
After adding all details preview your account details and click the Submit button.
Wait for 1-2 minutes, Bluehost will send you your account login details via your registered email. So check it out.
Step 2: Install WordPress
With Bluehost you don’t need to install WordPress by yourself, they will automatically install WordPress for you.
It means you just need to log in to your Bluehost account using your email and password, then follow the simple steps and your WordPress will be installed.
After reaching the homepage, click the login to WordPress button to go to your WordPress dashboard.
You can also log in to WordPress directly by typing yourblog.com/wp-admin in your browser.
From your WordPress Dashboard, click on your user name on the top right corner and select edit profile to reset your WordPress login details.
On the edit profile page, find the set new password option and delete the default password and enter your new password then scroll down and press the Update Profile button to save the changes.
Now, you can log in to your website using your username and password.
We’ve completed our WordPress installation, now we will customize our blog as per our needs and start blogging.
Step 3: Choose Your WordPress Theme
After coming to our WordPress dashboard first, we need to change the appearance of our blog by installing a theme.
There are thousands of pre-designed themes available in WordPress for every niche that you can use on your site.
You can install a WordPress theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking on Appearance » Themes.
On the next page, click the Add New button to install a new theme.
Here, you can use the search box to find your niche relevant themes (by typing your blog topic). You can also sort the themes by popular, latest, featured, etc.
To install a theme simply take your mouse over the theme and click the Install button and then click on Activate.
Before customizing your theme add some sample posts for better results.
Step 4: Create Blog Post & Pages
To write a blog post go to Posts » Add New from your WordPress dashboard.
Here, in the editor area write your post, and once you’re done click the Publish button on the top right corner to make your post live on the internet.
Note: If you want to get the text editor area like mine then go to Plugins » Add New and install Classic Editor and Activate it.
Similarly to add pages on your website, go to Pages » Add New from your WordPress dashboard.
On the next page, add your page title and content then click the Publish button to post.
Step 5: Add Contact Form To Your Website
Whenever you create a blog website always add a contact form, this helps your visitors to email you directly for any concerns.
That’s you’ll find a contact form on each and every website on the internet.
To add a contact form to your website go to Plugins » Add New and install a contact form plugin called Contact Form 7 and Activate it.
When the installation is done, go to Contact » Contact Forms from the left side menu of your WordPress dashboard.
Here, you’ll get a pre-built contact form, just copy the shortcode of that contact form.
You can also create a new contact form by going to Contact » Add New.
Now, you need to add a contact page by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking Pages » Add New. Then paste the shortcode in the contact page’s post area and Publish it.
Once you’re done go to your website check the contact form.
Step 6: Install All Required Plugins
Once you’ve published some sample posts, you need to add some essential elements to your website that will help you increase your traffic such as social media buttons to share posts, blog subscription forms, sliders, etc.
To add all these elements or features to your website, you need to use some plugins.
There are thousands of WordPress plugins available that will help you add cool features to your website without writing any code.
To make it easy for you, here we’ve made a list of the top 10 most useful plugins that will help your blog grow fast.
No matter what feature you want to add to your website, you’ll get a plugin for it.
If you care about your blog design and security then install a WordPress page builder plugin to give your blog an attractive look and a WordPress Backup Plugin to keep your blog safe from hackers and site crash issues.
We hope this article will help you create a successful blog on your own without any coding knowledge.
You may also want to check out our post on How to Create Your Own Website.
Let us know in the comments if you’re facing any problems in this blog creation process.
Also, share your thoughts on Which is the best niche to start a blog for beginners.