Do you think to create an awesome blog for you? Then a question will arise in your mind – how to make a blog in a professional way. In general, it is not a tough job for anyone.
In this article, I will share a full detail guide to help you to create your personal blog on the different platform. As an example, on the internet, you will find both free and paid blogging platform to start your blog. But for a beginner, it always is a confusion to choose the platform. In generally maximum beginner choose free platforms to start their blogging career.
From my point of view, if someone wants a blog to start in a passionate way and wants to earn some money, I will suggest choosing paid services. These are always a one step ahead strategy for your traffic and SEO technique.
But in all the cases creator always try to make a fresh website that will make his dream alive.
Before going to start your blog, you should take some important decision for your blog/website.
The technique to follow before thinking how to make a blog:
- Choose a domain name: Nowadays, choosing a domain name is a hardest think like keywords. But before going to choose and buy any domain name you have to think hundred times. Because it will act as a brand name for your site.
If you research on it, you can see that maximum ambitious domain name already taken with .com. Except for .com, you can found more than 400 domain name, but those are not popular like .com or .co.uk.
From my point of view, I want to suggest that whatever is your domain, it should be taken with .co.uk and .com.
Keep In Mind-
- At first, your domain name should be easy and pronounceable.
- Make it short (4-15 character) as per as possible, because short domain names are always easy to remember.
- Don’t even think to add any hyphen, number or any other character in between your domain name. And especially don’t use any other company’s name, instead of using any unique name.
- Choose an Excellent hosting plan: After picking a domain name for your blog, hosting is the second thing that may stick in your mind. In the case of the free platform, you don’t need this.
But always try to choose a good hosting company with good plans (Like – Containing high space, high bandwidth, high speed etc.). There are many web hosting companies (Godaddy, Bluehost, Bigrock, HostGator etc) available on the internet with different prices.
I recommended using Bluehost Hosting. From my last few years’ experience, their hosting services comes with reliable space, with cheap good hosting plans and especially their customer support services.
Even, you will get a free domain name for one year with your Bluehost hosting plans. If you have any doubt in mind, then check out your plans.
- Choose a blog platform: Try to choose an easily accessible platform. As an example, Blogger (free), WordPress.com (free), WordPress.org (Self-hosted), Drupal, Joomla, Tumblr, Weebly, Wix etc. From the beginning of my blogging career, I used WordPress. The reason behind that it is free, powerful with the different plugin and mainly user-friendly and rest of the platforms are the real alternatives of WordPress. I will discuss it briefly in the next part of the article.
For the blogger, WordPress comes with free as well as paid services. Where WordPress.com is a free package of the blogging platform.
The main advantages of WordPress.com are – you don’t need to buy any extra domain name.
Here you will get a sub-domain with wordpress.com. Like if I want to make a new blog on wordpress.com with my domain name, then it will be wpallpress.wordpress.com (Yourdomain.WordPress.com).
Actually, WordPress.com is for the beginner. Those who want to make a blog for interest or just use for learning a blogging experience and also those aren’t aware of sub-domain.
The whole dashboard is same as self-hosted WordPress. Just a few things are different. But if someone wants to upgrade their free hosted WordPress site to premium, for those I want to tell you- WordPress.com comes with four different plans:-
- Basic Plan – $0/month (Maximum blogger choose this one),
- Personal Plan – $2.99/month (Perfect plan for personal uses)
- Premium Plan – $8.25/month (Perfect for Freelancers & Entrepreneurs),
- Business Plan – $24.92/month (Those who wants to run their site in an advanced way)
One of the vital advantages of using WordPress.com to make a site is its free themes with the different style. But those are having Pro & Advanced Plan, they can easily customize those themes with their own choice.
Comparing to WordPress.com, the function of WordPress.com is totally different. Actually, it is a manually downloadable and installable platform.
Nowadays, it is the trending for maximum blogger, also if we consider the whole worldwide service – 25% of websites controlled through WordPress.org.
There is a few reason behind it, that’s why it becomes so popular among all the blogging platform, the first one is it is very accessible, contain high-security service and especially its plugins and themes.
You can control the WordPress site from the 360-degree angle. This is the best ever platform for blogger.
Actually you set-up manually, to make a site through WordPress.org. I will discuss in below – How can you make a blog on WordPress with the full installation process.
Blogger is one of the popular free blogging platforms which powered by Google itself. As it is free, it comes with sub-domain name, like suppose if I choose a name like Wpallpress then my blogger site name will be www.wpallpress.blogspot.com.
You just need a Gmail Account. Then go to the blogger home page and enjoy your new Blogger site.
Actually, it is like WordPress.com and one of the fastest server to create any blog.
Those are new in blogging field or searching for the answer of “how to make a blog for the hobby” uses Blogger at initial.
Joomla is a platform to make a blog like self-hosted WordPress.
That means you need to buy an extra domain and a hosting for your site before going to install your Joomla software.
Like WordPress.org, it is one of the best powerful platforms for a blogger. Actually, not only for blogger, you can make any kind of websites through Joomla. There are thousands of themes, plugins and much more flexibility available for Joomla user.
The first month is free for Joomla user and from second month onwards, they charge $20 – $100 /month according to the demands of a customer.
Actually, this is the highest level of the site, those have a vast knowledge about web development, only they use this platform.
It is another free platform for the blogger to start their blog. Actually, if someone thinks – how to make a blog for free, then I want to say that Wix is a strong competitor for Blogger, WordPress.org.
If someone wants to upgrade their free blog to pro on Wix, they just need to pay a small amount of money.
Wix comes with $0 – $18/per month, comparing to WordPress.com, WordPress.org or other platforms it is very cheap and fast.
Here is another competitor for WordPress.org and Joomla. Many pro bloggers prefer Drupal to create their next level blog. Actually, it is not only for Blog, you can make any type of website through it.
The installation part is same as WordPress.org. You just need to download Drupal software and install in your hosting along with your domain name.
Before that, you need to buy a domain and a hosting just like Joomla and self-hosted WordPress.
I strongly recommended that those are new in blogging, Drupal is not a suitable one. Its basic internal controlling system is little tough compared to other.
So, if you are technically strong then you can go with it.
If you are talking about the free and easiest platform for blogging, then there is no doubt to use Weebly.
It is like drag and drop system to make your website. There are plenty of sites created in Weebly with the fresh good look.
At the initial stage Weebly gives you a free plan to start up your blog, but after the trial pack, they charged you $8-$50/ month.
It is also suitable for those who are new in the blogging field.
Tumblr is another free platform for the blog. The Same type of platform like- Blogger, WordPress.com, Wix, Weebly etc.
Actually, the tumbler is a socially optimized blog. Compare to other blogs, Tumblr always comes with a pre-optimized designed blog for social media, that’s why all the Tumblr blog’s traffic comes from social media.
Though it is free like other platforms, its normal website domain comes with “yourdomain.tumblr.com”.
If anyone wants to use an external domain with Tumblr, they can easily do it by following 2,3 steps.
And the theme customization part is same as WordPress.com. I think there is no need to explain in extra.How To Make A blog With WordPress.org:
As I told in the previous section, around 57% blogs powered by WordPress.org. So, I prefer self-hosted WordPress and today I will show you how to install a WordPress through your cPanel.
Before going to start the installation season, you need a domain name and a hosting from a respective company.
Again I tell you, I always recommended to use Bluehost for hosting as well as domain. In fact, if you are a new customer for Bluehost, then you will get a free domain name for one year with your hosting plan.
The installation process for your website with Bluehost:
At first, go to your Bluehost account (If you don’t have then create a new account),
- Choose a hosting plan (Try to pick a good and cheapest rated).
- Choose your domain name (Must be unique and short).
- Then continue with your details and put your billing details.
- If you want to choose any extra services for your domain name, then choose it.
- Then go the WordPress Installation part (There is a few software available on your Bluehost hosting server. As an example – Softaculous, Quickinstall and much more.)
Let’s go for detail discuss –
Login or create a new account on Bluehost and then click on the Green color button “Get Started Now”.
In maximum time Bluehost company comes with the discount offer for the new user (where you will get 1- free domain, 30-days money back guarantee, around 60% lesser price on hosting).
Choosing Hosting Plan:
Now choose a hosting plan, I personally recommended to use a normal plan if you are new to start your blogging career.
Because their lowest package comes with 50 GB speed for 1-domain which is enough for a new blog (This plan named as Basic in the Bluehost plans).
Choosing Domain Name:
After choosing your hosting plan you will be redirected to the domain choosing window, where you will find two different domain sub-box. One is – ‘New Domain’ and the second one is ‘I Have A Domain Name’.
Choose this option with your choice. Just like to register a new domain click on “New Domain” and if you have already buy a domain name then click on “I have a domain name”.
Give your personal details and Extra option:
Now you have to step up three stages to complete this process. The whole process comes with three different option.
First one is your account information, if you don’t have to create the account in Bluehost, so now you have to create the account.
Then confirm your choosing plan for the last time and click on next to finish this stage. Here you will see three different periods of plans like for 12 months, 24 months and 36 months. Choose any of the plans which will be suitable for your domain name.
After that, you will get two different domain site protector service, like Site Backup Pro and Domain privacy. Though this is not necessary to select, if you want to select for security purpose then you can select these options.
And finally the last part is the “Payment Information” part.
After confirming the payment method it will take few hours to confirm your order.
Now WordPress installation process:
Now you need to install WordPress on the Bluehost server by yourself. It is very easy, just follow the process. I will show you the step-by-step guide.
- Open your cPanel for your domain which is sent by Bluehost in your given email Id.
- After logging in you will see an option named as “Website”. Here you will see the “Install WordPress” option.
- After that, you will enter to a new page where you need to put your domain name (Root Domain). [Your domain should be www.YourDomainName.com, not like that www.YourDomainName.com/blog/]
After successfully completing all the steps, your server will take 2-24 hour (maximum) to complete your order.
Now your WordPress blog is ready to go.
I think this article will help you to solve your question about- “ How to make a blog for a small business”. If you follow the steps, I don’t think that you will face any problem.
But if you have any doubt regarding it in your mind you are free to ask. I will always try my best to solve your problem.