Starting a WordPress blog couldn’t be easier with my beginners step by step guide. All the information you need from choosing your Domain name, web hosting, getting to know your WordPress Dashboard and so much more is all here.
Building a blog doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. There are thousands of people who have taken the plunge and started a blog. WordPress is responsible for powering 74,652,825 to date and growing every day.
What about other website builders ?
I didn’t always use WordPress. In the earlier years I used some of the more popular website builders (Square Space, Wix, Weebly). Only to find, their search engine optimization (SEO), plugins, among other elements limited.
No point in having an amazing website if it can’t be found, right. After a several months testing various website builders, I decided to take the plunge and start a WordPress blog.
Reasons you should be using WordPress
WordPress is simple to use, there is no coding involved, you can add pages, blog posts, plugins. Customize your menu and theme, change colors schemes, fonts and much more, all from your WordPress dashboard.
Change your WordPress theme
Your theme is what transforms your WordPress blog and gives it the functionality and look your require. Each theme comes with it own unique customization features and layouts. You can change your WordPress theme at any stage, simply upload a new theme and ‘Activate’.
Check out my Top 10 Responsive WordPress Themes for 2017
Search engine friendly (SEO)
We all want to ensure our website appears in search results. WordPress is SEO friendly, its features and functions help search engines crawl your site gathering the information they require to index your WordPress Blog.
There is even a plugin, Yoast SEO for WordPress, teaching beginners, on, how to optimize their content for search engines. Yoast is an invaluable plugin for any WordPress blog.
Say for example that you need to display testimonials with thumbnails and a snippet of information about the review. You would also like to display them in three columns, no problem.
There are over 47,000 thousand plugins available at wordpress.org depository. All plugins come with reviews, number of active installs, screenshots and documentation, the possibilities are endless!
You own your website
Unlike other platforms (blogger, Wix, Squarespace, Weebly) where you pay a monthly subscription. The company owns your domain name, web hosting and theme. Hosting your own WordPress blog means, that you own the domain name, theme and content. This is referred to as a self hosted blog!
With a self hosted blog you have the freedom to change any element of your site with little to no stress. No one can delete your blog because they feel you are in breach of their Terms of Service, you are in control.
Make money from your blog
That’s right, the reality is that you can make a good income from blogging. I’m not going lie, this is not going to happen overnight, but in time you can monetize your blog.
Google Ad sense, Affiliate Programs, Pay Per Click, Advertising Space, Ebooks, Tutorials and Courses are all ways to make money blogging.
Support and help
Another benefit of a self hosted WordPress blog is the support forum at wordpress.org. Once registered, you can leave your question, and within 24 hours you will have your answer. There are thousands of experts that are passionate about WordPress, and are more than happy to help beginners starting out.
I hope your are feeling more confident, Ready to Build a WordPress Blog? Follow my 5 step guide, should you get stuck, don’t panic, I am here to help, Contact Me