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Create A Blog In WordPress: A Guide For Beginners

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If you want to create a blog in WordPress you are choosing a winner; and why not start off on the right foot if you are a beginner blogger.  Given the millions of websites that have been created, it is an incredibly popular website platform.

Take a look at this graph from Google Trends:

Wordpress Blog Graph

You can see why WordPress is my preferred platform and why it is used by the online school I’m a member of.  So what do you have to do to create a website?  The best thing about it is that it is free to start…another great beginner perk.

 

Some Interesting Stats

  • According to WordPress, and as of August 4, 2013 there are 68,844,542 WordPress sites in the world.
  • Take a look at this screenshot, taken from the WordPress website itself:

 

Wordpress Blog Stats

From WordPress.com

 

 

Choose Your WordPress Platform

You have a few options and I would suggest you review each of them before you create an account.

WordPress.com

Is a fully hosted platform that allows you to focus on your website and not on all the “techie-stuff” that is a foreign language for most of us.  This makes it the more popular of the two choices.

  • Hosting is provided which means you don’t have to create a website and then find someone to do this for you.
  • There are literally hundreds of themes that you can choose from.  Themes will become the look and design that your website takes on.  Many of the inner dashboard controls are similar from theme to theme.  And if you decide you don’t like the first one you selected you can change it at any time, it’s really quite easy to do.
  • Plugins are included but only those that have been pre-selected by WordPress.  They are the basic ones that you need but it can be frustrating knowing you cannot add more as you become more familiar with your website.
  • There are many other features, such as the ability to connect your site with the social networks so that you can share your posts with others.

WordPress.org

This platform is intended for the more advanced or tech-savvy website owner.  Just a few quick notes in passing as I wouldn’t recommend this for the beginner blogger.

  • You will need to find your own host and that typically means monthly payment of anywhere from $3.00 and up
  • Things like theme development, backing up your site, as well as ongoing monitoring or your site would be your responsibility.
  • However, you can install plugins on your site

With all this being said, I do want to note that WordPress offers a number of tutorials and has a forum that is easy to access and typically provide you with the information you need; whether you’re a beginner or a techie.

You can access the WordPress signup page here: https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/

This will then connect you with their forum and tutorials as well as to their Support panel for WordPress.com users.  Here is some of the useful information you will find:

 

Wordpress Blog Support

 

WordPressExpress

This is another option and the one I recommend for all beginner bloggers.  It is a WordPress platform hosted exclusively at Wealthy Affiliate.  I’ve included a video so you can see for yourself how easy setting up your website here really is.

 

I will note that this platform allows you to add whatever plugin you wish and even provides detailed training about the built-in plugins as well as other recommended ones you may want to consider.

 

Know What a “Sub-Domain” Is

Regardless which platform you select above, you need to be aware that these will be sub-domains, meaning that they are not completely yours although you have complete control over them and are responsible for their use.

For instance, your website name will be as follows:

  • yourwebsitename.wordpress.com
  • yourwebsitename.siterubix.com (the WordPressExpress extension)

And, as a further example, if you want to consider Google Blogger, that, too will be hosted on a sub-domain:

  • yourwebsitename.blogspot.com

These are all fine to start with and should you decide to buy a .com domain, which is the industry standard, you can “redirect” your first website to the one you have chosen to pay for.  Most reputable domain registrars provide training to do this, including WordPress.  I actually used their paid service to do this once and was very pleased with how they transferred my domain.

Hopefully this has helped you learn what you needed to in order to create a blog with WordPress.  It is certainly very easy to do and you can have your website up and running in no time.

If you would like to know why I recommend WordPressExpress then please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you.

Thank you for reading.

 

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Comments

  1. I’m a huge fan of WordPress Rick. I know Joomla is popular too, but I learned to build websites on WP and have stuck with it all these years. I don’t really have time to learn another CMS I’m so busy with my sites!

    All the website jargon that gets passed around can confuse people, but WordPress is pretty simple to install and use if you have a guide to do it. Most often, it’s push-button installation, and the most complicated part is just finding the right button to push!

    • I’m a wordpress fan, too. I’m actually reviewing a site for a friend and she is using something totally different, can’t even remember the name, and I’m lost with how to help her. Stay with the best; although I must say that the WordPress Express at Wealthy Affiliate is far superior to even wordpress itself.

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