~Starting A Blog Using WordPress~

How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

So you have decided that you want to officially start your blog using WordPress?  Now I am no expert at WordPress, and pretty much everything I have done has been through trial and error, but I am going to share with you how to start a blog using WordPress with what I have learned.

Once you have gotten to WordPress.com and had a look around and decided that you want to use them as your platform, the next thing is choosing a domain name.  Now in a post that I have written before, once you decide you want to blog you should first choose a blog name, then check to make sure that name hasn’t been taken, next make an email account using that name, and then proceed to setting up a WordPress account using that email addy.Starting A Blog Using WordPress

Once you have done this and get to the domain choosing page of WordPress just type in the name you have chosen.  It will automatically pull up options for that domain name.

I chose the free option here as I already own a domain through WordPress.  If you think that you are going to be serious about blogging then I suggest going self-hosted from the start.  But if you are just wanting to get your feet a bit damp then free  is the best route.  I have still not switched to self hosted with Domesticated Momster and **knocks on wood** have not found a reason why to.  I did however, buy my domain name through WordPress.

After selecting the free option, it will take you to a page to choose a theme.  I chose a simple theme and then chose to customize the theme.How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

If you purchase even the smallest package through WordPress it will give you more options in the customization mode but to just get started there are still plenty of options.

How To Start A Blog Using WordPressOnce you are in the custom screen you can re-enter the domain name as you want it to appear on the top of the page.  You can also enter a tagline which will appear directly under your title.  Tag lines are usually used to describe a little about what your blog is about. For instance, with Domesticated Momster my tagline reads “what happens to mommy when she gets to 3“.  For this demo I didn’t choose a tagline.How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

You can also insert a logo here if you have made one.  Logos are great to use throughout all social media as a way of people recognizing you.  They are usually created using a graphic designer but if you are like me and familiar with how to use Photoshop then you can make your own.  Once you have your title, tag line, and logo all set then just click on the little back arrow just below the X which will take you to more customizing options.

Here you can choose colors and backgrounds.  This particular theme only has an option to change the background which I did here to a lovely shade of purple. Some themes give other coloring options such as coloring your titles and links.How To Start A Blog Using WordPressThis theme may also have other options had I purchased a package with it.  In addition, being self-hosted gives you a ton of options in how you want your blog to look.  But like I said….if you are just wanting to see if you even like the world of blogging than a free WordPress platform is fine.  No point in dishing out the expense if you are just going to test the waters.

You can then choose what type of font you want for your site’s titles and body text…

How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

Just click on the highlighted blue line and it will produce a drop down menu with several font options.  When choosing one it will then show the examples on your blog page to the right.  Feel free to play around with a few.  There is also some font type and size options as well.

Next is the widgets section.  I know you are probably asking yourself WTF is a widget???  And I asked myself the very same thing and even after a year of blogging, I am still not 100 percent clear on the proper definition but they all go in the sidebar of your blog. How To Start A Blog Using WordPress You can choose to add however many widgets you would like but I am always about keeping it simple at first and then adding as you go along.  As for suggestions on what I feel is important in your sidebar…a picture of yourself and your social buttons are a top priority of mine.   Because… well… your readers are going to want to know what you look like and where to find you right?  If you aren’t interested in the world knowing what you look like then of course don’t put a pic of yourself but maybe find a free clip art avatar to use.  Wordpress uses a Gravatar profile in which you can enter any picture you would like.

How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

Most themes support an “about me” page.  I highly recommend having one.  You can keep it simple or go into great detail about who the person behind the blog is.  If you would like to check out an example you can locate mine for Domesticated Momster here.  The about page really helps with your reader’s curiosity about getting to know you.  To create the page just simply click on edit from this page and it will take you to a post writing page that looks like this…

How To Start A Blog Using WordPress

Just title It “About…” and start writing then when finished press the blue update button at the bottom.  You have finished the first step to starting a blog with WordPress.

In my next series on The How To’s Of WordPress I will explain how to write your first post.  So be sure to stay tuned.

Until Next Time,

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I am a mother of 5, a wife to 1, and a fully certified domesticated momster who likes to blog about motherhood, marriage, and anything else that pops into my crazy head all with a side of sarcasm and a glass of wine.

18 thoughts on “~Starting A Blog Using WordPress~”

    1. lol…I am happy to hear when I have created a laugh. I too wished I would have had some step by step instructions about wordpress when I first came on the circuit. I have had a few friends ask me how to get started so I figured why not blog about it ;o) Thanks for always visiting my site!

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  1. I admire the patience of bloggers (and am grateful to them too!) who put together posts like this. I keep wanting to do it but a) it would be all over the place and I’d find it hard to consolidate what I’ve learned! and b) I just don’t have the patience. I must admit I was warned off having my actual site on wordpress (I can’t remember why now…I think it was to do with ‘ownership’ issues) so I have a WP-powered theme that I purchased from an independent WP theme designer. 100 ways to skin a cat I guess. Thanks so much for linking this to #BabyBrainMonday sweetie.

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    1. The whole reason I have decided to do this series is because I have had so many people inquire about “how to start a blog”. I knew no one who was blogging when I got into it…nor did I know much about blogging. I just made tons of mistakes and here I am…still making mistakes lol. But I like to share the knowledge I have learned along the way. Thanks so much for hostessing.

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    1. I always say if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. I have yet to go self hosted for that very reason. I ventured into it once but then when I read that there was a possibility that I would lose everything that I had already worked so hard to build I decided to just keep with what I have. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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  2. I love this, and I love WordPress. I used to use blogger, but I got so sick of how clunky and fiddly it was. I haven’t bothered to go self-hosted yet, but I may do someday if I feel like nice grown my audience to a point where people might actually want to subscribe! Thanks for this series; super helpful! #BloggerclubUK

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    1. I haven’t gone self-hosted either but I do have the premium package through WordPress which seems to work for me. I say if it’s not broke than don’t fix it. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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  3. What a wonderfully helpful post, Trista! I wish I had this step by step when I started my blog. I had no idea how to make any changes, it was a nightmare. This will be so helpful to new bloggers or those who decide to change over to WordPress. Thank you for sharing with #bloggerclubuk

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    1. I have meant to write some more posts about using WordPress since there is so much to learn but haven’t. Maybe since today is Mothers Day and technically I get to do whatever I want maybe I’ll do that lol. Thanks for hostessing the fab #bloggerclubuk :))

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