Starting a WordPress blog might look like a daunting task for many, especially those who haven’t done it before. In order to help aspiring bloggers start a blog, we have decided to not only put together a comprehensive guide on how to start a WordPress blog but also how to walk beginners through the initial setup and posting of their first blog content as well.
If you have any trouble during this process, they have a live chat support system which enables you to ask questions of their support team. Once you’ve completed this process, you now have a WordPress blog installed! You started a blog! Congratulations – you’re almost there!
Selecting your WordPress Theme
When you’re done installing WordPress, the first appearance of your blog is not appealing to the eyes, because it’s plain and unattractive. Customizing the look and feel of your blog is one of the most fulfilling parts of creating your WordPress site.
There are thousands of pre-made WordPress themes that you can install on your site. Some of them are free, while others are paid. You can change your theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking on Appearance > Themes.
Then go ahead and click on the Add New button
On the next screen, go ahead and search from the 4100 free WordPress themes available in the official wordpress.org themes directory. (You can sort by popular, latest, featured, as well as other featured filters.)
When you find the theme you like, hover the mouse icon on it and it will show the install button. Click on it and wait for the theme to be installed.
By now the install button should be replaced with an Activate button. Click on it to activate the theme. After installing the theme, you can customize it by clicking on the customize link found under the appearance menu.
After that, the install button will be replaced with an Activate button. You need to click on it to Activate the theme. Once you have installed your theme, you can customize it by clicking on the Customize link under the Appearance menu.
You should add other elements to your site that will make it look professional and well organized. Elements such as contact form, about page and more are a must. To customize and add several features to your site, such as galleries, sliders, etc, you would need to use WordPress plugins. WordPress plugins are apps that support you in adding new features to your websites and there are over 46,000 of them available. Follow these steps to install WordPress plugins
Go to your WordPress admin area and click on Plugins. Under Plugins click on Add new
On the next screen, type the plugin name or the functionality you’re looking for into the search bar. Select the plugin that is best for you from the bunch of listings provided and click on the Install Now button. WordPress will download and install the plugin for you. As in our search we searched for Floating Social Bar, which happens to be the first in the search results, we will click the Install Now button.
After installing you will see a success message with a link to activate the plugin or return to plugin installer. Click on activate plugin link to activate the plugin on your WordPress site.