WordPress for Beginners 2018

How to create a great blog on WordPress for Beginners 2018

By Dee Kay


Hello,

It’s been an absolute pleasure for me to write this article for all my friends and the newbies in the blogging circles. I have been receiving emails from friends and newbie bloggers asking me many questions about how to create a great blog. Since, I have been running a blog after doing great research so I finally decided to give them some insights about blogging. So I present to you WordPress for beginners 2018 tutorial series.

It is time for me to share my knowledge with you all so that even you can get a greater audience for your work. I will try to be as thorough as possible. Today, I will try to explain about the basic steps that you should follow to create a classic blog. Let’s begin, WordPress for beginners 2018 tutorial.


Things to think about BEFORE creating a blog :-

  1. To select the right forum to create your own blog.
    1. There are many forums for creating your personal blog but the two most popularly used ones are,
      1. WordPress.com
      2. Bloggers.com
    2. They both are THE BIGGEST BLOGGING PLATFORMS ON THE NET.
    3. You can select as per your own requirements as both have their pros and cons. As far as I am considered, I prefer WordPress over Bloggers simply because it is much easier for me to understand and the community here is much bigger and better.
  1. Selecting the Niche for your blog
    1. To break it down for you, hypothetically, if blogging is like novels then the niche is the genre. You have to pick a niche. IT IS IMPORTANT.
    2. The niche would dominate your blogs content.
    3. Your niche should be something that you should feel comfortable in, as you would be spending a lot of timing writing about it.
    4. You should be passionate about it.
    5. If you have no niche and you are just trying to create a personal blog then you can just go ahead and start with creating the blog.

Creating A Blog on WordPress

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  • Go to wordpress.com
    1. Now scroll down till you see two options [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (1) above]
    2. Since you want to start a blog so click on START A BLOG [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (1) above]
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  • Theme page
    1. You can select a theme or you can just skip this step for the time being. [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (2) above]
    2. We will get back to this after some time.

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  • Give it a name
    1. The name should be such that it defines the niche you write in, clearly.
    2. Name of your site is as important as your name so THINK DEEPLY.
    3. Type in the name in the search option [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (3) above]
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    4. Select the free version. [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (4) above]

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  • Select the Free Plan [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (5) above]
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  • Sign Up on WordPress [as shown in the image WordPress For Beginners 2018 (6) above]
    1. It’s like any other online sign up form

  • Welcome to WordPress
  • You would see a screen shown in the images above
  1. Reader
    1. This section is about searching other blogs and tags that you wish to follow.
    2. Also, after you follow few blogs this is where you would be able to read their posts.
  2. View Site
    1. Here you would be able to see how your blog would look to your readers.
  3. Stats
    1. This segment is all about the stats of your blog.
    2. You will see the number of views and the number of visitors you have on your blog.
  4. Site Pages
    1. Here you would find all the pages that are visible on your blog. For example, every blog has 2 important pages – About and Contact.
    2. You can add a new page, edit an old page or delete an existing page.
    3. Add 2 pages – About & Contact.
      1. About – This section of the blog would be one of the most viewed pages of the blog. As it is where your audience can get to know about you so don’t write a small paragraph like you do on most of your social media profile. Write about what the blog is about, define your blog for others. You should also write about yourself, as it would make it more personal. It is a blog and people will stay regular if they think they know you more than just by your work.
      2. Contact – This page of the blog is about how your audience can get in touch with you. So instead of just making or adding a contact form I guess it would be much better if you provide your email and link to your social media profile (even if those links are for Facebook page or your blog’s Instagram)

  1. Blog Posts
    1. Here you would find all the blog posts that you have made or would make.
    2. You can add a new post, edit or delete an existing post.
    3. You can also add a new post through the Write option (point no 11)
  2. Media
    1. You will find all the media files that are uploaded on your blog in this section.
    2. It would contain Images and Videos.
  3. Traffic
    1. This is a part of the stats.
  4. Insights
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. Here you will find some more stats from your blog.
    3. Like All time posts, views, and visitors, Most popular day and hour and other information.
  5. Day, Week, Month, Year
    1. This is a part of the stats where you will find the quantity value of your blogs visitors and views as per day, month and year.
  6. Followers
    1. This section will show you the number of followers you have on your blog.
    2. This will show you the list of all the followers from WordPress and those who have followed the blog through email.
  7. Write
    1. This is a shortcut for you to write a new post.
    2. You can also add a new post through the blog post option (point no 5)
  8. Gravatar
    1. This is what your profile will look like when you comment on other’s post.
    2. To get a profile here you would need to create a Gravatar. You would need to sign up through WordPress or email.
    3. Add the Display picture and some description about yourself.
    4. Create Gravatar
      1. This is one of the best way to tell your audience who you are so it’s better that you create a Gravatar and add some information about you which you couldn’t or didn’t want to add-on your blog’s about
    5. Notifications
      1. In this section you will get all the notification whenever someone would like, comment, follow or tag you on a post.
    6. Comments
      1. Here you will find all the comments that are made on all of posts on the blog.
      2. You can manually approve or disapprove them, reply to them, delete them.
    7. Themes (Customize)
      1. Here you would find the themes that you can apply on your blog.
      2. You can use the free themes or buy a theme.
      3. You will also have the option to customize (We will discuss this in much detail in some later posts)
      4. Select a good theme for the blog.
        1. This is as important as it is for you to select the best outfit for a party. Don’t be scared to try out more than just one. If you are working from the WordPress app then go to the theme options and activate the one that you find attractive. Then you can open your blog on your browser and check out if the theme is apt for you. I would say that the best way to do it is if you’re using a desktop/laptop. You can see the Live Preview and decide for yourself.
      5. Sharing
        1. This options helps you to share your blog posts automatically across different social media platforms.
        2. All you need to do is connect the desire social media with your blog.
      6. People
        1. This section helps you to add more people to your blog team..
        2. You can add another Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber.
        3. Administrator is the one who has the absolute power over the blog.
        4. Editor is the one who can make publish, edit or delete any page or post, including those labelled ‘Private’, can moderate comments and manage categories and link. They can do anything with the content but cannot change the settings.
        5. Author is the one who can publish, edit, or delete contents posted by them. They cannot access anything created by other users. They can moderate comments on their content ONLY.
        6. Contributor is the one who can write, edit, and delete their own unpublished posts. Although, their content must be reviewed by an Admin or Editor. They cannot access the media library.
        7. Subscriber is the one who can read your blog, post comments, and create a profile through your WordPress dashboard. They don’t have any other permissions, and can’t edit the settings or the content on your blog.
      7. Plugins
        1. This section is important when you would be turning your blog into a website.
      8. Domain
        1. Here you can buy or add your own domain.
        2. This is used when you attach your blog to a website or turn your blog into a website.
      9. Settings
        1. General
          1. Add the name of your blog in the Site Title.
          2. Add a tagline as it is very cool way of adding more information about your blog. This could be anything that would add more meaning to the site/blog’s name.
  • You can also add a site icon, which could be your logo or any other pic. Make sure it is different from the photo you choose for the Gravatar.
  1. You can make changes to all the other settings as per your requirements.
  1. Posts and Pages
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see the number of views per page or post.
  2. Referral
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see from where your visitors came to your blog. Be it WordPress or social media.
  3. Countries
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see the country from where you have the views on your blog.
  4. Search Terms
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see the search term someone used to get to your blog from a search engine.
  5. Authors
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see the authors and the number of views they have for their posts. This will have your name as default.
  6. Clicks Videos
    1. This is a part of the stats.
    2. You can see the views on the video you have uploaded.
  • Make your 1st Post

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