How to start a blog in 2019 – step by step

ultimate guide for begginers

So, you too want to start your own blog? Try something new? Face a new challenge? Great!!! I’m glad that you have found yourself here. So, how to make a blog? Contrary to what you might expect, starting a blog is not that difficult. Your age and skills are not as important as your motivation and willingness. Besides, you no longer need any knowledge about the HTML code, coding or graphics. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

If you need more information, take a look at my article: What is a blog.

Ready to get down to work? You sure are!!!
So, we will start with some basic information.

6 steps on how to start a blog on your own:

  1. Choose a blogging platform
  2. Find a host / Get a web hosting account
  3. Pick a domain name
  4. Install free blogging software and set up a blog
  5. Design your blog
  6. Add posts & pages

Step 1. How to start a blog – Choose a blogging platform or free CMS

If you want to start a blog, you need two things: hosting with the domain (which can be compared to the place of residence and address of your blog) and a content management system (CMS), thanks to which you can manage your website through a simple user interface (update, extend or add posts, video or audio content, etc.).

Many people think that setting up a blog is very difficult. That’s why free blog platforms are so popular (such as WordPress.com, Tumblr, Blogger, or Medium).

Blog platform definition

The blog platform is, in simple terms, a service designed specifically to allow you to easily publish your content online. You create an account and you can start blogging. You do not worry about your hosting or domain name, you do not have any fees.

There is only one thing that is very unfavorable to you: in fact, your blog does not belong to you. You have no influence on anything, you’ll never be able to make money from your blog.


To create your own website you can do everything yourself. And believe me, it’s not so complicated. 


In my opinion, the best and actually the only right solution is definitely having a self-hosted site for your blog (that is your own hosting and your own domain name and free CMS).

WordPress – best free content management system

Of the many free CMS, I recommend WordPress, which you can download from WordPress.org (don’t do it now, we will do it together in the following part of the article)

  • it’s 100% free (you only need a web host & domain name, but this will be discussed later),
  • very easy-to-use, especially for beginners,
  • very popular (see here: https://w3techs.com/),
  • the most important thing is that it is a Self-hosted cms which means that you are the owner of your own content, you are managing it by yourself. No one will remove the content you have created without your permission. You decide by yourself what kind of advertisements appear on your blog or how you make money on blogging. This gives you the opportunity of flexibility as well as the opportunity of controlling your own work, and this is what it’s all about, right?

WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

Before we go any further you must know that WordPress.org and WordPress.com are two completely different platforms based on the same free and open-source content management system (called WordPress).


REMEMBER
WordPress.org IS NOT WordPress.com


WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that is available on the WordPress.org website platform.
On the other hand, WordPress.com is a blog platform with a hosting service that works on a modified version of WordPress.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org – Which is Better?
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com

What are the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

WordPress.org:
  • Your Website and all its data belong to you.
  • Full control of your website – you can do everything you want to customize the page to what you need.
  • Complete management over the database and files.
  • Full freedom in adding ads.
  • The ability to add free and paid plugins and themes.
  • You can create your own online store or sell membership for premium content.
  • Possibility of using tools like Google Analytics.
  • You have full SEO control.
WordPress.com:
  • They place ads on all free sites, so you have to go to a paid plan (starting from $36 per year) to delete them.
  • To delete powered by WordPress.com you have to go to the Business plan ($299/year).
  • No possibility of adding your own ads.
  • There is no way to add your own plugins (this is allowed in the Business plan for $299 per year).
  • You can not install your own themes (Premium plan users $99/year have access to Premium templates).
  • You do not have the possibility to use such tools as Google Analytics (it is only possible for users of the Business plan $299/year).
  • Building any membership sites with WordPress.com is forbidden.
  • Creating your own online store is possible only in the E-commerce plan (for over USD 500 a year).
  • SEO tools are not available in the free plan (only in the Business plan for $299/year).
  • They can delete your content without your consent if they think you’ve broken the rules.

WordPress.org the best solution

You want to be a blogger. You want to share something valuable with others and the content is the thing that matters to you the most. It has to captivate the readers and spark their interest. How to start writing a blog if you don’t control your content? It does not make sense.

Don’t let anyone control your content!!!

That’s why you shouldn’t waste your time on free of charge blogging platforms, such as WordPress.com, Tumblr, Blogger, or Medium, especially if you are serious about blogging.

These types of platforms control your content, have a lot of constraints and contrary to what you may think, it is difficult to relocate the content, which you have been creating there for years.

So, what steps ahead of you?

First, you’ll choose a hosting provider and you will buy hosting (so that your new blog has the place of residence). In the next step, you will select the name of the domain (that is the address of your blog). Finally, you will install WordPress, thanks to which you will be able to publish your first post.

Seems complicated? It is not so, do not worry! Step by step, we’ll go through all these stages, you’ll see how simple it is. In the end, you will be the owner of your own blog.

Step 2. Find a Hosting Provider

Hosting Provider is ensuring the server space for your website. If the website is present in the server space, then people can find it on the Internet. In other words, your blog needs the server space in order to be visible in the Web.

Hundreds of thousands of web hosts exist, the majority of which meet the basic requirements of WordPress, however finding the best one may prove to be quite a challenge.


GOOD TO KNOW
You can always change your hosting provider and relocate your website. 


For the starting bloggers, I recommend Bluehost, which is also recommended by the WordPress community.

Bluehost has tools that make managing WordPress sites easy, which is very useful when you’re taking your first steps in creating your own website. It’s one of the cheapest hosting providers on the market, which is important when you’re just starting your blog – for a small price you get a lot. It is quick, cheap and reliable.

Why do we recommend Bluehost?

There are several reasons:

  • Automatic WordPress Install – upon creation of your WordPress Hosting plan, Bluehost automatically installs the latest and most secure version of WordPress. This is the most important and useful thing for beginning bloggers.
  • Free Domain Name Registration for 1st Year.
  • Free SSL Certificate Included.
  • Money-back guarantee – Bluehost provides a 30-day money back guarantee if your account does not meet your needs.
  • 24/7 Support – trained experts available 24/7, instructional videos and tutorials – all to help you with any problem.

Go to Bluehost, click WordPress < WordPress Hosting in the top menu and choose a plan which has sparked your interest.

Starting a blog with Bluehost WP hosting provider
Starting a blog – Bluehost WordPress hosting provider

I advise using the ‘Basic’ plan in the beginning – it’s cheap and has all the necessary functions which you will need now. You can always upgrade later if you decide you want more advanced WordPress features.

To start to click the ‘Select’ button.

Starting a blog - WordPress hosting plan
Choose the WordPress hosting plan

Step 3. Pick a domain name

Apart from the server, you also need a domain: an Internet address under which your readers will find you ( ‘our domain is: blogonyourown.com).

Read more about how to choose a good domain name

Write the name of the domain you want to use in the ‘new domain‘ box and click ‘Next’. If this name is available, you can register it with your hosting account.

Start bloging choose domain name
Choose your domain name

If the domain you wanted to use is not available, Bluehost will show you alternative names – it will suggest using a name ending with .us .net .org.
You can either use one of the suggested names or choose another name, repeating the whole procedure until you are satisfied with an outcome.

Take your time with making this decision.

Already have a domain name?

Just type your domain name in the provided space in the ‘I have a domain name‘ box, and click ‘Next’.

Start a blog when already have a domain name
Good Domain name

Can’t decide yet?

You need more time to choose your domain name. No problem! Just click on the ‘Choose Later!‘ link below the content and you will be able to take care of it later.

Read more about how to choose a good domain name

How to start blogging with good domain name
Choose your domain name later

When you chose your domain or used the one you already have and own or you decided to choose the domain later, provide all the necessary information on the next page.

3.1. Enter Account Information

Make sure you use your active email address because your personal details will be sent there.

You can also sign in with your Google account by clicking the ‘Sign in with Google’ button.

Payment information
Enter account information

3.2. Enter Package Information

Choose the period of payment, depending on how much earlier you want to pay. Bluehost offers the possibility of paying in advance for a period of 12, 24 or 36 months.

Add additional services (package extras) if you want but, they are not necessary at this stage. You can skip them if you want.

Starting a blog - Domain name package information
Enter package information

I recommend checking ‘Domain Privacy Protection‘ so that all your personal data (such as name, surname or phone number) as the domain owner will be hidden. Such information can be collected by marketing companies that use it to flood you with unwanted spam. When you add ‘Bluehost Domain Privacy’ to your registration, the only mentioned information will be Bluehost.


GOOD TO KNOW
If you previously selected the ‘Choose domain name later’, the ‘Domain Privacy Protection’ option will not be visible. It will appear when you choose a domain name.


3.3. Enter Payment Information

Choose payment options by clicking on the ‘More payment options‘ link (you can pay by credit card or with PayPal). Read the terms of the service, cancellation policies and privacy policies. Confirm that you’ve read the fine print and then click ‘Submit’ to complete your purchase.

Starting a blog - Hosting provider purchase information
Enter purchase information

3.4. Set a password to your Bluehost account

It’s almost everything!
After shopping, you will receive a confirmation email to the email you provided during registration.

In the next step, Bluehost will ask you to create a Bluehost account password, click on the ‘Create your password‘ button. Make sure you have chosen a strong and secure password. Use capital letters, numbers or symbols. The stronger password, the safer your page. Then log in to your Bluehost account by clicking the ‘login‘ button.

Start a blog with Bluehost hosting account
Creating a password for the Bluehost panel

GOOD TO KNOW
The created password gives you access to the Bluehost client panel. This is not the password for your website in WordPress. But it’s worth remembering that by logging into your Bluehost account you can also get to your WordPress site.


Step 4. Install WordPress with Bluehost

Congratulations – you already have a website! It’s amazing how simple it is?

Bluehost has the advantage over other web hosts that it has ‘Automatic WordPress Install’, which makes it much easier when you take the first steps in WordPress.

After logging in to the new Bluehost account, WordPress is already installed. That’s great.

Choose a theme

Next, choose one of the free available themes. It doesn’t matter which one you choose – we will change it together using the instruction provided later in the article. You can also skip this step by clicking the ‘Skip this step‘ link at the bottom of the page to choose the right theme later.

Then click the ‘Start Building‘ button and you will be automatically transferred to the WordPress dashboard.

How to start a blog with Bluehost hosting provider
Start building your site with Bluehost

On your email, you will receive detailed information about logging in to the WordPress panel (your username and password).


Remember
The login details for your blog (the WordPress Dashboard) are different from the login details for the Bluehost account.


So now you are in the WordPress dashboard. Congratulation!

And that’s it. Yay!

Now, you are the happy owner of the domain, the hosting and the website. Easy, right?

You have installed WordPress yourself, as well as configured your blog. Now you know how to create a blog using WordPress.
Congratulations!

4.1. What should you do before you start designing your blog?

First of all, you should check what is your username.

In WordPress,” admin ” serves as a default username of every user, that’s why it’s crucial that you change your name into something more unique for your website’s safety.


REMEMBER
Change your username from “Admin” to something safer.


To check the username enter Users > All Users.

Changing the user name in WordPress blog
How to check the user name

If your username is admin, you must first create a new user to change it.

In WordPress, it is not possible to change the username, you can only delete it. The second important thing is that in WordPress every user is assigned to one email address. You can not create a new user using the same email address. That’s why you will need a new email address.

How to change Username?

Click Add User on the left and fill in the required fields (username and email), show the password and save them – you will need it to re-log into your account. Then, from the list, select Role: Administrator and click Add New User button.

If you want to learn more read the article: How to add a user in WordPress

Starting a blog with WP
Adding a new user in WordPress dashboard

Now you have to Log out of  WordPress, click Log out in the upper right corner.

Starting a blog with WordPress
WordPress log out the user

Then Log in again, but as a new user (this one just added). Go back to Users > All Users and delete the ‘admin’ user by clicking Delete.

If you have already published any posts, remember to assign all content to the new user (select ‘Attribute all content to’ and select the new user) then click the Confirm Deletion button.

Starting a blog with WordPress.org
How to delete a user in WordPress

Now, if necessary, you can change the email address by clicking the Edit link next to the appropriate user. Search for ‘Email‘ fields and enter the correct address, click the ‘Update Profile‘ button.

WordPress will send you an e-mail message to your new address to confirm it. The new address will not become active until confirmed.

A few tips at the end:

You can access your new blog’s dashboard by going to www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin (where “yourdomainname.com” is your domain name).


REMEMBER
Access to your new blog’s dashboard:
www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
To log in to your website, you will need your Username and Password.


Add new post - WordPress panel
WordPress login panel

Step 5. How to create a blog – Designing your blog

Finally, you can take care of your website’s appearance. In my opinion, this is the most enjoyable part of creating a blog.

In this section, I’ll show you

5.1. How to add or change the WordPress Theme
5.2. How to configure your blog to be search engine friendly

One of the greatest advantages of creating your blog using WordPress is that you are provided with free themes and plugins.


REMEMBER
Themes are responsible for the website’s appearance, plugins – for its functionality.


WordPress offers more than 5000 free themes and more than 53,000 free plugins. It means that you have a wide selection of options and you will surely find something for yourself.
Amazing, right?

5.1. Add or change WordPress Theme

Right after you create your WordPress blog, you are already in a possession of either active default WordPress theme, or the one you have chosen in Bluehost. It’s very easy to change and adjust to your own needs.

Meet the WordPress dashboard

After logging to your WordPress blog, you will see the following screen: the main Administration Screen called the Dashboard.


REMEMBER

You can log in to your blog by going to
www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
and using the credentials you set up with Bluehost or any other hosting company you used.


Starting a blog - WordPress dashboard panel
WordPress dashboard panel

Go to Appearance < Themes < Add New

Start blogging - How to add new theme in WordPress
Start blog on your own with WordPress add a new theme

Find Your Perfect Theme

On the right, you can type the name of the theme, which you know or tag -such as ‘blog’- and search for the most suitable theme for you among the other screened ones.

How to start a blog installing WordPress free theme
How to install WordPress free theme

On wordpress.org site you can freely see Theme Homepage as well as theme’s demo, get to know the author, see his other projects, and read about other people’s opinions.

I recommend one of our themes available on our website or on the WordPress directory. We make sure that all of our themes are free, secure, light and regularly updated.

Free blog theme
Free WordPress theme site

Don’t get discouraged

There are a lot of themes and you can lose plenty of time searching for the perfect one. Choose something that you will love, something that will suit you and your readers’ taste.
After you make up your mind, click Install and then Activate.

How to start a blog - WordPress theme activate
How to activate WordPress free theme

And that’s it!!! It’s done!! 


What is WORTH KNOWING when you choose a theme.

All themes available on the wordpress.org site are free (GPL-licensed), that is why you may want to check, whether a theme which you have chosen is regularly updated, and if it has support in case of any troubles.


Perhaps you are wondering how these authors make money? Some of them sell a Pro version of a given theme with additional expanded functions, others offer payable support and customization of their themes.

You don’t need all of these functions at the beginning. It will be enough if you choose a theme, which you should be able to use easily on your own, without the need to generate additional costs.

But in case you need to tweak a bit your blog design or functionality you may check out our customization service or read our other article: Where to find the best WordPress developers?


One more small tip:
To log out of the WordPress panel hover the mouse over the text ‘Howdy, your user name’ in the top right corner and click ‘Log Out’.

How to start a blog - WordPress panel
How to log out from the WordPress dashboard

5.2. Configuring your blog to be search engine friendly / Using Search Engine Friendly URLs in Your blog

5.2.1. Change your permalinks

The next thing that you need to do before you start writing posts is to make your blog more search engine friendly.
It only means that you need to make your permalinks clear and readable.

How can you achieve that?
Enter Settings < Permalinks and choose Post name

Starting WordPress blog change permalinks
How to change permalinks in WordPress blog
Permalinks in WP free blog
How to change permalinks in WP blog

5.2.2. Set up Comments

Make sure that your blog is free from spam comments, which will make it full of unwanted content. Many companies use automatic spam, leaving comments with links to various sites in order to promote themselves.

To control messages appearing on your blog, go to :
Settings < Discussion and choose two options

Starting a blog - Comments in free WP blog
How to set up comments in WordPress blog

From this moment you will have to accept the incoming comments before anyone will see them on your blog.

5.2.3. Check your username

If you are not sure, whether you changed your default username ‘admin’ to your own, you can easily check it.
To do that, click Users > All Users

Creating a blog - User name in WordPress
Where to find the user name in the WordPress blog

If your ‘Username’ is different from an ‘admin’ you do not have to do anything.

In turn, if it is an ‘admin’ username, be sure to change it as soon as possible.

WordPress is very popular and everyone knows that an ‘admin’ is the default ‘Username’. By leaving the default settings, you risk hacking attacks.

If you want to add more users please read: How to add new users in WordPress blog

Step 6. How to write a blog – Adding Posts and Pages

At this point, you have a fully operational and well-configured WordPress blog with your own theme and your own domain.
AMAZING:)!

You have done so much – I am proud of you :).
Your blog is now ready for work.

At this moment the question “how to start a blog” is not so mysterious anymore. Big relief right :)?

Now, it is time to get to know WordPress. I will show you where to start?


Worth knowing: With the new WordPress 5.0. the update appeared the new WordPress block editor named Gutenberg.


In this article, I will describe both the new WordPress block editor and the old classic one, because you can use one of them.

I recommend using the new WordPress block editor, which, despite the bad reviews of old users, is really remarkable.

So, in this section, I will show you:

6.1. #How to add Posts and Pages in the new WordPress block editor
6.2. #How to add Posts and Pages in the classic WordPress editor

6.1. Adding Posts and Pages in the new WordPress block editor (Gutenberg)

6.1.1. #How to write a new post
6.1.2. #How to add images, links, audio, video and pdf files
6.1.3. #How to add tag and category
6.1.4. #How to add “About me” page

The new WordPress block editor is a completely new approach to editing content on the site. It is built of blocks. What does it mean? To create a blog post you have to put a series of these small blocks together.

It’s very simple because each element is just a block. A separate block is a header, a separate one is a paragraph, an image, and so on. There are blocks available for all kinds of content: you can insert text, list, headings, columns and lots more. You can also change the order in which blocks are displayed, you can move them to any place on the page.

Giutemberg WordPress editor
New WordPress editor – Gutenberg

Do you want to learn more? Read my article: The new WordPress block editor (Gutenberg)

 

6.1.1. Writing Blog Posts in the block editor

You can add a new post in three ways (choose the one you prefer) from the WordPress Dashboard:

  1. Dashboard > Write your first blog post or
  2. Dashboard > +New > Post or
  3. Posts > Add New
How to start a blog - Adding posts
How to add posts in WordPress

You will see a minimalist screen that can be divided into several areas. I will describe these in brief:

Gutenberg the new WP editor
The new WordPress editor – Gutenberg
The new WP block editor settings
The New WordPress block editor
1) Option bar

A set of the most needed tools to help you work with the document during editing: adding a block, undoing changes, outline a document.

2) Publishing Options

Here you can publish or save a draft of your article. You can also see what your post looks like before publishing it by click on the Preview button.

By clicking the cog icon, you will hide the settings sidebar.

You will also find here the ‘More tools and options’ button (the one with three dots). Here you will find many interesting options that will facilitate the use of the new editor.

3) Document and Block Options Settings

In the Document settings, you can set the visibility of your post. You can share it for everyone publicly, you can set your post as private or password-protected, so only those with the password can view this post. You can also schedule the publication of your post later, setting a specific date of its publication.

In this section you can also mark the post as sticky, you can change the post’s formats, add a category, tags, Featured image, Excerpt and set up Discussion.

Clicking any block will bring you to the block settings on the right side of the screen. Depending on the type of block you choose, its settings will change.

4) Content Area

As the name suggests, this is the place where you put your content. Now you can start writing your first post.

Permalinks

Enter the title of your post in the ‘Add title’ field. Please pay attention to permalink before continuing.

Permalink is a permanent and unique URL for individual posts, pages, categories or tags on your WordPress blog site. This is nothing but the internet address of your post, that makes it visible on the internet.

Learn more about What are permalinks

After adding the title, the permalink will appear. To see it, click again on the title. Permalink will appear above.

How to change permalink in WordPress editor
Permalink in WordPress

You can change it by clicking the ‘Change Permalinks‘ button. Do this before saving the post. You can also change the permalink in the Document Settings on the right, in the permalink tab.


GOOD TO KNOW

 If you change an URL address of an already published post, the previous address, which you might have shared on social media or other sites, will not work.


Be careful about changing the permalinks of the already published content.

Writing your content

Then write the content in the place ‘Start writing or type‘.
Remember that each paragraph is a new block, so when you hit enter, a new block will be created.

Gutenberg the new WP editor
The new WordPress editor – Gutenberg

You can also add a new block by clicking on the ‘+’ icon, which you can find in various places.

Adding a new block
How to add a new block

You can always change a given block to another one, for example, after writing the text you want to be a header – click the ‘Change block type or style‘ icon and select ‘Heading

Adding a heading in the new WordPress block editor
How to add headline in the block editoy
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How to save your first post
Save Your content

In the end, you must save your first post but do not worry, you don’t have to publish it immediately – that is, show it online. WordPress gives you the option to save your post as a draft/sketch, invisible on the web.

You can publish or save a draft of your article using the publishing options (top right). You can also click the Preview button to see how your post looks before publishing.

In the document section, you can specify whether the post should be public, private or password-protected. You can also choose the date of its publication.

Choose one of the options to save your post. Of course, you can edit your document at any time, just remember to always save the changes you have made.

6.1.2.1. Adding an image

Adding an image using a block editor is very simple. Add a new block by clicking the ‘+’ icon, search the ‘Image’ block in the list and select the photo from the Media Library or upload the file from your computer.

Starting a blog - how to add image
Image Block in WordPress
Adding an image to your post
Upload an image in the Block editor

Then customize it using the basic settings found on the top of the image (align left, right and center) or on the right in ‘Block Settings‘.

How to adjust an image in the Block editor
Where to find image block settings
Adding an image in Block editor
Image Blok settings sidebar

In the Block Settings on the right, you can find Image settings like alternative text, image size, image dimensions, and link settings.

Adding Caption & Alt text

But to optimize the image in WordPress you need to add Caption, Alternative Text (Alt Text) and Image Title (optional). Where to find them if they are not in the Image Block Settings on the right?

If you want to learn more about image optimization in WordPress read the article: Optimization of images in WordPress. How you should do it and why it is so important

To add a Caption or to change the Title of the image, click the Edit image icon (pencil icon above the image), make changes and then click Select or ‘x’.

You can also go to Media > Library, click on the image you are interested in, fill in the appropriate fields and leave the site by clicking ‘x’.

Where to find the Caption in WP block editor
How to edit an image in WordPress
Caption and image title in WordPress
Image settings in WordPress block editor
6.1.2.2. Adding links

In the WordPress editor, links are created in the same way as in other well-known editors.
Select the text, click the ‘Link’ icon at the top, then paste the URL into the field and press the ‘Apply’ icon to accept.

How to start a blog - meet WordPress editor
Adding a link in WordPress editor

To open the link in a new browser window, click the ‘Link Settings’ icon and then click the ‘Open in New Tab’ button.

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Link settings in WordPress block editor
6.1.2.3. Adding video, audio and pdf files

To insert audio, video, etc. simply copy the URL and paste it into the editor. WordPress will automatically convert it to the embed block.

The new WordPress block editor - embeds
Embeds blocks in the new WordPress block editor

To see all available block settings, you have to click the mouse on the block area.

Audio in block editor
To insert Audio just paste the URL into the new editor

You can also add a block by clicking ‘+’ Add Block > Embeds and choose from the long list what you want to insert and then paste the URL. The new WordPress block editor has a lot of different Embed blocks.

How to insert embeds in the new WordPress block editor

If you want to insert audio, video or pdf files that are not already on the network (files have no URL) go to ‘+’ Add block > Common Blocks > select Audio, Video or File and upload your file.

Common Block in WordPress
Common Blocks – How to insert Audio / Video or File block

How to insert Audio / Video or File in WP
Upload the media file in WordPress
6.1.2.4. Adding tag/tags and category/categories
Adding categies and tags in the block editor
Tags and categories in the new WordPress block editor

Tags and categories are a very important element of your blog because they organize the content, group it into specific sections, allow the reader to find articles that he is interested in.

In the new WordPress block editor, you can find the categories or tags on the right in the Document Settings section.

To add a new category, click the ‘Add New Category’ link. To add tag write the tag in the field and hit enter.

You can manage your categories or tags by going to Dashboard > Posts > Categories or Tags.

6.1.2.5. Adding ‘About me’ page

As with the addition of posts, there are also three ways to create a page in WordPress:
1. Desktop > Add page Information or
2. Desktop > + New > Page or
3. Pages > Add new

Adding WP page
How to create WordPress page in your WP blog

6.2. Adding Posts and Pages in the classic WordPress editor

Because the new block WordPress editor is a total novelty, I can even say a ‘revolution’ for many people, WordPress – to meet the users – gives you the opportunity to use the classic editor with a plugin.

If you want to use the classic WordPress editor, you must first install the ‘Classic Editor’ plugin. To do this, go to Plugins > Add New and enter ‘Classic editor‘ in the search window. Then click the ‘Install Now’ button and then ‘Activate‘ and you can start writing your first post.

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Classic Editor Plugin Installation

If you want to learn more, read my step-by-step tutorial for bloggers: How to write a new blog post in WordPress classic editor

6.2.1. #How to write a post in WordPress
6.2.2. #How to add images, links, pdf files, videos, etc
6.2.3. #How to add tag and category
6.2.4. #How to add “About me” page

NOTE: If you’re using the new WordPress block editor called Gutenberg, read my step-by-step tutorial: The new WordPress block editor (Gutenberg)

6.2.1. Writing Blog Posts

Navigating in WordPress is very easy. Right after you get to know basic rules, you will learn how to do it.

To add a new post you can do it in the three ways below:
1. Dashboard > Write your first blog post or
2. Dashboard > +New > Post or
3. Posts > Add New

How to start a blog - Adding posts
How to add posts in WordPress

On the next screen, you’ll see the user-friendly editor.
I will stop here so that you have a chance to learn more about all the elements and their functions.

How to start a blog - Free WordPress blog editor
WordPress blog editor

1) Title Area: polish titles

2) Content Area: as the name suggests, this is the place where you put your content.

3) Standard Editing Tools: here you have access to options such as bold, italic, lists, headings, etc.

4) Publish Box: This is one of the most important areas. Here you can save a draft version or publish something by clicking on the ‘Publish’ button. You can make your post private or password-protected so that only your friends could see it. You can also schedule your post to be published later. WordPress is a device used all around the world, that’s why if you want your post published at a certain time, make sure you have set up the right time zone. You can check it by entering Settings > General. You will find more about the ‘Publish box’ below.

5) Additional Options: Here you can find post’s formats, categories, tags, and Featured image.

Formatting options

Before you start, make sure you are in the Visual tab, which enables you to easily edit a text (Text tab is used to writing in HTML code).

How to start a blog with WordPress blog toolbar
More about WordPress toolbar

On top of the Content area, you will find Standard Editing Tools, such as bold, italics, lists, headings, etc. At the very end, there is an icon called Toolbar Toggle. When you click on it, you will see options of text formatting, such as text color, underlining, etc. It will be useful during the editing process.

How to start a blog - adding new post
WP blog toolbar formatting options
Now you can start writing your own post.

Add the text of your post in the text box and its title in the space above.


GOOD TO KNOW

If you feel distracted by all the accessories available on the website, click on the icon “Distraction-free writing mode”, which is located at the top of the page, on the right side of the content area. Everything will become clearer. To return to the normal display mode, simply click it again.


WordPress - how to add new post
Start blogging WordPress panel

After adding a title, a permalink will appear under it.
Of course, you can edit it by clicking on the “Edit” button, but it would be best to do it before publishing your post.


GOOD TO KNOW

Everything that you publish on your website (a post or a page) has its own unique URL address (permalink), which makes it visible on the Internet. If you change an URL address of an already published post, the previous address, which you might have shared on social media or other sites, will not work.


Be careful about changing the permalinks of the already published content.

It makes a huge difference for your browser, whether you will write an address such as this one https://blogonyourown.com/support/ or this one https://blogonyourown.com/supports/. These are two different pages, two different URL addresses.

To sum up:
  • To publish your post click the ‘Publish’ button, located on the right side of the Publish Box section.
  • To save the draft version of your post click the ‘Save Draft’ button, located on the right side of the Publish Box section.
  • If you want to make your post private or password-secured click on the link ‘Edit’ next to ‘ Visibility’ and choose the right option, then click ‘OK’ and ‘Update’ button.
How to start a blog - Publish your first blog post
How to publish a post in a free WordPress blog
  • To schedule a later publication of your post in the ‘Publish Box’ section, click on the link ‘Edit’, next to the ‘Publish’ option, and select the right date. Then, click the ‘OK’ button and the ‘Schedule’ button for confirmation. In the main Administration Screen, enter Settings > General, in order to make sure that you have set the right time zone.
WP theme publish options
WP theme publish box
6.2.2.1. Adding photos

REMEMBER
You should adjust an image before you post it.


How to optimize images and why? Read this article.

Set your cursor over the content area, where you want your image to be visible, click on Add Media > Upload File then Drop files or click the ‘Select Files’ button

Add image in WP blog theme
How to add an image in the free WordPress theme
Start to blog - Adding media files
How to add media in free Wp theme
Adding photos - WordPress free theme
How to add an image to the WordPress blog

Choose the right image. In order to do that, you just have to click on it and make sure it has been marked, as you can see on the picture above (if you click on it for the second time, it will be unmarked).
Fill the Alt Text space as well as Caption. It’s crucial for SEO – (Search Engine Optimization).

In the end, click the ‘Insert into post’ button. And it’s done.


GOOD TO KNOW

Never add images directly from the camera. Before they are added on your website, they should be optimized, reduced and compressed.
The browsers see only the text – they don’t recognize images. Photos are an important part of your content, not just an addition. Always remember to fill the Alt Text – ‘Alternate Text’ space.


Imagine, that a blind person is searching through your site using a screen reader, which will read everything but images. Describe your images by giving them a description using AltText and your whole content will be available for everyone.

6.2.2.2. Adding links

Highlight the text you want to link, click on the icon ‘Insert/edit link’. Space will appear, where you can insert your URL address. Click on the icon ‘Link Options’ in order to see all the possible combinations. Fill the right spaces and click ‘Add Link’.

Create WordPress blog - adding links
How to add a link in a new WordPress post
How to start a blog and insert link in WP blog theme
Insert or edit link in WordPress theme
6.2.2.3. Adding pdf files

Set the cursor over the place where you want a pdf file to appear, and click on Add Media > Upload File. Then upload your pdf file. On the right side, you can change your post’s title – and it’s going to be the Post Title which will appear in the place where you set the cursor. Click ‘Insert into post’.

How to create WP blog adding pdf file
How to add pdf file in WP post
How to create WordPress blog - adding pdf file
Uploading pdf file in WordPress blog
6.2.2.4. Adding a video

If you want to add a video on your website first go to the individual page of this YouTube video. Click the ‘Share’ link on the right under the video, next click the ‘Embed’ button.

Choose the options which you find interesting and click ‘Copy’. Follow the same steps, when you are sharing a video from sites such as Vimeo.

Now go back to your own site, go to the TEXT TAB and add this link in a place you find the most suitable.
Note that the link you have copied is an HTML code, so you need to add it in Text Tab, and not in Visual Tab.

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Adding video in WP blog post

6.2.3. Adding tag/tags and category/categories

Tags and categories help in grouping your content. They make your content orderly, which helps your readers with finding articles they consider to be interesting.

But how do tags and categories differ?
6.2.3.1. CATEGORIES

consist of the main topics, which can be found on your blog and which create your blog’s main structure.

The average blog has about 7-10 categories. It’s not beneficial for a blog to have more categories, because then it becomes confusing and unreadable.


GOOD TO KNOW
in the case of WordPress, categories can be embedded, which means that you can create subcategories of a given category.


To add a new category, click ‘+Add New Category’. You can manage your categories by going to Administration Panels > Posts > Categories.

How to add category and tag in new WordPress post
Categories and tags in WordPress blog
6.2.3.2. TAGS

Tags are very similar to categories, but they serve as a more detailed description of your post. Tags divide your posts into groups, regardless of the structure, which a category has.


REMEMBER
Do not create a tag for just one post.


Let’s suppose that your blog is about cooking. You are writing an article about a lemon-flavored sugar-free lemonade:), which you will put it in the category: Refreshments and tag it: lemonade, lemon, sugar-free.

If someone will be interested only in your sugar-free recipes, then they will be able to easily find them by clicking on the tag ‘sugar-free’.

Tags divide your posts into groups, so if you do not plan on publishing more sugar-free recipes (which would be tagged ‘sugar-free’), then it’s better not to use this tag at all. Using a specific tag for only one post doesn’t make sense and only creates a mess.

6.2.4. Adding ‘About me’ page

There are three ways to create a page in WordPress:
1. Dashboard > Add an About page or
2. Dashboard > +New > Page or
3. Pages > Add New

How to start a blog - Adding WP page
How to create WordPress page in your WP blog

Text editor looks the same as before, so it should not cause any problems 🙂

About me page is one of the most viewed pages, so it should be well-prepared. It’s worth putting effort into it:).

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