How to Start a FREE Blog on WordPress (Easy Guide 2017)
Blogging is a favorite among entrepreneurs, marketers, and almost all types of individuals. You can blog about anything you have in mind, be it for personal or for professional pursuits. The sweet news is WordPress provides a convenient way to do it—no wonder it ranks as best in the internet.
Here’s How to Start a FREE Blog on WordPress (Easy Guide 2017). It’s based on the setup instructions available as of April 2017. Know what to do, and understand how you can start your own blog!
Where to Start
The first thing you have to know about WordPress is that it has two blogging platforms: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
WordPress.com is where you can start a blog that’s completely for free. You don’t even need to have an advanced knowledge on codes to get your blog running. But with a free account come lots of limitations, such as adding features and having more storage space.
You only get 3GB to upload and store all files. You also don’t get to add plugins to customize your site. Still, you can choose from hundreds of free themes to design your blog with.
On the other hand, WordPress.org gives you more freedom to customize your blog. The software is free to use. You only have to pay and register for a web host to have your own space in the internet.
For this tutorial, we will refer to the WordPress.com blog. It’s generally good for those who are just new to the industry. Among the things you’ll enjoy are:
- Free account with no frills
- Reader feed where you get to discover other blogs
- Multiple user feature—you can decide with whom you will manage the account and how much he can control
- Links to social media accounts
- Jetpack plugin that helps secure your blog and increase its traffic
- Blog statistics that enables you to identify the number of visits, geographical location of visitors, most viewed posts, and more
- Backup and support
Steps to Start a Free Blog on WordPress
To start a free blog on WordPress, simply click Get Started on the WordPress.com site and follow these steps:
1) Choose the Type of Site
There are four types of site that you can launch on WordPress: blog, website, portfolio, and online store. To start a blog, click on the first layout you see just like the first one below.
Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts as well as your personality. You can blog with words, videos, images, artwork, or any combination. You can have a blog within a website, too. That way, you allow your visitors to stay in touch with your ideas on things that you specialize and care for.
Websites, on the other hand, enable you to provide a comprehensive view of your brand, organization, or business. You can create separate pages to feature your history, contact information, services, and other things you want people to benefit from.
The third type is the portfolio. It’s where you can promote any project or collection you have. Portfolios are great for allowing employers, potential clients, and partners see how well you did in your previous works.
Finally, there is the online store if you want to sell any type of goods online. It’s great for extending your services and products to more people. You’ll never know how far your influence will reach through the internet.
2) Choose a Theme
After choosing blog for your type of site, you need to choose a theme. Themes come in different designs for your blog. Simply choose one from the options provided. You can always change to a different one later on if you want to.
Think about how you want users to experience your blog. The look and feel of your blog matter. You want your theme to match the overall idea or vision and mission you have intended.
Later when you decide to have another theme or customize the one you have, just click on the Theme button in your admin dashboard. There you’ll be directed to an array of choices.
You can filter your search by column, feature, layout, subject, or style. Overall, your goal is to find a theme that can effectively carry out your vision and mission.
There are free and premium themes to choose from. Simply look for free options to avoid any expenses.
Note, however, that not all themes have the same features and functions. Filter your search to see which ones are good for your blog.
3) Name Your Blog
Now that you have a theme, the next step is to create a name for your blog—specifically your site address or domain. It’s what people will type in the search engines to visit your blog. A free blog has a wordpress.com at the end.
Inside the box, type in the name you want for your blog and it will generate options for you to choose from. In this example, we typed in “amazing travels.” It provided the options amazingtravels2017.wordpress.com, amazingtravels.blog, amazingvacations.blog, and the list goes on.
If you want to start a FREE blog on WordPress, simply click on the first option that says Free. If you don’t like having the year 2017 in your blog address, just change the words you typed in the box and it will generate new options for you. Blog addresses with numbers already have accounts registered to them—no two sites can have the same address.
Think of a name that’s unique and one that well matches your vision and mission. It doesn’t have to be three words long. You can also just pick keywords from the complete blog name you want. What’s important is it’s unique, concise, and easy to remember.
4) Choose a Plan
WordPress.com has four different plans that you can avail. A free account is free forever. It has all the basic things that you need to run a blog. But, if you wish to have more features and functions on your blog—more freedom to customize, you can choose any upgrade that suits your budget.
As you can see, registering for a free account gives you 3GB of storage space. It also does not allow you to upload video and audio files, but you can upload images including that of the video you want to share. Once you have the image for the video, you can attach that to your blog post and link its URL.
The only downside is you’ll have a wordpress.com trailing at the end of your blog address. This is because you are only using space that’s fully hosted by WordPress. If you want a blog that you can completely call yours, you should go for a WordPress.org blog instead.
Nonetheless, a free account will do well for a start. You can try its features to be familiar with WordPress, and get to know the community. In the long run, if you want to enjoy more, you can always switch to a paid account.
5) Register for an Account
Ready for the final step? Whatever plan you choose on WordPress.com, you will be prompted to create an account. Simply type in your active email address, username, and password. And, click Create My Account.
It will bring you to your admin dashboard where you can control what comes in and out of your blog. But before you proceed any further, login first to your email and activate your account. Once done, you can proceed customizing your blog.
Voila! You are now all set with a free blog on WordPress.
If You Want to Monetize Your Blog…
A free blog on WordPress has all the essentials you need to start. It does not, however, include the opportunity for you to earn from your blog posts. The least you can start with to earn via WordPress.com is a premium account, which is worth $8.25 per month.
For the best deal, however, you might want to have a self-hosted blog via WordPress.org. You can register with a web host for as low as $2.95 per month (Catalina Hosting, which you can access from our Resources page).
With a self-hosted blog, you are in-charge of developing your site according to how you want it. You can add plugins and have a wider range of choices for themes. You’re also the one responsible for your site’s maintenance and security.
“There are 100 million blogs in the world, and it’s part of my job as the co-founder of WordPress to help many more people start blogging.” -Matt Mullenweg
WordPress has made it convenient for people to start a blog. With a free account, you can express your thoughts and share them to others. You can even link your social media accounts to automatically post from your blog.
In all these, what’s important is to get clear with what you want to achieve. You can start a free blog on WordPress anytime, but without focus it’ll be easy for you to get sidetracked and eventually quit.
Learn the ins and outs of your blog. Be familiar with it, and understand how you can make the most out of it. Most of all, have fun!
**Photo credits: WordPress.com
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