How to Start a WordPress BlogApril 9, 2014 - Updated: September 12, 2019 April 9, 2014 - Updated: September 12, 2019
Have you always wanted to start your own WordPress blog but aren’t sure where to begin? The idea can be daunting, but it’s easier than you think!
Do you dream of sharing your photography with the world? Wished you could wow the masses with your stellar recipes? Or simply want a little slice of the web to call your own? Follow these 4 basic steps to get your WordPress blog up and running in no time.
Which blogging service? There are a number of services out there to help you build a website but WordPress.org is by far one of the most versatile, professional, & fast-growing options!
1. Choose a domain name and web hosting service
Upon choosing a domain name and ensuring that it’s not already taken by someone else, you’ll need to secure a web hosting service. Web hosting is similar to renting a storage space where you’ll keep all of your site’s files.
We personally recommend the web hosting services Bluehost.
We believe that Bluehost is one of the more affordable and reliable hosting options. And, in special partnership with Bluehost, we’re now able to offer folks a wildly low rate of just $2.95/month if you enroll via one of our Bluehost links! You’ll receive a great hosting package, a free domain, and other helpful tools.
We are fans of the Bluehost webhosting service which is why we endorse and use them ourselves. Please note that we may receive a commission for any peer referrals we help them secure.
We’ll go over an example of signing up for a hosting service to show just how simple it is.
To get started with Bluehost, choose your desired hosting plan.
Bluehost offers a number of hosting plans to suit your needs. The most affordable option is the “Basic” plan. To secure the lowest price, consider opting for their 36-month hosting package which locks in the best rate possible!
Next, choose your desired website domain name for free:
Finalize your hosting plan and choose any optional add-ons that appeal to you.
You’re all set! It’s that easy.
2. Installing WordPress
Most webhosts will offer a “1-Click Install” tool which makes installing WordPress a piece of cake.
For example, with Bluehost, once you’ve created an account with them, they’ll offer an automatic WordPress installation option.
3. Choosing a theme for your WordPress blog
Themes are beautiful things– they not only change the aesthetic look of your website but can also add functionality beyond what the standard WordPress blog themes provide. Having decided what your blog will focus on, you’ll need to choose a theme that will best showcase your content. From free themes to theme marketplaces to premium subscriptions to freelance theme developers, the choices are nearly endless.
Solo Pine currently has 10 WordPress blog themes crafted to handle nearly any content genre you can dream up:
Hemlock: A clean yet visually arresting blog theme, Hemlock is a perfect partner in presenting your content with contemporary class.
Florence: Florence is a bright and airy theme for those who love crisp presentation, loads of customization options, and a straight-forward blogging experience.
Rosemary: Rosemary is a light & bright WordPress blog theme, tailored to showcase your content in an effortlessly timeless style.
Redwood: Boasting a bold, fresh design and bountiful features, like its striking slider and promo boxes, Redwood is guaranteed to make an impact.
Oleander: With clean lines, loads of lovable features, and the option to create your own web-shop, Oleander is the perfect blend of form & function.
Sprout & Spoon: Whipped up with food bloggers in mind, Sprout & Spoon is packed with foodie features guaranteed to make you drool (maybe just a little)!
Laurel: Pack a visual punch with Laurel’s variable Featured Image sizes and create vibrant category indexes. The perfect balance of polish and wow.
Alder: Alder’s clean & classy look lends a structured elegance to any content. You bring your vision & voice, Alder will take care of the rest!
Hawthorn: Striking and versatile Hawthorn packs a serious punch regardless of your content genre.
Sitka: Chock-full of customization options yet effortlessly intuitive, Sitka is our most powerful theme yet.
All of the themes are customizable and offer a plethora of exceptional features, not to mention their responsive design and top-notch tech support guarantee.
4. Installing and setting up your theme
Have a theme picked out for your WordPress blog? Great!
There are a number of ways to get your WordPress blog theme up and running in WordPress. A great resource is the official WordPress Codex.
All Solo Pine themes will include detailed documentation which will help explain the step-by-step process of installing as well as the basic points of setting up your theme. And, should you have any questions regarding your Solo Pine theme, you’re always welcome to contact us via our support desk. We’ll be happy to assist!
For an ever-growing list of our favorite blogging resources that we use ourselves, check out our Resources page.
Once completed, all you need to do is fill your WordPress blog with your photos, music, videos, ideas, or whatever it is you’re passionate about. Happy blogging!