If you want to start blogging, then you should definitely consider using WordPress. It is the most used blogging platform for a reason and millions of users cannot be wrong. I have experience setting up WordPress blogs and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with you.
Keep reading to learn how to start a design blog using WordPress.
1. Picking a Web Hosting Company for Your Design Blog
Are you ready to start blogging about design? Before you can get started, you will need to pick a web hosting company.
Free Blogging Platforms Will Not Do
Even though there are loads of free blogging platforms, including WordPress.com blogs, using a free platform will not allow you to create a unique and original blog that looks both professional and appealing to visitors.
So your first step in setting up a design blog is going to be picking out a web hosting company.
Comparing Web Hosting Companies
With thousands of different companies to consider, you are going to need some realistic advice as to which companies have the best deals. Head over to my Best Blog Hosting Provider Comparison article to get a better idea of some of the best web hosting companies available.
2. Deciding on a Domain Name for your Design Blog
In addition to picking a web hosting company, you are also going to need to pick a domain name. This is one of the most important parts of setting up a blog.
Take Your Time Choosing a Domain Name
I spent several days considering domain names before finally making a decision. Once you choose a domain name, whether you get a free one with your web hosting company or you have to purchase it separately, you are going to be stuck with this name.
Create a List of Possible Domain Names
Come up with a selection of different domain names and ask other people what they think about each one.
3. Setting Up WordPress
With a web hosting company and domain name in place you are all set to begin setting up WordPress. Most of the top web hosting companies offer automated WordPress installation. This means that you can install WordPress with a few simple steps.
WordPress can be installed in one of two ways:
- Manual WordPress installation
- Automated WordPress installation
Manually Installing WordPress
If you web hosting company does not have automated WordPress installation, do not despair. The beauty of WordPress is that anyone can easily install this blogging platform and start creating helpful blogs.
Automated WordPress Installation
For those with automated WordPress installation, follow the onscreen prompts and complete the setup process. This should only take a few minutes. When installation is finished, you can log into your WordPress dashboard.
4. Selecting a WordPress Theme
If you reach this point, then you have already found a web hosting company, picked out a domain name, and installed WordPress. The foundation is in place and it is now time to start designing your design blog.
The Default WordPress Theme
By default, WordPress will have a free theme already installed. This theme is nice, but there are thousands of other options. Even if you like the look of the default them, you should take a look at your options.
Choosing the Right Theme for Your Blog
There are several points to look at when choosing a theme. If you want your users to have a good experience on your site, then think about these factors when choosing a theme:
- Find a responsive WordPress theme
- Premium themes offer more customization than free themes
- Your theme should reflect your style
- The theme should be regularly updated
- There should be customization options
The Best Premium Themes
There is a lot of different factors to think about when picking out a theme, which is why I have written Top Five Premium WordPress Themes. If you need some help selecting a theme, look over these tips when picking out your theme.
5. Customizing Your Design Blog
Customizing your blog is the fun part. You get to edit the layout of your design blog, choose widgets, install plugins, adjust color schemes, choose different backgrounds, and much more.
Explore the WordPress Dashboard
WordPress has a simple dashboard that allows anyone to easily start editing the look of their blog. Explore the dashboard and take a look at the various menus and options that are available.
Make Your Design Blog Original and Appealing
Whenever I setup a WordPress site, I spend a decent amount of time messing around with the overall look of my blog. If you want to keep your design blog looking stylish and appealing to your visitors, then read my article Customizing Your WordPress Theme on customizing your WordPress site.
Start Writing Helpful Content
After you have completed all the steps mentioned above, your design blog is ready to go. The next step is writing blog articles, setting up your main pages, and building links to your blog.
Get More Blogging Tips
Be sure to check out the rest of my articles on how to start a blog for more info on search engine optimization, choosing WordPress plugins, connecting with your visitors, monetizing your blog, and more.
Thanks for reading and good luck setting up your own design blog. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave me a message below.