Learn how to create your own personal blog – Guide by Karen Evans
In this post, I will give you exact instructions on how to start aFREEWordPress blog on but before you start, read this:
Thats quite obvious, right? Many people tend to start their blogging hobby from there, but most of them quickly move on topersonal domains and start using theself-hosted option.
Why so? Well, WordPress.com has way too many restrictions and its not wise to keepblogging on a sub-domain. Wait, what is a sub-domain?
In short, you are basically blogging for another website. In this case it would be WordPress.com and your blog URL/link address will also be part of WordPress domain.
Here are some examples of blogs hosted on WordPress.com:
In case you are still confused about the difference of self-hosted blog and free WordPress blogs then feel free to read more about here:.
The great thing is that its not a rocket science at all. There are five steps how to start a blog WordPress. All you need to do isgo to WordPress.com and click startand it will help you setup your blog.
The first step is to choose a homepage layout for your WordPress free blog. There are four possible options.
I would recommend A list of my latest posts because this is the most common format for a blog.
If you are a photographer or have really nice photos, then you should choose a grid of my latest posts.
For businesses, a welcome page for my site or an online store are most appropriate.
The First Step For Signing Up To WordPress Is To Choose A Layout
A theme is what your blog looks like. Dont worry you can change the theme including the colors and pictures later!
If you pick something similar to what youre looking for now, it will save you a little time down the road.
Recommended post:19 of the Best Free WordPress Themes to Consider for Your Blog
Unfortunately, its pretty difficult to find unique and somewhat catchy blog address on because most of them arealreadytaken.
Heres what I tried to get: Karen, Karen331, Karen222 but they were all unavailable.
Finally, I was able to get myself registered but the blog name turned out pretty clumsy karenevansweb
If you are considering buying your own domain, WordPress.com is not the best place to do it. I have aguide on how to buy a domain name here.
Dont worry you dont have to buy a domain from WordPress in order to use their blogging software.
I suggest you to keep looking until you find something good. Take some time off andbrainstorm with ideas and names. If you cant decide, using your real name is fine.
Some of the most famous bloggers have their name in the domain, and you wont be locked into writing about one topic.
Once you have completed the basics steps above (including your blog name), you need to click on the Select Free button.
There is no need to use the paid version since its quite expensive and does not give you much advantages.
E-mail Address: Thats obviously the e-mail address you are using the most. In my case it would beGmailaccount.
Username: Doesnt really matter. I tried to use my personal name, but unfortunately it was taken. If your desirable username is not free, then add some numbers until its unique. Dont worry, this willnot beyour blog name.
Password: Strong one! I suggest you to use special characters like ^^ or (/& and different numbers. There are lots ofuglyhackers trying to break into blogslately.
Now you are almost done! But before you can start blogging you need to verify your email address.
Simply head over to your mail and hit the verify link (it should appear in few seconds). Once you have done that, feel free to log in from
This is the log-in screen you should see:
Customizing your blog and creating your first post
Now log-in and lets move forward. TheWordPressdashboard is quite straightforward and user-friendly.
However, before you start blogging, you might want to change the theme thedesign of your blog. You can do it by clicking on Appearance – Themes (at the left sidebar).
As you can see, there are lots of different themes. Some of them are paid, some of them free. Dont go crazy and buy a premium theme right away because the prices are quite high.
Start with a free theme and see how it goes. Keep in mind that you can change it whenever you want. Even 10 times a day if thats your wish!
When I registered a blog on , I managed to found a pretty decent theme which is called Truly Minimal. Its clean and neat and I personally love it.
It also fits pretty well to the overall bloggingniche. To activate the theme, click on active. Therere more than 200 different themes to choose from so feel free to use other themes.
To createnew posts and pagesyou have to use the dashboard options. For posting use Post – New and for pages use Page – Add new.
I usually dont bother myself much with pages. In short, pages are usually yourContactorAbout melocation while posts are your blogging posts. Quite simple, right?
So lets create first blog post and see how it goes. In order to do that, you have to click on Post and then on the Add new.
Heres an example of my first blog post (you need to click on Publish to make it live).
After you hit the Publish button, you can add some tags to make it more searchable. In other words, if you add some tags, its easier to find your blog from the many WordPress blogs on search engines.
However, dont be too excited since new blogs wont get much traffic at first. You have topromote it, share it with your friends, colleagues and use Twitter/Facebook etc.
As you can see, it wasnt difficult at all. In fact, it only took me 4 minutes and 52 seconds. I hope you now know how tostart a WordPress blogyourself now.
If you decide to create your blog onyour personal domain, then feel free to head overhere. If you have any questions, feel free to share them via comments below.
1. How to Create a Blog on WordPress with Hostgator?
If youd like to go the self-hosted route (which is what I prefer), please check outHow to Start a Blog from Scratch with Hostgator.
2. Can I create a WordPress blog offline?
No, unfortunately. Youll need to be online in order to go through Steps 1-5 above.
3. What do I need to start a WordPress blog?
Youll need an internet connection, a computer/laptop (its inconvenient to do it on a mobile/tablet) and a credit card/PayPal account if youre going for a premium package.
4. How much does it cost to start a WordPress blog?
5. How to start a WordPress blog for free?
If you follow my instructions above and go through Steps 1-5, you can start a WordPress blog for free. Just remember to choose the free plan when presented with a choice of plans in m
6. How to Create a WordPress Blog for Free and Make Money?
Theres no such thing as a free lunch. Its hard to make money with a free WordPress Blog for reasons statedhere. If you want to make money with your blog, I recommend you go the self-hosting route and check outHow to Make Money From Your Blog.
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I like the way you carried out your explanation; it is leading to what you really want. Dont worry, I will be there soon. Now I will just try the free one because this is still my very first try. Let me have a little graspy experience. After all, thank you very much.
Thanks for the tutorial Karen. Its easily understandable, which i think is what you were going for. Ill try this and see.
thanks for these easy to follow steps, wish me luck. Im going to give it a try!
Thank you so much for this, Karen. Just published my first post. Wish me luck 🙂
Hello Mike. My name is Mary Moore. I dont have my blog address, because I dont know where to create it. I gave my email address, my username and password. Where do I go from here?
Sign up forthe coursewhich will give you a start.
Great walkthrough for beginners. You have shown some extremely important things to start a blog with WordPress. Thanks For The Valuable Writing. Keep Writing Like this.
That sounds more like an upload problem than an install issue. You should try an ftp program an install the folders from there.
Recently, Ive seen your article and read it carefully. Youve explained very good. I really liked it. So, keep up the good work.
Therefore, experience and familiarity are critical.
Nice tutorial it was helpful. Appreciated
Its super easy to create blog by following steps given by you. I could create a blog in just an hour.
very helpfull article sir because of you i started my new blog site.
Great Post! The way you have explained all the steps to start a blog on WordPress is very informative and helpful to increase my knowledge and I can even try to start my personal blog on WordPress.
your blog is very impressive. Thanks for sharing useful Information.
Thanks for sharing informative details.
Hey, Im Karen. Ive been consulting small-businesses and startups for more than 5 years now. Lately, Ive seen such a HUGE upward trend in blogging. Without hesitation, I decided to pack all my knowledge in this tiny little site.
Once youve set up a blog, Ill show you how professional bloggersgenerate traffic,passive incomeandmuch more.
More than9,700 bloggershavejoined my free e-course. Feel free to enroll, too!