Have you been seduced by the idea of creating your own blog? Are you determined and are you finally clear about the contents? Do not know how to start?
Do not worry, in today’s article I will take you by the hand, to see together how to create a free blog in WordPress until you finish with your new blog launched.
In addition, starting a simple first blog, luckily, can be done completely free and very fast (you will see that it is simply opening an account at WordPress.com).
So you can calmly test for a few months until you are definitely clear how far you want to commit to your project.
Of course, you have to be aware that free blogs are limited, to overcome these limitations (such as not being able to use plugins, for example), you will have to hire the most advanced WordPress.com plan or a hosting to install WordPress.
For this reason, if your project is consolidated, then it will be time to ask yourself if you are interested in making the leap to a professional WordPress blog.
It involves a small expense in hosting, but it is little and you access another dimension of possibilities, especially if you want to monetize your blog.
And if you want to know how to create a professional WordPress blog and install it on a hosting, I also recommend this reading:
Before you start your blog, examine yourself
The first step is a small dose of realism to see if you are really ready to be a blogger.
However, if you are clear that you want to create a blog and simply want to do it, without further pretense, do it, period? In that case, do not waste time with our “exam”, skip it, go directly to the “How to do it” section and have fun with your new blog.
But if you have certain objectives (professional, commercial, economic, academic, etc.) and you want to have a certain perspective of the possibilities of your blog, I advise you a previous reflection before starting to focus your blog as well as possible, so much so that you get right with your approach so that you are not surprised if success is not expected.
For them we propose a few very simple questions:
- Do you have defined the theme?
- Do you have fun and will you still have fun writing about it?
- Are you expert enough on the subject to be able to write quality articles that can talk about you with existing blogs?
- Do you have identified your differential value compared to existing blogs on your subject?
- Are you clear about the target audience, the community (s) you want to target?
- Are you willing to invest time and be consistent in publishing articles?
- Do you have patience? Starting a new blog is a lot of work. A new blog does not reap success in two days, no matter how good it is, nor in four months. Mentalize that if you have a good rate of publication and your blog works, surely even so in the best case it takes at least a year to reach a high level of traffic (> 10,000 visits per month).
Anyway, we leave you those questions. It is not about passing or failing an exam, but simply doing an exercise of prior reflection to clarify ideas and have a realistic perspective of what lies ahead in your new activity.
How to do it
Given these questions, if you still have it clear, it’s time to get down to work and create your blog, let’s not wait any longer.
If you have not created a blog previously and you are not a certain technical “background” of the tools and technologies used on the Internet, the first barrier that you will encounter will logically be the technological one.
A blog is not a simple collection of Web pages that are edited by hand as if they were Word documents, but a true content management system . This means that a specialized tool is required , a program installed on the blog server that has functions for creating and managing content and files and images by administrators , editors, and other roles involved in creating blog content.
Over time, a wide range of different applications have been created for creating blogs and, as can be seen in this comparison , making a careful selection requires a lot of time and effort and therefore completely departs from the pragmatic approach of this series of articles.
Choose the right tool for your blog
So let’s be pragmatic and remember that we are starting! Let’s not complicate life before we start. My advice therefore is not to eat your head too much right now and limit your input selection to at most the three classic options: Blogger, WordPress and Typepad. There will be time to spin finer when you have a little more experience in the world of blogging since you can migrate content from one platform to another.
The question is not so much which is better or worse, the 3 are very good tools, but how it fits with what you want to do.
To be practical, I would like to tell you that my recommendation is that you use WordPress because it is a platform that is free to start with, it allows you to start very easily with a simple account on wordpress.com, it has a good set of attractive designs (themes) between which to choose and the most important: it allows you to make the leap to your professional platform (with server and own domain) enormously powerful, flexible and infinitely expandable. This version, by the way, is also free, the cost will be only that of the hosting service and the domain.
They are good reasons in favor of this platform not in vain, it is currently the most popular platform by far.
However, this recommendation is not a universal rule. You are not going to make a mistake if you follow it, but in certain scenarios it may also be very interesting or even more interesting another alternative.
So, for example, if you find a professional support service and good functionality to personalize your blog design very important, Typepad can be a very suitable option for you.
What has been said, it is a topic with many nuances if you want to deepen, today we are not going to mess with it, we will return to it in future articles, meanwhile, Google can help the interested reader to delve into this with a simple search of ” WordPress vs. Blogger vs. Typepad”, although the vast majority of the time the thing is usually settled between WordPress and Blogger.
Remember that if you feel uncomfortable with English, you can filter the pages in the options on the left side of the search engine so that only results from pages in Spanish are displayed.
How to create a free blog on WordPress
On this platform we have two options to create a blog:
- a) The simple option: Create an account at com, which is completely free, but in return is a very limited version of WordPress.
- b) The professional option: Download the software from org and install it on our own server / hosting service. So you access the full potential of WordPress, but you need to hire a hosting for the installation and hosting of your blog.
My advice is simple: if you are not clear, start with option a) for its simplicity, yes, if you want to do things right, scratch at least a little pocket hiring from the first day your own domain with WordPress. It will cost you around € 10 a year, what a daily menu…
There are, above all, four compelling reasons for this advice:
1) Thus, if your blog is hosted on WordPress.com, you only have to open your account, there are no installation processes or similar complications. The blog will be available immediately.
2) Don’t complicate your life with maintenance and security tasks.
3) Having your own domain significantly improves the professional image of your blog.
4) Having your own domain is a very elegant way to solve from the beginning a big problem that you may have if you want to give later you want to make the jump to your own installation of WordPress: changing the URLs of your articles (to change a domain xxx.wordpress.com to yours) and the consequent loss of traffic.
Now, if you are decided with your project and have clear ideas, your ideal is to start from the beginning with the most powerful option which is to use WordPress.org in your own hosting service. This way you will not encounter every two by three with the limitations of WordPress.com in your project.
Luckily, today there are excellent quality hosting services for little money that make it quite easy to have a WordPress blog with its own hosting, the best providers even offer the possibility of additional specialized WordPress support, not only in the service of hosting as such.
To make the decision a little clearer, we will specify the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org a little more:
Limitations of a free account at WordPress.com
So before making the final decision, you should also be clear about the limitations of a free WordPress account. We are mainly talking about:
- Themed Cast (Design Templates) Limited
- You cannot modify the CSS styles of a theme
- You cannot install plugins (with which you can add endless interesting features and customization possibilities to your blog)
- Limitations on the use of files (available space, etc.)
You should know these differences in case they affect you in any way in terms of the type of content and activity you want to do with your blog.
For example: As WordPress.com offers only a limited set of themes , therefore, if you have a very clear and concrete idea of the blog design, this factor may be too limiting and you should jump to WordPress.org.
With the plugins (which you do not have on WordPress.com) you can do things as interesting as automatically sharing your content on social networks, creating automatic tables of contents (like the one in this post), creating automatic links for certain words , add forums, optimize the SEO of your content much better , etc. etc. etc. You can even do things as advanced as adding a complete online store for free to your blog.
All these possibilities you have to give up if you limit yourself to WordPress.com.
Generally, it will be “rare” that WordPress.com does not help you to start and satisfy your needs, at least, during the first year of your blog’s life, but, nevertheless, I highly recommend a reading of this article that explains in detail the differences in benefits and possibilities between one and another WordPress option and this other where you will see that it is not so complicated to ask yourself from the beginning the professional option of WordPress.org
The best providers, in my own experience, are ionos, SiteGround and BlueHost.
And if you are looking to speed up prices to the maximum (I do not recommend it), the most decent thing I have tried has been Hostgator.
They have an acceptable quality and very aggressive discounts, so much so that they can almost be considered free hosting.