How to use WordPress Complete Guide Step by Step 2018 (Updated)

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Do you have something to say that you think the whole world should hear?  WordPress is one of the most popular blog services around, and setting up a new blog only takes a few minutes.In today’s article I will show you how you can set it up within minutes. Let’s Start.

So there are many ways you can use WordPress to start your blog or you can even use it for your business purposes like:

uses of wordpress
  • E-Commerce Store
  • Portfolio
  • Blogging
  • News Portal

Different Ways To Use WordPress

Different Ways To Use WordPress

  • WordPress Website Blogging Method (Easiest One)
  • Virtual Private Server (AWS,Google Cloud Console,Go Daddy VPS)
  • cPanel (Go Daddy,Host Gator,Big rock)

You can use WordPress in many ways , But I will explain the most basic method to use WordPress.It doesn’t cost you a penny.

I would suggest you this method only if you have only plan for personal blogging. If you want to use WordPress for business purposes then please check this article.

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If you use free version of WordPress then you will not get Custom Domain Name like: google.com,techy360.com etc. 

You need to purchase domain name if you want your own Custom Domain.You can read this article if you are looking to purchase Domain Names. I have explained how can you purchase cheapest Domain name or for free.

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If you can pay some money per month then you can opt these plans provided by WordPress.

Plans & Pricing Of WordPress
Plans & Pricing Of WordPress

So you can see in above image that WordPress provides three monthly plans.Now I will tell you what you will get in these plans when you opt them.

1.Free Plan (Best for Getting Started)

If you just want to start creating, get a free site and be on your way to publishing in less than five minutes.If you want to do blogging just for fun.

Features:

  • WordPress.com Sub domain like (www.<name>.wordpress.com)
  • Jet-pack Essential Features
  • Community Support 
  • Dozens of Free Themes
  • Basic Design Customization
  • 3GB Storage Space
  • WordPress.com Advertising and Banners

2.Personal Plan (Best for Personal Use)

Boost your website with a custom domain name, and remove all WordPress.com advertising. Get access to high quality email and live chat support.

You can opt this plan if you are using it for designing portfolio or for your personal use.

Features:

  • Custom Domain Name
  • Jetpack Essential Features
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Dozens of Free Themes
  • Basic Design Customization
  • 6GB Storage Space
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads

3.Premium Plan (Best for Entrepreneurs and Freelancers)

Build a unique website with advanced design tools, CSS editing, lots of space for audio and video, and the ability to monetize your site with ads.

This pan is best suited to those who wants advancement in blogging or starting news portal.

Features:

  • Custom Domain Name
  • Jetpack Essential Features
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Unlimited Premium Themes
  • Advanced Design Customization
  • 13GB Storage Space
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads
  • Simple Payments 
  • Monetize your site
  • VideoPress support

4.Business Plan (Best for Small Business)

Power your business website with unlimited premium and business theme templates, Google Analytics support, unlimited storage, and the ability to remove WordPress.com branding.

Features:

  • Custom Domain Name
  • Jetpack Essential Features
  • Email & Live Chat Support
  • Unlimited Premium Themes
  • AdvancedDesign Customization
  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • Remove WordPress.com Ads
  • Simple Payments 
  • Monetize your site
  • VideoPress support 
  • Attend live courses
  • SEO Tools 
  • Install Plugins 
  • Upload themes 
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Remove WordPress.com Branding

Using WordPress.com for Blogging(Easy)Method 1

This is the easiest method for blogging and easy for beginners. You need to follow steps below and it will take less then 10 minutes to start your blog! 

1. Visit the WordPress website

Click on the “Get Started” button on the left side of the page to begin signing up for your new blog. This will create a blog on the WordPress site. You won’t be able to monetize the blog, but it will be free.

  • Many professional bloggers prefer to have their WordPress blog hosted on their own domain (example.com instead of example.wordpress.com). To host your own blog, you will need your own web host. This guide will show you how to set up a blog on your own server.

2. Enter your information

Create an account in wordpress
Create an account in wordpress

Fill out all of the required fields and click “Create Blog.” You will need to enter a valid email address and create a WordPress username. Underneath the features list, click “Create Blog” to create your free blog. Make sure to read the terms of service! You will have the option of removing the WordPress tag from your URL for a certain yearly fee.

3. Create an address for your blog

Create your custom domain name
Create your custom domain name

During the sign up process, you will be asked to create the address (URL) for your blog. You won’t be able to change the URL once you create it, but you can always create a new blog on the same account if you want a new URL address.

4. Open your activation email

Confirming your account
Confirming your account

When you sign up, you will be sent an email containing an activation link that you will need to follow to turn your account on. Go to your email and activate the blog by pressing the “Activate Blog” button in the email. Once you have activated the blog, a new window will appear called the “Dashboard.” The Dashboard will be the central focus when editing your blog.

5. Give your new blog a title

Enter Blog (Title,Tagline etc.)
Enter Blog (Title,Tagline etc.)

On the left side of your dashboard, click on the “Settings” tab and select “General.” In Settings, you can title your blog, give it a tagline, edit your email address, adjust privacy settings, and do other things as well. Take time to explore all the features of the dashboard and get familiar with them.

6. Give your blog a theme

Free and paid WordPress Themes
Free and paid WordPress Themes

One of the most critical components of your blog is the theme that it has. A theme is a color scheme and specific layout that gives your blog a distinct and unique feel. Explore all of the WordPress themes by clicking on the “Appearance” tab on the left side of the dashboard. Browse themes and select one that you think works well with the topic of your blog.

  • You can change the theme anytime.
  • Some themes are “Premium” themes and need to be purchased.

7. Make your first blog post

Let's Create Your First Post
Let’s Create Your First Post

Head to the left side of the dashboard and click on the “Posts” tab, then click “Add New.” Give your post a title and start writing! Make sure your first post has an introductory feel to it and gets first-time readers captivated.

8. Manage your widgets

Add Widget or plugins to ease your work 
Add Widget or plugins to ease your work 

Every WordPress blog has a collection of widgets. They are shown on the right side on the home page of your blog. Some popular widgets include a search bar, a Facebook “Like” option, and an Archives link.

  • To add or remove widgets, move your mouse over the title of your blog in the upper left corner. A drop down menu will appear.
  • Click on the “Widgets” link. From here, drag the available widgets you want featured into the widget boxes on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Remove widgets you dislike by dragging them out of the widget box and back into the “available widgets” area.

9. Add pages to your blog

Add new page to your website
Add new page to your website

A WordPress blog can contain various pages besides your main posting wall. Pages are a great way to categorize the different content that is featured in your blog. For example, you can have a “Contact Us” page to help your viewers get in touch with you or your company. To create a new page, go to the drop down menu detailed in Step 7, click on “New,” and then “Page.” Give your new page a title, and then write the content for that page below.

10. Set your blog apart

Activate new theme on wordpress
Activate new theme on wordpress

There are a lot of blogs out there. If you want yours to stand out, you’ll need to put in a little effort to make it unique. This guide has some tips that can help you make your blog amazing, including posting frequency, reader interaction, optimal post length, and more.

11. Promote your blog

Share your new blog with your friends
Share your new blog with your friends

Once your blog is up and running, you’ll want to start promoting it to increase your readership. This means utilizing as many avenues as possible, such as social media, email, and Twitter.

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