Published on November 10, 2016 by WPBeginner

Want to start a WordPress blog the right way? Starting a blog can be a terrifying thought specially when you are not techy. Guess what — you’re not alone. Having helped over 130,000+ users start a blog, we have decided to create the most comprehensive guide on how to start a WordPress blog without any technical knowledge.

The process of creating a blog is easy to follow whether you are 20 years old or 60 years old. However if you need help, our team will help you setup your blog for free.

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To start your WordPress blog, you will need the following 3 things:

1. A domain name idea (this will be the name of your blog i.e wpbeginner.com)

2. A web hosting account (this is where your website live on the internet)

3. Your undivided attention for 30 minutes.

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In this tutorial, we will cover:

– How to Register a Domain Name
– How to Choose the Best Web Hosting
– How to Install WordPress
– How to Design Your Website using WordPress Themes
– How to Write Your First Blog Post
– How to Add Pages on your Website
– How to Install WordPress Plugins
— Add Contact Form using WordPress Plugins
— Add Gallery using WordPress Plugins
– How to Add Menus in WordPress
– How to Add Widgets in WordPress
– Modify WordPress Site Settings
– Resources to Learn WordPress

Whatever you do, do not choose the wrong blogging platform. We strongly recommend that you use the self-hosted WordPress site.

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We wish you best of luck with your new blog.

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Wyatt Otero
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Wyatt Otero
2 days 22 hours ago

Does it normally take a day or two for your domain to be made ready? Its been pending since last night, and even after installing WP and getting confirmation email, when I try to visit the domain it says it doesn't exist.

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2 days 18 hours ago

If you purchased the domain with your signup it can sometimes take a little bit. You may want to check with the host to ensure there is no hiccups if it continues.

Rashmi Tiwari
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Rashmi Tiwari
5 days 21 hours ago

Thank you so much for providing easy to understand information about blogging. I am an absolute beginner, and Don't know anything about blogging Accept what people post on their Blogs. May God Bless you.

Xuan Minh Le
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Xuan Minh Le
8 days 6 hours ago

+WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials Hey how to create sticky slider add to cart, add to wishlist?Please reply, I need it now!One more question: how to customize the right menu, make it turn right a little bit and change color?

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5 days 15 hours ago

For adding to wishlist and to cart it would depend on the ecommerce plugin you are using and you would want to get in touch with them for that. For visual changes you would want to look into CSS and Inspect element www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/basics-of-inspect-element-with-your-wordpress-site/

Sani Ali
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Sani Ali
14 days 1 minute ago

Awesome

Toxic Phantom
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Toxic Phantom
16 days 15 hours ago

I love this channel so much! I learn something new every time I watch videos from you all.Hopefully I can get my website up n running with Monetizing soon…Speaking of "monetizing" do you guys have a video on how to do that for WordPress websites?

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16 days 15 hours ago

While not a video we do have an article here: www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/make-money-online/

Block Max
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Block Max
19 days 12 hours ago

if I get the package for a month can I renew it with the same domain name?

Block Max
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Block Max
18 days 15 hours ago

WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials oh ok thanks

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
18 days 15 hours ago

Yes but the discount is only for your first term purchased.

Tom Dillon
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Tom Dillon
19 days 14 hours ago

Hi, I was following your class on building blog the right way with nisard theme and it hasn't the capability id like so I swithched to Themefiy and now the work we did in nisard is stuck in my cache and I have to purge each time i type in my web address. Do you know what is up with that? It seems only to be affecting my computer that I'm building on.thank,Tom Dillon

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17 days 18 hours ago

It sounds like that laptop is having issues clearing its cache, the only other recommendation would be to remove the history of the site possibly. For customizing your site you may want to take a look at page builders: www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/best-drag-and-drop-page-builders-for-wordpress/

Tom Dillon
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Tom Dillon
18 days 13 hours ago

Currently, this affects only my static home page and is alleviated by pressing the ctrl+f5 keys, which gets rid of the old nisard static home page and reverts to my newest one in themify.This only occurs on my programing/creating computer/laptop. Every other system that I visit my blog on works correctly.Thanks for your feedback. Do you know of other themes that offer broader abilities and features than those offered via nisard that aren't as difficult as themify?

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18 days 15 hours ago

You may want to see if you have an active caching plugin or if your hosting provider has a cache active that could be causing the issue as those are the common reasons.

Tom Dillon
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Tom Dillon
24 days 23 hours ago

Thanks for this info. I've been struggling with several themes. If I change to a different theme now with more menu options will my blog still display?

Block Max
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Block Max
19 days 12 hours ago

if I get the package for a month can I renew it with the same domain name?

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
24 days 16 hours ago

Yes it should still display

Amara
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Amara
27 days 19 hours ago

This video is extremely helpful. Thank you!!

Rocklyn Hamilton
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Rocklyn Hamilton
1 month 16 hours ago

Finally, a WordPress video that I can understand! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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