How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Need to make a blog in the shortest time possible?

No worries, I’ll help you out and show you the easiest way to make your own blog!

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What we are going to create

Let’s cut to the chase and get this done step by step.

This is the blog we are going to create:

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

It will have its own URL like ‘YourBlog.com’ or any other domain name you want.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Then we are going to create your blog posts.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We will create a menu for your website visitors to easily navigate your blog.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Then we will create an ‘About Me’ and a ‘Follow Me’ section, so your blog users can get to know you and follow your social media profiles.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We will also create an ‘About Me’ page. This will show your readers who you are and give them more detailed information about you.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We will create a ‘Contact’ page so your blog users can give you feedback and contact you with suggestions or questions.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Everything on this blog will be mobile-friendly, so it will look perfect on any mobile device you use.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

And guess what? We’re going to create all of this in only 4 simple steps! This will be a very easy process, so join me and you’ll get yourself a well-tailored blog in the blink of an eye!

To make this process more convenient for you, our WebsiteLearner page will guide you through the process.

1. Choosing a name for your blog

First, we should choose a domain name for our blog. I decided to go with ‘techyfruit.com’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once you select your website name, our system will help you check if it’s available and we’ll notify you about the availability status immediately.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Luckily, ‘techyfruit.com’ is available, so we can go to the next step!

2. Getting your Domain and Hosting

The next step is to get a domain name and hosting.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Get free Domain & Hosting’. This will take us to GoDaddy.com. We’ll choose these guys because they give a domain for free and a discount for their hosting. Sounds like a great deal, right?

Now let’s click ‘Get Started’, which will take us to the plan selection page.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

I recommend the ‘Basic’ plan because it will fit any type of blog perfectly.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Scroll down and select ‘12 months’, then click ‘Continue’ at the bottom of the screen.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Enter your blog’s domain name here and click ‘Search’. In this example, I’m entering ‘techyfruit.com’, the name I’ve chosen for our blog.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

The site tells us this domain is free and we can take it! Click ‘Select and Continue’ to proceed.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We won’t need ‘Office 365 Starter E-mail’. Remove it and click ‘Proceed to Checkout’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now we need to create an account on GoDaddy. Let’s do this!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Create an Account’ and fill in your details. Create a 4-digit PIN and save it somewhere; you will need it to contact Customer Service if necessary.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Enter your name, address, and other details, then choose your payment method.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now click ‘Continue’ and ‘Place Your Order’ to wrap everything up.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

To complete the order, you will have to make your payment.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Congratulations, we now have the domain and hosting! We’re only a few steps away from having our very own blog!

3. Getting started with WordPress

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Let’s continue by clicking ‘Managed WordPress’ and then ‘Next’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Next’ again. Now we can create a username and password for WordPress.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This will be your login for your blog. Click ‘Install’ and let the system run while you have a cup of tea. Just kidding; it’s so fast you won’t even notice the time go by!

Once it’s done, click ‘Get Started’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘No thanks’, then ‘Ok’. This will take you to the next step of the WordPress configuration.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This is the WordPress dashboard. It will serve as your control center, where you can tune in to your blog and customize it according to your needs.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

If you can see this dashboard, it means your blog is now live! We can check it out by entering the blog name in your browser’s address field. Let’s go to ‘techyfruit.com’ and make sure everything looks good.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Yes, it’s online! Right now it has the default WordPress look, which takes us to the next step. Time to install our own theme!

4. Installing a new theme

To add a new theme, we’ll have to log in to our blog. Add ‘login’ to the blog address (after the ‘/’ symbol). This will take you to the dashboard login page.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Enter your username and password. Click ‘Log In’ and WordPress will take you right to the dashboard.

Choosing a theme is simple. Just go back to WebsiteLearners and scroll down to ‘Step 3’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Choose the theme you like and download it by clicking on the arrow.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Let’s go back to our dashboard and open ‘Appearance’ > ‘Themes’. This is where you can add new themes and customize the ones you already have.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Add New Theme’, then ‘Upload Theme’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Browse through your computer and select the theme we just downloaded.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Install it and click “Activate” to use it on your blog.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Open your blog and you’ll see the theme has been changed successfully. Our blog has a new look now, something we can work with.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

From this point, I encourage you to proceed to the next step and add content to your blog.

Finishing this blog will require adding 12 elements. The first one: a blog post!

5. Adding your first blog post

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Blog posts are basically articles that you post on your blog. You can add your first post by clicking ‘+New’ and ‘Post’ in the admin bar of your newly created website.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Insert the title and content of your first blog post.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now let’s add a featured image to the post. This is the image your visitors will see along with the post title and content when they read the article or see it on the home page.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Adding a featured image is easy in the WordPress dashboard. Just click ‘Featured Image’ in the right sidebar and select the image you want to use in the post.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Publish the post, then click ‘View Post’ to see how it looks now.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This is how you’ll post articles to your blog. In just a few clicks, your content will go live! Have you ever done anything more simple?

6. Changing your Blog Title

As you can see, the title of your blog is a default WordPress website name. Let’s change it!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Change it easily by clicking ‘Customize’ in the admin bar at the top of the page, then clicking ‘Site Identity’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Insert the name of your blog along with a tagline, then click ‘Save & Publish’ to apply the changes.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Our title looks much more attractive now!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

7. Adding a Top Menu

Now that our blog title is set, let’s create a top menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Go back to your blog and click ‘Customize’ again. This time, select ‘Menus’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now click ‘Add a Menu’ and give it a name. I will name mine ‘menu1’. Once you choose a name, click ‘Create Menu’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now you’ll have to choose where you want your menu to appear on the blog. I’ll select ‘Main Navigation’. This will make the menu appear at the top.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now we need to add some links to the menu. Click ‘Add Items’ and select ‘Home’. This will add the home page to the menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now let’s add a new page and call it ‘About’. This will take your blog user to the ‘About’ page, which we will create later.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Next, let’s add a page called ‘Contact’. This will take your user to the page where they can contact you and get feedback. We will also create this later.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Finally, click ‘Save & Publish’. We’ve now created a menu that will help users navigate your blog!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

8. Adding category pages to the Top Menu

It’s time to add category pages to the menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

What are category pages?

If you look at the Demo site, you’ll see that posts have small labels, such as ‘Videos’ and ‘Reviews’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This means that one post is in the ‘Videos’ category, the next one is in the ‘Reviews’ category, etc.

So if you click ‘Videos’ in the top menu of the Demo site, it will take you to a page with posts only in the ‘Videos’ category. The same logic applies to the ‘Reviews’ item.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This makes it much easier for users to browse your blog and find the information they need.

Now it’s time to apply this trick to our newly created blog. Go to your blog page and you’ll notice that your first blog post is labeled ‘Uncategorized’. That’s because we do not have any categories yet.

To add categories, click on the post, then click ‘Edit Post’ in the admin bar.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This will take you back to the post editor. Click ‘+ Add New Category’ and type in a category name. Let’s create the category ‘How-to’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Add New Category’. Since we’ve just created a new one, we can now uncheck ‘Uncategorized’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once everything is done, click ‘Update’ at the top of the right sidebar.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now’s a good time to create another post. Click ‘Add New’ and give it a title, then paste the content of your second blog post into the editor.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Create a new category called ‘News’ for this post and for others like it.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Add a featured image and click ‘Publish’. Now when we click ‘Appearance’ > ‘Menus’ > ‘Categories’, we’ll see the categories we’ve just created.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Select the categories and click ‘Add to Menu’. They will now be included in the top menu of your blog.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We should probably rearrange our menu to look complete and easy to use. Drag the ‘Contact’ menu item to the bottom, under ‘How-to’ and ‘News’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once you’ve rearranged them correctly, click ‘Save Menu’ at the bottom of the page.

We’ve now added category page links to the menu. When a user clicks ‘How-to’, they will see all the posts in this category.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

9. Creating an ‘About Me’ page from scratch

Now it’s time to create an ‘About Me’ page. This page is important because it tells your readers about you.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We’ve already created the page itself, but it’s empty right now. Let’s add some content to it by clicking ‘Edit Page’ at the top. Make sure you are on the ‘About’ page!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This will bring you to the editor again. Insert the content here.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

It doesn’t look complete without an image. Click ‘Add Media’ and upload an image.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

I’m keeping this image full-sized. Make sure you select this size as well.

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Once you’ve uploaded your image and selected the size, click ‘Insert into page’.

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Click ‘Update’ and view the page. Now we have a great-looking ‘About’ page that tells your readers who you are!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

10. Creating the ‘Contact’ page

Now we should add content to the ‘Contact’ page. To add a contact form, we need to install a plugin.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

To do this, go back to the blog and click ‘Dashboard’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Then go to ‘Plugins’ and click ‘Add New’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Search for the plugin ‘Contact Form 7’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Install Now’. Once it’s installed, click ‘Activate’. A new menu item called ‘Contact’ will be added to your dashboard.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click the link to see the default contact form.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

You will see a shortcode next to it. Select it and copy the code.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now we’ll add this shortcode to our page. Go to ‘Pages’ and click ‘Edit’ under the ‘Contact’ page.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Paste the code into the editor.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Click ‘Update’ to save the changes and open the page.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We now have a contact form! Whenever your user enters their message and clicks the ‘Send’ button, you’ll receive an e-mail from them. This is one of the best ways to keep feedback simple and convenient.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

The message will be sent to the same e-mail address you use for your GoDaddy account.

 11. Adding Social Sharing Buttons to your blog posts

The next plugin we’ll install on our blog will add those cute social sharing buttons under each blog post!How to Make a Blog in (2019)

These will allow your users to share your blog posts on social networks and spread the word about your website.

Now we need to add a new plugin. Search the directory as you did before, this time for ‘Social Sharing by Danny’. Once you find it, install and activate.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now let’s go to our blog and see it in action. Open a blog post and scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see that the plugin works perfectly!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Now your reader can share your articles on social media and show your website to their friends!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

12. Adding social links to the top menu

Let’s add social links to the top menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

These links will help your users find you on social media.

To add them, go back to our blog and click ‘Customize’ in the admin bar, then select ‘Menus’. Let’s create a new menu for social links and name it ‘Social’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Select ‘Social Menu’ and click ‘Add Items’. Go to ‘Custom Links’ and enter the social media links you want to add to the menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once you’ve added all the social media links, click ‘Save & Publish’ and go back to the blog. You should now see your social media links in the top menu!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

13. Adding an ‘About the Author’ section

What’s next? Every post should have an ‘About the Author’ section! I’m going to show you how to add it in just a few clicks.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This section will tell your readers about the author of the article they’ve just read.

To add this section, go to the WordPress Dashboard and click the ‘Your Profile’ item in the ‘Users’ menu.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

From here, you can fill in information about yourself and add a short bio as well as the profile picture you want to display next to your name.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once you’ve entered all the information, click ‘Update’. Now let’s check how it looks on the blog.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Your author bio will now appear under each of your blog posts!

14. Adding the ‘About Me’ section to the sidebar

We’re not done yet! Now we should add the ‘About Me’ section to the right sidebar of our website.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

To do this, we’ll have to install one more plugin. You know what to do! Search for the ‘Meks Smart Author’ plugin in the WordPress directory.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Install and activate the plugin, then go to the ‘Widgets’ panel in the Dashboard, under ‘Appearance’.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Drag the ‘Meks Smart Author’ widget into the ‘Post Sidebar’ area.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Name this section ‘About Me’ and save the changes.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Go back to your blog and refresh the page. You should now see the ‘About Me’ section in the sidebar!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

15. Adding a ‘Follow Me’ section to the sidebar

Let’s add a ‘Follow Me’ section to our sidebar as well.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

We need to install another plugin that will allow us to add social media links here. Search for the ‘Meks Smart Social’ plugin, then install and activate it.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Go to the ‘Widgets’ panel again and drag the ‘Meks Smart Social’ widget into the ‘Post Sidebar’ area.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Add some text asking your website visitors to follow you on social media, then add links to your profiles on those networks.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Once you’ve entered everything, click ‘Save’ and check your blog page.

You now have a special section with links to your social media profiles!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

16. Adding a ‘Read More’ section to the sidebar

We’re almost there! All that’s left to add is a ‘Read More’ section!

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

This section will show your readers more of your articles, inviting them to check out your other blog posts.

To add this section, go to the ‘Widget’ panel and drag the ‘Shamrock Posts’ widget into the ‘Post Sidebar’ area.

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

Name the widget ‘Read More’ and save the changes.

Now when you refresh your blog, you’ll see a new ‘Read More’ section in the right sidebar!

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Final result

Now that we’ve added all these elements to our blog, here’s how it should look:

How to Make a Blog in (2019)

The best part is that you can apply these steps to any theme you want! If you want more themes, visit our WebsiteLearners Themes page.

That’s it, guys! As you can see, we’ve created a fully functional blog in a few pretty easy steps. To start your own blog, visit the WebsiteLearners ‘Make a Blog’ page now!

Shyam Sundar
Hi, my name is Shyam. I love to teach, make videos & simplify things for beginners.
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