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A step-by-step guide to learn how to start a beauty blog, choose the best blogging platform and overcome the terrifying thought of you don’t know how to do it, and where to begin with. Luckily, we live in a time where setting up a website isn’t that difficult, you don’t need to be a skilled programmer. Even you are not techy, don’t worry, you can still be able to start a blog within 15 minutes! Thanks to many options exist today.

When I was first starting this blog, I wanted to have the complete control over my content and my website design. I don’t know how to code, and this is where (self-hosted version) comes in handy. Do not confuse by the free hosting service, which is limited in its capabilities and does not allow advertising or custom themes unless you upgrade to their paid service to unlock additional features. To get several advanced features with the, Business plan ($299 / year for each website) but you can make that money go much further on a self-hosted, which costs as low as $48 per year.

As a start, you could sign up Bluehost as your hosting as it is super simple for beginners to start a website instantly. Their basic plan is highly affordable, and if you get domain directly through Bluehost, you can get a FREE domain name for the first year as long as you buy 12 months worth of Bluehost web hosting. This makes it much worth it to sign up for at least 12 months of hosting as you will be saving a good amount of money this way.

However, for this tutorial, I’m recommending SiteGround as I had switched from Bluehost to SiteGround. You can go here to find out why I switched from Bluehost to SiteGround.

Click here to start a blog on WordPress. It always seems complicated to start a blog, but it is really easy if you know how to go about doing so. This guide will walk you through on how to start a blog quickly.

Related post: Why I Switched From Bluehost to Siteground

Step 1: Select A Hosting Plan & Register A Domain Name

Installing WordPress with SiteGround could not be any easier. Their support team will do it for you for free! After you sign up for your hosting, log in to your account and select the “Support” tab.

To get started with a self-hosted WordPress blog, you need to decide your domain name first, means your website address for example

I highly recommend SiteGround because of its 1-click WordPress installation is incredibly easy. And their customer service via chat is excellent, and it is 24/7.

Let head on over to SiteGround and select a hosting plan. For a start, the StartUp plan is good enough as you can always upgrade your plan later as you grow.

You can sign up with Siteground and register a domain with them. Alternatively, you can buy a domain name from another company like Namecheap and Hostgator. Personally, I purchased my domain through Bluehost (oh well, I started my blog with Bluehost), but I have my web hosting with SiteGround.

Don’t get too hung up to decide where you should get your domain as you can always change your domain and a domain typically costs around $14-16/year. You can also always transfer a domain name from one company to another. For example, I can transfer my domain from Bluehost to SiteGround.

Fill out your contact and payment info, and then select your hosting period. For hosting, you can start out with 12 months.

On this screen, you will see optional extras services that you can purchase. It is entirely up to you whether or not you want to buy those. It is good to select Domain Privacy else your contact information will be made available to the public online, which makes you more vulnerable to phone calls and email spammers. For the rest, I don’t recommend purchasing them right away. You can always add them later on if you decide that you need them.

Step 2: Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress with SiteGround could not be any easier. Their support team will do it for you for free! After you sign up for your hosting, log in to your account and select the “Support” tab.

Scroll down and select “WordPress Assistance.”

If you are someone who enjoys starting up the website by yourself, you can refer to “How to install WordPress?” from most popular help resources

Congratulations! You have created your WordPress site.

Sign into your WordPress dashboard, and your login page would be, using the username and password you chose during install.

And now you can create your blog! It is that’s easy, and probably you will think why it takes you so long to decide to create your own blog.

Now, you are ready to customize your site’s appearance and start blogging.

Step 3: Selecting your WordPress Theme

The visual appearance of your WordPress blog comes with a very basic theme. It is a good idea to change the theme and customizing the look of your blog.

There are thousands of pre-made WordPress themes that you can install on your site. Some of them are free, while others are paid. You can change your theme by going to your WordPress dashboard and clicking on Appearance » Themes.

If you wish to customize the visual design of your blog and you have room in your budget, consider purchasing a premium theme from Creative Market. 

Or if you like to have more control and customize your own site with widgets that you can easily set to fit with featured posts, featured page and more, it is best to go for Genesis Framework with a premium child theme. My website is working on Genesis Framework with a premium child theme from Restored316

Related postReasons To Choose Genesis Framework

Tip: Look for themes that are mobile responsive. This will ensure that your website looks fantastic on mobile devices as well!

Once you have chosen a theme, just click the Install button on the preview to install the theme on your site. You will also need to click the Activate button to publish it live.

You are now ready to create your first blog post.

Step 4: Creating Your First Blog Post

To create your first blog post, click on the Posts » Add New menu in your WordPress dashboard.

Once you are done with your writing, go ahead and click on the Publish button on the right to publish your first blog post!

On the posts screen, you will notice several other sections such as Categories and Tags. You can use these to organize your blog posts.

Very often, WordPress beginners are confused between posts and pages menu on the dashboard. In simple, Posts journal entries listed in reverse chronological order. Pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your “about page,” “privacy policy,” “legal disclaimers,” etc. Pages are not meant to be social in most cases, and this does not include social sharing buttons or comments. You will end up using posts for the majority of your site’s content as you can share news on Posts. You have the option to organize your posts based on categories and tags.

Step 5: Work on Customizations & Plugins

There are other elements you need to work on your website, such as a contact form, about page, and more. WordPress plugins are add-ons that allow you to add new features to your website. There are over 46,000 WordPress plugins available.

Only download the best WordPress plugins that you absolutely NEED on your blog. Too many plugins will slow down your website dramatically.

The right WordPress plugins will help you add the functionality that you need. Which plugins do you use on your website? I have created the list, and you can click here Best FREE WordPress Plugins for Your Blog.

To add new plugins, click on Plugins » Add New on your Dashboard. You can search the WordPress repository for free plugins to add to your site. After you install a plugin, activate it, and it will appear in your Dashboard sidebar. You can usually find it in the Settings section.

Related post: Best Free Must-Have WordPress Plugins for Your Blog

Step 6: Start Making Money From Your Blog

WOOHOO! You now have a WordPress blog, and you will continue to work on the design and to produce high-quality content. You should monetize your blog as soon as you start your blog. To learn more, I will encourage you to check out Michelle Schroeder’s online course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She shares her exact strategies and tips on how she earned over $100,000 a month through affiliate marketing. If you’re a blogger (even if you are a new blogger!), I will strongly recommend you to take this course. You can read my review of this online course here.

If you are curious about how you can monetize your blog through affiliate marketing and the best affiliate programs for new bloggers, you can refer to my post on The Best Affiliate Programs for New Bloggers.

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