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How to Create a WordPress Blog in 15 Minutes

So you want to create a WordPress blog…

Congratulations! WordPress is an excellent solution for how to start a blog, plus we think blogs are super awesome!

Better yet – it’s also surprisingly simple to create a WordPress blog. That’s why we say you can do it in under 15 minutes.

But as simple as it is to get started with WordPress, knowing what you need to do and how you can do it is still important so you don’t waste time.

That’s why we made this guide.

We’ll show you every single step you need to take to start a blog using self-hosted WordPress. And we’ll do it with tons of screenshots and beginner-friendly instructions.

How to create a blog: what you’ll need

Just a quick note, though. This guide is not about using WordPress.com. Instead, we’ll show you how to start your own blog using self-hosted WordPress so that you’re in full control. This is our recommended approach.

If you’re not sure what the difference is, you can read this post for more on the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org/self-hosted WordPress.

If you want to create a blog, here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Sign up for web hosting (we recommend Bluehost).
  2. Choose a hosting plan.
  3. Pick a domain name for your blog.
  4. Complete your hosting registration.
  5. Install WordPress.
  6. Log in and write your first blog post.

None of these steps require in-depth technical knowledge and we’ll show you the whole process of how to set up a blog in detail.

Once you get your blog up and running, you’ll probably want to start writing and likely tweak its appearance/functionality. To help you do that, we’ll also show you how to:

  • Write your first blog post using the WordPress Editor
  • Change how your WordPress blog looks using a “theme”
  • Add functionality to your blog using tools called “plugins”

As long as you know how to use sites like Facebook and have an overall confidence when it comes to “web stuff”, you can follow this guide. We promise!

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