Nowadays almost anybody can set up and manage a blog thanks to the existence of the WordPress software.
WordPress is a free web based blogging software that will enable you (anybody) to create a very beautiful and fully functional blog without writing any code.
WordPress is the reason why there are millions of bloggers and blogs in existence today.
The Would-be bloggers no longer need to pay $1000 to the professional web designers to set up a blog and start blogging or learn how to write the scary HTML programming language to set up their blog.With just $80, anybody (including your granny) can set up a blog with the WordPress application.
With WordPress, all you need to do in order to set up your blog is CLICKING and filling informations while the WordPress software does all the scary (coding) work behind the hood.
The simplicity and efficiency of the WordPress blogging software has made it the Blogging industry standard tool.
About 80% of the available blogs were created using WordPress including Popular websites like cnn.com. nytimes.com …read top websites powered by WordPress to see the complete list.
How is it possible for anybody to create a website with the WordPress software?.
The main reason why almost anybody can set up a blog using the WordPress software is because blogs are created with the WordPress software using WordPress Themes and Plugins.
WordPress themes are ready made designs of blogs (blog design templates) that controls the look or feel of a WordPress powered website.
After you have installed the WordPress software on your hosting space, you just need to choose a WordPress theme (a ready made design template) that you like from the WordPress theme library and install it on your WordPress powered site and the appearance (body) of your blog will instantly change to that of the newly installed design template.
Its very easy to install a WordPress Theme. With just a click of a mouse, a theme will be installed on your WordPress powered blog.
After a theme is installed, you can either choose to customize it or change it, if it doesn,t look good on your blog. WordPress has a preview feature that makes it possible for you to try as many themes as possible on your blog in order to find a suitable one.
So by using the WordPress themes you can give your blog a very beautiful appearance without you having any knowledge in web designing or graphic designing.
The WordPress themes are just like the clothes to the WordPress powered blogs. Just like you don,t need to be a fashion designer or have any knowledge in fashion designing in order to look good(due to the existence of numerous beautiful ready made clothes), similarly you don,t need to have any knowledge in web designing in order to give your blog a nice appearance (due to the existence of numerous web design templates).
There are thousands of free and paid themes that you just need to install on your WordPress powered blog to give it whatever appearance you like. So the WordPress Themes will save you from learning web designing.
The WordPress plugins are little softwares that will enable you to add extra functions to your WordPress powered blog without you writing any code.
Just like the Android Apps are used to add various functions to your Android powered smartphones without you having any knowledge about Android programming, similarly the WordPress plugins will enable you to add various functions to your WordPress powered blog without you having any knowledge about web programming. Just like WordPress themes, there are thousands of free and paid WordPress plugins that have already been designed by the hardworking and generous programmers in the WordPress community.So if you wish to add any function or feature to your blog, you just need to search for app that will add that particular function to your blog just like you search for Android Apps in the Google Play Store.
For example if you want to add a contact form function to your blog, you just need to install a contact form plugin (app) on your blog and your blog will automatically have that feature and if you want to add a chatting plugin on your blog to chat with your blog visitors, all you need to do is to install a chat plugin on your blog. The WordPress plugin libary contains various kinds of plugins. Use them to add any function to your WordPress powered blog. Like i told you before, WordPress Plugins can be installed on your blog
Summarily, by using the WordPress themes and plugins you (anybody) can create a very beautiful and fullly functional blog without writing any code (having any knowledge about web programming).
So do you now agree with me that even your granny can set up a blog?
How much does it cost to set up a blog and what you need.
It will cost you just $80 to set up your own blog. That $80 will be spent in the registration of your domain name (web address) and in renting your hosting space ( where all your blog files will be stored).
1. Domain name;
Domain name is the address that your web visitors will type into their address bar of their web browsers in order to visit your blog eg yourblogname.com.
To set up your blog, you will need to choose a domain name that nobody has registered and register it with any domain name registraion website. it will cost you just $12 per year to register your own domain name.
To find an available domain name to register, you will need to use the domain name checker at namecheap.com. Visit namecheap.com and type your desired domain name into the long search box found at the center of the website and click on the search button. If your choosen domain name is still AVAILABLE (not yet registered by somebody) the search result will give you a message like THIS DOMAIN IS STILL AVAILABLE but if the choosen domain has already been registered (NOT AVAILABLE) you will see a message like THIS DOMAIN NAME ISN,T AVAILABLE.
If your choosen domain name is not available (already registered), choose another one and still type it in to the namecheap.com domain name checker. After you have found an available domain name, please do not register it at the NameCheap website. You will register the domain name at Hostgator.com.
2. Hosting Space.
The next thing you will need in order to set up your blog, is a HOSTING SPACE. A hosting space is the storage space (on a web server); where all your blog files like pictures, text, videos and other web contents that you will need for your blog will be stored (hosted) for the world to be able to access your blog on the internet.
Your hosting space is also the site where you will install the WordPress blogging software in order to set up your blog. Please read my what is a server? post and watch the video below. if you wish to know more about webservers and why you need a hosting space in order to set up your blog.
Most web hosts will rent you a hosting space on their server for just $8 per month. You can further reduce your hosting cost by using their coupon codes. Coupon codes are codes that will give you a certain percentage of discount off your bill.
Most of the web hosting companies now offer discount codes (coupon codes) that you can use to get a discount. I,m going to give you a 25% coupon code that will give you a 25% percent discount.
The secret to getting a huge discount with a coupon code is that you have to be prepared to pay for several months in advance. 25 discount off $8 ( the cost of 1 month hosting) will obviously be smaller than 25 percent discount off $106 ( the cost of 6 months hosting).
You are also going to rent a hosting space for your blog from Hostgator. In case you haven,t heard, Hostgator is currently the best webhosting company. It will cost you $8 per month to rent a hosting space from Hostgator.
Like i told you before, WordPress is the software that you are going to use to set up your blog. WordPress is a free blogging software. Free but very efficient and effective. in case you have forgotten, WordPress is the blogging industry standard tool i.e. about 70% of the available blogs were created using the WordPress software.
Ok those are the 3 things you will need in order to set up your own blog. You are going to register your choosen domain name and also rent a hosting space for your blog at the Hostgator Website. Hostgator offers both the domain registration and web hosting service (an all in one package).`