How to Make a Blog
In this article I will explain you different ways to make a blog. I am sure you must have heard of the term blogging at some point of time in your life. Today this word has become so popular that all internet users know about it. But people who are new to this internet world for them blogging is as new as internet is for them. So before going into how to make a blog let me tell you what a blog is.
What is a Blog?
A blog is nothing but a website where an individual or groups of people provide information, opinions etc. on a regular basis. There are different types of blogs available on internet. A blog can be of any type, it can be of technology related, can be something related to photography where you write articles related to photography, can be something related to your personal interests, can be related to cooking etc. So basically a blog is a place where you write your thoughts, available information, some guides etc. and share it to all. Blogs have been there for more than 10 years now; it stands for ‘web logs – blogs’. As now you know what a blog is, let’s move forward to know how to make your first blog.
How to make a blog
In today’s date making a blog does not take more than 5 minutes even it may be less than that. There are two ways of making a blog:
1. Using the free blogging service
2. Hosting your own blog
Before going into the details of creating a blog you should ask yourself these below basic questions in order to run a successful blog:
- Why am I creating a blog?
- What topic should I write on my blog or what should be my blog niche?
If you are able to answer these questions then probably you are ready for creating your blog. So let’s move on to see how to make a blog for free of cost first.
How To Make a Blog Using the Free Blogging Service
Blogging has become so popular that today you can find several free blogging service providers. You can use these free blogging services to make a blog. Among several free blogging services I am putting only 3 famous and most used free blogging platform, these are:
1. Blogger or widely known as Blogspot from Google
2. WordPress.com from the makers of WordPress
All of the above services are unique at their level with respect to features and functionalities.
Using Blogger or Blogspot service
Blogger is a free blogging service from Google that you can use free of cost to create your blog. If you use blogger service to create your blog you get a blog address something like http://your-blog-name.
After registering your blog you can customize the look and feel according to your choice from the freely available templates. You can make your own blogger templates also if you are compete enough for that.
If you want you can use your own domain for the blogger/blogspot blog. For more detail, read: How to set up your own domain for blogger/blogspot blog.
WordPress.com is a free and popular blogging service provided by the makers of WordPress blogging platform. You can use this wordpress.com service to create your own blog in seconds. All you need is a valid email ID to create a wordpress.com blog. With the wordpress.com blog your blog URL looks something like: http://your-blog-name.wordpress.com. This is the primary URL for your blog, however if you want you can setup your own domain for it.
WordPress.com also provides lots of free plugins and themes that you can make use of to customize your blog according to your requirements.
To create a wordpress.com blog you can visit the link: Create a blog with wordpress.com.
Livejournal is another free blogging service that you can use free of cost to create your own blog. When you create your blog with Livejournal your blog URL looks something like this: http://your-blog-name.livejournal.com. To create a blog with Livejournal click this link: create a blog with Livejournal
Demerits of using free blog services
Though the service is free but there are some disadvantages of using these free blogging services.
- Lots of rules and regulations
- Content ownership
After you publish your article the ownership may be transferred to the service provider in some cases.
- Limitation of hosting space
- No installations allowed
- Less advertisement opportunities
Now let’s move on to the hosting your own blog.
Hosting your own blog
In this type of blog making you do not rely on free blog services rather you host your own blog. Before going into the details I would like to highlight some of the requirements first. Here are some requirements:
- You need a minimum of $100 USD to $150 USD to start your own blog hosting.
- You need to have shared or dedicated or a virtual dedicated web hosting.
- You need to have a blogging software platform
- You need to have your own domain name.
For those people who are new to this domain I would recommend to go with a free blogging service, as you grow you can start your own self hosted blog.
First of all you need to purchase a domain name; you can purchase it online with an amount of $5 – $10 USD. Then go for a hosting plan from a hosting provider, at starting stage you can go for a shared hosting plan. I would recommend you to go for Hostgator baby plan.
While there are lots of free blogging software available I would recommend you to go with WordPress from http://www.wordpress.org. This is the most suitable blogging platform for all. It has got lot of features, open source themes and plugins available. Most of the hosting provider has support for installing WordPress. After installing WordPress you can configure and start using it.
Hope this post was useful to you, if you have any queries or you need any help installing WordPress you can contact me with your specific requirements through comments.
You can also read How to be a successful blogger to get success in blogging career.