How Can a Student Start Blogging with Free WordPress?
Ok, so you are a student and want to create blogs. And you already know where to go to create an excellent blogging site. Yes, we all know, it’s WordPress. But you don’t have any idea about how to start a blog? And where to head to get Free WordPress Hosting?
In this modern world, everyone wants to know what is happening around the world. And sometimes, we hope to share our stories with others as well. Here, is where blogs come in. Blogging is no anymore, a hobby. It has become a source to teach, develop and enhance your skills, with the power of writing. This blog is for all the students, who want to start their own journey in the digital world. And want to share, what you feel about the world.
Better yet – it’s also surprisingly simple to create a WordPress blog. But as simple as it is to get started with a free WordPress blog, 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 blog.
We’ll show you every single step you need to take to start a Free WordPress blog using self-hosted WordPress.
How to create a Simple blog:
We are going to give you all the instructions, but neither of the instructions requires in-depth technical knowledge. So, relax.
Once you get your free WordPress blog up and running, you’ll probably want to start writing. But, how would you do all that? For answers, read on...
- Write your first blog post using the WordPress editor
- Change how your free WordPress blog looks using a “theme” and choose a theme that suits your blog niche.
- Add functionality to your blog using tools called “plugins”. You can set the function, according to your need.
As long as you know how to use sites like Facebook, you can follow this guide.
Step 1: Purchase Free WordPress Hosting
Making your free WordPress blog accessible to people around the world requires two things:
- Hosting – this is the engine that powers your site. While you don’t “see it”, every single website on the Internet has a host powering it. There is different type of web hosting according to the need. Shared, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated server are a few examples.
- Domain – this is like your blog’s permanent address. You will be known by this name in the blogging world. For example, ours is Averthost.com. In the digital world, everyone has its own unique digital name.
- You can purchase your hosting and domain at the same time – so don’t worry too much about that right now. But before you can do that, you need to choose a WordPress host. Because of WordPress’ popularity, there are a huge number of WordPress hosts that provides WordPress hosting.
As a beginner in blogging, you might not know, how all this happens and how much traffic you are going to have on your website. As a beginner, you need to do a bit of hard work to reach out to your potential audience. So, for students, who have no previous experience. We would suggest you go with Averthost’s Free WordPress hosting services. Because it’s free you don’t have to pay a single penny for the hosting services. At Averthost you will get your free WordPress Hosting, without spending a penny.
- It’s Free. You can host your site for Free
- You can easily install WordPress. With just a few clicks, you can launch the WordPress software and have a working blog. No tech knowledge needed!
- It has enough performance to get you started. When you’re just starting out, Averthost offers plenty of performance to keep your site loading.
How to sign up for Free WordPress hosting at Averthost
To get started, click here to go to Averthost’s Page, you’ll be taken to Averthost plans.
Click the Order Now button to start the process:
On the next screen, enter the domain name you want to use for your blog in the domain box and click Next. You can Register a new domain or can Transfer your existing one.
You can ask our customer or technical support to help you with this. They are always ready to help you. After, filling in all the required details you will get a confirmation email from Averthost.
Step 2: Install the free WordPress software
If you want to create a WordPress blog, you’re going to, unsurprisingly, need to install the WordPress software.
We know this might sound a little weird – but it is also very easy to install free WordPress Software.
When you completed the sign-up process in the previous step, you should have received an email from Averthost with details on how to log in to the Bluehost Customer Area.
Go ahead and log in to Averthost.
As soon as you log in for the first time, Averthost will give you a simple wizard that takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your new site.
Then, you’ll be able to fill in all the important details for your site’s name and the username/password that you’ll use to manage your WordPress blog:
Once you finish the install process, you can access your new blog’s dashboard.
Step 3: Go ahead and write your first blog post
Now that you learned how to create a WordPress blog, you’re probably excited to get to blogging!
We’ll show you how to change how your blog looks and functions in a second. But first, let’s go over just how easy it is to write a blog post on your new website.
When you first log in to your blog’s WordPress dashboard, you should see a screen like this:
To write a blog post:
- Look at the Posts
- Then, Click Add New
This will launch the WordPress Editor, which lets you write your blog posts using a really intuitive block system.
To add text, you just click and type. For other content – like an image or an embedded YouTube video, you can add new “blocks”. To help you use the editor, you can follow our detailed guide here, or us more high-level guide here.
Step 4: Here’s how to change how your blog looks
When you create a WordPress blog, one of the major benefits that you get is access to WordPress’ huge collection of themes and plugins. Here’s a quick overview of the two:
Themes – this changes how your free WordPress blog looks, choose the theme that represents your niche.
Plugins – these add functionality to your blog
We’ll cover the former in this section.
As soon as you create a WordPress blog, you already have a theme active. This is either the default WordPress theme or the theme that you chose during the Setup.
But there are actually thousands of themes available for WordPress, so you are free to choose one of your choices. So, go ahead.
Where to find WordPress themes for your blog
When you go to choose a WordPress theme, you’ll need to pick between free and premium themes. There’s no inherent difference between the two, but premium themes often have more detailed designs and features. But you don’t need to move on to these as, you are only a beginner.
To find free themes, the best place to search is the official WordPress.org theme directory.
To find premium themes, you’ll need a broader approach. Some good options are:
ThemeForest – a big directory of premium themes.
ThemeIsle – we think our themes are pretty swell.
How to install a WordPress theme
Once you’ve found a theme that you love, WordPress makes it easy to add that theme to your site.
- Click on Appearance
- Select Themes
- Click the Add New button
Step 5: Here’s how to add functionality to your blog
While themes are mostly about appearances, plugins are more focused on helping you add functionality to your free WordPress blog.
When you first create a WordPress blog, you pretty much only have the ability to write blog posts and create pages.
Plugins are what allow you to add more advanced functionality like:
- Contact forms
- Social network buttons
- Improved SEO
- And lots, lots more
If you can think of a feature, there’s probably a plugin for it. That’s because the WordPress community offers over 50,000 free plugins, plus there are thousands of premium plugins. And again, it depends on you to choose between these two.
Where to find WordPress plugins for your blog
Like themes, you can find both free and premium plugins.
Keeping the similarities rolling, the best place to look for free plugins is at the official WordPress.org plugin directory.
For premium plugins, the best method is usually to search Google for something like “best X plugin” and buy from a well-known developer.
Many free plugins listed at WordPress.org also offer premium versions with more features.
How to install WordPress plugins
Here’s the quick version:
- Go to Plugins → Add New
- If you chose a free plugin at WordPress.org, search for the plugin by name and click Install Now.
- If you purchased a premium plugin, click the Upload Plugin button and upload the ZIP file you should have received when you purchased the plugin.
Make sure to Activate the plugin after installing it.
You can always manage your existing plugins by going to the Plugins tab:
So, this was an easy guide on “How to Start Blogging with Free WordPress Hosting?” from Averthost. If you are still confused regarding Hosting or any other issue, feel free to ask our Customer and technical support Team. We are always there for you.