HERE IS HOW TO START A Health BLOG – Welcome to wordpress 🙂

You are passionate about your health.  Maybe you are a health professional, or just something that you have dedicated a lot of time to.  I am guessing that you are reading this because you want to start a blog about your passion?  

 Fantastic!  Blogging can be a brilliant pastime AND  it can help you connect with others, help others deal with issues you have overcome, become an expert in a field or niche.

It can also quite possibly even make you some money along the way.

If you have not created a blog before, and are confused as to where to start then look no further!

I will talk you through how to create your own blog, and avoid the confusion and mistakes that are often made at the beginning.

This very blog has been created to  help beginners with a straight-forward step-by-step guide on setting up a blog, without the need or requirement to learn HTML or spend time watching massive tutorials.

I have already helped lots of beginners to get up and running with their very own blog!

 

 

This guide will talk through how to get blogging online in five simple steps.

Five steps? Yes, five straight-forward steps!

So, shall we

The five steps that you need to complete in order to get a blog are –

  1. Register a domain and purchase hosting
  2. Installing WordPress
  3. How to log in to WordPress
  4. Adding a WordPress theme
  5. Adding content – posts and pages, images etc

This guide has been created to help you work your way through this process and avoid mistakes that many others make -including me – along the way In my experience of helping people get their blogs online, there are some common problems that are faced, and common hurdles that beginners fall over at.

Often at this point beginners give up.

This guide has been written so you do not give up!

This post will take around 15-20 minutes to read through, so get yourself ready and enjoy!

Are you itching to get started? Ok, let’s learn how to create a blog!

  1. Register a domain and purchase hosting

Before we even consider what your blog will appear like and what you want to have on there, you have to choose a blogging platform.

Wordpress Piechart

There are a great many platforms to choose from.  Anyone can create a blog using platforms like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr….the list goes on.

Looking at current trends online with over 1/4 of ALL WEBSITES now using WordPress, there is a very good reason for this shift in popularity.

In fact, this website – heck, ALL of my websites are now created using the WordPress platform.  Why?  Here are some of the reasons –

WordPress is easy to use.  I know the saying that ‘everything is easy once you know how’ – but in terms of learning curves, I liken WordPress to Microsoft Word.  Yes, you cannot use Word right away, but a bit of playing (and maybe a bit of Googling!) and a novice can harness the power of Word and create professional documents.  Same with WordPress, a bit of learning and there is no reason why a complete beginner cannot produce a professional-looking website.

WordPress is FREE for use – this is called ‘open-source’ software.  Sure, there are paid themes and skins but in essence there are equally amazing free tools and add-ons for WordPress.   And the community is massive, and the force is strong with them to keep everything free and advancing all the time.

Flexibility is amazing!  In the world of such diversity and creativity, websites are progressing at a rapid rate.  WordPress is a leading force around this, offering amazing templates and themes, customizable with only your imagination holding you back.  Plugins for video, games, contact forms, and all the rest that your site could possibly want.

Fast and secure – two major current search engine signals for 2017 – these are things that search engines favour and will rank sites higher for.  WordPress has this, and also has the ability to tweak and edit (or find good plugins to do the work for you!) so you can improve these aspects of your blog.

I have used a few other blogging platforms, and each have their own great spin and advantage in certain aspects – but overall I have not worked with anything so user-friendly, flexible and technically fit for purpose out there right now – and is awesome for beginI hear that I can create a website with a free name and free hosting?

No, no no for the love of god no!!!!  Why?

Free domain names – I’ve had soooo many people suggest that they are going to do that when they start out.

The website address (apart from usually looking ugly and long – if I were to make this very site on a blog site then the address would be ‘getbloggingonline.yourblog.com’ – OR the now ‘getbloggingonline.com’ – which one is more memorable and if you are in business, professional?) – you will never really own and could simply be switched off at any point by the real owner of the site – whoever owns ‘yourblog.com’.  Not a stable way to start a blog.

Free websites control your advertising – so this can limit/stop your opportunity to advertise and create revenue on your own page.  Also, the owner may insist on their adverts on there – usually with a paid option to remove said adverts.  I’ve personally been burned there and have worked with countless people whose website is trapped in this situation.

One confusion with WordPress – WordPress.COM vs WordPress.org.  WordPress.com is a free blogging platform similar to blogger etc.   Wordpress.org is a fantastic community but NOT the actual software to make your blog.

My advice – start as you mean to go on – buy your own domain and set it up on your own server.   If this sounds daunting, do not let it put you off.  I am here to hold your hand through the process

CHOOSING A DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING

Domain – a domain is your website/blog’s name.  For example, my domain is

‘https://getbloggingonline.com’.

A domain is actually really cheap – around $10 per year depending on what you purchase.  There are literally 1000’s of places online you can register and purchase your domain – I will talk you through this so for now just concentrate on what name you want rather than worrying about any technical aspect of purchasing it and what to do once you have it.

Hosting – this is the rent you pay for your little bit of the web so your blog can be seen ‘live’ online.  Unless you are planning on producing the next Facebook or eBay, hosting is usually fairly cheap – around $5 per month.

Personally, I think the set-up prices are very low for something so important.

WHAT IS HOSTING?

Hosting is what you pay to have your website online so others can see it. Hosting is your rent for your piece of the internet essentially.

There are many many hosting companies and you are welcome to do your own research into what you might need for your website.

I am simply going to show you what I use and why.

You can go find your own hosting if you wish –  I have used my hosting company now for well over 5 years and in terms of price and support – well I am happy hence why I recommend them.

Hosting for your website - EUKHOST

EUKHOST- this is the company that I am currently using and it doesn’t look like I will be leaving it any times soon, so how could I not recommend this service?

I have been using EUKHOST for many years now without one single fault.  Their customer support arethere 24/7 -yes they are even there on Christmas day should you need them, via webchat.

EUKHOST have price plans to suit all pockets, and once purchased you can access a Cpanel and use the simple ‘one-click install’ for a whole choice of apps from building blogs to e-commerce sites and a serious about of other tools that I haven’t even delved into yet…to do so would take a lifetime!

Hands down, if you are considering creating a website for yourself, in terms of price and quality support – this hosting company is simply fantastic.

There are many many variations of hosting depending on needs of the client – let me keep this simple.

Again, please shop around – but the hosting I recommend is very competitive price-wise, support is chat support 24/7 and are used to working with all ranges of skills when you need advice or your website isn’t quite working for whatever reason, and yes I use them and just cannot fault them.

Click here and it will take you to the following page

This package will suit most needs, and if it does not then you can always upgrade to the next package via the friendly and helpful chat people.

This is the package I have had many people start on , and depending on the size of your websites – you could easily maintain 3-4 websites with this price and package. Great for learning, and expanding further with

Installing WordPress

You have now purchased your hosting and your domain.  How to ‘marry’ your domain to your hosting.

You should receive a welcome email from EUKHOST or wherever you purchased your hosting from.

The welcome email will contain a link for how you access your CPANEL (control panel for your website and hosting), and something called Nameservers/DNS – these are what you need to ‘point’ your domain to your hosting.

euk welcome email for your hosting package

Take these nameservers and head over to your 123reg account, or godaddy account or again whichever vendor you purchased your domain from .

Here, go to the control panel

You are looking to ‘manage your domains’

From here, go to ‘change Nameservers (DNS)’

You will be taken to this page – here is where you add your Nameservers that you received from your hosting.

Add them, click update and you are done with your domain vendor – the domain is now yours and is pointing to your hosting account!

PUTTING YOUR WEBSITE TOGETHER

Ok, hopefully you have now got access to a CPANEL – this would have been an email from Eukhost or whatever host you went with – these screenshots are what I use so they are allEukhost – but most are same or very similar.

Look at the screenshot below – it offers two screen views – neither matter, it is just personal preference but they both have the same options.  I am going to choose the ‘retro’ screen just because I like that. So, if you are following along then either choose the retro look or work it out

You will be taken to this screen

This is the CPANEL home screen.

From here you can do lots of things like add email addresses, find tips and hints, access the ‘backend’ of the website if you so wish – for the purpose of this guide I will be introducing you to what we will be making your website with.

WordPress is a free (open-source to be specific) system that is a template that you can install on your domain and get your website online.

There are literally 1000’s of templates available online, all in different styles – pre-made to get your website online.

There are some themes that you can purchase, and these ones are often made by people who offer support and advice on how to get them looking and working well.  Depending on your type of business will influence what you need your website to do – but for the

Depending on your type of business will influence what you need your website to do – but for the most a free template will work and work well.

If you are looking for something specific, maybe a Personal Trainer website for example, simply Google “personal trainer wordpress template” and see what comes up – as I say literally 1000’s available online to fit every business.

Once in the CPANEL, scroll down and find WordPress and click on it.

Click on the ‘install now’ button and you will be given the option of what domain to install WordPress on.

If you have multiple domains, make sure you choose the correct domain to install on and hit install.

Scroll down, and you will see this below. Choose a username and a password -this will be the username and password that you log in to your websites when you edit them.

Then you will be taken to a page like this….

The url (with the red text next to it) will be the website address for your new website.

The administrative URL is where you log in with your username and password you just created.

Congratulations and welcome to your very own website!!

Now,once you log in – you are now in the ‘back end’ of your website. This is about as difficult as microsoft word!  Go to the pages, edit them, see them change live online and get stuck in!

Go to your blog admin area and start exploring

Designing your blog

WordPress comes with many themes available – themes are templates that simply install over your blog and you can add your content as you wish.   Once you have chosen your theme then you can add a page or a post.

Here you will learn how to set up a blog in 5 easy steps – maybe you have already completed some of these steps – if so, you can just click down to the rest.  And at the end?  A brand new blog all of your own to go ahead and have fun with.

The 5 steps are

  1. Choosing a blogging platform
  2. Choose a web host
  3. How to Set up your blog and domain name
  4. How to design your blog
  5. My recommended resources for blogging

Disclosure: This guide on how to create your own blog contains some affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a service through one of the affiliate links then I may earn a small commission – this is at no extra cost to you.

The only reason that I recommend services is because I actually use them – or why would I recommend them?

Step One – Choosing a platform to build your blog on

Here I am going to shout from the highest steeple – WORDPRESS!!!

It really is an amazing tool that just keeps growing and getting better by the day.

Get blogging online with wordpress

Ok, now I know that there are many other options out there – wix being a common-mentioned one, but biased or not, I have never seen such a powerful yet user-friendly CMS (Content Management System) to date that could not be more perfect to use to create your own blog or website.

Self-hosted WordPress simply gives you ‘ownership’ of your website, take it to whatever hosting you choose, learn how to work with it or simply use it as a tool to get your own word out online.

If you do some quick research around the web (I’ll do a quick check as of now (mid 2018) that over 1/4 of ALL WEBSITES currently online are built in WordPress – take a look at what Martech Have to say about it –

Martech and WordPress

WordPress dominates 25% of website creation

Again, I am with Martech (and most other reviews that I read about CMS) on this one.

WordPress is simple to install, easy to configure and has the option of limitless designs and themes, plugins to help you to do whatever it is you want (display image galleries, add Social Media buttons, the list goes on…)

There are other platforms out there, of course.

The two that I will give a mention to are Blogger and Tumbler – simply because I love them and have created some great things and have fond memories of them.  But for me (and for you) it is time to move on to something that you actually own.

I probably sound like I work directly for WordPress – I don’t, but I am a walking, talking, typing advert for it.  And the best thing of it, the actual system is FREE!  Open Source, with a thriving community behind it.

STEP TWO – SELF-HOSTING OR A FREE OPTION

Self-hosted all the way

Why?

OK, there are several (actually lots) services where you can put together a blog ‘for free’ and also get it hosted ‘for free’  – but these freebies come with limitations.