What Does a Free WordPress Blog Look Like

My blog is at www.whatdoesafreewordpressbloglooklike.wordpress.com ___ It’s so easy to set up and takes only minutes. You have all the features you could wish for including automatic updates of your blog, a search engine optimisation feature where you can edit keywords and such like to improve your visibility in Google, an RSS feed which is a way of grabbing content from other blogs and websites directly into your WordPress blog, and a library of free themes that you can easily choose from and select to edit yourself or just get it out of the box.

It can be hard to know where to start with WordPress. This easy-to-follow guide will show you how to set up your blog from scratch, step-by-step. You’ll learn how to choose a great domain name, pick the perfect web host, set up WordPress and themes from scratch, write your first post and so much more. By the time you’re done with this tutorial, you’ll be ready to launch your new blog and start writing!

Purchase hosting and your domain name

You’ve already decided on your blog niche? Great, then making your free WordPress blog accessible to people around the world or ready for search engine optimization 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 hosting provider powering it.
  •  Domain – this is your blog’s permanent address. For example, ours is themeisle.com. Check out this post if you need help coming up with a good name and finding out how custom domains work.

You can purchase your blog hosting and domain at the same time – so don’t worry too much about the nitty-gritty details 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.

We’ve personally tested the performance and reliability of many hosting companies. With the results of all these experiments in mind, we can recommend Bluehost to new bloggers in the WordPress world.

Here’s why:

  • It’s affordable. You can host your site for the price of a small latte each month – it’s just $2.75 per month for your first 12 months.
  • You get a free domain name when you sign up. This ties in with affordability – your own domain would otherwise cost $10+.
  • 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, Bluehost offers plenty of performance to keep your site loading.

All in, it will cost you about $33 to host your blog at Bluehost for the entire year, which includes your free domain name. It also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Check if your domain is available

Here’s a quick tool you can use to find out if the exact domain name you’re interested in is available:

https://www.bluehost.com/web-hosting/domaincheckapi/?affiliate=codeinwp

That’s about as cheap as it’s going to get if you want to create a WordPress blog.

How to sign up for WordPress hosting at Bluehost

To get started, click here to go to Bluehost and unlock their special offer for Themeisle users ($2.75/mo). Then click on “Get Started Now” button. You’ll be taken to Bluehost plans.

For beginners, we recommend the cheap Basic plan because it packs plenty of power for your fledgling blog. Click the SELECT button to start the process:

Bluehost basic - great hosting plan to create a WordPress blog

On the next screen, enter the domain name you want to use for your blog in the new domain box and click Next. Your blog name should truly reflect the scope of your interest and be pretty straightforward. If you are not quite sure about it, Bluehost has a FAQ dedicated to the topic. Remember – you get this for free:

Choose your free domain name

One click and you land on the final screen, where you’ll need to enter basic account and billing details at the top:

Enter account details

As you scroll down, you’ll see a Package Information section at the bottom. Here, you can choose how many years of hosting service to purchase, as well as any add-ons that you want. While Bluehost will check some of these add-ons by default, you can safely de-select them:

bluehost signup 4

All in, you should pay around ~$35 for your domain name and one year of a hosting plan.

Once you’ve filled in all the information, click SUBMIT at the bottom to complete your purchase.

All right! Now, you can install all you need for your new blogging platform.

Cenote

The Cenote WordPress theme packs quite a few features into a lightweight, free theme with a clean and modern layout.

The good thing about Cenote is that it uses plenty of white space and standard colors. The theme provides a one-click installation button, along with primary color options for matching your branding and logo. The four widget areas can be placed in the header or footer, as well as the sidebars. What’s more, the Cenote theme has an area to adjust custom CSS. The demo content is great for getting started with your design, but more advanced coders will appreciate the custom CSS.

Boxed and wide layouts ensure that your site either covers the entire screen or cuts off at the sides. The sticky menu is great so that your visitors always have the menu in front of their eyes. Another item to get excited about is the social icon pack. Reveal icons from Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and more, using the buttons to send people to your social pages.

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 intimidating – but we think you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to install WordPress.

When you completed the sign-up process in the previous step, you should have received an email from Bluehost with details on how to log in to the Bluehost Customer Area.

Go ahead and log in to Bluehost.

As soon as you log in for the first time, Bluehost will give you a simple wizard that takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your new site.

Don’t see the setup wizard? No worries, it’s still really easy to install WordPress with Bluehost. Just go to the My Sites area and click the Create Site button to launch the wizard:

How to install WordPress at Bluehost

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:

Enter details to create a WordPress blog

Once you finish the install process, you can access your new blog’s dashboard by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

TechCrunch

TechCrunch is a technology news blog that doubles up as a guide for all tech stuff. It keeps you up-to-date on events in tech companies, whether large or small. The site also carries opinions about and analyses of these companies. Whether Yahoo is slashing its workforce or you want to find out about tech companies’ earnings or breakthrough advances in technology, this is where you will find the news. You can tap data on funding for tech companies and startups here. Here you can also access TechCrunch Daily and Weekly Newsletters and interviews with big names in technology.

Gucherry Blog

The GuCherry Blog theme is a beautiful and minimal theme for fashion, travel, and lifestyle bloggers.

It features an attention-grabbing slider at the top and has plenty of widgets that make it easy to add content to your sidebar as well as other widgetized areas on your site. This theme also comes with plenty of space for ad display so you can easily monetize your blog with ad networks such as Google AdSense. GuCherry Blog theme supports multiple post formats so you can make your posts more engaging by sharing videos, audio, and written content.

In terms of customization, the theme is easy to customize and allows you to upload your own header image or logo, change colors, and customize fonts. The GuCherry blog also comes with a custom social media widget and built-in.

Reuters Blog

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The blog of Reuters News Agency covers a great deal of ground by way of information. There are many geographical editions to this blog. Its high Alexa rating places it among the most popular blogs. It also has a solid reputation as an authoritative news source and is widely followed all over the globe. The blog is brimming with highly readable information.

Olsen Light

Olsen Light is a crisp, starched white shirt of a WordPress theme. Completely blog-friendly, Olsen Light is full-width, clean, and visually stunning, drawing your visitors’ eyes to your content.

Perfect for photography-related blogs, Olsen Light lends itself well to a number of niches. You can choose between a right sidebar layout or a full-width template. This theme offers simple customization through the new and improved WordPress Customizer. You can upload logos, a site favicon, customize and configure pagination styles, and more through the Customizer options. You can also implement a visually striking image carousel on your front page, if you choose.

In addition, Olsen Light offers three custom widgets: an “about the author” profile box, a social icons box, and a widget for customizing the display of your recent posts. You can configure and display social sharing options for your posts and pages straight from the theme, without the need for an additional plugin. It also integrates with Instagram though you’ll need a plugin to take advantage of this option.

Conclusion

This blog is an example of a 100% free WordPress blog, using only features that the core software offers. The theme is simple and very easy to understand, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting started. There’s no premium version of the theme, so look out for that if you don’t like this one.

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