The WordPress Blog Elementor designed to make blogging easy. – Use Drag and Drop widgets to create posts the way you like – Choose from thousands of Divi layout settings and customize them to match your tastes – Create beautiful pages for about anything from product launches to team member bios–all with advanced page builder elements.
Elementor is the ultimate builder for WordPress blogs, it’s as easy as drag and drop! The layout builder was designed to make it easy to create anything from a simple blog layout, to an entire corporate website. Use templates to quickly get started, or dive right in by adding text and images directly into the live editor and customize your new layout with our wide range of unique modules.
Hosting and Domain Name
Assuming that you don’t have a WordPress website already, our first step will be to create a new site.
In order for you to start working with WordPress, you’ll first have to get yourself a hosting plan and a domain name.
What Is Hosting?
A web hosting service is provided by a hosting company and in essence, it is where your website will be stored. The hosting provider stores all of a website’s information on its servers.
In addition to storage, a hosting provider can also provide additional services like backup, security, support, and more, making it an essential part of having a smoothly working website.
Some hosting providers focus on blog hosting, others on ecommerce hosting. Some are better at supporting smaller clients, while others are are geared to support big corporations. So, which one would be best for you?
How to Choose a Hosting Plan?
Choosing a hosting plan really depends on your personal needs.
- How much support will you need? Some hosting providers are aimed at more experienced users, who have some technical expertise. If, however, you’re new to this and have little or no experience you might want to consider using a hosting provider with a reputation for offering great support.
- How much traffic are you expecting? Depending on the amount of traffic you are expecting, you might find that some hosting providers may are not a good fit for you. Some may not support the rate of traffic that you are expecting, while others may offer higher, or more professional level support, for a higher price.
- What server type is best for you? Different hosting providers offer different server types. For example:
- Shared Hosting. This is the cheapest type of hosting available. In a shared hosting plan, you will be sharing your server with other people. There are good sides and bad sides to this. Shared hosting is cheaper, however, you may find that there are performance issues.
- Dedicated Hosting. This is a more expensive option, where you will have your own server dedicated to your website. You do gain more support, but again, this option is more expensive.
- Cloud Hosting. Companies, like Amazon and Microsoft, now offer cloud hosting, which allows for better flexibility in terms of scaling up (if you ever want to expand your site in the future), and it works very seamlessly. Prices vary, depending on your needs.
If you’d like to learn more about the different hosting options, we recommend reading this amazing article.
What Is a Domain Name?
In addition to hosting, you will be required to have a domain name. A domain name is your website’s, or, in this case, your blog’s address on the internet. For example, google.com and wordpress.com are domain names.
You’ll be able to choose a your own domain name once you sign up with a hosting plan.
How to Choose a Domain Name?
What kind of domain name would you like for your blog site? You’ve probably noticed that websites can have different suffixes (the letters on the end of a website address) like .com, .net, .info, .org, .biz, etc. They used to make a difference, but they don’t matter as much as they used to.
However, you should think carefully about how you would like your domain name to appear. Generally, the shorter the domain name, the better it is.
Make sure that it’s easy to spell and that it uses keywords (that is, the kind of words that people usually use when they search for the subject/s that you will write about in your blog).
Alternatively, if this is your personal blog, why not use your name?
Examples of Hosting Providers
Here are some good hosting providers. You can check out their plans and services, and choose the one that works best for you.
Cerato is a multi-purpose WordPress theme for blogs and WooCommerce. It comes with pixel-perfect demos and advanced adaptive images.
It offers you unlimited header and footer possibilities and a visual drag & drop header builder. The theme has an Ajax product filter and canvas cart. It is SEO-friendly and well documented.
- Built-in mega menu
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- WooCommerce Buy Now button
Installing from Your Hosting Service’s Dashboard
If, for example, you’ve chosen Bluehost as your hosting provider then all you need to do is access to your Bluehost hosting account and click on the Login to WordPress button and follow their simple step-by-step guide to install and set up WordPress.
Alternatively, if your hosting provider is SiteGround, once you have signed in, you’ll be greeted by a “welcome” popup. There, select the option to install WordPress, and follow the guided steps.
Installing WordPress From Scratch
- Go to the wordpress.org website, and download the latest version of WordPress. Once the download is complete, unzip the file.
- Create a database for WordPress on your server and a MySQL user who will have all the privileges for editing it.
- Upload the WordPress files to your server.
- Select the option to Install now and run the installation.
For a more detailed walkthrough, please check this excellent guide.
Whatever way you choose to install WordPress, once you have it installed, you can simply access its dashboard by typing your domain name followed by “/wp-admin
Customizing Your Core Pages With Elementor
Astra helps you make all kinds of tweaks to your blog’s style and design. But all of your blog’s core pages – homepage, about, etc. – are built with the Elementor page builder.
To customize these pages, you can use the drag-and-drop Elementor interface. Just click the Edit with Elementor option when you’re editing one of these pages:
If you need some help using Elementor to edit your blog’s pages, the Elementor 101 videos are a great place to start.
There’s More With The Pro Versions Of Astra And Elementor
If you ever want more functionality, both Astra and Elementor have pro versions that offer extra functionality.
This functionality gives you even more control and flexibility when building your blog. For example, with Astra Pro you get:
- Deeper control over blog layouts – among other features, you can set up a grid layout for your blog posts, which is especially helpful if you use eye-catching featured images.
- Deeper color and typography options – get even more pinpoint control over your blog’s colors and typography.
- Sticky and transparent header – get more control over where your blog’s navigation menu appears and how it functions.
- Page Headers – create great-looking page title areas with breadcrumbs, meta fields, and other options.
- Scroll to top link – improve your site’s user experience by letting users quickly scroll back to the top.
- White label – if you’re building a blog for someone else, you can remove all Astra branding and replace it with your own.
And if you purchase Elementor Pro, you’ll get helpful new widgets that let you display your blog posts as part of your Elementor designs, as well as lots of other helpful functionality:https://www.youtube.com/embed/HbHtFJ_51VY?feature=oembed
Build Your Blog With Elementor And Astra!
Building a blog with Astra and Elementor gives you the power to completely customize your blog without having to know anything about code.
Using simple controls and drag-and-drop editing, you can build your perfect blog. And because Astra is optimized to load quickly, your blog won’t just look great, it will perform great, too.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Now you are ready to start writing your first post on your new blog.
Here’s a simple way to do that:
- Go to the WordPress dashboard.
- Click on the +New button on the top menu bar, and in the drop-down list of options, select Post.
Once a fresh new post page appears, enter a title, then write your blog and add your content. It doesn’t have to be all text. You can add add images, videos and other media.
When you’re done, and you’re happy with your blog post, hit the Publish button, and that’s it.
Congratulations!! You are now a blogger with your very own blog site.
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There are unlimited category layouts. It is SEO optimized and translation-ready.
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