Now you are finally ready to create your blog, after knowing the reasons we recommend blogging and the things you should consider.This post explains how to go about creating your free blog and publishing your first post.
Are you ready for the ride?
Just before we reveal websites that offer free blog hosting services, you need to figure out a name for your new blog.
Remember your niche?
Your new blog name should be something related to the niche and somewhat related to the purpose you want to achieve with your blog.
So here are few suggestions that you can tweak to get a nice blog name
• Sam Science Blog (Your name + Niche + Blog)
• Best Local News Blog (Niche centered)
• Healthy Community Blog
• Blockchain Exposed Blog
• Robotics Corner Blog etc
These should give you an idea of what to choose as your blog name.
Also, note that you are to decide whether or not you’ll add the suffix ‘blog’ to your blog URL when signing up for your blog. We’ll cover that in the next step.
Basic Terms You Should Know Before Setting Up Your Blog
1.Domain or URL
This is basically the same as your blog address and is what a visitor will type into their browser in order to get to your blog.
A typical domain looks like this
To use a domain service on your blog, you need to pay a token to a domain service provider like Whogohost, Siteground, and Namecheap. Once you purchase a domain, you can point it to your blog. (Don’t get lost here).
There’s a chance you can settle for a free domain while setting up your blog. A typical free domain looks like this
In this case, we notice an extension to the URL which usually belongs to the company providing the free domain.
This is where your blog lives on the web and is also usually paid for unless you’re setting up a free hosted blog, i.e., a blog with an extension to the domain as mentioned in the last subheading.
So if you’re going to set up a self-hosted blog, then you’ll need to buy a hosting service from a hosting provider such as Whogohost, Siteground or Namecheap.
3.Template or Theme
This is what determines how attractive your blog will appear. It is called a theme by some blogging service providers and a template by the others.
There are thousands of free themes or templates that you can use on your blog, though, you can still decide to pay for a premium version which has more functionalities.
Also, just to let you know, there are basically two types of blog
- Free Hosted Blog
Self Hosted Blog
Free Hosted Blog
This type of blog as the name rightly suggests is free to set up. So you get a free domain, hosting and theme.
Websites offering this service includes
Self Hosted Blog
Here you have to purchase a domain and hosting service for your blog and then decide whether to use a premium theme for your design or to settle for a free theme.
WordPress.org offers a self-hosting blog service. if you’re going to settle for this, then we recommend you see this post on WP beginner for details on how to set it up.
From this point onwards, we will be focusing on creating a free-hosted blog since you’re a student and not starting a blog to raise income for yourself.
How To Create Your Free Blog As A Student
On Google’s Blogger
Step 1 – Open a Google account if you do not have one or skip this step if you already do
Step 2 – Open a web browser (Chrome) on PC or mobile smartphone and type in the URL – blogger.com
Step 3 – In the next window that appears, click ‘create a new blog’
Step 4 – Choose your blog name, URL and template then save. You can choose a new template and title at your discretion but the URL cannot be changed in the future unless you decide to start an entirely new blog.
Step 5- If the last step was successful then the next page you should see is your Blogger dashboard.
There you go!
You have created a free hosted blog and can check it out by typing the URL you chose in a new tab on your web browser.
Your blogger dashboard should look like this
Click on ‘New Post’ to write your first blog post and hit publish once you’re done.
Congrats! That wasn’t hard or was it?
Now, we go over to WordPress
STEP 1 – Log on to wordpress.com
STEP 2 – Sign up for an account an confirm sign up by clicking the link in the email you receive from WordPress.
STEP 3 – Pick a theme (This can be changed later)
STEP 4 – Choose site address (URL or domain)
STEP 5 – Pick the free plan and then continue
Your new blog is created and you’ll meet your dashboard in the next window.
From your dashboard, click “Add” next to “Blog Posts”. You’ll now be taken to the post editor.
Add a title for your blog post in the bar, and the text for your blog post in the large text box. When you’re done writing, click “Publish to [yourblog]”. Once published, a bar shows up:
Click “View Post” to view the post you’ve just published.
And that’s how to create your free blog as a student. Every other thing, you’ll learn along your way.
Now that you have your blog up and running, you have completed the first step and like a famous saying goes –
You will succeed but you need to get started first
Welcome and enjoy your journey blogging as a student.