How to Start a Blog

To learn how to start a blog, follow our detailed step-by-step instructions at http://theminimalists.com/wordpress

For additional blogging recommendations and tips, read our post, “How to Start a Successful Blog Today”: http://theminimalists.com/blog

Trying to figure out how to start a blog? Well, starting a blog is easier than you think. After much experimenting, we discovered the best way to set up our blog, TheMinimalists.com, which now has more than 4 million readers and has been featured in dozens of major media publications (New York Times, TIME magazine, TODAY show, and many others). These are the exact steps we took when we created our blog. If you follow this sequence, you will set up a beautiful blog in less than an hour.

7-STEP SUMMARY:

STEP 1. TIME: Set aside one hour to create your blog.

STEP 2. DOMAIN & HOSTING: Sign up for hosting and get a free domain with Bluehost: http://theminimalists.com/bluehost

STEP 3. INSTALL WORDPRESS: While there are free blogging platforms out there like Blogspot and Tumblr, nearly every serious blogger uses a self-hosted WordPress site because of its creative freedom and flexibility. Don’t let the word “install” intimidate you. Bluehost walks you through every single step. Besides, in this context, “install” just means “make a few clicks.” So, really, you’re just a few clicks away from WordPress installation. Screenshots: http://theminimalists.com/wordpress

STEP 4. SELECT A THEME: A theme allows you to control the specific look and feel of your blog without the need for coding expertise or design knowledge. In other words, a good theme helps you to design your blog exactly how you want it to look. If you’re not a coder (we certainly aren’t), then a theme makes the design work a million times easier. There are two halves to your theme: the framework (the bones) and the child theme (the beauty). We use Genesis for our framework (http://theminimalists.com/genesis) and BYLT for our child theme (http://theminimalists.com/bylt).

STEP 5. INSTALL THEME: Remember how easy it was in install WordPress? Well, installing your theme is even easier. Details at http://theminimalists.com/wordpress

STEP 6. INSTALL PLUGINS: Plugins are third-party appendages that add additional functionality to your blog. It’s best to keep your number of plugins to a minimum and install only the best plugins. (Too many plugins, as well as unreliable plugins, can slow down your site.) We use only a few plugins at The Minimalists. Details at http://theminimalists.com/wordpress

STEP 7. MODIFY UNTIL YOU’RE HAPPY. You’re done! You’ve learned how to start a blog. Congrats! And this is actually where the fun begins. Now that you have your own blog, you get to make it yours; you get to turn your vision into a reality. So tinker away. Plenty of suggestions and tips at http://theminimalists.com/wordpress

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  1. Hey Josh! I love your blog. That might not have anything to do with the video itself but it didn’t have any comments so I thought I’d change that.

  2. You are amazing. Thanks for coming to Seattle for Wordtasting, I appreciate you guys. And thanks for giving me the best gift, the gift of time. You’ve inspired me to seek out and join a small meet up group of minimalist/simple living like minded people – I’m really excited for that. Thanks Josh & Ryan for the quality content of every video.

  3. Great to have this step by step as a resource, so one can focus on writing right away.  Keep up the great work!

  4. I was completely befuddled on how to start my blog and this took all the scariness right out of it.  Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ve been writing for months and have been toying with the idea of sharing it with ‘the people’ through a blog. It no longer seems like an insurmountable feat.

  6. If I get a free domain from blue host, how do I carry that over to WordPress, or would I need to buy a domain from using WordPress option?

  7. if i want to write about someone (lets say a photographer) on their works on my Blog, i would also need their Images to write about them. Would i need their permission to do that? How do i go about this? i email him , lets says photographer approves them! what else do i need from the actual photographer to prove i got rights to use them on my site in my blog?? please Help

  8. This was so incredibly helpful to someone who has been semi blogging for about 4 years now. I’m a writer and I want to put real value to my writing and this has definitely put me in the right direction. Much thanks!

  9. so i did as he said and bought genesis and a child theme but when i go on word press i can either choose genesis or my child theme? i thought they worked together no?

  10. this video helped me so much, thank you xx
    i just created my own blog, i would love if yous could check it out.
    prettylittlethings02.wordpress.com

  11. Hey Joshua! I’m very new to blogging and am wanting to begin the process. Someone had told me about Weebly. What do you think about Weebly? Does it give you the creative control like Word Press?

  12. So, if I have bought hosting and my domain with bluehost, installed WordPress as per instructions and start to set up my blog…..does this mean that I am set up on WordPress.org so I can choose my own advertisement etc? I’m not on wordpress.com which means they can put advertisements on my site as my log-in seems to go to wordpress.com. Gosh this is confusing!

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  14. I’m confused. If I start a blog via the wordpress-website is wordpress then my host? do I necessarily need a host or does it worl for free via wordpress. I would be very thankful for some advice 🙂

  15. Looking at their site, I have no idea how to find the articles he’s mentioned.. I guess we’re supposed to scroll down for 20 minutes lol.. ?

  16. Nice video bro

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  17. I am going to be your guide on this journey to building a successful blog. I have been building blogs and websites since 2002. In that time I have launched several of my own blogs, and helped hundreds of others do the same. *Easy to follow step by step tutorials: **https://mydreamlives.com/how-to-start-a-blog** :)*

  18. Nice video & advice but please do some post-production on the audio. Low quality & quiet.

  19. Very helpful, do you recommend creating a blog over your mobile phone? I want to start a blog but don’t have a computer.

  20. I have listened to many of your podcasts and it’s wierd to see a face connected to the voice XD

  21. If you are a blogger and still you are away from the blogging tools, then you are making a blunder. As a pro blogger, you must feed your passion by publishing quality blogs frequently.

  22. Best “how to get started ” video I’ve watched thus far (I’ve watched many) I’m ready to take the plunge now, thank you!!!

  23. After buying the Bluehost package, can I proceed without purchasing the framework? Also, can I use a free template? Bottom line, can I get started with just the 4$ bluehost package?

  24. what if i choose to use blogger, do i need to use a host? can i still use bluehost? if not what do i use?

  25. Absolutely right and not just for blogging, I’ve been running
    my own website for 3 years now and only started to make money from advertising
    after about 2 years; it’s a big learning curve …however you can’t beat the fun,
    if you need a low cost easy start-up with a free domain name pop over to our
    website.

  26. I was wondering, is there a way I can work on my blog without having people look at it until I’m done and ready to launch?

  27. I am always leery about this type of video. Especially when he says he had no clue of what he was doing…. things are always so gimmicky

  28. When I click on the first login from the credentials page, the login to my domain is just a blank white screen. How should I fix this?

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  30. If you have a some what popular blog and would like to do an online magazine, would you recommend Word Press for that?

  31. Is there a way to start a blog completely for free? I’m only 14 so I don’t really have money to spend, not on a blog like that. Is there a way to start a blog that would work for me?

  32. Everybody wants to be famous these days. So I was interested in what a “blogger” is and does. Well I get it now and ….I have zero interest.

  33. Thank you Joshua. It was very helpful and very informative. I value your top tips… Brilliant help! Keep up the good work Mr. Millburn 🙂 You’re doing really well.

  34. Great Video! Thanks for sharing. Great information and navigation to the sources. Much appreciated!

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