Do you have an excellent idea? Need some way to let the rest of us know your thoughts and desires? Maybe you only want to start a blog, just for the fun of having your place to capture ideas and memories. So how to make a website without coding?
Most articles you will find on “Starting a Website” focuses on:
- Setting up your website hosting
- Learning how to install a blogging platform
- Creating your Blog
These are all crucial parts of your blog, but these lessons focus on the technical part of blog creation.
First, we need to start with: Who is my audience? You know your ideas are great, but who is going to read them? Who will want to read my thoughts on a subject?
I enjoy searching through social media to notice what kind of blogging topics and comments, come up and this is a pretty typical one: I want to start a blog, but I’m not sure anybody will be reading it…
When browsing through social media, I see aspiring bloggers asking this question all the time. That’s why I am creating this blog post. To help you decided on the non-technical part of writing the blog (writing content). We’ll take a look at some essential directions and steps you may need to decide on about the contents of your blog.
Don’t over analyze these ideas and become overwhelmed. You don’t need to understand everything about your blog to get started, we just need some general thoughts. We’ll take thing one step at a time, and soon you will have your own successful blog!
Let’s think about blogging…
WHY Do You Want to Blog?
Do you have a message you need to share? Have a passion for a hobby? Do you want to document your life, or use this to keep memories? Maybe you just a good writer and want to share your skill? There are so many reasons to start a blog, but for this article, we will put them in three broad categories a person usually want a blog because :
- Want to have Fun.
- To get a message out.
- To create an income from it.
Like I mentioned earlier these are broad categories, and your personal reasons may be one or a combination of these three things. It’s essential to understand why you are creating a blog. Sort of like a start line on a race track!
WHAT Will Your Blog Be About?
Do you have a topic for your blog? If you love to paint, maybe you should set up a beauty and makeup blog.
Great auto-mechanic? Go for a car repair blog! You may not know right now where your blog will go, and that’s okay too!
Honestly, it’s best to try to figure out, even without a lot of details what your blog to be about the main topic. Bloggers who stay focused tend to have better success than those bloggers who write vary randomly about topics.
Blogging about gardening and then blogging about baking cakes may not appeal to your readers. If they read your blog for gardening tips and look forward to when your blog comes out, they may be upset to find your next post is about the perfect chocolate cake!
You want your readers to be comfortable with the blog, and keep coming to your post after post. Humans are creatures of habits, you want your readers to scroll to your blog as a habit, and then share it because of the high content. This leads us to a fundamental question…
WHO Will You Be Blogging For?
Who is your writing to and for?
The purpose and tone of a writing piece are set by the writer knowing the audience that will be reading the blog.
If you enjoy making jewelry, then your audience may be other people making jewelry, or people looking to buy jewelry. You would write tips on creating and collecting jewelry. If you have a hair design blog, you will focus on tips and styling tricks that people are looking for every day!
Maybe you love wedding dresses especially by designer X, tailoring your blog to talk about your favorite designer, would target women searching for wedding dresses by designer X. If you are looking to have an income from your blog, then targeting a specific audience is essential.
If you want to blog for fun, and just want to share life events and stories that’s fine too! It’s also still important to know your audience. You may wish to people who are also unique like you are, why should someone follow you?
As your blog grows, you will want to interact with your readers, and knowing who your blogging will be essential for interaction.
With social media, different types of people interact on different platforms. So you really want to explore which social sites your audience uses! If readers don’t seek you out at first reach out to them!
- Why are you blogging?
- What are you blogging about?
- Who is your audience?
Now when we have that down, let’s look at some platforms that you can use.
Since we discuss some significant ideas about content, while you are planning out your blog, we will begin to look at platforms.
WHAT Platform Should You Use?
There are many platforms to use, and you might have seen some of them around. Platforms like:
There is a vast assortment of platforms to use when blogging some popular ones are:
All of these platforms are good, but all of them have some differences.
How do you decide which blog platform to use?
Here are some great qualities to look at when choosing your platform:
- The platform’s ease of use. Can you set up your blog or is it too complicated?
- Do you have a particular theme in your mind, check to see if they have the type of subject you want?
- Does it have the plugins, if you need the blog to do something specific, like run a particular script or play flash, etc.?
- What are the terms for affiliate programs and ads on your site if you`re using a free platform?
- Is there a spam blocker?
Personally, I believe WordPress is the best blog platform.
Here are just a few reasons I prefer to use WordPress:
- It’s easy to use and edit.
- There are free themes and premium themes (paid), so you can basically get any theme you desire.
- There are plugins for anything and everything!
- WordPress self-hosted gives you control on your ads and affiliate programs.
- Lots of plugins to use for security and spam issues.
I’ve used WordPress has been my primary platform for more than 3 years. There are two versions of WordPress, either the Free or the Self Hosted WordPress blog.
Which should you choose? Let’s check at the differences.
The best thing about WordPress Free version, wordpress.com is that it’s free. Starting out you may have a small budget. Starting free is a great idea to see if you enjoy blogging!
You have restricted functionality:
Your blog is owned by WordPress, you must play by their rules.
Because your blog is owned by WordPress, you have to abide by their rules and limitations.
Your website name doesn’t look professional because the domain includes.
WordPress, so this site instead of “savemoney.com” it would look like savemoney.wordpress.com.
If you are blogging for enjoyment, the free version is excellent! You can always start free and upgrade later on!
But if you are blogging to create a brand or website for any of these reasons, it’s best to be to be self-hosted:
- an online business
- to build your brand
- need a more professional blog
- Want to monetize your blog in the future.
Self Hosted WordPress Version
The self-hosted site lets you be in control. Having a self-hosted made you decide the rules for your blog. The platform allows your blog to have unlimited functions and looks!
- You have 100% control. No answering to anyone about your choices.
- Your site your rules. Now that you can choose your marketing program to suit your readers’ needs.
- You design your space, and you can tailor your look to fit your brand.
- You have unlimited access to themes and plugins. WordPress has so many options it’s crazy!
Your self hosted domain will have a cleaner looking URL, “savemoney.com” or “.net.”
If you are sincere about your blog, this is definitely the way to start out!
So what does it take to start
a Self Hosted WordPress Site?
Here is where the technical part begins. You are going to need:
- Domain and Hosting, my host will let you host and buy your domain in the same place and at the same time. Let me walk you through those steps, this is how you get this done
. InstallWordPress it’s included step by step in my walkthrough too!
- That’s it! Your blog if waiting for your success! So let’s go!
Till now, I`m sure you understand how to make a website without coding.
If you are new, you will have questions! Please feel free to ask in the comment section below! Also, you if you know an answer to someone’s question jump in and help to answer them too! You can share why you want to start blogging and even what direction you want to take your blog.