5 Things you Should Know Before Starting a Blog

5 Things you Should Know Before you Start a Blog

Welcome to the article on 5 things you should know before starting a blog!

I assume that you have decided to post your ingenious ideas for the internet audience through a blog. It's never too late to start a blog. We will make this process easy with the simple, easy to understand, step-by-step instructions and set-up your own blog without worrying about technical aspects involved in it.

There are a couple of things you should know before starting a blog. Since these blogging activities are interconnected with each other. Hence there is a possibility of getting confused on where to start from. The righteous approach is to note down all those things and follow a simple step-by-step procedure and complete them all.

Below steps will help you understand the primary work need to be done before you dive into the actual process of blogging. So, let's see where, to begin with.

1. Choosing a blogging platform.

There are numerous blogging platforms available on the internet. WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, Wix, TypePad, Ghost are a few popular ones to name. Each one offers unique and satisfactory services.

Also, if you wish to host and manage your blog by own then there is another Wordpress service, i.e. Wordpress.org for which you will have to buy a domain name for a website and hosting space. A domain is nothing but a unique URL of your website. Hosting space is a storage space required to run your blog and services on it. I'll advise trying the free services first listed above and then go for the advanced version.

I chose Google's Blogger service as it is convenient with Google's other services like Analytics, Webmaster, AdSense, etc., it is free, and it is very easy to use. These services might be useful to you in later phases of your blogging experience. Do a little research on the services offered by blogging platforms and see if they meet your requirements. If you decide to start a blog on blogger, feel free to visit the article on Registering your blog on Google Blogger.

2. Selecting your niche (subject).

Once you have decided on which blogging platform to start with, the next devious job is to select the topic for your blog. Think what your personality or experience relates to and choose the topic accordingly.

Don't get confused with too many ideas and stay stuck with your prominent choice. Make sure your blog-topic is interesting and knowledgeable. Select a suitable title (in my case I chose Blogging Hacks) and domain (https://www.blogging-hacks.com) for the blog.

One more important thing while choosing a domain name is, it could be represented in a variety of options. So do a little research on which domain name is suitable for your blog.

3. Understanding the dashboard interface.

Assuming you have selected a blogging platform and niche, domain and URL following it. The next step is to understand the dashboard interface.

A dashboard is a centralized place from where you can manage and control your blog. You can set the theme for the blog, set sidebar elements, fonts, colors, etc., manage comments and so many other things from the same interface. We will have a closer look on dashboard interface post setting the domain name of the blog.

Understand all the functionality offered by the blogging service provider. Go through each menu link and see what all changes happen upon changing the settings. It is good to experiment functionalities before you start publishing a large number of posts. I would suggest watching 20-30 mins beginners guide video on YouTube to understand the complete interface of the Dashboard.

If you plan to host a blog on Google Blogger, I have explained the Blogger dashboard in great detail in the article How to Write the First Blog Post. All blogging platforms listed in point #1 offers almost the same dashboard interface. Hence reading this article would be worthy of your time.

4. Choosing the right template for your blog.

Half of the difficult job is done once you are acquainted with the dashboard interface. Now you need to choose a right, decent-looking template for your blog.

The template you choose should complement the subject you have chosen for the blog. It should also support the latest technologies/trends concerning website development and designing.

You may choose to have features like the responsiveness of the web page on different screen sizes, easy customization, color options, attractive footer, sidebar options, etc.

5. Must have elements for your web page.

When you set-up your template you should consider keeping these widgets/ gadgets. Widget is nothing but the different web parts included on your blog.

A plugin or gadget or widget to show the list of all posts from where your readers can access them, an archive of all posts if there are too many posts, subscribe link, followers link, advertisements, social media plugins, RSS subscription link, etc. are few web parts that you definitely want to include.

This list of the elements may vary depending upon your needs. Hence make a note of all widgets you wish to add on your blog.

Concluding on the point that we have all the details discussed above to start a blog. In this guide we learned about:

Do let me know through your comments if at all, you have any questions.

Wish you all the best and welcome to the blogging community!
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Hi. I am Ramesh Wetkoli. Three things I try to include in my blog posts are creativity, useful insights, and trendy information. IT graduate and working professional. I have leveraged 9+ years of work experience in IT industry and learnt various technologies, providing merchandizing support and handling digital marketing responsibilities.

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