How to create a new blog

So you want to create your own blog? Awesome! We’d love to help you get online and make your own little corner of the internet.

Before getting started, the first thing you need to decide is which blogging site to use. We create themes for two different blogging sites:

  1. WordPress.org
  2. Blogger.com

We’ve compared the two blogging platforms below so that you can decide which is best for you.

WordPress.org

Description:

WordPress is the world leading website/blogging site, currently powering 27% of all websites (as of 24th Nov 2016). There are different versions of WordPress available, but if you’d like to use our themes then you would need to use the full version (WordPress.org).

Pros:

  • Use any of the thousands of free plugins from www.wordpress.org/plugins.
  • Almost infinitely flexible.
  • Our WordPress themes all come with multiple layout options and lots of custom widgets pre-installed.
  • Excellent SEO options.

Cons:

  • Requires an annual hosting charge of around $50 USD per year.

How to create a WordPress blog:

Creating a WordPress blog takes a few minutes. Follow the steps below to create your blog:

1. Purchase a WordPress hosting package from this page. The ‘StartUp’ plan will be suitable for most people.

2. Once you login to your Customer Area for the first time, you will be asked if you want to setup a new website (example below). Select WordPress and the page will expand asking you to fill in your information. Add your email, admin username and password and click on the green Confirm button.

That’s it! Your new site will now be online and you can log in to get started. You can now purchase any of our WordPress themes on this page.

 

Blogger.com (AKA Blogspot)

Description:

Blogger/Blogspot is a free blogging platform owned by Google.

Pros:

  • Free to use.

Cons:

  • Less customisable.
  • Restrictions on the type of content you can create.
  • Cannot install plugins to extend functionality.

How to create a Blogger blog:

You can create a Blogger blog at any time by going to www.blogger.com. Simply sign in and follow the on screen instructions to get started. It takes a few minutes, then you can purchase any template from this page.

Which platform do we recommend?

WordPress is generally a much better system which allows you to take full control of your blog. However, Blogger is also a great platform if you’re just starting out.

The deciding factor really comes down to your budget. If you can afford the annual hosting charge (roughly $50 USD per year) then WordPress will be the better option for most people.

If you have any questions you’re welcome to comment below, send us a tweet, or send us a message via this page 🙂

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18 Comments

  1. Catherine

    Hi, I need help setting up a blog. I have started on blogger, but I’m thinking about starting up new on WordPress and would like to use one of your themes. Which is the best and less expensive wise way to do it?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Catherine! The cheapest/best option in that case would be the “StartUp” plan from this page. If you need any help with that just let me know.

      1. Catherine

        Hi Phil, if I do this now, is the theme included in the price or?

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          You would also need to purchase a theme in addition to the hosting. The hosting is used to create the site, which the theme can then be installed on.

      2. Chante Joseph

        Hi,

        I have a domain name but it isn’t hosted on wordpress is there a transfer option.

        Chante

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Hi Chante, yes that’s no problem. You can connect your domain to the new WordPress site created via the steps above. If you need any help with that you’re welcome to add your SiteGround login details to our installation request form (after purchasing a theme).

  2. Jess

    Hiya are you able to start a blog at no cost? I want to start blogging about being a mum/lifestyle but as i dont know what im doing as iv never done anything like this before, I dont want to spend alot of money on creating something i might not be able to commit to ect. Of course if it turns out I love blogging and grow traffic then I would be ok with spending some money on it and make it more professional but right now at the begining I want to test the waters and see how i go

  3. Jimmette

    Hi Phil,

    I run a travelblog since 2003 on typepad.com and think of migrating all the content to another blogging platform. Reading your advices wordpress.com at 50$ annual subsription seems a good choice. Typepad cost much more a year and i think it’s rather outdated. Would there a automatic migration possible, as i have invested a lot of work in content and audiovisual content ther? What additional costs would arise for new domain name (as typepad includes a domain name) and templates?

    Regards
    Jim

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Jim, thanks for your comment. Just to clarify, we don’t recommend wordpress.com since this would work out far more expensive than $50 and has some restrictions too. Instead, it’s best to use wordpress.org using the steps in the article above. That way, you get the full version of WordPress and it is much cheaper too. WordPress.org comes with a Typepad importer so you can import your posts.

      So to clarify, the only costs would be:

      WordPress hosting – around $50 for the first year, depending on the plan you select
      Domain name – around 10$
      WordPress theme – around $50, depending on your choice

      Hope that helps!

      Phil

      1. Jimmette

        Hi Phil,

        thanks for your reply.
        Of course i would subscribe to wordpress.org instead. The costs seem reasonable. Just to be sure, the subsription to wordpress.org and the domain name service are annual fees, is the wordpress theme a one time fee then?
        And one more: are there any experiences or known issues with a full typepad migration including blogs and multiple photo albums on that platform?

        Regards
        Jim

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Hi Jim, the cost for WordPress hosting at SiteGround can be setup as 1, 2 or 3 year terms. I think it works out a little cheaper if you go for longer terms too. The cost for our themes is a one-time fee, then you get lifetime access 🙂

          I’m not aware of any issues with transferring from Typepad, however I must admit I have not done it before. AS a test, you could try creating a free blog at wordpress.com to test the import process first. If that works, it will also be no problem on wordpress.org.

  4. Emily Farley Diamond

    Hi Phil,
    I’m a writer and i started a website with wix a few years ago because I wanted to have a platform which I could use as a portfolio and as a blog. I don’t believe that my website has been very visible to potential readers as it has not been on blogger or WordPress. I would like to consider switching over to WordPress but i would like it to be simple to use and inclusive so I understand I would need to go for an upgraded .org site. Does that mean my website will have to be http://www.thelittlewhitediamond.org? The prices for the templates, are they just a one time cost? Obviously I understand there is an annual cost for having the siteground hosting. Also are there any specific templates that you would recommend for featuring a portfolio of work as well as a blog? Also in terms of migration is there any support for switching my website from wix to WordPress or would it have to be a case of starting from scratch and uploading everything again? Thanks for your help.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Emily, apologies for the slow reply. You may be interested in our Wix to WordPress migration service. This includes a free theme and is currently on sale too 🙂

      If you decide to purchase a theme without the migration service then this would be a one-time fee. Then you can use the theme for life.

      All of our themes include support the option of creating a portfolio section.

      1. Emily Farley Diamond

        Thanks Phil, if I went ahead with the migration service from wix would I have to pay for the theme again further down the line then? I ask because u said if I purchase the theme without the migration service it would be a onetime fee for use for life, which implies that it’s not if I go with the migration service? Thank you again.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Sorry I made that sound a bit cryptic! You’ll not need to pay for the theme again either way. Even when you get a free theme from our migration service you will be able to use it for life 🙂

  5. Praashna

    Hello! I have just purchased a domain with Go Daddy but I would really like one of the themes but I’m not sure which would actually be possible! Thank you!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Praashna, you can use your Godaddy domain with either Blogger or WordPress. So you could create a blog using either of the setup guides on this page. If you have any other questions about that just let me know 🙂

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