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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66 Comments

  1. PaulaMaria

    Dear Phil,
    I really want to purchase a WordPress theme off this website, in fact Blossom is my favorite one. The problem is: I want to create a website for an online shop but the theme is made for bloggers. Do you think it is possible to customize it so I can use it for my online shop? I would need a cart sign and all the tools for paying with paypal or credit cards and so on. I would be very grateful if you could help me 🙂

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Paula, many of our themes are designed to work with ecommerce/shopping features. You can read more about that in this guide. The Blossom theme is included in the list of compatible themes 🙂

  2. Maddie

    Hi Phil! You’ll have to bare with me a little bit, as I am completely new to web hosting & have no idea what I’m doing. I’m currently using a free wix site for my photography business, but I’m tired of the unprofessional look of the site. I love your beautiful designs & I’m very interested in buying one of your themes for a wordpress.org site, but I feel just a little weary at the idea of being without a “drag & drop” type of template to build off of. I have no experience with coding or anything even close to it – so I guess what I’m asking is, how user friendly would this route of purchasing web hosting & updating and managing a template be for a novice like me? Thank you in advance!!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Maddie, sorry for the slow reply! For some reason your comment was blocked as spam.

      WordPress itself is very easy to use. You don’t really need any coding knowledge. If you’re keen on using a drag and drop builder, there are also lots of those available too. I’d recommend either Beaver Builder or Elementor.

      1. Madeleine

        Thank you so much for replying & the recommendations – I’ll definitely look into them further.(: This is probably a silly question, but I’ll ask anyway: If I were to use one of the two builders you’ve mentioned, would I still be able to apply one of your themes to my site and use them simultaneously?

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          Yes definitely, those plugins are fully compatible with our themes 🙂

          1. Madeleine

            Thank you so much for your help!! Yours is the best costumer service I have ever been on the receiving end on.(: This seals the deal for me! I cannot wait to buy one of your themes!

            1. Phil (pipdig)

              You’re very welcome! Glad I could help you out 🙂

    2. Dawn

      Hi Phil:

      I am new to blogging and I am trying in vain to set up my blog. However, the template has a bunch of latin filled in blank posts. I tried to set them to private thinking they all wouldn’t be visible to the public as they are the template. However , the template is visible. I cannot fill in that many posts at once. How do I set just the posts I am working on to be visible? Keeping the others hidden until I have a chance to fill them in with text and pictures. Thank you.

      1. Phil (pipdig)

        Hi Dawn, I’d actually recommend deleting the demo posts rather than editing them. You can delete them from the “Posts” section of your dashboard. Then you can create any new posts from scratch in that section too.

        1. Dawn

          Hi Phil:

          Will it auto populate back into the nifty set-up? I am new and clueless to building it back up.

          1. Phil (pipdig)

            The layout on the homepage will automatically populate with any new blog posts.

  3. Tanya

    Hi Phil!
    First of all, I’ve heard such great things about your templates and your service so I am so excited to purchase one!

    I am going to get your Equinox theme.
    I am in the process of transferring my site from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (through Bluehost). I can see my posts transferred but not all my images. Is that something you can help with in the theme installation process?

    Please let me know and thank you so much in advance!

    Thank you,
    Tanya

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Tanya, I’m glad to hear people have recommended us!

      It sounds like the migration from wp.com to Bluehost was not successful if the images are missing. If possible, I’d actually recommend requesting a refund from Bluehost and using our free migration service. That way, we can guarantee that all your content, images etc are imported correctly. I can also setup a theme for you at the same time too. We have used Bluehost in the past, but the quality of hosting isn’t all that great and they’re prone to many issues even once your new site is online.

      1. Tanya

        Hi Phil,

        Do you recommend adding the SG site scanner to my hosting plan? Or am I ok without it.

        Thank you!!

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          It’s a nice little addition if you have any spare budget, but not essential.

  4. Julia Campana

    Hi! I have a blog and domain name now on WordPress.com, and I’m confused on how to transfer to WordPress.org. Will all my content be deleted? What is the easiest way to do this.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Julia, it sounds like our transfer service would be perfect. Using this service, we can convert your site to wordpress.org and you’ll keep all your content, subscribers etc 🙂

  5. Maisha

    Hey there! Can I buy your themes if my wordpress is hosted by bluehost? I’m sorry for asking such a basic question, I’m very new to this.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Maisha, yep, so long as you’re using a WordPress plan from this page you can still use our themes 🙂

  6. Franziska

    Hi there,

    I love your themes and service!

    I signed up for wordpress.com now (after the 30 days) realizing I should have used wordpress.org and a different host. Oh well.
    I am a little discouraged at the moment. But your beautiful themes, seemingly easy to operate are motivating me again.

    So now I am trying to switch to a new host and take me domain name with me.
    Where should I start? Cancel all the plans for wordpress.com, sign up for site ground and ask them to transfer my domain name?

    Thank you soooo much in advance.
    Franzi

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Franzi, if you complete the steps on this page then use the form at the bottom I’ll handle everything for you. This includes setting up the domain, hosting and new theme 🙂

  7. Vikki

    Hi
    Can I use 1&1 to host (my domain name is with them) and then buy one of your templates?
    I’m just setting up
    Thanks:)

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Vikki, yes that’s no problem. I’d still recommend using SiteGround though, since their quality of hosting and WordPress support is far better. It is possible to connect your 1&1 domain to SiteGround. If you need any help ding that just let me know 🙂

  8. Blair

    Hi! I just want to know what I will be paying for every month? How do I see my plan, and what is the difference between pipdig, WordPress.com, and WordPress.org because I think I have an account on both and I don’t know if I’ll be paying for both or what… I just want one website. I just want to know what I’ll be paying for and to have just my main website.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Blair, to confirm, you won’t need any of the plans from wordpress.com. If you have purchased one, I’d recommend cancelling that. You can also get a refund for it too if you purchased within the last 30 days. You will just need the hosting at SiteGround and your domain name going forward.

      1. Blair

        Okay thank you! So I just need the WordPress.org account? How can I delete the whole account and website on WordPress.com since I just need WordPress.org account and that website

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          You can do that via your wordpress.com account. I think there is a “Delete” section within the Settings page of their dashboard 🙂

  9. Neha

    Hi I recently purchased a theme from pipdig But I having a problem with the home page. I can’t see the posts on the home page. It is on the blog page and all the categories but It is not on the home page. If I am adding a sidebar on the website then home page is all blank. Please help.

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Neha, thanks for purchasing a theme! Have you maybe setup a static homepage in the past? If so, you may wish to remove those settings and display your blog posts on the homepage instead.

  10. Emma

    Hi Phil,

    WordPress are asking if I need to cancel my domain also as this is the only way I get the entire refund. Now I have purchased siteground am I able to also cancel my domain to get the entire refund? Please respond asap as I am on a time limit to get the refund.

    Thanks Emma

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Emma, if you’d like to use the same domain then you would need to keep it. They will probably only refund the domain if you didn’t want to use it any more. Once a domain has been registered you can’t re-purchase it from another location.

  11. Cora

    Hello,

    I would like to start a new blog and instead of using one of the free themes on wordpress.com, I’d prefer to purchase one of your beautiful themes. Furthermore I’m looking to registering my new domain from an independent site (e.g. namecheap.com). I understood that I need to use wordpress.org rather than .com . Now I’m a bit confused about how to start and what to avoid (I don’t want to spend too much money, as it is just for fun right now).

    My idea:
    1. I register my domain with namecheap.com
    2. I register at wordpress.org
    3. I purchase my favorite theme from you
    4. And somehow I’ll install your theme code into my wordpress.org

    Does that make sense so far or should I register my domain with wordpress.org directly? I know this is at least an option on wordpress.com, but it felt strange to leave my domain right with wordpress (maybe I want to host my site somewhere else at a later point and then I’ll have no access to the domain name again). But hey, I’m not pro, that’s why I’m hoping for your support. 🙂

    Thanks!
    Cora

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Cora! If you create your new WordPress site using the steps in the article above then you will be able to use a domain name from namecheap (or any other provider). Instead of step 2 “I register at wordpress.org”, you would need to purchase some WordPress hosting from this page. This is required to host your wordpress.org site. So the two costs would be:

      1. Domain
      2. WordPress hosting

      If you have any other questions just let me know

  12. Nickz007

    Hi there, I have just purchased a domain with “godaddy” and one of your “themes” now I am lost on the next step, can you please advise on the best yearly plan available?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi there! If you’re planning to create a WordPress blog/site then the best option is the “GrowBig” plan from this page. This includes a few extra features that help Google to find an index your site quicker. However the “StartUp” plan will also be suitable if you’re just starting out. Let me know if you need any help setting up the domain and WordPress 🙂

      1. Nickz007

        I had purchased the personal plan on wordpress.com and I don’t think it is letting me upload your theme? should I cancel that and click on the above link you have mentioned! completely baffled by the start up etc!

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          I appreciate it is super confusing! WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to install themes, which is why it’s best to create a WordPress blog using the steps listed above. This will mean that you no longer require any premium plan from WordPress.com, so you can request a refund for that if you’re eligible.

          Effectively, the hosting you purchase from SiteGround replaces the features you’d get from the premium plans at WordPress.com.

  13. Emma

    Hi.

    I purchased a pipdig design, before I did this I upgraded my wordpress from free to the personal so my domain is now .com – however I cant seem to upload the theme as wordpress now wants to charge near £20.00 a month. please help as I have now spend £50 on a theme and £36.00 for wordpress personal and I still cant upload the theme.

    thanks

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Emma, it isn’t possible to install our themes on wordpress.com due to their restrictions. However we do have a solution on this page. I’d recommend requesting a refund from wordpress.com by going to wordpress.com/purchases, then using our free upgrade service instead. It will be around the same price as the Personal plan rather than £20 per month 🙂

      1. Emma

        Hi Phil,

        Thanks for this I have done this and filled in the form for you to migrate the account.

        Thanks Emma

  14. Lisa Harries

    I have domain and hosting elsewhere – do i just need to buy a theme and then I can start my blog?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Lisa, yep, it sounds like you’re good to go! If you already have a WordPress installed on your hosting/domain then you can use our themes on this 🙂

  15. Jane

    hello Phil, I came a cross your Pipdig from one of my fav bloggers web page, beautiful,i love how everything layd beautifully and I would love to change my theme, I have domain name, hosting by Go Daddy, my subscrition would expire next year. I am on WordPress.com , on a free theme. whats your advice and possible way to switch. thanks jane

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Jane, glad to hear you like our designs! I think our free WordPress setup service would be perfect for you. This is free when you purchase a theme and hosting from that page. If your domain is currently registered at Godaddy then we can set that up with the new site no problem. If you have any questions just let me know.

      1. Jane

        Thanks so very much! I would purchase the theme then would send the details.

  16. Hayleigh Winpenny

    Hey, I’m so confused as I was also looking to switch to WordPress. I currently use Wix and I created a WordPress free site and to upload themes it said that I’d be looking at £20 a month as I would be required to upgrade to the business account, but that is not something that I can afford. If I were to delete my existing WordPress site as there is nothing on it and purchase SiteGround’s ‘Start Up’ plan, does buying WordPress hosting through SiteGround give me all of the features of WordPress’ Business package, particularly the ability to upload a theme, for only the £6.95 per month (£2.05 offer price) compared to the £20.83 that I would be charged for going via WordPress or would I need to buy both?

    Is WordPress hosting a stand-alone thing or would you still log into your site to edit it via wordpress.com?

    Thankyou for your patience as I am new to this and very clueless!

    Beautiful themes!

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Hayleigh! That’s correct, you get all the same features when purchasing the StartUp/GrowBig plan from this page. In fact, you get more since you also get free email hosting too 🙂

      You can still log in via wordpress.com if you want to, or you can log in directly to the new site’s dashboard. If you need any help setting up SiteGround just let me know. I can contact you via email directly.

  17. Cara Pascual

    Hi there! I love your work, I first was introduced by reading/ following another blogger’s page, (Bethany Menzel) that I really love the layout of! I’m a novice at blogging, currently I am using wix.com but looking to switch to a site that makes connecting to audiences/blogging community easier. I do own my own domain name, my site is Kindlycara.com Do you recommend switching to wordpress? And is there a way to transfer my domain I already own to start my new site? Any insights are much appreciated 🙂 Kindly, Cara

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Cara! If you’re just starting out then I’d recommend switching over to WordPress now. We offer a Wix to WordPress migration service, but if you don’t have much content yet then you can avoid having to spend any extra money on the migration. Instead you would just need to purchase WordPress hosting and a theme. We can then transfer your domain name to the new WordPress site no problem. If you’d be interested in that, please let me know and I will email you some extra info 🙂

      With regards to “Do you recommend switching to WordPress” – I personally much prefer WordPress over Wix. The dashboard is cleaner and easier to use. Most blogs on the internet also use WordPress too, so it makes it easier for people to engage with you. There are also other benefits such as SEO and various social media plugins/features.

  18. Liv

    Hi, can I buy a theme if I have a free wordpress account and not the hosting option?

    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Hi Liv, unfortunately not. WordPress.com doesn’t allow you to install themes. If you’d like to create a free blog I’d recommend using http://www.blogger.com instead since this is a better free alternative.

  19. 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).

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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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