How do I start a blog?
Visit this page for a step-by-step guide.
What should I blog about?
There are many things that you can consider. To learn more about how to decide what to blog about, visit this tutorial on finding your blog niche.
Is making a blog different than making a website?
No. A blog is just a type of website and the process is the same to get one started. A blog usually has many of the same features of a “normal” website like an about page and contact page, but the focus in on blog posts. This post goes into more detail.
What is self-hosting?
Self-hosting means you host your blog with a hosting company rather than using a free blogging site. Self-hosting gives you the most control over your blog, and free sites come with restrictions.
What is the difference between the two versions of WordPress?
WordPress.org is the self-hosted verstion and WordPress.com is the free version (paid upgrades). Here is an in-depth post comparing WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.
Can you make money blogging?
Yes, many bloggers make a profit through their blogs. Here is a list of the many ways to make money blogging.
How do bloggers make money?
See above question.
How do I get traffic to my blog?
There are many ways to increase traffic to your blog. Some important ways you can start with right away include driving traffic through social media, search engines, and outreach (posting on other blogs, submitting your blog to directories, etc). Here is a list of 150 ways to promote your blog.
I need my blog to have social share buttons. How can I do this?
With so many plugins out there for WordPress, you can add virtually any feature to your blog. Social share plugins can easily add this functionality to your blog. Some good ones are listed at the blog tools page.
There are so many WordPress themes out there. Which one should I choose?
Premium themes generally are the most well-designed. Make sure you get a theme that is responsive, has good SEO (for search engines) and comes with support. Here is a list of some of the most popular and best WordPress themes.