Start Your Own Website (In 30-Minutes or Less)

Follow this in-depth and practical step-by-step tutorial on how to start your own blog/website from scratch.

Having your own website aligns with the Reclaim The Net principles as the more people that have their own online presence that they 100% own, the less control big social platforms and corporations have over the global conversation and over people's ability to monetize their work.

To carve out your own place on the internet, a place that you fully own and can grow and monetize how you want to, you’re in the perfect place.

Update! Thanks to Bluehost for this sponsoring and partnering with us for this ambitious campaign to get people creating independent websites. They're offering a steep discount for our readers as well as a free domain name for everyone who joins!

Click here to start your blog and then follow the easy tutorial below.

You’re probably not the only one that’s been demoralized by social media lately.

The algorithms of YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram work for corporate interests, not for creators.

It’s harder than ever to share meaningful content and grow your audience or your business when social platforms only show a fraction of your content to your followers.

Not to mention waking up one day to find your social account has been deleted because your content doesn’t support the right corporate, social or political narrative.

The thing is, when you play in someone else's yard, you have to play by their rules.

And when it becomes apparent that these companies care more about their advertisers than their users, you come to realize that it wasn’t wise investing all that time building your property on borrowed land when the owners can change the rules at any time.

Your online legacy and all the time and work you spend creating content for the platform gets wasted, censored, suppressed or demonetized. These platforms even hide your content from your own followers to encourage you to pay to get more exposure.

The good news is that people are waking up to the significant dangers of allowing large tech companies to take ownership of their content and police their opinions.

The internet was designed to remove the middle man and millions of people have now started to take back control of their content and regain their independence by setting up their own blog on their own platform.

  • Your photos, albums, articles, and videos should be owned by you.
  • The platform on which it sits should be owned by you.
  • There should be no algorithm that hides your content from your followers.
  • All of your content should be visible to everyone that follows you.
  • Your opinions should not be policed or suppressed.
  • You should be able to monetize your content and build a business easily if you choose to.
  • You can regain your independence and stop giving up your privacy.

No gatekeepers, no middlemen, just you and your audience.

What are your website goals?

What do you want to achieve with your new website? There are many possible reasons as to why someone would start blogging, but some of the most common that you might want to look into are:

  • To express yourself. Whether by sharing your experiences, thoughts, or opinions, self-expression through blogging can serve as a means of catharsis.
  • To demonstrate your competence in a certain field. Without a doubt, sharing your knowledge on a certain topic allows you to promote your capabilities while helping others.
  • To meet more people in your niche. Talking about a certain subject, taboo or simply unknown creates a gathering of like-minded people.
  • To open monetization opportunities. Regardless of topic, a blog with high traffic will more often than not, attract advertisements.

Keeping your goal in mind will help you when working through the tutorial.

The 30-Minute Blog Setup Guide

Part 1. Choose the topic

Before naming a blog, you have to be sure about what you want to write on your blog—the topic. No matter what the platform is, the idea of “Content is the king” holds true everywhere. In order to have great readership, you have to be able to produce great content – so you’re going to have to take some time to think about the topic and focus of your blog as it’ll be really important in the long run.

a. Find your strengths and avoid your weaknesses

What is something you're very good at? Do you have strong opinions? Are you good at starting businesses? Are you good at cooking? Are you good at sewing, or crafting? Do you enjoy motorcycling? Do you enjoy exploring and commenting on current affairs? Is there something you want to teach, or something you think more people should know about?

Take a while, think about yourself and your life. Retrospectively, if needed. Make a list of all the things you were or are good at, enjoy or are interested in. Now once you have that list ready, look through the topics and find out which topic are you most comfortable talking about and least comfortable talking about.

If you’re looking to start a blog for business reasons, or so that you can monetize it and it can become your full time job, don’t let that limit your ideas when choosing a blog topic. You can monetize almost any topic, so if there’s something that you particularly enjoy but can’t yet think how you could monetize it, jot it down anyway.

Now that you have the topic which you are most comfortable talking about, proceed further.

b. Turn the knowledge of your profession into a blog

Featured example:

Consider John Gruber who blogs at daringfireball.net. John is a tech commentator and developer who provides commentary on things that happen within the tech industry – mostly related to Apple. 

Sometimes his posts are long and in-depth and sometimes they’re as short as one sentence – yet he is has an active following that’s always interested in what he has to say.

Are you someone who’s working the same job for a considerably long period of time? Are you an engineer, teacher, professor or a musician? Well, your career may help act as a launchpad for your new blog, giving you a great topic and lots of in depth experience to use for content.

There are many people out there who are starting out in the profession in which you are already established. This way, you not only have a great topic for your blog, but you’re also helping out those that are new to the game.

According to a study, it is reported that blogs are rated as the 5th most trusted source of accurate information. So for someone who is looking for a professional or a seasoned veteran’s advice about something you already know, your blog will be a source of great information.

c. Write about a niche in a well-known topic

Here are some popular and profitable markets that you could enter:

  • Health and Fitness (Weight loss, Workouts, diet, etc.)
  • Alternative health
  • Recipes
  • Travel
  • Parenting
  • Home Decor
  • Politics
  • Beauty and Fashion
  • Online business
  • Couponing
  • Education
  • DIY and Crafts
  • Essential Oils
  • Mindset and philosophy
  • Specific Diets (Keto, Vegan, Etc)
  • Lifestyle
  • Finance
  • Relationship Advice
  • Tech

Niches are the most powerful places where you can look for topic ideas. In every mainstream topic, industry or a category, there will always be certain areas that are less explored.

For instance, consider mindset and personal development. There are hundreds of blogs, websites, and books on mindset. However, most of these topics deal with a whole range of topics to help you improve different aspects of your mindset. However, in order to stand out, if you wanted to start a mindset blog you can focus on one particular aspect of mindset – something that you have strong opinions or can share a first-hand experience of.

Featured example:

For example, James Clear chose to focus on habits as his area of expertise at jamesclear.com. He now has one of the biggest personal development blogs and after just a few years of writing articles online he ended up with a book deal.

d. Write about a culture or philosophy

The world is huge. There is a wide range of people following various ideologies, philosophies, practices etc. You could write about some ideology, practice or a cultural tenet you believe in. If you’re someone who is a follower of Buddhism or Stoicism, you can write about either of those.

Featured example:

Ryan Holiday, a popular author is a follower of stoicism. On his website, ryanholiday.net, he writes about a wide range of topics under which stoicism and philosophy are considerably recurring themes. So if you’re someone who practices a certain style of thought or lifestyle, you can share your advice, experiences or guide to following these thought-patterns or ideologies.

e. Write about you

Yes, you’ve heard that right. You can always write about yourself, your life, your choices, your philosophies, and your beliefs. There are many people out there who have made themselves celebrity-like figures and wrote successful books owing to their blog’s popularity. If you’re someone who is interested in talking about yourself, your beliefs and your life story, you should go ahead and write about yourself.

Featured example:

Mark Manson, at markmanson.net, writes about himself, the lessons he learned in life and life-advice in general. A few years ago, he wrote a wildly popular post called ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.’ Owing to its popularity, Mark expanded the blog post into a book which is now a bestseller that is translated into a dozen foreign languages to date.

Think about what you want to write about and then see if you can come up with a unique slant, or niche it down to something more specific. It may help to have a relatively narrow focus in order to help you find your audience and grow.

Don't overthink any of this. You'll find that your blog and habits will change overtime anyway and you'll naturally find your style and what content your audience prefer as you progress. Getting started is more important than having everything worked out.

Featured example:

Mary Hoover from missiontosave.com decided to focus on saving money as the topic of her blog. She covers different ways to be thrifty, save money and reduce spending on many areas of life.

How to Choose a Name For Your Blog

You need to find a name that aligns with what your blog is all about.

In the previous section, we talked about how your blog can be about what you are very knowledgeable about or what you are extremely skilled at.

Here are a few easy ways to come up with good ideas:

a. Use your own name

If you want to write about what you believe in it could be a good idea to name your website after yourself. This is a good idea if you want to brand things after yourself or want to position yourself as an authority in your market. If you're going to be the only content creator on the site and you won't have any other authors, this could be the easiest way of choosing a name.

There are many successful internet personalities that have risen to popularity owing to their writing at their own websites.

Featured example:

James Altucher is an entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, and a bestselling author. He writes at jamesaltucher.com; that’s his own name right there. You could do that too.

b. Combine your main topic plus some catchy word or even a random one

Let’s say you are writing about dogs. In such a case, adding another word to it would be a cool blog name. When you need to pick a name after you’ve already decided the topic, it’s all about combining your topic’s main theme with an interesting word, a related word, or a totally random word.

Featured example:

Techcrunch.com is an example of mixing the topic name with a random word. While this website has information about startups and technology, it added the word ‘crunch’ as its name. This way, you can still understand looking at the name of the blog that it’s all about technology.

c. Analyze your competition

Let’s say you’ve decided to write about your travel experiences. That’s a good topic. Now open your browser, hit DuckDuckGo and start searching for the ten top travel blogs in the world. Understand how they have been named. Do you find a trend? Do you find a pattern?

On observing how your competition is functioning, you can derive ideas and get inspired. This way, finding a name for your blog is easy. But the above three ideas are also to be applied in combination to your competition analysis for the perfect website name.

d. Just choose something random or obscure

It's easy to waste time when choosing a name. When you really think about it, a website isn't popular because of its name – it's popular because of its content. There are many cases where the name of the blog doesn't really have anything to do with the content of the website, and it hasn't hurt its success. It’s not necessary that you always have to pick a name that goes with your topic. You can be creative too but it’s the exception, not the rule.

Featured example:

Blackdragonblog.com — Any idea what this website is about? Any guesses? Is it about dragons? Nope, it isn’t. This is a website dedicated to dating advice only.

“Blackdragon”and “dating” don’t seem to fit together. However, this a hugely followed and widely read blog in the realm for dating advice for men.

Setting Up Your Blog

To build your blog we're going to introduce you to two elements:

A Blogging Content Management System – This is the place you manage your blog, post articles, upload images etc. We 100% recommend WordPress for this.

Hosting – This is the server that's going to host the files of your website and keep it out there on the internet. We 100% recommend Bluehost for this.

Why WordPress?

There are many website building services out there – however, almost all of them are proprietary systems that lock you in and hold your website hostage on their platform. If you want to properly monetize and build a business with your website, stay well away from those proprietary services and stick closely to this tutorial where we'll be using WordPress.

WordPress is a free, open-source, and popular content management system that powers 30% of all websites on the internet (including Reclaim The Net!) and over 90% of all successful blogs out there. It allows you to do whatever you want and it also has the world's most extensive collection of themes and plugins.

The fact that WordPress is open-source means you can host it safely on Bluehost without having to stick to any of the strict terms and conditions and business limitations that are imposed by proprietary “build your own website” services and platforms.

Why Bluehost?

Bluehost is the perfect host for beginners as they offer hosting plans with WordPress pre-installed for you. They offer excellent 24-hour customer support that's always on hand to help you with anything in case you ever get stuck. We've also partnered with them to get you a steep discount, so you can get cheap hosting and a free domain name.

If you haven't already, click here to go to Bluehost and then follow the step-by-step tutorial below. Your discount will be credited by using the link.

Installing Your Blog

In this section, we're going to walk you through with a step-by-step guide to setting up your website, through the purchase of your hosting, right to choosing what your blog looks like and your first post.

For this walkthrough, we partnership with Bluehost that provides WordPress pre-installed.

First…

(perhaps open the page in a new tab so that you can follow along with the instructions…)

If you follow our link, your discount will automatically be applied and it'll take you directly to the correct sign up page. Next, you'll need to select which plan you want.

If you want more than one website now or at any time in the future, then the “Choice Plus” plan would be the next option.

If you're only doing one website, you can get the “Basic” plan as that will do everything that you need.

Once you've chosen the plan, you'll be presented with the domain entry screen where you can choose your domain name and see if it's available.

Refer to the above section above for choosing the name of your website.

Once you've entered a domain name choice, click the “Check” button and it'll tell you if the domain is available or if it's already been taken.

If the domain is available, it'll tell you.

Scroll down to the bottom and hit the Continue button.

On the next page, you'll get a summary of your hosting plan and a few different payment options, depending on the length of your plan.

We recommend the 36-month option as it means that you get the best value but the 12-month plan is perfectly fine too. A year is more than enough time to build a thriving website that you'll be fulfilled working on and that your readers will also enjoy following and reading.

REMEMBER: Bluehost has an excellent 30-day money back guarantee where you can get an easy refund if you're not happy with anything. Therefore, you have nothing to lose by going for the 36-month option.

You'll then be presented with some custom configuration options. We recommend that you leave most of them as they won't be something that you need – however, there is one that you may want to pay attention to – the Domain Privacy Protection. This prevents the public from knowing who your website is registered and helps your personal information from being online. Think of it as like removing yourself from the phone book. We recommend that you check the Domain Privacy Protection box and you can ignore the other options.

Note: this option only appears if you're getting a new domain with Bluehost today. If you already have a domain, this will be done later.

Lastly, all you have to do is add in your credit card details, check the standard Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, and submit!

Once it's gone through, you're now the owner of a brand new domain and website package!

Next, you'll need to create a secure password. Once you've done that, add it to your password manager or wherever you keep your passwords.

It's now time to enter the name of your website. Enter the name in the top box and then the tagline in the next one.

Think of the tagline as a kind of slogan to go along with your blog.

Where it asks you if you want a blog, turn it on the button to reveal some options.

When it asks you where to display blog posts, choose “My home page”.

Don't check the option when it asks you if you want an online store.

Remember, any of this can changed easily at any time in the future so just follow these instructions for now.

Next, you'll have to answer a couple of questions about your blog. This isn't really important to don't worry about it too much. Just fill it out as best you can:

Next, you'll be presented with a collection of free themes you can use to get your blog started.

Pick any one of these that you like. They're all free and they all can be easily changed, as we'll show you later.

Once you've selected a theme, Bluehost is going to get started setting up your blog in the background.

It usually takes a few hours for your blog to be fully set up automatically. However, while you wait, you have access to your blog on what's called a “Staging site”. This is where you can get to start on your website straight away and it will be associated with your domain within a few hours.

Here's what your Bluehost dashboard will look like:

Understanding The WordPress Dashboard

You'll always be able to login to your WordPress site from here by going to Bluehost.com, clicking Login and logging in using the email and password you entered during the setup.

However, there's little reason for you to keep going back to your Bluehost dashboard.

Instead, bookmark the direct WordPress login to your website at the following URL example:

https://whateveryourdomainis.com/wp-login.php

Note, this URL will only work once Bluehost has finished setting up your blog so it will only work a few hours after you've purchased your hosting.

How to choose an inspiring website layout and style that supports your mission

In this section, we are giving you some brief ideas that you can use for designing your blog for the first time. Before starting a blog, you'll to make sure it’s designed properly so that it looks good and makes a good impression on your readers.

We will cover up three main types of blog designs:

  • Blogs with pure content
  • Blogs highlighting the influencer/owner
  • Blogs combining both

It's up to you what kind of blog you start but these blog examples will help you have a clear visualization on how to get success, depending on the type of blog you want to create. Let's now discuss in brief these three blog styles:

Content-Focused Sites

Content-focused sites are sites where the content is the main focus of the blog – not you as a person. This style of website is a good idea if you want to have a website that eventually allows multiple authors to write for the site, such as a news or topical content blog.

If you want people to come to your blog to catch up with the latest content – not to catch up with ‘you’, this is the kind of style blog you’ll want to create.

Here’s an example of a content-focused site:

A cooking blog named “PinchofNom.com”, run by two chefs, is completely content focused. As we open up their blog, we get to see that their faces are not shown. Instead they have filled up their blog with interesting food recipes they are passionate about.

Main features of this blog style:

  • At the top of the page, a cooking recipe book is available for the food lovers to download and check all the mouth-watering dishes. You might want to do something like this to advertise a book you’re going to write or any other type of product.
  • Below that, there are three different columns, having their cooking recipes one by one listed, making it easy for their readers to read.
  • Next comes the Facebook widget, where readers can get connected to them and stay updated with their blog. You don’t have to use Facebook if you’re like us and not a fan. You could use a different type of social media platforms such as Minds.com or Gab.com if you prefer.
  • In the middle of the homepage, they have categorized the food items so that their readers can easily navigate through.

This type of blog is a great fit for beginners as they need not show off their faces. Mostly what happens is bloggers, at first, hesitate to show their faces in front of the camera – they don’t want too much attention on themselves or they feel embarrassed. Starting with this type of content-based blog is a good way to start. Besides this, not everyone has the capability to hire a professional photographer for taking their pictures.

This type of blog can help beginners share their passion to the world without sharing their pictures. It makes it super easy to just start writing and creating an audience through your words.

Personality-Focused Sites

Personality-focused sites are perfect for those who want to establish themselves in their own community. It is also helpful for those who want to gain fame and popularity or want to draw attention to themselves. The best part is when you are the main focus, you present yourself as an authority figure in your particular blogging niche.

Here's an example of a popular personality-focused site:

Mark's Daily Apple is owned by Mark Sisson where he shares health related tips to his readers. The site is mostly branded around the owner, Mark, and aims to position him as an expert.

Main features of this blog style:

  • The first and foremost feature is the highlighted identity of this blog owner Mark Sisson himself. He has well established himself and is well known publicly. He has attached his picture in the homepage and has clearly mentioned his offerings to his readers so that they can easily understand what his website is exactly about. This is the kind of style you want to go for if you’re looking to brand yourself, mark yourself as an expert and draw attention to yourself.
  • In the header section, he has categorized the menus and has promoted articles with a drop-down navigation menu. This way, readers can enjoy his content in an easily arranged format.
  • Beneath, he has offered a free webinar to his readers so that they can get connected with many experienced and knowledgeable health coaches. This is a good idea to advertise whatever it is you want your readers to sign up for – a course, a Kickstarter etc.
  • Last comes an email subscription newsletter widget to join so that his readers never miss any of his blog’s update. Also he has offered special discounts and much more in this section. This is a neat idea for something that you could do too.

How to choose a great WordPress blog theme

Select a great WordPress Blog Theme

A blog theme is like an outfit that your blog wears. It’s a simple code structure gives your blog a style. It takes two minutes to apply a theme and it’s also something that’s easy to change at a later date.

Whenever you change your theme, only the look of your blog changes – all of your content and images etc stay the same. Therefore, don’t get too caught up on wanting to make your theme and style perfect from day one – it’s super easy to waste too much time focusing on how everything looks and not spend enough time getting content created.

NOTE: Spending ages choosing what your site looks like is one of the biggest mistakes that newbies make when getting started. If you waste time on what your blog looks like you’re going to end up being unsatisfied with the results you get from blogging and you’ll find it hard to grow an audience. Don’t be tempted to keep tweaking with the theme. 99% of your success will come from the content you create, not what your website looks like.

Choice 1: Use a Free WordPress Theme

Free themes can be a good choice if you are just starting out and you shouldn't worry if you don't have the budget to get a pro-theme. Yes, it's true that in comparison to the paid themes, the free ones do not offer you the same features. If you are serious in blogging, then it is recommended to use a pro theme that normally costs between $50 to $120 as it gives you all of the additional features and style that you’ll need if you’re looking to turn your blog into a business.

If you just want to give this whole blogging/website thing a try and you’re not yet sure if it’s something that you want to build a business from, just start out with a free theme. It’s so easy to install a pro theme at a later date.

WordPress offers a large variety of free themes under its ‘appearances’ and ‘themes’ tab and this is a good place to get started for hobbyists. You can always just stick with the theme that you chose during the setup stage with Bluehost.

Choice 2: Use a Pro WordPress Theme

If I can use the free themes, what's the use of a paid one?

Paid themes offer many features to easily customize and edit your website that free ones don't offer.

The best part about paid themes is they provide you a highly responsive customer care support that will assist you any time. Having someone you can send a message to and get a quick response is something that many beginners feel better about. If you end up getting stuck with something regarding your theme, you can just send the theme creator a message and they’ll assist you. If you use a free theme and something goes wrong or you get stuck, you’ll have to figure it out yourself.

For beginners that plan on turning their website into a business, here’s the theme we recommend you use:

Astra Theme

The Astra Theme is completely user-friendly and gives you the freedom to edit and customize your blog according to your needs. This is the main theme that we recommend to everyone at first and many followers of this guide have had great success with it.

It is super easy to customize your homepage with this theme and their customer support is also excellent and very responsive. The theme works well whether you have a small blog with a few hundred visitors per month all the way to millions of visitors per month.

It's easy to customize and use – enough that you can create an unlimited number of styles just by dragging and clicking – making it perfect for beginners that don't have a lot of experience.

They also offer a 14-day money back guarantee upon buying the theme. The best part is they won't ask you any questions if you want them to return your money so there is absolutely no risk of getting your money lost.

Upon buying the Astra theme, you also get access lots of different variations. Day by day, this theme is increasingly becoming popular to new bloggers for its ease of use and versatility. It has so many different styles and custom layouts that it’s like a “theme within a theme”. If you want a professional theme and want the customer support that goes along with it, the Astra theme is what we always recommend.

How To Install a Free WordPress Theme

If you're installing a free theme,  hover select Appearance and then click Themes.

Click on Add New at the top and browse through the themes.

To preview a theme, click on the Preview button.

Once you've chosen a theme you like, click Install.

How To Install a Pro WordPress Theme

First, you need to purchase Astra or any other pro theme and to download its zipped file.

Then you need to open up your WordPress dashboard and then click on “Appearance”. Below under that, you will get the “Themes” option.

After that, you just need to click on “Add a new theme”. As soon the next page opens up, you will get an option – “Upload theme”.

Next, you will have to upload the zip file that you downloaded. Finally, you have to click on – “Activate” and you are done uploading your theme.

Installing Plugins On Your Website

WordPress plugins are small pieces of software that can be added to your WordPress site to extend what the site can do. Plugins can do almost everything from social media sharing to improving the security of your site, to giving you data about how many people visit your site and search engine optimization. When choosing a plugin, it's best to check if it’s compatible with the latest version of WordPress and if it's been updated recently.

Also, what rating does it have? An out of date or poor quality plugin could cause problems with your site so it's best to check.

To find out which plugins are currently installed on your site, from the dashboard go to “plugins” and “install plugins” and you can see a list of the plugins that you have installed on your site. The blue ones are active and the white ones are installed on the site but inactive.

To add a new plug-in, go to “add new” and then you can see featured plugins, popular plugins recommended and favorite plug-ins.

Alternatively you can upload a plugin, that may be useful if you've purchased a plugin rather than getting one for free from the WordPress plugin directory. Or you can go straight to the WordPress plugin directory at WordPress.org/plugins.

But for now let's go to the recommended section, and we are going to install an SEO search engine optimization plugin called Yoast, so let's go to install that.

And then, depending on the plugin, you may see a quick tour of some help files to help you get started. This particular one comes with the tour.

Then if you look on your navigation menu most plugins will give you a new item on that menu and that's where you'll control your plugin from. And these menus will vary depending on the plug-in that you've got. If at any point you want to inactivate the plugin or you want to completely remove it, then if you go to “plugins” and “install plugins” you'll find it in the list and you can deactivate it. And once you deactivated it, you can delete it.

Recommended Plugins To Install

1. Yoast SEO

SEO is known as Search Engine Optimization where you improve your content quality and optimize it to be found in search engines.

Yoast SEO is a highly effective plugin that helps you get visitors by optimizing your blog content using a traffic light system. It will suggest you with the necessary changes and once you do that, your content gets optimized for search engines. It also shows up with a green light indicating that everything has been set up properly.

While we don't recommend working hard at making your website appeal to search engines such as Google, it doesn't hurt to ensure that your web pages have the appropriate meta data for them to appear in search engines.

To install it, just search for it in the Plugins gallery from the WordPress dashboard.

2. Classic Editor

Recently, WordPress introduced a new post creation interface called Guttenberg. 

However, many WordPress users prefer to use the classic editor, which we also recommend for most users. Installing this plugin restores WordPress back to the classic editor that's better all round. Search the plugins directory for “Classic Editor” and install it from the gallery.

How to Create a Post In WordPress

One of the many benefits of using WordPress is that it's very easy to publish fresh content and the way we do that is using posts.

How to Add Images to a Post in WordPress

It's a great idea to add images to your post to make them more visually appealing. Here's how.

How to Manage Post Comments in WordPress

Each post has an area beneath it for visitors to leave their comments, and this is what makes the post interactive.

How to Create a Page In WordPress

Posts make up the blog content of your site and they designed to be constantly changing, so each time you publish a new post it will appear in reverse chronological order on the blog page of your website.

Pages on the other hand are designed for static content but you can edit them whenever you want to. Let's say you had a contact page and your business phone number changed, you could certainly edit that whenever you wanted to. However, pages are not really designed for news-type content the way blog posts are. So that's the difference between posts and pages.

How to Create a Post Category In WordPress

Categories allow you to arrange your posts by subject and make your content easier to find. To add a new category, go to “posts” and “categories“, and there you can see some of the categories that you already have on the site.

How to Create Menus In WordPress

Menus are a great way for visitors to navigate through your website, helping them find what they need. For example, you can create menus that link to different categories on your site so that readers can find what they're looking for. You can also use menus to help visitors find your Contact or About page etc.

How to Create Sidebars Using Widgets In WordPress

It's easy to add new features to your website and create sidebars using widgets.

Now that you've got your blog all set up and you know how everything works, start by creating your first post, letting the internet know you've arrived!

Feel free to tweet us @ReclaimNet with any questions that you have as well as letting us know when you have your blog up.

Thanks to Bluehost for this sponsoring and partnering with us and offering a discount for this ambitious campaign to get people creating independent websites.

Stay tuned for more content that we have coming that will help you go further with your blog as you start to build your audience and community.