Step 3: Blog Design
Before you panic, yes, web design usually requires a professional to get a website looking just the way you want it to. And yes, web designers usually charge a lot of money. But there are good free options available – options that don’t require you to know anything about web programming. WordPress is the best free web design option we’ve used – we even use it on this website!
WordPress – What is that?
WordPress is referred to as a ‘CMS’ – or Content Management System. Basically, a CMS allows you to easily choose your website’s look and feel with little or no coding. Plus, it allows you to quickly publish content on the web – usually only needing one simple click to publish it.
Why is WordPress so popular?
WordPress is the most popular CMS currently used on the Internet – it is used by an astounding 22% of all new websites as of August 2011 (read more). What makes WordPress so popular is its ease-of-use, as well as the many ways to easily customize the look and feel of your WordPress site. WordPress themes are one such method to easily customize your blog or website – simply browse through the 1000s of available free WordPress themes – then install a theme you like with 1 simple click (see examples of WordPress themes below). It also doesn’t hurt that WordPress has extensive documentation – pretty much any question you may have has been written about – several times! Oh, did we mention that it’s free?
→ Want to learn more about WordPress? Read our article, WordPress – a Blogger’s Best Friend, to learn even more (optional).
→ Now you’re ready to build your blog. Let’s Get Started! (Step 4)