After you have taken the time to consider the topic of your blog, the title and the domain name, it is the right time to go ahead and get the blog live to the public. You do that by setting up a blogging software which enables you to run your blog. The most popular one and the one that I use on my blog is called WordPress. WordPress is open source and most hosting companies have a simple setup process.
After you have installed the WordPress blogging software onto your own domain name on your own hosting server, you can start creating your own blog as well. One of the first things for you to do is to find the design theme that suits you and your blog the best. The theme is what WordPress calls a design of your blog. It is everything your visitors will see around your content. It is the color scheme, it is the font, it is the structure of the pages, and different features and functionality.
A wide variety of themes to choose from
As WordPress is open source there are so many developers who have created a wide variety of designs that you are free to use for your own projects. You will need to spend some time browsing the thousands of WordPress themes that exist for you to utilize and produce from. Most of the blog themes are free and only require a simple process to activate through your WordPress admin, only a few need to be uploaded to your blog’s hosting server directly. This means that it is pretty simple to test and trial different designs and then switch again and again until you find something that you are very happy with and that covers all your needs.
Even though many of these WordPress themes do not require you spending any money on to be able to use them, it can still be a hard work to decide which one to use among all of the thousands that are available. It can be hard work but it is important work to go through as you want to find a design that fits your needs and presents yourself, what your do on the blog and your blog content in a nice way. Remember that most people are very visual so the design they see when they enter your blog will form a big part of the image they get about you, your content and your blog. The design has to be strong for them to take your content serious, for them to remember and recognize you among all the other blogs out there.
Look at premium themes as an alternative
Another option you have is to look at some premium themes. Premium themes you have to pay to use (usually in the range of $20-$50) but they are more exclusive and more unique as they are used least frequently. Premium themes normally also allow you further customization than free themes, especially for those of us who are not coders and who need simple ways to change things and add functionality. Premium themes are a great option if you want a customized design without having the budget to hire a dedicated designer and developer to build something new and unique for you.
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