BlogSpot is one of the best Blogging platform to start your Blogging career, as it’s free and you don’t have to pay for anything like hosting images or for premium plugins and tons of free themes are out there. Though, over the time when you get more accustomed with Blogging, you would realize BlogSpot is not the most ideal option for your Blog future for many reasons:
- You have less control over SEO of your blog.
- You can lose your blog anytime an Google holds the right to delete or ban any BlogSpot blog for violation of their rules.
- BlogSpot is not accepted by many advertisement network (Ex: Buysellads)
- More over, have you seen any A-list blogger using BlogSpot blog?
Now, the hard part is making a shift from BlogSpot platform to WordPress platform. For newbies, getting started with WordPress is like a Rocket-science and understanding some of the basic necessity of WordPress like (Webhosting, cPanel, FTP) sounds like technical task. So, the question is: How to deal with new WordPress shyness and get ready for moving to WordPress.
How to prepare yourself for making a shift to WordPress:
Let me start with real story of my blogging career:
When I started blogging, I also started with BlogSpot like many of you and I find it the right approach, as you have nothing to lose and being a newbie you will end up making lots of mistakes. With a free blog, you not only learn the basics of blogging but with 0 investment, you will end up losing nothing in terms of money. Later on, I moved to WordPress and I had to learn many new things like using WordPress dashboard, accessing WordPress files via FTP, using cPanel to install WordPress, WordPress Robots.txt, .htaccess file creation and many more thing. And it took me time to learn all thing and over the time, I made lots of silly mistakes and learned from them. Now, after 4 years of Blogging, I always smile when I look back and thank myself for the decision I took.
The only reason for sharing this story is, if I can move to WordPress anyone would. I was not a born blogger and no one is, so with little early preparation and with little practice you (BlogSpot blogger or any other platform blogger) can start with WordPress. Now, lets straight away get to the point and understand what all you need to do to understand WordPress basics:
First of all self hosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org) requires you to install WordPress on your own Webhosting and domain. I have already covered a detailed guide on WordPress Webhosting for beginners and create a page for some of the best shared hosting for WordPress, which will help them to understand WordPress hosting basics and pick some of the best host.
Also, remember a professional WordPress blog requires investment in many ways and I have already covered it earlier, which is worth a read for beginner: How much it cost to start a self hosted WordPress blog.
This will give you a basic idea of cost involved in setting up WordPress blog.
All the above mentioned resources are just to educate you about basic WordPress requirement but my whole motive here is to make you ready for WordPress with zero investment.
Get WordPress Locally:
That’s one of the best zero investment learning curve for you. You can install WordPress on your desktop using many methods. One of the easiest method for Windows user is by using InstantWp software which is free and very easy to use.
If you are on Mac, you can read my guide on How to install WordPress on Mac using Mamp, which is again easy to follow tutorial.
Get WordPress.com Blog:
Although there is a huge difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org blog. In easy to understand way, WordPress.com is a free product like BlogSpot but lot worse than BlogSpot, as it offers many limitations like you can’t use your ads, theme change limit and plugins limit. The only good thing about WordPress.com blog is, they are free and there are free resources to learn using it.
You can create a free WordPress.com blog and get used to using WordPress online. There will be few differences, but with WordPerss.com blogs, you can easily get accustomed with WordPress dashboard and WordPress post editor.
Use Youtube for watching WordPress Videos:
Youtube is full of free WordPress training videos and everything which you need to learn about WordPress is just a search away. Simply search for anything like:
- How to buy WordPress Webhosting
- How to install WordPress plugin from Dashboard
- How to Setup WordPress for the first time
And you will get many results. My suggestion is to sort the result according to published date, as you may not want to learn stuff for an outdated or old version of WordPress. You can always check the current version of WordPress on WordPress official page here.
So you learned WordPress basics, What next?
Minimum cost to start a WordPress blog is the price of hosting and a domain. Though, if you are still not ready to make that investment and want to Install WordPress, setup WordPress, try out plugins, use FTP to access files and many more stuff, you can use a free Webhosting company like : and try WordPress for some time. My suggestion would be: Limit free hosting for testing purpose and don’t use it for creating your final project. Use it to learn various how to’s of WordPress and when you are ready move to next step.
So, now you have learned WordPress which will usually take 10-15 hour depending upon your learning skills, now you are ready to move to WordPress and get yourself into the list of WordPress blogger.
Now, you can head over to my WordPress guide, where I have covered all the basic and advanced tips, tutorials and guides for new user to get a WordPress Blog. To help you more, I also offer free SEO optimized WordPress setup, which will help you to get a WordPress blog for almost free. There is a little catch here, but I’m sure when you will read it, it will now disappoint you.
The only hard part here is, preparing yourself for making the shift, as you will be dealing with a new Blogging platform after BlogSpot, posterous or any other you are using. But, as I mentioned, learning WordPress is fun and with above tips and your learning skills, you can easily learn WordPress with zero investment.
If you still have any query for WordPress, feel free to ask me via comments.
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