BlogSpot is one of the best blogging platforms to start your blogging career. It’s free and you don’t have to pay for anything like domain names, hosting, or premium plugins.
There are also tons of free themes out there.
Though, over time, when you get more accustomed with blogging, you will likely realize that BlogSpot is not an ideal option for your blogging future for many reasons:
- You have less control over SEO of your blog.
- You can lose your blog anytime as Google holds the right to delete or ban any BlogSpot blog for a violation of their rules.
- BlogSpot is not accepted by many advertisement networks (Ex: BuySellAds).
Moreover, have you ever seen any A-list blogger using BlogSpot??
Now, the hard part is making the shift from the BlogSpot platform to the WordPress platform. For newbies, getting started with WordPress is like rocket-science, and understanding some of the basic necessities of WordPress (web-hosting, cPanel, FTP) sounds like a really 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 the shift to WordPress:
Let me start with the story of my blogging career:
When I started blogging, I also started with BlogSpot like many of you. I found it to be the right approach as I had nothing to lose. Knowing I was a newbie, I knew I’d make a lot of mistakes. With a free BlogSpot blog, I not only could learn the basics of blogging, but with 0 investment, I knew I would end up losing nothing in terms of money.
Later on, I moved to WordPress. I had to learn many new things about using the WordPress dashboard, accessing WordPress files via FTP, using cPanel to install WordPress, WordPress Robots.txt, .htaccess file creation, and many more things.
Now, after 4 years of blogging, I always smile when I look back and thank myself for the decision to make the switch.
The only reason for sharing this story is that if I can move to WordPress, anyone can. I was not born a blogger; no one was. But with a little preparation and with a little practice, you (as a BlogSpot blogger or any other platform blogger) can switch to WordPress.
Now, let’s get straight to the point and understand what you need to do to understand the WordPress basics.
First of all, getting a self-hosted WordPress blog (WordPress.org) requires you to install a web-host for WordPress and get yourself a domain name. I have already written a detailed guide on WordPress web-hosting for beginners and a page for some of the best shared hosting packages for WordPress. This will help you to understand the WordPress hosting basics and pick the best host for your purposes.
Also, remember that a professional WordPress blog requires some investment.
But before you start investing, you should read this:
All of the above-mentioned resources are just to educate you about the basic WordPress requirements, but my main motive here is to make you ready for WordPress with as little investment as possible.
Get WordPress Locally
This is one of the best zero investment learning experiences. You can install WordPress on your desktop using many methods. One of the easiest methods for a Windows user is by using the 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 again, is an easy to follow tutorial.
Get A WordPress.com Blog
There is a huge difference between a WordPress.com and a WordPress.org blog.
In an easy to understand way, WordPress.com is a free product (like BlogSpot), but a lot worse than BlogSpot. It offers many limitations like not being able to use ads, theme change limits, and plugin limits. The only good thing about a WordPress.com blog is that it is free, and there are free resources to learn about using it.
You can create a free WordPress.com blog and get used to using WordPress online. There will be a few differences once you make the switch to a self-hosted WordPress blog, but with WordPress.com blogs, you can easily get accustomed to the WordPress dashboard and the 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 simple search away.
Simply search for anything like:
- How To Buy WordPress Web-Hosting
- How To Install WordPress Plugins From The Dashboard
- How To Setup WordPress For The First Time
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 the official WordPress page.
So you’ve learned the WordPress basics. What’s next?
The 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 other things, you can use a free web-hosting company and try out WordPress for a little while.
But… my suggestion is:
So, now you have learned the basics of WordPress (which usually takes 10-15 hours depending on your learning skills).
Now you are ready to move to WordPress.org and get yourself onto the list of WordPress bloggers.
Head over to my WordPress guide where I have covered all the basic and advanced tips, tutorials, and guides for the new user to get and start a WordPress blog.
To help you more, in that guide I also offer a 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 read it, you will not be disappointed.
The only hard part here is preparing yourself for making the shift, as you will be dealing with a new and more powerful blogging platform. While BlogSpot, Tumblr, etc. are useful for beginning a blogging career, if you are a serious blogger, you will need to move to self-hosted WordPress.
But, as I mentioned earlier, learning WordPress is fun!
With the above tips and your learning skills, you can easily learn WordPress with zero investment.
If you still have any queries regarding WordPress, feel free to ask me via the comments!