Have you ever wanted to start a blog in Nigeria but don’t know how to go about it or feel it is too technical cause you’ve heard websites/blogs deals with programming language codes?
Are you tired of being charged regularly by a webmaster to update contents to your blog/website?
Have you ever thought of making money online through blogging?
There is no need to pay so much money when you can get this done all by yourself and with a token as little as N1,850. Yes, one thousand eight hundred and fifty naira is all you need to get started. No programming knowledge is required, all that required is your ability to read and understand.
Look at the steps below on how to start a blog in Nigeria
The Steps Explained
Get a domain name
A domain name is a costumed name specifically for your blog or website that ends with an extension of .com, .com.ng, .net, .net.ng, .ng, .biz, .mobi, .org, .org.ng etc. To start a blog in Nigeria you need a domain name, it is your blog or website’s identity on the World Wide Web (WWW) or Internet. It acts as a brand to what you are promoting on the internet that is why it is very important to decide on a particular Niche before you start a blog in Nigeria.
To choose a domain name, availability check must be done to ensure that the domain name has not been already taken. Navigate to Domain Names and then click on Register Domain Names.
Type in your desired domain name. Click the drop down menu select your desired extensions .com, .com.ng, net etc. And then click on check. If available you will see a congratulatory message below another thing to note is that prices of domain names extension vary, a .ng domain name extension cost more than a .com.ng domain name extension the prices are displayed on their website. I chose .com.ng domain name extension which cost only N1,500.
Get a Hosting Account from a trusted server
Web hosting is a place where all you store computer files (HTML, documents, images, videos etc.). To start a blog in Nigeria you need a Webhost with a dedicated server and 99.9% uptime, for this post we shall be using a Webhost company called Qservers. Why I choose them is because they offer flexible plans to users, you can pay for a web hosting service for as low as N350 per month or pay N3,500 for a whole year they offer two months discount on every web hosting package once you make full payment for a package for a whole year and since I started hosting this website on their server I have never experienced server downtime for any day. They also have a good customer service, once you visit their site an online agent is already chatting with you to know if you are experiencing any difficulties using their interface. Yes, they are that good. I will recommend their services any time any day.
To start a blog in Nigeria and Host with Qservers click here.
Others reliable web hosting service companies in Nigeria include
For the post, we shall be using Qservers as our Example
Once you are on their site Navigate to Hosting, under it click on website hosting. The page open and then you will see different packages. Choose your preferred choice and click on order now, it takes you to a page where see you order summary. Click on continue, it takes to a page where you provide your personal information, fill all fields and then click on complete purchase. It then takes you to a page where you can complete your purchase online via your debit card or bank deposit.
Once payments have been received, your details will be sent to you via email. Wait for about an hour or less before logging into your Cpanel. It’s that simple
Install WordPress for new blog/website
The next thing to do is to install WordPress web builder template through Cpanel
- log into your Cpanel.
Login details are sent to your email once you have completed the purchase from a Webhosting Site.
Look at mine below.
how to install WordPress on Qserver
- Click Softaculous in cPanelGo to Software section, then click on the Softaculous icon.
- Click on the WordPress logo. This will open a screen with several options to show you will see a screen with
- Install, Overview, Features, and Import. Click on the Install link.
- Fill in the WordPress SetupInformation
IMPORTANT: Make sure the “In Directory” or “Installation Directory” is blank or empty.
- Click Install.
- Softaculous will Check the submitted data and install the files on your server for WordPress…
- Congratulations, Return to Overview.
- Now you will see your WordPress Installation in the Current Installations.
- Log on to your Dashboard on your blog/website. To access your dashboard enter your domain name and at the end add /wp-admin/. Example www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin/
How to select a WordPress theme
The next step is to choose a WordPress theme.
A WordPress theme is the visual appearance of your WordPress blog/website
WordPress themes are professionally designed templates that you can install on your blog/website to change its appearance
By default, each WordPress site comes with a basic theme. If you visit your blog/website, then it will look something like this:
And this is is not very appealing to most users and prospective traffic.
Don’t panic they are various free and paid WordPress theme which you can upload and install to your new WordPress blog/website. They are WordPress themes for sports, fitness, business, health depending on what your niche is, you can just google and get them.
But you have to know free themes makes you do a lot of work, especially if you’re a newbie to WordPress. On the other paid or premium themes are expensive especially for users in Nigeria based on the current exchange rate.
If you’re having difficulties choosing or downloading a WordPress theme for your blog/website, visit our contact page fill the required field and then on the message box tell us your desired niche and we will give Premium WordPress theme for your desired niche from which you can choose from. We have Premium WordPress themes for all niches.
Free WordPress themes can be accessed directly from your WordPress admin Dashboard by Visiting Appearance » Themes page and then click on the ‘Add New’ button.
On the next screen, you will able to search from 4,492 free WordPress themes that are available in the official WordPress.org themes directory. You can sort them by popular, latest, featured, as well as other feature filters (Industry, layout, etc.).
If you know the name of the free theme you want to install, then you can look for it by entering its name in the search field.
WordPress will show you the theme in search results. You will need to take your mouse over to the theme and then click on the Install button.
Once you have installed your theme, you can customize it by clicking on the Customize link under the Appearance menu.
This will launch the Theme Customizer where you will be able to change your theme settings with a live preview of your website.
Adding content to your new blog/website
WordPress comes with two default content types called posts and pages. Posts are part of a blog and appear in reverse-chronological order (newer items displayed first).
On the other hand, pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your homepage, about page, blog page, contact page, policy, privacy etc.
By default, your blog post is shown on the front page of your WordPress blog/website. You can change that, and make WordPress show any page as the front page of your website (this will be discussed later in details on this post).
You can create a separate page for your blog or news section. In fact, you can create a website without any blog section at all
Having said that, let’s add some content to your website.
You’ll start by adding a few pages to your WordPress site. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough content for these pages at the moment. You can always edit and update them later.
Click on Pages » Add New page in WordPress admin area. This will bring you to the page editor screen, which looks like this:
First, you need to provide a title for your page, let’s call this page ‘Home’.
After that, you can add content in the text editor below. You can add text, links, Images, embed videos, audio, etc.
After adding content to your page, click on the Publish button to make it live on your website.
Repeat the process by adding more pages for different sections of your website. For example, an about page, contact us, and a blog page to display blog posts.
Now let’s add a few blog posts as well.
Click on Posts » Add New in your WordPress admin area.
You will see a screen much like you saw earlier when adding pages.
Add a post title and then add content to the visual post editor. You’ll also notice some extra options like post formats, categories, and tags.
Click on the Save button to store your post as a draft or click on the Publish button to make it visible on your site.
Customize your blog/website
Having created some content on your website, you should be able to customize and put it all in a nice presentable shape on your blog/website.
Let’s start by setting up a static Front Page.
Setting up a Static Front Page
To set up a static front page visit the Settings » Reading page in your WordPress admin area. Under the ‘Front page displays’ option click on the static front page and then select ‘Pages’ you created earlier for your home and blog pages.
Don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page to store your changes.
WordPress will now use the page titled ‘Home’ as your site’s front page and ‘Blog’ page to display your blog posts.
Change Site Title and Tagline
During the installation, you get to choose your site’s title. WordPress automatically adds a tagline to your site title that says ‘Just another WordPress site’.
You can change both your site’s title and tagline at any time by visiting Settings » General page.
Your site title will be the name of your website like informationhive. The tagline is usually a single line that describes your website. You can also leave the tagline field blank if you want.
Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.
Set up Comments Settings
WordPress comes with a built-in comment system allowing your users to leave comments on your posts. This is great for user engagement, but it is targeted by spammers as well.
To deal with this, you’ll need to enable comment moderation on your website.
Visit Settings » Discussions page and scroll down to ‘Before a comment appears’ section. Check the box next to ‘Comment must be manually approved’ option.
Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.
Create Navigation Menus
Navigation menus allow your users to browse different pages or sections on your website. WordPress comes with a powerful navigation menu system, and your WordPress theme utilizes this system to display menus.
Let’s add a navigation menu to your website.
To add navigation menus click on Appearance » Menus page. Enter a name for your navigation menu and click on the create menu button.
WordPress will now create your navigation menu. But it will be empty at the moment.
Next, you need to select the pages you want to display in your menu and then click on add to the menu button.
You will notice your selected pages filling the empty area of your navigation menu. You can move them up and down to rearrange their position in the menu.
Now you need to select a display location. These locations are defined by your WordPress theme. Usually, most WordPress themes have a primary menu that appears on top.
Finally, click on the save menu button to store your navigation menu.
You can now visit your website to see the menu in action.
All these processes are required when you install a free WordPress theme in your WordPress admin area. However, you can save all this time by getting a premium WordPress theme. WordPress premium theme comes with demo data (an already built home page, blog page, contact page, about page and Posts pages) the only thing you need to do is to delete unwanted pages, edit posts, tags and categories.
To get a fully functional WordPress theme visit our contact page and enter your desired niche and we will give you Various Premium WordPress themes for you niche from which you can choose from.
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