As any millennial will be able to tell you, blogs and blogging have pretty much defined the last decade when it comes to the web. We all go on several of these sites every day as we research and keep up to date with sports, fashion, lifestyle and even education.

The web has become saturated with blogs, mainly due to the fact that it is now so easy to set them up due to platforms such as WordPress. It’s also not only easier to set them up, but you can make them look fantastic with very limited web design skills.

Why Start a Student Blog?

There are a myriad of reasons for starting your own blog, and here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

• Lifestyle: The growth of blogging platforms has been followed by an upsurge in content being set up by individuals who are hoping to be paid for their blogging services. You may have a talent for styling which you want to showcase, or have an interest in travel which you would like to journalise. Blogging may well be the way to use these passions to create a business for some extra money. It also looks great on your CV.

• Visibility: A student blog might be the best place to publish your content. Budding writers can publish their best features and articles without having to go through the long and complicated approval process a more established site might have. It also gives you much more control over the topics you decide to write about.

• Meeting People: You may simply have a passion for sports or fashion and want to get together with your friends to discuss and debate. A blog is the perfect place to host your ideas and meet new people.

Whatever the reason, you can create a blog with great ease these days. In this blog post we tell you just how you can go about the process.

How To Create A Blog

In this article, we are going to presume you have no web design or HTML skills and are hoping to create your blog using a theme or template you have purchased or acquired.

Your first step is to head to your chosen blog creator or provider. Wix, Weebly, WordPress and Blogger are all very popular, and each has its own benefits. You can find more information and a selection of themes and templates by browsing their sites.

We recommend that you take your time over this decision, as this will be the design and functionality that you will most probably be stuck with for a while, or until you purchase your next theme. You may well decide to enhance or amend the theme you purchase, but this will require the help of a designer or developer, or you could learn some HTML, JavaScript or CSS skills. If learning code particularly interests you why not learn how to do this through a free course? Code Academy has a great series of free lessons to get you started.

What Are The Next Steps?

So, you have got to work creating a blog through either a pre-set theme, or designed your acquired your templates and you are ready to go live, what next?

Select Your Domain Name

You will most probably have decided on this, and maybe even purchased it before you created your blog, but you will need a domain name. This is the web address your student blog will live at. We recommend choosing something descriptive, catchy, and representative of your brand or identity.

As mentioned, you may well be able to buy this from your blog service, or you can use one of the big domain name providers such as GoDaddy or Kualo.  You can purchase your domain name for any period of time. Remember that others may be able to purchase your domain name if you don’t keep it renewed.

Before buying your domain name, take a look at hosting and name deals, and you may be able to get a good package.

Buy Your Hosting

Now that you have your domain name sorted, and you have used your blog creator to design your site you can start to look forward to moving your site live.

All you need now is your hosting package, which is the equivalent of the rent you pay monthly to house your site and all of its data on your chosen domain name.

We recommend that you shop around for your hosting. All the companies mentioned in this article will most likely have hosting options. Many offer deals for your domain name, blog creation and hosting all in one place, and depending on how much flexibility you would like in terms of customisation this could well be the best plan for you.

Hey Presto

That is really all you need to create your own student blog.  If you think you will want to amend technical aspects of your website in the future, and change templates and structure, then you should really look at hosting your own site and using WordPress, or another more advanced Content Management System (CMS).

However, this does require technical knowledge and development expertise. So it is probably a better choice for those of you already developing those skills, or who may be interested in putting a bit of extra time in to learn something new.

The blog platforms we have mentioned are all extremely popular, and if you are just looking for somewhere to get your thoughts online as quickly and as simply as possible, we strongly recommend them. Here at Collegiate, all our luxury student accommodation has free high speed broadband and wifi, making it easy for you to manage your online footprint.

Creating a blog not only gives you great experience, but it also looks great on your CV. For more ideas about learning new skills and living at university, why not check out the rest of our blog posts here?