Do you want to create a travel blog website using free tools in 2023?
Nowadays a blog website will be an easy way to engage and interact with audiences. Using a blog website you can easily connect with your users. Travel blogs are becoming more popular daily as people want to explore and share new things.
As a hobby or profession, starting a travel blog website is not a hard task, actually it’s pretty easy if you have the right tools. Within half an hour you can create your own travel blog website.
With the advantage of WordPress and page builders, it is much easier to create a website. You don’t need advanced coding knowledge to create your website as there are too many free WordPress themes available.
Here in this article, we will guide you to the easiest way to create a travel blog website using only free tools. In this process, we will guide you to set up WordPress and install and customize themes, customize content and create your first blog post.
Table of contents
- Picking a name
- Signing up for a host
- Install WordPress
- Install the Ayyash theme and Ayyash Studio plugin
- Customize theme
- Replace content
Picking a name
Before creating your website the first thing you need to do is to choose a name for your website (domain name). There is no such this as a wrong domain name, but while choosing a domain name you have to be very careful. Before choosing a domain name you need to consider many things.
Pick a name that can last long: Pick a domain name in a way that if you want to change gear you can use the same domain. Suppose you set your domain name as “TravelAfrica.com” and after a few times you left the area and explored another part of the world. Then the domain name won’t make any sense and you may fail to connect with your users. As a travel blog website the domain shouldn’t focus on a specific region.
Avoid certain words: There are so many travel blog websites available and they are making good content. You need to research your keyword and try to avoid certain words that are already taken by popular travel bloggers. Try to make it original.
Choose a name that describes your work: There are different kinds of travel bloggers, some bloggers just share their thoughts about a place or some videos, and some bloggers share full detailed content about the place. Based on your work choose the name.
Keep it simple and short: A short and simple domain name is easy to remember and find out. Long domain makes users confused. If users need to understand the meaning of your domain name then you lost them. So make it simple and short.
Signing up for a host
After picking your domain name, you need to register it and buy hosting to make it online. You will find a lot of local and international hosting companies that offer you many features to live your website. Before choosing the hosting company make sure that it provides free SSL certificates that show the users that your website is fully secure. Don’t forget to check your hosting company’s customer service too.
When your website domain and hosting are ready it’s time to set up WordPress on it. WordPress is the CMS that will power up your website. WordPress is an open-source and powerful CMS that will make your work easier to run the website.
Installing WordPress on your domain is simple. When you buy the domain and hosting the hosting company will provide you login credentials to control your hosting panel. Login to your hosting control panel and scroll down to find the WordPress Manager by Softaculous option under the Software section.
Click on it and it will navigate you to the WordPress installation page. Now click on the Install button to install WordPress.
Now you need to choose the installation path. You can install WordPress in the main domain or you can create a subdomain too. You can choose the WordPress version too. After that, set the site name and site description. Now add the admin username, password, and email.
There is also an advanced option available to configure but just leave them as it is, for now, scroll down and click on the Install button and it will install the WordPress on your domain. It also provides you with the administrative URL to log in to your WordPress website.
Install the Ayyash theme and Ayyash Studio plugin
After successfully installing WordPress you now need to install the theme and required plugin. By default, WordPress activates the Twenty Twenty theme. The theme is good but it won’t be perfect for the travel blog website you look for.
Installing the Ayyash WordPress theme is quite easy and straightforward. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard, navigate Appearance > Themes > Add New, and search for the Ayyash theme. Install and activate the theme.
After successfully activating the Ayyash theme, move to the Ayyash Option page. Now install and activate the Ayyash Studio plugin.
After activating the Ayyash Studio plugin navigate to the Ayyash Studio page to import a ready-made template. Here you can see a bunch of ready-made templates which support the Elementor page builder. Other page builder support will be coming soon.
You can browse all the templates or for a travel blog, select Blog > Travel Blog filters. Click on the View button to see the demo of the template you want.
Now you can view the demo and customize the template to see how it looks. First, you can upload your own logo and set the logo width.
After that, you can customize the color of the template. There are fifteen color palettes available. You can choose any color that suits your brand.
After choosing the color, customize the typography of the template. There are different font styles available to select.
When you are done with customizing, click on the Import Full Site button to import the templates. It will show you some advanced options like deleting previously imported content, importing customizer settings, and others.
Click on the Import button and it will import to the full template with all the customization you made.
This will import the full template now you need to customize the theme and change the content according to your need.
Ayyash theme offers you huge customization features and functionalities. You can customize each and everything according to your demand. To customize the theme navigate to Appearance > Theme > Customize.
Here on the customization page, you will see different customization menus like –
- Header Image
Here in the General setting option, you will find the following option:
- Site identity – Set your website title and tagline
- Social profile – Add your social profile link
- Sticky posts – Add a featured post
- Site configuration – Improve your site performance
- Homepage settings – Setup your homepage
Here in layout customization, you can set the layout for –
- Title bar
- Blog (Post page)
- Search results
- Single post
- Single page
- Footer top
Customize your website color from the color settings options. Here you will find a color setting for –
- Main menu
- Title container
- Top Footer
- Main Footer
- Bottom Footer
- Secondary Footer
From the typography option, you can set the typography of the following section-
- Site title & tagline
- Text heading
- Main menu
- Site title & tagline
You can add your website’s header image from here. Click “Add new image” to upload an image file from your computer. You’ll be able to crop your image once you upload it for a perfect fit.
You can create a menu, assign it a location, and add menu items like links to pages and categories. If your theme has multiple menu areas, you might need to create more than one.
Click on the Create New Menu button to create a menu.
Now add a menu name when your theme has multiple menus, giving them clear names will help you manage them. After that choose the menu location where you want to add the menu then click on the Next button.
Now your menu is created and you need to add some items to it. To add items click on the Add Items button.
The menu item list will open up, just click on any item to add it to your created menu. After creating your menu and adding the menu items you can reorder the menu items by using the drag-and-drop features. You can rearrange the menu and submenu items too.
Don’t forget to click on the publish button to save the changes.
You can navigate to other pages on your site while using Customizer to view and edit the widgets displayed on those pages.
From here you can add widgets to the following section –
- Main Sidebar
- Footer Widget
How to add a widget
To add a widget click any of the sections and then click on the Add Widget button.
The widget list will show up. From the search bar, you can search for any available widget. Just click on the widgets you want to add and they will be added to the section.
Your selected widget is added to the section. Now you can add a title and set some options to the widget. Click on the Done button to save the changes.
When you have done customizing your website, now it’s time to replace the content of the template you have imported. First, You need to realign the section by clicking on the 6 dot icon and you can drag and drop any section. You can select and replace a section in another section just using drag and drop features.
If you want to delete any section just click on the X button. When you accidentally delete any selection you can restore it by clicking ctrl+Z.
Editing the text of a section is also easy. Just click any text where you want to edit and from the left panel add your own text.
Following the same process, you can change the image of the templates. Click any of the images and from the control panel upload or choose your image.
If you want to change the background color, and text color then just need to select the section, and from the left column press the style tab. Also from the advanced tab, you can also do some advanced tasks too.
That’s it your travel blog website is fully ready to launch.
Here in this article, you can see that it’s pretty easy to create a travel blog website using only free tools. You have to pay only for the domain and hosting. Apart from that, you can do everything completely free. To get success in your travel blog website you need to do your own research. First, try to get traffic and then try to convert them into your customers.
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