Hey there. Some of you have been wanting to start your own blog for a long time, but didn’t know when you should or how to start one.
Maybe you want to share your own experiences with your friends, family or the world or maybe you’ve been thinking about using a blog as a way to build your online presence and start a small business.
Whatever your interest is starting a blog is much easier to do than you may think.
So stop whatever it is you are doing for the next 15 minutes and follow these three easy steps below, and you’ll have your own blog before you know it.
Don’t wait. Today is your day to start a blog!
Let’s get started!
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How to start a blog
THE THREE EASY STEPS TO STARTING A BLOG:
Domain Name and Hosting
Choosing A Design
1) DOMAIN NAME AND HOSTING
The first part of setting up your blog is choosing what you want your domain name to be.
As you can tell the domain name we chose for this website is FromDreamstoLifestyle. Try coming up with several domain names that you like and feel would explain what your website is about. Once you’ve gathered your list of names, head over to Bluehost and check to see if your domain name is available by going to the sign up now page and entering the domain name in the box that looks like this:
When you first start out you’ll be asked to choose a hosting plan for your website. I recommend choosing the starter pack for your first website, which I highlighted below.
Each plan has its own features, however the starter pack allows you to start your website at a very cost effective price and you likely won’t have to worry about upgrading to a higher plan for a long time.
Once you’ve chosen your plan you’ll be asked to choose which package information you want to add.
I suggest addition Domain Privacy Protection to your website as it will keep your personal information such as your personal name, home address and phone number private from the public.
2) INSTALLING WORDPRESS
Once you’ve finished the registration process its time to install the software that will power your website.
Don’t worry its very easy and only takes a few clicks to set it up and get your blog online.
My personal choice (and the choice for thousands of websites) is WordPress.
WordPress is very easy to use and will allow you to manage your website with little or no technical knowledge.
Here’s how to set it up.
Login into your new Bluehost account and look for the Website Builders section. Once you’ve found it click on the WordPress logo that says, “Install WordPress”.
On the next page where it says Do it yourself (FREE) click on the “Install” button.
You’ll be taken to the domain selection page where you choose which domain name you want to assign to your blog.
Verify that you have the correct domain name and click the “Check Domain” button.
Check the box that says that you have read the terms and conditions and then click the “Install Now” button.
Once you get the message that says “Your install is complete!” you’ll want to click on the “View Credentials” button where your can view your Admin URL, Username, and Password.
Make sure that you write them down as they will be needed to log into your website, and don’t worry you can always change your log in information later, but you’ll need them the first time you log into your website.
Once you’ve written down your Admin URL, Username, and Password type your Admin URL into your web browser, which will take you to the login page on your website as seen below.
Enter your Username and Password and voila, give yourself a pat on the back as you have officially logged into your new blog. Congrats!
3) CHOOSING A THEME (website design)
Congratulations on setting up your first blog.
At this point you can now start creating and posting your own content if that’s what you want to do, however I suggest that you choose a theme (website design) to make your blog look more attractive and professional.
There are a few options you can choose from to improve the overall look of your website.
- Keep the theme you have
- Choose a free WordPress theme
- Buy a professional theme
- Hire someone to create a theme for you
Seeing how this is your first blog and you probably don’t want to spend a lot of cash on hiring someone i’d suggest either choosing a free theme that is offered by WordPress just to get you started or buying a professional theme, which you can do for less than $100.
WordPress offers a ton of great starting themes that won’t cost you a dime, however some of the professional themes you can buy will not only give you a great design, but will also allow you to customize your theme, add additional options and functions, and create a very professional looking website at a very cost effective price.
If you choose to buy a professional theme as we always do I suggest buying a theme from one of these amazing websites.
- Elegant Themes
My personal favorite and the one we often use for our professionals looking themes is StudioPress, however each of these websites offers a great selection of themes and designs that can meet the needs of your website and give it a professional high end look at a very cost effective price.