Step 1 – How to Get Started with a Blog
The process of setting up and going live with your blog should only take a few minutes time. For anyone who is attempting this for the first time, you are looking at roughly 10-20 minutes on average. Once your site is up and running, you won’t need to go through this process again.
Before actually creating your blog and publishing content to it, you must first choose a domain name and setup your blog hosting. Both of which I will walk you through below.
1. Choose a Domain Name for Your Blog
(If you already have a domain name, skip to the next section below)
Every website or blog on the internet needs to have a domain name. It’s the location and address someone will put in to access your content, and it’s also where your content, web hosting, and data will be stored online.
When choosing a domain name for your blog, you are going to want to pick one that is easy to remember, not too long, easy to spell and is either a .com, .net or .org extension. There are other variations available (such as .tv, .me), but most people try to stay away from them.
It’s also important to note that the majority of domain names in the world are already registered, so you are probably going to have to get creative.
A great option for your first domain name is to simply register your name. This way you can get started with a blog right away, and also register your name before someone else does.
To see if your domain name is available, click here and perform a quick search for it.
If your domain name is available, excellent! If not, just keep trying a few variations until you find something that works.
Also, in the next section below, I’m going to show you how you can get a free domain name for LIFE!
2. Choose a Quality Web Host
Your domain name is how people get to your site, and the web hosting is how you store content and information on your blog so anyone can access it anywhere in the world. This might sound complicating at first, but don’t worry — it’s actually very easy to setup!
The important thing is that you take the time to make sure you choose a high-quality web hosting service in the beginning because the last thing you want to do is go live with your blog and then find out you went with an expensive and unreliable hosting company.
I personally use and recommend Bluehost. Not only are they hosting many of my own sites, but they also host millions of other sites — many of which I’m sure you visit on a daily basis.
What’s even more exciting is that Bluehost has partnered up with Blogging.org to offer 60% off web hosting to anyone who joins through our site, which brings their monthly hosting costs to less than $3 per month!
I’ve also recently partnered with Bluehost because they make the process of going live with a WordPress blog extremely easy. In the past, you would need to create a domain and hosting account, then log in and walk through the WordPress installation process. Now, it’s live and ready for you to start using right after you create a hosting account!
Besides the FREE domain name and immediate access to WordPress on your site, here are some other reasons why HostGator is an excellent choice for hosting your blog.
- Superior Web Hosting and Uptime – With thousands of people accessing my sites on a daily basis, I simply can’t afford to have my site go down. This has never been an issue with Bluehost.
- 24/7 Support – HostGator has one of the best support teams on the internet. In addition to their email, chat, and phone support, Bluehost also has hundreds of free tutorials that are accessible through their sites.
- 60 Day Money Back Guarantee – There is really no reason why you wouldn’t want to continue your hosting with Bluehost, however, if that was the case, the 60-day money back guarantee.
These are just some of the many benefits to hosting your site with Bluehost, and it’s quite amazing that all of this can be accomplished with just a low monthly payment of $2.95 per month (after our discount is applied). However, to get the most savings, I recommend you pay for your first 12, 24 or 36 months in advance so you can lock in these savings, while also removing the domain name setup fee. This is what I always do when setting up my own hosting accounts.
Time to Setup Your Hosting Account
Now that you have an idea on why choosing the right domain name and web hosting is so important for your blog, it’s time to move onto the next step where I will actually walk you through this whole process step-by-step.
I mentioned earlier that this would take the average person around 10-20 minutes to setup. The first time around is always to slowest, as you are learning for the first time. However, don’t worry — I have everything laid out for you with pictures and you can always contact me at any time with any questions you might have.