Hello! Perhaps you’ve thought of starting a blog for awhile. It’s time to stop procrastinating and just go ahead to do it.
Things You’ll Need Beforehand:
- An open mind to embrace some basic techy stuff to get your website live
- Some $ for hosting
- Your desired URL for your blog (make sure the URL is available first using whois.net)
You’re at the beginning of an amazing blogging journey, and I’m really glad to be able to accompany you from the start. Do not worry about not knowing where to start or what to do. This beginner’s blogging guide was written with you in mind.
Even the most successful blogger on planet Earth started with 0 views from square 1, right?
The 5 Key Steps to Get Your Blog Up
- Get hosting
- Get a domain name
- Install WordPress
- Write your first post
- Install a theme
Here’s What You’ll Learn:
- How to start a blog in under 20 minutes
- The best and most affordable host you should use
- Where to get a free domain name (URL)
- How to set up WordPress on your self-hosted blog for the first time
Steps 1 & 2: Get Hosting & Domain Name
Hosting is server space on the internet where your website is at. Basically, if you’ve a house, it’s sort of like the land your house is on.
When I first started, I was confused by the tons of choices available. Should I go for company XYZ? Or company ABC? Picking the right hosting company is a pain in the ass.
Some of you may wonder if you should just opt for Wix or Blogspot (or something similar that’s free). You should always self-host and own your own blog. By that, I mean owning your own servers and URL. Do not be reliant on other people. You don’t want your blog to disappear overnight. Own your personal assets.
The different kinds of hosting available
There are different types of hosting available.
Shared hosting is when you share your server with other websites.
VPS hosting is when you share your server with other websites, but a portion of the available resources are reserved for you.
Dedicated hosting is when the server only has your website. You can google if you’re really interested in the nitty-gritty technicalities.
When you’re small, shared hosting is more than enough for you. You can always upgrade to dedicated hosting when your website is bigger.