Here is a quick overview of what starting a blog look like.
1. First is your domain name Keep it simple, unique, something that you can build into a brand and easy to remember. If your domain name is hard to spell, it makes it harder for your readers.
2. Register the name of your domain and pick a hosting I’ll go into that a bit more below.
3. Install WordPress This is easy because it’s a one-click process.
4. Pick a theme You can pick a free theme from the backend of WordPress. You’ll have some restrictions with a free theme but it’s a good place to start. If you prefer a premium theme, I recommend Elegant Themes. You get 30-day money back guarantee – so no risk to you.
5. Put out some content Start brainstorming and putting out some well written content. You don’t want people to come to your blog only to find nothing to read, or too little to read that they have to go somewhere else to find what they are looking for.
Ok now! let’s get started.
Step 1. Choose a hosting company
Can you tell who I recommend and why?
Siteground has consistently come out on top year after year on several Facebook polls. That’s because people know who the best hosting company is.
Not to mention they are the only host listed on all three hosting pages – WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
OK, Open up Siteground in a new window to get started. There are three plans to choose from. If you are unsure of which one you should choose, I simplified them to make it easier.
.Startup Plan – If you are just starting out and only have one website, this is a good pick. With 10Gb of space, it’s good if you are receiving traffic up to 10,000 unique visits.
.GrowBig Plan – Is good if you have multiple websites. Even if you don’t have multiple websites but want more room and expect more traffic. This is 20GB of space and traffic 25,000 unique visits.
.GoGeek Plan – Is the one I have. It’s good if you have an ecommerce store or larger site. You can host multiple websites. It’s 30GB of space and is ideal if you are receiving around 100,000 visitors monthly.
If you are just starting out, I recommend the cheapest one. As your blog grows, you can always upgrade for more features and space.
Step 2. Choose your domain name
Remember what I said in the beginning, pick a domain name that stands out, unique and easy remember.
I normally just register my domain where I host, but to make it cheaper, I would recommend using Namecheap if you don’t already have one. If you already have a domain name, just choose “already have a domain.” – see below.
Also, always choose a .com for your domain if it’s available.
Fill out the information on the next page. Ignore adding any extra services unless you feel that you need it.
Step 3. Install wordPress in cPanel
Once you are signed up and logged in. You want to find “My Account” on the top left and click on that. Next, Click on “Go To cPanel”
Find where is says Auto Installers and click on the WordPress icon.
Click on the Install button next to where it says overview and fill out the information. (You don’t need to fill out everything you see.) Click on the install button and you are set.
You could ignore where it says choose theme after you click install. We will cover that below.
Once you are done you will get an url for you to login to your backend. With WordPress it’s your website /wp-admin at the end. I.e – yourdomain.com/wp-admin
Be sure to bookmark that link for easy login access. As for your user and password, I hope you choose something easy to remember and write it on a piece of paper, not on your computer. You don’t want that information falling into the wrong hands.
Last Step: Choose a theme and blog your heart out
Under appearance, on the left hand side, click themes. Your blog will automatically have one setup. It’s a basic one that you don’t want to keep. You can read about that here.
Click add new and choose a theme. If you want a premium theme that allows for more customization and freedom, I would recommend Elegant themes. With a wide selection of over 80 themes to choose from, not to mention it comes with a social share and email plugin and a 30-day money back guarantee – you got nothing to lose.
If you run into any issues with this setup, just reach out to one of the support available 24/7 at Siteground to give you a hand. They respond really quickly.
You could always reach out to me as well or leave a comment.
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