So you’ve finally decided to get on the blogging train, but you’re not exactly sure where to start. Follow these steps to get you on your way to blogging in no time!
Select a Blogging Platform
There is a wide selection of blog platforms to choose from. Tumblr, Weebly, Squarespace, and Wix. But the one that stands out above all the rest is WordPress. WordPress is user friendly, customizable, and FREE. Other good reasons to use WordPress is that there are 5,000+ free and paid themes available to make your design top-notch, they have a helpful forum and over 45,000 plugins to help your blog run more smoothly and efficiently. And the fact that 91% of blogs are running on WordPress is reason alone – that 91% knows there’s something good about WordPress.
Select a Domain Name
Choosing the right domain name is important for a few reasons. Your domain will create a first impression among your website visitors, it will affect your search engine ranking, and it will define your brand. You should take careful consideration in selecting the right domain name for your website. When brainstorming and selecting your domain name choose something that will be easy to brand, keep it simple and concise, and make sure it’s easy to type and pronounce. Each of these factors will make a big difference on the long-term impact of the success of your blog.
Choose a Website Host
You’ll need a good website host to house all your site’s files, so your blog is accessible to everyone. Without a host, your website will be inaccessible to both you and your readers. When choosing your host, take your time researching various hosts. Some hosts appear to have low monthly fees while secretly, they are charging a myriad of hidden feeds, have poor customer service, and cause your blog site to run slow.
Install Web Platform
After you’ve chosen your host and set it all up, make sure to install your blog platform. If you’ve chosen to use WordPress, WordPress has recommended Bluehost for web hosting for quite some time so the two should work very well together.
From this point forward, you can now choose your blog theme in your platform and begin customizing the blog of your dreams!