Are you ready to start your blog but not sure what exactly you need to do?
In this quick guide, I will take you step-by-step through everything you need to do to get your blog setup, configured and live on the web.
With no headaches and just 20 minutes of your time, you can have your new blog up and running!
Let’s get started.
The 4 Basic Steps To Getting Your Blog Up And Running
- Choose a domain name
- Get hosting
- Install WordPress
- Install a theme
Step #1 – Choose a domain name
If you don’t have one already, you are going to need to decide on a name (that is not already taken) for your blog.
Here are some tips for choosing a good domain name for your blog:
- Make is unique and descriptive, your domain name should give someone an idea as to what your blog is about before they even visit it.
- If you are branding yourself, just go ahead and use your name (if it is available)
- Avoid hyphens and words that are typically misspelled.
- If at all possible, get the .com name. When you go to see if your name is available, you will see all sorts of other available extensions (.net, .org, .co, etc.) but the truth is that most people still only think of .com when they enter a domain name.
- Try to keep your domain name as short as possible – 2-4 words is perfect.
- Don’t use any words that may be under copyright, for example don’t get FacebookTipsWithSteven.com.
- Get creative and work in additional words known only to your niche or more common words like “my”, “the”, “a”.
- If you are still stuck, try using a free service such as namemesh,com. This free services will generate domain name suggestions based on keywords you enter.
Step #2 – Choose a reliable web host
Choosing a good and reliable hosting company if one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to your blog. The web hosting company is where all the files related to your website are stored and delivered when someone visits your blog.
If you start doing some research on web hosting, you can quickly become confused over the different types of hosting available. [Read more…] about Ultimate Beginners Guide To Starting A Blog