The World is full of Bloggers making a difference in the way we view the web. From Hobby Bloggers to Professional Business Bloggers, there are hundreds that start every day.
But don’t let that stop you. If you have something to share, let’s learn how you can start a blog today!
The Most Important Steps When Starting a Blog
Most Importantly – Know the “Why” you want to start blogging. This will become your “Niche”. Do you create crafts and want to share them? Are you a DIY’er and want to teach us? Do you homeschool your children and want to share it? What about a business? If you have a business, you need to write about it. Thus, you need a blog.
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1. Choose Your Domain and Buy It
If you’re going to blog, it’s best (in my opinion) to purchase your own domain. That way it is YOURS and no one else can have it. There are several places you can purchase a domain, but my 3 favorites are:
Your domain should be Unique, Catchy, and Short. It’s highly recommended to obtain the *.com versus any others. However, a *.net or *.org should suffice if your blog will be a business.
2. Choose a Dependable Web Host and Purchase Hosting
Choosing a Dependable Web Host is very important! You can ask a handful of Bloggers and they will tell you different Web Hosts. I will personally only recommend those that I have used.
- SiteGround – #1 Choice
My favorite being SiteGround, which this site is currently hosted on. Remember: Cheaper is not always better. On a personal note: I would not recommend hosting your site with GoDaddy. I’ve tried them and the service is not the best. No offense to GoDaddy.
3. Install WordPress.org
Once you have purchased your Domain and your Web Hosting, it’s time to get down and dirty! Let’s install WordPress.org to our server and get started! Most web hosts will have a quick install button or script you can use to do so. However, if you find yourself struggling, Contact Me!
Wait! You already have a blog but it’s on WordPress.com? Don’t worry about that! I can help you Migrate your existing WordPress.com blog to WordPress.org on your preferred Web Host!
4. Install Genesis Framework by Studiopress
In all seriousness, you don’t have to use Genesis, you can install any WordPress web theme of your choice. However, when it comes to designing and customizing, you may get lost in the crowd. Genesis Framework allows you to build your blog quick and easily.
If you prefer to not do it by yourself, check out my WordPress Custom Web Design package!
5. Install a Premium Theme
This is essential! There are many Free WordPress.org themes out there and they are pretty. However, purchasing a Premium Theme ensures Security and Updates. I highly recommend purchasing a theme that is built on Genesis Framework. A few of my favorites are:
As well as:
Again, if you prefer, I can help you choose some really great options! Just Contact Me to discuss!
6. Have fun!
Most importantly, after setting up all the above, it’s important to remember to Have Fun! Network with other! Make friends. Build a Community!
When all else fails, you can always go back to chasing Pokemon. 😉
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