There are a few free platforms out there for the novice blogger to use, but for the serious writer/blogger, utilizing a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It is affordable and easy to do. Some think that setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog is difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth. After this short article, you will be on your way to publishing your first blog.
NO TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Just follow these simple steps:
Gather some necessary information:
- a domain name (ie: www.myblogsite.com) info on creating a domain name
- an idea for your blog
- payment method
A hosting account is where your domain name (website) lives. Most, if not all hosting companies offer the services of getting a domain name and a hosting account. I use www.HostingDomainsWeb.com for my hosting and domain services. They have great 24/7 customer and sales support. Their servers are super reliable. They can handle any questions you may have with the installation of your WordPress blog.
When you go to the home page, search out your proposed domain name to make sure that no one else already owns it. If it is available, great, then let’s go with that.
There are many choices to choose from but if you are looking to just get started on the web with a website and a hosting account, then pick the economy plan. The choices from there are a Linux platform or a Windows platform. Pick the Linux platform, it is best for working with the WordPress application. (If you do use www.HostingDomainsWeb.com, then you can call their 24/7 (800) number and they can walk you through the purchase and setup of the hosting account and domain name).
Depending on which company you go with, you will have to link your domain name to your hosting account.
Under the control panel of your hosting account, there should be a section for you to install different types of applications. Find the WordPress application and install. Important to remember, if you have a domain name and want to have a website that has a blog, then it’s best to add a sub-domain to your domains. Usually this can be done free of charge through the hosting company. I know that www.HostingDomainsWeb.com offers this service. But let’s say your website is your blog, then you can go ahead and install WordPress and point it towards your domain. If you have any troubles with this, customer support will talk/walk you through it.
During the install of WordPress, you would have been asked to pick an admin name and password. Be careful that you didn’t click right through that part, because it may auto-populate a user name and password already.
WordPress gives you your first post, so you have the option to edit it and/or delete and start a new one.
Bookmark the WordPress admin page so you can find it easily.
If you have done all of the steps above, you will have your own self-hosted, WordPress blog. Now get writing.