Do you want to create your own blog but don’t know the way to start? You could think the best thing to do is to hire someone to create your blog / website. Stop! Stop! Stop! There’s no reason at all to hire someone to create your blog when you are able do it yourself.
How will you do that? You simply need a few simple tools to help you get it done. The truth is, with these tools, you can have your blog ready to go within the hour. That’s right! Only one hour! :-)
Before you know the tips that will help you get a blog started, you must understand that you need to get the right domain name and have a reliable web hosting service. And, because of so many to choose from, you have to find one that will ensure you’ll have the best performance possible for your blog - speed, up-time, stability, etc.
What’s about Domain name? For those people who aren’t that internet geek, a domain name is what your blog’s key address is. Most people call it a URL and it looks a bit like the following www.example.com. Keep in mind tht the domain, on its own, isn’t going to represent your blog. It’s just a place to point people in your direction after you’ve created the blog. Thus, your blog must have a hosting service since this is what gives the Internet the space it needs to support its content.
After you’ve got both the web hosting service and domain name set up, which should take you no more than 15 minutes, it’s time to determine how you want the blog to show up. To help you learn how to create a blog, this article will use the ever-popular CMS platform called WordPress.
There are really just 4 easy steps to making your own blog and once we have been through the 4 steps below you will be up and running in no time.
Are you ready to starting making your blog? Then let’s get going.
Step 1 - Registering Your Domain Name
First of all you need to choose your domain registrar. The world’s top rated domain registrar is Godaddy.com
To get started, you’ll have to go to the Godaddy.com. This should take you to a page that allows you to search for domain names you can get. Keep in your mind that you need only look for the following extensions to use for your blog: .com, .net or .org. The reason is that they are commonly used and most people know them and often try them first when searching for a particular URL.
When you are there your screen should look something like this so type your desired url into the search box, then click on SEARCH.
Once you’ve got a domain name you can use, click on the add button to continue the registration process. GoDaddy will ask if you’d like to purchase additional extensions and list them so you can consider them. Or, if the domain you want for your blog isn’t available with the extension you want, it’ll list the others to consider using for your blog. Unless you have the desire to purchase the extra extensions, just click the extension you want and move forward.
Now that you have your domain name for your blog, you’ll need to complete the registration process. You’ll have a variety of payment options to consider as well as how long you want the blog’s domain name for. Consider the 12-month registration so renewal will occur every year but you can always add additional time at anytime.
You’ll also be shown offers for privacy protection and website hosting. There’s no reason for any of that so decline them. If you want web hosting, you may consider using the GoDaddy web hosting service but it would be better to use another web hosting service that we will go through in step 2.
Once you have bought the domain name for your blog, you’ll receive an email, which will be a receipt with all sorts of important information in it. Save this… never know when you might need it!
Now, you’re the proud owner of your own domain name! That wasn’t so difficult, was it?!
Step 2 - Setup Your Web Hosting Account
After you’ve set up your domain name for the blog, it’s time to put it to use! This is the point you need to search for a web hosting provider; a provider who will provide you with excellent service and is well-established as a host. Those are the two key things to remember when you look through the different companies out there.
Don't forget to do some research. Just like everything else, you’ll find some gems and diamonds among the tar. You want to make sure that the price you’re paying is what you need from your hosting service. You want your blog to run constantly; not constantly be down. If you notice a web hosting service has this issue, avoid them like the plague.
We would like to recommend a well priced, well established hosting service called Hostgator. They are extremely popular in the industry, competitively priced and have an outstanding reputation for customer service, reliability and speed. It’s able to handle a large traffic load with no upload capacity limit.
What are the steps to setup the Hostgator account?
Firstly you will need to go to their website by clicking this link www.Hostgator.com and when you are there click the “View Webhosting Plans” button.
You’ve already got your blog’s domain name so pick the “Hatchling Plan”. Choose a timeframe for their services; how long do you want them to web host for you? Once you’ve figured out the length of time, use the “Order Now” button.
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You’ll be prompted to register or use an already existing domain name. You’ve already got your blog’s domain name so pick the existing one. Here, you’ll need to enter the blog’s domain name.
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Lastly Enter all the account and billing information and click “Create Account”.
Once everything’s been processed and setup, your hosting plan for the blog is ready to go. Keep in mind it can take up to an hour or more to get configured. You’ll receive an email with the important information - name servers, login information, etc. Keep it!
Pretty simple, isn’t it?! 10 minutes of your time and you’ve got your blog domain name and web hosting service all set up.
Still, though, that’s not all! Now, you need to bring them together.
Step 3 - Setup The Name Servers
Many people worry about this step of setting up their blog but there really isn’t anything to fret about. It’s fairly simple to do! What you need to do is log into GoDaddy.com, if you’ve logged out.
When you are logged in scroll down to the bottom of the page and on your left under the heading “Account Manager” click on the “My Account” tab.
Now click the “Domains” tab and then click “Launch” on the domain you wish to change, which will bring you to a whole new page. Once that’s brought up, you’ll configure the nameservers. Choose “Set NameServers”, which should bring up a window - be sure your pop-up blocker isn’t activated. If it is, temporarily give the site permission to have pop-ups.
Next, you’ll need to look at “I have specific nameservers for my domains” where you’ll input the webhosting plan information that you were given at registration. Be sure you do this for both Nameserver1 and 2. Hostgator gave you the information in the email so refer back to it. Once done, click “ok” to confirm changes and it should take about two hours before the changes are effective.
There, now you’ve got your GoDaddy blog domain set up with the Hostgator account. Just remember that it takes time for the changes to be effective so be patient. If you do have problems, contact the customer service at GoDaddy.com for help or hot the contact us button and we will be more than happy to help.
Step 4 - WordPress Installation
What’s so excellent about WordPress you may ask? Why should you have it for your blog? Keep in mind that for several years now, bloggers have used this free platform to get the word out about whatever they wanted. WordPress enables you to create a blog without much effort. WordPress is very customizable, user-friendly and can be a powerful tool for blog creation.
WordPress lets you use the free themes they have. There’s no reason to spend money hiring a web designer to create your professional-looking blog. It’s also friendly in terms of search engine optimization (or SEO). You also have the ability to install and use third-party plug-ins. This will increase the visibility of your blog, among many other things.
If you’ve never loaded WordPress onto your blog’s site before, it can be difficult and a bit time-consuming. Hostgator, on the other hand, already has the WordPress installer. All you have to do is click one time and it’s done :-)