Set Up A Blog
Under An Hour
If you have a passion for something, a hobby, certain sport, or interest of some kind, why not share your knowledge with the world? Maybe this is something you have wanted to do for a long time, or maybe it’s a new idea you’re debating over.
Either way, you do not need to be a website developer or techie-guru in order to execute a well-functioning, attractive website or blog.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually super easy to start your own website! I am going to show you how to get there (in 5 easy steps), how to set up a blog in under an hour.
So get out some paper and your favorite pen/pencil/crayon whatever you write with, and lets begin-
How to Set Up A Blog
1. CHOOSE YOUR DOMAIN NAME
Arguably the most important step in starting a new Blog – remember this is something you will later be promoting (via social media, business cards, SEO, Word of mouth, etc..) It doesn’t have to be perfect but you definitely what something SHORT, SIMPLE, and RELEVANT to the content you plan to blog about. So if you want to start a sewing tutorial website/blog, your domain could be: SimplySewingOnline.com – you want it easy to spell and easy to remember.
Remember that paper you grabbed at the beginning? Lets write down at least 10 variations of possible names you are happy with – aim for one ending in .com but remember .net & .org are also acceptable. Now plug them into the domain checker below to see if it is available.
Domain Availability Check
2. SETUP A WEB HOSTING ACCOUNT
Setup-A-What? A web hosting account, This is equal to the “Vacant Lot” you would buy before “building a Home” On the land. Since we’ve got our name, and it is not being used, now we need a source to purchase this name from – theres many options for this and a very important decision. The web host is responsible for your site to remain up and running, not crashing, and will charge you for this service.
I highly recommend a site called GreenGeeks They have really great pricing and I love their 24/7 customer service, fast and efficient. Go there now and purchase your Domain.
(this should only take a few moments, Don’t worry Ill wait)
2. CHOOSE A BLOGGING PLATFORM
Great, now that we have the “space” now lets put something there. As I said before, you do NOT need any computer programming skills for this step, and that’s all thanks to a free CMS platform called WordPress. This platform is what will do all the technical stuff for you, all you need to do is select your preferences and your favorite “theme” – most themes are free but some you can upgrade and pay for. This isn’t necessary and depends on your personal preference.
Please watch this video on how to install wordpress:
3. SETUP YOUR WEBSITE
Looking at your new Dashboard with WordPress, on the Left hand side you will see a blue menu with many new and exciting buttons to select from. Try and go in order of top to bottom because it’s ordered based on priority. There’s really no rules at this point: feel free to download plugins, try new themes, and of course upload images and content!
4. CREATE CONTENT
Another crucial step! Many themes look very odd without any posts or pages, so once you have some creative juices flowing: Setup your pages (IE: Home, About, Blog, Contact Me) these will go on your navigation bar at the top.
Go through your settings and adjust everything to your preference.
5. YOUR DONE! PROMOTE YOUR SITE
Use things like Twitter, Facebook, Email, call you friends and family, whatever you want to do – to get your site some followers.
Also take a look at some SEO plugins because SEO is your friend – Search Engine Optimization. This is what will get your blog posts into Google rankings (and other search engines) and is the leading factor to drive traffic to your website.
I hope you liked my tutorial and let me know what you’re new website is called! Did you have any issues? Let me know Thanks!