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So you have thought about it for a while and you’re now ready to start your own blog. But you want to know where to start and how to go about it. When I started my blog, I failed the first time due to over-thinking things and wanting everything to be perfect. Plus I never gave myself time to really think it through hence starting all-over again the second time which I don’t regret one bit. Here is how to start a blog,simple beginner’s guide.
Choose a niche
Your niche is what your blog will be about, what will you be writing about and do you have enough content about that particular subject. Choose one that you are passionate about and love doing and that way, you will enjoy writing your blog posts without getting fed up fast. Okay once you have your niche;
Choose a blog name
There are very many blogs every where and it all comes to the name. I chose my blog name using my name because I am not planning to change it at all and that’s who I am but if you want to have something more do it and make sure you will still love it 3 years down the line. You should also know that the name you have chosen may already be taken and that’s why this second step has to do with a lot of thinking and re-thinking. Once you have found your blog name, you need to find your self a web host.
Choose a web host
When it comes to finding your web host, I suggest you go with Bluehost because I have used it and so far everything is going fine and I love it. If you want to get started, you can use my link and sign up here.
Why do I love Bluehost you might ask?Well
- You have 24/7 support
- It has a one-click to installing wordpress and
- You get a Free domain
- You also have Free site builders
Set up your hosting account
Once you go to the Bluehost website, you will see a screen with a green Get started sign which is where you should click to start to opening up you account.
Pick a plan
After you do that, you will need to pick a plan for yourself, since you’re just starting out, I would suggest you take the basic plan and once you know that you’re going to continue with your blog, you can be able to change your plan when you want.
Register your Domain
After you have chosen your plan, you can now go ahead and register your domain which is the blog name you have finally thought about or if you already had one before you can also use that too. Here is where you get to find out whether the domain name you chose is available and if it’s available. At this point, clap for yourself for getting this far, almost there.
Once you do that, you get onto another page where you fill in your account information which is simple. Then you now have to choose your package. You might notice that there some more added services in the table, you don’t have to choose them but the way I see it, it’s a one stop shop where you will not have to look for site protection from another place if Bluehost is offering. But as I said you can come back to it later.
Now all you have to do is finish it all up with the billing information and then read the Terms and Services and move on to the next step.
How to install wordpress
So now you have done all that and the only thing remaining is to install wordpress. This is a platform mostly used by bloggers and also businesses plus it’s very simple to use. To install it, go to your Bluehost cpanel which is the command center for your site and under website builders you will see install wordpress which is what you want to do. Click on it to install and from there, you click on the start button and then you select which domain you would like to install it to but since you would have already purchased it, it would be already there by default.
From there, the process will begin and all you have to do is just wait for it to finish. Finally,The last step is filling in your site name or blog name, Admin username, password and email which is what you will need to be logging in to your site then click install now button. There you have it you have done it Congratulations.
You’ll then see a page where you are able to log in using the Admin username you chose and your password and then directed to your dashboard. Here you now get to customise your new blog using the themes and start to make it the way you want it.
All you have to do now is familiarise yourself with your site and start writing blog posts. One step at a time and you will get used to it and all you have to do is enjoy your blogging journey. Hope this was helpful and you got to start your blog successfully. If you got to start your blog, do tell me about it and don’t forget to comment below, all the best.