… from scratch
I understand that by entering this site you are determined to set up a blog but have no idea how to start and what to do first. Don’t worry about that. The best of all in WordPress and blogging is the fact that you do not have to be a computer scientist to become a blogger. You don’t need to have any technical skills either. Everything is quite simple and anyone can learn it. I will try to explain in great details every step I took to set up this blog. So, You will be able to do the same.
Your Basic Businessplan
There are really only three things you need to have in order to start blogging and these are :
- Domain.– that is your website address, in my case it’s obviously myinternetstory.com.– I regidered it with GoDaddy.
- Hosting & WordPress.– WordPress is the most popular blogging platform used by millions of bloggers around the world. So, you need to choose a hosting company that will provide you a free WordPress installation.– for the hosting account itself you will have to pay but not too much. I personally use HostGator and I highly recommend them because they have a tool called Fantastico which allows you to install WordPress with just few clicks.
- WordPress theme.– other popular names are WordPress templates or WP skins, which generally speaking is something that will be responsible for the appearance of your blog and its entire layout. This blog runs on Metro Pro Theme from StudioPress.
And actually, these three things listed above make up your Basic Businessplan for a blog. Everything else like different plugins, ebooks are additions to a blog. If you do not know right now what a plugin is – do not worry. You will learn everything while setting up your blog. Now you should remember that you will not create a blog in one day. Prepare yourself for a long work, but I can assure you that your patience and long, systematic work will be rewarded.
Below I discuss in a few words some important facts about domain name, hosting account and WP theme. Please, keep reading carefully ….
Domain name or website address is what is typed into a web browser to upload the page. Choosing it is probably one of the most important things when setting up a blog. The name should be closely linked to the subject of your blog in order anyone could get an idea what a blog is about while entering the site for the first time. Do not choose a domain like animals.com if you are going to write about cars.– I think it’s obvious.
The domain name registration is quite simple by comparison to choosing a hosting company. There are many different hosting companies offering their services but the big question is which one to choose ? Which one is the best, what shall I choose ? Well, I must admin that choosing a hosting company took me 2 weeks. I was searching, reading, analyzing many reviews I found on others blogs about available hosting plans offered by differeny companies. I was comparing everything, then searching and reading again and again. Finally I decided to sign up for an account with HostGator.– why HostGator ? Because they have Fatastico tool (mentioned previously) to install WordPress and 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support. Click and read.: How to sign up for a hosting account with HostGator.
If you think that choosing a hosting company is difficult, you can’t be more wrong. The third thing to do was for me the most difficult. I guess you know what I’m thinking about. Yes, it’s a process of choosing a proper WP theme for a blog. We can all agree that first impression counts and the first impression of your blog depends on the theme your blog runs on. But remember that a theme is responsible not only for a general appearance of a blog but it’s also closely associated with more advanced features such as, for example the ability show Google Maps module. I decided to buy Metro Pro Theme from StudioPress mentioned above.
What to do next
After domain registration, signing up for a hosting account and choosing a theme, the big question is asked by everyone : what to do next ? Next, the real work begins. I will tell you over and over again that blogging is not a sprint, it’s a long, long marathon requiring many hours of work. But if I could do it, you can do it too.
Now Your turn
If you only think about setting up a blog, you will never become a blogger. Now is the time for real action. Stop thinking and start now. I can assure you the first step is the the most difficult one to do. No one will do it for You. And that first step for You (the same one was for me) is signing up for hosting account with HostGator
I hope all the information available on this blog will help you a little in this long, long process of setting up your own blog.
Best of Luck.