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How To Set Up a Blog In 3 Easy Steps
Hi! I am Vanessa with MomBlogFromHome and I’m going to show you how to set up a blog in 3 easy steps! Sometimes I like to read and get all the details about something and sometimes I just need a right to the point answer. This is the right to the point answer on how to set up a blog in 3 easy steps.
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1.Get a Domain Name
If you have researched and decided that blogging is right for you, then next you want to decide what your niche is or what you want to blog about. Now you are ready for step one! Get a domain name!
You want your name to be short and simple. You want people to be able to remember it. Instead of howtostartamomblogfromhome my domain name is just momblogfromhome which is much simpler.
Decide on a domain name
Let’s say your domain name has a number in it then you have to decide if you want it to be the actual number or the number spelled out. For example www.invoice2go.com is an amazing book keeping site my husband uses for his lawn care company. They use the actual number instead of spelling out the number 2 as two.
Decide where to purchase your domain name
The two places I buy my domain names at are GoDaddy and NameCheap. Domains run anywhere from $2.99+ but the average is around $10-$15 for a whole year. Not too expensive! It just depends on the domain name. As of writing this the domain name blogfromhome.com is available for only $3,095.00! This domain I would assume has a lot of traffic going to it making it worth a lot more money.
Between GoDaddy and NameCheap I personally prefer NameCheap. The reason is in the name. At GoDaddy they are just a bit higher and like to up sell you at checkout. NameCheap is right to the point and a little less. Plus when I bought my last domain name I looked at RetailMeNot.com first and found a 10% off coupon! Score! I love RetailMeNot they always have great coupons especially for my guilty pleasure…Papa John’s Pizza!
2. Get Hosting For Your Site
After you get your domain name, you need to get hosting for your blog. The best example I have heard to explain domain names, hosting and WordPress is that it is just like a brick and mortar business. The domain name is your address, the hosting is the property/building, and your blog on WordPress is your business inside. I hope that makes sense. The point is that you need all three and they all work together to make the foundation of your blog.
Decide where to purchase hosting for your blog
I have followed several other bigger bloggers that also use SiteGround. I like that they offer hosting that lets you grow as you grow. I have three domains that are currently being hosted through SiteGround and I am able to add as many as I want with my current hosting plan because I knew I wanted to grow my blogging business.
3. Install Word Press
Lastly, you will need to install the WordPress plug-in. Log into your hosting account and from there install the WordPress plug-in. If you chose SiteGround as your hosting account then I have instruction here on how to install WordPress on your SiteGround hosted blog.
Now that everything is all connected you are ready to go! You officially have a blog!
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I hope you enjoyed how to set up your blog in 3 easy steps. Like I said it is just the tip of the iceberg and is the basic steps on how to step up your blog!