Ready to be the proud new owner of a blog?
You’re in the right place.
If you asked me a couple of years ago what I would be doing with my life, blogging wouldn’t even be close to what my answer would have been.
But I am so happy that’s where life took me.
Blogging has brought me a sense of purpose, a drive that I have never felt for anything else, and an undeniable passion for business.
But I think the most inspiring aspect of owning a blog is having the ability to freely express yourself creatively every single day.
So, whether you’re interested in starting a blog as a hobby or making a business out of it, blogging is sure to make a positive impact on you one way or another.
Plus, it’ll only cost you about the price of a cup of coffee every month.
Let’s get started! 🙂
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Step 1: Before starting the sign up process, pick your domain name
Here are some guidelines to consider while brainstorming for your blog’s name:
– Make sure it’s user friendly. Although princessconsuelabananahammockhasablog.net may seem like a good (or funny) idea, it’ll take your readers some considerable attention to make sure it’s typed in correctly. Try to make it short and sweet so all of your readers can return to your blog over and over again. Remember — if it’s easy to type, it’ll be easy to remember.
– Think long-term. Many bloggers and YouTubers have expressed their regret with their chosen username, as they picked it prior to thinking they would make a business out of their pastime. Even if you’re not in it for the business, you never know what the future will hold. So, better safe than sorry!
– Jot down a handful of different names you’d consider. Sometimes the one you really want has already been taken, so it’s a good idea to have some other options or variations you like.
– Use the appropriate domain name extension for your business. Usually ‘.com’ looks the most professional and works best for bloggers, however, use what feels right to you.
– Keep it unique to avoid issues like trademark infringement.
Step 2: Sign Up For Your Domain + Hosting
Click here to go to SiteGround. (This link will open in a new window so you can follow along as you create your new account.)
Click on the “Sign Up” button.
You will be led to a page of the different plans SiteGround offers. I recommend registering for the StartUp plan if you’re just looking to test out the waters or use your blog for hobby purposes. However, if you’re planning on getting serious with blogging, you’ll need more web space, thus the GrowBig or GoGeek plans would be a better option.
After selecting your plan of choice, you’ll then be brought to a page which asks you to enter in the domain name you’d like. If the domain name isn’t available, they’ll give you a list of alternatives you can choose from or you can pick from the list of name ideas you created earlier.
Once your domain name has been approved, you’ll be redirected to the “Review & Complete” section. This is where you’ll fill out all of your personal information.
Under the “Extra Services” section, I highly recommend registering for Domain Privacy. This will protect you from any potential unsafe happenings, as it won’t display any of your personal information on the “WhoIs” database. This worldwide database allows anyone on the internet to search up a domain name and receive access to the website owner’s full legal name, address, and more. I realize it’s an extra cost, but it’s a feature that just absolutely should not be overlooked, as it’s important to protect your privacy.
At the bottom of the page, ensure that you have clicked the box to agree to the terms of service and then hit “Pay Now”.
Step 3: Install WordPress
Now that the domain and hosting has been secured, it’s time to install WordPress. WordPress is the tool that will help you create, build, and design your website.
If you’re tech challenged (like me), SiteGround does this awesome thing where their support team will install WordPress for you.
All you have to do is click on “Live Chat”. Once connected with a team member, simply let them know that you’re new to SiteGround and you’d like to have WordPress installed onto your account. Then, no more than 15 minutes later, your site will be up and ready for you to use!
To login to your account, simply add /wp-admin after your url.
It should look like this: yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
As soon as you’re signed in, you’ll see what is called the ‘dashboard’. The dashboard is where you’ll spend most of your time posting, organizing, and customizing your blog’s content.
Step 4: Install Your WordPress Theme
Now it’s time to get to the fun part — Making your site look the way you want!
To install a theme, go to your dashboard. On the left hand side, select “Appearance” > “Themes”.
Click on the “WordPress.org Themes” tab to begin browsing.
Once you’ve found the theme you want to use for your blog, click on “Install” then “Activate”.
To customize the theme to your liking, simply go to “Appearance” > “Customize”. From there, you can select the colours, fonts, and any other features you’d like to have for your theme.
Step 5: Write Your First Blog Post
The moment of truth — Your first piece of content!
To write a blog post, simply select “Posts” > “Add New” from your dashboard.
Take a look around and familiarize yourself with the the visual editor. It pretty much has the same settings as any other word processing software has (bold, italic, headings, numbered lists, etc.).
Once your blog post has been written, hit the big blue “Publish” button on the right and voila — Your blog post will now be live!
I hope this was helpful to many of you. If you have any questions at all, leave them down below and I’ll get back to you. Also, if you do end up starting a blog, feel free to leave your link down in the comment section — I’d love to check them out. 🙂