How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

In today’s post, we have covered a step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog. You’ve probably asked yourself many times: ‘how do I start a blog?’...

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how to start a blog

In today’s post, we have covered a step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog. You’ve probably asked yourself many times: ‘how do I start a blog?’
Starting a blog is not that hard, you just need to choose the right platform which fits your needs. We are here to help you in the process of starting your blog so stick with us. 

If you know what exactly you are going to do with your blog, but you came here for the less interesting technical stuff of setting up a blog, then you are in the right place!

Continue with your reading even if you don’t know what topic are you going to write on your blog yet. Because we covered up pretty much everything so you don’t need to worry about. In the next 15 minutes, you will have your shiny little blog ready for your writing.

Blog Ideas: If you don’t know what to blog about, click here to see 5 most popular things to blog.

Learn the difference

First of all, before going into the setup process, I wanted to tell you that this will be your blog, only owned by you, not from the third-party blogging websites like Blog.com, Tumblr, Squarespace or Weebly. Though these are good websites for blogging but they don’t give us a freedom to create more advanced stuff like WordPress does.

There are a few blogging platforms which are really good to work with and for one of them you are probably heard of before. This is by far the most used and the most famous one and it’s called WordPress.

Also, there is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

For better understanding I’m going to compare WordPress.com with Blogger.com, both are a blogging websites/platforms, and all your posts, pages etc. are hosted on servers owned by these two companies. While with the WordPress.org you can host all your stuff with your own hosting and be the owner of your blog.

Related: Why you should self-host your blog instead of using free blogging sites, click here!

– Now, when we learned a difference between Self-Hosted blogs and blogs owned by Third-Party websites here’s a step by step tutorial on how to start a blog!

How to start a blog for only a penny!

Startupyourblog.com offer a great discount, instead $10.95 you will get $0.01 price for any hosting plan you choose! Exclusive Promo Code for our readers: STARTUP1PENNY

The first thing we are going to do is click here to go to HostGator website.

how to start a wordpress blog using hostgator

Step 1. Choose a domain name for your blog

If you already own a domain, click on the tab ‘I Already Own This Domain’, enter your domain in the field below and go to Step 3.

Step 1. Choose a Domain

How to choose a good domain name?

Choosing the right domain name is important for your blog.
I’m assuming that, in the future, you want to create yourself a brand, or simply you want to be recognized on the internet.

Let’s say you are starting a fashion blog, and you already know how it will be called, that’s great. Now, you only need to find an available domain which has a name of your blog in it.

For you, who don’t know how to name your blog, here’s a few tips:
Don’t use too many dashes like www.my-blog-about-fashion.com, instead use something like this: fashiongal.com myfashiondiary.com or emilyfashionblog.com, you get the idea. 🙂

Therefore, it’s important to come up with something unique. Take your time and write down everything that comes to your mind.
The name you choose will represent you and your blog on the internet – be creative!

Take a look on our Infographic about domain names here: Infographic – What is a Domain Name?

 If you don’t want additional costs for domain privacy protection, simply uncheck that options like shown below:

Registering Domain Name

Make sure your domain name is available to proceed to the next step.

Step 2. Choose a hosting plan

For everyone who is starting their blog for the first time, I recommend going with the ‘Hatchling’ plan. Of course, you can go with any other hosting plan, our discount code covers all of them and whatever plan you choose, you will get it for only a penny!

Step 2. Choose a Hosting Plan

Step 3. Enter your information

Keep in mind that this will be your important information for your hosting account. After you successfully complete a registration, HostGator will send you an email with all necessary information about your account.

Step 3. Enter your Billing Info

Step 4. Additional services

Add additional services if you want, I personally don’t need them and I want to save as much as possible to get my hosting for only a $0.01.
If you want it too, just uncheck them as I did like in screenshot below:

Step 4. Add Additional Services

Step 5. Enter a coupon code

Your coupon code should be already there waiting for you, if not, just submit it in the field below.
Coupon Code: STARTUP1PENNY

If you are wondering why total amount of your order is not $0.01, this is because of domain registration which is $12.95 for the whole year. I already own a domain and I only needed a hosting account which I got for $0.01 using a coupon code.

start your blog for only 1 penny

Congratulations!

Your purchase was successful. A confirmation will be sent to your e-mail.
We have successfully completed a first part of How to Start a Blog Tutorial (Hosting Part).

If you need any help with setting up your blog, please do not hesitate to contact me, I’m here to help you anytime!

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Here comes the fun part about blogging, you will learn how to edit, customize and write your blog.


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17 comments

  1. Alice B. Reply

    I just want to say I’m beginner to blogging and absolutely liked this web page. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You definitely come with amazing posts. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your web page.

  2. Donna Beacher Reply

    I can’t thank you enough for this awesome guide! Writing my first post now 🙂
    Thank you so much Nate!

  3. Melissa Reply

    Thank you for this tutorial, I’m starting my blog soon! 🙂

  4. Working Home Base Reply

    Nice one.

    Is this coupon code still active by January? I’m planning to order next month and use this coupon code.

    Thanks a lot for the info and Happy Holidays.

    1. Nate Hay Reply

      Hello,

      Yes, it will be active in 2017 also. 🙂
      Happy holidays to you as well!

      – Nate

  5. Leslie Blogger Reply

    Thank you for the coupon!

    1. Nate Hay Reply

      Your welcome Leslie! 🙂

  6. Armand Reply

    Just started my blog with your tutorial, thank you!

    1. Nate Hay Reply

      Hi Armand, your welcome!
      Happy blogging 🙂

  7. Kim B. Reply

    Hi Nate,

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for your step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog.

    This is one of the best tutorial I have read, thank you once again!

    Kim

  8. Anna Reply

    Thank you!

  9. Mario L. Reply

    Great tutorial, I’m just starting with blogging so this article is very helpful for me.

  10. Luke Reply

    Awesome step by step tutorial Nate!
    Thank you for helping me to start my own blog, I just subscribed to your newsletter!

  11. Alisse Clark Reply

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have successfully created my fashionblog thanks to your great step by step tutorial!
    Thank you so much!

  12. Matthew K. Reply

    I love how simple you’ve explained this tutorial, it’s just great.
    I’m following your future posts!

  13. Brian Reply

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!

  14. Kate Reply

    Hi,
    thank you so much for posting this great tutorial, it helped me a lot setting up my first blog!

    – Kate