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