Step 1: The Basics of Starting a Blog
To start your blog you need just 2 things.
- A domain name
- Web hosting
Below I will show you exactly how you choose them, what you need to do and how you can get this done in less than 16 minutes.
Choosing a Domain Name
This is the most exciting part…what to name your blog. A Domain name is the website address you and others will type into their web browser to find your blog. The domain name for this site is problogbuilders.com.
Now unless you need to target a specific country such as the UK (.co.uk) or Australia (.com.au) I suggest you go with either a .com, .net or .org domain extension.
It's also best to go with a ‘brandable' domain name, one that's catchy yet describes what your blog is about or perhaps using your own name.
Setting Up Web Hosting
This is the second and most important decision in setting up your blog.
A web host provides storage space for all of your blogs files, images and content. It allows you to have your blog accessible on the web.
There are ‘free' options, however, I tried this option when I first got started and let me tell you I was let down badly.
What you need is a web host you can trust and is recommended by others. My personal preference is BlueHost. I have been with them since the very beginning and they have never let me down. Here are just some of the reasons why I recommend BlueHost for your blog:
By clicking on any link in this guide over to Bluehost, you will lock in a huge discount on their hosting service. Simply click through and you will see the Exclusive offer for ProBlogBuilders users. Pretty cool, eh?
I have been happy with the hosting service Bluehost provides for my websites. They provide great customer service, which enables me to recommend them to you with confidence.