If you are considering starting a blog, I first want to say, Congrats! Creating a blog is one of the most amazing things I ever did. I want to share my knowledge with you all and help you get your blog set up and running in no time. Then you can start putting your creative juices to work, and even potentially make money in the long run! Many bloggers start a blog to share their knowledge and have a creative outlet, and in the end, can quit their full-time job and make a living writing on their blog. Sit back and take the plunge, you won’t regret it!
As of this writing, it was less than a year ago that I started my blog. It was the best thing I ever did! I thoroughly enjoy it. A little secret though, I started with Bluehost. They toggled my site so that I couldn’t use it to get more money from me. Not to mention they would not help on initial setup. I researched and this seems to be an issue with other bloggers as well. In my research, I found others use Siteground. I went to the chat on Siteground, discussed my site and they walked me through the plan I needed (I have 500k page views a month). They set it all up! I am not techy so this is HUGE to me!
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To start a blog I recommend going with a self-hosted WordPress blog, and for that, you need a host. For me, I recommend Siteground. They have affordable prices, and they offer exceptional customer service. They will help keep your site running smoothly, and if you cross a bump, they are eager to help and get your site in running order.
Setting Up A Blog Using Siteground
Pick A Plan
Siteground offers a few different plans, so you want to pick which one fits your needs. I will help break down the plan options in case you are unsure what you might be needing.
Start-Up Plan | This plan is excellent for someone who is just starting out. You can handle up to 10,000 visitors and 10 GB of space. This is a pretty good starting point. Then as you grow you are always welcome to upgrade at a later time. (This is where I started!)
Grow Big Plan | The next step up is the grow big plan, it is great if you intend to create multiple websites, can get 25,000 visits, and you get double the space (20 GB).
Go Geek Plan | This plan is for the more advanced or larger website. Say you purchased a pre-owned site that gets a lot of traffic, then you might want this plan. The Go Geek plan comes with a backup and restores service so if anything were to happen your content is saved. (This is where I am now!)
The next step in this is picking out your domain name – blog name. This is where you want to pick a name that is easy to spell, remember, and can fit what type of content you are writing. You want the name to be easy to remember because if it is hard or too-unique, people could forget your site. You can purchase your domain name directly from Siteground to save you time as well (the method I chose). Just make sure the name is available and purchase away.
Fill Out Form And Select Plan
Once you have that picked out you move on to putting in your contact information and select the plan you want and the length of your plan. The longer your plan is, the more of a discount you get. I normally go for a 1-year plan, to save money and not have to worry about heading over to pay each month. There are additional extras they will offer when you are going through the process that you can choose if they will be a good fit for you or not!
Once you are all set up, it will say your account is complete. Next comes setting up your WordPress portion!
Setting Up Your WordPress Blog
- Sign into your Siteground and go into the “My Accounts” tab. Then head over to your “cPanel”
- Click on Autoinstallers section, and then select WordPress.
- Hit the blue Install button.
- It will open up a screen where you can fill in your information to your blog website.
- If you have a theme you want you can select it or skip and do that later.
That is all it takes to create your blog, then the fun part begins with designing your blog and creating compelling content for readers! Let me know if you have questions that I can help with and if you go for it. I wish you all the luck!
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