How to create a blog in 3 easy steps.
This is a quick, free, step by step guide to create a blog in less than 30 minutes. Within this tutorial we use WordPress, because it is a professional blogging platform that gives you the most power and flexibility over your site.
Step 1. Domain name
Your domain name is just another way of saying, web address.
For example, it will be something like www.getonlineguru.com
You need to decide on a great domain name (web address) for your blog that hasn’t already been taken.
Visit our article 7 Tips for choosing great domain names for help on finding your perfect name.
The cost of a domain name depends on what the name is, but generally they are around $15.00 USD a year.
It is easiest to buy your domain name from the company you intend to host your site, otherwise you will have to change the name servers and sometimes this can cost money.
How you can get a free domain name for your blog.
Inmotion web hosting gives you a free domain for your first year of web hosting. Which is an amazing deal, so we will take you through this process in Step two.
Step 2. Web Hosting
Web hosting is a space on the internet that you rent, so you can put your website on the internet.
Webhosting can cost as low as $2.95 USD per month if you pay in advance.
Be careful when selecting a Web Hosting company
When shopping around for a web host make sure you know exactly how much you are going to be charged. Often those who offer a low month by month charge will pull you in with a low rate for the first month and then raise it up by the second month. If you can afford to pay for a year in advance, you will lock in a great rate and not have any hidden charges.
Make sure you buy from reputable company, with good server speeds. Our experience with super cheap hosts, left our websites taking up to a minute to load! If things take too long to load, your visitors will leave you page before the content even loads.
We use Inmotion web hosting for this site because of the following;
- They preinstall WordPress for you so all you need to do is purchase the hosting and you are ready to go.
- Their servers are fast, (644 milliseconds) This means your website will load quickly. If it loads too slow you may lose viewers.
- They offer support 24 hours 7 days a week. Via Chat, phone or email.
- The hosting is up and working 99.9% this is above
- 90 Day money back guarantee
- They make things simple, with wordpress preinstalled and Simple FTP it is easy to manage.
- Support centre with lots of video help.
- Great pricing offers periodically through out the year.
So lets show you how to use Inmotion web hosting.
Guide to purchasing hosting and a domain name for a new blog.
1. Click on this link to Inmotion web hosting,
Select the webhosting tab, (don’t worry about your domain name for now because with inmotion hosting this comes free with a hosting purchase)
There are two options that could be suitable for someone who is starting a blog for the first time. The WordPress hosting which is the fifth down or the Business hosting which is the first on the drop down menu.
Great for creating your first blog.
At the time of publishing this article (January 2018) there was a special on of $2.95 per month if you ordered 3 years of web hosting. That is a total of $106.20
giving you an amazing discount of $145.44
This includes a free domain name
lets you host 1 website,
They recommend it is suitable for a blog with a maximum of 10,000 monthly visitors (which you are unlikely to exceed starting out)
It gives you 10GB of storage (which is alot of space )
Unlimited Bandwidth (bandwidth is the level of traffic and amount of data that can transfer between your site, users, and the Internet.)
and Unlimited emails, so you can set up multiple emails attached to your domain.
Business Launch hosting
Great if you intend to sell items on your site.
At the time of publishing this article (January 2018) there was a special on of $5.99 per month if you ordered 2 years of web hosting. That is a total of $143.76 giving you a discount of $48.00
This package gives you
A free domain name
Ability to host two websites
Unlimited Disk space (you could upload movies to you site with this option)
Unlimited Bandwidth (bandwidth is the level of traffic and amount of data that can transfer between your site, users, and the Internet.) and Unlimited emails, so you can set up multiple emails attached to your domain.
Also on top of this they give you some freebies such as a SSL Certificate, which you will need if you will be taking purchases on your website.
And some great marketing tools, such as free advertising credits.
If you select a business package you will be asked if you wish to preinstall any software. Select the WordPress option, as this makes it really easy to get started. you will not have to do this if you purchase the WordPress hosting as it automatically comes preinstalled.
Once you have gone through the entire purchasing process, you will get a phone call from an Inmotion representative to go through their terms and conditions, once this is complete you are ready to start blogging!
lets go create a blog.
Step 3. Write your first blog post.
Check your email and you should by now have an email from Inmotion hosting to verify your details, open this email and click on the verification link.
Once this is done you will receive another email welcoming you to Inmotion hosting.
In this email you will have details to log into your Account Management Panel, This is where you can manage your billing, domain names and hosting plans.
You will have to set your password for this by clicking a link in the email.
Also in the email they would have sent you details on your wordpress account.
This is where you start to create a blog!
To login to your wordpress account
Go to your web address with /wp-admin at the end.
for example www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin
You should be presented with a screen that looks like this.
Login with the details supplied and now you are ready to write your first blog post!
Create a Blog Post
Once you are logged in you will be on your WordPress dashboard. To create your first post go to the posts section on the left and select add new
That is how to create a blog in 3 easy steps
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