How to Start a Blog

Anyone can start a blog. It’s straight-forward and, in a lot of cases, free.

1. Decide What You Want To Blog About

There are a lot of bloggers on the web already. If you want to attract readers, you are going to need to establish your credibility. Don’t just blog about anything. Pick a topic you are are passionate about. Something that you have lots of experience with.

2.  Decide: To Host or Not To Host

When it comes to starting a blog, your biggest decision will be whether you want to host the blog yourself, or use a free blogging service that is hosted for you.

Free Blogging Services

Yes, it’s free, but nothing is really free. When you start a blog with a free blogging service, you don’t get your own domain. You get something like mygreatblog.blogspot.com (where there are a million other blogs at blogspot.com) and you don’t actually own the blog. If you ever do decide to move to your own domain, you have no way to take your readers with you, because you have no control over the site.

Cheap – Host your own blog using WordPress free Blog software

This is the method I suggest, because it offers much more flexibility and freedom to do what you want. You will have your own domain name, like mygreatblog.com. You can get this for as little as $30 per year. In my experience, WordPress is excellent free blog software that allows you flexibility and room to grow.

If you want to go the free blogging service route, check out links to free blogging services. If you want to host the blog yourself, read on.

3. Find a Domain Name

For me this part is fun. You know what your theme is already, so now you have to find a good domain name.

4. Find a Web Host for Your Blog

By far, the easiest way to get a website is to go with a hosting company that offers “1 click installs”, or instant installations for Blogging and Forum software. Blogs and Forums make it possible for someone with no experience to get good content up fast.
Few Host Provider that Has 1 Click Install Options:

http://www.bluehost.com

http://www.Dreamhost.com

http://www.1and1.com

5. Install WordPress

Installation Overview If you have experience with installing web applications that use mySQL, this could take as little as 5 minutes to do. You can refer my previous post “Steps to Install WordPress”  for help.

6. Download and add WordPress theme

This is the fun part. Picking a WordPress theme. There are many places to find WordPress Themes. When you find one you like, just download it and unzip it just like you did with the WordPress ZIP file.

You can do this after you upload, but it’s probably easier to just do it now.

Look for the themes folder. It’s in the wordpress => wp-content => themes.

There should already be 2 theme folders in the themes folder, “classic” and “default”.
Just drop your new theme folder in with them. (remember, it must be unzipped first)

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