How to start a blog
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Ok, now that you have chosen a domain name and blog basics, you will need to setup an account with a web hosting company who will house your blog and make it available on the internet 24/7 for the whole world to see.
There are a lot of good companies offering web hosting, and for a small blog like the one we are setting up here, you will only need a relatively small account which will cost around $5 to $10 per month.
The only hosting company that I would highly recommend is Siteground. They are an amazing hosting company with Server Locations on Three Continents (North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region) and have great server speed and uptimes. And perhaps most importantly, they are super easy to use and offer great support in case you every need it.
SiteGround has three plans..
It is also good to make a recommendation for the most appropriate plan to your audience:
Simply fill out your information and choose a plan that suits you. A discount code will already be loaded in and you will see that the longer you sign up for, the cheaper the hosting gets.
I usually sign up for a year or two at a time, so that I don’t have to worry about paying the bill every month. Plus it works out way cheaper that way.
Step 2. Choosing Domain
When you sign up with siteground, you get free domain registration that is included in the SiteGround hosting service.
Step 3. Review and Complete
Unlike many other hosting providers our advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign up process. Being able to get the low price for the one year period is a fact that increases conversions greatly in comparison to other providers where the lowest monthly price applies only for the longest period. So highlighting this fact may strongly increase your conversions.
Step 3: Get Free and Easy WordPress installation
How to Use the SiteGround Wizard to Get WordPress Preinstalled on Your Hosting Account
Manually installing WordPress on your website can be a bit difficult, which is another reason I use and recommend Siteground.
They have set their servers up so it is super easy to install WordPress with just a few clicks, so let’s get it done.
Once you login to your Customer Area for the first time, you will see a popup asking you if you want to have WordPress preinstalled on your account. Select that option and click on the Proceed button.
The next page consists of two parts. In the first one, enter the login information for your new WordPress application.
Next, pick one of the free WordPress themes available in the Wizard and click on the Submit button once again.
Finally, you will see a quick summary of your WordPress installation, including from where to access your admin area, your username and your password.
That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your site and check out the newly installed WordPress application.
Congratulations, you have just successfully setup your very own blog.
At the moment it will just be a very basic blog using the default WordPress theme, but I will show you how to change that in a minute.
For now, check out your new blog, type your domain name into your browser and make sure it works and looks something like this: