How to Launch Your Self-Hosted Blog Using WordPress
There are a few free platforms out there for the novice blogger to use, but for the serious writer/blogger, utilizing a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It is affordable and easy to do. Some think that setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog is difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth. After this short article, you will be on your way to publishing your first blog.
YOU CAN BE UP AND RUNNING IN 15 MINUTES, NO TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Just follow these simple steps:
What you need to do is gather some necessary information before you begin:
- Domain Name: (ie: www.myblogsite.com) You need to know what you want to call your website. Some people use their name, like I did with this blog (www.jamesgirardi.com). Others like to call it something similar to what the blog is about.
- Blog Idea(s): What’s the theme of your blog? What story or stories do you want to tell? WordPress is not just for blogging anymore. Lots of big companies are using WordPress as their platform for their websites.
- Payment Method: This is necessary because you are going to need a domain name and a hosting account. The two combined should not be more than $90-$100 for the year. It’s the difference between a free blog website and a self-hosted blog.
OK, now that we have that ready, it’s time to get started…
A hosting account is where your domain name (website) lives. Most, if not all hosting companies offer the services of getting a domain name and a hosting account. Look for one that has great 24/7 customer and sales support, servers that are super reliable and can handle any questions you may have with the installation of your WordPress blog.
When you go to the home page of the hosting account you will usually see a domain search box, search out your proposed domain name to make sure that no one else already owns it. If it is available, great, then let’s go with that.
There are many choices to choose from but if you are looking to just get started on the web with a website and a hosting account, then pick the economy plan. The choices from there are a Linux platform or a Windows platform. Pick the Linux platform, it is best for working with the WordPress application. (If you do use www.HostingDomainsWeb.com, then you can call the 24/7 (800) number and they can walk you through the purchase and setup of the hosting account and domain name).
Depending on which company you go with, you will have to link your domain name to your hosting account. If you open an account and purchase hosting and the domain at the same time, there should be an easy process to get your domain, hosting and WordPress application all linked together.
Under the control panel of your hosting account, there should be a section for you to install different types of applications. Find the WordPress application and install. Important to remember, if you have a domain name and want to have a website that has a blog, then it’s best to add a sub-domain to your domains. Usually this can be done free of charge through the hosting company. But let’s say your website is your blog, then you can go ahead and install WordPress and point it towards your domain. If you have any troubles with this, customer support will talk/walk you through it.
During the install of WordPress, you would have been asked to pick an admin name and password. Be careful that you didn’t click right through that part, because it may auto-populate a user name and password for you. Make sure you write your user name and password down. Your hosting account credentials will/might be different than your WordPress credentials.
WordPress gives you your first post, so you have the option to edit it and/or delete and start a new one. It’s your choice if you would like to delete it or just edit it. Think about categories for your blog posts. The first one is defaulted as “uncategorized” so you definitely want to modify that category.
Bookmark the WordPress admin page so you can find it easily, or remember that the admin page will be your domain name/wp-admin.
If you have done all of the steps above, you will have your own self-hosted blog using WordPress. Now get writing.
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