Have you been thinking about starting a blog?
Today I am going to walk you through How To Start A Blog. I get emails about how to start a blog weekly and most people are surprised that setting up a blog doesn’t take as much time as you might think. You can probably get a blog started while your baby is taking a nap! So what are you waiting for? I know you have tons of creative ideas to share, tips on being a mother, or yummy recipes… All they are waiting for is a space online to call home!
Step #1 : Pick Your Blog Name
Picking your blog name also means picking your domain name as they will most likely (and should) be the same. Your domain name is what people will type into their internet browser to get to your site. For example http://www.keylimedigitaldesigns.com
Once you have decided on a name you will need to purchase the domain.
#2. Purchase Your Domain Name and Set Up Hosting
I purchased my domain and my hosting for this blog from Dreamhost. I have been very happy with Dreamhost. I haven’t ever had any issues with my blog and the support and customer service have always responded to me very promptly when I have a question. One thing that you will love about Dreamhost is that they start you with a two week free trial. So you can try it out and make sure you like it before you commit to anything.
As we go through this step by step tutorial I will be using screenshots from Dreamhost to show you how to get your domain and hosting setup.
First go to Dreamhost and click Sign Up Now! (Isn’t this exciting! You’re starting a blog!)
Then Dreamhost walk your through picking your domain name and which hosting plan you would like. As a new blogger “shared hosting” is going to be perfect! This typically runs between $7-$10 a month but most often you can get a discount if you pay for a full year at once. I love saving money!
#3 Install WordPress
Now that your hosting is set up you need to install WordPress. When you are logged into your Dreamhost dashboard you will see a box on the top left hand side. Look for “One-Click Installs” and click it.
Then click on the WordPress Option.
Next you will click on “Custom Installation”. Select your blog and click “Install it for me now!”
Ta-Da! You now have your very own domain with WordPress installed!
#4. Beautify Your Blog
Now the fun part … Making your blog beautiful! (Of course this is my favorite part!). You will be using a “Theme” to change the look and design of your blog. WordPress automatically come with a variety of free themes. There are several cute ones but honestly I would recommend making the investment and going with a premium theme. I recommend using Genesis from Studiopress with a Child theme. This is why you will love it … You want to start your blog out the right way don’t you? Start off on the right foot with a theme that is secure (so no one can hack in), built to load quickly, SEO (search engine optimized) and is very flexible and easy to use.
This graphic below (from the Studiopress website) explains how using Genesis and child themes work. You can click over to read more about why Genesis has become the industry standard and view their gorgeous themes. Lots of good info on in those links!
And in case your are wondering when I first started using WordPress I used the Thesis theme. It is also a premium theme that is SEO optimized (and more expensive) but it was very plain and blah feeling to me. I defiantly wasn’t in love with it and I wasn’t getting the design results that I wanted. When I tried out Genesis I knew that I would never design a blog with anything else and I haven’t.
Step By Step Videos For New Bloggers
Lastly want to tell you about a very cool resource for blogger. I mean seriously cool. Like where was this 6 years ago when I started blogging? The site is called Food Blogger Pro. It was created by Bjork and Lindsay from Pinch of Yum, the wildly popular (and rightly so) food blog. They put this site together to help teach people how to start their own food blog.
I have personally gone through almost all of the 250 videos.
You are going to love Food Blogger Pro because the videos teach you everything you would ever want to know about blogging and they are neatly organized into courses. There are courses for setting up your blog, themes, plugins, writing posts, generating income, analytics, social media, writing an ebook, photography, photo editing …. See what I mean? So much good material.
And yes, some of the sections are specifically related to food bloggers (like submitting to food gawker) but I would say the majority of the courses can be used by any type of blogger.
And honestly I was a little shocked (and obviously very excited) that even after blogging for 6 year and being a blog designer I learned so much while going through their courses. I learned so much about google analytics, seo, and google alerts. Aren’t Bjork and Lindsay the best for sharing so much information about blogging and how they developed such a successful blog. They are one awesome couple!
Check out Food Blogger Pro.