3 Steps To Start A Blog From Scratch

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It wasn’t very long ago when a friend came to ask me to help them start a blog. Of course, being already submerged in the computer field since the mid 80’s and having had built my own blogs for some time, I agreed to give them a hand as it seemed they were clueless as to how to even begin. Now I’m not the type of person who likes to keep knowledge to myself, so I decided to work with the friend hand in hand and show them the 3 steps to start a blog from scratch.

Since those early days, the technology has significantly improved and gotten so much easier. You no longer have to know anything about computers and programming to put together a blog that people will envy. These days everyone and their grandmother can share their passion online. Whether you have a product to sell or just love to write and express your inner desires with like-minded people, a blog is one of the best ways to do it.

Below, I want to share with you the 3 Steps To Start A Blog From Scratch. You will find them incredibly easy and quick. Now without any further ado, let’s begin.

 

Step 1

You need your own domain name. This will be the web address of your blog. Say for example you are an author and want to present all your books on the blog for others to discover and purchase. You may wish to have a domain name related to your author name such as “JaneSmithBooks.com” or “AuthorJaneSmith.com.”

Once you figure out what you want your domain name to be called, you can visit Host Gator at https://hostgator.com/domains where for around $10 dollars you can register the domain name to use for your new blog.

 

Step 2

Your blog now needs to be hosted on a server. For this, I highly recommend hosting services from Host Gator. Yes, they are the same company you purchased the domain name in Step 1. Buying the domain name and hosting service from the same company will help keep everything together and remove additional steps of pointing the domain name to the hosting provider. Host Gator is one of the most reliable, cost-effective, client-oriented hosting providers with more then 8 million hosted domains. They offers unlimited storage with Unmetered Bandwidth, Unlimited Email Addresses, and the super easy One-Click Installs that will get your new blog up and running in seconds.

You can access the Host Gator hosting plans at https://hostgator.com/web-hosting and choose from the Hatchling Plan, Baby Plan or Business Plan options where you will also receive 40-60% discount when you sign up for their service. To take full advantage of the discount offer, you may want to get the hosting service for at least one year. And with their 45-Day Money Back Guarantee, you simply can’t lose.

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Once you choose the plan that fits your needs, click on “Sign Up Now!” button and follow the instructions on the screen.

 

Step 3

Ready, set, go! It is time to install your blog now. You have acquired a domain name, the hosting service and now you’re ready to install WordPress. If you are not familiar with WordPress, it is the primary software utilized by nearly 30% of all internet websites/blogs.

Okay, now log into your Host Gator account cPanel (you should already have this information after you completed Step 2) and look for the “Software” tab. Under it, you should see “QuickInstall.”

software quickinstall

Press “QuickInstall” then on the next page look for “Popular Installs” in the left side panel. Under it, locate “WordPress” and click on it.

quickinstall wordpress

Now, a new page will display the “Install WordPress for Free” option. Click the grey “Install WordPress” button.

install wordpress for free

The screen that follows will gather some details about your blog so it can start the installation process. Just enter the requested details in the fields provided then click on the green “Install WordPress” button.

install wordpress

Now in only a matter of a few seconds, the installation will be complete, and your new blog will be ready for you to have fun with.

 

So what did you think? Was it what you expected? I sincerely hope you had found the 3 Steps To Start A Blog From Scratch easy to follow. If you get stuck anywhere in the process, you can always contact me, and I will be happy to lend a helping hand. Leave me a comment below and share your new blog with me. I look forward to reading it! 🙂

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