Have you thought about starting a blog?
Share your talents and hobbies. I love learning from other people. Remember the old days when you had to go to the library or bookstore?
Get started today. Before you know it, you’ll be publishing.
Three steps to start your blog:
Get your Domain name and Hosting
Make your blog look great
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1) Domain name and Hosting —
So, what do you want to name your blog? This is the fun part, but then again, it can drive you crazy trying to find the perfect name. I used my real name for my domain (DeilaTaylor.com) but I also have the name of my blog (EveOutoftheGarden.com). Both of these domains point to my blog.
You can check your name choices right here: Just put the name in such as: alligatorpie.com (be sure to use the .com with your name)
2) Install WordPress —
Now that you have your domain and your host, you need to install the WordPress software for your blog. This is super easy. Log into your BlueHost account. Here are some screenshots of what to do:
Click on the icon. And follow the directions to install WordPress. Which brings you to this next screen, where you will choose “install”
The next screen will give you the option to choose your domain name (use the scroll down arrow, in case you have more than one). Next Click on “Check Domain” and wait.
After the check, you will get this screen and you will need to accept “read the terms” and then click on “install now”
And that’s it! The next screen will give you an option to buy a template, but you do not have to buy it here. That’s the next step. Blue Host will send you an email with any of the next steps you will need.
3) Make your blog looks great with a template —
At this point, you need to choose a template which is the way your blog will look. I looked for a month, and then decided on My Site My Way. You can see their options and choose the one you like best. Mine is the one called Elegance and cost $35. They offer a bundle of them for $149. But you only need one which costs $35. You can get a free trial.
And that’s about it — of course it takes a little trial and error as you go, but the support at MySiteMyWay is great and really, I managed to do it all myself. 🙂
I found a great resource and guide for starting a blog here: How to Start a Blog