How to Start a Blog

Now that you have decided on your blog name and niche, it’s time to start your blog! From here on out, I’ll only be covering blogging using the WordPress platform and will be targeted towards those who have paid hosting. Those who use free WordPress blogs will be severely limited to the customizations you can make on your blog, which is why I recommend investing in a domain and host.

For those who wish to take the free route, simply register for a blog on WordPress.com

For the masses who heed my advice, I recommend using Hostgator for hosting your blog and domain name. They have hosting plans that cost less than $5 a month. They currently have a 20% off special, so it’d be smart to take advantage of this. I also have two coupons you can use on any plan, d3so994off (get $9.94 off any hosting plan) and d3so25pctoff (get 25% off any hosting plan).
How to Start a Blog
After ordering, wait for your confirmation e-mail which will contain your account information. Click the link to your control panel and enter the login information provided. I highly advise that you immediately change your password once you log in.

Next, scroll down to the software section and click on “Fantastico De Luxe”. With Fantastico you can easily install many different software or scripts one of them being WordPress. WordPress is located under the “Blogs” category. Select “New Installation”.
Fantastico De Luxe
You can either install WordPress in the root directory of a domain or within subfolder. Leave the directory blank if you wish to install it in root which will make your blog address look like this, yourdomain.com. If you choose to install within a subfolder, the blog address will be similar to yourdomain.com/subfolder.

After that, you’ll need to choose an admin name and password to access the admin panel of your blog. Now, enter your blog name and below that it’s description. Click “Install WordPress”, then click “Finish Installation”. Finally, you’re blog is set up! The installation details should be sent to the e-mail address you provided on the install page.

Now, is the perfect time to tour around the admin panel and become familiar with the tools and where they’re located. In my next blog improvement post, I’ll show you some tweaks that you should apply to your blog.

32 Responses to How to Start a Blog

  1. Roger February 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    It’s always great when someone can get good help in starting something they may know little about. Setting up WordPress isn’t really hard, but still many people just get stuck with the little details.

  2. anDRoiD March 1, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I went through hell when I first installed WP. I didn’t even know you could do it through fantastico.

  3. Jon March 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I had to do it manually before because my host didn’t use Cpanel.

  4. PPC Ian March 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Awesome post! HostGator is awesome! I’m very proud to have my blog hosted on HostGator VPS.

  5. Karen Marrow March 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    Great information on setting up a blog.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Karen

  6. d3so March 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I never bothered to do the research but what’s the difference between a VPS and a normal shared-server?

  7. semmy @ Make Money Online March 2, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    Hi nice post man!! Yes I really like hostgator, they have a good support system and good service.

  8. Jimmy March 2, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Nice article, thanks for sharing~

  9. Craze March 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Woo coupons! Thanks for sharing them. I hate my current host and want to switch to hostgator.

  10. Asif March 3, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Creating a blog is not a challenge these days, the pain is to take it to the next level. But this still is a nice post for newbie who face technical problems in setting up a blog.

  11. d3so March 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    That’s true while starting a blog may not be difficult, it can be for some. Making it profitable is a challenge.

  12. ahmadhaikal March 6, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    yah, i also using hostgator and start blogging.

    It was good and i feel better with that.

  13. Ron March 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Great article for blog starters. I mean, it saves them the headache and the hard time of creating one. Also, this article is a great way for them to stay out with those people who offers blog creation with a pricey tag.

  14. cikgufaezah March 8, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    good. Many people afraid to buy hosting for their blog. But once their try, they will know that it was necessary to have hosting for their blogging work.

  15. Saket Jajodia March 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Even I am also using HG and it have one of the best Customer Support in the world..

  16. Navya March 28, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Hi,

    Hostgator isreally good and we used this to host all our sites..
    Now a days blog is quite common and it really matters if you are into business..

  17. Bradley Nordstrom March 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I would create a blog with wordpress because it is recommended by most bloggers like John Chow,Jonathan Volk,Zac Johnson,Bradley Nordstrom(me),and D3SO (Ryan).

    Thanks For Sharing,
    Bradley Nordstrom

  18. pole saws and pruners April 1, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    I have a blog which I’ve run on Google Sites for all of its existence. Google Sites isn’t very good for blogging so I’ve decided to switch to a blogging site, but I want to keep my old entries intact. All of the sites I’ve found force the date of the entry to be current and not a date from the past. Does anyone know of a blogging platform where I can include old entries as well as new? Preferably one with a clean look.please help.

  19. John Rampton April 1, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    VPS is dedicated resources that are yours. For example you’ll have 1 gig ram that’s yours. It’s a cloud without the scalability. Shared hosting is shared resources. For example, BlueHost fits up to 1800 people on 1 shared hosting server. On a VPS you could only fit 100 on the same server. Hope that helps!

  20. John Rampton April 1, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    Great post about HostGator. I would totally suggest the VPS if you are serious about hosting your website on something that isn’t shared with a ton of other people

  21. Share it to April 23, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Nice theme I’m gonna use it on my next site. I loved the layout and design of the site. Share it to each other is my current website and I am constantly conscious of it’s design factor. Thanks.

  22. Number Stencils May 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    What free blog creation services do you know besides blogger.com, where one can add google adsense ads?Thanks

  23. asp .net developer May 17, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Title selection is the best things to start with.

  24. Number Stencils June 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I am looking to promote my blog .I use webceo, rss, technorati, digg, blog communities and link trading etc.Any other recommendations (software based?).Thanks

  25. Green Pro July 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Very informative post shared here. Actually i am planing to start a blog, so this information is very useful for me… 🙂

  26. Alan July 12, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    Starting a blog is not a big deal, but choosing a blog topic is a difficult task. Blog should show interest or service.

  27. Number Stencils July 14, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Hi, I clicked “View your pulse” and clicked “Blogs”, but it only says “No blogs have been created yet” and I didn’t see where you could click to create a new blog. Can you guys tell me how to start a blog? Thanks!

  28. SEO Services Mumbai July 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    There are many ways to start a blog but this is the perfect way to go with thanks for sharing and posting

  29. SEO Services Mumbai July 25, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    We had to take care of title, contents and linking in a blog because it matters a lot.

  30. Web Design Resource August 1, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    WordPress is nice way to start your own blog, it has lots of user friendly features.

  31. Bird Net August 4, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    thanks for the information
    it is really helpful for new comers who think that blog creation is rocketscience

  32. Web Design New York August 11, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    There are other resources present in the web which gives a great start for blogging, but word press is one of the best resource among them due to easy plugin and features.