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).
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”.
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.