Blogging can be a great way to make money from home writing about a topic that you love. The best way to start blogging is by setting up a WordPress blog. This is the platform of choice for professional bloggers, and once you have your own WordPress blog you will understand why it is so popular.
Just follow these steps to get your new blog set up today:
First, you will need a domain name and a web hosting package for your website. A domain name will cost you about ten dollars per year and the web hosting will cost less than ten dollars per month. When choosing a domain name, think carefully about the image you want to convey. Brandable, memorable domain names are your best bet. It is also advisable to get a dot-com name rather than any of the other extensions such as dot-net or dot-biz.
Once you have purchased your domain name you can move on to shopping for a web hosting package. You are looking for what’s known as a shared hosting plan. A shared hosting plan simply means that your website files are stored on a server that also stores the files for other websites.
Just do a search for web hosting and all of your best bets will be right up front in the search results. My favorite provider has a plan called “hatchling” that is an appropriate place to start for a new website. You are just looking for the least expensive option from the company you decide to go with. When your site starts getting lots of traffic you can always upgrade your plan.
After you purchase the hosting package, you will receive an email from your new hosting provider that will give you the necessary account details including your sign-in information and your nameserver settings.
Go back to your domain name account and look for a link that allows you to modify nameservers. The site may use the wording “DNS settings.” You will be able to enter two nameserver settings in the blank spaces provided; copy and paste them from the email you received from the hosting company. Be sure to save your settings before you leave the page.
Finally, sign in to the cPanel portion of your website. Just type www.yourdomainname.com/cpanel into your address bar and you will arrive at a log-in screen. Once you are in, you will see a screen full of different icons much like the ones on your computer’s desktop. This is the back end of the site where you will be able to set up email addresses, check traffic, and a lot more. For now, scroll down the page until you find the Fantastico icon and click on it. You will see WordPress listed on the left side of the screen. Click on WordPress and then go ahead and do a new installation.
The WordPress installation process is self-explanatory. Pay attention to the prompts and make sure you remember your user name and password. The installation only takes a minute or two. Once this is completed, your new blog is ready to go. Have fun blogging!