How To Make A Blog - The Easy Way
Blog is the perfect platform for spreading your ideas and to earn money. Now-a-days many people are making handsome of money with their blog.
As a newbie, you don’t have an idea on how to make a blog and what are the essentials to start a blog.
It is very easy to start a blog in 2017. If you’re a first-time blogger and you are unsure of where to begin, then, here is the solution.
Step by step guide to make a blog
1) Decide the blogging niche (topic)
As a first step, you have to select the right niche for your blog. Always select the niche that you’re more interested. Also try to find a blogging niche with low competition because you will have a greater chance of better ranking. It is important to choose a blogging niche that attracts more people.
2) Decide self-hosted blog or free blog
If you want to be a professional blogger and want to make money with your blog, then self-hosted blog is best suited for you.
Why you should prefer self-hosted blog than free blog? It’s because
- Free blogging sites includes banner ads or popups in your website
- Limited security
- Technical support may be absent or limited
- Bandwidth and software additions also be limited
- Website can be down frequently
3) Register your domain name
What is domain name?
To make a blog, you must know about domain names. Domain name is nothing but a unique website name. For example in enrichurlife.com, enrichurlife is the domain name and .com is an extension.
How to select a Domain name?
If you want to make a website/blog then you have to register a domain name. You have to search and find the relevant domain name for your blog. Users can find your website/blog in the web using this name only.
- Domain name can end with an extension like .com, .net, .org or any country specific extensions.
- Domain name can be up to 67 characters. Shorter and meaningful domain names are easier to remember.
- If you own a company, you can register domain with your company name.
- If you want to make a personal website or blog then you have to choose your domain name relevant to your website/blog topic.
How to register a domain name?
Domain names can be registered with hosting companies. They will charge for domain name registration or some companies offer free domain names for 1 year when you use their hosting services. You can go with Godaddy.com or better go to Bluehost for a free domain name offer.
Before registering your domain name, you have to select the domain name and check the domain name availability. So it is essential to find the relevant domain name to make a blog.
4) Select your Web hosting Plan
Web hosting is a service that allows you to post a website or web page on to the Internet. You have to host your website with the hosting companies to make your website available in the web. Your files are stored in a special computer called web servers and you get connected to a fast network. Without hosting your website/blog can't be viewed in the Internet.
There are plenty of web hosting companies to choose from.
If you’re just getting started and searching for the fast, reliable and cheap web hosting service, then Bluehost is the best choice to make your blog.
- Bluehost is officially recommended by WordPress.
- They have one-click WordPress installation
- Their basic plan starts at $2.75 per month + free domain name
How to setup your hosting account?
For example, if you have chosen Bluehost as your hosting provider, then go to Bluehost.com
In Bluehost home page, select “get started now” button
In the ‘select your plan’ page, there are 3 plans available. They are
If you are hosting for a single website or blog, then ‘basic’ plan is enough for you. So select ‘basic’ to continue.
In the ‘Sign up now’ page, under ‘new domain’ form, enter your ‘domain name’ and select ‘extension’ from the dropdown box.
If you already have a domain name (you can buy domain name somewhere else), enter your domain name under the second form ‘I have a domain name’.
Hit ‘Next’ to continue.
In ‘Create Your Account’ page, enter your package information. In the Account plan, select the number of months like 12, 24, 36 etc. If you select 12 months plan, your hosting is valid for 1 year and after 1 year, you should renew your hosting account. To know more, click ‘More information’ link under every check box for detailed description.
Your total hosting amount will be listed below. Verify it and then enter your payment information and select the ‘term and conditions’ check box after reading it.
Hit ‘Submit’ button to submit the form.
And now you have successfully created your hosting account.
Next you have to install a CMS to manage your blog.
Some of the famous Content Management Systems are
Wordpress is trusted by almost every blogger, so install WordPress to make your blogging easier.
From the above steps, you have learnt about domain name registration and web hosting plans etc. After setting up your hosting account, you have to login to your cpanel and install WordPress to start your blogging.
I hope this will help you to understand about how to make a blog.
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