Welcome to my step-by-step guide on getting your blog setup. The entire process should only take you about 20 minutes and then you’ll be up and running, ready to start your blogging adventures.
Before you can get started though, there are two things you need to do:
1. Pick a domain name.
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A domain name is a unique identification for your blog. For example the domain name for this blog is, theblogcreator.com. If you type that into the address bar of an internet browser (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox etc..) you’ll end up on my website.
Good blog names are unique and descriptive, not too long and without dashes and special characters. You should help your audience know exactly what your blog is about from the domain name alone. Another option is to use your own first and last name or a play on words.
Many top bloggers register and use their own name which has the added benefit that someone won’t register your name allowing you to secure your virtual real estate.
Once you’ve found a suitable name, you’ll need to check what domain extensions are available. .com is the international standard and definitely the most popular but .net, .org and .co.uk work just as well. If the .com is taken for your name then you may need to use the .net or .org but exercise caution here. There’s no point using the .net if the website is successfully using the .com as your visitors will get confused between your site and the other one.
I’d highly recommend you stay away from domain extensions such as, .biz, .co, .us as they will confuse your visitors who might not be familiar with different domains.
When searching for your dream name you may find the one you want is already taken. This happens to everyone and I searched high and low for a name for this website but I got there in the end. If you find that your desired web name is already taken you can try adding words such as, ‘the’, ‘my’ , ‘blog’ to the end of your name and see if this is available.
2. Choose a web host
A web host is a company that stores your website files for your blog and delivers them to visitors when someone visits yourdomain.com. The domain name is the public facing address whereas the web hosting is where the blog files are stored. You must have a web host to start your blog.
Choosing a high quality web host is vital to ensuring your blog is a success. Choosing a bad host will cause your users to get frustrated, especially if your website loads slowly or isn’t available 24/7. You definitely get what you pay for with web hosts, cheap isn’t always better that’s for sure.
There are millions of web hosts out there that you can choose from, but my recommendation for your new blog is A Small Orange. This is the web host I use for my own websites and I’ve been very happy with them for many years. I recommend them for the following reasons:
A Small Orange is a top quality web host and they offer plans starting at $3 per month. There is a way to get a huge discount though, if you use one of the links on this site you’ll be able to get started for $2.99/month when you buy 1 year at once.
Click here to go to the next step for a complete step-by-step walk-through of how to purchase your domain name and web hosting and get setup. If you have any issues with the process remember you can contact me here for free help.