I am going to teach you a super simple way to start a blog. There are other ways to start a blog, but I will show you how I created this site in less than 10 minutes. Yes you read me right, I created this site in less than 10 minutes. It is really that easy!
Now there are a lot of different opinions out there as far as what company to use for registering your domain name and web hosting when starting a blog, but I personally like to keep things simple, so I use Godaddy.com where you can register your unique domain name, buy hosting, and setup WordPress (blog software you will use) all very quickly and extremely easy. Godaddy is the largest domain name registrar company in the world, I’m sure you may have seen some of their super bowl commercials?
Why Are You Starting A Blog?
There are many reasons to start a blog, however most choose to start a blog to make money from home like I do here on LifeGuider.com, get more exposure for your existing business, or to just write and share your experiences. Whatever your reasons for your blog, make sure your blog has a purpose and you’re passionate about your reasons. Because I will be the first one to tell you, blogging is hard and you are going to need that passion to get you through those challenging moments!
What Are You Going to Blog About?
The reason I ask this question is because the first step below is to create a domain name and I do not want you to create a domain name about fish when you are going to write about cars? See how silly that would be? So please make sure you select a brandable domain name if you are going to write about multiple topics or maybe a domain name that is relateable if you are going to write about a niche like making money online, or how to lose weight the healthy way or even how to be a super hero (my son thinks I am Superman).
What web hosting and blogging software are you going to use?
Now while I give you a super simply guide on how to start a blog with Godaddy and WordPress there are many other options out there to use other companies and platforms. I just recommend the ones below. There are many good reasons why most people choose Godaddy and WordPress as they are the best in the business for blogging, and I should know I have been creating blogs and websites for over 15 years. I have tried them all, and have been frustrated with most. However I would not being doing due diligence if I didn’t at least educate you on your options.
Step 1 – Register your domain name.
The .com extension is the most popular and rules the internet, however most of the good domain names are already taken up. You could also try .net or .org or anything of the other 450 plus extensions, but recommend you try and find a domain with one of three big extensions (.com, .net, or .org). Also it is best to keep the domain name as short as possible. You might have to get very creative, but the shorter the better.
If you are having difficulty thinking of a good name then I would suggest using a domain name generator to assist you with creating a unique and catchy name. These are my favorite domain name generators namestation, domainsbot, and leandomainsearch. You can also just do a google search for domain name generators and find many more great tools to help you along your search. Take your time and do not settle on a name, keeping searching and coming up with ideas before you decide on a name. A domain name will be the name or your site, your brand is what people remember, and ultimately if you choose a poor name then people will not be inspired to read the content on your site. I repeat DO NOT JUST SETTLE ON A DOMAIN NAME YOU ARE NOT 100% HAPPY WITH. I am sorry for yelling, but chances are if you do not like your the name of your site, you will want to change it later and there are a lot of good reasons why that is not healthy for your blog or website (e.i. losing a large percentage of your blog traffic).
Here is a step by step guide to register your domain name, set up web hosting, and install and setup the WordPress software for your blog. If you follow these steps you can not mess up. Keep in mind you will need a working credit card with exactly $20.16 if you choose the exact same options as I do in this guide.
Lets begin – Go to Godaddy.com and search for the your domain name.
Click No Thanks on the privacy setting, de-click the Free month of GoCentral and select No thanks on the email address (you can add these options later if you want). Lastly Click the orange continue button at the bottom.
Click Here to learn more about what web hosting is. Since you are using Godaddy to buy both your domain name and web hosting they have made this process super simple.
Click the green build button.
You will need to click Managed WordPress from the top 4 options. Also I recommend choosing the 1 month option at first for $7.99 (will automatically renew at this price each month). There are cheaper options as low as $3.99 a month but you have to buy 36 months upfront ($143.64) which requires a long term commitment from you. You can always purchase this later after you are sure starting a blog is something you want to do long term. After you are done choosing your price and time frame of hosting click the orange buy button.
Now that your purchase is complete, click on the green setup My WordPress button.
Explore the WordPress theme settings and learn more about how WordPress works.
To access your WordPress blog at a later time you simply go to http://Yourdomain.com/wp-admin and you will get the same screen below and be asked to enter in your username and password. Remember you created this earlier.
For example you can access the blog’s settings I created in this tutorial at:
Enjoy, play around with settings on this blog until you get comfortable enough to adjust the settings on your own blog. You can add or edit posts, add pages, change the theme or change any setting you like in the demo blog above by accessing the settings.
Craig is the founder of LifeGuider, he is dedicated to improving not only himself but also others in being more physically fit and mentally capable of handling life’s challenges. He is not your regular life coach, no fancy clothes or fast cars, just a regular “Ole Joe” who has experienced the ups and downs of life like everyone else.