How to Start Your Own Blog at Your Own Domain/URL
You’re not a technical person, you’re a good writer, and you just decided to start your own blog at your own domain. It’s not as hard as it looks—I’m not technical either, but managed to do it in 30 minutes, not counting the 8 hours I spent researching. So think of this article as a time saver.
Choosing Blogging Software
Let’s divide the task into two: choosing blogging software and choosing a web host. I settled on blogging software that is easy to use and often considered the best—WordPress. It took me a few minutes to learn how to start new posts, upload pictures, and manage comments and users—which is what bloggers mainly do. Get a free blog on WordPress to see if it works for you before you purchase a domain name. It takes less than a minute: http://wordpress.com/signup/
My favorite feature of WordPress is that you can change the appearance of your blog, without changing the contents, with a click. Go to Dashboard, Appearance, click the template you like, and activate.
Choosing a Web Host
Based on how easy it is to install, update and maintain WordPress blogging software, http://wordpress.org recommends a number of web hosts. I picked http://www.bluehost.com/ because they were on the top of the list of recommended hosts. I opened a 12-month web-hosting account for $8.95 per month and registered my domain name for free. Under the guidance of a Blue Host representative, using the live chat on their website, I installed WordPress on my new web hosting account and connected the software to my new domain name.
Don’t worry about the initial settings. Once you have WordPress installed at your new hosting account, you can change the title and subtitle of your blog. A more complicated setting is the appearance—by default you’ll be able to choose among three crudely-made blog templates. But the important thing is that you’ll finally have your first blog at your own domain.
Domain Service Provided by Blogger.com and WordPress
There is another way to set up a blog at your own domain. With a click of a button on their interfaces, Blogger.com and WordPress.com will let you host your blog at your own domain. And although at first this makes setup easier, you'll have less flexibility in managing your blog—you'll have limited control over advertising and over the appearance of your blog templates.
I’ll be posting a separate hub on how to upload other WordPress templates, and another hub on how to use AdSense on your new WordPress blog.
More by this Author
It’s really funny to see a seller on Ebay with zero feedbacks who’s selling a car, a new stereo, or an expensive watch. Most of the time a seller with such feedback would end up (a) selling the product for...