Gina has been a freelance writer and internet researcher for over 10 years.
So, you want your very own blog on your very own domain. You're ready to release your ideas out to the world. But there's one small problem, you don't know where to start! Well, that's ok. Setting up a website or a blog can be challenging and time consuming if you've never done it before.
You have to learn how to get into the back end of your web host, install software, configure plug-ins, install a cool template, add pages and contact forms, and put up photos, etc. It seems so much harder than it is.
Don't worry, I can help you! My name is Gina and I've had my own online business for 10 years (I do freelance writing/editing). I've set-up a lot of blogs/websites in my day and can do it very quickly. I'll explain what's involved if you want to install a blog yourself. (When you're ready to install, watch the video tutorial below.)
What's involved in setting up a blog?
If you're a business owner, author or marketer who wants their own blog, the most professional option is to get have a self-hosted blog.
That means that your blog is on its own domain, like your-awesome-blog.com. If you use a free blog hosting, like Blogger, your blog would look like this...your-awesome-blog.blogspot.com. It's not as professional looking and you don't have total control over your site.
Now, if you just want a blog for personal reasons, a free blog is just fine. But for business purposes its usually best to just grab your own domain and install a blog on it.
You Need Three Things to Set Up a Blog on Your Own Domain
- A domain name (like mysuperamazingbussinessblog.com)
- A web hosting account such as Hostgator (to give your domain space on the web)
- Blogging software such as Wordpress (you can install this software on your own or hire someone else do it)
I'd recommend using Wordpress for your blogging software (found at wordpress.org) since its super easy to use and there are a ton of nice themes and extras to make your blog look and function professionally.
Why I Use HostGator
I've used many hosting companies and HostGator is my favorite because they have great support, low prices, and their interface is super easy to use.
So how much does all this cost?
Well the good news is that domain names and web hosting are pretty inexpensive. A domain name is usually between $5—$20 a year. (I always recommended adding the privacy service which makes the cost at the higher end of this range.)
Then you need web hosting which will be around $3—$10 a month for a very basic account. Most of the time you can get a discount if you purchase a year all at once. Or you can just pay month to month with hosting companies like HostGator.
Also, many hosting companies also throw in a free domain name (free for the first year only) when you purchase a web hosting account. Now WordPress blogging software is free but you need to install in on your domain in order to use it. You can learn to do this yourself but watching the tutorial below.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Have any questions or comments? Let me know how I can help.
Charlene Esaw on October 22, 2017:
Hi: I already have a website, domain name that is being hosted. What I am trying to is to use the website and my domain to blog. I have no clue where to start. My hosting contract ends 10/31/2017 and I have no intentions of renewing. Please assist. Thank you.
Arod17 on June 05, 2013:
very helpful Lens
Dabdab on June 04, 2013:
I'll be back - great lens
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2013: