HOW TO SET UP A BLOG USING BLUEHOST
Oh my, blogging is so full of ups and down. I even mentioned this in one of my post Things To Know Before You Start Blogging, yet in spite of this, I hope you will still create a blog too, because it can be fun and fulfilling. This post is how or, what I did to start be able to start a blog.
BUY A DOMAIN NAME
You can set up your blog for free by using Blogger or WordPress. I actually started with them. I did that for a while. But as time went by, having blogspot or wordpress words attached to my blog name bothered me. It felt like I am not serious about blogging. I did not like that my blogs’ URL were easytocookmeals.wordpress.com and easytocookmealsinspiration.blogspot.com, so, I opted to buy a domain name. I bought it from Bluehost.
First, you will have to think about a coolest name for your blog and type it. They will look up the name for you if it is available. If the name you chose happened to be owned by somebody, uhhh, that sucks but you can brainstorm again and see if that new name you like is available. This cost around $3.00 ++.
What is domain name? It means the name of your blog. In my case, the name of my blog is easytocookmeals.com. Make sure that you that you like your blog name and represent the image of your blog, or you will regret it. I just want to emphasizre the importance of choosing the best name for your blog because it is going to stick with you forever. In the future, you do not want to change names and confuse your readers. To be honest, I am starting to hate my blog name now. I should have gone into something creative like Soulful Eating or, Top with Mackerel. Kidding aside, the name Easy to Cook meals sucks because when I Google it , it is overshadowed by millions of other searches like quick meals, or how to cook meals or easy meals. There is no chance for this name to be on top of the Google searches, now or in the future, so choose your blog name well. You can choose the names I listed above. I will not mind.
FIND A WEB HOST
What is web hosting? It is where your blog sits in the computer world. My web provider is Bluehost. I paid $ 47.00 for one year of my blog. After one year, I have to renew this and renew my name too so that nobody will steal it I chose to have Bluehost to host my site for one year. It could have been cheaper if I got the three year hosting plan, but for this first year, I am just trying to see if I will like blogging, so the reason of a short term hosting. Currently, they have a lot of promotion that you can avail from them.
There are so many companies who do this: Go Daddy, Ihub, Fat Cow etc. I just chose Bluehost because my favorite blogger used Bluehost. I have to copy them, right? But I like Bluehost because of the customer service they have. They patiently answered my nonsense questions. Question like how to install Wordpress blog when I got done buying the domain name and I got stuck.
My daughter also started blogging and we used Bluehost again. That is how much I love it.
INSTALL YOUR BLOG USING WORDPRESS
Once you are done registering your name and subscribing to a web hosting, Bluehost will email you with confirmation and you can now go to bluehost.com . You can login using your username and password.