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Are you sick of your 9-5 job? Are you interested in earning money online from anywhere in the world, doing what you love? Well, starting an online blog could be right up your alley! Sharing your sincere thoughts and experiences through the medium of a blog is not only extremely fulfilling and reflective, but it can also help inspire others from all around the world.
I decided to start up my blog using WordPress, and I’ll explain the simple 3 step process that I used to set it up, and enable you to craft your own beautiful blogs!
Once you are all set up then it is creation time! Decide on your niche, have a solid brand that people will remember and post regular quality content that will either teach, help or entertain your readers.
1. Setting up web hosting.
First, you’ve gotta rent out your own little corner of the internet for your blog to reside!
2. Choosing a domain name.
Your domain name is your brand or niche where people can find you on the internet. For example my website domain is: www.jonnymelon.com
3. Installing WordPress.
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system in existence today.
Now don’t freak out just yet, the cost of setting up your blog is very affordable! There are hundreds of hosting services out there though I highly recommend using Site Ground. Site Ground has you covered for all 3 steps.
Why Site Ground?
It’s proven to load websites faster.
It’s guaranteed to keep your site safe.
It has excellent support whenever you need it.
You will also get a discount when creating your account with Site Ground by using this link.
STEP #1 – Choose Your Hosting Plan
Once you are on the home page of Site Ground, in the top bar you will see WordPress Services, click on the tab, select WordPress Hosting and then choose your plan. I would recommend the “StartUp” plan to begin with and you can always update this down the track when your website grows.
STEP #2 – Choose Your Domain
Keep your domain name simple so it’s easier for your readers to find you on the web!
STEP #3 – Review & Complete
Check all your details are correct and you will receive a confirmation email once you have made your purchase!
Now that you are all set up with Site Ground you will be able to download and install WordPress from your new personal control panel.
Your site will now be launched and you can access the WordPress Dashboard to start designing your blog. If you are not re-directed to the WordPress Dashboard open a new tab and type in your new domain into the URL and then add ‘ /wp-admin ‘ at the end. ( www.example.com/wp-admin )
The first step is to choose a theme in the appearances tab on the left hand side of your dashboard. There are many free themes to choose from and once you decide on one you like you can start to design your site. Familiarise yourself with the WordPress Dashboard to learn how to add menus, categories, images, posts, pages etc. and in no time you will be an official blogger!
Plugins are great little customisation tools containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your website. Plugins can be downloaded from the dashboard.
Feel free to get in contact with me using the form below ↓ should you have any issues getting set up or if you are wanting some ideas or even if you want help choosing a niche! I am here to guide and inspire you to become a successful blogger!