Many people ask me how to start a blog and what kind of tools do I use when blogging?
I started this blog in 2012 and based on my experience, these are the things that I personally use and recommend. This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you purchase through my link, at no cost to you.
I am not going to go into subjects for your blog, as that would be an entirely different post, but assuming you have decided your blog topic(s), look for a domain name that is not already being used. I know, you are likely thinking, well I am not sure yet. My advice is to pick a name and secure it soon. You do not have to post right away, but secure a site as soon as you can because once you learn how to start a blog, the rest is easier.
I recommend you go to Bluehost (I have been using them for years) and chose a new domain. You can get a domain for less than a week’s worth of coffee. When you get to the site, it will look like this. This is the first step in how to start a blog.
When prompted to pick a level of service, I recommend starting with the appropriately named, Starter Plan. Here are the plans listed below.
It will ask you some questions regarding package information settings. Here is what I recommend.
You will need to supply your billing information
Once you’ve completed registration you’ll need to go through the process of installing WordPress. Go to the Bluehost website and install WordPress.
Click on the Install button to start the process.
Choose the domain name. I highly recommend choosing a .com name. Think of something that makes sense for the type of blog you want to have.
And you are on your way!
This screen will pop up and be sure to write down you information. You will need to agree to the terms and conditions and hit the green button.
Once your installation is complete, be sure to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change these to something else in the future, but you’ll need them for your first time logging onto YOUR WEBSITE (Squeal)!! See how easy that was?
You will find yourself saying – “Why did I wait so long to do this?”