I started my first blog in 2000 (I was nine) and have started multiple blogs since then. It’s much less complicated today than it was back then.
Here’s a five-minute guide on how to start a blog, with links to my other posts if you want more info on the complex bits.
I recommend self-hosted WordPress. Even without technical know-how, it’s possible to just start and figure the rest out later.
1. Get hosting
- Cheapest hosting with the most features + best support: GreenGeeks ($2.49/mo. for three years)
- Inexpensive + easy to manage multiple sites: Dreamhost
- Managed book blogger/author hosting: Nosegraze
Uncheck the package extras. The further ahead you’re willing to pay, the less it’s going to cost (for most hosts).
Purchase your domain through your host at Name.com or Namecheap. I recommend keeping this separate, because if anything happens to your host/account, your domain is NOT locked with it! Run the name at both and select the cheapest; check namecheapcoupons.com for Namecheap deals.
2. Install WordPress
During the hosting onboarding process, you’re asked if you want to install WordPress.
If you don’t do this, you can still do it from your hosting dashboard.
When installing, refrain from choosing a theme. It’s literally the least important part of starting a blog — and finding the best theme works best when you have content, anyway.
There’s no magic spell to just make a blog happen. If I was starting a blog in 2022 (I am), I would obviously do many things differently because I’d be starting it a decade later.
If you spend time focusing on having the right theme before you even get your content started, you’re going to wind up wasting a lot of money and time on something that’s not necessarily happening — the definition of holding yourself back.
I have a blog prompt randomizer, if you need post blog post ideas.
Whatever you do, don’t be a useless blogger.
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