Everyone you know is starting a blog, even your neighbours dog has one, you want one but not sure where to start of how they did it? Here is a brief overview of setting up a blog and this assuming for this post you have your niche all figured out. Here is the super quick version.
Choose and Register A Domain Name
Ohhh this bit is fun but can also make your brain hurt. Before rushing in on this one have a good think about it as hopefully this name you choose will be with you for quiet a long time. The last you want is in 2, 5 or even 10 years you cringe whenever anyone asks your blog name. Right now the name cutsypinkbunnies may be floating your boat but in a year or even 5 years time can you imagine you will still have the same passion for writing about pink bunnies even if they are cute? Also try and go with a .com domain from the start. its the most universal and accepted domain and I wish I had. I didn’t and now in the process of sorting it.
Register your chosen domain name : from £11.99 for a .com for a year. Your domain name will have to renewed each year ( if you buy it for 2 years its renewed 2 years time etc)
Hosting is the space where your website hangs out. It can get a bit technical so go with a well known hosting company like BlueHost to do the job. They even have a dedicated product for wordpress hosting.
Your hosting is paid either monthly or yearly. Don’t forget that your domain and hosting costs can be included as a business expense if you start earning money and turn your blog into a business.
I recommend going with wordpress.org, although there lots of others like wordpress.com, blogger, Joomla etc, because wordpress.org is so widely used its the most flexible and there is always someone who knows a trick or two about wordpress.org to help you if you need it.
Also if your serious about your blog, its for business or you want o earn money from it one day then wordpress.org is the way to go.
Choose a Theme
This is the fun decorating bit. I have two recommendations for themes, Elegant Themes or StudioPress Themes for WordPress. Why these and not just some free theme yuo can find anywhere? Themes are made of code, that and graphics is what makes them look good. You need to trust this code as your potentially loading it on to lots of visitors computer screens. It may cost a few bucks to have a Elegant Themes or Genesis theme but their code can be trusted. Millions of people who shop with them back this up.
Create Awesome Content
You can get this bit started before the other steps and have it sitting in files on your computer ready to go or you could be now getting to that bit. Write your posts in word documents on your computer so that you have a saved copy in a folder. When you have done all the above and have around 10 posts all live on your shiny new blog then its time to start letting people know about your new little venture.
It can all be a bit overwhelming. I will be going through each bit and more, in more detail.