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How to Start Your Own Blog with These 4 Simple Steps

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When I first started Miss Millennia, I struggled with it a bunch. I did not know anything about coding, domains, hosting providers, etc. and these thoughts made me believe that maybe creating a website was not something that would work for me. I am glad I stuck with blogging because as I learned more, it did become easier. And if I took a little more time to do some research, I would’ve saved myself some time and agony. It is my hopes to share that knowledge with you today on starting your own website so you do not have to go through the hardships I did when I first started out.

Let’s talk hosting providers…

Creating a website does not have to be a complicated matter. In fact, it is rendered considerably free flowing and hassle free with step-by-step instructions through web building services provided by web hosting companies like HostGator.com.

Start Your Own Blog

It is one of the top, low-cost choices for website development and an excellent way to start your own blog. As a premiere web hosting company, it provides all the necessary information and tools to get started with your own website. It puts you, as a blogger, on a smooth and quick path to success, no matter your Web endeavors. I had gone through 3 other hosting companies before I landed with Hostgator, and I can say I am pretty happy with them!

Also, through HostGator, you’ll find an extensive list of special services including website migrations, custom web design, and SEO Services. Right now you can take advantage of a hosting special offer and get 25% off your monthly hosting fee if you use The Miss Millennia Magazine code CJSAVE25.

Creating a website through tools, scripts, quick install programs and actual website templates and designs is a much less time-consuming method for website construction, as opposed to the drawn-out process of developing a site from scratch.

HostGator takes the guesswork out of website creation and provides the necessary steps to develop a website in a quick and efficient fashion. HostGator also provides ongoing support through Live Chat, Email, and Phone Support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so you are not left in the dark with website development or any other tasks concerning web related issues. I have called Hostgator at 2 am before because of my website being down and I am so happy to have this option with a hosting provider.

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To get started in the website creation process, HostGator offers clear and concise steps with easy to follow directions in the process, which ensures an easy transition and freedom from apprehension in building a website, to getting it up and running quickly.

The steps involved in creating an actual website are as follows:

1. Choosing your Website’s Domain

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A domain name just represents your brand or business, and it is the device through which others visit and view your site on the internet. This step is not entirely crucial in the process until such time that your site is published and completed, but a domain should eventually be registered. If you have not selected a domain name, domain information is available through HostGator. A domain is usually registered on a yearly basis and is easily renewed before its expiration. The HostGator domain process is pictured and outlined in the following:
https://register.hostgator.com/

2. Selecting your Web Hosting Service

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After you have selected and registered your domain name, a web hosting package is the next step in HostGator’s website creation process. HostGator suggests a Shared Hosting Plan with upgrades at a later date. There are other options available, and HostGator provides the information through hosting comparison charts and helps with selecting the right hosting plan for you. I started with a hatchling plan, and now my site is big enough where it takes up its own server.

After you have chosen and purchased a hosting plan, the domain name you have decided to use will be directed to your hosting account, and any visitors to your domain will be able to see your site through your web hosting provider. The HostGator hosting process is pictured and outlined in the following: http://www.hostgator.com/shared/

3. Choosing a Website Builder

In the actual creation or building of a HostGator website, once again choices have to be made as to the real means or vehicle of use for constructing the site. A website is simply a file that consists of coded HTML( hyper text markup language ) that enables the website builder to display text, images, videos and other multimedia.

As mentioned previously, there are a number of ways to create a website either through text editors such as NotePad, actual software downloads, applications that are web-based and include WordPress, Drupal and Joomla, as well as programming languages such as PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl and ASP.net that help create more dynamic websites. If you are going with WordPress, let support know, and they will get it installed on your hosting plan for you.

4. Choosing a Theme and Style for your Website

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Once  WordPress has been initiated you are now able to choose from an array of themes, styles and color combinations that coordinate with a chosen website design and content. To utilize WordPress, check your email HostGator should’ve sent you regarding login information for WordPress. Once logged in, scroll over “appearances” on the left side and choose “Themes”. There should be a few basic themes on your website already, but the options are endless for WordPress themes. If you want to go the free route, just search on Google for “free blogger WordPress themes.” If you want to go the paid route, check websites like

If you want to go the free route, just search on Google for “free blogger WordPress themes.” If you want to go the paid route, check websites like Themeforest to find paid WordPress themes. Try the demos out before you buy, however!

Ongoing Support

HostGator has made these initial steps in the web creation procedure an almost flawless process. Immediate gratification and success are achieved through these simple outlines and steps through HostGator’s web building plans. Remember, HostGator is there for you for the long haul, so don’t sweat the small stuff with your website creation. A continuation of actual website content development and monetization progression in the web building process will follow in another series of articles.

Sources:

WordPress

Hostgator

Theme Forest

How to Start Your Own Blog with These 4 Simple Steps

 

  • Jeanette

    These are great tips for a beginner blogger! I wish I had some of these steps when I started out, there are many many mistakes I did in the beginning.

  • Dee

    You gave some great tips, but I would also like to add that one of the most important steps about creating your blog is your blog identity. A blogger needs to have a clear path on what they want their blog to be about.

  • Blogging is such a learning process! I don’t think there were any tutorials out there when I first started.

  • It’s really pretty easy to start a blog nowadays. There are so many tools out there to make the process smooth and straightforward. Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

  • I could have used these tips when I first started. Thankfully, I knew basic coding and html from classes that I took in college. My husband helped with my first WordPress install.

    • wow! Thats pretty cool. It’s nice to have some help.

  • Mitch

    This is a timely article for everyone, we all have things we can tighten up on our blogs, even those of us long time bloggers, we can always use a good host and/or other change!

  • These are all great tips, Glad you shared for those trying to start a blog!

    • It’s a lot of fun and you can’t let the barriers of technology hold you back.

  • These are some really important things to look into when starting out. I didn’t have a great grasp on HTML when I started so easy design would have helped.

    • Yeah I could not even tell you what HTML was when I first started. WordPress makes it so much easier.

  • Jaime Nicole

    Hosting is so important. If you don’t pick a great host, it will be harder down the line for sure!

    • So true. I had to keep switching since we faced so many issues initially.

  • Stephanay Jnote

    Thank you for posting this wonderful and helpful tool. Such a needed help and necessary knowledge to have,

  • Gwen Mulholland

    These are great tips and it is very important to have a reliable host. I have been happy with my current host and glad I switched to her.

  • Jocelyn Canasa Brown

    These are such great tips for someone that is looking to start their first blog. Really helpful!

  • Momina Arif

    great post, very helpful

  • These are definitely some great tips for those who are just starting a blog! It’s so important to have good web hosting when you start!

  • Melissa Dixon

    Great tips for those starting out. I wish I had a little help in the beginning. It was really overwhelming.

  • Inspiring Kitchen

    These are good tips for those who would want to start a new blog or to those who would want to be a blogger. And yes, the ongoing support is really very important :)

  • What great tips for beginner bloggers. Wish I had had a guide like this when I was a beginning blogger.

  • Chrissy Hme

    Starting a blog is a big process with so much to learn. It’s great to have a post like this that explains things and helps simplify the process.

    • Yeah I was so overwhelmed initially. Glad I learned along the way though.

  • blm03

    What a great post! I’ll be sending people to this post when they ask me how to get started!

  • megkerns

    I have LOVED starting my own blog! I’m collecting the best posts like these to refer to! Thank you for giving me another one to add!

  • Fantastic tips. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hostgator.

  • Patricia Conte

    These are great tips! I wish I had this comprehensive guide when I started mine! I had the WORST host when I started :)

    • I think everyone always starts with a bad host, but you learn. I hope those who do not know any better can learn from my mistakes.

  • Suchitra Narayan

    These are great tips!!! would be very useful for beginner bloggers!

  • Tiffani Denham

    Great tips! I was looking for something like this when I started in April. Bookmarking your site!

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    Love your tips. I’m a blogger girl though. I can’t get excited about WordPress though

  • Kayvona B.

    I’m always encouraging people to start blogs when they express interest. Its so easy and these are some great tips to getting it u and running!

  • TheNewClassy

    Finding a good hosting provider was one of the toughest things for me to do when I started blogging. I had only heard of GoDaddy, so I went with them. That was a bad choice. I am happy with the provider I have now. They are much better and way cheaper.

    • Go Daddy is the worst. I am using them for another site of mine, and I regret not just sticking with Hostgator there.

  • That’s really awesome. Hosting is important when you’re planning to build a blog that will be there for the long run. I’ve never tried hosting with hostgator before. I’d love to check out their offers.

    • You should! And be sure to use our special discount.

  • These are great tips. A good host is so important

    • I went through so many. I’m glad to be with one I actually like.

  • So many great tips. You definitely need a good host, a catchy domain name and a great design.

  • mail4rosey

    It’s nice that you are sharing your insight. I know so many people who are interested in blogging, seeing something like this might help them take the first move.

    • Thanks for reading! It really is simple to get started.

  • No problem! Thanks for reading.

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