How To Start A Blog

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Getting Your Blog Started

What to Look for In A Hosting Company

We are going to look at how to start a blog from the mechanic’s point of view. More of a nuts and blogs article on getting your blog started. I won’t get into niche research or blog monetization in this article.

Here is a short video you can watch first.

If you prefer to start your own blog right now for free in a couple of minutes click here.


Free domain name

I list this because it has become a feature that drives competition.

It would help if you had a domain name and then a place to host it. Many companies such as NameCheap offers low-priced first-time domain names for a couple of dollars if you pay full price for a second year.


Ease of install

It is a biggie to many of us 50 plus bloggers. We do not want to become hosting or website installing experts.

Give us something that is point and clicks, and we can do it. You are going to find most of the top hosting companies have ease of installation as one of their top features.



One-Click WordPress install

WordPress is the top choice for content management today.

You want to look for a hosting company that has a one-click WordPress install.

You will then get a separate login to access your WordPress account. Chances are you will never go to your hosting cPanel.


Free email account

Most hosting companies now give you a free email account with your domain name.

For example, (yourname@yourdomain name.) John@JohnDoe.com could be how it appears. It is more professional than a Gmail, Yahoo, or some other email name.


Customer support

It should go without saying that any hosting company with poor customer support will not be around for long.

One big thing a company such as WXP-Hosting offer live support. They do offer email, texting, and chat capabilities.


Drag and Drop editor

It’s also called What You See Is What You Get editor or WYSIWYG editor.

Being able to drag a picture into a template when you edit is fantastic. Now you can build a page or post in real-time without knowing anything about HTML code.


Security

I should have listed this at the top because first, you need to know your site is secure. No one can access it without a password except you.

When you work with WordPress, you will be able to assign passwords to others as needed. It is helpful if you have a blog writer.


Speed

You will have some control over how fast your pages load by the template you use and how many plugins you have installed. However, your hosting company needs to be quick, as well.


Uptime

Your website is only live when people can see it.

Uptime is the amount of time that a server is up and running. 99.9% sounds about right to me.


Dashboard

The WordPress dashboard referred to as WP Admin or Admin panel. Think of this as the control panel. It is where you are going to do all the work on your site.

I am building 50PlusBlogging.com using WordPress. I can work 100% by going to my dashboard and clicking on the link I want to work on.


What to Look for In A Hosting Company

Let me go ahead and list some of the top hosting companies in no order based on what I use or see on Google.

  • Bluehost.
  • GoDaddy.
  • HostGator.
  • Wix.
  • Web.com
  • WXP-Hosting
 

WordPress

In this section, I will be going over how to use WordPress to start a blog. Knowing how to start a WordPress blog can allow you to launch a successful online business.


Logging into WordPress

The people who are going to visit the WordPress website will see the front-end of the site. The backend of the WordPress account is where the users and the owners of the website have their control.


Design, Theme/Logo

WordPress is the most content management system in the world. For us 50 plus bloggers it will be the system we use to build our website and blog.


Plugin

WordPress beginner defines a plugin as a piece of software containing a group of functions that can add to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites.

19 comments

Cynthia April 17, 2020 - 1:48 pm

Hello! I love your site and very happy I came across it. I recently have been wanting to follow my dream of being able to work from home. Given the pandemic right now, being at home has really allowed me to do my research and believe that this can be a reality. You site is very insightful and I wll be reading through your blogs and definitely bookmarking your page.

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. 

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 8:49 pm

I want to write a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your comments and the time you engaged in check out my article on How to start a blog. Thanks, Cynthia

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Alex April 17, 2020 - 1:57 pm

Hi.i find your work well summarized and very educative concerning the best blog host.i agree with that on customers put of view they want a site that its fast to load,most them are not patient enough to wait for some time therefore the speed matters a lot. The other thing is that as bloggers we don’t want a site that is complicated to use we want an easy one.All this 10 points are well articulated and they will help bloggers in making wise choice.Thank you.

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 9:11 pm

I want to write a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate your comments. It’s rare to find anyone that would help others to learn the process of finding the best web host and one of the essential things about the web speed. It’s people like you who make a difference in this type of organization that will offer their assistance to help someone like me. Thanks, Alex

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Darren April 17, 2020 - 2:22 pm

I really like how this post is laid out as it is easy to read each point with good use of images and I also like the short paragraphs on each section which allows me to digest easier.

I have a Wordpress website that is so easy to set up and maintain and only took me around 60 seconds to set up and each point you have written about I can endorse as I have experienced it. 

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 10:04 pm

Thanks, Darren, for your kind words. I appreciate your input about the blog is easy to read when it comes to blogging.

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Selenity Jade April 17, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Hi!  I definitely agree that having a domain name is much more professional than those free websites that are subdomains, such as “yourblog.wordpress” or “yourblog.blogspot” or whatever, plus the usual dot com at the end of course.  Those USED to be very common for even bigger website blogs, but in today’s world, if you don’t have a domain name, no one takes you seriously when they visit your blog.  I’ll be interested to see how each section is expanded more! 

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 9:06 pm

I just want to thank you for liking what I wrote about having your domain name, and it resonated with me. Have a fantastic weekend.

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Kingsking April 17, 2020 - 2:46 pm

This is a very great assess for designing and building a an amazing Blog Website with ease. The steps looks very easy, precise and I am particularly impressed with the drag and drop editor. Is free email account also available on free Domain? How do I find the appropriate Niche to write on? Is is possible to migrate from a free Hosting to a paid Webhosting?

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 9:00 pm

Thanks, Kingsking, I used Upwork for my design. I would suggest you check out the training in Wealthy Affiliate. WA has some of the best practices on the Internet. It is possible to migrate from a free hosting company to a paid web hosting site. Thanks, again Kingsking

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Edwin Bernard April 17, 2020 - 7:29 pm

Blogging has become so popular these days it is good to know there are free and low cost ways to get started. WYSIWYG website construction can be a help. However, I prefer to have flexibility and control on what I put on my site. i did create a free website like that from Wix and it was fun. I even added a means to collect data directly into my Google drive Database. 

WordPress has more features and I will be setting up an Email Marketing system soon. Like anything else setting up a Blogging site for profit takes knowledge, effort and time. It is fun. 

You have a very helpful site that hits on all the main skills necessary. Great job in creating it.

I wish you all the best in your blogging journey. 

Edwin

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Kirkman April 17, 2020 - 8:04 pm

I really want to thank you very much for giving the opportunity to get information as vital as this. after quitting my job, i searched for platforms that could help start my own blog as i want to work from the comfort of my home. i found only a few.

cheap name was introduced to me on one of these platforms and i like the fact that they offer great services for a low fee

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 8:54 pm

Beautiful to connect with you, and I hope you’re having a great day. I appreciate your comment about my article.
I look forward to sharing information with you. Let’s keep in touch. I have also used CheapName. Thanks, Kirkman

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David nelson April 17, 2020 - 9:30 pm

Wow thanks for the tips i hope it helps the other as it has help me…i have always wanted to start a blog but, i have never really had time to get everything right and more importantly i could even find good courses that would teach me how. but thanks to you i have something to chew on.

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Elizabeth Redd April 17, 2020 - 9:59 pm

Hi, David, I just want to thank you for the tips I wrote, it resonated with me. If these tips were helpful to you, I am pleased that I was able to share some valuable information with you. Don’t forget you can find all of the relevant information here at Wealthy Affiliates. Have a fantastic weekend.

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PrettySophia April 18, 2020 - 8:05 pm

If there is one thing i love most;its how to’s as i everything i do is as i product of it..i never grew up with people teach me what and how to do stuffs so the internet has been my best friend ever since i learnt to use it

To many starting up a blog is hard while to some its easy but for me with it easy if you have the right information and this article is packed with all we need.

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Elizabeth Redd April 19, 2020 - 3:34 pm

Thanks, Pretty, I believe blogging is one of many programs that can build a successful business; being able to find the right one is the challenge. I’m a believer in working to give value that’s so important when you are in the business of sharing information with the public. I just want to share relevant information with others that are looking for information they will be able to use and benefit them in their journey—valuable tips a person could use if they have an interest in learning how to become a blogger. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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Feji ben April 18, 2020 - 8:11 pm

Thanks for sharing this awesome tips i am fairly new to this online stuff and i must tell you it hasn’t been easy for me as there are a lot of things that i have found it hard to do when it comes to blogging..after take my time to read this awesome article of yours i think i have got all that i need to make my blog more effective thanks alot.

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Elizabeth Redd April 19, 2020 - 3:45 pm

I believe blogging is one of many programs that can build a successful business; being able to find the right one is the challenge. Being able to develop your blogging requires dedicated work. If you believe blogging is for you to keep working, and things will work out. I am happy about the article How to Start a Blog was helpful to you, visit my site anytime.  I will continue to add information that I feel with help in your journey as a blogger. Thanks, Feji ben, for checking out my article it is much appreciated

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