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 mechanics 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.
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1 - 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.
2 - 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.
3 - 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,
4 - 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.
5 - 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.
6 - Drop and Drag 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.
7 - 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,
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8 - 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.
9 - 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.
10 - 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.
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.
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.
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.