Blogging is a fantastic way in which you can creatively express yourself, find new friends, create a community and even make some money. It seems that everywhere that you look, there is another great blog popping up and even many of my friends like Ines Cano-Uribe are making a living thanks to their blogging exploits.
One thing that often puts many off the idea of creating a blog is that they do not feel as though they understand computing well enough to be bale to get set up. Thankfully there are many tools which you can use to get your own blog started and if here is a guide for you to go after that blog that you wanted.
Buying the Domain
The domain is the website name, for example ‘www.peterpan.com’, you will need to first make a decision about what you want your blog to be called, and then go ahead and buy it. Go to a site such as GoDaddy where you can buy domains and simply search for the name that you are looking for. In most cases, the domain name will be available but if it is not, you may need to tweak your name until you find a domain to buy.
Hosting the Domain
Every domain needs to be hosted and once you ahem successfully bought your domain name, you will need to have a search online for a company who can host your site i.e. place it online. There are many great offers out there for hosting blogs and you will probably need to pay around $3 per month in order to keep your site live.
Choose a CMS
The reason that you do not need to be a tech genius in order to set up your own blog is because there are businesses like WordPress who can offer you a content management system or CMS. These programs are installed onto your website and they make it super easy to design your site and upload content without any knowledge whatsoever of coding, computer language or technology.
Design Your Site
When it comes to designing your site, you can play around using the CMS until you have a layout that you like with colours and fonts which you think suit the website. If you are in any doubt, you could use one of the thousands of pre-set templates on the CMS or alternatively you could take a look at some of your favourite websites and simply borrow their design or colour scheme.
The final piece of the puzzle when it comes to setting up your blog is to add content, this can be anything from photos, videos or articles and you will have absolute freedom to upload whatever you like. The key here is to upload content which people will find interesting and readable as you should always be looking to give value to your readership.
And there you have it, your very own blog, in no time at all.