Starting a blog was something I had been thinking about for a long time before I jumped in and finally did it. At first I thought, how can I? I am so busy with everyday life, with my daughter and my family, where would I get the time? Well having a busy life is perfect for a mommy blogger. Why? Because you will have SO MUCH to blog about!
So have you wanted to start a blog but haven’t done so yet? Well stop procrastinating and get to it!
I am here to give you a few easy steps to starting a mom blog.
1. Buy Your Domain. (Your website URL)
2. Purchase a hosting package. (Where all of your posts, pages, pictures will be stored)
3. Install a blogging platform. (Install WordPress)
4. Pick your site theme. (This is the fun part)
If all this sounds too technical, don’t worry. I am here to show you what all this actually means and I have included some video tutorials I found online that will help you through the process.
Step #1 Buy Your Domain
If you haven’t already thought about it, now is the time to think about what you want your URL to be. You want to take your time to really think about this because this is something you won’t be able to change. You also will need to choose something that’s not already taken. If you try to purchase a domain that is already taken, the domain service will alert you it’s been taken.
Once you decide what you want, go ahead and register it. I used GoDaddy.com to purchase my domain. It was easy to set up and inexpensive. It will cost about $10-$15 a year to keep your domain.
The GoDaddy.com website will walk you through the purchase. See below for screenshot.
Enter your name and hit Search, if the domain name you chose is available, GoDaddy will give you the option to purchase it. Follow the prompts and you’re done! Keep in mind when purchasing that you can select to either purchase 1 year or more. If you purchase 1 year you will need to renew your domain annually. GoDaddy will notify you when it’s time to renew.
Step #2 Buy Your Hosting Package.
Hosting will cost you about $5 – $10 a month, depending on what type of hosting package you get. Now you can choose to also purchase your hosting package with your domain service, GoDaddy in this example, but you can choose another hosting company. I actually purchased my domain name and hosting package together with GoDaddy, but I am in the process of switching my hosting service to Blue Host. I have heard really great things about Blue Host.
1. Go to Blue Host
2. Click on Sign Up Now.
Since you already have your domain name purchased, enter your domain in the second box.
Follow the prompts. You will be given the choices of purchasing 1 year or longer. The longer you purchase, the cheaper it will be.
Step #3 Point Your Domain to your Server
Next, you will need to point your domain to where all your files will be. Since GoDaddy & Blue Host are 2 separate entities we need to connect the two. So when someone types in your URL, it will connect to your folders at Blue Host.
This sounds more complicated than it is, and it’s probably better for you to watch someone do this, so I included a YouTube video I found below that walks you through this simple process.
#4. Installing Word Press
Now, there are other Blog platforms that you can choose. I personally like Word Press because there are many more options and gives you the flexibility to customize. If you just want something simple and very user-friendly you can also look into platforms such as Blogger or Tumblr.
To install Word Press, login to your new Blue Host account. Check your email to confirm your login information that you should have received after your purchase.
In your Cpanel, you will see the option for Word Press. Click on Word Press and Install and follow the prompts until you see Complete.
#5. Now to the fun part! Pick your theme.
There are so many free themes out there you can pretty much find anything. If you are choosing a free theme, I would recommend checking out the WordPress Free Themes site. If you want to invest a little more into your blog, you can look into purchasing a Premium Theme.
I personally chose to go with a Premium theme from Studio Press after starting off with a free theme. With Premium Themes you get a little more for your purchase, you will get support from the developers and it will usually allow for more customization. I just switched over to their Genesis Framework and I am extremely happy about it. I have been able to customize my site the way I want, and I’ve already had multiple – How Do I questions. The support offered through Studio Press is amazing. You can email their support team and the longest I’ve waited to get a response was probably a few hours, even on a Sunday! I highly recommend them if you decide to purchase a Premium Theme. You won’t be disappointed.
YOU ARE DONE!!
Now you are ready to start blogging!
To get into your new WordPress blog, simply go to the admin page for your blog.
Example - http://domainname.com/wp-admin
If you have questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I will do my best to help you start blogging!