A Simple Step by Step Guide
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I started a free blog on blogger.com not long after we lost our first daughter, Faith, in April 2014. I really wanted to start reaching out to people about pregnancy/infant loss. There is a huge lack of resources when it comes to these subjects which is why I wanted to start sharing my story.
Thus, my first blog was born to share about Faith: my experience during my pregnancy with her, her loss, and of her precious short life. While it was a great niche for a blog, there were (and are) a lot of things I did not know about blogging professionally, or even how to start a blog. Like my dad says, “You learn something new every day”. I have come to realize that is so true in life and I have been learning something new about blogging on a daily basis for awhile. You can see more of what I am continuing to learn about blogging under the Blogging button on my menu, but right now I am going to focus on how to get your blog started.
Now that I am a stay-at-home mom of a two-year-old daughter, Joy, with another baby on the way, I decided that I want to put my all into blogging professionally and eventually turn it into full-time income for our family. I really enjoy sharing our simple country life too! If you are a stay-at-home mom (or dad) or just want to find a way to work from home and want to start a blog, here are the simple steps you need!
One thing I have learned is that you need to have a self-hosted blog (WordPress is a great way to go – wordpress.org, NOT wordpress.com) to be viewed by companies as professional (which is important if you plan to monetize your blog). Owning your own site makes you in control so no one can delete your content randomly (I’ve read about it happening). It also gives you the opportunity to choose your own, personalized URL, which is also VERY important if you want your blog to look professional. That being said, let’s move on to the fun stuff…how to start a blog!
I have read reviews on several different website hosting companies, and there are a lot of them out there. After looking around and doing some researching, I decided to go with SiteGround as my host. They have one of the highest website loading time, one of the most secure website hosting, and some of the best customer service when compared to 12 of the most popular web hosts in the affiliate market. All of their plans are very affordable, even if you are just starting out. I started my WordPress blog with SiteGround in May of 2017, and already by October, I have made more than enough to cover the cost! I’ll share how I’ve done that in my next post regarding simple ways to monetize your new blog soon!
Sign Up with a host (I use SiteGround)
You can sign up for SiteGround here (or click on the image below) for your website hosting. There are other hosts out there, but from my research and personal experience, SiteGround is the best!
SiteGround has a few different plans that you can choose from depending on your needs and budget. If you are just starting out (like me), you will really only need the basic StartUp plan for now. Here are the plans they have to choose from. Each plan is great, depending on where you are. You choose what you need!
Instructions for SiteGround Hosting Set-Up
Since I have my blog hosted through SiteGround, I will be giving step by step instructions on how to set it up through them.
- The StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that are starting now
- The GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed
- The GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration
Choose or Use a Domain Name
The next step in getting your hosting setup is choosing a domain name. SiteGround has a FREE website transfer service if you already have a domain name purchased that you would like to use! Also, when you purchase your domain name through SiteGround you get that FREE for the first year, WIN!
Review and Complete Your Hosting Order
Unlike many other hosting providers, SiteGround’s advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process. This makes it great because you can sign up for their simple basic plan to start out with and you still get a great deal. It is not a requirement that you sign up for 3 years at a time to get the discount.
Once you click on the Pay Now button you are all done! It is as simple as that. Then you are directed to the cPanel, where you can download WordPress to get your blog started! WordPress is pretty user-friendly, although I have figured out quite a bit on my own as I have gone through trial and error. I would be happy to help in any way that I can with any questions you may have regarding WordPress, although, their forums and help are very helpful. There are also a LOT of great blogging facebook groups that are EXTREMELY helpful if you have questions!
Basic WordPress Guidance
I recently was honored to be able to help a fellow blogger with her WordPress blog. She had a few issues that she wasn’t sure how to correct. She granted me access to her account and I was able to log in and do some work on her blog set up for her. I would be glad to help you with the same service for a low fee. Please feel free to contact me if you need some basic WordPress help once you get your blog up and running. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some assistance.
I would love to hear from you if you start a blog from my instructions. Please reach out and let me know how you are doing. I can’t wait to see the amazing blogs you all create! I love connecting with bloggers as well as collaborating on blogging projects together.