Do you want to create a self hosted WordPress blog but don’t know how or where to begin? In this blog post, I’m going to talk about what you need should do to create a blog that has a good theme to get your feet off the ground. In 48 to 72 hours or less, you could have a blog up a running and ready to market online. There is just one thing, you will need your own domain in order to install a WordPress.org blog.
1. Purchasing A Domain:
The domain registrar that I always buy domain names from is GoDaddy. Yes, they have had some bad press in the past but they still a good cheap register to buy domain names from. Do not buy web hosting from them. There has been reports about their web hosting for blog’s is horrible and the support as well. Only buy domains from Godaddy like I do.
2. Shared Web Hosting:
After you have bought your own domain, the next thing to do before even installing your WordPress.org software is to get a web hosting account. I use specialized web hosting for this blog which is expensive. If you are looking for a good cheap shared web host than I would recommend using either HostGator or Blue Host for cheap shared web hosting. If you have the extra money available, purchase a dedicated IP address with your shared hosting package. Do you want to share your IP with another website that maybe an adult site? Get a dedicated IP. Speak to your web hosts support team about doing this.
Once you have paid for your web hosting account, update your nameservers (your godaddy account) with the correct information that your web host gave you. If you do not do this, you will not be able to installed WordPress. It only takes up to 48 hours for the nameservers changes to take effect. Most of the time it’s under 24 hours.
3. Installing The Self Hosted WordPress.org software
Now that you got a domain name and a web hosting account setup, the next thing that you need to do is download and then install the WordPress.org software on your domain. If you need detailed instructions, I’d like to direct you to the WordPress help guides for doing this: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
What’s Next After Blog Install?
The hard part is installing WordPress and the easy part is customizing your blog. Don’t use the default theme for WordPress, it really isn’t that attractive. I have created a list of Premium Themes and a list of StudioPress HTML 5 themes for self hosted WordPress blogs. The ones that stand out the most to me is the StudioPress ones. Purchasing a theme from them is what I strongly recommend. Although it will cost you at least $80+ for the framework and a StudioPress theme not to mention you will have some customizing to do yourself. I am always tweaking my current theme.
Now the fun part, experimenting on your blog. Don’t be afraid to do things a bit differently on your blog. It’s your blog and you want it to be unique in a way. Have fun creating categories, pages and writing blog posts. You will learn a lot about the capabilities of using a self hosted WordPress blog each day that you use it. I’m still learning things and tweaking things all the time. Just when you think that you mastered WordPress, they update their software and you have to learn about new features or just read about the security improvements.
This is just a basic starters guide to creating a blog.
If you want to know the cost of starting a WordPress blog, you can read my blog post about this. I actually listed the price’s I paid to start this blog and what I pay each month for web hosting.