The Simple and Quick Guide to Starting Your Own Website

You know you want to start a blog but don't know where to begin.

Maybe you should just give up - it's way too hard!

I was a beginner myself, and came across the same problems.  I've created a number of different blogs over the years, including a self-hosted one.

In this post I want to take you through the steps of starting your own website.  Showing you the basics.

Don't worry it'll be simple and pretty easy to understand.

Great, let's move on.

Why You Should Start a Blog and Become Part of the Blogging Community

I'm going to give you a blueprint of what you need to do to get started and set up your own blog.  Before we get started though, I want to tell you why you should build a blog.
  • Blogging has become one of the fastest growing ways of spreading information and news.  There are millions of new blogs being created each year.  (Don't sweat, your blog will be unique and stand out!).
  • Alongside YouTube it's one of the best ways to express yourself and share information with others.
  • It will make you a better person and improve your writing skills.
  • The best reason of course is you can make money doing it!
Quick Note: Starting a blog can take a little while, probably about 30 minutes.  Get comfortable, grab yourself a coffee and we'll get stuck in.
  1. Select your blogging platform
  2. Choose your domain name and get hosting in place with Hostgator
  3. Choose a theme for your blog
  4. Begin creating useful content for your readers
 Step 1. Select Your Blogging Platform

Before you start a blog you'll need to choose your blogging platform, the tool that will help you put your content on the web.

I recommend you choose Wordpress.

Why Wordpress is one of the most popular blogging platforms:
  • It's free to use (though you will need to make a small investment in a domain name and server).
  • Set up is easy.
  • There are hundreds of designers and developers that have created a whole industry around customising and managing Wordpress.
Step 2. Choose Your Domain Name and Start Your Blog Hosting

I recommend using Hostgator for getting both your domain and hosting set up.

Choosing Your Domain Name 

In this step you'll need a domain name (that's your blog's address) so that you can be found online.  Here on 1976write my domain name is www.1976write.com - every blogger needs a domain name.  Finding a one that is unique and not take is easier said than done.

Below are few points to be considered when choosing your domain name:
  • Make your domain name readable, easy to say and be remembered.
  • What does your domain say about you, why is it unique to you?
  • Try and include good keywords to help your site rank higher on Google.
  • Make sure your name is legal and not owned by anyone else in your chose blog category.
You can read more in this article by ProBlogger, 4 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Domain Name.

It's a minimal cost to buy and secure your domain name, but definitely worth it in the long run.

Set Up Your Blog Hosting With Hostgator

The easiest way to get your domain is to get it in the same place you get your blog hosted.  My recommendation is a Hatchling Plan with Hostgator.

Hostgator has a 1-click WordPress installation, 24/7 support and great affordable rates for building your first website.

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Step 3. Configure Your Blog

If you've decided o Hostgator as your domain and hosting provider installing a Wordpress blog is super simple.  So simple Hostgator have provided a video to show you how to do it:

If you have any problems during this process, Hostgator have a live chat support system which allows you to ask questions from their support team.

Step 4. Choose a Theme For Your Blog

WordPress have a huge library of themes for you to choose from.  You can change the look of your site without needing knowledge of CSS or graphic design skills.

I'd suggest something simple to begin with.  You could opt for a premium theme but they will cost you extra.  Here are some great places to get your Wordpress themes:
Step 5. Create Useful Content for Your Readers

Okay, so you've set up your WordPress domain name and hosting.  You're not officially a blogger until you start writing content for your blog!

Further Reading on Monetizing and Building Your Website Traffic

There's a lot more you could read about starting a blog but the process above should get you started.  Once you've worked through it here are a few other suggested articles to help you take your next steps.

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  1. I love your blog. It is clean and easy to navigate. you are doing Good job. Keep writing.

    1. Thank you for your comment Abhishek, its much appreciated.