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Learning how to start a blog is something that anyone can do, and it has the power to change your financial life forever. Imagine being able to quit your full-time job, because your blogging income has surpassed your salary. Imagine the freedom that you could have, and all thanks to starting a blog.
We are living in an amazing time where anyone can get online and put their message out to the world. Getting your blog set up is the first step, creating content is the second, and monetizing your blog is the third.
So, what are you waiting for? Remember, the time will pass no matter if you start your blog today or not. Where do you want to be in a few months from now? A year from now? Five years from now?
My advice? START TODAY. I promise you that getting your blog up online is not difficult! You can have it up and ready to start adding content right now (seriously, in a matter of minutes).
Ready? Let’s Go!
How To Start A Blog Today
I’m going to show you, step by step, how easy it is to start a WordPress blog on Site Ground. Site Ground is a hosting company. Through them, you can choose a domain name (a www.yourname.com) and have it available for all to see online.
I started my newest website on Site Ground because I heard such great things about their prices and their customer service. I’m impressed with them and can recommend them 100%. Plus, it is very simple to get started and get your WordPress blog up and running with Site Ground. A few clicks and you’re done.
Head over to Site Ground to choose your plan. If you’re just getting started, I recommend their “StartUp” plan. If you are planning on having more than one blog or website, then take a look at the “GrowBig” or “GoGeek” plans. For most of you reading this, the “StartUp” plan will work just fine. Here’s an image of what it looks like:
Choose your domain name. This is the URL or Internet address of your blog (the nameofyourblog. com) Be sure to choose wisely.
The name of your blog should give readers a clue as to what your blog is about. I recommend staying away from intentional misspellings or names that are too long to remember. Go for short and catchy if possible.
What if you already have a domain name that you purchased from another company, but want to move over to Site Ground? You can! They have a transfer service.
Here’s what it looks like below. Click either “Register a new domain” or “I already have a domain.” If the domain name you choose is already taken, Site Ground will let you know, and you’ll need to come up with a different one.
Now all you have to do is review your order and complete it! Here’s a look at what to expect:
Congratulations! You are now ready to install WordPress on your site. Here’s how to do that:
- Log in to your new Siteground account
- Click on the “my accounts” tab
- Click on the red “Go To Cpanel” button
- Under the “autoinstallers” heading, click on WordPress
- Click the blue “install” tab
- Choose your options in the drop-down menus and spaces provided
– use the “http://www” protocol
– make sure the correct domain is selected (this should be automatic)
– leave the “in directory” option blank
– customize your “site name” and “site description”
– choose a user name and password that you’ll remember (and write it down!)
- Click the “install” button at the bottom of the page
Once you have done all of this, you will be taken to a success page that lists the URL where WordPress was installed, along with your admin URL. You will need to go to this admin URL to sign in and begin using WordPress.
Remember the user name and password that you wrote down in number 6 above? That’s what you’ll need to use. I recommend printing this page or writing down your admin URL for future reference.
Now, go ahead and actually go to your admin URL and sign in to WordPress. Once you’re in, you are ready to begin exploring WordPress and learning how to use it. If you need help, SiteGround has some tutorials and videos to help you.
Way to go! Once you’ve gone through all of the above steps, you will have your own WordPress blog with your own domain up online and ready to go. You are an official blogger! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I’ll help you in any way I can.
Click on the banner below to get started with SiteGround right now.