How to start a blog or online business is a question that is asked a lot. If you are at this post then hopefully you read my previous post of should you start a blog or online business. If not click on the link and check it out! If you did read the article and you know you are ready to start your online journey here are a few steps to get you rolling.
Building a website for a new blog or business does not need to cost you thousands of dollars.
You are just starting out so using WordPress and purchasing a theme is the way to go. Once you become established with a steady income you can hire someone to customize your website.
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- Decide on a name and see if it is available. Don’t spend weeks on end deciding on a name. Be decisive. If you evolve your site in the future you can always buy a new domain and have everything transferred. One of the biggest hold-ups for people when starting a website is choosing a name. You don’t want that to derail you. For tips on choosing a name click here. You can go to Siteground to see if your domain is available.
- Purchase your domain name and hosting. I currently use Siteground and have used them since 2017. I was previously with one of the larger companies since 2009 but honestly, their customer service was horrible and after asking for recommendations I am very pleased with Siteground. It was easy for them to transfer my site right to them, they are less expensive than what I was paying and their customer service is phenomenal. You can check for an available domain, purchase it and get your hosting right through Siteground. Use WordPress to create your website. It is very popular so there are LOTS of themes, plugins, and widgets to make setting up your website easy.
- Once you set up your domain and hosting you need a theme for WordPress. While there are plenty of free themes available I’m not going to suggest you go with one of those. If you use a free theme you can be limited to customization options AND let’s be honest you will start seeing your theme used everywhere. I recommend a couple different sites. StudioPress is one of the sites I recommend choosing a theme from. They offer a lot of great themes at really reasonable prices. As a bonus, all of their themes are genesis based which is one of the largest supported themes on WordPress. If you are looking for more girly looking themes then take a look at Restored 316. They have fabulous themes and great customer support!
- Once you purchase the site, upload it into WordPress and you are ready to get started!