How to have your own website
How to have your own website is easy as one, two, three. It is one of those moments where it all seems overwhelming and scary to even attempt but I am going to simplify it for you.
For a serious blogger or for someone who plans to build a website with the intention of making a living, I highly recommend spending money on a domain and hosting plan, and then set aside some money for a WordPress theme to give your site a professional feel to it.
Purchase a domain.
Godaddy usually has $0.99 sale on your first domain. Make sure to do a google search before shelling out your cash. Also, you can purchase a domain from one company and go through another company for hosting.
I will let you know that I use GoDaddy for my hosting and I chose the WordPress managed plan. I chose GoDaddy because I loved their customer service over Bluehost.
However, go through a service that you feel will suit your needs. Problogger.com recommends Bluehost over any other service. So there is no wrong choice.
There are two WordPress platforms and the difference is one is free and the other is not. WordPress.com is the free WordPress platform that allows people to blog as a hobby whereas wordpress.org is for those who have an idea for a website or blog.
Both sites are set up to where you don’t need to know how to code. Coding can help if you want to be super advanced but even then there is probably a WordPress theme that has what you need.
Your Content + Passion
Make sure you have an idea of the content that you want to put out and that it has your passion backing it. Blogging is hard and in order to get rewards back from your hard work, you’ll need to stick it out.
SEO is IMPORTANT in driving traffic from search engines to your blog or website. DO your Research and make sure you gain a good understanding. My mistake was not truly taking in how imperative SEO would be to my blog. I have been fortunate where I have bought in traffic since the first week however it was less than 10 people a day.
The first day it was me working on my blog.
Again, Blogging is stressful when you don’t reap the benefits as fast you were hoping for, so it is important to have fun and in the words of the late Andy Whitfield “Be Here Now”. Don’t think too far ahead and don’t forget to plan out ahead enough to have some goals and sense of direction but while doing so be in the moment of the journey.
Because the journey is the beautiful part and we only get to start it once and if the blog you start is the one that your readers fall in love with which causes you to fall in love with it more than you’ll want to remember the process of creating and crafting every inch of it.
Resources for building your own website
Choose to host from Bluehost, GoDaddy, and various others.
Those are some of the popular ones.
You can use Studiopress for themes.
Themeforest is another one.
Learn how to code is an article on this site that gives you free resources to learn how to code your own site.
Github sometimes also has themes that developers are working on and allowing bloggers to download for free.
Note: I purchased the genesis framework and the theme I use now is a child theme from genesis which you can get at studio press.
Don’t worry the more you get into blogging, you’ll learn the terms.
Below are free platforms for you to try your hand at blogging if you’re not yet sure if you want to spend money for hosting.
Note: WordPress.com is different than wordpress.org.
Blogspot is another free one.
Tumbler is another one as well.
If you still have questions after reading this post, shoot me a comment and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.