Welcome to Your DIY Blog – a collection of information I’ll be posting over the next few weeks about blogging. This new series on my blog and my YouTube channel will explore how to have your own successful DIY blog. I’ve had many questions about blogging and how to turn it into a part time job, and I want to share my experiences that I’ve gleaned from almost 6 years of blogging with you! I hope you find this new series helpful and please comment below if you have any specific questions about blogging that you’d like me to cover.
Today I’m sharing with you how to choose a web host and install WordPress – my blog engine of choice. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch a video chat about this topic.
Choosing a Web Host for Your Blog
A host is where your blog data is physically stored. You’ll need to purchase web hosting before you can install WordPress and it can cost anywhere from a few dollars a month to a few hundred dollars a month. It all depends on how much traffic you have.
I have been using Hostgator as my web host for several years now and I’ve been very happy with their service. I simply upgrade my account as needed as my blog grows. If you want to try them out too, click here to order a hosting package and they’ll walk you through the process. Just make sure that you order a package that can have WordPress installed on it – most can!
Once you order your hosting package, you’ll be sent all of the details on how to hook up your domain name to your new hosting account. You’ll have to log in to your domain name provider and change the “nameservers” of your domain name to point to your new hosting account. This process usually takes about 48 hours.
To install WordPress onto your new hosting account, you’ll need to login to the back-end of your hosting account. In the case of Hostgator, they provide a nice back-end called CPanel that’s quite easy to navigate.
I love WordPress because it’s very user friendly, it has lots of customizations available, and it’s a popular blogging platform so there is a lot of information and help available online.
To install WordPress through CPanel, you’ll login to CPanel with the login credentials that Hostgator provides to you, scroll down the screen until you see “Site Software”. Click on that icon, and follow the directions to install WordPress onto your new hosting account.
You’ll then be able to login to your WordPress dashboard by visiting www.yourdomain.com/wp-login (“yourdomain” being the domain name you’re using). This is where you’ll be able to customize the look of your WordPress blog and start adding your data.
Watch the video below to see a screenshot of this process – I hope you find it helpful!
Stay tuned for the next video in this series where I’ll be sharing how to customize your WordPress blog using templates and how to start adding in data.
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