How To Make a Blog Website: Easy Steps

So, you finally realized that you need a blog or website. That’s absolutely brilliant idea! Now everybody have their own blogs or websites, or both, sometimes even more than one.

If you have a small business you need at least a small website, middle size business need solid website with ability to sell the product or service.

Your presence on the Internet defines your existence.

If you have a business on the Internet then website is the best and most essential tool for your business, it is something you “must have”.

Now you have to figure out what type of blog you want to make.

Fits of all what is a blog and what is the difference in between blog and website?

Blog, also called weblog, almost as same as website, but has additional features like a journal or diary, where you can keep articles in chronological pattern. Blog also can be easily transformed to a regular website. In short I would say that website is static and blog is dynamic.

Blog can look like a regular website, but with a blog you have privilege to add articles that will be chronologically listed, update events, post audio and video. And the most importantly it will rank much better than regular website. Why its rank better? Because it has the ability to be regularly updated. If you don’t use that ability and do nothing of course it will not bring expected results.

Below you can see all required steps for creating a blog.

·        Choosing The Blog Type And Platform For It
·         Choosing Your Own Domain Name
·         Getting Your Hosting
·         Using And Installing The WordPress Platform
·         Choosing a WordPress Theme
·         Installing WordPress Plugins

Choosing The Blog Type And Platform For Your Blog

There are two types of blogs:

1.  Externally hosted blogs – when your blog is hosted by someone else. For externally hosted blogs there are few main platforms:
* WordPress.com should not be confused with WordPress.org.
* Blogger.com,
*Typepad.com,
* Livejournal.com,
* Blogharbor.com.

2.  Self-hosted blogs – when you have your own domain name and hosting account. Hosting is a place where you keep all your files. It will be our beloved WordPress.org (not to be confused with WordPress.com).

Choosing Your Own Domain Name

Domain name is an address for your website: www.yourbusinessname.com  or  .net, .org etc.

There are two most popular services that sell domain names:  GoDaddy.com and Namecheap.com. I have accounts with both companies but prefer service called Namecheap.com (affiliate link-thanks).

It will cost you about $10 per year. Make sure to get a coupon online to get it cheaper.

Getting Your Hosting

Hosting or web host is also referred as server where you store your entire website’s files, and where people from around the world can get access to them through your domain name.
What hosting to choose?
I personally use Hostgator.com and know that many reputable Internet gurus are using and recommending it too. They usually have 3 plans. You have to choose the one with unlimited domain names ability usually the second option from 3. It will cost about $9.95 per month.

You can search for a coupon online or use these coupons: discount10off to get $9.94 OFF the package price, or promo25offpercent to get 25% OFF.

Using And Installing The WordPress Platform

Installing a WordPress is very easy, you ether installing it true the hosting account automatically or manually by using FTP downloader like Filezila. Filizilla is software that can be downloaded from the Internet for free. You can “Google it” and find it  yourself or get it here http://filezilla-project.org/.
More information and detailed instruction on WordPress installation you can find at http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install

Choosing a WordPress Theme

After you got your WordPress on place you need to choose a Theme. Depend on your budget you can find plenty of free themes inside WordPress or buy them. I would recommend at first to get used to work on WordPress with the free theme and then start thinking about spending money on more advanced paid ones if you will.

As I researched the most popular Themes among Internet marketers are as follow:
*Thesis
*Affiliate Theme
*Genesis Framework
*Elegant themes
*Woo Themes
*Flexibility

Installing WordPress Plugins

Next step is to install WordPress Plugins on your blog.
What is plugins? It is a piece of software that provides your blog with additional functionalities. With the new versions of WordPress you can find and install your plugins from inside the WordPress.

Most needed and recommended Plugins:

*SEO Title Tag or All in One SEO Pack
*Google Analyticator
*Akismet
*Sociable
*XML Sitemap Generator
*Backup Plugin

Also you will need to think about your custom banner. There are free websites that you can use for it. Simply Google “custom banner” to find those websites. One of them is bannerfans.com. If you are advance user you can make it yourself using software like Abobe Illustrator.

The above “do it yourself” blog will generally cost you from$70-$130 per year included your domain name and hosting.

Go head, do it, and start growing your business!

If what you see above does not look simple to you I can offer you to setup a blog for only $247. You will get your domain name connected to your hosting account and linked to the WordPress, my assistance in buying your domain and hosting. All necessary plugins will be also attached. It will take approximately 72 hours and you will be able to use it almost instantly.

Yana Jamagortian

Comments

  1. I love wordpress flatform, It easy to to organize. It is perfect for blogging even for webdesign.

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