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I love helping other moms start their blogs and begin creating the stay-at-home, work-at-home life they’ve dreamed of. The six simple steps below will help you start a blog today.
How To Start A Blog for Beginners
Step 1: Choose your hosting plan.
SiteGround is highly recommended by many fellow bloggers and is the company I use for hosting. When I switched to SiteGround, my page loading speeds improved greatly! Plus, their customer service is super helpful and is available 24/7.
SiteGround offers three plans. The StartUp plan is great for the new blogger with one website. Once you select the right plan for you, click Get Started.
Step 2: Choose your domain.
You can register your domain easily through SiteGround in this step.
For help with deciding your niche and blog name, sign up for this free First Month Blog Plan.
Step 3: Review & Complete.
Enter your Account Information, Client Information, and Payment Information.
Review your purchase information. I recommend adding Domain Privacy.
Step 4: Install WordPress for Free.
SiteGround makes this process simple with the Autoinstaller. If you have any issues at all or would like SiteGround to set it up for you, click the Live Chat button, and a SiteGround representative will help you.
I’ve contacted SiteGround many times through Live Chat and have always been super impressed with their customer service! They make things so simple!
Step 5: Check your email & get started!
Once you’ve purchased your domain and hosting and installed WordPress, you will receive an email from SiteGround confirming the installation. You’ll see your Admin URL, Username, and Password.
Yay! You can now log into your new site and get started!
Step 6: Install your theme.
Now that you’ve created your blog, you will want to install a theme. This is the overall design and look of your site. I have used Pretty Darn Cute Design themes from the beginning and have found them to be a great fit for my blog. The setup instructions are so helpful, and the support team is always willing to answer questions in a timely manner to help you set up your site like the demo. It was important to me to have great setup instructions and excellent support, so I found the investment in the premade theme to be completely worth it.
Included with every theme purchased at Pretty Darn Cute Design are also 20+ WordPress video tutorials to help you with posts, pages, categories, photos, widgets, plugins, menus, and more.
When your theme is in place, you can begin personalizing your site by adding your blog name, creating your About page, and writing your first post.
If you are new to self-hosted WordPress (like I was when I started), I highly recommend checking out this free course: Understanding WordPress – How to Navigate Self-Hosted WordPress. It’s completely free and very helpful!