Today I have a guest post from Jon at The Money Shed. Jon’s written before for me on things like making money from home and matched betting – he’s all about getting stuff done and bringing in cash and is very knowledgeable. This post contains affiliate links.
When you decide to create a blog it can seem there is quite a high learning curve involved at times. What is WordPress? How do you install WordPress? What is self hosted? How will I link my domain name? Can I really create website from scratch?
Maybe you just want a creative outlet for your writing, maybe you want to build a blog you can earn money from via paid sponsored posts or promoting affiliate links to your favourite online retailers.
Having your own self hosted blog comes with some HUGE advantages compared to going for one of the free options such as Blogger.
Advantages for going self hosted include :
- Owning your own URL
- Being able to receive better technical support
- Having your data backed up
- The ability to customise your blog more
- You own ALL the content
- The ability to monetise your blog
- Being taken far more seriously by brands and their PRs.
Some people will have you believe that setting up a blog is quite a technically long winded process but actually it can be all done and dusted in 15 minutes. I’m going to break it down to just two simple steps and you’ll be up and running!
Now before we get going I am going to make the assumption that you already know the domain name you want for your blog. If you don’t then now is the time to give it some thought as you don’t want to fall into the same trap and everyone else when it comes to choosing your domain name.
Step 1 – Sorting out website hosting and domain
To do this we are going to take advantage of a great discount we can get on web hosting which will mean we can run up to six websites (if we choose to!) and get our domain FOR FREE for only £2.75 a month!
Using This unique link and putting in the code TMSPRESTO on the after selecting the DECA Package and at the checkout and you will get a HUGE 50% off your hosting! What makes this deal so great is not only the price or the UK based support but the fact we get our domain name FOR FREE instead of having to pay out an additional £10 for our chosen name.
Bish Bash Bosh! All Sorted! So that’s a great website hosting package (the Deca one!) and your free domain all bought as one for just £33 for the year. (Including VAT!!)
With 24/7 UK based support available you will always be able to get help with any issues that you might have. Your website will also be backed up every day, completely free, as part of any HostPresto package. This will mean that if your website is hacked or you make a mistake when working on your theme files that you will not lose your entire website. This is a great confidence boost as it will allow you to experiment a little more and if you make a huge mistake you can just have your backup restored and as someone who has been blogging for a number of years having that safety net is a life saver!
Step 2 – Install WordPress
Installing it is a breeze thanks to the fact the HostPresto offers a facility called Softaculous. This offer a ‘one click install’ for whichever web software you want to install in your hosting space, INCLUDING WordPress!
In here just go to Blogs and then click on WordPress! Follow the instructions through the install, you will see that is is clever enough to know which domain you are associated with.
Two quick words of warning. Make sure you set the ‘Choose Protocol’ to be ‘https://www.’ and if you are wanting your blog to be at the root of your domain (ie, www.myblogsite.com instead of www.myblogsite.com/blog/) then make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is blank.
You will now get the chance to give your blog a name and a description and create an admin account which is what you will use to access your blog and update it.
That’s it! All the ‘complex’ stuff is now over!
Easy to do and in less than 15 minutes you now have set up a self hosted WordPress blog with your own domain name!
Now comes the creative part where you get to fill the blog with whatever you want and choose your own design using one of the thousands of WordPress themes available!
If this is your first adventure into blogging you will find the Totally Blogging Free Online Course absolutely vital. With over 40 modules it will take you through setting up your first blog through to earning the absolute most you can from it and everything in-between.