I’ve had several people tell me they’d like to start a personal WordPress blog, but aren’t sure how to go about it. It’s actually really simple and can be accomplished in just a few steps!
Using WordPress.com To Host Your Blog
With WordPress.com, you can setup a blog in a matter of minutes. However, because WordPress.com provides the hosting servers, customizing your blog is extremely limited. I would only suggest using WordPress.com if all you care about is writing and have no desire to customize your site and or turn it into a money-maker by having advanced options like Search Engine Optimization and advertisements, and affiliate programs.
If you do decide to go with WordPress.com, I would highly recommend adding a custom domain name, rather than using a WordPress.com sub domain e.g. myblog.wordpress.com. Having your own domain name is cheap and the domain is your’s as long as you continue to renew it. If you use a WordPress.com subdomain, you are tied to that subdomain and giving WordPress credit for any incoming links to your site.
Using WordPress.org To Create Your Blog
WordPress.org differs from WordPress.com in that it allows you to install the WordPress platform on your own server, which enables you to have full control over your site and it’s content. There are costs associated with creating a WordPress.org site (more often referred to as a self-hosted WordPress website,) however the costs are minimal, and well worth the investment if your are serious about blogging and possibly making money doing so.
The Easiest Yet More Expensive Option
Companies like Page.ly, and ZippyKid.com offer what is known as “Managed WordPress Hosting.” Because these companies only work With WordPress, they claim that their servers are faster and more reliable. However, in my experience using them, I didn’t notice any difference. The major downfall to using managed WordPress hosting is the cost, which typically starts out at about $20 per month.
The Best Option (In My Opinion)
In my own experience using WordPress (which is pretty extensive) I have found shared or cloud hosting from companies like Site5 (The one I use) to be just fine for hosting a WordPress site. Shared hosting plans start out at about $5 per month.
How To Setup WordPress In 4 Simple Steps
Below are the steps I take to setup WordPress sites. By following this outline, you can have a site setup fast with minimal costs.
- If you don’t already have one, register a domain name with Godaddy (they are usually the cheapest.)
- Sign-up for a Web hosting account with Site5.
- You’ll receive and email from Site5 once you sign up. Follow the instructions provided in setup email to properly point your domain to the Site5 Servers.
- Watch this video tutorial on how to quickly install WordPress onto your site.
That’s all! You now have your own WordPress site and are ready to start customizing it and posting blog entries!
Note: There are thousands of free themes to choose from when customizing your site. However, If you want to take your site to the next level by adding advanced features and
SEO options, I highly recommend investing in a Theme Framework like Genesis.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.