First Steps in Launching Your Own Blog
So you want to start your own blog. Thanks to user-friendly modern technology, it’s quite easy to do so now. However, first time bloggers are prone to making mistakes. Therefore, read the following to understand the initial steps you must heed when launching your own blog:
Find a Unique Niche
The first step in launching your own blog is finding something to blog about. You may want to blog about food, the places you travel to, your family, or even pets. Whatever topic you choose, it must somehow be unique. If you are starting a travel blog about touring Indonesia, you must have a unique niche. Do a Google search first. You will definitely come across dozens of other blogs about travelling in Indonesia. People will only visit your blog if you offer them something new and fresh to read about. It could be your writing style, photos, or the destination you cover. In any case, keep the focus of your blog creative enough to compel people to click and read.
Learn about WordPress
You will have to build your blog using a Content Management System (CMS). CMSs are platforms like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal that you can use to build a website. For blogs, the best CMS to use is WordPress, the biggest blogging platform in the world. You can try others if you want, but none really compares to WordPress in terms of features and support offered to bloggers. Also, the best Web hosting plans offer WordPress support. Therefore, it’s worthwhile starting to learn how to use it.
Come up with a Domain Name
Once you have familiarized yourself with using a CMS of your choosing, it’s time to start building the website. First, however, you will have to choose domain name for your site. WordPress will give you a prompt to enter it before the design process begins. The domain is the web address for your site that readers will use to find your blog. Choose a unique domain name for your blog. Your blog name should be not easily confused with another. Avoid a domain name that sounds too similar to another site’s. Keep it simple as well, so readers can easily remember. Avoid using hyphens or numbers if you can help it, as these only complicate domain addresses.
Register Your Domain Name
Once you have come up with a domain name, it’s time to register it. You can register your domain name directly with a registrar authorized by ICANN. You can find a list of authorized domain name registration providers online. Or, you can register your domain name with your web host, which sometimes act as a subsidiary party to the registrar. However, do not register your domain with a third party like a web design firm. You will have to register your domain for a minimum of one year, but you can extend the contract to a decade.
Choose the Right Web Template
Now the design process begins. Choose an appropriate web template for your blog either for free or for a price. You will have to customise the template so your blog doesn’t look too much like the others built using the same template.
Finally, once you have the site designed, it will be time to find a hosting plan to get your site online. There are many different types to choose from. As your blog is new, however, a cheap shared hosting plan will be sufficient for now.