How to Blog Basics – Step 2 – Choose a Domain Name and Sign Up for a Hosting Plan
This is the second lesson in our “How To Blog Series”. If you haven’t read “How To Blog Basics -1” please read that post first so what follows here will make more sense. The choosing and registering of a domain name is your next step. You’ve chosen a subject/niche and a name for your blog so now you need to decide on a domain name and register it. A domain name will be your address on the Internet. I had chosen The Wilderness Wife for my blog name and wanting to keep my domain as short and easy to remember I chose wildernesswife.com for my domain name. You’ll have to check and see if your chosen domain name is available and not already in use. I used Bluehost for that when I went to set up my hosting. They have a search engine and during the process of setting up your hosting they will register your domain name for free. Its a good deal! I have had hosting with a couple of different providers over the years with other sites but I have found that Bluehost is by far the more reliable. They give great support and it is very easy to integrate WordPress with their setup. In fact they will help you set it up if you need it but it is so easy you can do it yourself.
Sign up for Hosting and Choose Your Domain Name
It’s time to take the next and most important step. I have created a tutorial page where you can sign up for Bluehost, register your domain name, and install WordPress. You’ll be up and running in 30 minutes or less. Click on this link to go to our Start Your Blog with Bluehost and WordPress.
In the next lesson, we will talk about WordPress themes and designing your blogs appearance, and preparing your critical first pages. How To Blog Basics – 3