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1. Decide What your Blog is going to be about
First and foremost you have to decide what you want your blog to be about, it can be anything at all! You could write about Justin Bieber, Football, Video Games… There is no wrong answer!
After blogging for a while now I would suggest you choose something you are passionate about otherwise you could get sick of writing about your chosen blog topic pretty quickly.
It’s also important to have the motivation to want to write about that passion. Just because you like playing video games doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to want to write about that every week!
Think about the kind of conversations you’d love to have with people… What subject would you be talking about? Could you speak all day about that subject? Could you imagine yourself typing up these words on your blog for everyone to read? If you answered YES to all these questions then this could be the right topic to build your blog around.
Now that you know what you want your blog to be about it’s time to choose the perfect name for your new website.
2. Register a name for your website
You now need to go to a website that lets you buy the ownership of the website name you wish to choose. The best one I have found through heaps of comparing and research and having used them myself for over a year now is Namecheap.com
It’s super easy. Just go there, search for the website name you want, get the .com version if you want to have best chance of ranking on google, and when you find a good one that’s available you can purchase it for between 7 and 15 euros.
You now own the website name!
After all this stuff above you need to get Hosting.
3. Get Hosting for your Blog
Ok, here is an easy analogy for you to understand what Hosting is… Think of the website name you just bought as a demountable house.
You now need to rent land to put the house on. That land in the internet world is called “Hosting”.
The best hosting you can get is Siteground
I did a shit tonne of research to get this right because it’s the most money you have to pay in this entire process and I wanted to make sure it was the best.
From everything I read plus being a customer of theirs for over a year, I can honestly say they are unbelievably awesome.
Go there and choose the Grow Big Webhosting plan.
This will let you have unlimited websites!
You now have your own online patch of land
4. Linking your Name to your Hosting
Now click on the Websites tab in Siteground and click Add New.
Click Existing Domain and put in the website name you registered at Namecheap.com
Follow the instructions until you’ve set up the website.
Click on the Start New Website option when asked.
From the dropdown menu select WordPress
Enter your email address and a strong password (write it down somewhere so you don’t forget!)
Don’t Add SG site Scanner (we want to spend the least amount of possible at the moment!)
It will then start “Creating Your Site” which can take a few minutes.
When it says “You are all set!” Copy and Paste into a word document the two lines of code that appear beneath the box at the bottom left which says “Point your Domain”
These two lines of code will look something like this:
Now go back to the Namecheap website and sign into your dashboard
Select Domain List from the menu on the left hand side
To the right of the website name (the same name you are now using in Siteground) there should be a button which says “manage”. Click on this button
Scroll down to where it says “Nameservers” on the left
Click on the light blue text which says “Namecheap Basic DNS” and from the dropdown menu choose “Custom DNS” instead.
You will now paste those two lines of code from the previous steps above into the two lines provided which say “Nameserver 1” and “Nameserver 2”
Make sure you click the little green tick on the right to save the changes!
You now have to wait a few hours for it to take effect (sometimes as long as 8 hours but usually shorter).
5. Get Security for your Blog
Now go back to the Siteground Page and select the “Websites” option in the top menu bar.
Click the Manage button which appears under the name of your website.
Find the box which says “SSL” and click the ADD button underneath
Choose the “Let’s Encrypt SSL” option (normally it’s already preselected)
Scroll down and click “Activate”
In the next page choose “Let’s Encrypt” from the Select SSL dropdown menu and click GET
When it’s finished, go back to the Siteground home page and click Websites at the top menu bar again.
6. Make your Blog FAST
Click Manage again under your website name
Find the box which says “Cloudfare CDN” and click the ADD button underneath
Choose the free option (normally preselected), scroll down, tick the box to confirm conditions and then hit ACTIVATE
When it has finished click the Go to Site Tools button that appears
From the left menu bar choose SPEED then CLOUDFARE
Click on the Set Up button that appears on the right of the screen
Create a new account and then Click the Complete Activation button
It should now say that Cloudfare is activated!
Now, go back to the Siteground home page and click Websites at the top menu bar again.
7. Set up your blog in WordPress
This time click WordPress Kit under your website name
Find the WordPress Admin box and click GO
Now try to login with the email and password you wrote down earlier
If it doesn’t let you yet it’s because it still needs time to register those lines of code you copied and pasted into Namecheap.
Have a break and check again in a few hours.
When you actually do get in you will see a page which says “Welcome to your wordpress site”. Click the Start Now button beneath.
This is one of the most enjoyable parts now! You can scroll through so many Theme Templates to use for your site!
When you’ve chosen the theme you like move onto the next step (don’t worry you can change your theme again at any time very easily).
Make sure the only 2 plugins you select are: Google Analytics (Monster Insights) and Optimize for SEO (Yoast SEO)
Click Complete and wait for it to install.
When given the option click Go to Dashboard
8. Final security step for your Blog
In your WordPress Dashboard (save this page to favorites!) click on “SG Optimizer” in the left sidebar and click on the heading Environment Optimization
In the options below activate the option which says “Enable HTTPS”
Your site now has a secure address and when you bring it up in a new window it should have a little lock sign to the left of the site name in the top search bar.
Your site has all the fundamentals set up now, it’s QUICK, it’s SECURE and the ownership is all YOURS!
In Step 2 of this guide I’ll explain the different plugins (little extra tools which help you create your blog) you’ll need to install and the settings that each should be set to.
I’ll also explain how to set up programs from Google which will track the progress of your Blog.
What’s more, I’ll help you set up your User Profile so it’s secure & I’ll tell you some super important settings to tweak on your dashboard so everything goes smoothly from Day 1.
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