How To Set Up a Blog

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Blogging is one of the most important tools that every business should have. Your blog is a money-making tool. Many businesses, influencers, and creatives can attest to how effective blogging is in generating income.  If you want to start earning from blogging, then you have to set up a self-hosted blog. One of the platforms that you can use to set up a blog is WordPress – it’s easy to use and it comes free when you get a HostGator web hosting plan.

What if I just set up a blog for free?

There are free blogging platforms available online. Blogger and Blogspot are two of the most popular ones. You might be thinking, “Why don’t I just do it for free?”.  Well, you gotta spend money to earn money. If you are serious about making money through your blog, Blogger and other free platforms just won’t do. It doesn’t look as professional as self-hosted websites. You may have great content but if advertisers and future clients won’t take your blog seriously, it will be very difficult (if not impossible) to make money.  

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. It´s affordable to set up a blog through HostGator. You can start for as low as $2.75 per month to get a free blog domain and have access to WordPress.

Anyone can create a blog on WordPress. And, if you’re stuck, HostGator web hosting offers free technical support. WordPress is also a widely used tool so you can find a lot of resources and how-to’s online.

If you want to finally set up your self-hosted blog, read on for the step-by-step on how to start a WordPress blog through HostGator.

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Let’s get started

If you have never set up a blog before, don’t get intimidated. Setting up is easy and you can use this guide to walk you through each step.

Step 1. Register your domain name

The first thing that you need to think about is your domain name – this is the name that you will be telling people about. This is an important step so be sure that you give it a lot of thought. If you have a domain name that you don’t have to spell out to people and is easy to remember then you’re good to go.

You can get a free domain name once you sign up with HostGator. This will make the whole process easy for you as you get to buy your hosting and domain name all in one go.

Step 2. Buy hosting for your blog

Start with the Hatchling plan. It’s a 12-month plan that will give you a free domain name and everything else that you need to start blogging. The Hatchling plan will cost you $5.95 per month which is a really good deal. You can save some more by going for a 24-month plan at $3.58/month or a 36-month plan for 2.75/month. The entire duration of the plan is paid in full when you sign up so whether you get a Hatchling, Baby, or Business plan is up to you.

Once you’ve chosen the plan that is right for you, go to HostGator and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Get Started” button.
  2. Choose a package.
  3. Enter your domain name.
  4. Fill out your personal and payment info.
  5. Enter your password.

Step 3. Connect your domain and hosting

If you bought your domain directly from HostGator then this step has been done for you. You can skip this step.

If you bought your domain through Go Daddy, log in to your GoDaddy.com Account Manager and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Domain Names drop-down menu and select Manage Domains.
  2. Choose the domain name that you wish to modify and click Set Name Servers.
  3. Under the Name Servers heading, enter your updated name server information. Don’t forget to click Save Changes when you are done.
  4. Go back to the HostGator page and add your domain.

Step 4. Install WordPress

You’re almost done. WordPress is free through HostGator so you can install this right away.

The first thing that you have to do is to pick a theme that you like. If you are unsure, don’t worry because you can change the theme at any time. Then, click on “Start Building”.

And, you’re all set! You can now start creating valuable content for your audience. Setting up a blog is very easy so if you are a Mama Entrepreneur who does not have a blog yet, I recommend that you don’t put this off.

 

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